Now’s as good a time as any…

Though I gardened through the year that wasn’t, I didn’t much feel like talking about it. But it’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, and with spring always come signs of hope. I certainly feel that way looking at these blooms!

What kind of garden is this?

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As the garden wrap its tenth year, I’m still figuring it out. In some ways, it’s starting to look like a real garden, where I have planned and planted large specimens, or where I’ve just been lucky. The edible and ornamental sections are merging, and a plan is taking shape. #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1592343541315_709 .sqs-gallery-block-grid .sqs-gallery-design-grid { margin-right:… Continue reading What kind of garden is this?

Bloom day

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Gardeners are well equipped for this crisis. My garden and those of my neighbors are making this tolerable. On daily walks I get to see so much variety. It’s annoying we’ve had one of the nicest springs I can remember—blooms are lasting weeks instead of getting blasted by late frosts or storms. For more floral… Continue reading Bloom day

Spring awakening

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We’re all spared an “oh! Spring’s here, has it really been a year?” post, because things have gotten weird. Being a news and science nerd, when I heard about Wuhan months ago I wondered if this would be the one (yeah, I’ve seen Contagion). Then it all unfolded in slow motion, and here we are.… Continue reading Spring awakening

Zoom Bloom

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There is entirely too much to do in the garden, as usual, but spring has a way of making you stop and look. Since last Bloom Day, we’ve had Virginia bluebells, Geranium, Irises, Violets, and native Azaleas. #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1557971432980_45881 .sqs-gallery-block-grid .sqs-gallery-design-grid { margin-right: -20px; } #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1557971432980_45881 .sqs-gallery-block-grid .sqs-gallery-design-grid-slide .margin-wrapper { margin-right: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; } In… Continue reading Zoom Bloom

Sproing!

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I go away for a week or so, and all of a sudden, everything popped! It’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day—see what’s in flower at May Dreams Gardens. #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1555374786754_18930 .sqs-gallery-block-grid .sqs-gallery-design-grid { margin-right: -20px; } #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1555374786754_18930 .sqs-gallery-block-grid .sqs-gallery-design-grid-slide .margin-wrapper { margin-right: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; } In the front yard, I have a smattering of bulbs (tulips… Continue reading Sproing!

Sowing Seeds

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This is the best time of year. I’m leaving behind the ill-timed fall plantings—tat soi, pak choy, cabbage, cauliflower, and turnips are all bolting; winter sowed spinach always does great—and starting over. Rotten wood has been removed, new beds installed, compost top-dressed, and seeds sown. I’ve planted carrots, arugula, lettuce, cilantro, fennel, Napa cabbage, radishes,… Continue reading Sowing Seeds

Gardening Inside: Preserving with Food in Jars

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It’s winter, but it’s citrus season! I’m doing the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge, a fun way to encourage preserving each month. I keep homemade preserved lemons in my fridge at most times, but I wanted to try this small-batch quick version with Meyer lemons from Mourad’s New Moroccan. Like chef Mourad, I prefer regular… Continue reading Gardening Inside: Preserving with Food in Jars

Dinky New Year

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I walked around in the garden today to take stock, mostly noting all of the weeding I need to do if the ground ever dries out. It’s almost my favorite time of year—everything looks horrid, but all I see is possibility and potential for what it will be in summer. And greens—I even found some… Continue reading Dinky New Year