I planted a dahlia in the ground today. Should I join Gamblers Anonymous? http://ping.fm/HKOhp
Usually, when you want to know your last spring frost, the experts send you to a hardiness zone map, a chart, or even the NOAA records, conceding that this will only give you a ballpark figure. If you really want to know your local last frost date, consult a neighbor--at least until you've kept records [...]
Spring: when a gardener wonders which of last year's new plants made it through the winter. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote down a list of things I had planted last year but hadn't seen make an appearance yet. Here's the list, with my current thinking on each (click on each thumbnail to enlarge): [...]
Sprinkled my last batch of peony-poppy seeds just before downpour with thunder & hail.
So last night it *did* rain, & if it was in the 4cast, they snuck it in after I went 2 bed. We needed the almost-inch we got, no complaints
Expected rain didn't show up. Cloudy but no rain. Planted cowslip last night thinking it would get watered in. Pouting.
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You just never know when you're going to run into a teachable moment. I mentioned on Twitter that I had hurt my back sliding downhill on newly fallen beech leaves, and someone from the South remarked that they had never seen a beech tree. Well! It's time you were acquainted. The American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) [...]
The Juneberries started blooming a week ago. They have such a short-lived but ethereal beauty that it just about breaks my heart even as it soars. When you have acreage, as we do, you find yourself nicknaming certain parts of your property so you can refer others to it: the secret garden, the duck pond, [...]