I'm not sure what this little weed is; I only know it's beautiful! There are a few that pop up around my garden, from under a heavy cover of other plants. They almost always only have a single yellow blossom showing at a time and several waiting their turn. It is only about 2mm x … Continue reading A Little Yellow Peeks Out
I spent a little time around my beloved Japanese maple. The ground cover and a little determined clover plant add a wonderful contrast to the incredible burgundy leaves of the dwarf maple. There's even tension in the contrast, however peaceful it feels. I adore the remnants of greens in the young leaves of the crimson … Continue reading Japanese Highlights
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/indonesia-pongamia-tree-might-restore-degraded-land/ More and more we find that Mother Nature has the solution to all our mistakes and environmental abuses. What amazes me is that we somehow still look for the magic pill solutions. In this case, as this tone of the article suggests, this valuable tree will be farmed as an attempt to recover what … Continue reading A little good news — Mother Nature comes to the rescue again
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/orchids-make-pseudopollen-to-trick-bees/ I know very little about orchids other than their beauty and my own challenges at keeping them alive (a certain level of neglect seems to be required). The plants I've had are amazingly resilient and produce flowers over the years, even after appearing dead. It's no surprise to hear that some species have found … Continue reading A little good news. — Mother Nature always has a way
The last few years have been way too discouraging for our garden. At first I thought I couldn't find the right space that had enough sunlight (we have massive trees all around us). Then the animals became the issue: squirrels, rabbits, gophers, and racoons. All devouring everything we planted. Last year, before Covid hit, I … Continue reading Critter-Buster Greenhouse Project
Sticking to my usual goal of recycling as much material as possible, I raked the whole area as flat as possible and used the trunks and branches of the cut-down cedars to make my flower box. I called-out for indigenous seeds (on Facebook) and bought others online. I decided to cover the ground with nutrient … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Making a bed for the flowers
II had several odd cedar trees around my property that I wanted to use and tons of rocks uncovered by the plumbers' digging, so I decided to use these to cover a few eyesores next to my house: the air-conditioning unit; a compost bin / leaf dump; and some storage items for the winter garden. … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Re-arranging the land
In November 2020, I had to make an emergency call to the plumbers to solve a drain back-up issue in my basement. They used their camera and discovered that the old cedar hedge on the side of my house had finally grown roots deep and strong. They broke the sewer pipe taking our waste water … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Transforming damage done by plumbers into something beautiful
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/flowers-can-hear-bees-and-it-makes-their-nectar-sweeter/ Fascinating! Might this explain how flowers change the intensity of their scent from time to time?
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/berkeley-scientists-single-use-plastic-eats-itself/ I don't know about you, but the perils of plastics have been a topic of prominence for me for a long time now: recycling, choosing less packaging, reusing... What to do with all that plastic?!? A few years ago I read about someone working on bacteria that would eat plastics in landfills, but it … Continue reading A little good news — there’s hope for us yet!