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Monday, April 27, 2015

rock harvest

 today's project was to prepare the holes for the dahlias.
remember, 2 years ago, i hired somebody to dig these holes out with a pike.
well, rocks grow.
and this year's harvest was pretty good!

 some things i just don't understand.

 and yes, i did this all by myself this year.
after removing the rocks i went round and fluffed it up.
then went back and forth to the manure pile and added 3 shovelfulls to each hole.
 everybody gets all freaked out by horse manure.
but this stuff is beautiful and amazing,
 and i've been using it for 3 years with excellent results.

i have 99 holes and i was pleased to get this much done today. 
check back tomorrow for the rest of the story!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


why is it that i never before noticed the amazing mechanics of rhubarb?
it starts with the reddish covering of the leaf poking up out of the ground.
then the tightly packed leaf emerges,
and i find the pleating to be marvelous.
and wonder if i could ever have the patience to do a watercolor of this stage of leaf?
overwhelming thought.
anyway, back to the rhubarb...
gradually, the pleating unfolds.
and guess what?  the leaves are heart shaped.
 i have been thinking that if you need a border plant to cover lots of space,
and it is situated in full sun,
that rhubarb might be an interesting selection.
that is, until you harvest it for your pie!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

right where we are

here. now. in the garden blooming.
finally the spring is arrived in rhode island!
and under a gentle sun we have scilla, puschkinia libanotica, primroses, and jenny goes round the mountain.
and sticky little leaf buds of lilac.
 i wish i could send you the fragrance of this primrose!

Friday, April 3, 2015

happy easter!

a tiny bunny made from 2 helianthus seedpods,
 a pussy willow bud tail,
 and 2 english boxwood leaves that got burned out by our snow.
  4 tiny dabs of glue.
 hope you and your families have a lovely weekend!