A blooming success!

My dream garden is part cottage, part little -old-lady with lots of roses, peonies and lilacs.  Unfortunately, our yard, which has enough space to plant loads of these items, is far too shady to actually be hospitable to them.  This doesn’t stop me from trying to grow those things though, in our limited full sun spots. Continue reading

Spring Insanity

It has been an absolute whirlwind here lately.  I mean, really.  Yesterday was our first unscheduled day in at least two weeks, which is slightly misleading because by ‘unscheduled’ I mean, we’ve got loads of things to do, we just didn’t have any solid commitments before we hopped back on that busy bus  for the next few weeks.

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Back yard view, with dogwoods and Brian’s redbud in the distance.

May, always our busiest month, is next week you guys!  Which means we are fast approaching the days where Pat and I traditionally communicate by post-it note, only recently enhanced by technology and the ability to text each other.  But that is entirely dependent on my carrying a device in which to text and since I rarely do that, the post-it note is still generally the most reliable form of communication here. Thankfully, Edie is old enough we can leave her home alone, because we’ve already had one incident where both of us committed to something without looking to see if the other one was around.  Edie has started realizing when I ask her if she has her key, it means she stands a good chance of being locked out when she comes home if she doesn’t have it.  Ah, spring in the Calvert house. Continue reading

Blooming this week: April 16

We are at the point in spring where the landscape one sees at dawn is different than the one sees at nightfall.  Case in point – last Saturday afternoon, Pat & I plopped down in the front yard waiting for Edie to get ready for her soccer game.  We noticed the tulips had sent up buds and wondered when they might open.  After soccer, we plopped down in the exact same spot and noticed the tulips had opened up.  Just like that, while we weren’t looking that afternoon. Continue reading


Every year we worry the tulip magnolia tree in the front yard is going to get pinched by frost.  It’s a glorious tree to behold – the magnificent pink blooms can be seen as one approaches our house in every direction for at least a block.  It is the first tree to bloom every year and many neighbors have told us they consider it the first official sign of spring.  Every few years though, Mother Nature gets the last word on the beauty of the tree, for unlike other early blooming trees, the tulip magnolia does not react well to frost.  In fact, frost makes the large pink and white flowers turn brown, definitely not as glorious. Continue reading