Monthly Archives: March 2015

Monthly Archives: March 2015

Reading Up on Land Use Political History

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This has nothing to do with anything “gardening”, but if you want to read an interesting historical story, check this Lincoln photograph archive article out…Fascinating “garage sale” yarn. Hmm, I guess it is a “conservation”-related story… Which brings me to this “conservation” insight. I have decided to read every book available on the politics and history of land conservation. Right now I am simultaneously reading The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald and Politics, Pollution, and Pandas: An …

This Scene Will Be Here Soon. Really.

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To cheer you up on this gray Chicago day, a scene that will be here soon. Really.#

Migrations North

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During Monday’s blizzard (!), I glanced outside and a flash of orange caught my eye. There were two Robins, poor dears, hunkered down in the Honeylocust tree closest to the bird feeders. This reminded me of the day, several years ago, when I looked out at the Christmas-green-filled containers on our front terrace where dozens (and I do mean, dozens) of Robins were feasting on the shrivelled Winterberry [Ilex verticillata] berries. The next day, we had a terrible terrible cold snap with snow. I called …

“We Say What You Think”

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Having recently spent a month bouncing around the Lower Keys (we rented a place via VRBO. Don’t get me started on horrible landlords; then again, the sunset from the porch was awesome), I was intrigued to read this essay about Naples, Everglades, sugar plantations, and the Keys. Lucia does “say what I think” (her motto). In fact, she does a better job thinking through what I think than I think I could ever think. Read Lucia’s Symposium #31: Old Florida …

Here’s a great deal!

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Weedpatch Subscribers: I hope we have 100% participation in this lovely offer from Kay MacNeil to receive Milkweed seeds. Just send her $2 and a SASE. (I just did. And I will find a great spot along a roadway or park to toss the seed. This is my ‘suburban guerrilla’ planting for pollinators campaign.) But I digress. Here’ s Kay’s offer: “Hi, Rommy. I am the chairman of the Garden Clubs of Illinois President’s Project, Milkweed For Monarchs.  This is …

Re-Blogging the Ultimate Pollinator & Native Plant Gardening Guide

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Benjamin Vogt, a Nebraska landscape designer, has a blog that I recently added to Favorite Places: The Deep Middle. His post on March 17 was a Resource Guide to information about pollinators and native plants. The Ultimate Pollinator & Native Plant Gardening Guide I’m [Benjamin Vogt] celebrating 2 years of Milk the Weed with the nerdiest, awesome-ist list of links on butterfly and pollinator gardening I can come up with. It’s certainly not a complete list, but I hope it’s helpful …

Harbinger of Spring

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Pat Hill posted this article recently on her terrific blog, Pat Hill’s Natural Midwest Garden. She and I seemed to be thinking similar thoughts about spring that day… Enjoy! rl Harbingers of Spring I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun  And crocus fires are kindling one by one: sing robin, sing; I am sore in doubt concerning Spring. Christina Rossetti Spring Begins March …

A New Way to Look at the World

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Sometimes those forwarded emails are just too good to pass up and need to be shared. When I received a forwarded email about World Maps, I tracked down what might be the original source, at a blog called “The Story Reading Ape”. The Ape shares some unusual ways to look at the world:   You will find a link to this blog post on my Cool Links page.  Curious about where in the world they drive on the left hand …

In Your Garden, Choose Plants that Help the Environment

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Required reading (use this link to read the article) from Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home , via the NY Times. If the plants (that includes trees and shrubs) in your garden don’t help feed beneficial insects and animals, it’s time to re-think your choices. Which means a visit to the garden center, always a highlight of my week! A Quote from Doug Tallamy: “To me the choice is clear. The costs of increasing the percentage and biomass of natives in …

It Appears…

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It appears that the sweet small finches are turning color And that the crocus are deciding to poke their Purple heads above the frostline And that the honeybees are hungering for Exercise after a long winters nap. The pussywillows are fat and feel just like bunny fur. But the signs of winter are still with us. The dessicated crabapples cling to the trees. The deer tustle with boughs of conifers but are tired of their taste. Dirty remnants of snow …