January

by John Updike The days are short The sun a spark Hung thin between The dark and dark. Fat snowy footsteps Track the floor And parkas pile up Near the door. The river is A frozen place Held still beneath The trees’ black lace The sky is low. The wind is gray. The radiator Purrs…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Have you ordered your spring bulbs yet? Here’s a new perspective on planting spring bulbs – they’re essential resources for pollinators. Most gardeners think about spring-flowering bulbs in terms of color – which is something we desperately need after a long winter. But spring-flowering bulbs are valuable for another reason: they’re an early source of…

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September

by John Updike The breezes taste  Of apple peel.  The air is full  Of smells to feel-  Ripe fruit, old footballs,  Burning brush,  New books, erasers,  Chalk, and such.  The bee, his hive,  Well-honeyed hum,  And Mother cuts  Chrysanthemums.  Like plates washed clean  With suds, the days  Are polished with  A morning haze. As featured…

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