Monthly Archives: November 2010

Rare Golden Sea Robin Landed Videotaped and Released At Captain Joe’s

Joe writes from Good Morning Gloucester, “Matt Cooney Aboard The Miss Merideth Landed This Extremely Rare Golden Colored. Watch it inhale and exhale in this video making itself appear much larger (probably as a defense mechanism against approaching predators).”

See also Joe’s video of sweet little one inch baby lobsters at Good Morning Gloucester.

Jeff Weaver New Works 2010

Jeff Weaver’s paintings of life in and around Cape Ann are arrestingly beautiful and he is is my favorite Gloucester painter–if i had the time I would love to go to his gallery and spend hours and hours absorbing all. His New Works Show runs from November 27 through December 19 at his gallery/studio, 16 Rogers Street.

Amaryllis Hippeastrum

Amaryllis Hippeastrum 'Ambiance'Amaryllis ‘Ambiance’

Dear Gardening Friends,

We have been blessed with a delightfully warm autumn, which has made these last few weeks in the garden a delight. As I am preparing gardens for their winter rest, my thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays and the winter blooms that will make the season all that much brighter. I hope you don’t mind—the following is from the chapter on Coaxing Winter Blooms, excerpted from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! With our son’s soccer team headed to the state finals, I haven’t had the ability to focus, spare time to write, or accomplish much of anything besides work. We’re all on pins and needles in anticipation of the Big Game!

Warmest wishes and Season’s Greetings, Kim

P.S. Results of Sunday ‘s game: CONGRATULATIONS VIKINGS, the new Division Three North Massachusetts State Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rockport Vikings 1, St.Mary’s, Lynn 0. Wednesday’s game against the winning southern region state champs will be held in Quincy at 5:00pm. GO VIKINGS!

A Note about Amaryllis

Living in New England the year round, with our tiresomely long winter stretching miles before us, and then a typically late and fugitive, fleeting spring, we can become easily wrapped in those winter-blues. Fortunately for garden-makers, our thoughts give way to winter scapes of bare limbs and berries, Gold Finches and Cardinals, and plant cat-alogues to peruse. If you love to paint and write about flowers as do I, winter is a splendid time of year for both, as there is hardly any time devoted to the garden during colder months. I believe if we cared for a garden very much larger than ours, I would accomplish little of either writing or painting, for maintaining it would require just that much more time and energy.

Coaxing winter blooms is yet another way to circumvent those late winter doldrums. Most of us are familiar with the ease in which amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs will bloom indoors. Placed in a pot with enough soil to come to the halfway point of the bulb, and set on a warm radiator, in several week’s time one will be cheered by the sight of a spring-green, pointed-tipped flower stalk poking through the inner layers of the plump brown bulbs. The emerging scapes provide a welcome promise with their warm-hued blossoms, a striking contrast against the cool light of winter.

Perhaps the popularity of the amaryllis is due both to their ease in cultivation and also for their ability to dazzle with colors of sizzling orange, clear reds and apple blossom pink. My aunt has a friend whose family has successfully cultivated the same bulb for decades. For continued success with an amaryllis, place the pot in the garden as soon as the weather is steadily warm. Allow the plant to grow through the summer, watering and fertilizing regularly. In the late summer or early fall and before the first frost, separate the bulb from the soil and store the bulb, on its side, in a cool dry spot—an unheated basement for example. The bulb should feel firm and fat again, not at all mushy. After a six-week rest, the amaryllis bulb is ready to re-pot and begin its blooming cycle again.  Excerpt Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Coaxing Winter Blooms

Amaryllis Hippeastrum 'Orange'Amaryllis ‘Orange Sovereign’

Amaryllis Hippeastrum

Congratulations Rockport Vikings!!

GO VIKINGS!! The Rockport Vikings are headed to the Divison 3 North state finals on Sunday, November 14th at 7:00pm at Manning Bowl, Lynn.

Rockport (14-3-1), seeded second in their division, is ready to take on St. Mary’s (8-8-2). Wednesday’s quarter final game against Lynnfield could not have been more hair-raising, with two overtimes and, finally, ending in a best of five shoot-out with Rockport defeating Lynfield 3 to 1!

The Vikings owned Friday’s semi-final game against Weston–with a thorough trouncing–Rockport 2, Weston 0. Congratulation Rockport Soccer Giants!

Going to the semi-finals!!

Vikings Family

Time magazine…”why not endorse the Tea Party…”

Another succinct letter from my husband Tom Hauck, published in this week’s Time magazine.

To the editor:

To feature Republican candidates Meg Whitman, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Christine O’Donnell on your cover a few days before the critical midterm election is utterly reprehensible. Why not simply endorse them? Or better yet, why not sell TIME magazine to Rupert Murdoch? He would be thrilled to add you to his media empire.


Thomas Hauck
Gloucester, MA.

THCS Thomas Hauck Communications Services
(978) 283-3910

Korean Daisies at Willowdale Estate

Pictured above are cascading mounds of Korean daisies blooming in the autocourt at Willowdale Estate, located in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Korean daisies will continue to bloom through several light frosts and support myriad late-on-the-wing pollinators. This photograph was taken on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2010.

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms Concert

Our daughter Liv is singing every Sunday at the lovely St. Johns’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms. The music program, under the direction of organist and choirmaster Nicholas White, is divine. This coming Sunday afternoon (November 7th) at 4:00 pm is a special concert of Requiem ~ Gabriel Faure, with chamber orchestra and soloists, featuring the combined choirs of St. John’s Church, Beverly Farms, and Christ Church, Andover. The program will also include Felix Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, as well as his Organ Sonata III in A Major. Barbara Bruns is the organist, with Nicholas White conducting. I hope you will come hear this gorgeous music, with Liv singing!