Sweat Equity = Sleep

This morning, a Twitter conversation I had with Margaret from A Way to Garden got me thinking.  She’d woken very early (3:50 a.m.) because work  streamed through her consciousness.  I wonder if that work entailed garden design ideas.  I have this same problem before bud break.  I’m so excited...

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Dear Friends and Gardeners, Week Two

Last week, Mary Ann in Idaho was still covered in snow, and Carol in Indiana felt like spring had switched into the “on” position.  I was babying my pepper, eggplant and tomato seedlings. For those of you just tuning in, this is our series of letters profiling our vegetable...

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Bud Break

With the cold weather behind us (at least for present), the entire garden responded with joy to last week’s rain and snow.  Peach trees which were in bud are now flaunting their colors, and it appears I’ll be, once again, fighting the deer for peaches this summer.  The apple...

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Cold and rainy Saturdays always get me down

Not really.  The plants need the rain for growing. It’s been a wild week on the prairie.  We’ve had snow and sleet, freezing temperatures, and now, rain.  Most days, the sky has been covered in clouds, so Brit’ Gal Sarah should feel right at home.  I long for those...

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Dear Friends and Gardeners

As way of explanation, Carol from May Dreams Gardens, Mary Ann from Idaho Gardener and I so loved the book, Dear Friend and Gardener, and since I thoroughly enjoyed The 3,000 Mile Garden: An Exchange of Letters Between Two Eccentric Gourmet Gardeners, we decided to create our own 1,000...

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Hellebores and Iris reticulata

Heavenly Hellebores

In the late winter or early spring, is there any plant with more ephemeral beauty than the Hellebore? Granted, you have to stand on your head to see some of them, but according to many yoga practices and Martha Stewart, inversion is a good way to refresh the body...

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Land of Surprises

If New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment,” then, today, my garden became  the “Land of Surprises.” This is what greeted me this afternoon after a long morning’s work clearing out the winter weeds in the vegetable garden.  It was so cheerful, so bright that I nearly plunked myself...

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