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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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Milkweed, Bees, Caterpillars…and a Dryer Repair

Posted by mrssmythe on October 16, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

It certainly feels like Fall today. And, we have our first freeze predicted for tonight. Meanwhile, the Milkweed has gone to seed… Have you ever seen these? They’re amazing. I’d never seen pods this big. They were in a nearby neighborhood where I often walk while Ginger has her music lesson. Milkweed is such an […]

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Curbing the Lawn’s Enthusiasm…and other news from the yard.

Posted by mrssmythe on May 27, 2017 in Chickens, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Last weekend, I cut the grass for the first time this year. I should have done it weeks earlier, but between the rain and our schedule…well, it had gotten overgrown (to say the least). Can you see in the above photo? The most time-consuming part was the side yard where the bugle is growing. This is […]

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In Bloom

Posted by mrssmythe on May 26, 2016 in Garden |

Lots of pink and purple in the yard this week… Near the front door, the Columbine is in full flower. The girls gave this particular plant to me for Mother’s Day years back, and it’s still one of my favorites. Next door, the smaller of my Bleeding Hearts is flowering – along with some violets (which are […]

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A Stop at the Garden Store…and Chicks

Posted by mrssmythe on April 18, 2016 in Critters, Garden |

I stopped at the pet store for cat litter this evening and ended up strolling through the adjacent garden center. For months, the outdoor racks have been barren, but not today. Today, they were stocked with lettuce and shrubs, pussy willows and pansies. Everything smelled incredible, and it felt so nice to be back among the plants […]

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