Category Archives: Web of Life

A Grand Decline

  Here in the Upper Midwest the days are growing noticeably shorter as the balance tips from long hours of life-giving sun into the glorious but shorten days of autumn. Coneflowers still hold their tattered petals close. Asters still glow … Continue reading

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Between

Amur Cherry leaves suspended between summer’s green and autumn’s pale golden haze.                                                         … Continue reading

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Garden Visitors

A nest of snapping turtles hatched out somewhere along the boulevard last night.  This little guy already has big claws, ready to dig into the pond muck.            I think they’re cute in their own prehistoric way, … Continue reading

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Monarchs!

Maybe the turning of the calendar is the key, but this afternoon out of nowhere close to a dozen Monarch were feeding on the Joe Pye on the boulevard.  So great to see them! And one lone Painted Lady in … Continue reading

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Scatterlings

Just the 4th Monarch this year. And zero caterpillars on the milkweeds. Sigh. I miss them, and I hope they recover.

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Rodent Update

This projectile smashed into my back when I was out watering yesterday, courtesy of some crazed squirrel crashing through the oak tree. Perhaps I haven’t mentioned it lately, but I’m not fond of squirrels, or rodents of any kind. However, … Continue reading

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Just One Day

 July is plain bursting with daylilies in my garden.                             Ruffled day lilies,                             … Continue reading

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By the Dawn’s Early Light . . .

The garden this morningCaptured the flaming sun in her arms, Held a red starburst tightly in her fist, And centered a spider of white on a puckered purple cross While an approving audience looked on.Happy 4th of July, from my … Continue reading

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The Baffins Are Coming

Every year when these Baffin roses explode over the front fence I’m the recipient of vigorous, sometimes long-winded compliments about the romance of roses cascading over a weathered fence. Everyone from dog walkers to casual guests loves these roses. Everyone … Continue reading

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Rats!

I’m not an equal opportunity animal lover. In fact, I really dislike rodents. Of all stripes. (Well, I might make an exception for a capybara, if I ever meet one.) This is a reasonable belief based on rodent facts, not … Continue reading

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