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Archive for February, 2011

Of Sunday and Sacrifices

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 27 More snow today and I didn’t much relish being in the garden. I did enjoy having a bowl of popcorn for dinner, however. When I was a kid, one of five children, my mother fixed a large meal for Sunday dinner. We ate this meal after church [...]

The Wing Season

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 26 As we’re nearly into March, the weather swings both ways. Still winter, a hint of spring, back to winter, a touch of spring, then definitely, solidly winter. Yesterday it rained, poured really, on Cape Cod and last night it snowed. This morning the landscape was really pretty [...]

A Path With Heart

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 24 At this time of year gardeners are either applauding spring or looking forward to the growing season…they’re already rejoicing or anticipating that celebration. Yes, we’re facing a great deal of work, but it’s work that feeds a persons very center. Today I found a postcard that brought [...]

Escape

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 22 There are seasons when we need to escape. Yes, we need to flee from a long period of rain or bolt away from winter for the sake of our sanity. Yesterday I was writing about embracing the cold season and today I’m acknowledging our need to get [...]

Loving Peace

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 21 I’m in my third round of the editing of my novel, Suttons Harbor, and tonight I’m up to chapter 39 which is titled Loving Peace. As I sit down to think about today’s blog post it strikes me how appropriate this chapter title is for the garden. [...]

Reminders Of Connections

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 19 As I pulled out of my driveway, on my way to the radio station in the early AM, I saw a parade heading down my road. A line of wild turkeys moved along the shoulder, heading toward Poison Ivy Acres. Fortunately my husband spotted them moving through [...]

In Leaner Times

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 18 For two years I’ve loved my purple leaf Harry Lauder’s walking stick, aka Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ Red Majestic. Like many who plant this quirky filbert, I love it in the winter because the zig zaggy branches are interesting when the foliage is gone. Unlike the green leaf [...]

A Gardener In Advance Of Spring

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 17 I spent a good part of the day working on the synopsis of my novel and found that reducing a 78,000 word manuscript down to a page and a half is a bit like ridding a lawn of dandelions: not impossible, but definitely time consuming, hard work. [...]

Record Keeping

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 16th In reviewing a talk recently I came across a photo of my jar of plant labels. This is my impromptu, imperfect way to remember what I’ve planted. Each season, as new plants are put in the ground, I take the tags from the pots and stick them [...]

50 Degree Day

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 14 Many moons ago, when I was in high school in Wisconsin, there was a local tradition called 50 Degree Day. After a long, cold upper-Midwest winter, the custom was that on the first day that the thermometer hit 50 or above, an informal holiday was declared. This [...]