Our garden is a haven for hummingbirds. An all-day diner offering a smorgasbord of favorite foods… Agastache Cuphea Sunflowers Obedient Plant and more. There is no need to squabble – mosquitos, gnats, flies, and aphids abound when a protein craving strikes. Trees provide cover and shade and safe nesting sites. Convenient way stations provide an opportunity to eat while sitting! Now that’s energy saving. It doesn’t take all that much to help creatures thrive. A place to heal, to grow, […]
The sun is red. The skies are grey with ash and smoke. An eerie orange tint colors the fields. Everyone is hunkered down… watching – waiting, and holding their breath. Praying for those affected by the fires – and the brave, weary firefighters who stand between the blazing monsters and so many more. Climate change coming? It’s here.
Our most recent houseguest was a repeat caller named Cooper. He is one of Daisy’s litter. He stayed with us about a month ago while his people were away – right after his sister, Colleen’s stay until her people were ready to bring her home. This is a photo of the two of them before they found their furever homes. My husband mocks me for taking the puppy pen down…he thinks it might as well just stay up permanently. He’s […]
There is a reason why gardeners are increasingly moving to native plants. Unlike fancy hybrids, native plants are uniquely adapted to their landscape. Having developed over time, they are resilient and well-suited to the available soil, water, and sun or shade. As a result, they thrive where others languish – providing valuable habitat to others. Today’s designer dogs are much like plant hybrids. Mixed breeds combined in the hopes of a perfect mix of genetic traits. Bernedoodles are apparently the […]
Nothing says summer like the color yellow. The spring garden is full of pink, lilac, blue and white. In the autumn, I want depth: oranges, reds, deep purples, golds. But yellow is for summer. This shaggy rudbeckia grandiflora thrives and returns each year where others fail. It is beautiful in a chaotic, messy way – as if it couldn’t be bothered to fully dress itself or comb its hair in the morning. “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ […]
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross This is how our friend B lived his life…each day to the fullest. He passed suddenly – unexpectedly – a few weeks ago. ‘Have a good day’ […]