Meditations

In Appreciation of Frost

– Posted in: Meditations
First Frost Umpires Whistle

We live in a valley, and while we are still waiting for the sun to shine on our house, we see it illuminating the hillside behind us, especially as the sun's angle changes as we approach the winter solstice. The contrast between the sunny autumn foliage and the shadowy frost-coated lawn was striking, and I [...]

Autumn Mourning

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

The weather has been glorious. Perfectly blue skies providing a backdrop as the leaves change to their brilliant autumnal colors. It makes my heart sing--and mourn.Not because winter is coming, per se. I live in a cold climate; winter is supposed to come.But not before I get through my gardening list! Yes, by the time [...]

Garden Epiphanies

– Posted in: Design, Garden chores, How-to, Meditations

Gardening experience, for the most part, is accrued bit by bit, as decisions are made to do this chore before the other, plants die and we know why--or we don't--and mental notes are made about what is blooming when. But every so often, the gardener has an epiphany, a light bulb moment. These milestones represent [...]

The Juneberry Room

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

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, [...]

Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Spring

– Posted in: Meditations

Sights One of the many good things about spring is that without it, and without the absence imposed by fall and winter, we flawed mortals might fail to appreciate the beauties around us. So much of the wonder of spring is found in the return of what was absent. Would the appearance of new leaves [...]

Spring is just around the corner

– Posted in: Meditations, Mud Season

The trouble with that platitude is that Spring is so erratic around here that we often don't recognize it when it comes. For the next eight weeks or so, every time we hit a spell of bad weather, we will repeat to ourselves, and each other, "Well, spring is right around the corner." But we're [...]