Category Archives: Flowers and Gardens

Spooky Time

I love October.  As far back as high school, I identified it as probably my favorite month of the year.  (I say “probably” because every month is a symphony in a different key.) This is the spooky time.  Sunlight is … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes

The Jerusalem artichokes on the property are in full (belated) bloom.  I hope for some good, tasty tubers this year. Just a reminder:  the Jerusalem artichoke is native to the eastern United States, and its name is a colorful misnomer.  … Continue reading

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Loopin’ the Lupine

Please, please, pronounce “lupine” correctly. There is a word spelled LUPINE and pronounced LOO-pine, and it is an adjective meaning “wolflike.” There is another word spelled LUPINE and pronounced LOO-pin, and it is a noun meaning “perennial flower from the … Continue reading

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Edelweiss

I planted a small Edelweiss two years ago.  As recently as this spring, it was flowering.  Then it vanished, the victim of careless weeding. So, today, a box of three healthy new Edelweiss plants arrived from Bavarian Specialties.  One is … Continue reading

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As May Ends

There have been many rainy days, and I’m told more are to come.  This morning is perfect.  It’s summery, sunny, a little humid, the kind of morning where gardening is a pleasure. The irises are doing great (except one that … Continue reading

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Saunders Peony Update

Last fall I wrote about a Saunders peony I’d been sent, from upstate New York by way of Madison, Connecticut. It was a small bit of peony, but it had red eyes on it, and I planted it and hoped … Continue reading

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Ashes to Ashes

A break from the astronomy–though last evening offered really good seeing and high transparency, and I had the best views I’ve ever had of Jupiter and of M13. The ash trees are dying.  All of them.  Everywhere on this continent. … Continue reading

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Of Pocket Cameras

Even overexposed and blurred by the movement of about one second of arc, it’s fun to share a picture of Jupiter and its moons.  Very improvised setup, just an old Canon pocket camera put up to the eyepiece (for the … Continue reading

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