Tag: Lower Forty

Patience, My Dogwood

Posted April 14th, 2012
Patience, My Dogwood

Our dogwood has finally bloomed. She withstood the travails of flood, drought and blizzard, and constant cropping by deer, and this spring she blossomed, like some insecure girl crossing that seemingly impassable divide between challenged childhood and blessed womanhood. Her siblings, in a foster-child kind of way, were more precocious. I knew, however, that delayed…

Making a Green Velvet Carpet of Moss

Posted April 3rd, 2012
Making a Green Velvet Carpet of Moss

When we signed on the dotted line and acquired the key to our new home in 2005—a new house in a new development—the rock-studded clay and steep slopes of our lot offered a tabula rasa. The woods beyond, a non-tidal wetland protected by the state Department of Natural Resources, would ring with birdsong as soon…