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Rhonda Nowak

Rhonda Nowak is a Rogue Valley gardener, writer and teacher. With more than 25 years of gardening experience and a Ph.D. in literature and language arts education, she combines a love for plants, poetry, and prose in her Literary Gardener blog. Here, she offers useful gardening tips, plus a related literary quote, based on what’s happening in her flowerbeds, containers, raised vegetable beds, greenhouse and yard-scape. The Literary Gardener is for locals who agree with author Bill Richardson: “Novels and gardens – I like to move from plot to plot.”

Sneak preview of garden on this year’s AAUW tour

Eagle Point resident Dennis Godfrey is one of five private gardens that are part of this year’s Spring Garden Tour hosted by the Medford chapter of AAUW. The tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9. For tickets and more information, visit the AWUW website at: https://medford-or.aauw.net/. Royal Brown bungalow, circa [...]

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What the heck is that? Spittlebugs!

“Do not spit in the well – you may be thirsty by and by.” – Russian proverb This proverb encourages us to think before we act – useful advice inside and outside of the garden! However, it looks like someone missed the well and expectorated on some of my garden plants – yuck! Actually, these [...]

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Tips for tip-top tomatoes

The street filled with tomatoes, midday, summer, light is halved like a tomato, its juice runs through the streets. ~ Pablo Neruda, “Ode to Tomatoes” My street isn’t filled with tomatoes, but my backyard sure is! Here is our collection of Abe Lincoln, Persimmon and Chocolate tomato plants grown from seed and recently transplanted into [...]

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Sneak preview pics of upcoming Soroptimist garden tour

Gardeners share their inspiration during annual Soptimist garden tour Here are some sneak previews of the gardens on this year’s Soptimist garden tour, which features 6 diverse gardens in Jacksonville and Central Point. The tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., May 19. Click above for more information.

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Spanish moss on a live oak tree in Louisiana

“I Am Louisiana” by Paul Ott “I’m Spanish moss on a live oak tree Cajun fried shrimp and a cypress knee I’m Bienville, Captain Shreve, Beauregard, Zach Taylor and Jean LaFitte I’m New Orleans, the land of dreams Creole cookin’ and a Mardi Gras king I’m a thoroughbred racin’ at Louisiana Downs Avery Island and [...]

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A kiss to currants for native and pollinator gardens

“I stamp this kisse upon thy currant lippe.” - Theseus in William Shakespeare’s Two Noble Kinsmen, Act 1, scene 1 Theseus, Duke of Athens, and his bride, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, have not been married long when Theseus goes off to battle and must leave Hippolyta behind. He kisses his beloved on her “currant lips” [...]

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The poop on turkey poop

“Up on the rooftop reindeer pause…” Wait a minute; it’s too late for that. Those are 20-pound turkeys scrambling around my rooftop, driving my two dogs, and thus me, into a frenzy inside the house. Jerry runs out with a broom to shoo the turkey-toms away, but they’ll be back tomorrow: strutting, fanning, digging, scratching, [...]

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“Beware the ides of March” – but garden anyway

“A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.” ~ Brutus in William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Act I, Scene 2 When Julius Caesar hears this ominous warning, he blows it off by saying, “He is a dreamer; let us leave him.” Yet, on March 15, the mystic’s vision becomes horribly real when Caesar is assassinated [...]

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Shakespeare also mentions seeds

And in his needy shop a tortoise hung, An alligator stuff’d, and other skins Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves A beggarly account of empty boxes, Green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds, Remnants of packthread and old cakes of roses, Were thinly scatter’d, to make up a show. ~ Romeo in William Shakespeare’s [...]

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Daffadils “haste away so soone” but there’s more to be done in the garden

Faire Daffadils, we weep to see You haste away so soone: As yet the early-rising Sun Has not attain’d his Noone. ~ Robert Herrick, To Daffadills, 1648 In Sunday’s Mail Tribune column (Feb. 18, 2018), I wrote about dancing with the daffodils, which are beckoning springtime right now in the Rogue Valley.  But that isn’t [...]

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