Fair Isle Progress, the First Butterfly, and a Traveling Nest

The fair isle sweater continues to cook along swimmingly. Here is my progress as of last week. I think it’s interesting how the colors in the sweater echo the colors I’m seeing in my yard right now. The purple of the irises… and of…

A Beautiful End to Summer

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…

Milkweed, Bees, Caterpillars…and a Dryer Repair

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…

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

Last weekend, I cut the grassĀ 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…

In Bloom

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…