What goes around comes around. It is the end of summer. I know because I’m thinking firewood again, burned out on weeding, about done with canning, ready to hunker down and move on.  We’ll have more summer, but I can live with night time temps in the low fifties. We have most of the wood we need for the Thanksgiving til Easter stretch. I’ll be scouting for small-dry for the ‘tween months, and have a good bit of scrap left over from the garden …

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A fascination with form and function. I suppose that would be one way to capsulize my enjoyment of gardening and photography, natural history and writing. How things (including words and pixels) are put together dictates what they do and how effectively they do it. The better the design, the more perfectly the tool does its job, whether it’s the color of an insect against its background or the sequence of adjectives or choice of verbs in a paragraph. But I ramble. Therefore I am. …

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  I left ONE volunteer milkweed plant at the edge of the garden just for fun, to see what would become of it. It turned into caterpillar food. This is what I saw stepping out of the car after work on Tuesday. I haven’t gotten around to identifying these lovelies. Anybody got a name for them? Want to make one up? Be creative.  I guess Id best get back out there and be sure this herd has not wandered over toward the tomato plants. …

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The potato (Solanum sp) is a flowering plant whose roots produce edible tubers. Duh. Everybody knows that–though the root crop’s existence and widespread northern-hemisphere use only goes back to about the middle of the last millenium. What fewer people know is that those seldom seen potato flowers produce even more rarely seen potato fruits (3/4 inch diameter) full of seeds–not to be confused with “seed potatoes” which is what the  whole potato is called in the spring before it is sectioned into pieces-with-eyes (stem …

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Today’s image: more insects and flowers. You were warned. Good news: at this particular stand of assorted native plants, pollinators were abundant–especially, as I’m finding more and more commonly, the Bumblebees far outnumer the honeybees, though there were an encouraging number of the latter here the day this photo was taken. You can see from the conspicuous orange stash in its “pollen buckets” that it’s been busy. I’m not sure that the second bee here is actually a honeybee though it is about the …

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