We north-country folk have finally untangled ourselves from winter.
I bicycle by a couple outdoor weddings every weekend now. Sweltering visitors from the big cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul come up north hoping for the sun of home but the gentle off Lake breezes of Duluth. Winter stored lot of air conditioning in the waters of the big Lake - enough to beat back temperatures of 80 and 90 to 70 or 65 for many days.
However, outdoor brides and tourists with money don’t say summer to me like blossoms in the Rose Garden. This patch of ground perched over an Interstate highway next to Lake Superior experiences many, many subzero days and a few nights of temperatures near -30° F. in winter!
The masterful gardeners in our town use the “Minnesota Tip” to keep the tender hybrid tea roses healthy.
In mid April, the leaves are removed and the roses are raised again.
We note the change of season here when the call goes out for volunteers to help “tip the roses”.
Song or Screed?
The Doctor recommends I start drinking!
Seed catalogues, the playboy magazine of the mature years
Snow Shovels and Nasturtium
A surreptitious pee?
A November gale warning is posted!
Lessor Household Feasts and Celebrations #1: Fall-Back Day