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Grant’s senior project

Posted by on 24 Jun 2016 | Tagged as: children, garden, Gardens and Life, good things, house building, Kid Activities, Uncategorized

How did I manage to NOT post this in May 2014? It is rather badly overgrown now, but the patio is one of my favorite places to sit and read, or work, this time of year.


Grant had to shift gears mid-year about his senior project. He came up with a really great idea: fix up the front yard that got trashed this last year from neglect and construction.

Fish pond and lilacs, after weeding but before planting new annuals.

Fish pond and lilacs, after weeding but before planting new annuals.

He has “roped in” a couple of friends occasionally to help — Thanks Mady, Gabe, Jake and Tabitha!

Here is the progress he has made so far, pics are a little rough, but I am trying to get caught up on blogging this weekend and no time for a lot of fine-tuning.

I am actually going to post these in a gallery, with no commentary to save myself time and actually get this up (started it yesterday, here 24 hours later sitting down to finish…).


I didn’t finish the post then, either. And now I cannot find where the pictures are that I took… so this will have to be enough for now.

Random Musings on my Day

Posted by on 03 May 2016 | Tagged as: 3rd Grade, 3rd grade, children, education, Education Professional, garden, Gardens and Life, good things, musings, seasons, Uncategorized

Living
is hard work.
It is better than the alternative?
The answer is: Yes, when you are there.


That curious moment in the day when the gray skies pick up the bright green of new life and suffuse creation with an immortal glow.


Success! The fledgling
finds his wings
and starts to fly.


What is better than a happy third grader?
TWENTY happy third graders!
It was a very good day for learning.

Poetry Month Day 18

Posted by on 18 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: garden, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month, Uncategorized

Poem # 17

Prime
numbers
irrevocably
standing
alone

Poem # 18

on a day of sun and heat
the weary flowers
droop gently
in diminishing
shade

What we’ve been up to…

Posted by on 05 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things, house building, Uncategorized, weather

Mostly going through boxes from the fire (two years ago), and boxes from the storage locker (almost a year). Watering — a LOT because of the intensely high, unseasonal heat (90s in the shade — the kind of weather that would be normal for about four days in August). Gardening — Tom has been getting the rest of the veggie garden dug out. Working in the classroom to sort and toss as needed (cannot finish organizing until the floors are done being shampooed).

And putting up a few more items that have been waiting for the right hardware, moment and place.

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Finished “Parking Bench”

Posted by on 14 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Uncategorized

The little wall that Tom and Grant (mostly Tom) put together separates the paved/concrete parking space in front of the garage from the graveled space that can be used for parking but needs a bit of separation. So it’s a spot to put a few planters, sit on and just help define “public” from “private” uses.

I think it’s lovely…

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Today in the Garden

Posted by on 14 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: environment, garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Green Living, seasons, Uncategorized

Today we were in the garden. Until about 1:30 in the afternoon, we worked slowly and steadily.

And it is starting to show!

One of the planters by the front door is now blooming nicely.

Not sure what types of rock flowers (succulents of some sort) these are, but I love the daisy-like blooms.

Not sure what types of rock flowers (succulents of some sort) these are, but I love the daisy-like blooms.

Tom and Grant built a lovely bench for me out of the reclaimed cement blocks that used to prop up our old house. There are more of these blocks — look for future installations!

The bench, partially completed, showing how they stacked the

The bench, partially completed, showing how they stacked the

I pruned back the St. John’s Wort a little bit, after Tom spent some time yesterday clearing the weeds from around it so I could see what needed shaping. I got a little too close in a couple places and it touched my face and skin, so I will be uncomfortable. At least I know what causes the rash, and so I am not as worried as the first time I reacted to it. Still, it looks a lot nicer than before and since we are actually living here again it will be easier to keep it shaped and manageable.

I started to pull some of the weeds from between the pavers in the front patio. It’s a constant, thankless job, but necessary. I cleared about 30 assorted aster-relatives, dock, and forget-me-nots. And noticed got distracted by the lovely pattern the table makes on the pavers when the sun shines…

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Today in the Garden

Posted by on 05 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Green Living, Uncategorized

Finally, progress!

As I woke up earlier than normal, I had some time this morning to water the garden before I left for school. One week to go…

These are some of the sights that met my eyes on a Friday at 6:30 in early June.

Enjoy!

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Today in the Garden

Posted by on 10 May 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, Uncategorized

Veggies, Flowers, Places to Be…

Tom and I got a lot done this weekend.

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Today in the Garden

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Uncategorized

Today we worked in the garden. I was ill yesterday, so didn’t get anything at all done.

But today, today we got a lot done!

The area by the little frogpond is now mostly weeded, and replanted with seven dahlias. Last weekend the area saw the lilacs pruned back (a little more today, and it opens up the space remarkably), and a few tubers I picked up at the Flower and Garden show in February. Hoping they all survived the extended “rest” and will survive the deer and slugs…

We also finished clearing and planted the small “rock garden” area that used to be out back. Found a lot more rocks that had been covered by the dozer, and now they are set aside for re-use. The four pink and white dahlias we put out there will look lovely against the darker greens and gray-browns of the woods. Overseeded with godetia and heliotrope, a riot of color and scent for late summer mornings.

Not much to show for the effort (yet), so no pictures, but expect an abundance of lovely blooms in July and August!

Hardly seems possible that it is already May. I am very glad that the school year has gone so well. Next year will be easier, and I anticipate having more energy to put toward the house and yard from now on.

Today in the garden, it was lovely.

NaPoWriMo 2015.26

Posted by on 26 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month, Uncategorized

Today in the garden
the lilacs and the blackberry
that were running
away through the grass
were plucked and redirected.

Today in the garden
astrantia and rue
and sea holly found
their places by the tadpoles.

Today in the garden
the pile of debris rose
higher than the seats around the table
and the fresh-turned earth
welcomed the promise of wonderful things.

Today the garden
grew.

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