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When To Plant

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 10

It is mid-summer and the weather is hot. No matter, I’m still planting. Some early-flowering perennials have been cut to the ground now that their flowers have faded. Given this treatment most of these plants will grow new foliage that is smaller and so the plants will remain […]

Some Days Are A Gift…

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 25

…and some are not. Today I had one of the former and I’m totally, completely grateful. I did not have to get into an automobile once today, and from 7 AM until 5:30 PM I was in the garden. I weeded, planted annuals, sprayed spinosad to combat […]

Planting Hope & Faith

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 24

I confess that from the beginning of February to mid-April I’m orderning plants online. Some of these fall into the “I’ve always wanted one of these,” category and others are impulse purchases. In March I may read an article about a particular plant and think, “This sounds […]

A Pause In Planting?

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 17

I don’t know about the rest of you who plant in cold climates, but I’m happy that I can’t garden twelve months a year. Yes, I’m sorry to see the vegetables and annuals go, and I will miss the flowers. But it’s pleasing to be able to […]

Seeking & Planting

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 6

Searching for a meaningful life is like planting a garden.

My friend Joanna spent the last six months walking the Appalachian Trail, starting in the south and finishing at Mt. Katahdin. I am filled with awe at such a venture and achievement.

Like many people who hike […]


Report From PIA – April 25

I rushed home from the garden center today and quickly changed into jeans so that I could start planting. I wanted to put some sweet-scented roses into the fragrance garden, and I have several plants that I ordered from Big Dipper Farm that needed to get into the soil.


Weaving and Planting

Report From PIA – October 21

In the old days I used to be a weaver. I wove art pieces, clothing, wall hangings, and home furnishings, enjoying the process of blending the colorful and varied yarns together.

Today there were echoes of the weaving process, although my hands never touched a loom. It was a […]

And In Between We Garden

Report From PIA – September 8

My husband gave me a card today that quotes Nelson Eddy: “We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in-between we garden.” Nicely put, Nelson!

Today, I was planting like crazy, but not in the ground. I sent an article to a spiritual publication, I worked […]