Archive for the ‘Today in the Garden’ Category

Disease Alert: Ova paschalis

ova-on-larger-tree

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Corresponding with the arrival of gradually warmer temperatures at the end of the winter season, the appearance of Ova paschalis fruiting bodies is a curious phenomenon of the spring season in many parts of the United States. Continue reading

Wordless Thursday – Sunrise

Sunrise at Hayefield

Unlocking

Sunrise at Hayefield

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

The idea of having four seasons may make sense to some people, but we gardeners know that’s a woefully inadequate framework for what actually goes on outdoors. Dividing each of those seasons into early, mid-, and late helps somewhat, but something’s still lacking, particularly at this time of year, when spells of mild days alternate with freezing, snowy conditions. It’s not winter, and it’s not spring. It’s not even late winter or early spring. It’s unlocking.

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Another Red-Sky Sunday

Sunrise at Hayefield Feb 10 08

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

We seem to be in a pattern of changeable Sundays here in southeastern PA, with stunning sunrises followed by decidedly unpretty conditions. Here’s the same sky just 15 minutes later, looking rather ominous:

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Six More Weeks?

Frost on the meadow

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

So, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday. How could he not, with all those lights set up around him? I’ll admit, it did look wintery here this morning, after a nice bit of freezing fog. It does wonders for adding a bit of sparkle to the unmown bits of the meadow, and it makes me glad I haven’t been too quick to tidy the garden for spring.

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Winter Sunrise

Good morning! January 29 2008

Not having a great singing voice, I’m trying to resist a rousing rendition of “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.” But oh, it really is. I hope it’s equally beautiful wherever you are today!