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Support One Another

Support One Another

  My son-in-law, Daniel, has become an aficionado of Japanese maple trees and is busy planting and tending his collection. He’s starting with a fresh canvas, having just moved into a newly constructed home, and he is placing those trees in spots where the color and foliage will make a bold statement. As the spring […]

Garden Praises

Garden Praises

My gardening tendencies came to me through a long line of gardeners. My paternal grandmother’s green thumb coaxed life out of plant material others had given up for dead. My maternal grandfather’s garden never ceased to be a topic of conversation and at least one lengthy walk on each of my visits. Mom’s top two […]

The Root of the Garlic Problem

The Root of the Garlic Problem

I’ve been waiting for the fall garlic to bloom and signal the time for harvest, which should have happened weeks ago. The plants have stopped increasing in size, and in the last weeks as the temperatures topped 90 some leaves yellowed and some plants tumbled over like life has become too hard to endure. Regular […]

The Spring Crooners

The Spring Crooners

My mother collects frogs. She has shelves loaded with frog figurines in myriad sizes and colors. Some wear strange clothing. Others sit bare in their frog skin, naked for all to see. A couple of the talented ones have frog-sized musical instruments. A boy frog and a girl frog cuddle on a bench in the […]