July is Popping!

July is here. And what a show already! A friend and reader of this blog asked me a couple weeks ago: What is your favorite flower? For years the answer has been, Tulips! It’s still true, and yet… Poppies. I declare them my favorite flower for 2023. There’s just something so impressive that from a… Continue reading July is Popping!

Tea Time and Solstice Science (sorta)

Happy Summer Solstice! I love science! I love steeping things! Today’s post includes both. That is a pile of weeds. Typically when I harvest big weeds, I add them to the compost pile. They add nitrogen and micronutrients to the mix. This month, I attempted my first steeping of weed tea. Simply, I gathered a… Continue reading Tea Time and Solstice Science (sorta)

It’s June!

It rained today. !!! Itโ€™s been three weeks without. Itโ€™s been hot. Remember the ranunculus I had neglected to cover sufficiently in the March cold and feared all was lost? Most survived. Theyโ€™ve been making buds. Things were looking hopeful! Until this week when a temperature spike left all plants so, so thirsty.ย  Itโ€™s been… Continue reading It’s June!

It’s May!

Thank you to the readers who sent feedback about what they’d like to see on the blog this season! “Eye candy” got the most votes, so here’s some ๐Ÿ˜Spring color: Siberian Squill; Narcissus “Rip van Winkle”; Muscari (grape hyacinth). Sorry for the blurry resolution. April brought a roller coaster of temperatures and all the types… Continue reading It’s May!

Freezing, Failing, and Figuring It Out (hopefully)

Iโ€™ve been feeling imposter syndrome as a flower farmer. Maybe you feel it as a gardener or a composter. Or even as just a person trying to do something right for the Earth or for your very self.  We cannot be magically perfect when we try things for the first time. Mistakes must happen because… Continue reading Freezing, Failing, and Figuring It Out (hopefully)

Winter-Spring 2023

Equinox coming soon. Let’s enjoy this hybrid season. Snow has fallen 3 times in the past week here. The week before, we saw green grass. And a few days ago, I saw a neighbor snowblowing his driveway… wearing shorts. I’ve been enjoying this ‘one garden boot in each’ straddling of the seasons. Several people in… Continue reading Winter-Spring 2023

Get Going on Growing

There’s a fresh blanket of snow outside, and I couldn’t be more thrilled because it is great for us to start the 2023 growing season! Coming soon on the calendar, folks, is a football-influenced, American non-holiday that gardeners and growers in U.S. zones 6 and lower (and by “lower” I mean geographically “norther”) are preparing… Continue reading Get Going on Growing

Year of the Rabbit!๐Ÿ‡Year of the Rabbit!

Lunar New Year is observed today, 22 January 2023, beginning a Year of the Rabbit! This only happens every 12 years according to the Chinese zodiac, so this year is pretty darn special. (Newbies to this blog, take a look at these posts and this post to see how much rabbits are honored and adored… Continue reading Year of the Rabbit!๐Ÿ‡Year of the Rabbit!