rebranding for good

This gorgeous blossom is undergoing a rebranding effort in the name of monarch survival. Commonly referred to as Swamp Milkweed, the plant is one of the essential natives for monarch caterpillars. In an effort to encourage more gardeners to embrace this beneficial plant, the new moniker lends a more delicate, desirable image. This is no swamp plant: it’s Rose Milkweed (thank you very much).

blog062515_milkweed-closeup173/365: rose milkweed

mysteries in the garden

I’m sure there’s someone who knows every plant. But it’s not me. I’m guessing I may recognize this one when it’s flowering, but coming across these groovy, transparent seed cases, left me without a clue. If you know, please tell me in the comments! Always something to discover…I love it.

blog062315_mystery-plant171/365: you tell me

rethinking landscape

This is the first in a series I’ve been thinking about playing with. I’m still working out the ideas in my head, but the basic idea is to explore the aesthetics of human elements in the natural landscape. Stay tuned for more work in this vein and please share your thoughts on the series as it develops.

blog061515_red ball square163/365: forest / marker ball

fellow artists

I am amazed by the creations of others. Those who draw, paint, dance, write. All of it, really, because creativity and craft are at heart of all these endeavors.

Human beings are certainly not the only artists on earth. The things birds & spiders weave are particularly compelling,  intricate, and aesthetically beyond compare.

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161/365: fallen nest

full bloom

I couldn’t resist another shot of the mandarin honeysuckle vine now that it’s covered in blooms. Having something this beautiful in my life just makes me feel so blessed. Also, this vine happens to be growing on the arbor my dad built for our wedding 15 years ago today…beauty abounds.

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158/365: mandarin honeysuckle

teach your children well

As parents, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I’m sure we all dwell on what needs improvement. But it’s a tough job and I think most of us do the best we can. Which is why it’s good to also recognize the things we do best.

For me, one thing I know we’ve done right as parents is nurture Sawyer & Zola’s love & enthusiasm for the outdoors; they may suffer from messy room syndrome but they will never come down with nature deficit disorder!

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154/365: zola with caterpillar

alternative gardens & cracks in the sidewalk

Lately I’ve been thinking about how much I enjoy the juxtaposition of natural subjects and human-built elements. It’s one of those common sightings that we often take for granted but there is something interesting in the tension that exists between these elements. I guess I like to see how we can all co-exist, how it looks when we allow nature to have its way sometimes.

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148/365: sidewalk crack with prairie flax