Pond Doings, a Rabbit, and Cosmos

Posted by mrssmythe on August 7, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Last week was a great week for the pond. We had warm, sunny days and plenty of free afternoons for swimming. A huge “field” of water lilies sits just outside the main swimming area at the pond. Pepper and I swam over one afternoon to investigate and found that many of the lilies’ stems curl […]

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A Lazy Fourth…plus Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on July 4, 2017 in Books, Cooking, Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’re enjoying a warm, lazy Fourth of July here in Western Massachusetts – nothing on the agenda besides hamburgers and the finishing touches on a room swap we started on Monday (vacuuming corners, putting books back on shelves, that sort of thing). The past week has been equally (and pleasantly) low-key. I finished and framed a […]

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Late-Blooming Larkspur

Posted by mrssmythe on September 14, 2015 in Garden |

I’ve always been a fan of larkspur. First, it’s my birth month flower, so I’m naturally inclined toward it. And second, it’s just pretty, with flowers that lovely shade of purple-blue you don’t often see in the garden. But, up until last week, I’d had very little success with larkspur. I know you can grow them […]

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Technicolor Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2015 in Garden |

In the eighties, Lois Ehlert wrote and illustrated a children’s book that talked about how she and her mother “planted a rainbow” every year. They planted bulbs. They planted seeds. They planted seedlings from the garden center, and all with the intent of reproducing every color of the rainbow in flower form. Nothing exotic. Nothing difficult […]

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The Seed Bombs…Bombed

Posted by mrssmythe on June 7, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

You may remember me writing about how I cast six “seed bombs” into one of my front flower beds last month. If not, you can read all about it HERE. Since then, we’ve had several rainy stretches, lots of sun, and plenty of time for the little pods to develop into the butterfly-attracting blossoms their packaging promised. But, […]

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