“It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in 'em," said Captain Jim." L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams Dickon Sowerby and The Secret Garden. Hercule Poirot and his vegetable mallows. Have you ever noticed that literary gardeners are often just short of supernatural? In scripture,… Continue reading 3 truths learned in the 2020 garden
“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