Category Archives: Summer

A Day in the Garden

Got to get to that weedy patch today. Absolute priority. It’s gone so long the weeds think they have a right to hobnob with, no, be the boss of and push around my lovelies. Someone has already called to ask … Continue reading

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The Dances of Summer

Dog Days they’re called, 40 days in July and August when sultry days and nights get man and plants down. The garden is looking tired and I’m tired of looking at the garden. Until butterflies arrive. They spice up the … Continue reading

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The Taming of the Garden

The other day I turned my back on the garden—just for a moment, mind you. Well doggone it, that corn grew as high as an elephant’s eye. You are thinking, perhaps, What a bonanza of good eating. Not so. No … Continue reading

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Midsummer Lights

Dark skies. Strobe lights. Log-splitting thunder. Wind twisting trees. A riproaring summer storm was upon us. We waited it out (nothing else to do) hoping none of the trees would twist and fall. After the rage, a last grumble or … Continue reading

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Sunbeams in my Garden

Overheard in the garden after a long rainy spell. . . You’re looking lovely as ever, dear Mrs. Cottontail. Tell me, can you help me find the sun today? No, I’ve not seen the sun, Wolf. And don’t sweet-talk me … Continue reading

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Castles in Clay

Charley is the best weatherman, though we rarely see him because he usually hides out in the culvert beneath our driveway. You might assume that he is hiding because he doesn’t want to hear complaints about his forecasting, but we … Continue reading

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Spunky and Pokey: Fawns of the Year

Sometimes the latch sticks, so this evening it took me a moment to make sure the gate was properly closed. When I turned to go, the fawn was standing in the middle of the path. We were about four or … Continue reading

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More Meatballs and Lollipops, Please

Years ago, a certain company offered two types of fantastic seed tapes. Each one was guaranteed to produce instant results for cottage gardeners and formal gardeners alike. In case you want to follow up on this terrific offer, the order … Continue reading

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A Letter to Lovers of the Blue

(Pink, Red and White, Too) Dear Reader, I do hope you are keeping your mopheads safe and locked tight. Perhaps an insurance policy, or maybe two On them? A simple wire cage will never do. One never knows when a … Continue reading

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King Mullein Rides High

He certainly was not born to the fanfare a young prince might expect. In fact, we missed his arrival altogether. Yet here he is, royalty from the Old World, soaring ten feet into blue skies and spreading four feet at … Continue reading

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