Category Archives: Flowers and Gardening

Gentian Trifecta

I’ve mentioned that this spring and summer have been a time of flower exploration for me. Whereas in past years I  might travel to find certain bird species, this year I traveled around northern Ohio to see our various wildflowers … Continue reading

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Going Native in Toledo

In recent years, I’ve spent a lot of time around people who are knowledgeable about various aspects of the natural world: ornithologists, entomologists, and botanists — both professional and amateur.  Like me, most of my friends are passionate about their … Continue reading

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Ohio Has the Blues

The region of northwest Ohio where I live is called the Oak Openings. It’s one of the world’s rarest habitats, a band of sandy soil about five miles wide and 80 miles long, stretching across Ohio and southeastern Michigan.  When … Continue reading

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Photo Friday: Dreaming of Spring

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Moss is the Boss!

As I’ve mentioned before, we live on 2 heavily wooded acres with a small lawn of about 900 square feet beside the house. Only about a quarter of that lawn area gets full sunlight in mid-summer, so you know what … Continue reading

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I Love My Mulberry Tree

Our mulberry tree is absolutely loaded with berries this year, after not bearing a single fruit last year. I thought that meant it was dying but clearly it wasn’t. I was surprised to see a fellow birder mention the same … Continue reading

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Healing Gardens and Scent Memories

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs As I mentioned in my previous post, I want to share more about this idea of the health benefits of gardens. … Continue reading

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Forest Bathing: No Soap Needed

Most of us cleanse our bodies on a daily basis, but have you ever given much thought to cleansing your mind and spirit as well? I’m not referring to traditional religious practice, although that may serve a similar purpose for … Continue reading

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Wildflowers and Turtles

Thankfully, today started out cooler than expected so Eric and I decided on the spur of the moment to make a quick trip to Hawk Woods for some birding. We arrived at noon to find lots of bird activity when … Continue reading

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Winter to Summer?

I know I’m not the first person to comment on our strange seasons this year, but what the…..???? We had a few weeks of winter, less than a foot of snow spread over three or four snowfalls, and then BAM, … Continue reading

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