The Hens and Chicks in clay pots on our front steps are flourishing in the cool fall weather. Each day I see new tiny chicks emerging. Close and cozy, growing in a tight space. It is counter-intuitive for a gardener. I want to re-pot and give more space, but these succulents actually grow better in … More Hens and Chicks
I linger under the deck in the shade. A cool relief from the heat of afternoon picking in the garden. I am amazed again by soil, sun and water contributing to the growth of the fresh eggplants, tomatoes and peppers I just picked.
Plants with branches slumped and sticky hold plump cherry and grape tomatoes in our kitchen garden. The full sunny days and shower refreshed evenings kept all growing. Over four feet in two months! Our tomato plants grew beyond their cages and almost touched the deck before they toppled on themselves as vines will do. We gave … More Tomatoes gone wild
Our two year old peach tree produced fruit for the first time. The two peaches we picked tasted amazing! Juicy and sweet. When I cut through the soft skin fuzz, the peaches nearly fell apart. Juice squirted. The peach flesh slipped through my fingers. I gathered it up with a spoon and offered some to … More First Peach 2016
Visitors to our garden are welcome! We were thrilled to find helpers in our garden this year – a toad, wasps, spiders and a praying mantis. They kept some of the insect pests from doing too much damage. This praying mantis was not intimidated by the size of its prey. After a few flashes … More Visitors to our home garden
First year of new backyard garden gives our family veggies, flowers, joy, and humble pride. My 10 year old son announced a few days ago, “We have the biggest and most beautiful garden in our neighborhood!” Next he said, “I want to sweep the stones and weed.” Really. My “working in the garden is boring,” son volunteers … More Our Garden Plot Comes Home
A summer adventure with my son 20 to 30 feet above ground at Adventure Park in Sandy Spring, Maryland. We climbed, zipped, balanced, walked, swung and scooted across ropes and logs from tree to tree.
Several hot and dry days over the long Memorial Day weekend gave us a chance for outdoor work and play together. We finally stained our new deck. My 10 year old son was thrilled to paint with us. His constant chattering about his thoughts, feelings, school, Minecraft and best techniques to paint, made the work fun. I … More Outdoor Work and Play
A photo of our front yard at start of growing season. My goal is no weed or grass spots and no brown mulch, only green steppable plants. There are five different ground covers growing – Stonecrop at front right, Alban Reptans, blue flowers at back right, Vinca around the tree, Wooly Thyme behind the tree … More Steppables
Clematis … More Wordless Wednesday