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July 24, 2020

Opuntia Microdasys Or Bunny Ear Cactus   I cannot honestly say why I am drawn to this cacti, but I am. Yes, like all of its siblings and cousins, those spines are painful, and you must be careful when handling it. But in these days, which feel covered in thorns, I so want to...
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June 27, 2020

Aechmea The Bromeliad with that Pink Flower, not a Pineapple, the other most famous Bromeliad   I am still here, though I am having trouble writing about food and plants and especially history, in Public Square. Can politics be put aside?  I do not know, but regardless of how or why we got here,...
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May 30, 2020

Gardening Through Quarantine (My first keiki {baby orchid} in Maine, and it bloomed!) There is so much in our lives, which at the moment can feel frivolous; but I do not think gardening falls into that category. I garden for many reasons, including because I enjoy the process of planting seeds or cuttings, and...
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March 24, 2020

Ginger (The ginger is to the right of the horse, in the big, black, round pot.) I have harvested a portion of my ginger crop!  Every day I drink a ginger and lemon tea; I often add powdered ginger to pork and chicken;  and of course use it to bake with and as a...
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March 11, 2020

Indiana Dunes     At separate times, Kate and I each happened to watch a program on PBS about these Dunes; we were both left with a desire to explore this stretch of sand. Of course, as our travels are so often serendipitous, we did not find ourselves in Indiana on a warm, sunny,...
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February 17, 2020

Jerusalem Artichokes     I too love well-manicured flower beds that have been planned to ensure proper height, complimentary color schemes and rotational bloom, how could I not. But oh my wildflowers do possess a beauty, in their scattered displays, which demand that the car be pulled over.     These ubiquitous sunflowers can...
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January 1, 2020

Birthday Orchid Kate purchased this Phalaenopsis, at Home Depot, about a week before my birthday, in September. It soon made its way up to Maine, where it has mostly lived in my bedroom since it arrived. I did bring it to the dining room table around Thanksgiving for a visit. Originally, there were two...
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December 3, 2019

First Snow     The first snow announces that winter has begun, regardless of what the calendar may say. There have been a few days of flurries this autumn, but this is our first snow of the season; and it has been a multiple day event. My forest is covered in white fluffy snow,...
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November 14, 2019

The Great Salt Lake     The road should be immune from the clock, but unfortunately, there are times, as when the sun will soon be setting, and you must indeed surrender to the race. A return visit to The Great Salt Lake was one such time for us. The Great Salt Lake and...
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October 28, 2019

A Stroll Through the Backyard   “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~ Emily Bronte ~     “Why is it that so many of us persist in thinking that autumn is a sad season? Nature has merely fallen asleep, and her dreams must be beautiful if we are...
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