Sunday 01 March 2015

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We lost our 18-year-old cat Miss P a couple of months ago. It was a very sad time around here. But I still think I see her shadow out of the corner of my eye from time to time. Two months later I’m pretty sure some of the pet hair I see on my coat […]

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Monday 12 January 2015

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The story I’m about to tell may make you think differently about me. It started this past spring. To fill out my coop I ordered six chicks from My Pet Chicken—two Appenzeller Spitzhaubens and four Polish chicks. If you’ve never ordered chicks before, you may be surprised to learn that you can order a wide […]

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Sunday 30 November 2014

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Living here in a fairly rural part of Maryland, I see things that the average suburbanite wouldn’t encounter in a year living in a sanitized and manicured neighborhood. I can sit in my favorite chair and watch red foxes play fight in the back field. In spring, the tulip trees look like Christmas trees with […]

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Wednesday 15 October 2014

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Now that I have put the pack back on, so to speak, and am blogging again after my year-long blog vacation, I decided I better check in on those clever blog gurus. You know who they are. They’re the professional bloggers who tell us amateur-hour bloggers all the things we need to do to become […]

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Thursday 25 September 2014

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Well, hello there! Did you notice I was gone? Did you miss me? I missed you. Truly, I didn’t set out to take nearly a full year off from blogging here at Bumblebee. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. Sometimes you have to make a choice between living life or writing about it. Not […]

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Sunday 27 October 2013

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I went out this morning for my daily run/walk. I say “run/walk.” I used to say “run.” Now I say “run/walk.” It’s really “walk.” I am still in denial about the whole knee pain situation. Anyway, I digress. I went out this morning for my daily run/walk. Most days I listen to books via Audible […]

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Thursday 29 August 2013

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I am in the movies! Okay, not the big screen. More like the little screen—say, the size of your computer monitor. I and my garden are the subjects of a  video and Q&A story for Panera Bread’s new website and to promote their new “Live Consciously” campaign. If you have one of those Panera guest […]

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Tuesday 20 August 2013

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Solo lunches can be such delicious affairs. You can eat leftovers. (One of my all-time favorite foods.) You can eat standing at the frig. (Not recommended.) Or you can build a gourmet sandwich from fixins’ and condiments you have on-hand, such as these pretty and pink pickled red onions. The fact is, some of my […]

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Wednesday 14 August 2013

As I was browsing around over on Pinterest this morning, I was impressed with some of the solutions gardeners found to common gardening problems—organizing garden tools and supplies, protecting and supporting plants, labeling plants, nurturing and decorating. I have also seen some fabulous, clever and cheap garden solutions from garden tours in recent years, so […]

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Thursday 08 August 2013

One of the many joys of gardening is that you get to experiment, explore and take risks. Often the cost is no more than a couple of dollars—the price of a package of seeds. This is the frugal side of gardening. (I can also show you the exceptionally non-frugal side of gardening, but that, my […]

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Monday 05 August 2013

We’re all at the mercy of the weather, especially gardeners. Even P. Allen Smith and his garden at Moss Mountain Farm is at the mercy of Mother Nature. Remember that beautiful film scene in the Keanu Reeves movie A Walk in the Clouds where all the workers frantically build fires and dance with fans between […]

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Thursday 01 August 2013

Look at the colorful characters I was hanging with at the La-Z-Boy booth at the Blogher13 conference last week in Chicago.  The La-Z-Boys! I believe the point was to showcase the contemporary and fresh new fabrics and designs of La-Z-Boy furniture. This is not your father’s La-Z-Boy. The nice folks there are giving bloggers a [...]

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Wednesday 31 July 2013

I’m not an interior design critic or writer. But show me a beautiful house when I have my camera in-hand and I can play one on the internet. I wasn’t particularly surprised that P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain farm home looks like a spread from Traditional Home magazine. After all, he’s firmly rooted in the [...]

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Wednesday 24 July 2013

Country living can be elegant. P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm is a perfect example. Back in May I was surprised and pleased to be invited to join a bunch of other bloggers to visit P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas, for Garden2Blog13. Even if you don’t recognize his name, you [...]

Monday 15 July 2013

I will admit to my fair share of fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants garden design. Just give me a cart at a garden center and I’ll emerge with enough plants to fill an SUV, a happy smile and not the vaguest idea of what I’m going to do with them. But (and here’s an ugly truth) I have also had [...]

Thursday 27 June 2013

I have finally given up on squatting on the ground next to the driveway potting up garden containers. That’s right. I squatted when I potted. No more. We recently had a carpenter out to do some repairs on the house. While he was here I handed him a photo of a potting bench I saw on [...]

Tuesday 25 June 2013

I had visitors to the garden in early June. As they wandered around, one of the men turned and asked, “Just how much time do you spend gardening?” Part of me started to panic that perhaps he thought I should spend a bit more time weeding and tidying. Then I remembered that these folks weren’t [...]

Friday 12 April 2013

I heard that lovely “beep…beep…beep” sound today that I associate with spring. No, it wasn’t a bird call. It was Chris, my UPS driver backing up after dropping off two big boxes of bulbs. Spring! I love to walk around with the little dogs and see nature awake. I snapped my annual shot of a cute [...]

Friday 22 February 2013

I have been doing a little bit of blog housekeeping this week. There is so much more I need to do, but I’m here to tell you that I finally finished up (I think) the 2012 garden album.  From the composite page you can click on a photo to see a bigger picture. If you [...]

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