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Travel Theme: Deep

Travel Theme: Deep

I have been gone for far too long from this little page of mine. Ailsa’s weekly challenge is here to the rescue: This week’s theme is Deep. Deep like the tunnels of San Cristóbal in Puerto Rico. Down-down they go to the  dungeon, with its walls peeling, grooves for explosives over your head, and–the centerpiece of … Continue reading

Our Backyard Weekend: The Hatchlings!

Our Backyard Weekend: The Hatchlings!

This was the perfect gardening weekend. We decided to stay close to home, and a good thing too: Our first hatchlings of the season just made their debut. First, we spotted a mourning dove nest in the front yard, so flimsy, precarious, and low to the ground that every time I pass by, I have … Continue reading

My Garden, in Spring Color

My Garden, in Spring Color

And just like that, at long last, my gardening season begins in earnest. I love the newness of it all: Everything is crisp, fresh, and, for the moment, somewhat in order. Each day, I begin with my spring color survey. Here’s this week’s palette. My greens:  Maroons: Purples and blues: A blaze of yellows:  All … Continue reading

Travel Theme: Pale

Travel Theme: Pale

I did not have to travel far for my contribution to this week’s Travel Challenge: Pale. Spring is taking its time to reach the garden this year.  But, at long last, one of my woodland favorites is here: Jeffersonia dyphilla is venturing its first white blooms. This lovely native wildflower was named after Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home (and Garden)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home (and Garden)

This week’s photo challenge is Home: “share a picture that evokes HOME for you.“ Apart from my family–the one I was born to, and the one that grew around me over the years–my home is the garden that embraces our house. When I garden, I imagine myself the Little Prince, tending his planet against the catastrophe of … Continue reading

Ten Wildflowers to Tame (Part 1)

Ten Wildflowers to Tame (Part 1)

I hardly have to think of it: Blue False Indigo, Bee Balm, Butterflyweed, Cardinal Flower, Eastern Coneflower, Garden Phlox, Gayfeather, Thread-Leaf Coreopsis, Goldenrod, and Joe-Pye Weed. All ten are easy to grow and hard to kill–unintentionally, that is: These are polite neighbors in my Northern Virginia garden. But, above all, they bring so much life, … Continue reading