At one of the last events I attended before the self-isolation orders came out, I found out about CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. "Volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nations." And I signed up. And then I bought the official rain gauge from Weather Your Way. And now every day at 8 am I go out to my rain gauge and check to see how much rain we got in the previous 24 hours. Then I pull up the CoCoRaHS app on my phone and … [Read more...] about My New Rain Gauge and CoCoRaHS
"Brrrr". The last few days have been the coldest-feeling days of winter, says me. And that's the end of what I care to say about this little cold weather snap with a coating of snow on top that we are having because this is a family-friendly, G-rated gardening blog. Yes, G-rated, even though I did teach everyone a special "gardeners-only" cuss word. This weather might call for the use of that particular word. It's madness, this weather. March mayhem. To add balance to the universe, I … [Read more...] about “Brrrr” and Books!
Weather whiplash. I didn't really think it was a thing, but this past five days has made me a believer. The low temperature in Indianapolis on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 was -9F. Minus nine degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperature in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 3, 2019 was 61F. Sixty-one degrees Fahrenheit. I'll let you do the work of figuring out that is 70 degrees difference in five days. And in between those five days, we also got several inches of snow which is now … [Read more...] about Weather Whiplash
Dear Reader, I have become a time traveler. I don't know, yet, how I accomplished time travel, but I know in the last several months I have traveled through time on at least three different occasions. And I have taken pictures each time as evidence. The first picture looks like pansies planted in containers on my front porch. And that is what it is a picture of. But it is evidence of my time travel because I took the picture on February 20th, not March 20th. How can I have pansies on … [Read more...] about I’ve become a time traveler
Geranium foliage, late fall Dear Mother Nature, I would like some winter, please and thank you. I love my winter. I don't want my winter to be like fall or spring. Winter gives me the freedom to leave the garden for a bit and turn my attention to other activities like reading about gardening, napping and dreaming about gardening, and convincing myself it is too cold to be out in the garden doing any actual gardening. When the temperatures in early winter are record breaking … [Read more...] about Dear Mother Nature, I would like some winter
Crocus speciosus I like to think if you blinded folded me and lead me gently to the center of my garden on any given day of the year, and then took off the blindfold, I could look around and tell you about what time of year it was, give or take a week or two. Today, I'd be off by a few weeks because this autumn crocus is blooming and I think it's early. I usually look for the autumn crocus, Crocus speciosus, around mid-September. Why is it early? It could be because after record amounts … [Read more...] about Enjoy each flower as it blooms