August 1st-The Dry Border

Poor fertility, mostly sand, sharp drainage. Ground suited for Sweet Fern and lowbush blueberries. Scrub land, where farming was so hard in early New England that Yankee soldiers, after the civil war, moved their families and farms to the fertile, flat, and predictable Midwest. Here is a garden planted in that stingy soil- There areContinue reading “August 1st-The Dry Border”

Bright Colors on a Gray Day

We have had some unsettling weather this past week. Ninety four degree temperatures and Mississippi Delta humidity for three days followed by three days of cold rain that has battered plants and flowers into the mud. And yesterday, while sitting at my dining room table, I looked out the door into the dooryard to seeContinue reading “Bright Colors on a Gray Day”