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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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Invasives removal? Cussing always helps

Some people hunt great deals at the mall. Others go hunting the bars for friends. We know people who hunt deer and eat them. But here at Hilltop House, we hunt the evil sh*t berry bushes (aka “bush honeysuckle“). Below … Continue reading

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Sh*t berries — we’re comin’ for you!

They look pretty, don’t they? Especially this time of year when everything else is crunchy and brown. But don’t be fooled! It’s not Christmas holly. At Hilltop House, we call them “sh*t berries,” because when you see them taking over, you … Continue reading

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It’s a Beauty of Berry

We’ve been watching these little bushes in the understory of our wooded areas. I call them “scribble scrabble” brush, because they look twiggy and overgrown. Nothing really to get excited about during the spring and summer. But when they started popping out … Continue reading

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The first planting

It’s been warm for November … more time for digging in the dirt!  Got the plants from High Country Gardens, so why wait til spring? First up — find spots without native buffalo grass. (That grass is a definite keeper, … Continue reading

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