Was it just yesterday that the magnolias had green leaves? Today they are warm yellow. Was it just last week that Howard was alive? Today he is gone. Change. Big changes. Here today; gone tomorrow. Sit. Take it in. Really take those warm yellow leaves into your heart.
I’ve wanted to grow Asian long beans for a few years. Our local Korean restaurant makes a tasty bibimbap using Asian green beans. Now i can do it too. This morning, i harvested my first 2-foot long green bean. A single bean is a side dish all by itself. What’s the taste of happiness? ARead more about L-o-n-g Green Beans[…]
Snowdrops began blooming the day before we left for Puerto Rico. Oh, no. I was going to miss them. They, of course, like cold weather, but mid-March had been warmish. The snow had mostly melted. It seemed spring was going to arrive while we were in the tropics. Oh, the mischievous mind. It makes aRead more about Snowdrops Still[…]
Winter and Spring are dancing with each other. Yesterday, Winter led the dance with gusting winds and frigid temperatures, but Sunday, Spring will lead the dance with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s. The tug of war goes back and forth. Winter, Winter, Spring. The real tug of war is in our minds. WeRead more about The Dance of Winter-Spring[…]
Cyclamens like it cool. A warm room, a sunny windowsill leads to a leggy cyclamen with no flowers. Keep it at 50 degrees and the compact cyclamen will bloom fabulously. It’s counter-intuitive that warmth would lead to legginess and no blooms at all, and that chilly leads to continued blooming. It’s almost as though tooRead more about Cool Cyclamens Bloom[…]
At 10 degrees F. our fish pond is frozen. The circulating pump is on, but is there a hole in the ice to aerate the water for the goldfish? I trudge through the snow to the pond, ax in hand. It’s a delicate operation to chop through the ice and not chop the pump orRead more about Chop Water, Carry Wood[…]
The rhododendron leaves are shivering. Each dark green leaf huddled into itself for protection against winter’s cold. Rhododendron leaves droop to vertical and curl into into cylinders, a sort of leaf icicle, as the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The shrub is stressed, but it has developed this tolerance in order to survive theRead more about Shivering Rhododendrons[…]
This new year begins with rain and relatively warm temperatures–38 degrees this morning. It feels like March–gray and slightly foggy from the melting snow. It feels like the sap should be running in the trees, but it’s 2 months too early. The forecast is for more of the same. The good thing is no ice.Read more about No Control[…]