A walk through the garden

Spring is springing forth, and the pond has water. It’s not as crystalline as we like but it’s alive, in the sense that the biological filtration is proceeding, and when it has fish, it will be good. The chemistry is good. The weeping cherry is going...

Going to need to take some pix tomorrow…

The tulips are coming into bloom, weeping cherry in bloom, quince and peonies about to go, and the pond has reached the magical 58 degrees at which one can feed fish safely—if we had fish. But that’s getting closer. It means the nights are getting warmer,...

The garden and a new tree…

The ‘contorted birch’ demised a season ago, and did not come back. It was the centerpiece tree of our front yard. Now, meanwhile, we decided to use a licensed spraying company for our gravel paths rather than kill ourselves trying to weed it all. This...

Dandelions. Not as wine.

The spring bloom has happened, and in our rock garden, they are alien invaders. I was feeling better today—still not real great with leaning over, but we have to get them. I think I contributed a bushel basket to the Green can and they will become city compost....

It looked as if we had a basement leak…but…

instead of us having to move a ton of stuff and Dri-Loc the basement wall— Jane discovered a tiny leak in a ‘winter shutoff valve’ that has a tiny drain-tap in the overhead near the wall in question. Jane has applied plumber’s tape to the...

Happy Easter!

Temperatures are sliding up into the 60’s—still a frost a night, but we’re getting there. The star magnolia is in full flower, as are the pasque flowers. The lilies in the pond are sending up shoots, but have another half foot to go before breaking...

Juniper has my number, I fear

It’s everywhere and it’s pollinating. We are not the worst city in the nation, but we’re competitive. And we’ve got a few days of this to go through. Despite an allergy pill, my eyes are watering and sounds and the rest of the world are at the...

Snowing this morning

This isn’t supposed to happen after St. Paddy’s Day. It didn’t last long, however. Supposed to get up to 50 today, but snow is not helping us get the pond warm! I’m much better today. Yesterday evening the left ear decided to come online. Now,...

13 pounds of baking soda…

Doing better since the allergy meds. I was able to get out and test the pond chemistry, and we should be at a ph of 6.8 to 8.2; we’re at 8.3. A Kh (or alkalinity) of 100-200 ppm, and we’re at 80—this affects the function of bacteria who are supposed...