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A Well-Spent Afternoon

I made myself a nice lunch. Diced two small yellow squash, sauteed them in butter till just tender, plated and topped with some minced parsley from my herb garden…mmmm. Sliced up a kohlrabi and ate that too. Iced decaf coffee. Ate outside on the back patio, cats lolling about with Papa Cardinal chirping fiercely at…

I went to the Morris Arboretum plant sale last Friday. As a member, I got a “bonus” plant for free. The “bonus” plant is a lure to bring you to the plant sale. You pick up your bonus plant at a special tent at the very back of the plant sale, so you have to…

Weeding the Forest

Sharon Astyk hates Earth Day. Really hates it. There she was, publicly hating it on its 40th anniversary, no less. And most Earth Day programs send the same message. They say “you too can make a difference…and it will be convenient, mostly involve shopping and won’t change your life. Here, take some baby steps, change…

A Circular Life

Scientiae wants to know what keeps us moving forward in our science, work, and life. I am not a practicing scientist right now, and I don’t have a job, so I guess this will have to focus on life.

A week ago Friday I spent the morning traipsing about the Morris Arboretum. The magnolias were in full bloom and Patrick Dougherty had just finished his newest sculputure, The Summer Palace. The twig and sapling sculpture will remain in place until it decays away. I can’t describe to you the feeling one has walking around…

Cherry Blossoms

Sunday was absolutely gorgeous, sunny and warm, and the Morris Arboretum was teeming with people out to enjoy the spring blossoms. Still, Mr. Z and I had this cherry tree and the blue sky above all to ourselves for a little while. I know it’s not a native tree but it’s simply stunning, isn’t it?…

Links for 3-10-2009

I found Light-skinned-ed Girl via Acmegirl’s blogroll. Lots of good stuff about the process of writing, quotes from writers, and the experience of being biracial. I like her idea about the Oscars for books. That is an awards ceremony I would definitely watch! Black on Campus has a post about Lisa Jackson, chemical engineer, and…

Witch Hazel at the Morris Arboretum

A week or so ago I went for a walk at the Morris Arboretum on a day with lovely weather, when it had warmed up just enough to make a winter walk delightful. I came around a bend in the path and encountered a cloudy vision of yellow – a witch hazel in full bloom.…

They Should Call It “Tree-of-Hell”

At this point in the fall, most things in my garden have closed up shop till next spring. Oh, there are some chrysanthemums blooming, and the Virginia sweetspire and chokeberry tree have put on their fiery fall colors, but there’s not much in the way of growth going on. Except for the evil invasives. Sunday…

Earlier this year I reviewed Douglas Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, which inspired me to convert my garden to all or mostly native plants. I swore this year would be a much better gardening year than last. Visions of gardening glory danced in my head. Ah, early spring. Now we are baking in the heat of…