The old rabbit, Twenty-Three, paused in her preparations for leaving the garden to reflect on her year. The one thing she knew for sure was that it all went by in a flash. How could it be 12 months since she'd entered that gate as the clock hit midnight and brought her in? Her recollection was that it was quite cold that night. Twenty-Two had mentioned something about a polar vortex around Christmas, so this year, she made sure it was warm enough to go without a coat. She thought maybe … [Read more...] about Happy New Year, Twenty-Four
Dear Lovely Reader, I thought I would take a break on this third day of Christmas to record a few comings and goings in and around the garden this week. This week! It's that odd time between Christmas and New Years Day when people walk around in a bit of a daze, often unaware of what day of the week it actually is because of the holiday, time off, whatever. It's Wednesday as I write this, but let me back up to Christmas Eve and Christmas—Sunday and Monday, if you are even … [Read more...] about On the Third Day of Christmas: A Letter
Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we are pausing in our preparations for Christmas because little Deema Mae Flowerweaver had such a fright this morning. Deema Mae was peacefully sleeping inside a barely opened bud of a white amaryllis when suddenly she realized how close Carol was, and that she was taking a picture. Fast as she could Deema Mae scrunched down as far as she could in the flower and as far as we know, Carol did not notice her. Once Carol left, Deema Mae flew … [Read more...] about Garden Fairies Discuss Pre-Christmas
I shall presume you have some knowledge of The Halloween Hare, how he tells secrets about gardeners to the Christmas Cottontail so when the Christmas Cottontail visits with Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, he knows whether to plant seeds and bulbs for spring flowers in your garden or sit outside while Santa distributes a few gifts inside. If not, well, of course, it isn't too late to start learning so your spring isn't ruined. That's right your spring. The Christmas Cottontail would never … [Read more...] about From the North Pole!
Walk the garden with me, and I'll show you the flowers of Mother's Day. Lily of the Valley We'll start with Lily of the Valley, Convallaria majalis. Some people consider it an invasive, spreading plant; others love it as shade-loving ground cover with a sweet-scented flower. I love it because we picked the flowers at my grandma's house in the spring, generally around Mother's Day, the second Sunday of May. I got my start of Lily of the Valley, just a few pips as they are called, from … [Read more...] about The Flowers of Mother’s Day
His bags were packed and he was ready to go.The old rabbit—Twenty—stood by the garden gate, waiting for TwentyOne. As he stood there waiting, he reflected back on the year. “This was one crazy year and I’m grateful gardens and gardening turned out to be a bright spot for so many people,” he said to the chipmunks, squirrels, and birds who gathered nearby to watch him leave. Or were they there to make sure he left? He looked down at the list of instructions he had written … [Read more...] about Happy New Year, TwentyOne