January 2005

Something Good

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

In my pre-email, pre-Internet days, this is the time of year when I'd go a little nuts sending for "free" issues of magazines I had little or no intention of subscribing to. This accomplished several things. 1) It gave me a reason to get out of the house and walk down the driveway, the driveway [...]

Good advice

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

"Darwinian Gardening: Like everything else, gardening works best if you know yourself. If you are aware that you tend to be disorganized and inattentive, plan a garden that can accommodate this. Choose flowers that can survive a little abuse and neglect. If a flower can't live where you planted it, it didn't belong in your [...]

Check out this blog

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Just discovered Frog Hollow by following the link on a comment Gabrielle Adams made at Horticultural. Gabrielle's blog covers a wide range of topics, so for my maiden voyage I chose the Gardening category. Well, you know, any gardener that can actually write about what's in bloom in the garden in January provokes a twinge [...]

Online Tree Identification

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Just learned via A Gardener's Notebook of this online tree identification applet. It basically works like a botanical key, so you need a twig with leaves right in front of you to really take advantage of it. On the other hand, you don't have to keep your fingers marking three different spots in a field [...]

First Daffodils of the Year

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

Ah, just what I've been waiting for. Doug Welch has posted a picture of his first daffodils for this year. But I'd like to know where our Texas gardeners are. Usually by now Zanthan Gardens has narcissus up. I know I have just about swooned over her photos of narcissus in past years. So good [...]

How cold was it?

– Posted in: Miscellaneous, Weather

This morning it got so cold my wireless min-max thermometer couldn't record the temperature. It bottoms out at -22 degrees F, but all I know is it got colder than that. I am adding the following to my collection of garden quotes: "When you’re hanging on by a thread, identify that thread and do all [...]

New blogs, new blood

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Thanks to Don of Hands in the Dirt, I learned of The Garden State. Yes, gardening is a state of mind, but it's also what New Jersey likes to call itself, and what Suzette quite aptly decided to name her blog. A serious gardener who doesn't take herself too seriously, she manages to work " [...]

Health Update

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

My previous post on this subject elicited several comments from family and friends to the effect, "What is so bad about cortisone shots?" This site discusses some of the possible drawbacks to cortisone shots, as well as their benefits. I found this balanced view reassuring. I also realized I had overcome my fear and dislike [...]