Watershed Week


Today’s photos are some of the ‘farm’ portions of my little Chicago yard gardens; here, tomatoes, hot little peppers, chives and marigolds to protect them all, and a primrose whose color echoes the (millions!) of little tomato blooms and makes me smile.

Finally, after two months of uncertainty, on Thursday we learned much more about what is in store for us regarding our home situation; we now have a solid plan A, B and C, all of which follow the same preliminary schedule.  One of the things we had been uncertain about was whether or not I’d be able to travel to teach the two summer classes. Fortunately, I can and will, and am really looking forward to that once again.


The back-porch, two-steps-outside-the-kitchen herbs: rosemary, stevia (which I didn’t like as a sweetener until Sandy Bernat gave me a fresh leaf to taste last year: delicious) with more basil just seeded after eating the spring rocket / aragula that grew in that pot, cilantro turning into coriander and some basil, and Greek oregano, tarragon and lemon thyme, with more basil, dill and summer savory seedlings just getting ready to be transferred).

So, now I’m out of limbo and facing a pretty packed schedule for the next three weeks, but: joy! Much of it involves the studio, after today’s (lengthy) other tasks (there will be more of those, but they’ll be interspersed with studio, accomplished during drying times).  I am off to make that happen.


Some herbs do better in the ground: smoky fennel, nigella (there’s tons more in several other locations), a new golden sage, and the lavender that was compromised by the polar vortex winter, but coming back, mixed with a few marigolds and cleome.

Out in the world: Mary Ellen Long has published a few photos from our show at Abecedarian Gallery: thanks!


The mint patch with a stray dill (and a kozo experi-mint, weathering). On the other side of this tree and in other locations, lots of lemon balm, aka Melissa.


It’s a watershed time for the gardens as well; except for a few transplants, the planting and seeding is done and it’s definitely time for the trimming back of the mulberry I’ll harvest and the dogwood in front; yesterday the City of Chicago beat me to it, chopping a big chunk of this maple away from the power lines.  (Look at that clematis-loaded trellis!)


There are other types of shedding going on: Lupe’s dropping her massive winter inner coat and Chance loves to chase the flying fur! The buckets in the background are full of soaking iris stems, harvested courtesy of my neighbors, ready for the cook…