November 15, 2019

This past week marked the arrival of heavy frosts in the morning followed by a cold north wind blowing most of the day. The wind was strong enough to dislodge even the stubbornest of oak leaves that were left on the nearby trees. Our dock is in a shallow area of the la...

November 8, 2019

The "falling back" of time this past weekend has meant that I am ushered indoors by the falling darkness before dinner. This means that not only do I have time for reading, but I also have time to organize and sort through things that I have been collecting and ignorin...

November 1, 2019

I was caught off guard the other day by the sudden quietness. I had headed outside, hoping to find a few late season tasks to keep me in the yard for a bit. Time spent with my hands in the soil and amongst the plants and little critters is more precious everyday as our...

October 25, 2019

​​Sandra Tsing Loh does a great segment on NPR's Morning Edition, The Loh Down on Science. Her two minute programs, cover a variety of science topics and are usually both humorous and informative.  One of this week's programs, Butterflies Lost written by Baha...

October 18, 2019

Seed to Seed! This past week the native plants that I

have been working with have come full circle. A year ago the potential of these plants, now standing tall in neat rows at The Hickories, was tucked away into small seeds produced by their parent plants. Now...

October 11, 2019

In between characteristically "fall days" filled with low grey clouds, on and off rain and a brisk wind, there are a still scattering of beautifully warm, sunny days. When one of these comes along, I know I have to grab on to it along with my "things to do before winte...

October 4, 2019

At the risk of appearing to be a Robin Wall Kimmerer groupie due to two previous references to her book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants (July 12 & September 13 blogs), I am giving this marvelous book one las...

September 27, 2019

Over the course of this year, I have been helping with a collaborative project between Highstead and The Hickories to establish local genotype, native wildflower plant populations that will be utilized for seed production. (For an explanation of genotypes read my March...

September 20, 2019

On the 23rd of this month the autumnal equinox will occur.  This is the day when the number of daylight hours is equal to the number of hours of darkness. After the equinox, our daylight hours here in the northeast will continue to shorten until we reach the winter sol...

September 13, 2019

Shortening days characterized by falling leaves and chilly, dew-drenched mornings that transform into dry, clear afternoons foretell of coming frosts and freezes. Now is the time to gather up any remaining herbs that I hope to keep for the winter. Once the morning bree...

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