I was driving through Eastborough on Aug. 31 when a wind current full of maple leaves came sweeping down ahead of my car. It was my first experience of fall 2014, causing me to wonder the day before Labor Day: Is this in fact the last weekend of summer, or is it rather the first weekend of autumn?
Annie writes about home and garden, including her Bit of Earth column on Saturdays. She has been at The Eagle since 1985, working as a copy editor, a nation/world editor and a reporter. She’s a KU graduate who started out at The Coffeyville Journal.
When Carol Stinson gets together with friends for lunch or has her hair or nails done, she takes blooms from her tropical hibiscus bushes along to hand around. Someone invariably asks the question I did when I saw dry vases of the flowers on Carol’s kitchen counters: Don’t they need water?
My neighbor Joe was scraping paint off the side of his house last Saturday when he hollered over to me, seated at the edge of a garden bed, “Do you know what you’re going to write about next Saturday?”
Legacy GardenWorks is a very small urban farm – or very large urban garden, depending on how you want to measure it, its manager says – that puts at-risk youth to work in paying jobs, distributes the produce at a farm stand for donations, and spreads the joy through farm-to-table brunches once a month.
This is the tipping point in the summer, when you can still plant tomatoes by the Fourth of July — while wondering if anyone’s spring-planted Fourth of July tomatoes will be ready for harvest by their namesake holiday.