Archives in Category: Flora/Fauna

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Just in Time

Weather-wise everything has been strange this year. Copious Spring rains caused farmers to plant their crops later than usual. A mild summer, with more rain, brought more challenges. In my world, the roses were unhappy; the coneflowers were late, and

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Garden Wind Down

I’m so glad I don’t live where you garden twelve months of the year. Although . . . one benefit might be that Fall clean-up would never occur. And quite possible Spring preparations wouldn’t be a special event either.

But

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Moles

Anyone who’s had moles infest their lawn and gardens knows what I’m talking about. They are pesky little animals who burrow just under the earth’s surface, creating tunnels all over the place. These tunnels are squishy, ruin the grass, and

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June Bugs

They go by many names: June bugs, fireflies, lightning bugs, glow worms, and – officially – photuris pensylvanica.  But my childhood remembers them as June bugs because they always appeared in June no matter where I lived. They found me

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Water

This spring was marked by deluges of rain to the point where farmers had difficulty planting their crops. But in the last couple weeks, summer decided to show up in full force. Heat, humidity, and long days when the sun

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Mulch

How’s this for an algebraic equation? Mulch to flowerbeds equals make-up to faces.

That is, mulch covers a wide surface and hides a variety of blemishes while resisting weeds and other unwanted things just as foundation make-up covers a surface

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Basil and Cilantro

This season I am growing basil and cilantro from seed. This should probably have been started inside in mid-Spring, but I missed that boat. I’m in the one where the crops will be late summer bloomers.

I sprinkled the packets

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Spring Flowers

We’re almost to May, so most of the spring flowers have bloomed; and Old Man Winter is about to sneak off for good.  He might have one or two more windy grumbles left, but that’s it. Flowers now rule the

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Non-Compliant

To follow up on yesterday’s blog, I’m studying the condo rules and regulations where I live to be up-to-speed on what is and is not allowable in terms of “personalizing” the outdoor space around our respective homes.

Truth be told,

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Goose Update

Unless you’ve chased geese, researched their habits to learn how to dissuade them, and had to purchase a new broom with which to fend them off, you have no idea how wonderful this current summer is. It’s the first one

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