Small Wonders

Life finds a hold everywhere, no matter how small ūüôā A swallowtail caterpillar and a tiny bee on a dill flower ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Monarch laying eggs on milkweed ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†A hoverfly … Continue reading Small Wonders

Unintended Consequences

As gardeners and environmentally conscious people, we try to lessen the impact in our own homes and gardens. ¬†We plant for the bees and butterflies and try to plant a few plants for the larva so they won’t eat our prize roses! ¬†A great idea is to visit your local markets to buy local produce and reduce the transport carbon footprint. ¬†However not everything grows … Continue reading Unintended Consequences

Cats and Gardens

Cats and gardens go together, like cats and artists, cats and writers, cats and pretty much anything as far as I’m concerned. This is Moses, my beautiful one eyed Arabian Mau who came from the streets of Dubai as a tiny kitten. ¬†He loves the garden and peruses his territory, nibbling¬†on grasses and catmint like some feline connoisseur. Only a cat can take a wheelbarrow … Continue reading Cats and Gardens

Alas Cruel Spring

From this   To this In a single night of frost. ¬†We eagerly wait all year for the glories of spring: ¬†daffodils, tulips, cherry blossoms and the glorious magnolia blooms. ¬†Sadly spring shows us just how ephemeral life and beauty can be. ¬†One moment beautiful pink flowers, next a sodden mess of wilted petals. ¬†Good thing gardeners are a hardy persistent lot…there is always next … Continue reading Alas Cruel Spring

Winter Blues

Just when I thought spring had arrived…sprayed my shrubs with dormant oil, planted my bulbs and seeds…and wham! Winter is back with a vengeance. ¬†My little flower house is empty and cold,¬†and my bulbs, seedlings and spring pots are languishing in the dimness of my house. ¬†Another 5 days of miserable coldness before I can move things back into the flower house. ¬†On a positive … Continue reading Winter Blues