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The Best Laid Plans….

I had an epiphany this morning in the shower.                                                                                                                                 

I was reflecting on a former co-worker’s plans to quit her job and travel around the world with her husband for the next 18 months.  She set up a blog to post about her adventures.  While I’ve occasionally thought about writing my own blog, I hadn’t come up with a topic about which I thought I could write on a regular basis.  I had just come in from watering the garden, and had gotten in the shower when it struck me:  the garden!  I could write about the garden.

Over the next several months, I want to journal about not only the garden, but the entire landscape.  A friend pointed out a couple of days ago that we have a wonderful property, with a variety of microclimes and microscapes.  We have just over 4/10ths of a landscaped acre, with an additional natural 4/10ths acre.  The entire back of the property opens onto Bear Creek Park,  a natural park, home to deer, foxes, snakes, hawks, coyotes, and the occasional black bear.  We’ve seen a variety of birds, including owls, flickers, robins, swallows, sparrows, orioles, red-winged blackbirds, starlings, towhees, and three varieties of jays.

There are so many different areas to explore here, it’s hard to know where to begin.  Following the march of the seasons, of the progression of the sun and the phases of the moon, seems the logical way to start.  So let’s begin where most of the energy has been focused the past several weeks:  planting the vegetable garden, and the early bloomers.

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