Category Archives: Despatches from the Hollow

Hollow Moon

The new moon is waxing, accumulating size like a burning candle, as we prepare to leave the hollow for the coast. I watched it rise yesterday evening and will watch again tonight its almost tropical aspect above the tulip poplars … Continue reading

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Hi, Summer

High Summer First walnut leaves falling Yellow against a wall of green. Cicadas start their thrumming Calling autumn in again. High summer is upon us. The cicadas have started to sing. Lightening bugs still rise from the meadows. Tomatoes are … Continue reading

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June Lilies – Smells Like Summer

┬áLilium regale Steamy summer lilies perfume the humid air, Trumpets stuffed with sticky pistils and golden stamen dust, Myriad pollinators’ fare. Humid, hot, musky weather has heightened the fragrance of late, late, late spring. Summer solstice is June 21st, but … Continue reading

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May Day – Peonies, Planets, and Stars

It’s a good peony season here in the hollow, beginning with the old ‘Pink Charm’ John brought from the University, first given him by Mrs. Hereford for the Carr’s Hill garden back in the 70’s. It’s a single form with … Continue reading

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Who Are the Violets Now?

Who are the violets now That strew the green lap of the new-come spring? Shakespeare, Richard II Purple and blue stain the landscape. Virginia bluebells and violets thrive in the moist places this cool season along with fern and bleeding … Continue reading

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Spring Thaw

The sound of dripping is the sound of spring. Windy days have kept the thaw from being too muddy and everything is ready to burst into life with abundant moisture and warming temperatures. We await the equinox on the 20th … Continue reading

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Icy Winter, Old Wood

February has given us winter after all. Woke up this morning to 10 inches in the hollow. We are fortunate to have forsythia brighten inside as we gaze out upon the snow. Cut about a month ago, its old wood … Continue reading

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Winter Buds

Apricot leaves and buds of the great beech (Fagus grandifolia) that dominates the west garden give delicious color to our frozen landscape this first week of the new year. Well within Zone 7 minimum of 0F to 10F, we’ve been … Continue reading

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Meadowlands

The middle of October is glory time for our native grasses. The hayfields, pastures and ditches of Albemarle County are lush now with purple top, broom sedge, Indian grass, foxtail, pink Muhly, and love grass, to name but a few. … Continue reading

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Naked Ladies in the Hollow

This was the best year yet for naked ladies (Lycoris squamigera), a long-lived old-fashioned southern bulb that puts up mysterious foliage in spring only to die down and resurrect in late summer with tender pink stalks of lavender tinged amaryllis-like … Continue reading

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