Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

Check out this link! This is an absolutely amazing talk given by Pam Warhurst, the founder of Incredible Edible, a group in England who have taken guerilla garden up many levels! I believe that this could change the world!

Guerilla Gardening

I love this! What a fun, new gardening trend. Watch out Salem, I’m looking around for my guerilla garden!! And if you see anything flying out of my car window it will be a seed bomb 🙂

I love this! What a fun, new gardening trend. Watch out Salem, I’m looking around for my guerilla garden!! And if you see anything flying out of my car window it will be a seed bomb 🙂

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catching up with witches

Check out this beautiful daylily named the Salem Witch. I’m not sure if the gardener/blogger (who specializes in day lilies) bred it or not, but I just inquired about it’s availability. I think that my garden would love this plant!

a north east ohio garden

you can’t catch up with witches, at least not if they are using broom power… however we know better than to try to compete on that level.  we are merely resuming the topic of pretty witch named daylilies.  this morning’s witch is Salem Witch, a lovely purple round flower.

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Re-blog– Salem Maritime’s 75th Anniversary Celebration and the Custom House, by Donna Segar at Streetsofsalem

I’m re-blogging this great post by Donna Seger about the 75th anniversary celebration (and the Custom house) that was held at Michael’s work on Sunday. It was a great day. There were quite a few staff alumni in attendance from as far away as northern Maine and Washington DC. We enjoyed seeing old friends and sharing cake and stories about this very special place. Thank you for the wonderful post Donna. The only downside is that I didn’t get to meet you. Maybe next time!


This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the first federal heritage site (as opposed to national park) in the nation. On Sunday, a spectacularly clear and cold day, the staff of Salem Maritime presented a program of commemoration and appreciation which included lovely succinct speeches, cake, and the opportunity to wander around all of the site’s buildings at leisure. As usual, I was short on time (with a stack of midterms waiting at home), so I went straight for the Custom House (after my cake, of course), which I had not been inside for quite a while. In retrospect I wish I had had time for the Derby House as well, as it has recently been restored. But that’s alright, I can easily go back at another time–I live here.

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Salem has been a port of entry since 1649, so there…

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Here’s a post from my dear friend Joy. She’s trying to identify the plant with the pretty red leaves. Can any of my southern gardening friends tell us what that is? I don’t think I’ve see it here in the northeast.

Just Joy





I love when my daffodils bloom.  It makes the yard look so pretty.  I especially like the color against this red plant.  I have no clue what said red plant might be.  That might be a question for my friend, Michele, at The Salem Garden.   We did not do any of the planting in our yard.  I must admit we are garden challenged type of people!  Unfortunately the yard is getting to the point we are going to have to do something!


The yellow of the daffodils really does pop against the red and green!



These are the buds on our Bradford Pear Tree.  As the bloom I will post more pictures.  They produce a stunning flower.  However, the also produce a foul odor! We bought our home in the Spring.  I remember getting out of the car one day to allow the inspector…

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The experience of visiting Holland when the tulips are blooming sits at the top of my bucket list, along with visiting the Anne Frank museum… some day I just have to get there! In the meantime I’m enjoying this beautiful post by Michael at Florafocus. Michael’s blogs from a global gardening and design perspective and features amazing places all
over the world. Very fun reading on a cold New England Day! Enjoy! Michele

I’ve recently been following this really cool blogger from the midwest. She’s originally from New Zealand and posts about her life on the farm here in the USA. I enjoyed this junkyard post… Isn’t it right up Michael’s alley?


We scoured the junkyard yesterday. Looking for trim, beams, boards, flooring, doors, windows, all the bits and pieces that will lend The Coupe (the Tiny House we are building) its character. What I find here is sturdy, solidly built, made from good heart timber and of course cheaper.  Real. Here you have a look too! junk-yard-dog-005 Do you need anything?

Good morning. You know there is a difference between wanting and needing. Though I find it hard to tell the difference sometimes.  Although this was supposed to be an exploratory mission, so The Kiwi Builder could see what was there and start his list, Our John just had to take this phone home.

Good morning. The man who has rescued all this stuff saves barns and old houses, he takes them down bit by bit,  while the farmers stand by with their gas cans and matches saying, hurry up, get a…

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Our Newest Addition

Or perhaps I should call this post  “Our Little Old Man”…

Our neighbors on the next street found this guy trying to get into their house the other day.


My son was called to help (he’s well known for helping in these situations) and of course he responded, cat carrier in hand. He and his friends took him to our local shelter at 9:30 pm only to find that the shelter couldn’t take him because he’s too old to be adopted  as his estimated age is fifteen to eighteen years old. You can see how skinny he is… there is no fat on his body anywhere. We’re  sure that he either lived outside for awhile or was not cared for in the home he lived in. The shelter has record of a man trying to surrender a cat who matches his description over the weekend, so it’s likely that he was dumped in our neighborhood which is right around the corner.


The shelter set us up with everything that he needs and  did all of the necessary medical care and testing.  Now he’s living in my garage for the 7-10 day quarantine period.  I honestly didn’t think he’d live through it when he arrived. He was weak and tired and kind of disoriented. After twenty four hours of food and water he’s come back to life. Two days in he’s filling out and enjoying the jungle gym of stuff in the garage and all of the attention that he gets from seven people who dote on him whenever possible.


He’s extremely friendly and loving… I hope that he does well with the rest of our pets. When he arrived I thought that he might live for a few days, of course the jokes on me.   Dino (short for Dinosaur) might be with us for awhile..


Theres a healing factor here for us as well as for Dino. With all of the harshness in the world right now, it feels good to provide some humanity to this little old guy.

Enjoy Everything!