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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March in the Garden

Anybody have cabin fever, yet?  One way to fight that feeling is to get outside, especially with spring making our temperatures warmer.  Digging in the dirt is a cure for the inside blues, isn't it?  I feel for those of you stuck in city apartments, or in cold weather, where there are no gardens nearby.  …

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March in the Garden

The groundhog predicted an early spring for this year, and the flowers seem to agree.  All around our place the crocuses are popping up and showing their happy faces.  I just love this one, with the variegated purple petals and the intense color stamens. The crocuses are planted around the iris in this bed for …

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February in the Garden

In the garden this month, there has been an interesting contrast of dull days and bright color, sunny mornings and then snow followed by days of rain.  Just the day before our QOV sew day, it snowed.  As I watched the snow fall, it seemed that every bird in the neighborhood needed a bit of …

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Late January in the Garden

Look what bloomed in my garden this week!!!  I have a barn quilt now, made completely of ceramic tiles.  It is huge, 48 inches square.  My Sweet Babboo has been working on this literally for months.  He had to find a tile place willing to sell him just a few tiles in a bunch of …

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