Are these a special type of irises? My irises or flags bloom in June. It is 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Philadelphia today. Anyone know?
A cottage garden – The Magpie (1880s – 1890s) by Myles Birket Foster We have all seen it, the romantic image of the English cottage garden surrounded by a flowering hedge, which encloses a small garden of vegetables, fruits, herbs, wildflowers and chickens scratching in the dust by the gate. That romantic image is not […]
Hello, Dear Readers My writing on this blog has been sporadic in the past year and here is why, I quit my job. After twenty-five years working as a children’s librarian and high school librarian, I needed a big change. Working in schools is mentally and physically exhausting. And I don’t mean the kids. My […]
From my nature journal – October 14, 2015 The New England Asters in my garden have finished blooming. The deep pink flowers began opening in late September and had a crowd of bees, flies, and beetles around the blossoms until last week. New England Asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) are native from Massachusetts and Vermont to North […]
I remember the Celtic agricultural festival days every year on In Season. I like agricultural calendars because they focus on Earth-based rhythms, which works for a gardener like me. We humans use a mish-mash of ways to mark the cycle of seasons and the passage of days. We use solar, lunar, astronomical, meteorological and climatological reference points. Probably every […]
Yes, bugs can make your skin crawl but they do have their functions. In New York City bugs consume tons of garbage tossed on the streets by New Yorkers. I bet bugs, spiders, cockroaches, etc, do they same in other places, too. Read this article, Bugs, Spiders Keep NYC Clean by Eating Garbage to learn more.
This time last winter, Snowy Owls irrupted across the northern U.S., particularly the east and Midwest including Philadelphia. And biologists took the chance to outfit the birds with tracking devices. You can read about the surprising things they learned via Species on the move: Snowy Owl : BirdCast. “As of mid-November, snowy owls had been […]
Hello, Fellow Naturalists I used to publish a newsletter each season but decided to try something a bit different this year. There will be one nature calendar for the whole year and qurterly seasonal article roundups, nature journal prompts seasonal events lists and more, will be separate posts. Nature Holidays, Moons, Special Events for 2015 […]
We stood on the ground of the Palace of Versailles and imaged the angry mobs running up the boulevard to capture the King. My friend Peggy and I visited Paris this past June. The opulence of Versailles is breath-taking and sickening. In January, I’ll publish a series of posts about what I learned in Paris. […]
Predatory animals are moving into urban areas and living among us. Not just coyotes, but bobcats, cougars and grizzly bears in many areas. I have seen coyotes in Philly. Follow the link to read more. http://daily.jstor.org/keeping-up-with-the-carnivores/