A Day in the Life of a Tree Mom

I became a tree mom to a bur oak tree last fall, and ever since I’ve been going through the things new tree parents do: worrying at the loss of every precious leaf, brushing away mulch from the trunk to protect her from rot, and counting every drop of rain to make sure she getsContinue reading “A Day in the Life of a Tree Mom”

Identify These Wildflowers

Is there anything lovelier than a walk in the woods in May? Mystery Flower #1 (3 photos) I’m new to identifying wildflowers. I knew some (but not all) of the flowers I discovered on my walk over the weekend. I wore the ink off the pages of my copy of Newcomb’s Flower Guide trying toContinue reading “Identify These Wildflowers”

The May Gardening Frenzy

Never having been much of a gardener before, I did not realize how exhausting this would be. May came like a shotgun start. The conditions which were always too wet, too cold, or too windy, were suddenly almost too late. I had hundreds of plants, flowers, and seeds, all of which needed to be planted.Continue reading “The May Gardening Frenzy”

Good News for Bees

Good news for bees and the people who love them. The Netherlands has successfully halted the decline of their bee populations through bee-friendly initiatives like: Bee Hotels, where bees can find shelter Bee Stops: By replacing the roofs of bus stops with native plantings, bees are able to find more of their essential nectar BanningContinue reading “Good News for Bees”