Garden

note to the babysitter re: gnomes

Dear Babysitter, Hello! Thanks for coming a bit earlier today so that I could attempt to call the dentist, the pediatrician, the gynecologist and the car dealership before work without a toddler hugging my knees and repeating “readyreadyready” 1,453 times with extreme urgency and a complete lack of specificity. (Ready […]

a thank you note to our lawn

Hey there! Just wanted to thank you for being so understanding when all those trucks, several workmen, and a back hoe recently tore you to shreds. It must have been a shock to experience such a violent upheaval – if you were confused, just know that we were too. We […]

saturday scandal

I don’t know who is more at fault here: YOU (whoever you are) for thinking that this little decorative pumpkin trifecta was yours for the tasting, or ME, for assuming that you wouldn’t think this little decorative pumpkin trifecta was yours for the tasting. Either way, not cool. Just so […]

memo: to the groundhog

To: Groundhog From: Jocelyn and Rob We have been observing you for quite some time now. We see you across the street on our neighbor’s lawn. We’ve also seen you at various locations on our yard. But it wasn’t until a few days ago that our suspicions were finally confirmed […]

gnome gnews

Okay, so I have been jetsetting around the world on my whirlwind book tour (read: driving around on the weekends in my ten year old Hyundai), but some interesting things have been going on here at the home front, too. Namely, with the gnomes. Many of you are already acquainted […]

can we talk about this spider?

Few situations could fill me with feelings of such contradiction as when this spider showed up sometime last week. Since then, I have been in a state of simultaneous awe and horror, admiration and revulsion. He built an elaborate web hanging from the posts of our front pergola. I’m telling […]

where do all the pencils go?

A little-known fact about Rob and I: we are aspiring singer-songwriters. Scratch the aspiring – we ARE singer-songwriters. We can make almost any household situation into a song. And the more frustrating the scenario, the more inspired the tune. Most compositions are created spontaneously yet flow from deep within. Our […]

sod or seed? the answer is here

Guest post from Suzanne @ Inspire; to breathe Oh yards! Trees, grass, and flowers: so many opportunities for beauty, and so many opportunities for…disaster. I have been reading Suzanne’s blog, Inspire; to breathe for a while now and have been continually impressed by her positive attitude and her sense of […]

diy: welcome to the enclave

(NOTE: In order to get in the right head space for this HIMP Month installment, please read the title of this post in the voice of Axl Rose singing, “Welcome to the Jungle.”) Weird thing about our house: we don’t really have a useable backyard. It’s narrow, sloped, and adjacent […]

diy shed: rusty to rustic

RUSTY SHED, BEFORE: We had every intention of painting this eyesore at the side of our house. We even bought the paint. I shouldn’t be too disrespectful because this shed is extremely useful: it houses our lawnmower, garbage cans, snow blower, rakes, shovels, etc. It just looked a little creepy […]

peonies: when polka dots explode

WARNING: Do not look at the following photo essay if you are sensitive to beauty, or easily overwhelmed by the splendors of the natural world or if you are a polka dot purist. What you are about to see are explosions of a vibrant nature. They occurred over the last […]

the pollen report, achoo

It has been utterly gorgeous here in the Nyack area the last several days: blue skies, slight breezes, temperatures in the 70’s. And yet. Some of us have ACHOO been under the weather…quite literally trapped under a layer of pollen. That green dust is covering absolutely ACHOO everything, including our […]

the lambs ear is listening

Have you ever had the singular, unique and life-altering opportunity to touch lambs ear, a.k.a. Stachys byzantina? Or, rather, shall I say “pet” lambs ear? Because, just as no one can eat just one potato chip, no one can simply touch lambs ear once without getting sucked into a weird […]

i planted something…

…and it grew. I present minnow daffodils: This is nothing short of miraculous. My friend Josie gave me these tiny little bulbs last fall – they were surplus that she didn’t have room for in her Brooklyn community garden. I put them in the ground and then, voila! They poked […]

Go 3G: Glamour Gardening Gloves

I was wondering: Why-o-why do all my flowers die? Why do all the weeds I pull grow right back? And what about those bulbs I planted – nothing ever appeared! Alas, I have finally figured out that it’s because…I didn’t have these: Glamour Gardening Gloves! (a.k.a. the other 3G) These […]

how to make a weed bouquet

The arrival of spring means that a lot of beautiful things are about to bloom. It also means that some not-so-beautiful things are about to arrive as well… I’m talking about every lawn’s enemy: weeds. We have have a cringe-worthy abundance of these, but I’ve figured out how to make […]