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December 26, 2016
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Hopeful Signs

I was born an optimist.   I was probably born a gardener, too, though that didn’t manifest itself until after I could walk and talk.  It is in my nature to look for signs of hope, especially in the natural world.  … Continue reading

October 31, 2016
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Houseplant Re-entry

There is no use trying to avoid it any more—the houseplants are well past the vacation stage and must be brought in.  Night temperatures are descending and even though the geraniums, African violets, plumbago and even the potted Abyssinian glads … 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

March 3, 2014
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End of Winter

The wind is roaring around the desiccated shrubbery in my front yard, while several robins, their feathers fully puffed, scout the few areas of bare ground for whatever they can find.  I am sure they are regretting the irresistible impulse … Continue reading