Category: Garden Musings

Remembering a Mentor, Photographer Jimmy Moore

Remembering a Mentor, Photographer Jimmy Moore

| February 15, 2016 | Reply

Today I am remembering a mentor, photographer Jimmy Moore. Jimmy was a top New York fashion photographer in the 1960’s and 70’s, who went on to direct commercials. Unbeknownst to me, he had seen me on a “Saturday Night Live” sketch I’d performed in in the 1980’s, and when he was out in Los Angeles in 1992 […]

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When it Rains, it Pours

When it Rains, it Pours

| January 8, 2016 | 2 Replies

When it rains, it pours. I mean that literally and figuratively. We seriously got dumped on from the skies of El Nino on Tuesday and Wednesday. And my water vessels were already full. As the rain came down here and blessed Southern California, an old friend in Tennessee was taking flight, after a few years of […]

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Gardening as Therapy on New Year’s Day

Gardening as Therapy on New Year’s Day

| January 2, 2016 | 6 Replies

I tried gardening as therapy on New Year’s Day. I don’t know about you, but times have been tough of late, and the best way I know to feel better is to get in the garden, which you can do in Southern California in winter! My husband took a rare day from his work to lend […]

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Lament for a Garden Hat and a Teacup

Lament for a Garden Hat and a Teacup

| October 7, 2015 | 4 Replies

Lament for a Garden Hat and a Teacup – What is it about the familiarity of certain objects that makes you feel so cozy? (A friend uses the word “cozy” often, and every time she says it, I feel cozy.) After a number of ill-fitting misses in my first two years of gardening, I found a […]

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On the Road: Growing Loofah

On the Road: Growing Loofah

| September 20, 2015 | 9 Replies

Files from the Road: Growing Loofah, third in a series. Ask any five people (I did) and they will tell you they thought loofah sponge came from the sea. Sheri Martin Bulla grows loofah (also spelled luffa) for sponges on a strip of her 30-acre farm out in the country in Hickman County, Tennessee. I drove on […]

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On the Road: History of a House

On the Road: History of a House

| September 14, 2015 | 2 Replies

Files from the Road: History of a House is the first post in a series of my travels on the East Coast. First stop, my hometown in Tennessee, where I stay in a house that is 107 years old. Owned by only five families, two of those have been friends of mine. Situated on the top of […]

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My Slice of Pepper Heaven

My Slice of Pepper Heaven

| September 7, 2015 | Reply

My slice of pepper heaven kicked off the Labor Day weekend. I was so busy on Friday, I’d forgotten to check on my, now, 19 pepper plants on my upstairs balcony. The disadvantage to growing them up there is it’s off the master bedroom, and I work downstairs and out front all day. (The advantage is fewer pests and more […]

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Good Help is Hard to Find

Good Help is Hard to Find

| July 4, 2015 | Reply

Good help is hard to find, I was telling myself two weeks ago after a handyman I’d hired for a few hours left the premises. This story is really about my peppers and how hard I’ve worked on them. This year, I wound up with 26 peppers in pots, started from seed, and several at […]

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Birthday Reflections, Valentine’s Day Style

Birthday Reflections, Valentine’s Day Style

| February 14, 2015 | 15 Replies

Birthday Reflections, Valentine’s Day Style. My mother likes to reflect that I was born on Valentine’s Day during an historic ice storm. She doesn’t remember a whole lot about the biggest event in my life, since the local doctor put women to sleep to deliver babies back then. My father drove 22 miles over slippery […]

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Four Fun-filled Primarily Paleo Days with a Midwife Blogger

Four Fun-filled Primarily Paleo Days with a Midwife Blogger

| January 27, 2015 | Reply

I just spent the last four fun-filled primarily paleo days with a midwife blogger. This is an incredible story. Prepare to be amazed. The internet does a couple of things really well, inform and connect. You can learn how to do almost anything on the internet (how do you think I learned to garden?) and you […]

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