Signs of Spring

Posted by mrssmythe on March 29, 2018 in Garden, Seasons |

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 to be warm again. (Those are the sedum). But maybe a tiny […]

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Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on September 10, 2017 in Chickens, CPT's Lens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

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 rainstorms, and, despite it’s delicate appearance, seems to be incredibly strong. […]

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Un-smothering the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on October 8, 2015 in 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 the summer, it jumped its rock border and attacked the grass. […]

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Why I Love Sedum

Posted by mrssmythe on June 23, 2015 in Garden |

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 plant. It’s easy to grow, attractive throughout the growing season, drought […]



First Signs of Spring

Posted by mrssmythe on April 20, 2015 in Garden, Seasons |

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 think it looks like a sea anemone. The bleeding heart’s appearance […]

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