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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.

Big week

I was working in my home office last Tuesday, when my eye was drawn outside, to a spot of blue. Too dark for a bluebird, and anyway, our neighborhood isn’t bluebird habitat. It could only be one bird: an Indigo … Continue reading

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Quirk of nature

I have been watching this line of white birch trees for years. Most people would probably never give them a second look, but to a tree geek like me they are a marvel, because they shouldn’t be doing so well … Continue reading

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Enough already

This has been the view from my office during the four nor’easters we have had so far in March. The first one was the worst for us, because we lost power. The second brought about a foot of snow. The … Continue reading

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Butterwort

I bought this plant yesterday from an orchid-grower who was speaking at my club. I have no idea why he was selling these in addition to the orchids, but I thought it was a cool plant. It is a Pinguicula, … Continue reading

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Bewitching

My new Witch Hazel is in bloom! I planted it last May to add some structure to the front garden and I made sure to keep it watered through the dry days of last summer. This cultivar is “Purpurea,” but … Continue reading

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Creatures of the night

Do you ever wonder who visits your yard at night? We now live in a much wilder place than our previous home near the ocean, and in addition to a larger more wooded property, our neighborhood has a protected wooded … Continue reading

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A chance encounter with mushroom hunters

I was walking my dog (and shivering because it was wicked windy and cold ) at the Charlestown Breachway this afternoon and ran into this interesting couple, who gave me a copy of their intriguing 2019 calendar/book, “Gourmet Mushrooms of … Continue reading

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A little green inside

This sprig of hemlock is the last remnant of my Christmas decorations. It looked so cute in its tiny vase that I couldn’t bear to put it on the compost pile. Then I got to thinking about how plants brighten … Continue reading

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Weather woes

This restaurant window sums up our Christmas holiday. We spent it in Quebec visiting my family and it was below zero every single day. I am one of those rare creatures who enjoys a good cold winter, but this really … Continue reading

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More New York Christmas

Photo dump from my recent trip to New York City. Times Square was crazy as always. People were shopping for Christmas trees. Many of the trees were tiny little things for tiny little apartments. These were about 3 feet tall. … Continue reading

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