“Mums” the Word
Monarch Butterflies have recently been classified as endangered. How fortunate to have a number of them visit my yard daily!
Flowers and Fresh Veg
Visiting woodchucks, rabbits, a racoon and even a bear made gardening more difficult than usual this year. Still, on a sunny July day, it seems worth all the extra effort.
Paper Flower Power
In the Pink
Pink is a-poppin’ in my garden this week.
Doing my part to make my yard pollinator friendly.
Sparky, Marietta, Petite and Crackerjack
It’s marigold time in my garden.
Books and Bee Balm
I grew up in a rural town in Western Massachusetts, where a large patch of bee balm featured prominently in our garden each summer. One day an elderly couple, complete strangers, stopped their car to ask my father what the fiery red blooms in the garden were.
“It’s bee balm, a perennial. Would you like some?”
He dug up a clump for the pair to take to their summer home at the edge of town.
A few days later, the couple reappeared with a box of children’s books. They were retired teachers, who had noticed my siblings and me playing in the yard.
“We have collected so many books over the years, and since we are retired, we don’t need them. Would your children like some?” they asked my father.
That summer, and for many summers thereafter, the couple brought boxes of books of a variety of genres. Some were almost new; some were gently worn. Each box was a thoughtful gift.
The sight of bee balm might bring thoughts of insects, bright flower petals in a salad, or perhaps herbal tea to most people.
But me? I simply think of books.
A coat of paint on one small structure can sometimes uplift a whole yard.
Rainy Day Vegetable Blossoms
The various blooms popping up in the vegetable gardens are an appealing sight, especially during wet and gray weather.
Orange You Glad…
An extravaganza of orange in my garden.
My neighbor, a fellow plant enthusiast, appeared in my garden yesterday with this gorgeous peony bouquet. What an exquisite gift for me and my garden!
During the pandemic, neighbors have been walking by my yard more frequently than in years past. This has offered us all opportunities for friendly chats and shared interests, making the year much more pleasurable.