Category: Gardening

Tree Poop

oak in early May

Well, it’s now official. Winter is finally over and done, for lo we have entered the Season of Tree Poop: yesterday I went out to my car to find it thickly encrusted with a disgusting layer of yellow. I suppose I’m grateful that my car is a gold color, because if it was black I’m…

Temporary Garden early-May Walkabout

Magnolia soulangeana

I snapped some photos during the past few days of things that have appeared in the Temporary Garden. Most of my identifications will be best-guess because everything here was planted (for good or ill) by the former owners.   The magnolia has been flowering for about almost a week, starting right after we had a…

Exercises in Futility

Yesterday I had only two simple, straightforward objectives in the Temporary Garden: to weed and then put down mulch under a small weeping Japanese maple that, once leafed out, is a royal pain in the derriere to get access to; and to zap the thousands of weeds that seemingly sprang into being overnight in all…

And finally…. flowers

The crocus and eranthis have fled, but a few others have emerged to take their place. Tomorrow is predicted to be 70F which is a good ten degrees above normal; never mind that it will go back down to the 50s the next day, and probably rain all next week! It rained yesterday and this…

Some of Us Just Never Learn

As we left the greenhouse saga begun in Be Careful What You Wish For, it was the winter of 1983-84 and I’d finally figured out a few ways to keep the orchids from either freezing to death or dying of thirst. It turned out that the electric-heat problem solved itself just at the start of…

Be Careful What You Wish For

(Recently, while sorting through some of my old scribblings and photos from the era of garden #1, I came across this and decided to bring it back into the light of day…as a cautionary tale, perhaps? 🙂  ) I think it’s fairly safe to assume that the dream of almost every windowsill grower is to…

The Temporary Garden Thaws Out

Now that the snow is gone and the winter is (hopefully) over, the Temporary Garden has finally thawed out – at least to the point where flower-hunting is possible. But the pickings are still slim, as shown by this one clump of purple crocus and one lonely aconite shivering in the chilly wind. The aconite…