Yes, I am taking time from my busy schedule and long to do list, which includes "mow the lawn one last time" to pause and provide advice for gardeners who are wondering what they will talk about during their Thanksgiving Day dinner. In past years, I suggested topics such as composting, including worm composting, the difference between sweet potatoes and potatoes, and fall bulb bragging. I even suggested that if you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner perhaps the entire family could help with … [Read more...] about An Updated Gardener’s Guide to Thanksgiving Day Conversation
Time flies The ol' rabbit Fourteen's bags were packed and he was checking his watch as he peered through the open garden gate looking for signs of Fifteen. As he waited, he looked back over the garden and reflected on his year. He was not particularly proud of the winter he had brought with him. It was surely one for the record books that wouldn't be forgotten for quite some time. Cold, snowy, icy. Brrrr... But he thought he had more than made up for it with a lovely … [Read more...] about Happy New Year, Fifteen
When a gardener decides to collect a few vintage Christmas postcards... She soon realizes she had better come up with some criteria for which postcards to collect before she has hundreds of postcards. She decides she will collect those with unusual Christmas flowers, like this one with Lily of the Valley flowers. Some of the cards have been sent and she likes to read what the senders wrote. This one says, "Not dead but sleeping, suppose you have a whole pile of Christmas candy, … [Read more...] about When a gardener collects vintage Christmas postcards
This year I feel certain the Halloween Hare is going to visit my garden and create havoc if I don't take preventative measures. What? You don't know about the Halloween Hare? You must be new here. Put down your leaf rake, pull up a chair and I'll tell you all about him. According to ancient gardening legend, the Halloween Hare hops from garden to garden on Halloween night looking for Easter candy not found in the spring Easter egg hunt. If the Halloween Hare doesn't find any candy, … [Read more...] about The Halloween Hare: Do you believe?
The ol' rabbit, Thirteen, gazed cross the garden, taking one last look before his time was over. "I sure am leaving the garden quite green", he said out loud, in case there was any one there who could hear him. "I remember when I arrived and took over for Twelve, this place was snow covered from a blizzard that ol' Twelve threw down before he left for good. "I kind of like this green, though it is a might bit cold out here." Thirteen began to reflect back, taking pride in how many … [Read more...] about Happy New Year, Fourteen
I suppose it really does work out better if the blooms of the Christmas season reach their peak after the 25th of December. I will have more time to enjoy them while I relax after the hustle and bustle of pre-Christmas preparations. Imagine me sitting in an easy chair by the window so I have view out into the garden where I can see the birds flitting around the feeders I set out and filled with the finest "boss", black oil sunflower seed. If I crane my neck just a bit … [Read more...] about Blooms for the Twelves Days of Christmas