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 😍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!
Let’s Talk About My Reach. Plus a contest!
I’ve taken advantage of recent warm-weather days to make a couple new raised beds. Best practice says a raised garden bed should be 4-foot width maximum. This accommodates arm reach of the average human without kneeling in nor stepping into the bed, and that’s important because we don’t want to compress the soil nor all… Continue reading Let’s Talk About My Reach. Plus a contest!
Freezing, Failing, and Figuring It Out (hopefully)
I’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)
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!🐇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!🐇Year of the Rabbit!
Summer Color, Winter’s Day
Wishing all of you – my readers, friends, and ecologists – a peaceful, thoughtful ‘darkest day’ of the year. Delight in the Winter beauty! ❄️ Natural materials frosty-buns outdoor ornaments.❄️ 🌲 All botanicals indoor tree. 🌲
Mon. with a Bun
Day of the Dead Calendula; Coleus; Rudbeckia; Cilantro, Bunnytail Grass; Spider Plants (had to!); Eastern Cottontail Skull* *One day this Summer, I discovered a young, whole, deceased rabbit at the edge of our shed. It looked perfect, other than having lost its life. I carefully tucked the limp body under a hedge, blanketed it with… Continue reading Mon. with a Bun
Just Past Equinox October Rainbow A wee bit haunting
Mon. with a Bun
Pouf! The 2022 loofah-growing photo essay will be coming soon! Or late. But coming eventually 🙂
The votes have been tallied and here are the winning photos! Salmon Ranunculus on the left; “candy stripe” Cosmos with a bumblebee on the right. The competition was close, but no votes for the nymph squash bugs. (I don’t want them on my pumpkin vines, but they are kinda cute so small like that, no??… Continue reading 2022 Winners
(Not your typical) Photo Contest!
What’s not typical about it? You, my dear readers, are not submitting photos. Rather, you are voting for your favorites of my favorite 2022 growing season photos. Why? Because Nature is gorgeous. Because Nature is calming. Because these 12 curated photos are glimpses at ecology as manifested in shapes, colors, textures, and ways of being.… Continue reading (Not your typical) Photo Contest!