“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist The view from our kitchen window is different than it has ever been in the 12 years we have lived in this very old house. It's also different from outside the house, which is located on a busy… Continue reading Hot mess or hot opportunity?
“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." John Howard Bryant, American farmer/poet Flowers are setting seed. Herbs are setting seed. Fat spiders have made wooly nests for their eggs in every crevice. Somewhat tattered butterflies have already tucked their next generation under leaves. A no-fuss lunch -- basically garden to table. It's true. All through the garden,… Continue reading Liz’s autumn-garden pesto
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet" The morning glory we knew. The mysterious white-flowered vine, not so much. There was a time when we didn't even know there was a vine. Our real estate agent, who lived in the… Continue reading Mystery vine
“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer The goldfinches aren't touching the flowers that are already in seed state, of course. They want the fresh stuff! Were goldfinches not so insanely cute, I wouldn't be nearly so tolerant. They're out there,… Continue reading Going to seed
"I believe that I have found, if not original sin, at least vegetable total depravity in my garden." Charles Dudley Warner, "What I Know about Gardening: Third Week," 1870 Wearing long sleeves in public is easier than the alternative. People take one look at my arm and gasp, "What happened?!" Ha! There's nothing but herbs… Continue reading Search-and-destroy mission