Signs of Spring

I was both happy and dismayed to see signs of Spring in the front yard this morning. Happy, because it will be so nice to see the plants and leaves return. (Those are the tiger lilies, by the way). Happy, too, because I’m ready…

Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. We found a monarch caterpillar in the hydrangeas getting ready to spin its chrysalis about ten days ago. By the time we’d finished dinner, it had finished the job. Since then, it has weathered several…

Un-smothering the Garden

I started a new garden this week. It’s basically the dumping ground for everything that has been overtaking my flower beds – things like mint, lemon thyme, and spiderwort – wonderful plants, all of them, but so…explosive! Just look at this catmint! Sometime during…

Why I Love Sedum

One of the first plants I put in when we moved here was sedum. I’d never heard of it before, but my neighbor gave me several from her garden, and they’ve been a part of our yard ever since. The garden websites all sing the praises of this…

First Signs of Spring

Never mind that Spring officially began a month ago. We’re only now beginning to see our first glimmers of green…or, purple, as in the case of the bleeding heart outside my front door. I noticed it coming back to life the other day. I…