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December 19, 2017
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General Kohler

Somewhere out in my yard, General Köhler lies sleeping peacefully under a light blanket of snow.  I expect he is snoring, or would be, if he were not a hyacinth bulb waiting for the earth to warm up next spring. … Continue reading

September 6, 2016
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Saint Heirloom

  Every year at this time I take great joy in paging through the paper bulb catalogs and perusing the websites so that I can overspend on spring bulbs in the most discerning and intelligent way.  One of my longtime … 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

April 13, 2015
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Waiting for Mrs. Backhouse

The first clumps of daffodils are blooming at long last and I have to resist the urge to go out and pick all of them for the house.  Little nosegays of snowdrops and early crocus have been a welcome relief … Continue reading