SPRING IN THE MOUNTAINS

  It’s been a beautiful spring here in North Carolina — our first one. We’ve been blessed with two months of one tree or another in full bloom, beginning with the dogwoods and then the flame azaleas. Now, along with the mountain laurel and wildflowers, our own flowers planted from seed, are starting to bloom.Continue reading “SPRING IN THE MOUNTAINS”

Happy #Earth Day – Pay Dirt – #Composting

Happy Earth Day 2015! Celebrating Earth Day is a little bit like giving canned goods to the homeless at the holidays as if that’s the only time the food is needed. Same with Earth Day. We get all warm and fuzzy inside thinking about doing things to help the environment, but then May comes along, andContinue reading “Happy #Earth Day – Pay Dirt – #Composting”

THE RITES AND RIGHTS OF SPRING

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain It’s a rite of spring around our house that my husband beginsContinue reading “THE RITES AND RIGHTS OF SPRING”

Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory

Flashback to 2009, and the invitation to visit my now husband in Pittsburgh where he lived. I’d never had the city on my top ten places to visit, and Robert knew I was reluctant to travel to what I thought of as a dirty city. That’s why soon after my plane landed, he took me toContinue reading “Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory”

Signs of Spring in the Yard

Short little post today to remind us all, spring is here. I’ll keep reminding myself of that this week. I’m in shorts today, but the weather experts keep saying there’s a chance for snow later this week. In the meantime, I’m enjoying a little color in the yard.   I planted pansies in an oldContinue reading “Signs of Spring in the Yard”

Suffer the Garden

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We’ve been having a time with the weather so far this summer. For several weeks, the weather was hotter here in western Pennsylvania than in Florida. Then two weeks ago, the rains began. Our property sits on a plateau above the Ohio River and often our weather is different from whatContinue reading “Suffer the Garden”

A Natural Bird Feeder

By Patricia Zick @PCZick     My husband likes to plant sunflowers around the periphery of the garden. This beauty is a volunteer from years past. Soon it will develop seeds in the center and feed the songbirds in our yard. We don’t leave out traditional bird feeders during spring and summer because it drawsContinue reading “A Natural Bird Feeder”

Where Have All the Bees Gone?

By Patricia Zick @PCZick “Mankind has gone very far into an artificial world of his own creation. He has sought to insulate himself in his cities of steel and concrete, away from the realities of earth, water, the growing seed. And intoxicated with a sense of his own power, he seems to be going fartherContinue reading “Where Have All the Bees Gone?”

The Phipps Conservatory – Pittsburgh Gem

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Whenever I need cheering up, I visit the Phipps Conservatory in Oakland near downtown Pittsburgh. Last month, I went the day after Sandy hit our area and visited the mum show there. Since, I’m recovering from the flu and getting ready for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share some of the beautyContinue reading “The Phipps Conservatory – Pittsburgh Gem”

Fall Garden Update

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The garden looks as if it’s been decorated for Halloween, but that’s not the case. We’re receiving some early frosts here in western Pennsylvania, and the last two nights, my husband has gone out and covered the tomato plants, which are still producing.   The tomatoes aren’t coming in as fastContinue reading “Fall Garden Update”