July 12, 2020

Rolling the Coaster into Spring

• By Janine Pineo • I heard the peepers last night. I doubt it's a record appearance, the 13th of April. But after the endless winter of 2014-2015, this past winter made it seem like a late … [Read more...]

The Verdant Days of Spring – Part 2: Or, the Black Flies Are Out

• By Janine Pineo • We had a lovely bit of rain over the past couple of days. Sure, it was a bit cool on Monday, but the rain soaked everything well, which should bring the fire danger … [Read more...]

The Verdant Days of Spring

• By Janine Pineo • I wonder how many times in my life I have said, "This is an odd spring." It wouldn't surprise me if I said it nearly every year. This year turns out to be no … [Read more...]

That Michael Zuck Glint

A tribute to the Maine gardener who brought us along with him on his journey of discovery   • By Janine Pineo • Before me sits a pot of succulents on the desk; behind me is a myrtle on … [Read more...]

When Irises Are Calling

• By Janine Pineo • There is something rather soothing in reading old pieces about gardening. No, not from 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Maybe something from the late 1800s. I stumbled across the … [Read more...]

The Hornet Waltz

• By Janine Pineo • After receiving a desperate plea from a devoted fan — i.e., a quick email asking if there would be a Christmas carol coming — I went into music composition mode — i.e., started … [Read more...]

The Garden That Almost Wasn’t

• By Janine Pineo • It's been a strange year. The never-ending winter gave way to a lost spring for me. Two major family illnesses threw me for a loop and meant the garden was the absolute last … [Read more...]

The Awe-inspiring Potential of a Seed

“It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in 'em," said Captain Jim. "When I ponder on them seeds I don't find it nowise hard to believe that we've got … [Read more...]

Slow Crawl of Spring Just a Taunt – Or Is It?

• By Janine Pineo • The weather guy put it all in perspective a few days ago. He said we hadn't had a high in the 60s since mid-November. Then he said we hadn't had the high and low as mild as … [Read more...]

Spring: Days of Cucumber and Amaryllis

• By Janine Pineo • It's a sign when the amaryllis puts up its first leaf: That festive time of year is just around the corner. Crazy shopping days are ahead, with the car packed full and a … [Read more...]