• About Colleen Vanderlinden


    On Weeds and Rebirth

    by  • April 4, 2012 • Miscellaneous

    I walked through the garden this morning. There is so much to be excited about: the lilacs are loaded with buds, the forsythias are in full, blazing bloom, and the mesclun and peas are coming up nicely in the vegetable garden. Robins are building a nest in the apple tree again. So why is...

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    On Being Stubborn

    by  • February 13, 2012 • Blogging

    I read a post this morning on my friend Gina’s blog, and I started writing her a monumentally-long comment. And I decided that rather than take over her comment section, it would probably be better to post here instead. You should go read Gina’s post over at My Skinny Garden: On Losing Passion. On...

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    November Tour of My Garden

    by  • November 11, 2011 • Gardening


    It’s one thing to show my garden in July, when the tomatoes are going full force and the annuals are all blooming like mad, or even in April, when the slightest hint of color is enough to make me feel like the best gardener ever. (Delusions of self-grandeur are a symptom of long Michigan...

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    First Frost

    by  • October 28, 2011 • Miscellaneous


    We had our first frost last night. My morning walk around the garden was filled with both beauty and melancholy. Beauty, because the entire garden sparkled. Frost edged the serrated leaves of the viburnums, the top of the hay bale and pile of leaves the kids play in, and each and every petal of...

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