Author Archives: Laura

“…as if she laid an asteroid.”

That’s part of a Mark Twain quote; here it is in its entirety – “Noise proves nothing.  Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.”   Well, excuse me, Mr. Twain, but … Continue reading

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The Magic of Sheet Mulch

If you could do something now to save yourself a lot of garden toil in the spring, would you be interested?  I know; it’s getting cold out and the holidays are approaching.  Who wants to think about preparing a garden … Continue reading

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Grasses, Please – Hold the Mower!

“In the laying out of lawns and artistic gardens, a few of the many beautiful hardy grasses should not be overlooked.  Their stateliness, tropic luxuriance, and soft colors harmoniously punctuate the prevailing green, while their graceful, sinuous yielding to every … Continue reading

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Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have a big blue pot…

I’ve wanted one for years; I’ve always said…….someday.  I have some screwy conflicts in my head about money sometimes – I can be very decisive about a really large purchase, but agonize over something for $50.  Well, this beautiful blue … Continue reading

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Yummy Peach Preserves

Do you love peaches?  Doesn’t everybody?  Today I’m going to show you how I make peach preserves.  It’s easy and they are insanely delicious! I’ve had a very busy summer, but one thing I was determined to accomplish was canning … Continue reading

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A Perfect First Fruit Tree

One evening, when I was five years old, I ate an entire package of Fig Newtons.  The result was entirely predictable and I never ate another one or anything containing figs until more than forty years later.  As childhood traumas … Continue reading

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Beauty Bides Its Time

Plants are amazing survivors, this I know, but I witnessed something in my yard that really surprised me. Last year, in January, I had to have a large oak tree removed because of its condition.  It shaded at least half … Continue reading

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My Neighbor’s Lilies

My next door neighbor’s house is up for sale and she’s moved to Texas to begin her new life and new marriage.  I wish her well.  This morning during my stroll through my side garden, I caught a glimpse, through … Continue reading

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Is Your Garden Listed in the Butterfly Travel Guide?

It could be, with very little work or expense – just some basic ingredients and you’ll be on your way! I’m a big fan of wildlife in the garden, both as a gardener and as a designer; in fact, in … Continue reading

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RIP Buffy

This is Buffy. She was the third hen in my flock of seven and she came with another Buff Orpington, who earned the name Pushy and a Dominique, Ripley.   That’s Buffy, on the right. She was always checking out … Continue reading

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