Posts Tagged 'outdoors'

June @ the Garden

At Community Garden, an entire plot plundered.
Hmm…sounds like it was personal.

Here are some recent photos of my unharmed garden:


I am working on bordering all the paths with rocks from Hadley.


Nasturtiums, Lettuces, and Sunflowers. Broccoli and thyme in the background.


Leeks, cucumber, bell peppers, and a cosmo that came back from last year

 

One of my beautiful peonies!
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2009 Garden Tour


Saturday, I attended the 16th Annual Friends of Forbes Library Northampton Garden Tour with Katie, Mom, and Grammie.  This year’s only tying theme appeared to be Goshen stone work.  We made it to 7/8 residential gardens before I had to report to work.  I learned some new vocabulary along the way:

potager – a French kitchen garden

espalier – to train a (usually fruit) tree to grow on one flat plane, often against a wall in a symmetrical pattern, with careful pruning

bosquet – a formal planting of trees in a gravel court

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

I’m not proud of my poor sun protection regimen. Currently, my idiotic judgement has left me with this ridiculous “farmer” tan:

Oh, and I permanently have a sports bra scarred into my back from last summer.

Ugh, I’m convinced I’m going to have skin cancer.

First Harvest


Grammie bought me a Delphinium.

My first mini harvest: baby lettuce greens, thyme/dill, cherry belle radishes. Used these in a delicious tuna salad for lunch!

2009 Spring Bulb Show

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils

And now, a few photos of the 2009 Smith College Spring Bulb Show.  But first, a little background:  All the bulbs are potted by Smith students in the Horticultural department as a lab exercise and forced into bloom simultaneously.  For two glorious weeks in early March, you can enjoy the colors and scents of thousands of flowers in the Lyman Conservatory: tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, jonquils, freesia, peonies, anemones, crocuses (croci?), forsythia to name a few, punctuated with Walter Crane illustrations….Perfect while it’s still muddy and kind of cold and lackluster outdoors.  I went twice to perk up my winter soul.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Actually, it’s over now, so just forget it until next year.  (Man, I am really plugging Smith lately, I should probably just go to grad school there already.)


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Escape to Sugarbush Mountain

On Tuesday morning, I headed to Warren, Vermont for a mini ski vacation at Sugarbush.  Google Maps’ route sent me directly over two mountains with warped dirt roads and cautionary signs (snow tires are required!).  Fortunately it was sunny, and I entertained myself with This American Life podcasts.  After cracking and ruining my orange ski boots, I sorted out my rentals and lift ticket, and I met up with Uncle Dave, Auntie Lu, and my cousins Chris and Mike at Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak Village for a day and a half of skiing.


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