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St. John’s Wort and I, Bent

As winter turned to spring a year ago, I looked at the flattened form of a St. John’s Wort bush I had planted the year before. Leafless and listless, it seemed utterly broken by the weight of the season’s snow. Looking at that plant laid so low, I was sure that I’d have to dig [...]

When The Path is Shut

Every year in late May, the leaves on this tree in my back yard fill in, growing heavy enough that the tree’s branches droop over the path to the back gate that leads to my son’s school. Behind the tree, bushes fill in and vines drop down from overhead, reducing the space fit for humans [...]

Sunflowers: Scalp High by the Fourth of July?

Last year, I planted mammoth sunflower seeds out of a packet in late April. By the end of July, big, tall, heads head appeared in my backyard. Most of them were donated to the birds, who gladly accepted the gift, but I did saw off two heads and let them dry in the basement over [...]