Rosa Rugosa & Sedum Cuttings

I added cuttings to my makeshift plant nursery today, specifically a white rugosa rose and autumn joy sedum. Autumn is a great time of year to take cuttings, allowing their root systems to develop over the winter in preparation for…

Potting Up Volunteers

Plants that pop up in the garden from seemingly nowhere are referred to as volunteers. These may arise from seeds cast off by plants in the garden, from seeds consumed by animals that survive their digestive system, from squirrels burying…

Recipe: Bolognese Sauce

This hearty meat sauce is a recipe that started as a simple bolognese recipe with store bought marinara sauce then evolved from various sources. I learned the idea of adding chili flakes for a bit of heat from a dear…

Summer Rain Watercolor

Summer Rain Watercolor

I painted this scene the day after Nicholas, my cat of 17 years, passed away. I feel like it’s a fitting setting for the few overcast and occasionally drizzly days that came along with the event. Close-ups:

Bereavement & Optimism

In the last 38 hours my cat of 17 years passed away. Although his life was nearing closure, Nicholas was in excellent health and I had hoped for another year or two with him. I suspect he caught something after…

Late Summer Bouquet

I gathered up some late summer blooms for a bouquet, including panicle hydrangeas, butterfly bush, a climbing rose and some ornamental oregano.

Hydrangea Cuttings

In early May, I trimmed some of my oakleaf and bigleaf hydrangeas to shape them. I knew I’d be sacrificing blooms on the bigleaf hydrangeas, but I wanted them to fill out more and decided it was worth it. Then…

Recipe: Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is a savory comfort food I recall from childhood. Traditionally a Russian dish, It’s a hardy meal that is particularly enjoyable on cool or rainy days when you want something to warm you up. I usually prepare it…

Summer Sun Watercolor

Summer sun watercolor

A summery mixed media piece with abundant plants and delicate blooms, surrounded by the heat and dynamic activity of July and August. Close-ups:

Garden Visitors

If you’ve followed my posts, you’ll know I see cotton tail bunnies in my garden. This year, I’ve seen adults come through here and there and a younger one showed up recently. They can be tricky to spot since they…