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Jelly Beans and Easter

Jelly Beans and Easter

Children will believe anything. Dad might announce, “Kids, I saved room in the garden for a row of jelly beans. Who wants to help plant them?” The house rocks with the stampede of feet heading out to join dad in the garden. Most of the seed is eaten during the planting, but a few beans […]

Plant. Water. Wait.

Plant. Water. Wait.

We have been shifting our lawn from grass to natural areas and plantings specifically chosen for their beauty and the benefit they offer to visiting wildlife. I can slip out the front door most any morning to find a variety of birds hopping about the Front Forty (40 feet that is!) in a scramble to […]

The Persnickety Phlox

The Persnickety Phlox

The only gardener I know who got things right first time is God. And don’t you know that Adam, as caretaker of that perfect garden, moved the plants around? Gardeners do that. We can’t help ourselves. Most of the elements in our gardens have moved many times. We adjust for location, lighting, presentation, and sometimes […]

No List Just Praise

No List Just Praise

Good morning, Lord. I’m so thankful that You never tire of hearing from me, and honestly I don’t know how You do it. I’d wear out from exposure to the endless stream of wish lists, emergency pleas for help, and outright selfish demands. Forgive me for asking, receiving your answers, and forgetting to thank You. […]

Bootleg Broccoli

Bootleg Broccoli

Ordinarily I keep the rules, but some rules really frost me. We live in a neighborhood with a Gestapo-like homeowners association. The roving tattle-tales ignore crumbling and unpainted siding, unkempt yards, and blatant building code violations, but let a hungry soul plant a tomato forward of the rear setback of a house, and the booted […]

The Loquat Contest

The Loquat Contest

Humans can make a contest out of any endeavor if we put our minds to it. If you doubt that statement drop by the North Carolina State Fair website and browse the categories of competitions. There’s something disturbing yet intriguing about tomatoes the size of small watermelons. Wonder if I can stuff the squirrel that […]