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Embrace the Dark

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in fall, holiday, Unmowed Blog | 2 comments

Embrace the Dark

It’s coming—it’s almost here. The end of Daylight Savings. The time of darkness. The sun is low by three p.m., setting by four. You drive home in darkness. The night seems to last forever. Can’t wait. No, really. I love this dark time of year. It’s the way things are supposed to work. Darkness is supposed to come, to give us a rest from the light. Darkness is nature’s way of telling us it’s time to slow down. Time to rest, time to sleep, time to heal. Dark evenings are for sitting and thinking. Dark nights are for goofing around on Facebook, or binge-watching The Walking Dead, or whatever...

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Red, White, and Blue

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in adaptations, flowers, holiday, insects, summer, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Red, White, and Blue

The amazing diversity of flowers. Each bright color attracts a pollinator. Red beckons hummingbirds; yellow calls out to honey bees. Bumblebees prefer purple. Each blossom has instructions for the bees, flies, and beetles: lines and arrows and streaks to guide them to the heart of the flower where the nectar is hidden. Diversity is strength.

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Rainbow of Flowers: Same-Sex Marriage

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in great ideas, holiday, Unmowed Blog | 2 comments

Rainbow of Flowers: Same-Sex Marriage

It’s a great day for human rights. Same-sex marriage legal in the USA.

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Evergreens: Deck the Halls

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in holiday, Unmowed Blog, winter | 2 comments

Evergreens: Deck the Halls

Welcome to December. It’s a month of irony, I find–the month dedicated to the celebration of light, in which we have the least amount of light. Days so short they seem to end before lunch. Cloudy skies, elusive sun. It’s the month in which winter starts, and ironically the one which is devoted to greenery. I mean, when else do people actually lug entire trees into their living rooms? Behavior that would seem eccentric in May makes complete sense in December. One of the best things about December, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, is that almost everywhere you go,...

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Fourth of July

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in flowers, holiday, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Fourth of July

Some floral fireworks for Independence Day. The slow explosion of day lilies opening, unfurling petals and fading away, each flower having a 12-hour lifespan. Day lily. Hemerocallis, which comes from ancient Greek words meaning beautiful day. Day lilies are suddenly all over the place in early July. They start to line the roadsides as though waiting for the Fourth of July parades. Why the name day lily? If you look on any day lily stalk, you’ll see half-a-dozen buds, each one slightly bigger than the next. With a punctuality that’s pretty amazing, they will open precisely 24 hours apart. So...

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Merry Groundhog Day

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in holiday, spring, Unmowed Blog, wildlife, winter | 7 comments

Merry Groundhog Day

Best wishes for a joyous and festive Groundhog Day!  Thanks to Frank Knight for this lovely close-up of a young woodchuck (groundhog, same thing.) It’s my favorite holiday. You think I’m kidding? Not at all.  Don’t underrate the simple pleasures of Groundhog Day. No shopping. No presents. Not a single dish to wash. But the real reason it’s my favorite holiday is this—Groundhog Day celebrates the natural world. Think about it—a holiday that takes its meaning solely from nature. It doesn’t commemorate any human event—a war, a peace, or anyone’s birthday. It can be celebrated by people of...

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