Category Archives: Garden

Bird Feeders in the Chicken Yard – Who Knew?

I’ve solved a long standing, very annoying problem in my landscape.  I’m in an old urban neighborhood with lots of mature trees.  With those trees, of course, come squirrels. Yes, I know they’re cute and I know they’re one of … Continue reading

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A Coup in the Coop

I didn’t think it ever happened.  Everything I’ve read says that if the members of the flock stay the same, the pecking order stays the same.  I’ve been observing something that causes me to question that….. It’s been well over … Continue reading

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Through fresh eyes – ‘Husker Red’ Penstemon

The first one I saw stood quietly outside an office where I worked several years ago.  I noticed its tall, graceful form and the colors of the foliage and the stem.  Then as Spring progressed, it budded and bloomed; I … Continue reading

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Honey Bees and I love Poppies

I’ve always been a fan of the seed pod that poppies leave after they flower.  Tall, architectural, exotic looking – and you don’t have to wait until late in the season!  As soon as the one day blooms finish, there … Continue reading

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Growing up with my mom was like having a single parent; my dad traveled extensively for his work.  There were periods here and there during which he was with us day to day, but for large chunks of time and … Continue reading

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The Zen of Weeding

I love weeding. I know what you’re thinking.  I didn’t always feel that way.  Hang with me a few minutes; let me explain. Several years ago, while I was a Horticulture student, I worked as a summer intern at the … Continue reading

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Trees and Other Ancestors

Late yesterday afternoon a powerful band of wind and rain ripped through North Carolina and spawned dozens of tornadoes, including one that touched down in my city and caused significant damage in some areas.  There are reports of fatalities and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday

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Are you looking at me?

It’s been several weeks since I first introduced you to my girls – the five hens that have become my little friends, soil tillers, compost engineers and food producers.  Things have changed, the flock has grown, and we’re all learning … Continue reading

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