We haven't entered springtime officially, but tell the weather that! This has been a most mild winter, and Ohio experienced all time high temperature records for the month of February in 2017. It accelerated a climate phenomenon which, as a gardener, I look for each year. Most everyone know of the "Indian Summer" and "January Thaw" that is experienced - those period of unexpected warmth … [Read more...] about Observations on an Ohio Spring
Garden Stories and Memories
Yesterday's winds, today's rain, and the smell that has been on the air tells me so. The asters blooming, the store displays burgeoning with mums (I bought two huge ones at Sam's Club) also tell the undeniable story that summer has past. I still have tomatoes ripening on the vine, and they should continue to the first frost, which I expect around midway through October. How did the summer get … [Read more...] about Is It Fall Already?
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” ~ Henri Matisse When in California a few years ago, I had been walking in a nature preserve on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. By chance, some unknown person left this pretty handtied bouquet of flowers in the dirt path. It was so delightful, an unforeseen gift . I took a photo and left it as it had been found. … [Read more...] about Found Flowers
Every year I promise I won't go AWOL during the main growing season of the garden. Just so I will get everything done and catch up with the past year's neglect. but every year I manage to break those unspoken, informal vows. Usually family related, but sometime through the call of far off places I leave the yard in varying states of upkeep and return to a jungle. This year I didn't even … [Read more...] about Garden Update And Late Starts
This spring was unusually cool and full of rain. The result was a long period of spring bloom that seemed to stay fresh and picture perfect for a protracted period. I knew I should grab a camera or at least my iPhone and take some photos. But I have this contrary quirk of wanting to bask in the moment, simply experiencing the beauty and fragrance, or the curious activity of birds, bees, … [Read more...] about I knew I should have taken pictures
Gardening is a very hands-on activity. A recent event brought back some of my own memories and underlined this fact. You might have read on the blog that I have let my good friend develop a garden plot here on my property. If not, the short version is that I have a friend interested in growing fresh, organic produce for herself. I don't employ any kind of chemicals or sprays, and especially … [Read more...] about Garden Advice: Keep A Close Watch
Thomas Jefferson wrote to Charles Wilson Peale in a letter of August 20, 1811, "...tho’ an old man, I am but a young gardener.” It is an observation I often think upon. I always feel I am in the apprentice stage, but recently I came upon an experience that made me realize how much I take for granted the accumulative knowledge of almost a lifetime of gardening and study. Walking in the … [Read more...] about When Is Garden Knowledge “Extensive”?
I've been thinking back over my "garden career" and waxing nostalgic. Thought of recording some of the evolution of past experiences in gardening. For me, the gardens and the entire viewpoint of it have slowly changed over time. At its peak, my obsession with gardening ruled my year... what I did, what I bought, my daily schedule, my dreams, everything. But it all began rather benignly in … [Read more...] about Looking Back: The Renter’s Garden
The corn as it tasseled in late July We are finally getting summer season weather- at the final ending days of August . Not that I'm complaining, because I thought all those pseudo June days were simply glorious. But I'm not getting much weeding done with those new tools I bought, now that heat and humidity have returned. After so many years, and doing without my faithful weeders all … [Read more...] about News In A Nutshell
Graves At Dawes ArboretumIf I looked at the list in my Plant Cemetery I might be led to believe I have a black thumb instead of a green one. I've lost that many plants. This is not a confession to relieve my conscience, but an illustration of one of the many realities of working with living things, of what it is to be a gardener- even if you never lose as many plants as I, sadly, have.But instead … [Read more...] about Why Your Plants Die
Foggy Autumn Morning In The Country Stretched Canvas Print by ilonagarden A Small ContemplationLife interferes with not just the gardening, but blogging, and hobbies and whole lots of other things .Even though those things are part of life.So, what is really meant when stating that these things interfere with life? Life is a very complex thing... it has its basic existence requirements: we have to … [Read more...] about Life Interferes With Gardening
Snapshots of Evanston Yards While in Chicago last week, I managed to visit my old neighborhood in Evanston, a suburb on the lake. The neighborhoods are still quiet and beautiful, the beaches alluring, but a few things have changed. The houses used to be almost uniformly painted in shade of light gray with deep gray trim. Now you will see a wide range of Craftsman era color. I think it … [Read more...] about Chicagoland Visit