Category Archives: Flowers

Spring Speeds By (Stillwater Diary)

In late April and early May, work, fun and a Labrador health emergency kept us in New York, or sent us home from Stone Ridge at 3:00 am (no traffic on the Thruway or in town, as we drove though … Continue reading

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Rough Water and Other Early Signs of Spring (Stillwater Diary)

The Esopus, full and fast from snow melt and days of rain, falls from the Spillway, makes a left at Brown’s Pond and speeds to the swimming hole, passing bare sycamores with their feet underwater. Early again this year, the false … Continue reading

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2017

Two weeks ago we went to friends’ annual winter solstice party. One of the hosts was wearing a black t-shirt that proclaimed in big white letters: Fuck 2016. Exactly. And as I’ve written in more than one recent email, although I know that … Continue reading

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April Showers Bring May Flowers. What Does Climate Change Bring? (Stillwater Diary)

Witch hazel blooms in the fall, spidery, creamy yellow flowers clinging to the branches even after the vibrant leaves have fallen. But deciduous azalea is not a fall bloomer. Its flowers are a harbinger of spring, particularly eagerly awaited each April at the … Continue reading

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Spring Into Fall (Stillwater Diary)

Even if I liked forsythia better, even if the plant were a hydrangea, it would have been obvious that the unruly bush needed trimming. As I considered its north and west sides, and whether or not to let the leaves turn before pruning this … Continue reading

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Dandecide and Birds on a Dogleg (Stillwater Diary)

I don’t like yellow (unless it’s mixed with lots of red), with one big exception–Labrador fur. I particularly dislike dandelion yellow and I’ve been ridding  the lawn-ish and the spaces between the bluestones of the unwanted flowers. The plants have tenacious roots that … Continue reading

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A Lilac Bush’s Semi-Unusual Prostrate Habit (Stillwater Diary)

Winter 2015’s late season heavy, wet snow sheared branches off the intricate old lilac bushes and toppled one, horizontal, parallel to the ground, but still tenuously rooted. The plant, ok with its new posture, survived, and the first lilac flower this deep dismal May opened on that bush. … Continue reading

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