A Fire in the Belly

Just when we thought it was safe to go outside again along comes February to remind us that winter is not done with us yet. Most of the country has been hit by some seriously cold, wintry weather. It’s hard to compare to places that are experiencing subzero temperatures but, even here on the Olympic… Continue reading A Fire in the Belly

Mirrors, Moss and Miniatures

I knew it was there and I had always meant to go. Plans were made but, mother nature intervened each time with bouts of nasty weather. One time it even snowed! I couldn’t seem to make it to Bloedel Reserve, a botanical garden on Bainbridge Island. Another time I made plans to go there for my birthday. We… Continue reading Mirrors, Moss and Miniatures

Stranger in the Night

The day is done It’s time to go inside because it’s getting dark and cold. You’ve seen how the fading light can change a garden: those flowers that cheered you up in the daytime begin to look watchful, that tree you like to sit beneath becomes animated and the path that invited you in is… Continue reading Stranger in the Night

Rhubarb’s Many Happy Returns

It seems odd to write about rhubarb as summer draws to a close. Rhubarb is one of the first vegetables to be harvested in the spring.* It’s an herbaceous perennial that comes back to life from rhizomes every spring. The timing is perfect for it to be paired with another perennial favorite, strawberries! I can’t… Continue reading Rhubarb’s Many Happy Returns

Smoky and Blue

The Woods a Blaze There are wildfires burning throughout the western part of the United States. Here in Washington State there have been 470 fires in 2018 so far. I was surprised to find out that every year the fire season officially starts on April 15th with burn restrictions in place on all DNR-protected lands. It… Continue reading Smoky and Blue

The Maple Mysteries

“I think something really amazing just happen.” I said to myself as I walked through the door after a long day at work. I was shaking and feeling a little crazy after having a smile stuck on my face for the last 30 minutes. David wasn’t visible at first so I went looking for him.… Continue reading The Maple Mysteries