A photo blog connecting life and the natural world in and beyond the garden.
I recently had a conversation with a coworker about the stand of staghorn sumac behind my home. She asked if I used it in cooking. I said no but was aware that a cultivar of sumac was used generously in Middle Eastern cooking.
My primary reason for its continued cultivation was as a food source for those who share the gardens
and the visual appeal they provide for the human creatures who wander through.
But if you’re wondering about sumac as a spice…
Many gardeners know the plight of the European honey bee – Colony collapse disorder, workers disappear and the hive soon dies out. Many theories have been suggested and studies have been undertaken to try to understand the dynamics of this disorder.
But what can the backyard gardener do short of taking up beekeeping? A PBS article Nature gives many suggestions including planting flowers that bloom successively. Check out the article here Silence of the Bees.
So our heralds of spring not only help us recover from the Winter Blues they help our pollinators live on.
Be sure to plant an array of nectar flowers that begin to bloom once Gaia is warmed by the rays of the sun until she pulls her white blanket tight around her body once again.
In science class we learn about the transformative ability of the four winged flying insects that float and flit about our gardens.
Most posts on this blog focus on the world as I see it through the lens of a camera.
Yesterday I blogged how another blogger interpreted those photos.
Today I add yet another post on interpretation.
I love sculpture in the garden. Unfortunately I, as many people, do not have the disposable income which allows one to purchase said sculptures. So as many gardeners do, I scrap, salvage and create.
With this is mind I have learned how to turn sand, cement and peat moss into leaves that adorn the garden year round.
One quiet winter afternoon I was looking for one more thing to do as the ice and snow had continued to hold me captive inside.
I had never googled my blog so I thought this might be an interesting activity. Photos I had posted during the last three years filled the screen. Then a painting appeared. I thought I recognized it. Intrigued I clicked on the photo and discovered a post dated April 16, 2012 by Maria Zarif. I was so honored that someone had chosen a photograph I had taken to use as a catalyst for her inspiration!
And then I had an idea. I want to ask friends, artists and all onlookers who stop by this blog to take a moment from their busy schedule to choose a photo and create! Have fun, don’t get bogged down in the details, just create! I would like to ask you to please stop back and share your creation!
I might even give it a go!