The silver temporary structure is a bit of an eyesore, but having all our stuff protected from the elements is worth it!
Last fall we erected a couple of temporary storage structures. We haven’t decided exactly what we want for permanent buildings, but got to the point that tripping over the tools in the laundry was way past being old.
After some trial and error, we came up with a simple Quonset hut design, made with electrical conduit and tarps. The biggest problem [...]
Nothing is better than an orange fresh off the tree!
Every once in awhile I get a hankering to be able to grow my own tropical fruits. I still remember the orange I had when I was on tour with my college symphony. It had been fresh picked from the tree that morning. As I ate it, it dripped all down the front of me, it was so juicy. We had a lot of laughs over that, and I had [...]
It’s always delightful to bring a little bit your garden into your home. The hydrangea was just stunning this year. I had to bring some in to enjoy.
I’m fortunate. I have two sisters that love gardening as much as I do. We enjoying seeing and hearing about each others gardens. Each of us lives in a distinctly different climate: Washington state, North Carolina, and Germany. We’ve each enjoyed seeing what we can all grow in common and sometimes envying [...]
Recently I showed you the beginnings of a woodland garden. All I had done was to move some plants from the front yard, which I thought was going to be shady when we moved in in the winter, but it wasn’t. Now I’m looking at plants I want to include in the garden as it grows and evolves.
So far I have hostas and ferns, but that is just the tip of the iceberg for beautiful woodland plants.
Foamflower (Tiarella) photographed [...]
From the moment we owned the property I saw a secret entrance to a woodland garden.
From the moment we bought our property I knew I wanted to have a woodland garden. About 1/4 acre of our 1 acre lot is covered by native forest. There is a clump of massive tulip poplars and two massive oak trees that anchor the woodland area. Most of the other trees are quite small and can easily be removed by a lopper. Only [...]
Where's the Quarter? Oh, there it is!
Of course I do not see this as a bad thing. We live in ideal blueberry country. It is a major crop in our state, but I’ve never seen blueberries as big as the ones we have on our bushes this year.
Could you find the quarter? That’s because they are literally as big around as a quarter. You can only get two on a spoon at a time. Just having giant blueberries doesn’t [...]