Gardening vs Landscaping: a thought ramble

One of the things that I like about gardening is that you don’t have to get it right. Gardening is not the same as landscaping. It isn’t about creating the perfectly groomed look. Gardening is about creating something beautiful. Or useful. Or both. All gardeners have a style. Some of us plant for food. Some […]

Lessons from the Moon: The New Moon

Remember how our moon phases work. At this point in its orbit around the earth the moon is in such a position that all of the light of the sun is reflected away from the earth and back towards the sun. In addition, the moon rises with the sun and sets with the sun. Tomorrow, […]

Lessons from the Moon: Fourth Quarter

Image: Copyright NASA

The moon has been a source of fascination for people through out time. Every culture has stories about it that explain its existence, why it passes through phases, and that tell what might happen to people at different times in its cycle. The term lunatic comes from the belief […]

Sound and smell

We are a sight dependent species. Although there are other species, and eagle for example, who could make our quality of vision seem paltry, we rely heavily on site. Further, in this technologically miraculous age, we often have gadgets in front of our faces and or covering our ears. We forget to connect with the […]

Raggedy garden.

My butterfly garden is a small affair. And, as it is transitioning from spring to summer it is also a ragged affair. The spring plants, which do well in the cool are looking weedy and brown. The dill is going to seed. And if I don’t give it constant attention, it threatens to be overwhelmed […]

So you live in the City

Nothing wild lives in the city. Or at least nothing bigger or more exciting than the occasional rat. This is the common perception among most people I talk to. On the surface it appears to be true. Many neighborhoods appear, at first glance, to be asphalt and brick. What green there is are small patches […]

Saving Butterflies

Two articles from Science Daily inspired me to focus on butterflies this week. Article on focused on the difficult winter that Monarch butterflies faced in their wintering grounds in Mexico, this year. The weather was cold and wet. This, along with habitat destruction threatened the overwintering butterflies. The second article focuses on creating butterfly oases […]

Getting close to nature: to touch or not to touch?

I recently read an article that was published in The Independent (linked at the end of this post). The author talks about the trend to reconnect children to nature. He also talks about the limits we place on kids connecting with nature. He calls it “the don’t touch culture”. As I read it, the author […]