A Summer Mountain Poem

This post is by Abbie Johnson Taylor.     Now that the hot, dog days of summer are here, you may be planning a trip to the mountains. If you live in California’s Sierra Nevada region, according to an NPR news report, you could be able to ski right now. As I write this, Wyoming … Continue reading A Summer Mountain Poem


Monarchs, Milkweed, and Me

By S. J. Brown Saturday morning I will be hosting a group of fellow gardeners on our back deck. We will be talking about Monarch Butterflies.  I began tagging Monarchs three or four year ago and have learned a lot about them since.  So I will be sharing some of my wisdom along with some … Continue reading Monarchs, Milkweed, and Me

A Walk in the Garden

This post by Jennifer Flaten Nothing makes me happier than strolling through a neatly tended garden. One of my favorite places to go in Madison is the Olbrich Gardens. It is acres and acres of artfully arranged, perfectly weeded and mulched gardens. Why even their native garden is manicured! At home my gardening is slightly … Continue reading A Walk in the Garden

Dandy Dandelions

This post by Jennifer Flaten I can tell it’s spring by the plethora of dandelions in my yard. I know some people say that snowdrops are the first flowers of spring, but I believe it is dandelions, or at least at my house.   The other day the temperature hovered around 50 degrees and it … Continue reading Dandy Dandelions

This post by Jennifer Flaten Mother Nature is teasing us. On Monday we had a high of 71 degrees here. 71! In March. Needless, to say we broke a bunch of weather records and a lot of hearts are going to be broken when the temperature returns to its normal March range. Even knowing that … Continue reading

Morning Glories and Moon Flowers

he moon flowers appeared first, their large white blooms opening in the late afternoon and shining like pale orbs throughout the night. The morning glories showed up a few days later, their happy blue, purple, and pink faces greeting the new day at the same time the moon flowers closed. They both bloom each day and I love this combination of morning and nighttime flowers.

My View

This post by Jennifer Flaten I love doing dishes, okay, maybe love is an understatement. I don’t mind them though, because I have a window over the sink that overlooks my back yard. This is a big deal for me. Two houses ago, the sink faced a wall, next house the sink faced a window … Continue reading My View

Plannig More by SJ

 This Post by S. J. Brown The brutal cold we are experiencing this winter has turned out to be perfect for taking time to plan. This year I plan to do a bit more. Like most people I am longing for springtime. This springtime will be different for me in more than one way. This … Continue reading Plannig More by SJ

Oh my! Those awful wee beasties

This post is by Nancy Jardine You might be forgiven for thinking my title is a Scottish profanity- it’s almost but not quite. I could share some colourful Scottish oaths with you today – but don’t worry, I won’t! It’s not spring time yet in my part of Scotland, but the tips of the bulbs … Continue reading Oh my! Those awful wee beasties

Is it Spring Yet?

This post by Jennifer Flaten   Great, all the Christmas decorations are all tucked away, well almost, I am sure I will find a stray Santa somewhere in the house in the next couple of weeks, the new year is here and I am haunting the mailbox waiting for my seed catalogs. Sure, there is … Continue reading Is it Spring Yet?