A Walk through the Gardens

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A light frost tats the edges of  leaves…                 …and I find a lilac bloom in October!   [Read more...]

A Walk through the Gardens

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These pictures are from St. Francis Retreat and Conference Center in DeWitt, Michigan. It is the week of Your Word is my Delight Catholic Writers Retreat. The retreat is wonderful, and productive! And the 95 acres luminous.                       Hope you can  join us for the next writers [Read More...]

A Walk through the Garden

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Queue color… …and migration. [Read more...]

Seeing Stars and the Holy Trinity

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I love apples! Seriously. Love them almost more than chocolate. Biting into a warm, crisp, just picked apple is only one step away from doing the same in summer with tomatoes. Living in Michigan, where apple production ranks number three in the States, the harvest of this fruit peaks in late September through early October. [Read More...]

A Walk Through the Garden

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Well now…autumn came right quick! [Read more...]

10 Steps for Saving Seeds; Practical Gardening Series

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Collecting and saving seeds from one season to the next is simple and allows you to keep growing the plants you love best. Here are a few tips and techniques to guide you. 1. First of all you’ll need to have planted open-pollinated varieties. They’ll come back true to the cultivar whereas hybrids won’t. Hybrid [Read More...]

Cleaning and Storing Gardening Tools: Practical Gardening Series

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From early November until Thanksgiving, I’m usually bundled up puttering in unheated garages or pole barns at the retreat center where I volunteer as a gardener. After planting the last of the bulbs I set aside time to get things in order for winter. The final step of shutting down the garden is the cleaning [Read More...]

Autumn Prayers

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Autumn moves in with its usual quiet grace. I took note the other day that the shrubs and trees have become peppered with color. I smile to myself and think of my own autumn-of-life with hair becoming peppered gray—and the next thing I knew, almost white! I had changed and like the trees, in due [Read More...]


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