Do you buy plants without any idea where you will place them? Do you own a headlamp for slug hunting after dusk? Does your car have enough soil on the floor mats to germinate seeds? Is your night table collapsing under the load of garden books and plant catalogs? Do you daydream about plants, and… Continue reading Attention Plant Nerds!
The other morning I was peacefully writing when I heard a raucous racket coming from outside, so loud I couldn’t ignore it. Was it a pack of wild dogs? I went out expecting some catastrophe, but soon I recognized the sound of geese, honking as loud as fire engines. It took me a while to… Continue reading Here Comes the Sun!
A Taste of Summer in February Freezing rain, snow, and wind kept me indoors for way too many hours this week. With time on my hands, I decided to clear out the freezer. Mostly I pitched frozen soups, but when I came upon six-year-old containers of frozen grape juice made from the Concord grapes in… Continue reading A Taste of Summer in February
Tiny snowdrops with nodding flowers bloomed in little groups at the edges of beds, their white petals edged with green. Some were double, some single; each had its own beauty. These are the easiest winter-flowering bulbs to grow. Nearby, hot pink cyclamen were also in bloom. Like the hellebores, they’ve spread around by seed and… Continue reading Reunited with My Beloved Garden
Because of my beloved cats, who will graze on anything green, I’d given up growing plants indoors, except for one heart-shaped-leaved philodendron that sits at the top of a tall bookcase, beyond the cats’ reach. I love this plant because it reminds me of my Aunt Libby who grew a similar one in her living… Continue reading Bringing the Garden Indoors
For my birthday, my dear husband Tom bought tickets for the Oregon Symphony, with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist, playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. I’d only heard her once before, twenty years ago, and had been completely overwhelmed by her fiery performance. For months I looked forward to this special evening. Then it snowed. And snowed. There was… Continue reading A Lift in Winter
When Kaye Synoground drew this illustration for Married to My Garden, she captured exactly the way I feel about winter! Can you see the longing, the yearning in this woman’s heart? This is how I feel this afternoon as I gaze out the window, wishing for the wind to quit, hoping for the weather to… Continue reading Winter Angst