Monday, January 23, 2017


I'm mindful this evening of traveling, as we're heading off to Cuba, for an independent educational excursion later this week. Home and pet secured, check. Traveling details, check.

It'll be a contrast to the celebration of democracy that I experienced with my friend Meg at the Women's March in Washington last weekend, I'm sure.  I posted on FB some of my thoughts and images from that.  A remarkable experience.  My letters to my Senators will be sent tomorrow.

And a contrast, too, to our conversation with a lovely young women many years ago, on our first trip to South America, who declared herself a citizen of the world.

We're in such a challenging time in our country (the US), and I was going to write interesting, too; that's the hopeful part.

We'll be traveling quite a bit in the coming year.

It's the right time for us in our early-mid 60's.  Is it escape?  Or continuing to connect as Americans of good will and friendship?  I, for one, will continue to be active speaking out, standing up, and keeping our Congress folks aware that I'm out here. I vote, I have a voice, and we ALL matter.

Here's a favorite image of the Hoi An Full Moon festival, a memory that I cherish.

a luminary ready to float down the river

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Remembering our ginkgo in fall!

I was trying to repost my Bass Pond photo, but Google and Apple don't play well together.

So here's another memorable image-- our ginkgo in fall, last year.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

City lights

Our ravine forest view is increasingly one of sparkling night views.

A new hotel, more street lights, and distant lights combine to create it.

The day view is urban nature, partially restored to natural forest (my gardening companion spent hours yesterday and today moving around native plants (shrubs and trees) to places he'd thought they'd do better.

A woodland forest in the old "coal" road is taking shape, with sassafras, tulip poplar, striped maple, spice bush, and more.  He's moved around many other natives, too, trying to get them in the optimal spots. He's created lovely native vignettes - he wouldn't call himself a gardener,  even yet, but he's a great one.

We're thinking about taking out the Ozark witch hazel to give us a more balanced view to the created natural landscape beyond.   It's probably a good thing and will give me more space for the pocket meadow.

There are already signs of spring to come (dandelions, winter jasmine in flower, etc.) -- way early, but welcome.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Spinach harvest

I'm just tickled at how well the spinach has done through temperatures in the teens.  Admittedly, they were covered with remay (and then a thick layer of snow).

What fun to uncover the beds and harvest fresh spinach!  I knew spinach was hardy, but haven't had the covers available before.

fresh spinach in mid-January

P.S.  I was also tickled at being selected as one of the Top 10 Gardening Bloggers on Toolversed.  A nice compliment and fun that the editor found my blog out of so many great ones out there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kale and collards are tough

I haven't looked at the greens under remay, yet, in my raised beds, even though the snow has now almost disappeared (as of today).

But what has impressed me so far is how robust the kale, collards, and cabbage look after the thaw -- this after temperatures in the teens.

Just a quick "distance" look at the Southside Community Garden (prior to going to a meeting), too, revealed perpetual spinach looking great.  And a fellow volunteer reported harvested great spinach underneath the remay.

If we can corral the woodchuck(s) over there, we'll be in business for early winter spinach harvests!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow thoughts and other conundrums

Among other things, I teach classes about 3 (and 4) season vegetable gardening, now as a volunteer, but have done so for a least a decade prior to this.

The last three years, my raised bed gardens in Western NC have been blasted by REALLY cold temperatures, thanks to the polar vortex, which took most winter hardy veggies out. So I was able to start fresh in late winter/spring -- not a bad thing.

Hmm, this year, I've got spinach and kale tucked under Remay, but temperatures in the teens, again?  Covered with snow.  I'm not hopeful, but we'll see.

Raised bed covered in December
This was my last spinach harvest, before covering the beds up again with Remay.

Quite tasty!

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