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In Summer, Fall

By the calendar, strict dividing lines separate Winter from Spring and Summer from Fall. The natural world knows no hard and fast boundaries. In the middle of August I stepped outside this morning to find an acorn on the ground. Looking around, I found many more, and along with them a smattering of fallen [...]

Can You Grow A Sequoia?

Sequoia seedlings need a reasonable amount of water to grow, so the desert and arid plains are out. Also, they don’t tolerate temperatures below ten degrees Fahrenheit, so if you live in the northern half of the United States, sequoia probably won’t work well for you. [...]

Apart

Here, amid the thyme and lavender, there are no parking lots or big box stores or internal combustion engines.

Those Musta Been Some Pretty Active Minutes

It’s amazing what a reed fence, and a brick border, and a potted plant, and a bed of annuals, and a chair, and a bed of crushed gravel, and a set of photography lamps will do.

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Allium To The Infidel

Evocative allium flower buds. [...]

Pilgrims Will Not Follow

What April showers brought.

Mud Pie

Early June’s tart pie has pushed its way out of the mud.

Backyard Carbon Sequestration

A solar-powered carbon sequestration unit in my backyard, with a multi-pronged production system, sequestered six inches of carbon on the tip of each prong in just three days this week. The unit’s name: Horse chestnut.

Another of Nature’s Lawn Aerators at work: the Flicker

The squirrels and earthworms have been pocking little holes in my lawn for weeks now, supplementing the frost heave of winter in aerating the grass. Another of nature’s lawn aerators has been visiting lately: the Northern Flicker, a woodpecker that drills into the ground in search of little ants and grubs, two other little beasties [...]

Walnut Genesis

Within the branches, sugar is rising to build solar panels in the towering nut factory.

Daffodils and Crocuses in my lawn?

I’ve got a gardening question for you. I’ve noticed that up here in Maine the crocuses and daffodils have already bloomed, while the grass has only gotten green in the last day or two and certainly won’t need to be mowed for a week or two.

What’s to keep a body from planting bulbs all [...]