• Nature

    WISHFUL THINKING

    Steeplebush plants at five years old…slowly failing. July 2020. The 5-year-old Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa) were looking dull and twiggy. But I hadn’t noticed how much so until I was scrolling through my photo library and came to a halt at the same plants 3 years ago with lush, vibrant green branches and many of the steeple-shaped, pink flowers that gives Steeplebush their common name. This year only the tops of the branches were green and none had flowered. They were in the wrong spot. Healthy Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa) at two years old. July 2017. Steeplebush — their common name comes…

  • Nature

    Fight for Survival

    A monarch caterpillar munching. Hours and hours of NO drama. Popular nature documentaries feature dramatic fights for survival. “Jaws and claws” scenes boost ratings, but routine survival is more about devouring….greens. Insects—like good children—eat their veggies. And plants don’t run…

  • Documentary,  Nature

    Bed Number One

    It began with Bed Number One. I was eager to garden. I’d lived in cities all my adult life and had not had a chance to plant anything since my Mother set aside plots in her garden for her children…

  • Documentary,  Nature

    Treatment for WILD in the Garden State

    The WILD Garden Before it got WILD TREATMENT forWILD in the Garden State. Develop with this blog….documentary coming soon! _______________________ Wild in the Garden State is an exploration of what happens when a typical suburban lawn is transformed into a…