Nature

If I Had A Dog….

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Beautiful song and video released this week by Nat Johnson, on a subject that's near and dear to my heart, and that of all dog lovers.

Dispelling Texas-Sized Myths

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Texas is a mythical place. I learned when I first went to Europe that everyone knows about Texas, and that means most everyone has a preconceived idea of what the Lone Star State is like. When I first went overseas, that Texas myth was helped along by the TV show "Dallas" -- and the show [...]

Spring In The Sanctuary

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Up in New York, we kept our eyes peeled for the first daffodils, or tulips, or forsythia (I love that word). But, in this part of the country, there's one sure sign of spring. This time of year, you'll see cars pulled over and photos being taken at fields abundant with bluebonnets -- Texas' state [...]

Look What Came In The Mail This Week

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Yes, it's the (literal) seeds of my spring garden. I was reading something on A Way To Garden this week that started like this: Poor impulse control can be a real liability for the gardener in February, so shall we try together to stifle our urges to start seeds too soon, or order plants galore... [...]

That Time Of Year Again (Seed Starting!)

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My husband and I had our coffee on the front porch this morning. Rocking in rocking chairs, we plotted what we wanted to get accomplished this weekend (for once, he is taking the weekend off from work). Why is this special? Because the last few weeks have been marked by icy weather, and here's what [...]

Moments In Nature

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I've been remiss in updating this site. No more time now than at any recent time, but I'll share this amazing video in the meantime.

The Frost, Fall 2013

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Just a few weeks ago, I was reveling in the cool temperatures of Central Texas fall, when the garden began to flourish again after the punishing heat of the summer. Tomatoes, eggplant, jalapeños and even cucumbers flowered prolifically, while my cool season plantings of bok choy and chard were coming along nicely. That's a sweet [...]

No Waste: Capturing The Moment With Rain Barrels

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In Central Texas, we've got plenty of sunshine. Also, plenty of bugs -- this time of year you feel like you're wading through a sea of grasshoppers as you walk through the yard, as they scatter with high jumps all around you. What we don't have enough of is rain. It's really quite dire. People [...]

Escalation of Hostilities

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I went out to the garden the other morning to find signs of... an intruder! It has rained and some of the footprints were especially deep, like something fairly heavy, and cloven-hoofed. That liked to munch off the tops of my vegetable plants. It was unmistakable, my white-tailed enemies had encroached upon my territory. It was [...]

Homegrown Potatoes

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The last week or so, I've been scouring the Internet for information about potato diseases and pests. What, I wondered, could be causing my potato plants to wilt with leaves eventually turning yellow and brown. Could it be black leg? Blight? Magnesium deficiency? Then I started to do some math and realized that I'd planted [...]

Time Flies

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Remember that nest, and those eggs, belonging to the bird family residing in our garage? Well, after our weekend away, more eggs appeared. And, not long thereafter, we began to see the mother and father bird bringing in bugs for these little baldies... (click on any of these pics to take a closer look) And [...]

“Gardening is not a rational act.”

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Heard a quote today that fits perfectly into my contention that we garden despite the challenges... "Gardening is not a rational act. What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth, that ancient ceremony of which the Pope kissing the tarmac is merely a pallid vestigial remnant. In the spring, at the end [...]

New Life

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We've had a novel problem since moving to the sticks. It's not unusual to find a bird, sometimes a hummingbird, stuck in our garage. They sometimes can't figure out how to get out (even when the door is open), and fling themselves against the windows. We've even occasionally had to catch them in a net, [...]

Gardening = Heartbreak

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This is what my garden looked like this weekend. Wasn't it beautiful and full of promise? Notice the past tense. That's because Monday was a day that brought winds -- serious winds -- to our little corner of the world. I sat inside working with my stomach clenched, keeping myself from peeking outside until the [...]