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Waste not, water not

Hi everyone. It’s hot out there. Really hot. And with experts saying drought is likely to be our new summertime way of life, 2012 might be just a sample of what’s to come.  Let’s talk water. It’s August. It’s hot. And dry. … Continue reading

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Fruits of no labor

Wandering around the hilltop this afternoon in a heat-induced stupor … the yellowing grasses crunchy under my flip-flops … I came across this. Why hello, there. What are you, lovely little thing? A purple berry? A quick look around the … Continue reading

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Anniversary among the weeds

Can’t believe it’s been five years since Mr. Hilltop and I got hitched. We’re not spring chickens, so it’s funny to think of ourselves as more “newlywed” than “old marrieds.” To celebrate, we went on a forage walk … because … Continue reading

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Purple pick-me-up

The prairie is hard for me right now. It could be hot weather with no hint of rain. Our rain barrels are almost empty and it’s only June. Oh no, is this a repeat of the plant-killing heat from last … Continue reading

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After the Storms

We’ve calmed a bit here at Hilltop. The shock and frustration have worn off, and I’ve been telling myself that the mowing incident was simply a mistake. Probably, a mower was just gleefully gobbling up the green and didn’t realize where s/he was. Doesn’t matter … Continue reading

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Eye of the Beholder

What our neighbors see … Everyone has different tastes, and theirs leans towards mono-culture. They like neatly trimmed grass that behaves itself.  I’m afraid it’s going to be a long summer for our smiling, waving neighbors. Maybe they’ll eventually come to understand how … Continue reading

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Grasses: Knowns and Unknowns

Spring 2012 hit us early and fast. We’ve been doing winter cleanup, bed prep and spring planting all at the same time. And, in the midst of all that, we’ve been eagerly watching our “prairie” on this first year of no … Continue reading

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