Monthly Archives: October 2016

On the Defiance of Sunflowers

A little over a week ago, I was thrilled to discover a lonely sunflower growing on the compost pile, cheerfully defying both its unpalatable origin and the impending chill. Unlike its garden peers, who were already shriveled and brown, this plucky little flower turned its unwaveringly sunny gaze up to the ominous gray sky. “What […]

Scenes from the Fall

Autumn is passing its peak here in Wisconsin, but the maple tree in our yard went out in a blaze of glory. The tree is now naked, but the here are some scenes from before the glory faded:      

City Mice Invade the Countryside

Recently, my dear urban-dwelling friend the City Mouse visited us with her two Little Mice in tow. Their sojourn here in the countryside was not only a great chance to reunite with people (or mice) that I love, but it reminded me how important it is for kids to have some chances to bond with […]

Inadvertent Garden Design

I planted what I’d hoped would be a charming garden border last spring and was sorely disappointed by the results–a few scraggly little plants with few, if any, blooms. The weeds, sensing their opportunity, moved in, and I did painfully little to thwart them. I should have had more faith in my flowers; now that […]