September in the Garden

Late summer blooms can still be seen even with the garden winding down in the summer heat.  This gorgeous dahlia bloomed recently, heralding the colors of fall right around the corner. I still have cherry tomatoes on the vine, taking their time to ripen in the sun. I planted an avocado seed and have a …

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An Abundance of Tomatoes with Recipe Ideas

This has been the best year I have ever had for tomatoes, thanks to my friend Bonnie H who advised me on what I was doing wrong.  Mostly it had to do with sunlight, and getting more of it to the plants.  Anyway, this year has seen a bounty of tomatoes, so much so we …

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July in the Garden

Languid and hot days alternate with rainy afternoons now that summer is in full swing here.  July is our hottest month of the year and it has been days of above average temperatures for us.  I do not like summer heat, especially when it is humid too, so it is indoor activities for me most …

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A Tiny Surprise

For several years now, I have been bemoaning the lack of flowers on my ten-year-old orchid.  A year ago, we went to the NC Arboretum's Orchid Show, and again I tried to figure out why mine wasn't cooperating.  I repotted it, babied it, gave it lots of humidity, took every suggestion, and still nothing.  Then, …

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Late May in the Garden

Flowers in the garden have slowed down, with a couple of very late freezes in mid May turning all the azalea blooms brown.  It has slowed the emergence of the rhododendrons and mountain laurel too.  I missed going to the downtown Garden Jubilee festival this weekend, which was canceled and moved to individual garden centers.  …

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May in the Garden

Morning coffee on the veranda is a calm and serene beginning to the day.  Bird song fills the air, and fresh mountain air brushes past in a gentle cool breeze.  I breathe deeply, and enjoy the dappled sunlight through the forest, shinrinyoku.  Again, I reflect on gratitude, and the concept of shoganai - a situation …

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Late April in the Garden

So much has begun to bloom in the past two weeks since my last gardening post, it is becoming a wonderland of color around here.  If we must be stuck at home, at least we have beautiful flowers to enjoy.  Some very chilly nights this past week kept me from getting a lot of planting …

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April in the Garden

On this holiday weekend, I thought it would be nice to spend Sunday in the garden.  As the days blend into each other, it is becoming a challenge to remember what day it is, LOL!!  Today, let's pause and enjoy the beauty in the world around us, and rejoice in nature's bounty of spring, counting …

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