Are You Ready for July Weeds?

It’s time for round two. July brings a new bounty of weeds. Here in the Midwest, you can add heat and mosquitoes to that mix. Yes, it’s a party! If your kids can help, let them (they will need heavy gloves for thistle). If they can’t identify the weeds, here’s a handy guide to the…

While the Cat’s Away: Six on Saturday, 6-16-18

We are eager to go, and then eager to come home again. This is the conundrum of going on vacation, or “holiday,” if you like. I worked hard in the garden before we left, pulling weeds, cutting grass, planting and transplanting, positioning sprinklers.  It looked really good.  And, that is saying a lot, because I’m…

Daffodils of All Shapes and Sizes for Season-long Bloom

Daffodils were my favorite flowers when I was a little girl. I couldn’t imagine anything prettier or more cheerful than those sunny yellow petals surrounding a frilly trumpet cup of orange, white, or yellow again. I drew them, crafted them from construction paper, and when I was old enough, I planted them. Now, as I…

Sharing Is for the Birds

Robins and many other suburban-dwelling birds repeatedly fly into windows because they interpret their reflections as other birds invading their territory.