Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Purple Flamingos are Here. Why Have a Bad Time?

The white wisteria are opening. It’s glorious to be alive. The bees are ecstatic. They live for the wisteria to bloom. If you want bees in your garden, plant wisteria. This morning I read a quote by George Weymouth, conservationist, … Continue reading

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BFFs?

Seven year old Billy enjoys spring more than winter. An old rooster, sunshine and warmth suit him much more than cold, windy, rainy days. I may be one of the lucky few who have a mob of chickens racing over … Continue reading

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The Taste of Good Earth

The shallot buds are plump for picking. This is what good earth tastes like, delicious plants springing out of the ground. Garlic shoots are ready for pulling too. They have been growing all winter and are thick and juicy, perfect … Continue reading

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Lost and Found … The Treasures of Weeding

My garden has a sneaky way of absconding with my tools. A few days ago, while putting up a trellis for peas and beans, a bed of greens hid a pair of pliers so well, I haven’t found them yet. … Continue reading

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All Is Well When …

All is well when potatoes are growing. Potatoes are among the most beautiful of vegetables. I’m surprised city parks don’t plant beds of potatoes. Not only would the plants grace the parks with beauty and flowers, at the end of … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Smell the Lilacs

The summer-like weather has the lilacs in full bloom. It’s impossible not to smell them. The slightest breeze, and their heavenly scent floats inside. In a few weeks they will be gone until next year. Now is the time to … Continue reading

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To the Dearest of Friends

Here lie the dearest of friends. We buried our dear BB along with the ashes of his brother, Echo, on Monday, by the garden gate, a place they often sat, waiting for us to return when we went away. The … Continue reading

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Maybe the Rapture Happened During the Night

Bicycling home from the Bow Post Office this morning, I came across this mysterious sight on the climb up Bow Hill. A rock, a pair of boots, and a half-drunk latte. The boots and latte cup were laid too neatly … Continue reading

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Mouth Wide Open

All looks calm and peaceful with the peonies’ mouths wide open. But along the edge of the pond the struggle for life and death plays out. A garden snake has caught a fish. It’s an effort for the snake to … Continue reading

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Spread My Wings And …

I don’t have wings like a chicken, but even I can see how good it must feel to spread your wings in the bright, warm sun. Sunbathing is a favorite pastime of chickens. They twist themselves into humorous contortions as … Continue reading

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Sounds of Spring

A fortuitous combination of country road crews and rain has created a slender garden of cascading mountain streams along Bow Hill Road. Take a few steps away from busy Bow Hill Road and you enter the calming world of a … Continue reading

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A Few of the Wonders Today

The news on the radio, internet, and TV, is so dismal, it’s a wonder the world doesn’t stop spinning and just give up. And yet, every minute of every day, there are wonders to enjoy. The magenta screen have sprouted … Continue reading

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How Do Your Vegetables Bloom?

I will never need to buy rubystreak seeds again. A row of rubystreaks I let grow through the winter are in full bloom. One row will produce enough seeds to last a lifetime. An eyeopener of growing vegetables is seeing … Continue reading

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Spring Snow for the Pond

After a snowless winter, falling cherry blossoms on the pond are the most snow the pond will see. It’s been a few years since the pond has frozen over, let alone be covered by a blanket of deep snow. Does … Continue reading

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Smile Time

Any day the mountain is out is a good day. When it is out, pedaling down into the valley to get the mail or deliver eggs, is smile time. The salmon berries are fruiting. They should be called clown berries … Continue reading

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Before You Can Eat an Apple

Before you can eat an apple, it has to bloom. That delicious apple that goes crunch inside your mouth was once a beautiful flower, dancing in the spring air, and getting tickled by buzzing bees. Apple blossoms have a delicate, … Continue reading

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5,000,000 Flowers

This is what five million dandelions look like. I pass this meadow on the way home from the post office. It’s about four acres or 174,240 square feet. There are about 30 dandelion flowers per square foot. Multiply 174,240 by … Continue reading

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A Whole Meal in One Worm

Hey! How’s this for an earthworm? The chickens would go crazy if they found it. It would be smorgasbord time. The overnight rain brought this large earthworm out of the ground. There are snakes smaller than this earthworm. You can … Continue reading

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Fog to Sun

All it takes to transform the place to a hideaway high in the mountains is for the fog to roll in. BB enjoys a walk as the fog starts to lift. In the afternoon, with the sun out, and the … Continue reading

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