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Diary of a Boy Gardener

We are in the Berkshires, the beautiful rolling hills of western Massachusetts where the season is short and the frosts sometimes win. Visit Sally and David's Gardens and see how two old farts spend their time helping what plants they can find their place in this world.

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Location: Hinsdale, Massachusetts, United States

Retired Service Engineer. Installed and repaired diagnostic x-ray equipment. Trained and supported others doing the same thing.

Monday, April 23, 2007


I am being punished by the digital dogs. I have taken about 60 pix onto my Sony memory stick and since I promised some garden pictures here, they are almost all of spring growth here in happy land. So I took the stick out of the camera and stuck it into the reader. My Mac says "What is this thing". I reboot. Same failure to recognize. So I put it back in the camera and it starts singing to me and displays format error !!!!
Even my photo recovery software won't help since I can't get anything to mount the stick. So no crocus for you.
I might still catch the last of the helibores and the daffy's haven't bloomed yet.
Rats !!!!


Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Beast

For those of you not paying attention, we live in the country along a two lane road between Hinsdale and Peru. Last night I was awakened at midnight to go fetch my son. As I opened the car door I heard a very strange sound and looked up. Just 30 feet away, at the end of the driveway, next to the mailboxes, on the far side of aforementioned country road (tarmac) was a moose. It clip clopped up the road toward Peru. There is a street light right there which did a fine job of illuminating it looking back over it's left shoulder as s/he trotted away.
There are periodic reports of their being in this area, but I have never seen one before. Very big creature with broad shoulders. Quite the sight.

Swallows In Town

Due to the late warmup we had been slow to take the back (the northside panels) off of the woodshed this year. Coming home yesteday from errands we found several barn swallows circling the backyard hollering "Let us In!!!"
Before even changing to work clothes, David got out the power drill and started unscrewing the panels and removing same. They were in checking out their old nests after the first of 5 panels was off. They sure are eager to get at the business of moving in to their breeding ground for the summer. As always, we welcome their return. The poop piles on the floor are a small price to pay for such access to some wild things.


Friday, April 20, 2007

2007 Spring Greetings

Egads !!!
Blogger has moved over to the ever expanding Google empire, so it took awhile to change homes. For some reason Safari chokes on my gMail account, so I have to use Firefox which was in no way trained to remember my gardening side of life. But I think we got it going now.
This has been an unusually cold and wet April making up for the winter's warm start by putting all the cold at the other end. This means no crocus for Easter which was also quite early this year (early Easter, late warmth = boring lawn).
But on 19 April we finally were able to get out in the yard. The rains have subsided and the snow is mostly gone. Some pictures were taken and will processed soon. Here is where the yard work wins over blogging and picture processing. Old habits will need to be re-employed here to walk and chew gum at the same time.
Anyway, here we go !!!!