Tag: Spring

Jun 13

Mid-June Garden Report 2015

  Tiny little wild strawberries are delicious and this year I actually remembered to toss a mesh net over them as they went into bloom. Only the few on the periphery were eaten by deer or birds or rabbits. Most years I forget to cover them and I get none. These were wonderful on my …

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May 22

Memorial Day Weekend

In the U.S.A. what is known as Memorial Day, is generally considered the official start of the summer season. Throughout the nation, community lakes and pools open as do city pools for city residents. Seaside beaches open for their short season and many parks that may be closed in winter will reopen for camping. Like …

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May 11

…in the merry month of May!

May is a lovely month. April can be a little blustery with wet and cold sometimes a little snow. May is flowers and some showers. Plenty of sunshine and even some days of prematurely hot temperatures. *** I was absent most of last month while traveling about China. When I returned home, the weather was a marked …

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Mar 13

The Rocky Road to Dublin

In recognition of the upcoming annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities, (previous St. Paddy’s Day posts here and here) I offer the lyrics to this rousing Irish jig titled, THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN. ‘Tis a comical tale of a young lad who departs from his home seeking work as a field hand. Soon after bidding …

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Mar 07

Here it comes again…

In the past I have written about this daylight savings time nonsensical ritual we do in most of the U.S. You can read here and here for the background. Well, here it comes again. Sunday, March 8th. @ 2 AM. Some tips to help ease the strain of time change can be found here.

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Mar 03


A deep layer of snow covers the ground here, in this first week of March and there is more snow falling as I write this. In spite of the snow and cold, I heard the coo-OO-ing of the mourning dove and I am reassured that springtime is on the way. Perhaps it was the sweet …

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Feb 15

Tulips and other ornamental bulbs

Tulips were first cultivated in Central Asia more than 500 years ago and brought to Europe in the mid-16th Century. Tulips require vernalization to flower but they may be “forced” by keeping the bulbs wrapped in dark paper and refrigerated for several months. All of my bulbs are currently sleeping under about 3 feet of …

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Feb 02

Preparation for the trip to China.

This is the second article in a series about my plan to visit China. To read the first article go here. *** Update*** I returned to the Chinese Embassy in NYC today and picked-up my 10 year visa! 02/13/15 * One of my Chinese friends, who is too shy to post a comment on the …

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Oct 19

Plastic tarps in the garden

Plastic tarps have several uses in the garden. As a wind-break and a shield from cold, snow, rain and hail plastic can help save tender crops from frost or damage from heavy rain or hail. Black plastic is especially useful in cooler climates to aid in warming the soil in the early part of spring. …

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Jun 01

Watch The Stars

  Posting has been light recently due to a heavy gardening schedule and all the other stuff I need to get done. There are times when I just feel like there are not enough hours in the day….or, maybe there should be two of me! If only I could clone myself. Though, I suspect that …

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