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October 23, 2017
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October’s End

When I am alone in my garden in late October I often think about music, especially Ralph Vaughn Williams’ elegiac settings of English folk tunes.  My favorite is the haunting “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” because the musical images just seem right … Continue reading

September 14, 2012
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Butterflies and Fall

Butterflies delineate the transition from early to late fall.  Choice food plants–asters and butterfly bushes—are in bloom in my garden now, in mid September, and Monarchs and skippers dance among the flowerheads.  Summer’s swallowtails are mostly gone, but the ubiquitous … Continue reading

August 23, 2012
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Autumn Crocus

I need some cheap thrills for my autumn garden.  Usually I think about this too late—in mid September at the earliest.  This year, however, I am determined to get a jump on the season and the thrills. The kind of … Continue reading