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  • Woodland Findings © Sue Schlabach

    Hello Winter. Thankful.

    Almost Thanksgiving and the grass is nearly obscured by snow. That’s okay with me after the mild, lingering autumn we’ve had. Our garden wall project that ate up our summer (and was partially the reason I rarely wrote), is nearly complete, and that is one of a million things I am thankful for this season.…

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    Salad Days

    Between thunderstorms we’re celebrating the salad days of summer. The thunderstorms have been a daily occurrence. No swimming in the river to beat the heat. {But Paul’s watermelon cocktail on July Fourth was a good idea.} And salad. The row of mixed lettuces of lime, purple, burgundy and viridian is thriving in these wet days. Spells…

  • © Sue Schlabach

    Spring Crops, Summer Heat

    The last day of May brought a July-like heat and humidity. We plucked the first fat ripe radishes from the garden and ate them with butter and salt. Delicious. We are making a new asparagus patch, so I raided my parent’s plot while they were away and we sautéed the spears with mushrooms and feasted…

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    Anna Pavord, Pulling Weeds

    I scored Anna Pavord‘s The Curious Gardener at a book sale last week. It was a brand new copy until I got my hands on it. Now it has some dirty fingerprints, and I’ve read all essays about spring and summer months. Come September I will dive back in for more of her wit and…

  • ballymaloe cooking school garden © Sue Schlabach

    360 Degree View—An Irish Garden

    Have you ever visited a place you’ve only seen in books, but gazed upon so often that you felt you knew it? It’s like stepping through the looking glass, and removing the glasses you are wearing that have blinders on the sides. A month ago we followed the narrow lanes of County Cork, navigated the…

  • Blossoms © Sue Schlabach

    Apple Blossoms, Heavy Dew

    Greetings after a long respite. Happy Mother’s Day and honor to all of our foremothers. Heavy dew this week makes for magic mornings. The apple blossoms are just starting to open on the north side by the henhouse. Violets and dandelions sprinkle the lawns, along with fallen branches from winter winds and snow—now just a…

  • Daffodils © Sue Schlabach

    Sprouting, Anticipating

      Yesterday I discovered a paper bag with four paperwhite bulbs—forgotten and sprouting exuberantly. I tucked them in among the spent paperwhite bulbs I planted in December. All our outdoor bulbs remain under a thick blanket of snow. The Irish daffodils are appearing in our markets and were irresistible.Their scent fills the house and nips…

  • Forsythia © Sue Schlabach

    Yellow Blooms, Late February

      Nine days after I brought forsythia branches indoors I found the first three flowers opening. By today—day eleven—the whole arrangement is showing off. Through the yellow tinged branches I can see a red cardinal flitting around in the falling snow. Two thirds of the primary color group is making an appearance on a late…

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    Forcing Forsythia, the Love of Orange

      As I typed the words ‘forcing forsythia’ I heard them spoken in the voice of Sylvester, the cartoon cat who always chased Tweety Bird. These metal industrial stools cheered me when I came across them this morning via Nest Design Studio. I do love orange, and a jolly little 1940s milk pitcher, a small…

  • Winter Garden DIY © Sue Schlabach

    DIY, Moss Winter Garden

      The days are lengthening, I can already tell. The chickens, who took a break from laying for a few weeks, are sharing an egg per day. Around now the indoor greenery is keeping my spirits up. The tips of narcissus are reaching toward the ceiling, and the amaryllis has a fat bud that looks…