"When to edge the sidewalk" seems like a question that should have an easy answer. It does have an easy answer for me. Before mowing. And also "every time." Before I mow, I get out my string trimmer and edge along the sidewalks and driveway and all around. This way, any trimmings will get sucked up and chopped up by the mulching mower. They'll be less to clean up after mowing. But you might answer "after mowing" and still be a fine, respectable person! I assume people who … [Read more...] about When to Edge the Sidewalk?
Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we have questions. No, we do not have questions about these plants. We know what they are, why they are, who they are, where they are, and how they are. We are garden fairies. What we have questions about are some mysterious stakes that Carol pounded into the back lawn, the sea of green, the Green Ocean, that great and vast area that many a garden fairy has crossed to get from one side of the garden to the other. And now, smack dab in … [Read more...] about Garden Fairies Have Questions
The crocus days are here! I've gone from finding one crocus up and blooming and taking a zillion pictures of it, to having so many crocuses blooming that I can no longer take individual pictures of them. People are always surprised how early these crocuses come up in the lawn. Generally, I'll see a few before Valentine's Day and then from that point on, I'll see more every day. They don't ever seem to be affected by snow and cold. On cloudy days they just close up and wait. On sunny days, … [Read more...] about Crocus Days Are Here!
Whenever I see the first crocuses blooming in the lawn in late winter, I exhale in relief. I can relax now. I can relax knowing the squirrels or chipmunks or voles or whatever did not eat all these corms before the flowers came up. I'm sure they ate some of them, but I still can plant more than they can possibly eat in one winter. I can relax knowing that some of the crocuses are coming up from previous years' plantings. At least I think I know they are from previous years because I see … [Read more...] about Crocuses… we can exhale now.
You can also listen to this post: When I'm out in the garden, and especially when I'm mowing the lawn, I feel like a movie star. Sometimes, I channel Sally Field in "Places in the Heart" when she played the part of Edna Spalding, the young widow in Texas who had to take over the farm after her husband died and harvest the cotton so she could pay the mortgage. Remember those scenes when she is out in the fields picking cotton with her rag-tag crew and her kids? Remember how sweaty she … [Read more...] about I feel like a movie star!
Flower circle Mystery, thy name is flower circles. In early spring, in the lawn, circles of flowers appear in some areas, especially those areas where gardeners have gone to some trouble to plant bulbs and corms in their lawns for spring flowers. The mystery is therefore not the appearance of flowers. They obviously come from the bulbs planted by gardeners The mystery is the appearance of flowers in a circle. Are these related to crop circles? Fairy rings? Whatever they are, … [Read more...] about Mystery, thy name is flower circles