Annuals

As part of my Mother’s Day gift each year I plant the summer annuals.  While my Mom enjoys the annual flowers, she does not particularly care for coordinating or planting the annuals.  So each year I plant three window-boxes, a couple hanging baskets, and a couple deck planters for her. I have learned that the…

Tulips

Tulips or Tulipa Each Fall, when the time for spring bulb planting comes around, the age long question of to plant tulips? or not to plant tulips? careens around in my head.  In my rational mind, I’m thinking, ” fat, well feed, chipmunks” and “they’re not likely to come back next year,” but then I…

Narcissus

One of the first thing to surface in my garden each Spring are the daffodils.  That honor used to be held by the crocus, but I finally conceded that war to the chipmunks.  Each Fall I plant one or two new variety of daffodil bulbs, and each Spring I anxiously wait for them to surface….

February Snow

We got about two feet of snow this week in the Champlain Valley.  It has been a couple of years since we have had this much snow around here which is fairly unusual.  So far this year we have had to trek up into the mountains in order to partake in any winter activities, and…

A Late December Thaw

  The beginning of this week greeted us with some 40 degree  (~4.4 degrees Celsius) weather and a fleeting glimpse of the bare ground.  I decided to use the opportunity to poke around in the woods near the house. I have read that you can use birch bark to create a natural pink dye.  I…

A Christmas Day Walk

A Christmas Day walk in Stowe, VT.  Christmas this year dawned bright, sunny, and not exceptionally cold – the perfect conditions for a midday walk.  Unfortunately, even up in the mountains, there was not enough snow on the ground to justify the breaking out of the snowshoes.  I’ll have to give it a few more…

Winter Wreath

I was feeling the purple this year, or more like, I was feeling the plum – something regal and a change from the usual red.  So with visions of sugarplums dancing through my head, I attached a few plum christmas-tree bulbs to my fresh balsam wreath.  I then added some gold to bring some warmth,…

The Autumn Crocus

I was out in the yard yesterday, getting those last few things in the garden ready for the snow, when stumbled across this delicate purple flower peeking out through the leaves.  A few years ago I planted some autumn blooming croci along the front walk.  For the first year or two they did really well,…

Fall Wreath

For me it is always a bit of a struggle to come up with a nice seasonal wreath.  Especially, since I can be a bit particular when it comes to artificial flowers and leaves. In fact I try to keep my wreaths as natural as possible.  I also try to recycle and update wreaths from…