Category Archives: Despatches from the Hollow

Hollow Swag

Over the years as Christmas trees have become a bit much, we celebrate the season with swags, a simple old-fashioned way to decorate with outdoor greenery. Placed in prominent spots around the potting shed and porches, they brighten the month … Continue reading

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Bad Gardener’s Harvest

Even the bad gardener can reap riches. Malabar spinach, tomatoes, garlic chives, basil, parsley and jalapenos fight their way through the weeds. Self-seeded zinnias, marigold (an old single French type that approaches 3′), globe amaranth (purple and cherry red) and … Continue reading

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Summer Afternoon

Summer simmers in the hollow. We’ve just gone through a week of temps in the¬† upper 90’s steeped in soupy humidity. Thunderstorms reverberate around the hills more afternoons than not and we’ve measured just under a half inch this week … Continue reading

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Asparagus Patch

Carpenter bees humming in their vertical mating frenzy – saw dust falls on the paper as I write beneath the roof of the old front porch – the beech unfurling her glorious curls: this is the time to stalk through … Continue reading

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Birthday Kite

Spring in the hollow means the ides of March and birthdays for its mistress, Milo, and the east meadow beech. Milo turns 14, I turn 66, and the beech, planted for my fiftieth, turns 16. We are all thriving. Spring … Continue reading

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New Year

The new year swept into the hollow with the great blizzard of ’16 which proceeded to dump 2 feet and more here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge but has proven to be a benevolent storm, with no power … Continue reading

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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

¬†Lilium 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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