Ruth Goodwin, Edie Wolfe’s best friend, has a north-facing slope where she’s always wanted to plant elderberries.
She finally got around to adding one bush—she calls it a test bush—to her yard three years ago.
This first year, it was not much more than the original twig she put in the ground.
Last year, it got to the size of a small bush and she almost forgot where she’d put it.
This year, it has taken full command of the yard area immediately surrounding it, towers way over Ruth’s head, and is blooming.
This is the true elderberry wine, the light fragrance of its flowers.
Every time she walks by, the elderberry reminds Ruth there’s a lot to smile about.
Did you ever wonder why a Canada goose is named for that country? Or what makes French toast French? Or English muffins English?
I don’t know either. But I am so glad our neighbor to the north decided to share these flowers with us.
Ever since the path through the woods has been reopened, we’ve been discovering how much Hurricane Irene rearranged the pattern of the botanicals down there.
B. I. (Before Irene), there was just a small handful of these flowers down by the river. Now they’ve spread and we find them tucked away in places where we’ve never seen them before.
The second Carding, Vermont novel—Thieves of Fire—is getting ready to launch and we received a first look at the quilt that Nancy Graham is making for its cover this morning.
No matter how much you write, no matter how many books you publish, seeing the cover image for the first time guarantees you a jolt of adrenaline.
Yep, we’re excited.
The text, which kinda counts too, is in the ripping-apart-to-put-it-all-together-again stage. For a new writer, this can be a very scary time because it feels as though all your hard work is just disappearing beneath your fingertips.
And I have to admit that I get the flutters at this stage as well.
But I’ve learned that it takes making a really big mess before a project all comes together.
Diana Bennett, who owns the Crow Town Bakery with her husband Stephen, loves to garden as much as her mother, Edie Wolfe.
Her favorite time among the botanicals is just after sunrise, which is pretty darn early in July.
But it’s cool and the bugs are late risers.
Diana’s garden favorite this time of year is snap peas.
OK, it’s everyone’s favorite this time of year.
Somehow, they never seem to make it from the garden to Diana’s home kitchen.
In this case, Diana says that cooking is a waste.
Author of the Carding, Vermont novels, quilt books, and book publishing guides.