Tag: Native species

Persephone months

Eliot Coleman calls the period of time when days are less than 10 hours long from sunrise to sunset the Persephone months. In his Maine winter garden, this is when vegetables under cover will be available for harvest, although they do not grow. The…

Golden Raindrops crabapple trees

Golden Raindrops crabapple trees (Malus transitoria Schmidtcutleaf). Last spring I wrote a post called A robin experiment where I described bringing home dried-up crabapple fruits from the park to feed a hungry old robin. In that post, I expressed a desire to plant some crabapples…

October cleanup

October cleanup. We had 1 1/2″ of rain the first of October, following 1 1/2″ the last of September. Yesterday, October 27, another 1 1/2″ fell, making 3″ of rain for October. We still have an 8″ rain deficit for the year, according to…

September renewal

September renewal. Since most of my life up to now has been spent observing a school calendar, September still seems like a time to start again, to make new resolutions, to get excited about stuff. So, while I still have the habit of thinking…

July jungle

July jungle. I started the month of July thinking how much the gardens had become a jungle. Particularly the old apple tree area, seen in the photos above, which was fast getting overrun with weeds. Just to be clear, the sunflowers and the bee…

April blooms

April blooms. Here it is the last week of April. What a difference a month makes. As I wrote in the post March changes, I was in despair at the end of March thinking that the freezing temps and snow would never go away. Although…

Native species

Native species garden. Douglas W. Tallamy, the author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, recently wrote a piece for the New York Times, titled “The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: In Your Garden, Choose Plants That Help the Environment,” which puts…