Category Archives: gardening

Summer Got-away

I promised myself last spring it wouldn’t happen again: the summer, this year, would not spiral out of control. I would manage my time, balance my obligations, ride herd on my expectations. But the summer got away from me. Again. … Continue reading

Posted in fall, gardening, summer, time, weather, weeds | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Hope Springs

Every year it’s the same: as temperatures start creeping up, offering reassurance that winter is winding down, I start obsessing over color. This is a spring thing for many of us living in the world’s temperate zones, I suppose, but … Continue reading

Posted in change of seasons, color, gardening, spring | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Late Season

Years ago, reflecting on our move from the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado to the more rural center of the state, I wrote about planning the space that would be our garden in the mountains: Despite the high elevation, short growing … Continue reading

Posted in color, fall, gardening, humans and wildlife, rodents, weather | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Late Season

Landscaping in Slow Motion

Most of the landscaping around here came with the place. Contracting crews working on the house in 2002-03 were flustered that we were such sticklers about maintaining a tight construction envelope around the site, but I’m glad every day we … Continue reading

Posted in color, gardening, impatience, wildflowers, wildlife encounters | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

In Praise of Perennials

I regularly lose control of the clock. Hours and even days seep away through pinholes and hairline cracks somewhere in my spacetime continuum. Lately though, I appear to have lost control not only of the clock but also of the … Continue reading

Posted in gardening, procrastination | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Winterspring

From a distance, not much has changed. Almost-mid-May from the house looks pretty much like just-past-mid-March. The difference, as it so often is, is in the details. The expanses of grass, passive and still eight weeks ago, are now host … Continue reading

Posted in birds, change of seasons, color, gardening, precipitation, rodents, snow, weather | Tagged , | Comments Off on Winterspring

On the Theme of Running Late

For once, it wasn’t me. The party running late, this time, was autumn. Oh sure, the light changed, spearing over the land at that long low angle that first alerts me summer is waning. And, yes, leaves of sticky geranium … Continue reading

Posted in change of seasons, fall, gardening, observation, weather | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Strawberry Season

It’s been a good summer for strawberries in the garden. Actually, it’s almost always a good summer for the strawberries, but this has been one of those years when we’ve not only had a steady stream of fresh berries for … Continue reading

Posted in gardening | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Running Late, Right on Time

Annual cycles come in every variety, and my yearly gardening procrastination routine is well underway. Every year, in the doldrums of “spring” promise during March and April, I vow that THIS YEAR I’ll get the garden put together in a … Continue reading

Posted in gardening, procrastination, weather | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Running Late, Right on Time

Just One Storm

I’ve lived in a semi-arid environment all my life (except two years during college when I lived in England: a wonder of green, and skin that did not demand a daily slathering of lotion). Living where the air is perched … Continue reading

Posted in gardening, observation, spring, weather | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Just One Storm