archive for the ‘garden!’ category

slow summer

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

so slow
feels like we’re weeks behind the usual summer blooms & fruit
st paul mn
july 4, 2014
impossible project color film for 600-type cameras

may 1

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

about damn time.
(rabbit, rabbit.)

green stuff is coming out of the ground!

new garden

Friday, July 20th, 2012

i used to have some sort of pine tree in my front yard. it was pretty small & squat when i bought my house, but then all of a sudden it seemed to double in size. i didn’t find it attractive, and the roots were starting to interfere with my water line. so in late summer of 2010 i had my dad cut it down. and then i did nothing with the big bare spot, which is in a nice-sized rectangle (it’s bordered by the front sidewalk, the neighbor’s driveway, and the walkway to my front door).

summer of 2011 rolls around and i still have that bare spot, and there’s a stump in the middle. i think about putting in a rain garden. but i do nothing. i eventually called a nice old guy to came over and grind the stump into wood chips. then i think about reseeding the whole area. or maybe i should put in a perennial garden? it’s south-facing with lots of summer sun. but still, i do nothing, except for cover the entire rectangle in landscape fabric at the end of the summer and decide to wait until next spring to figure out what i’m going to do. my front yard looked so trashy… 6 months of landscape fabric that would break free from its spikes and flap wildly in the wind…

spring of 2012 arrives and i realize i really can’t put this off anymore. so i pull up the landscape fabric during one of the unseasonably warm weeks in march, and then i do nothing. finally, in june i pull the weeds that have come up, and decide that yes, this spot will be a perennial garden. my friend jean dropped off some plants. the local nursery has their 50% off sale (because summer has already been here for 2 months) and i stocked up. and last weekend i finally redeemed the gift certificate for a nursery a friend gave me last year. here’s what i’ve planted:


dwarf coneflower echinacea ‘avalanche’


yarrow achilleea ‘saucy seduction’


black-eyed susan rudbeckia hirta


blazing star liatris spicata


butterfly flower asclepias tuderosa


stonecrop sedum ‘dazzleberry’


pincushion flower scabiosa caucasica

there are some empty spots. i’ll worry about them later. also, i have a pile of cedar edging in the backyard. i bought it 4 weeks ago. i intend to put it in this weekend. but knowing how i tend to put things off for months, i’ll be really surprised if i get it put in before snow falls…

happy weekend!

week’s end

Friday, June 8th, 2012

last night i realized the momma and 2 baby robins i spotted last weekend were no longer in the nest, but they did leave an egg behind. it made me a little sad.

this blog and creativity has been a low priority this week. it has made me a little sad, too. i hope to change that starting this weekend.


hello, june

Monday, June 4th, 2012

i didn’t do much over the weekend… i craved a few days free of obligations and chores and travel. i needed to reacquaint myself with my outdoor surroundings, and there were a few surprises:

big eyes!
i discovered a robin’s nest in my backyard, and the eggs have already hatched. there are 2 fuzzy babies! i had been finding robin egg shells in my yard in may, but i didn’t realize the nest was steps from my back door.

house wren nest
a pair of house wrens laid eggs in their 2nd attempt at a nest on a wreath right outside my front door. the last time this pair nested in this spot, the baby birds fell out of the nest onto the concrete. i must get to the nursery and fill a planter with annuals and place it directly under the nest ASAP!

the first echinacea bloom! it’s a little straggly, but it definitely says summer is here!


Thursday, September 1st, 2011

squash - tz artistic film
i didn’t plant much of a garden this spring, but i did want to try growing butternut squash. and look at this beauty i pulled last weekend! it is destined for soup… but not until fall is here (which is only 23 days away?!).

i’m flying to seattle today for a long holiday weekend, so this is my last post until next tuesday. i’ll pop up on facebook and twitter occasionally…

happy weekend!


Friday, June 17th, 2011

happy weekend!

summer love, part iv

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

lemon verbena, with basil and mint on the side.
lemon verbena.

a friend and i took a class at shady acres herb farm years ago, and it was there that i was introduced to lemon verbena. summer is not complete until i have a pot of it on my deck, even though i don’t do a single thing with it, except sniff the leaves.

(i know that makes me sound like a total weirdo.)


Monday, August 23rd, 2010

mushroom at dusk
a mushroom began to make an appearance in my backyard last week, and i was obsessed with it all weekend as it transformed from a little white bubble in the grass to a giant ‘shroom capable of supporting a caterpillar smoking a hookah. the enormous size… and the randomness of where it grew… i was fascinated.


until i plucked it and tossed it into the compost. (i had some mowing to do.)


Thursday, August 5th, 2010

squash blossom!
gardening is a minimal affair for me this summer: only 3 tomato plants, and i’m trying to grow butternut squash. the blossoms are encouraging, since i was not the most tender gardener when putting it into the ground. i heard a light *snap*, but it appears to be doing just fine for now…


Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

somehow some oregano traveled across the yard into the strawberry patch. i like to picture it packing a suitcase, and making its escape from the herb gardenĀ  — in the moonlight — to sunnier days with the strawberries on the west side of the yard.

(and that is as good as it gets today. it’s already been a long week!)