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Archive for the 'Gardening' Category

Gardening and a Word About Brick

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Firstly, in the blazing heat (or perhaps humidity is a better description), I added mulch to the garden plot that lies under a large evergreen and abuts the fence dividing our yard from the neighbors. Naturally I ran out of mulch, but managed to be pleased with the results anyway. I am a fan of […]

Gardening, Need a Plant ID

Friday, May 6th, 2011

We have been struggling to get the gardens under control, and that is a lot of work. In Brooklyn, my back yard garden measured approximately 10 x 33 feet. I mowed the lawn with a weed whacker, and was known to complain about the limited space available for planting. Here, we have well over half […]


Monday, April 18th, 2011

It is spring here, barely. Seems like we are constantly teased with a few days of sunny warmth with promise only to be disappointed with dips in the temperature and cold. We haven’t seem many signs of spring here at La Belle Vie. The birds are building nests and are busy seeking food, as are […]

Black Walnuts

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

We have at least one black walnut tree in the back yard. It seems early this year, but already we are finding the walnuts in hulls on the ground. I’ve been collecting them as they fall, since it seems they are are much-loved by squirrels and there is no real way to compete with squirrels. […]