Winter loosens its grip

The last snow finally disappeared from the northern-most part of our yard about three weeks ago. Little bursts of color from the crocuses emerged from the thawing ground (only to be mown down by the too numerous rabbits eager for some fresh greens). Daffodils shot up rapidly, trying to make up for the slow start... Continue Reading →


Summer has made way for fall. Despite unseasonably hot temperatures ("unseasonable" is the new norm), the trees around us have erupted in gorgeous colors. Falling leaves pile up on our woods' path. Lettuce still grows (slowly) in the garden, but my hopes for a fall crop of kohlrabi and bok choy fizzled. Something devoured the... Continue Reading →

Seems we’ve just gotten started

What happened? Next weekend is Labor Day. September. The unofficial end of summer. Carol Burnett used to close her show with "Seems we just got started and before you know it?, comes the time we have to say, 'So long.'" It feels like summer has just begun, although I can see that the flower garden has... Continue Reading →

“Slow down…

…you move too fast, you got to make the morning last.” My sister and I sang that song enthusiastically, in the back seat of our car. When we got to the "Feelin' Groovy" chorus, we belted the lyrics out with gusto, albeit tunelessly. This weekend, slowing down was the only possibility. The weather, in the 90s... Continue Reading →

Garden bounty

While “everything in moderation” might be a sound strategy in principle, it doesn’t apply when you have a bumper crop in the garden. In that case, you consume huge quantities of the fruit or vegetable until it peters out...ideally around the same time you think you couldn't possibly eat any more (until next year). Each... Continue Reading →

June arrivals

In the blink of an eye May turned to June. Interesting things happened in the past month, many worth revisiting. For today, the highlight comes in a fragrant, pink mass of blossoms. The peonies, which my mother moved from her parents' house in Hackensack, NJ, and we in turn moved from our summer house in... Continue Reading →


Several "firsts" have occurred in the past few days. I have loved magnolias since my childhood. A stand of them can be found in Central Park by Cleopatra's Needle, and my mother, sister and I used to ride our bikes there every spring to have a picnic under the trees. They seem so lush, almost... Continue Reading →


With recent warmer temperatures we've seen a surge in new growth. Our forsythia resembles giant yellow balls, and the crab apple, viburnum and quince have large buds. Daffodils bloom in succession, and one lone tulip has (so far) escaped the annual decimation (if it flowers, it will be the first we've had in nearly 10... Continue Reading →

Springing into summer

This Easter Sunday we got a start on the vegetable garden. We turned over some of the beds and planted peas, sage, dill, kohlrabi, pac choi, Swiss chard, parsnips, carrots, beets, and different greens. The chickens passed through from time to time, eager to dig around our nicely turned earth looking for worms, so we... Continue Reading →

Hints of spring

Each March, Smith College's bulb show brings a welcome glimpse of spring. Color dazzles the eyes and sweet scents remind you that warm days filled with flowers will come again. March weather is capricious, and the weekend after the bulb show snow fell for 24 hours. We awoke to a beautiful morning, and went out... Continue Reading →

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