Monthly Archives April 2013

Plant Of The Month | Yellow Bird Magnolia

Several months ago when we cut down the southern magnolia’s that were underneath our powerlines, we replaced them with ‘Yellow Bird’ magnolias and situated them further back behind the wires so when they grow tall they won’t be in the way of the lines. After we cleared the southern magnolias out we had a very […]

gardening and grieving

Last week one of my kitties, Delilah, passed away somewhat unexpectedly. She and I had been together for sixteen years, so losing her absolutely devastated me. I was just gutted (and I still am). I am still processing and grieving, and I really haven’t had the heart to do much of anything besides the basics. […]

Five Things

The kale has brought an abundance of aphids to the garden. The lady bugs are chopping down on them and leaving babies behind, like this little guy hanging out on a lettuce leaf. This is Rosie, we got her last weekend. Read about her and her friends over at Backyard Ramblings. I am just a […]

April Garden Tour

Chris and I went on a tour of the garden yesterday evening. Things we covered: new hydrangea, bees, deer eating plants, bee balm, checking out the black swallowtail caterpillars, our grow out area, compost bin, and the giant pine that fell down for what I’m calling no-good-reason. Enjoy!

bigger picture: wheat

Now that I’ve been gardening for a bit, and started growing a very small amount of the food that we eat (veggies), I’ve really started to think a bit more about what’s on our plates and where it comes from. This “awareness” is not completely new to me. When i was about 15 I made […]

Proud dad moment

Zoe planted the seed, and for the most part watered when she remembered to ask me. Today, they were finally large enough to let her pick them. I’m happy that she likes to help me in the garden and asks about things.

Potato Planting

Now that our vegetable beds are in (see my post here on my blog) we have room to put things in the ground for the summer. The potatoes should have actually gone in the ground in February or early March at the latest, but here we are in mid-April and I just now got them […]

little hands and big seeds

  A few days ago, I found a half-popped popcorn kernel in a cup on Gracie’s desk. I didn’t think too much of it, because she’s always collecting odds and ends to tape into her journals. I was surprised, however, when she brought the piece of popcorn to me and told me saved it because […]

Late March In The Yard

Spring is unfolding fast, hurtling towards summer. Here’s what went on in the last two weeks: Early Bird Chili Dianthus Lauren’s Grape Poppy…they are even more huge now. Scentsational Rose I can’t remember the specific name of this grass but it is something along the lines of Bunny Tail grass. Lobelia Chris made birdhouses out […]

hello, spring

Today If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the little door from its jamb, a day when the cool brick paths and […]

Plant of the Month: Vareigated Brugmansia

We bought this variegated brugmansia a month or so ago and put in the new flower bed. I’m not sure which color this one is going to end up being, likely pink or the peaches and cream variety, but hopefully we’ll know here in a few months. Chris and I are kind of variegated plant […]