A lot going on with the angelica

I noticed that the angelica plant, standing about 6 feet tall in my back border — either Angelica archangelica (European angelica) or A. atro­purpurea (a

If you Plant It

How brilliant and terrifying nature can be: These buds on my asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’ — a white swamp milkweed — appeared Friday. Yesterday, I

31 Days of A Sense of Place :: Day 3 ~ Who Lives Here?

Welcome to Day 3 of 31 Days of A Sense of Place. This project is a bit like Wallace Stevens’ poem Thirteen Ways of Looking

Pesticides: No, and Yes.

Someone asked me recently whether I used pesticides in my garden. I don’t, and I do. These are my pesticides: Birds, wasps, yellow jackets and

black-throated green warbler in 'Tina' crabapple, 31 Aug 2014

Reading The New American Landscape

My permaculture group is finishing our reading and discussion of The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening (2011), ed. by

The Density of the Everyday World

We need to love things that are ordinary and banal. We must look at them and respect them. We must open ourselves up to the

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