I have an area in the garden that I will not be able to plant this year. Instead of letting it stay fallow and grow weeds, I planted buckwheat. It’s something I’ve done through the years whenever I’ve been unable to use an area for one reason or another. Buckwheat is a fast-growing plant that … Continue Reading →
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I saw my first Monarch butterfly a couple of days ago. I know they were here much earlier because I found a caterpillar on my milkweed plants. That means there had to be a female butterfly around a while ago. It takes around four days for a monarch egg to hatch. The caterpillar stage lasts … Continue Reading →
The guests of honor arrived just in time, all decked out in pretty purple, pink, white, and fuschia finery. Their sweet fragrance perfumed the air for anyone strolling along car-free streets and shaded lanes, making it a glorious time to visit Mackinac Island. Yes, lilacs, the star attractions, were out in full force when the … Continue Reading →
Although the temperatures were fine during mid-May, some untimely rain and prior commitments caused me to fall behind in the garden. Memorial Day weekend was when I was supposed to get caught up but a late season bout with the flu keep me off my feet all holiday weekend and into the next week. Now … Continue Reading →
The rye cover crop I planted last fall made tremendous growth this spring and now it’s time to till it into the soil. Timing is important when it comes to tilling under a cover crop like rye. The plants grew and entered the “boot stage” of growth, forming flower/seed heads inside the stalk. This is … Continue Reading →
The Matthaei Botanical Gardens – Nichols Arboretum annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale is coming up this weekend, May 13 and 14. About three weeks ago I visited the Gardens and got a sneak peek at the plants growing in the greenhouse. I can tell you that these are no ordinary, anonymous plants grown by an impersonal … Continue Reading →
This is another episode in the grape vine cutting story that began last spring. At that time I took some pieces of grapevine that I cut off the vines during pruning and used them to start new grapevines. You can browse through my older blog posts to find out about those grapes. I stuck the … Continue Reading →
It’s not every day a museum becomes a temporary tattoo parlor. But that’s what happened recently when the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) launched “Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta,” the latest exhibit in its Michigan Artist Series. While inking an original tattoo around the wrist of a volunteer on opening night, the Ann … Continue Reading →
Recognition for the guy behind all those great wines!
La Crema has focused on Chards and Pinots for nearly 40 years.