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January 9, 2018
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Spring Preview

Count on January to deliver uncertain winter weather, post-holiday doldrums and the bills for December extravagance.  It also brings the moment gardeners have been waiting for—a chance to sit down with catalogs and websites and plan for the coming growing … Continue reading

July 11, 2016
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Cornflower Blue

The other day I was out for a walk in my neighborhood when I saw a pair of goldfinches flitting through a bed of blue cornflowers.  Backlit by the summer sun, the male goldfinch was clad in his bright yellow … Continue reading

March 28, 2016
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A Little Daffy

I have a friend who is fond of saying, “the devil is in the details,” and she is right.  Ambitious plans have come to a screeching halt because someone forgot the AAA batteries.  Failure to tighten a strategically placed button … Continue reading

November 9, 2015
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Bringing in the Geraniums

At this time of the year I am reminded of the old Protestant hymn, “Bringing in the Sheaves.” It celebrates the celestial and actual harvest with a refrain that goes: “Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall … Continue reading