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Moving Into Fall…

Posted by mrssmythe on October 8, 2018 in Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Well, I would say Fall has truly arrived here in Western Massachusetts. We’re starting to see some beautiful colors, though the warm weather lingers. And, continued warm weather means continued flowers. My hydrangeas are still putting out blooms… …and the zinnias remain colorful and are a favorite with the bees. The salvia has gotten its […]

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A Beautiful End to Summer

Posted by mrssmythe on September 21, 2018 in Chickens, Garden, Hiking, Out & About, Pollinators, Week in Review |

Time in the garden is extra sweet these days knowing that our first freeze is just around the corner. Many of the flowers are putting out a final show before the cold descends, the clematis among them. The pond lily is particularly pretty right now. And, though the zinnias are looking a little worn – […]

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Some Sensible Choices

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2018 in Baking, Celebrations, Garden, Out & About, Week in Review |

Did you enjoy your Fourth of July? Ours was boiling hot. We opted to be sensible rather than patriotic and went to see a movie instead of a parade. I can only imagine how hot and sweaty all of the parade-goers were that day. It was beastly And, I kept thinking of all of the people […]

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Heat Wave, Sewing, and Plant Rescues

Posted by mrssmythe on July 2, 2018 in Crafting, Critters, Garden, Out & About, Week in Review |

Is it hot where you’re at? It’s boiling here. Currently, we’re looking at a week’s worth of temperatures in the high 90s. Humidity will put the “real feel” well into the 100 degree range. We’re cooking. What’s strange, is that last Wednesday it was positively chilly. I know because that’s the day we bought our […]

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Irises, The Rock Garden, and a Rose I Should Kill

Posted by mrssmythe on June 11, 2018 in Garden, Week in Review |

We’re now well into June, and there’s plenty happening in the garden. Irises I got last summer from a friend have begun to bloom – aren’t they pretty? Another gift from a gardening friend – these Foxgloves: These are actually the descendants of foxgloves she gave me years back. This year, I finally moved them […]

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