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Flourish or Fizzle?

Flourish or Fizzle?

As the remaining bed locations are finalized and the connecting paths take shape I can shift focus to the plant content at Paths of Hope. A new development has triggered the need for negotiations in choosing the jewels that will adorn our landscape, though. Shawn is becoming quite possessive of “her gardens.” She has opinions […]

Picking a Tree

Picking a Tree

We had not planned to shop for plants as we parked and threaded our way through the lot to the massive flea market held at the North Carolina State Fair Grounds. For plant shopping our first choice would have been the farmer’s market a little further south. As the sun roasted our brains we scanned […]

Ideal Gardening Weather

Ideal Gardening Weather

In April we wondered if the rain would ever stop. More than once the passing storms unleashed liquid fury in such volumes the gutters and downspouts could not handle the load. The rain barrels overflowed, and the low spot next to the neighbor’s house morphed into a swamp that took several days to percolate into […]

Not Everything Works as Planned

Carrot Harvest Epic Fail

Garden web site curators and bloggers love to sprinkle their prose with stunning pictures of perfect plants and blooms. Books with a gardening theme include a bounty of glossy images with unspoiled backgrounds. Those who garden in the real world—hordes of Japanese beetles, critters that dig in the soft soils of our garden beds, and […]

Awash in Overflow

Summer Storm 2018 (2)

I enjoy the rain as it sweeps across the lawn and garden. During Raleigh’s sweltering summers that late afternoon storm whips up a cooling breeze, and the plants dance with anticipation as the drops tumble to earth. I can distribute water with the hose for hours and not have the impact that storm wallops in […]

A Garden Anniversary

A Garden Anniversary

Shawn and I celebrated Anniversary #37 this week, and our choice of festivity may surprise some readers. We ate a hearty breakfast (bacon and fresh eggs from our daughter’s chickens) then headed for the North Carolina Farmer’s Market. Any day becomes a celebration when one visits the Farmer’s Market, right? I am always amazed at […]