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Death to the dead plant

It’s one thing not to clean up your garden for the winter, but leaving the hanging basket up on your front porch with a dead plant for several months in a row? That’s crazy talk. Or crazy doing. Whatever it is called, I did it. There was a point in the winter when I just [...]

The cherry blossoms tell you when to plant

Although I have professed my love for the flowering trees of D.C. (and, oh yes, that does include the cherry blossoms), I’ve got to admit – I never spent much time when I lived there thinking about their symbolism. I mean, the cherry trees? To me, they symbolized the hurray of Spring, and they symbolized [...]

Spinach, reseeded

I did, after my extended stay at O’Hare, finally arrive home over the weekend. I’d been gone for 12 days on what felt like the longest business trip of my life, including stops in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. When I left Iowa, the snow had indeed begun to melt, but was still shoulder-high and [...]

Spring, delayed.

Why is it that every year, I speak too soon about the whole end-of-winter business? I mean, seriously. Every year. Only this year, I thought there might be something to it. You know, it being Spring today. And yesterday. And the day before. I stumbled across this quote from a helpful National Weather Service meteorologist [...]

We. Survived. Winter.

First. Day. Of. Spring. Do you know what this means, people? It means we all survived winter. Finally. We survived it. I’m considering planting something this weekend, just for the heck of it, even though it’s still too early in Iowa and there’s snow in the forecast for Saturday morning and later next week. Oh [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: Fortress of solitude

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Farewell, February

By my clock, I have just a little more than five hours left in this Iowa February. As should be clear from my ongoing whining, I will not miss it. Farewell, February, and don’t let the door of the snowplow hit you in the bazoom on the way out. That being said, even with last [...]

Winter: the season that won’t surrender

This picture? That’s what’s happening outside my front door right this very minute. I know this winter is going to end eventually, but seriously? It feels like I’m never going to see the garden again.

Green Thumb Sunday: Where my garden was

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Breaking the ice

There is still a crazy load of snow and ice slicking up Iowa City, but at least for today, the sun shone down and did some helpful melting-like work. Last night, some of my friends and I headed out for the evening, and we decided we were all sick of snow boots: although no one [...]