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Midsummer Madness

Many balls in the air – trying hard not to drop any….   I’ve been traveling and visiting friends, with another trip to see my grandmother coming up soon; I’m winding down the tutoring this summer and getting ready to add full-time-school to full-time-work; moving quickly now towards buying a house Read more…

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Vine and Fig Tree

In the days of Solomon (according to Micah and to folk songs) everyone lived in peace and unafraid, each under his or her own vine and fig tree. The grapevine had completely taken over the tomatoes, and while a few cucumbers managed to escape, I think we’ll have to say Read more…

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Garden update

Mockingbird Update! I am absolutely convinced that the mockingbird currently nesting in the tree by my porch is MY MOCKINGBIRD, from last spring.  I am sure that the canned catfood he ate made him the biggest and smartest of all the birds, and his wild adventure staying in a box Read more…

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Lemon Tree (Very Pretty)

Grown from lemon seeds…   This is the first time I’ve seen them flower, and I’m hoping I may actually (finally) get lemons! When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me, “Come here and take a lesson from the lovely lemon tree.” “Don’t put your faith Read more…

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Fairy House

We have been working each spring on a secret house, built from vines, under the crepe myrtle tree in the backyard.  Jaden and I spent most of the day weaving walls. (Kyler spent most of the day at the top of the magnolia.)     by

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Summer Solstice

First official day of summer… usually in NC it’s hot and humid starting on Groundhog’s Day, but this year we’re having an amazing, beautiful, mild June.  Mornings are cool and not too sticky, afternoons get hot and stormy, evenings cool down again after the rain.  The garden loves it!  And Read more…

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Summer lights

Solar powered garden lights are on my top ten list of favorite things, right up there with spaghetti.  Here the last little bit of sunlight is collected for the evening, in the gardenias.  (I think I caught a firefly in this photo, too…)   by

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More Spring!

Already have to mow the lawn AGAIN….  (!)  And all kinds of flowers came up this year.  (I was more careful than usual with the bulbs last fall.)  Meanwhile, seeds starting:  okra watermelon poblano cayanne banana-pepper cherry-tomato heirloom-tomato tomato-tomato dill fennel lettuce carnations primrose flax alyssum and BEANS! by

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