Afterhood in the Garden:

June 15, 2013: A year later, and we are back to roses….

June 23rd, 2012: This is what happens when you put your house on the market, sell your house and move to an apartment in the city – you lose focus on your garden. Oh, right, I don’t have a garden any more… So, now that  I live in Boston, I must survive on other people’s gardens. Before we lose appreciation for the roses of June, wherever they may bloom:

February 25th, 2012: Winter aconite and snowdrops in the February sunshine… and the odd snow shower!

February 9th, 2012: A powdered sugar dusting of snow last night. But these snowdrops have already been up for weeks!

July 25th, 2011: Sometimes you have to allow your self to enjoy Other people’s Gardens!

July 20th, 2011: I am surprised and delighted that the deer have left me a couple of lily buds to enjoy. I’d forgotten how lovely they can be in the heat of summer.

May 2011: Pink and blue in the May garden….

April 5th, 2011: Tête-à-tête, the most cheerful of daffodils!

March 27th, 2011: Snow crocus – so the chipmunks and squirrels didn’t get them ALL!

March 24th, 2011: Second snow storm of the week. Arrgh.

March 15th, 2011: Surviving on snowdrops and winter aconite, and waiting…

March 6th, 2011: The chipmunks, rabbits and squirrels seem to believe that crocuses are a special treat I planted just for them. Will I see ANY crocus this spring?

February 24th, 2011: That’s why they call them snow drops.

February 19th, 2011: Two days of warm sun, and the Witch Hazel is already in blossom!

February 18th, 2011: Mid winter thaw. The snow is receding. I finally managed to get the Christmas lights off the front bushes. Now I am feeling less like trailer trash.

February 17th, 2011: It’s melting; it’s melting! Oh, the delicious sound of water running down the drainpipes…

February 5th, 2011: The squirrels are gorging themselves on suet. When they go to Florida on vacation, they are going to look plump in their bathing suits! (Worse than Girl Scout Cookies?!)

February 2nd, 2011: In the wake of the ice storm, it “feels just like I’m walking on broken glass.”

January 10th, 2011: We have been snow covered since the Boxing Day Blizzard, and may be until spring arrives to thaw us out. So I have been living off the life around the bird feeder, and bringing the garden inside.

January 7th, 2011: Blizzard redux.

December 26th, 2010: Thank goodness The Eldest was home, to help shovel a playing field worth of snow off the driveway. The Boxing Day Blizzard!

December 25th, 2010: Christmas walk with The Eldest and The Dog. The chipmunks have been in hibernation for weeks now. The squirrels are still adding leaf insulation to their nests. Baby it’s cold outside!

December 6th, 2010: The leaves are finally gone, and the ground is frozen hard. Snow flurries arriving!

November 29th, 2010: There is a peregrine falcon sitting high in my oak tree. Grey backed with a slim, upright profile, thrilling and deadly. Streamlined as a martini shaker. I also found a squirrel’s tail on the path. All that remains?

November 13th, 2010: I am feeling like the Sisyphus of leaves.

October 25th, 2010: Hallucinatory colors…

October 21st, 2010 : I am walking through the cathedral of autumn trees.

October 17th, 2010 – I begin the ritual raking. My leaf-raking muscles are obviously out of shape.

October 8th, 2010: Bulbs planted, chrysanthemums in the beds and the front pots. Just in time! Rowing weekends begin tomorrow. Hang on, Garden, I’ll be back in November…

September 18th, 2010: There’s a black and white warbler in the garden, investigating the  Euonymous shrub. Why do I get so excited about new birds?

September 12th, 2010: It is hailing acorns. It sounds like popcorn outside.

Labor Day weekend, 2010: The leaves are already turning in Northern New Jersey.

September 1st, 2010: Hot day – a hummingbird is showering in the sprinkler!

August 2nd, 2010: The cicadas are singing loudly in the oak trees. I wonder if there is an insanity defense for cicada induced violence, as there is for the Mistral?

July 28th, 2010: July’s relentless heat has flattened most of the flowering plants in the garden. Thank goodness for Hydrangea ‘Limelight’!

July 11th, 2010: Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly in the Purple Coneflower.

July 9th, 2010: Rain, glorious rain!

July 8th, 2010: I spent a long Fourth of July weekend away at The Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia, admiring the local Crape Myrtle trees. Came home to find my Astilbe, ferns and Sweet Woodruff completely fried by the 105 degree temperatures.

June 25th, 2010: Deer me. She ate my newly planted front pots – beheading the geraniums and nibbling the petunias (!), leaving me with dusty miller and coleus.

June 23rd, 2010: Dang deer. She got most of the lily buds again, despite liberal applications of cayenne pepper! But luckily she missed these:

June 15th, 2010: Cascading white blossoms on the oak leaf hydrangea.

June 3rd, 2010: Swooning over my Mock-orange. The perfume is beyond intoxicating.

May 25th: In London enjoying British gardens. Today is the opening of The Chelsea Flower Show!

May 18th, 2010: Perfect Iris.

April 13th, 2010: I was bragging to my neighbor this weekend about my tulips. Early and gorgeous. So it serves me right that the deer came through the garden last night, and carefully bit the heads off every open tulip….

April 11th, 2010: I may or may not be playing hooky in the garden….

April 8th, 2010: Slow down spring, or everything will bloom in one week. The cherry tree,  mahonia, rhododendron mucronulatum, forsythia, early, mid and late daffodils… and here come the tulips.

April 7th, 2010: 85 degrees?! June in early April. Loving it.

April 6th, 2010: 80 degrees! April 6th, really?!

April 5th, 2010: From weeping cherry to blossom confetti…

April 2nd, 2010: Today I am celebrating my weeping cherry tree: one of the most beautiful examples of spring’s ephemera. It lasts about as long as a breath.


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