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The season is winding down.

Normally by now we’ve had cold nights

If not a freeze.

But not this year

The garden is just slowly putting itself to bed.

Much more gentle

Than a harsh cold wintry blast for the north.

I’m enjoying it

Picking a smattering of blooms


For my last church bouquets of the season.


And burying an undisclosed number of bulbs.

Thankfully I have help in the bulb burying department.

It wasn’t any ordinary help.

Somehow the princesses from last night’s trick or treating

Became worm loving giggly girls this afternoon.


In my experience

It’s rare that you find little girls who love worms.

Cassidy and Sloan not only love them

They name them.

Meet Earthy


Actually, oddly enough

Every worm we dug up

Was named Earthy.

Apparently a common name for earthworms.

Then there was the dirt – sorry Daddy soil.

It turns out refilling a trench

Laden with tulip bulbs

Can be very entertaining


When you’re a six and eight year old princess

Who happen to love earthworms.

There is still much to do in the garden

You can tell by the state of my garden house.


Lilies, Grape Hyacinths and Alliums bulbs to be planted.

Amaryllis to be potted up


More Tulips and Pansies for the garden path.

And then planting the big pots with lettuce for early spring.

It will all happen

In good time

Hopefully with giggly earthworm loving girls.




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My garden began with a plan.

Tall things in the back.

Mid-sized in the middle

And shorter things along the edge.

It was a good plan

Stella d Ora re-blooming day lilies

Were just the thing for the front.


Leaving room for lettuce and arugula in season.

The middle is full of goodies

Gloriosa Daisies


Purple Coneflower


All kinds of lilies


And lots more.

I reserved the back

For beds of Dahlias


And Hollyhocks.

I love Hollyhocks.

I think of Santa Fe

And gardens of family and friends.

My red ones come from seeds from my mother’s garden.


The pink from my neighbor Patti.


The pink ones have never been as prolific as the red.

So I cherish each one

Along with the memories of Patti

And our gardening adventures.

A few years ago

When a pink hollyhock appeared

At the front edge of the garden.


I left it alone.

You see hollyhocks don’t transplant well

They have a tap-root.

One large deep root.

I’m sure God did it that way

To anchor such a tall plant

And keep it from blowing over.

Smart gardener…God.

Over the past few years.

This single pink hollyhock

Has gotten taller

And taller.

This year it has grown to a whopping 7 1/2 feet.


Way too tall for the front of the garden.

Even for a “relaxed”

Gardener like me.

Yet I can’t bring myself to cut it down.

While it’s in full bloom.

So the plan is to let it finish blooming

And set seed.

Then I will cut it

And lay the branches in the places

I’d like it to be.

At the back.

It will be a few years

Before it grows to these heights.

But I can wait.

After all

Patience is perhaps the greatest

Gardening lesson of all.


Coco patiently keeping watch over the garden.

Coco patiently keeping watch over the garden.


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