Monthly Archives: October 2017

Staying in Tune with the Outside World

It used to give me cabin fever to keep my windows closed for months in the winter or during hot spells in summer when you need the air conditioning to think straight. I always thought that I was missing the … Continue reading

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Flashy Phlox

I’m pretty sure my ‘Purple Flame’ Phlox is a mutant, and I love it. The plants are supposed to have magenta-purple flowers which my plant does, but the petals of my plant are also brushed with streaks of bluish-purple. It’s … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Daisy ‘Crazy Daisy’


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Two Full Moons

Before the rain and wind arrived on Monday, I pulled out all the flowers from my pots and planters and cut back many of my front-yard perennials. I left some mums which were still blooming, and I was pleasantly surprised … Continue reading

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October Migration Fallout

A strong storm system moved through on Monday night bringing rain and very gusty winds that lasted into Wednesday. The storm must’ve wreaked havoc on fall migrating birds because when I opened the shades on Tuesday morning, there were goldfinches … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Zinnia ‘Dreamland Coral’


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Orienpet ‘Elusive’

Orienpet ‘Elusive’ has pretty salmon-pink flowers with hints of yellow and even lime green in the petals. This sturdy lily grows 4 to 5 feet tall at maturity, and the flowers have a lovely fragrance. This was the first year … Continue reading

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A Bigger Sky

I was sad when the neighbors hired a tree service to remove the giant hickory tree that sat on the lot line between our houses this summer. I worried that the birds wouldn’t visit my front yard feeders anymore if … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Daylily ‘Jersey Girl’


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Colorful Cardinals

I know winter isn’t far behind when the Northern Cardinals start showing up at my feeders in groups again. During the breeding season the birds are territorial, but in the winter they often gather together in small flocks. Over the … Continue reading

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