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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 23 – In the Spirit of Thanksgiving Week

Dear Frost,

I have to say that although I dread your arrival, you manage to […]

November Bloom Day

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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 15

We’ve had two very hard frosts at Poison Ivy Acres, but a couple of plants continue to flower as if it was […]

The End of A Season

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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 2

I picked the last bouquet of dahlias today. The foliage was already shriveled from a light frost on Sunday night, and […]

Past, Present, & Future

Report From PIA – November 15

If you’re a gardener, being in the present means focusing on the current moment, while keeping a foot in the past and an eye to the future. This sounds like a balancing act, but really it’s just a matter of taking care of seasonal business.

The Past: I finished […]

Some Days Are Like That (Go Right To The Photos)

Report From PIA – October 20

When I woke up this morning I immediately saw that it was absolutely magical outside. Some parts of the yard were heavily frosted, while those closer to the lake were covered not with frost, but with fog. I walked around the property in my bathrobe, taking pictures, amazed at […]

Wealth

Report From PIA – October 9

There are days that my garden makes me feel like the wealthiest woman on earth.

If I went into the supermarket produce section and saw only a handful of green beans, a couple of tiny zucchini squash and a bunch of basil, I’d think that the store was poorly […]