The Shade Meadow: Year-One

In the garden, as in life, endings and beginnings are easily confused, one for the other.

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The Rainbow at the Bus Stop

I thought it was spam, and then a scam… A Nigerian prince offering riches beyond my wildest dreams. For a price.  The e-mail read: “Dear shopper:  You have received this notification from Prairie Moon Nursery because you received a gift certificate from Admirer for $400.00. Message: ‘A blog admirer is sending you a gift certificate to thank you!’”

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Catastrophe: a September Garden Progress Report

There’s nothing quite like coming home from a long, hard day’s work to find a tag on your doorknob from the water department telling you that the water main has ruptured… on *your* side of the meter.

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Sweat Gets in Your Eyes

I have always done the majority of my gardening during the spring and summer months.  September usually finds me in a gardening postpartum funk.  Green tomatoes linger on raggedy vines that straggle in the mulch.  Wildflowers slump out of bounds.  The awful lilac bushes go white with powdery mildew.

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5-31 Progress Report and Tootsie-Time’s Fertilizer Friday Photojournal!

Visit some of the most beautiful and unusual gardens from around the world.  Do  a little  Tootsie Time, NOW! <– Clikky-Clikky friends!

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5-7 Garden Progress Report: Prairie Problems

This is my restored tall grass prairie.  I have avoided talking about it, or even thinking about it, all spring.  Yesterday and today, however, I put on my Big Gurl Panties and faced it down.  I will have to face it down again tomorrow.  And the day after.  I worry, in fact, that the coming summer will be one losing battle after another in a war with non-native and overly-aggressive native plant species that have taken hold in the garden in the last four years.

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