Perennial Favorites….

Perennial Favorites….

They were slooooow coming, this season’s perennials. Despite the cold snap that froze the about half the buds slap off the Camellia, nearly all the buds off the Star Magnolia, most of the perennials stayed low and held off pushing out–which was a good...
It’s Official….

It’s Official….

Norton, the new dog next door, has killed four squirrels since he moved in. This, I learned from our new neighbor. The neighborhood squirrel population might be reduced by  .00005 percent. In addition to squirrel patrol, Norton tries awfully hard to get Katie’s...
A Nice, Cold Beer….

A Nice, Cold Beer….

When I was about sixteen, one hot summer day in Buffalo, I saw Grandma pour herself a beer. I know your eyebrows just shot up. Mine did, too at the time. “Gram–I don’t remember ever seeing you drink a beer.” She replied, “I like one when...
The Best of Times…

The Best of Times…

I am grateful to have some flowers that were part of my great grandmother’s garden–some pale purple Bearded Iris. If you have Iris in your garden, you know that they multiply enough to share. These Iris went to my grandmother, to my mother and to me. I...
Mother Load…

Mother Load…

“Longing is like the seed that wrestles with the ground.’ Emily Dickinson The dictionary defines “mother load” as the main source or supply;  the urban interpretation meaning “big win,” or “jackpot.”  My garden has been...
Star Light, Star Bright….

Star Light, Star Bright….

“Late Fragment” And did you get what you wanted from this life even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.   —Raymond Carver When we bought our home, the garden it came with had been neglected...
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