Category Archives: Gardening

Buzzed

Our local nursery was having their annual Spring flower display, an early teaser, and it was raining, so I stopped there to get high.  On flowers.  I get pretty buzzed on flowers – it’s true.  Obviously  I am not the … Continue reading

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Saturday Market

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Revival

When I first moved to this latest house in a long line of homes, one of the more lovely aspects of the place was a gorgeous, well-established white peony that someone had planted by the front of the fence. The … Continue reading

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Nettle Peace

A few years ago I was drumming  with a number of women on the side of a mountain not far from where I live, at the home of a local herbalist.  Outside her front door she had a patch of … Continue reading

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Adventure and Distraction in the Autumn Garden On a Saturday Morning

I decided to spend just a few hours this morning cleaning up.  Just a few, since we had plans in the afternoon.. a couple of hours, before that gardening backache sets in. Just enough to tidy up, because I have … Continue reading

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Zucchaloupe

Speaking of compost, some strange things manifested in my garden this year.  I did not plant them, but a couple of random squash vines grew unbidden amongst the tomato plants.   All I can think is that they must have been … Continue reading

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Whole Earth

There was a time when The Whole Earth Catalog, published by Stewart Brand, was my bible.  It was the portal to resources on how I wanted to live, how I wished I could live, how I intended to live – … Continue reading

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The Light Has Changed

The light has changed.  There is a perceptible glow that heralds the arrival of Autumn.  It is moody and wistful, filled with wishes, yearnings and memories.  The sky becomes an achingly beautiful blue, or a moody, layered steel, or glows.  … Continue reading

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A Brief Tour of This Saturday’s Market

This Saturday I met a friend for iced chai and a cheddar/chive muffin, and then took a stroll down the street to our local Farmer’s Market.  As always, the beauty of the harvest made my pulse quicken.  For those who … Continue reading

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Botanical Bliss

The mission of the day was to find a Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), a woodland dwelling shade plant; evasive, magical and reminiscent of childhood.  Thus I set forth on this mission in the company of another garden addict – a very … Continue reading

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Alba, In the Shade of the Japanese Maple

                                   Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being  – Swami Vivekananda

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The Aliens Are Landing

The idea was to get a few perennials to fill in a few spaces in my garden.  Gardeners know what a tremendous high it is to spend part of a beautiful afternoon at a garden center.  It is almost impossible … Continue reading

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From The Witch’s Garden

OK, I just love Hellebore.  I love that it blooms so early.  I love how the five petals (or “sepals”, actually) hold on for so long. I love the seed pods they make later on in the summer. I love … Continue reading

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“Like A Sweet Magnolia Tree…..”

Came upon this Magnolia tree yesterday.  These prehistoric beauties – fossils have been found dating back 20 million years (how cool is that!!?) –  are opening their gorgeous petals right now.   Supposedly back in those primitive times, before the bees, … Continue reading

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Excuses, Excuses…It’s Just Too Nice To Stay Inside….

OK, I admit I have been terrible regarding my blog lately.  I became distracted and wrapped up in other events and lost my discipline…..very bad for writing, because in order to write you need to Write.   But this early Spring … Continue reading

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A Nice Start

The Clivia bloomed.

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November Homescape

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”   – Elizabeth Lawrence

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Feral Crap

I will be blunt and maybe a bit vulgar here – yesterday morning I stepped in cat shit, and that is exactly the word I screamed after stepping in it. Since there are no young children in the house at the moment, I did not yell … Continue reading

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The Sedum Project

I make a visit to the grave about twice a year.  As expected, the cemetery is a quiet, green place that sits below open skies and shaded lanes lined with old trees.  Officially, two grandparents and my mother now rest there. Unofficially, my … Continue reading

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Sauce of the Goddesses – Time To Make The Pesto

The season is early this year, maybe due to excessive rain this summer.   The basil has peaked and it has come time to harvest before it flowers out of control and begins to wilt and fade.  It is time to put up the pesto for … Continue reading

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Some Updates for Those Who Are So Inclined

Just sitting here at the moment, sipping some refreshingly iced mint tea made with fresh mint from the garden.  That, and a secret stash of Mexican chocolate laced with cinnamon.   Momentary slice of bliss.  As the month of July winds down, … Continue reading

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I Can Make Poison Arrows Now

Repotting a cactus is something I have been avoiding for a long time…..many, many years actually.  All  of them are bursting out of their containers, but the thought of handling them has triggered an automatic aversion. The potting soil and new pots have … Continue reading

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Eating Phlox

Digging into the earth between the patio stones with a stick, there is a little girl in a sun-suit crouched on the ground on a blue summer morning; a morning with a tinge of humidity in the air and one which promises to … Continue reading

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It’s Fig Season and I’m In Love

Fresh figs are in season at the moment and I am in love. I have been loading up on them because their availability will be limited.  Their appearance is as exciting as the blooming of a garden flower that is fleetingly here and gone. … Continue reading

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More Garden Fireworks for July

Monarda bursting in the air…. The best Hosta blooms ever this year…… Echinacea like skyrockets……… Trumpet Flowers trumpeting on the vine…….. Gooseneck Loosestrife tumbling forth…………….. Purple Bindweed pulses with color………… July garden, in concert…………

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Garden Fireworks

The July garden comes forth with its own fireworks of texture and deep, vibrant color.

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The Summer Solstice Garden

Because I have been out and about on an adventure of sorts (to share down the road), I am just going to update my blog today with what is going on in my garden on this, the Summer Solstice. Primrose … Continue reading

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Eye Candy

The irises are pretty much blown by and gone here.  Last week, my friend and I managed to make a long trek to Montclair, New Jersey to visit the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, which sits at the bottom of Mountainside Park.   The day … Continue reading

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Reminds Me Of…..

OK, I know, I know,……I realize I have been putting up a number of botanical type posts lately, but I just can’t help it.  After being inundated by relentless, ongoing days of rain, we have just been hit with a couple that would … Continue reading

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What’s That Smell?

It was June, the very end of the school year.  I was taking the kids to the bus stop that morning and upon opening the front door, a waft of perfumed air drifted by me.  It was such a beautiful scent that for a … Continue reading

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To Market

Today was the opening day of the season for our local Farmer’s Market, which is one of the nicer perks of living in a small city.  Even though it is early for some of the produce, we grabbed our little eco-friendly shopping bags and walked … Continue reading

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The Rain Garden

Looks like it’s going to be yet another week of rain, or at the very least, “percent-chance-of-rain”.  Thirty percent chance of or forty percent chance of is still pretty good odds, at least around these parts.  Everything is lush and verdant.  … Continue reading

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Passion

A few years ago I discovered this seriously cool looking plant growing at the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C.  It was a vine-like plant growing on a fence with fringed flowers that I can only describe as psychedelic space eyes.  … Continue reading

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What’s Up With the Strawberries?

What’s up with the strawberries lately?  Has anyone else noticed these mega-giant, shiny uber-red  strawberries that have been appearing for sale in the supermarket?  The last few containers I bought seem to be filled with behemoths.  I have been marveling over the … Continue reading

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Intoxication

Feeling intoxicated by the scent of Lilac, Allysum and Lily of the Valley that  perfume the garden.  Sweet spring……

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Fences

It has been an adjustment getting used to living in a small city, with neighbors dwelling very close by.  Most of the homes on our street, built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s,  have weathered, stockade fences between them.  However, this house came equipped … Continue reading

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Just Married

My car sat parked out in the driveway beneath the crabapple tree overnight.  When I went out to it the following morning, the blue car was totally covered in bright pink petals.  Actually plastered in pink. It was enough to cause me … Continue reading

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Black Thumb

There are two different cactus plants, two spider plants and an Air Fern “growing” in my office.  The cacti are crammed into pots that are pathetically undersized. They are also missing most of their soil because they have been knocked … Continue reading

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Hydra

The tree in the backyard on the property line between us and our neighbor towers over all the others and has some serious girth to it.  It looks kind of like a locust but not quite a locust.  All summer … Continue reading

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