I’m a retired small-town journalist living on her own in a small house that backs up against a wooded ravine. I grew up on a small grain farm, and the ravine makes me feel as though I still live in the country while enjoying the conveniences town. 

Another benefit of my location is the wildlife that occasionally drifts into my yard: the groundhog, the deer, the red fox (once with her romping, young kits), the robins, and cardinals, and woodpeckers, and even, in winter, a flicker who dines from the suet feeder in all his breathtaking glory. (They are a gorgeous bird.)

 These creatures occasionally cause damage. The deer eat some of my hostas now and then, and they once shouldered a small shrub aside on their way into my yard. The groundhog loves vine-ripened tomatoes nearly as much as I do. He’s one of the reasons I now grow my vegetables in containers. But the pleasure I take from the visits of these untamed critters far outweighs whatever damage they do.

In their case — truly — it isn’t personal.

And if you’re curious about why I’m running a series on container gardening, it’s because I got started late last spring. I had too little time to think and plan before I dove in. If you’re the least interested in starting a container garden, I hope this series encourages you to prepare for the undertaking before you launch yourself into it.


16 Responses to About

  1. I just realized that you are even newer than me to the wonderful world of blogging – and that you have great taste in picking out banners! I enjoyed reading your first posts and wish you the best. It is fun and challenging as well and I will have to bookmark your site and see how you are coming along.

    • tempusflits says:

      I enjoy visiting other people’s blogs as much as I do writing my own. It’s fun to see what everyone’s doing doing and how they’ve done it. I’ll be back to your place again, too. Thank you for your kind words and stopping by mine.

  2. Twiddle says:

    We all seem to have started together! What a beautiful blog, I’ll be back often to see how your garden develops. Good luck on the tomatoes!

    • tempusflits says:

      Thank you. I like your blog, too and will return as well. I’m very impressed with your veggie garden and those cold frames look wonderful. Good deal! I’m so excited at the thought of having fresh vegetables this summer. There is a local Farmer’s Market here, but still, pulled from the garden and put straight onto my plate is even better.

  3. intlxpatr says:

    I’m so glad you commented on my blog. I always check commenters out, to be sure they are not really advertising Russian party girls or instant weight loss, and your blog is delightful! I also have cardinals; I have enjoyed their beauty but I had no idea they were so territorial.

    Your blog is a lot of fun, and very beautiful.

  4. tempusflits says:

    Thank you! Your compliment means a lot to me considering how lovely your blog is. I appreciate your visit!

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog, too! I’m excited to read yours. Gardening is as much fun as playing in the kitchen. 🙂

  6. Nice blog you have goin on here and lots of great information. I will be definitely coming back here for gardening tips! 🙂

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m enjoying looking around your site, and will definitely be returning for advice. I haven’t had enough yard space for a garden (well, or “yard” at all, oftentimes!) what with living in the city for many, many years, and so I’m very interested in a container garden option. I’ve been afraid to take the leap yet as I am most decidedly *not* a gardener at this point in time, but this may give me the confidence needed to make a plan to try next spring.

    • tempusflits says:

      Thank you. I’m so glad if I can help bring you to gardening. Start small is my advice, with a few pots. It’s a learning process. The Bountiful Container by McGee and Stuckey is very helpful. I cannot tell you how much joy gardening has brought to my life.

  8. Maggie Stuckey says:


    It’s such a pleasure to say hello and greet an enthusiastic gardener. And of course I am pleased as punch that my book has been helpful to you in your gardening adventures. You may not realize how much that sort of feedback means to authors. I love gardening, and I love writing about it, and I am always humbled to hear from people like yourself who have enjoyed the end result.

    The weather in 2010 was very, very strange, at least here in the Pacific Northwest. On the coast people said “OK, so we skipped summer this year.” I spoke at several gardening events this year, and heard from many people were new to vegetable gardening;of course they all thought the dismal results were their fault. Not.

    The best commentary I know of comes from a good friend who is a very accomplished gardener and has what would normally be ideal growing conditions. In her Christmas letter this yer, she writes: “Pat [husband] and I spent many hundreds of hours in our garden this year and harvested ounces of produce.”

    So, if things don’t work out perfectly. it isn’t always our fault. Remember that.
    2011 is a new year. All best wishes for success, in the garden and everywhere else.

    Maggie Stuckey
    Author, The Bountiful Container

    • tempusflits says:

      Oh my stars! I can’t believe you stopped by. You are my hero. I’d have never known all about this without you and your lovely friend. You cannot imagine how much joy you and your methods have given me. Thank you!

  9. mac says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, your blog is very beautiful, I’ll be back for more.
    I started out in container gardening as well, it got out of hand and I do both raised beds and containers now. Our retirement home garden is too small for further expansion, I’ll have to be contended with containers here and there 🙂

    • tempusflits says:

      It’s a pleasure to meet another container gardener. Oddly enough, I put in a small raised bed this year, too. It’s just large enough to hold one indeterminate tomato plant. I’m so stoked! But I, too, will be sticking with conatiners for almost all of my veggie gardening. And I consider any compliment about a beautiful blog to be high praise indeed coming from YOU. Your photos are spectacular. I’ll read your posts with even more interest now that I know you’re growing things in containers.

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