February 16, 2015

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"Allow yourself to become what has so graciously been given to you." ...
(more celebrated quotes can be found on our "quotes" page)
Ipomoea imperati

Beach Morning Glory

Oh what a beautiful flower, growing on the coastal dunes and beaches. It continues to bloom in the spring, summer, and fall. It is very drought resistant. And it requires nothing but the sand it is growing on. (more)

Colocasia esculenta

Elephant Ear

Colocasia as well as its close relative, Alocacia, is a tuberous bulb plant growing from 3 - 5 feet. Generally they are grown outside in semi-tropical and tropical areas. They perform best in shade and must have good drainage. (more)

Japanese Honeysuckle
Japanese Honeysuckle
Ed's Wildflower Page
The Secret Life  of Plants

"The Secret Life of Plants"

It is unfortunate that our understanding of plants has to be made "useful."

Our relationship with plants is reflective of larger questions that we should be asking. (more)

February 17, 2015

Dirt - The Final Chapter

The PlanAfter my wife passed away I stopped planting and started neglecting the yard. But the landscape project did not die. Plants have their own ideas. Once they take root they want to spread. Even if you are not involved. The plants expanded everywhere. A dense layer of green leaves provided shade protection for smaller plants. Insects and slugs and frogs and reptiles hid beneath everything.

The cats took her death hard. They began to display some behavior problems. A neighbor's cat, who was lounging around her pool inside a screened lanai was attacked by cats looking suspiciously like mine. They were also implicated in a similar attack against a little fluffy white dog (people in Florida have the wimpiest dogs), again, inside a lanai and another attack of a cat sitting on a window sill inside a neighbor's home.

I saw nothing else to do for neighborhood peace than to incarcerate my cats - indoors for life.

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Catch up with our friend Patrick Vickery in Scotland: The Rose Blether (a rerun)

We're swamped by all manner of experts telling us how to grow this and that from seeds, cuttings and division. I prefer to have a bash at it myself and in my own inimitable fashion. The 'Let's Just See What Happens' School of Philosophy. (more of The Rose Blether)

(More from Patrick in Scotland)