This blog is meant to capture my observations as an itinerant gardener on seven acres of stony hillside in mid-Maryland (Frederick County to be precise). We have a mixture of fields, overgrown orchard, and natural forest which has grown up over the last thirty years. In addition we spend a fair amount of time tending to perennials around the yard and a 5000 sq.ft. vegetable garden. Retirement has given me time to photograph the surroundings and to observe the healthy bird population that visits our mulberry and cherry trees. I continue to be fascinated by the things which have always been here (apparently) and are newly observed (like the orchard orioles this past year) and the things which are harvests from many years in one place (like the large clumps of daffodils in the woods that were planted decades ago and then forgotten until recently).
Both my wife Beth and our offspring share our passion for gardening and nature. And I’m sure that our new granddaughter will be another convert. I began this blog three years ago and then got sidetracked. I hope this time to follow through with some of the photos and discoveries that the new year will bring. For a gardener at least, every year is a new beginning… (January 2009)
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