Late Season Flowers

And Good For Pollinators Too Aside from the beautiful fall foliage colors there's not much color elsewhere.  Chrysanthemum seems to be abundant in autumn but I’m not a fan of it.  I associate it with mourning.  It’s commonly used in funerals and to arrange on a wreath.  So, I don’t plant chrysanthemum in our garden.... Continue Reading →

New Hives

Starting Over Again After Six Years We still can’t figure out what happened to our honeybees.  They were gone, without a trace last winter.  There was plenty of honey still stored in each hive but just a few dead bees in there, most of them were young bees.  There was no foul smell in any of... Continue Reading →

Spring Has Sprung

...With A Cold Shoulder I took the day off from work yesterday and the weather was on my side.  Still plenty of snow on the ground but the temperature had soared to nearly 60°F.  The honeybees should have been out and about now with a temperature this high, but alas, none to be seen.  So... Continue Reading →

Spring Is Coming

And It Will Not Be a Good One We came back from our vacation to a sharp drop in temperature.  Our friends told us that while we were gone the temperature had gone up to the 60°F for a couple of days and mostly hovered above 50°F for the rest of that period.  I can... Continue Reading →

Water Jasmine

A Tiny Fragrant Star Winter is my time for basement gardening.  Where we live we have to put our tropical plants in the basement for the winter.  It’s a lot of labor to go through twice a year.  We take them in when we know that the night temperature will drop and stay below 45°F, usually... Continue Reading →

Flowers For Pollinators III

Weed Flowers Most people hate weeds, maybe with an exception for Cannabis.  I don't like weeds either but as I turn our little garden patch back to nature, to make it into a sanctuary for other species as well as ourselves, I have to learn to get along with weeds.  When I walk through a... Continue Reading →

Flowers for Pollinators II

Vegetables And Herbs As I mentioned in the previous post, I left some vegetables and herbs flowering for pollinators and for seeds.  It also helps to draw beneficial insects into the vegetable patch.  The downside is that these beneficial insects don't discriminate, they eat anything they can grab, honeybees and bumblebees included.  But we never have to spray... Continue Reading →

Too Cold To Be Outside

A Good Time For Planning: Flowers For Pollinators I Snow came down two days ago accumulating just three inches.  Today the garden is still covered with snow and the temperature dropped down to just above 10°F.  It's a perfect winter day for bird watching through the patio door.  Since the ground is covered with snow and the sources... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year

In Anticipation Of A Better Year Happy New Year 2017 I would like to present you with the image of a warmer day in our garden, the Zephirine Drouhin rose.  A climbing fragrant rose that blooms continuously throughout the season.  One of many things I anticipate again in June. About this 'anticipation', I got the idea from a... Continue Reading →

Happy Holidays

Coming And Going Of Seasons Another year just about to end, a new one to start and life will go on.  Nothing keeps your perspective on life in check like gardening I believe.  I can see the full cycle life, from beginning to end in one season.  And, nothing keeps your perspective on society in check... Continue Reading →

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