My Spring 2013 newsletter is now up on my website. Enjoy! Here's my garden right now--full, glorious Spring. The azaleas will be at peak this weekend.
I have an article due later this week on the subject of peanuts. I'm looking forward to writing it, yet I haven't gotten the urge or the inspiration to get started. The deadline will get me moving, I know, because I have a deep-seated need to fulfill my obligations to the best of my ability. I still see my mother staring at me, arms crossed, with tapping [...]
I noticed Anne Raver wrote a piece in the New York Times recently about Nancy Goodwin and her garden in Hillsborough, NC, "Montrose". Here's a link. Nancy wrote a book about her garden and her experiences there, Montrose: Life in a Garden. It's a lovely, informative read. Steve and I visited there two Winters ago, and we had a personal tour through the garden with Nancy. It [...]
If you garden, Winter is a time of major dreaming. Dreaming about how our gardens will do this year, dreaming about maybe traveling to see some gardens, and, well...dreaming while sleeping. It's a great time for naps, snuggled up in your favorite old blankets and afghans. Personally, my reading time is just before I sleep--at night or before a nap. I relax and dig into whatever book I'm reading [...]
“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” -- Elizabeth Lawrence Thanks to Shirley of Pender Nursery in NC for posting this in a recent e-mail. I love the NC writer, Elizabeth Lawrence, whose books are wonderful recipes of seasonal gardening chores and observations, mixed in with garden philosophy. Great reads, especially in the winter when there is time to settle in with a good garden [...]
To know me is to know that my favorite author is Frances Mayes, writer of the Under the Tuscan Sun series about her life in Italy. I have spent many an hour dreaming as I read through her books. Her work has influenced me greatly. She is a gardener in her own right and usually writes extensively about gardens in each of her books (in addition to cooking, decorating, [...]