Spring Cleaning

It's been a while since I attacked a large garden project.  The last few growing seasons were marred by downed trees and fallen spirit.  I just closed my eyes and pretended the overgrown flower beds and ever-growing wood piles didn't exist. But after this past long, cold winter, I desperately needed to get outside.  And I've been outside every … Continue reading Spring Cleaning

Why I Do What I Do

We all know that the only predictable thing about spring is that is unpredictable. Temperatures fluctuate from year to year, often throwing off flowering schedules. Last year, my summer flowers started blooming in spring and were spent by their regular blooming time. I loved the early warmth, but missed my summer garden. Spring has been a little cool for … Continue reading Why I Do What I Do

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

I really tried to finish this landscape project today.  Really!  I ran out of mulch at the same time I ran out of energy, and thunderstorms are moving our way. Time to concede this defeat.  But I came really close! I think I'm ready to take a breather from yard work for a couple of … Continue reading Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

Memorial Day Garden

When my father passed a few weeks ago, the fine folks at work gave me a sympathy card and a gift card to Milmont Greenhouses.  My boss had no idea that this is quite possibly my favorite place on Earth.  How fortuitous! Keeping with the intent of the gift, I decided to build a memorial garden … Continue reading Memorial Day Garden

A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Gardens

The last two weekends have been ideal for gardening, and I took full advantage.  I weeded, thinned, transplanted, dug and mulched until my muscles screamed - and I loved every minute of it, The highlight of my efforts is the new garden.  I ran out of space in my front yard, so I had to move … Continue reading A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Gardens

Spring = Work = Love

I don't need to tell you how happy I am to see my spring flowers in bloom!  I live for this moment every year, and every year I am charmed by their beauty. I just can't stop myself from surveying the beds at any given chance.  New patches of green leaves are emerging daily.  HOURLY … Continue reading Spring = Work = Love

The Best Day of the Year

I slept in my bedroom with the windows open last night. I've been looking forward to that moment all winter long. My heat is off, the sun is shining brightly, and my gardens are beginning to look like...well, gardens.  This is the BEST day of the year! I must emphasize that I slept in my … Continue reading The Best Day of the Year

O Spring, Spring. Wherefore Art Thou?

Nothing cures the winter blues like seeing your spring gardens bloom.... especially when it happens ahead of schedule.  During the ridiculously warm days of last year's early spring, I gleefully snapped photos of summer flowers blooming in April, unaware that the remainder of the summer would be bland and nearly colorless.  If this year's sluggish … Continue reading O Spring, Spring. Wherefore Art Thou?

First Color of Spring

Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend, followed by the first day of spring on March 20. But nothing screams "Spring!" like early blossoming flowers and shrubs. And in my yard, forsythia reigns as the Queen of Spring. If it hadn't been for the bright white background of snow, I would not have noticed the subtle … Continue reading First Color of Spring