Snowdrops

The January Thaw

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

The January thaw is an accepted part of weather lore around here--thaw being a relative term--meaning warmer than you would expect but not necessarily warm enough to melt all the snow. But this year almost all the snow did melt, save the piles that accumulate from removing it from the walk, driveway, and road. As a matter of fact, it was 58°F(14°C) on Sunday as I glanced at my phone and read "Winter Storm Watch in effect for Monday." What? It's gorgeous out! But--it is January, after all.

A Stroll Through Fickle February

– Posted in: The Secret Garden

Fickle February. That's what I'm calling it, mostly because it has better alliteration than Roller Coaster February. A roller coaster of weather is what it's been. Every time it's gotten mild, I've been outside walking the trails I've made and taking pictures. Then it gets cold and I hunker back inside. These photos are a [...]

How to Analyze An Area of Your Yard to Improve It: The Parking Pad Bed

– Posted in: Design, How-to, New House, New Gardens, Parking Pad Bed
ask yourself these questions before you redesign your yard

In case you are just joining in: About two-and-a-half years ago our family moved from our long-time rural home to a different 19th-century farm house about twenty-five minutes from our previous one. I have been renovating the landscape around the house in a non-systematic frenzy and writing about it as time permits. (Previous posts are [...]

Is it spring yet?

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

How do you decide that spring has finally arrived? What signs tell you that the wait is over? At our old house, seeing the leafless branches of the trees on the hillside turn red from swelling buds was our certain sign that spring had arrived. It was confirmed by coltsfoot blooming and peepers peeping. While [...]