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Baffling Experiences with Native Plants

Baffling Experiences with Native Plants I have good, mesic prairie soil on my property.  My Sears bungalow was built in 1927 and the topsoil was saved and put back on the ground when the house was built, unlike nowadays. I should be able to grow any native plant that is found in nature in mesic […]

Serendipidy

Serendipity  This is the view out my back door, between the house and the garage.  Carefully arranged, except for one thing–the tall, graceful, flufffy-headed Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis) that decided on its own to seed itself within the bricks of the walk.  It’s the perfect accent to the composition–a feather-duster plume at the top of a […]

Green Fire

Green Fire We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.  Aldo Leopold Aldo Leopold bench made as part of an Eagle Scout project to place in Christ the Lord […]

Winter Views

Out of the bosom of the Air,  Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken,   Silent and soft and slow   Descends the snow.  Ralph Waldo Emerson    Winter Views  At last!  Snow!  I visited some friends last Thursday, the day after our first […]