May 2004

Blooming and Gone

– Posted in: Weather, What's up/blooming

This May has ended up exceptionally warm. The apple trees did bloom early, but there wasn't a frost the entire time the apple trees were in bloom, and there hasn't been one since. That is nice. In fact, that is excellent. To not have all my apple blossoms ruined by frost is one relief. However, [...]

Roses in the U.P.

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

This is in the "what's up" category. Out of eleven rose bushes planted (eight last year) all but one made it through our U.P. winter - zone 4 - and are leafing out nicely. John Cabot and William Baffin are climbers that can be left on the trellis, White Meidiland and Fire Meidiland are ground [...]

Really cold

– Posted in: Weather

It seems here in the U.P. it can't get warm. Had a couple of days in the 60's, but it looks like next week will be in the 50's again with 40's at night. Well, it is a nice long season for the tulips which are just beginning to blossom, and the daffodils are still [...]

Spring Things

– Posted in: Garden chores, Weather, What's up/blooming

This is a dangerous time of year. That might seem like a peculiar thing to say about the fine weather in May, but it is true. This is a dangerous time of year because there is the ever present danger of things being caught in a frost that really should not. In other words, my [...]


– Posted in: Uncategorized

Due to the crazy weather, all my tulips are blooming at once, and it is quite delightful. I have taken pictures with an old fashioned film camera, so if I get them developed, I will post pictures. I will also have pictures to look at when there is nothing but dying tulip foliage to look [...]

Cold Spring

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

Well, I did get my walls o' water up, 6 of them, but haven't put the tomato plants in yet. Still down to the 30's here at night in the U.P. We put up a small collapsible greenhouse, and I've started putting my geraniums out, as well as the peonies on the front porch. I [...]

For the page designer in you

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Check out these botanical fonts created at a design camp. They were made out of bits and pieces of whatever was at hand in the woods. You can download them here for free. There are other fonts to download, too, but I haven't checked them out. Thanks to Doug Welch for pointing this out.

Catching Up

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

I have a cold. I went to bed early. I should be sleeping by now, but I'm not. Like Ilona, " I am often simply torn by desires and obligations into divvying up my time and energies. The garden calls, but I cannot answer nearly as much as I would like." I miss writing here [...]

Clematis Question

– Posted in: Uncategorized

Barbara Kinkade writes: "I would like to know other peoples' experience as to hardy, easy growing Clematis for Zone 4 in Montana." She's already seen this post, so I imagine she wants to hear more from others.