Articles (Blog)
Posted on May 29, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Years ago one of my students gave me a 4 inch pot of orange lilies.  I think it must have been my last year at Sunnybrook.  We brought them with us when we moved here.
We planted them in the wild garden, and they grew so well that we were able to harvest bulblets and move them around into other gardens.  They were SO beautiful that first year, but then the deer decided that they liked them too.  Those unprotected lilies are long gone, but the wild garden is fenced, so we still have some in there.  
And we enjoy them every year.
Posted on May 28, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I always thought that growing carrots took deep, fluffy soil, and frankly I didn’t want to go to all that work.
Last year I discovered several varieties of carrots that will grow in “heavy soil.”  I wouldn’t call our soil “heavy,” but I figured what it means is that the soil doesn’t have to be fluffy and deep.  So I tried them and they grew!!!
We have carrots without all the work.  Yoo-hoo!!!
Posted on May 27, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: A story to share
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.   
We can’t thank them to their faces, but we can remember their sacrifices, and be grateful.
Posted on May 26, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
We saw this milkweed plant in the park the other day, and I took its picture.  When I looked at the picture later I noticed that one is in bud, and the other is in bloom.  
I remember seeing them all along the Blue Ridge Parkway, when we lived in Virginia.  
We love milkweed, and so do the Monarchs.  The butterflies lay their eggs in the milkweed, and when the caterpillars emerge they eat the leaves.  I wish this variety grew in our neighborhood, but I haven’t seen any in years.  
Be on the lookout for milkweed; you may see some in your travels, and you can be thankful that the Monarchs have food for their next generations.
Posted on May 25, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Another lovely smell this time of year is honeysuckle.  And it is everywhere!!!  We even have some growing up the compost bins.  I should probably weed it out, but I love putting the flowers in my water bottles for the day.  They add a sweetness that only comes in summer.
Posted on May 24, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
It’s Ligustrum!!!  THE smell of summer.  The ligustrum are blooming all over the neighborhood and all over town.  Any trip to town will bring the smell of ligustrum directly to you.
Not everybody loves it, but I do.  So I just drink it in on every walk, every trip.
Posted on May 23, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Remember the cherry tree that I showed you a couple weeks ago?  Well, look!!!  The cherries are ready to pick.  
We went down there today and picked about 50 cherries.  There are still some more, not quite ripe.
I looked in my garden bucket of stuff, and found the tag that came on the tree;  it was dated April 26, 2012.  It only took 12 years for it to produce cherries.  Don’t care:  they are ours, and they were delicious.  
Posted on May 22, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I noticed this when we went to the mailbox the other day.  Virginia creeper toward the back, but Poison ivy in the front, right near the parcel box.  I would pull it out if I could, but I can’t, so just be careful when you are checking your mail.
It won’t jump out and grab you (like it does me) but if you brush against it you may have an allergic reaction.  
Posted on May 21, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Here is my flat of sweet potato slips.  Every single potato sprouted (eventually.) 
And now I have to find a place to put them.  I’m thinking about the arugula bed.  Hmmm.  Then what will we do for arugula?  Well, I’m still thinking about it.  
Posted on May 20, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Here is our special red mountain laurel just starting to bloom in the park.  
It is the only one I’ve ever seen, and I love checking in with it every year.  It’s not a big bush like some others in the park, but it catches my eye, especially when it blooms.  The buds are bright red, and they open to a soft pink.  
Very special.  
« previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 160 161 next »