In the Dark Garden….

In the Dark Garden….

Plants
In the Dark Garden… I’m thinking the garden is a whole different place when the night creatures come around in comparison to how I see it by daylight. I’m thinking of wide-eyed cats in moving along the perimeter of the fence, small mice emerging from their holes in the walls, owls looking down at the whole of it from a perch in the pin oak. Last week I noticed some “calling cards” on the patio chairs. Hmmm…..My best guess ... Read more
Perennial Favorites….

Perennial Favorites….

Flowers
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 thing. I don’t think I ever had as fine a stand of Bluebells and Woodland Phlox. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I consider perennials to ... Read more
Beak to Beak…

Beak to Beak…

Plants Uncategorized
This morning, just before 7 AM, a pair of Cardinals sat side by side at the top of the bird feeder. Bright male turned his head and gave what looked like a kiss to his demure partner on his right. A few moments later, she  turned to him and did the same. Pure charm and love is in the air in Green Jeannie’s garden. I know, though, that they were waiting patiently for me to ... Read more
“Baby I’m the Bottom, You’re the Top!”

“Baby I’m the Bottom, You’re the Top!”

Plants
In keeping with what seems to be musical themes, this week I offer a line from Cole Porter. Nothing breaks me into song faster than Cole Porter music; it’s fun, witty with highly memorable tunes. If you’ve never seen the movie, “DeLovely” with Kevin Kline, take a peak some night when you are looking for something fun to watch. The old-fashioned Cole Porter songs are performed by many modern musical artists. This is first newsletter in a series ... Read more
East of the Sun…

East of the Sun…

Design & Garden Tips
Diana Krall, a jazz musician I like, sings a song of this title. It opens like this: “East of the sun and west of the moon We’ll build a dream house of love, dear Close to the sun in the day Near to the moon at night We’ll live in a lovely way, dear Sharing our love in the pale moonlight..” I think there is something magical about the far away, the places that are at the edge ... Read more