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What Kind Of Person Would Kill A Lavender Plant?

This morning, I walked out my front door to discover that sometime last night, a lavender plant, nearly a decade old, had been ripped out of the ground and thrown onto the sidewalk.

To me, this is an abhorrent act. A lavender plant provides flavor for food, blossoms for the eye, and nectar for […]

The Lilies Of November

This photograph shows just one of the manifrstations of climate change. This morning, I took this photograph of day lilies coming into blossom in my garden.

It’s mid-November, and we still haven’t had a killing frost. I live within 100 miles of the border with Canada.

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Climate Change Brings November Spring Flowers To The Northeast

For many years, I lived in the South. I can still remember the sense of wonder that I felt in late October, my first year there, seeing that there were still garden plants blooming outside.

Fast forward 20 years, and the South has moved North. I live just a couple of hours from the border […]

Green Garden Links For a Withering Season

This morning, November is setting in, with dark skies and harsh winds pelting snowflakes at me.

Back inside, I’m closing my eyes and listening to A Guide To Garden Wildlife from BBC Radio If you need to see, there’s also Garden Wildlife video from the BBC.

Other resources for fantasizing about wild things in gardens, […]

Corporate Landscaping

Planted in straight lines with vast expanses of sterile mulch laid down to prevent unplanned growth between, these plants seem to have been intended to serve as a botanical model for corporate employees, a depressing landscape to be confronted with at 8:55 every morning, a mockery of a garden.

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Easter Island, Omaha, Nebraska

This morning, I woke up at the Sheraton hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, and opened my window to look out upon a courtyard garden, featuring two small versions of the giant head sculptures that people had carved out of stone on Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

What was the purpose for […]

Elm Tree Dreams Die Quietly

1930 — The parasitic fungus Ophiostoma appears in Cleveland, Ohio and begins attacking American elm trees.

1950s to 1980s — 40 million elm trees die across the United States.

1970s — Start of government-university-community cooperative efforts to identify and propagate resistant elm trees.

1999 — Maine State Legislature creates Elm Tree Restoration Fund. 12 ME […]

Death of a Generation

By all appearances, gone.  I have to believe something will come up from the roots.

Frustration and Fruition

Frustration is a foxglove planted too late, its blossoms struggling to set seed before the frost.

Fruition is the spiky pod of the loco weed split open in a snarl to reveal the germs of the next year’s dreams.

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Echinocystis Erupts

A week ago, I wrote about my discovery of the native plant Echinocystis lobata, the wild cucumber. This morning, the specimen I collected shared with me a little surprise. Though I had severed the fruit from the vine, it remained alive, developing as it ordinarily would, given that this time do year, vines in the […]

The Spiny Sac Cucumber

When farmers plant vast fields of soybeans and corn, and some vines of wild cucumber pop up in the fields, which plant is really the invader? […]