Last Gasp

Winter's Last Gasp The calendar says Spring arrived a couple days ago. While the daytime temperatures are certainly warmer and the grass is starting to green up, winter is not giving up so easily. There are still patches of snow hanging on in the shaded areas of the neighborhood. Since the coronavirus has dampened any … Continue reading Last Gasp

Winter Blues

Cedar Creek - 2019 Uggh, winter is still here. We've had enough winter already, so let's think about spring. Give someone you don't know a nice warm smile. Thought for the Day: One kind word can warm three winter months.Japanese Proverb

Clemantis

Clemantis We are barely three weeks into the winter season and I'm sick of it already. Three measurable snow falls and three days of single digit temps was a brutal wake-up call. The fields are brown, the trees are bare, the nights are long, the fireplace broken in, the garden a distant memory, the bird … Continue reading Clemantis

Spring Pruning

Spring finally arrived and I've been pruning out the dead wood in our shrubs and hedge.  Uggh, I enjoy privacy provided by the hedge, but dread the constant maintenance. My neighbor, on the other hand, is seeking a more permanent solution.  This 35 year old Green Ash shook the ground when it landed. Timmm Brrrr! … Continue reading Spring Pruning

Hoo Ray, Spring!

Although we had a very mild winter, it's always nice to see a Spring day.  As winter's grip loosens its strangle hold on the Midwest, March's warming trend brings wide swings in the weather.   Short periods of sub-freezing temperatures make warm sunny days like this even more special. After being cooped up inside all … Continue reading Hoo Ray, Spring!

Nature’s Humor

After the crocus, daffodil and tulips poke through the ground spearheading the invasion of Spring, other plants are quick to follow suit. Slow at first, but momentum builds fast as Spring sheds its dark and gloomy shroud of Winter. Before long there is a vertical stampede of growth.  Everything is popping up providing a noticeable daily change in contour of … Continue reading Nature’s Humor

First Mowing

Ahhh, Spring.  What a wonderful time of year.  You can tell when Spring officially arrives: warm southerly winds, new life, birds chirping, new buds on the trees, garden preparation, and allergies.  People are energized, doing anything and everything they can think of to get outdoors.  Everything about Spring is great ... except for lawn care. … Continue reading First Mowing