Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Abelmoschus esculentus. Malvaceae. I'm not TOTALLY senile yet! How fun! It brought back memories of eating mallows and concocting soups and "poisons" as a child with hollyhock flowers and seeds. Sorry the bugs have gotten at this blossom. I use no sprays.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
digging up the soil around the base of the elm in front of the house.
I asked him what he was doing--he had machines, tanks, tubing, a
drill, and he said he was treating our American Elm against Dutch elm
disease. He said the city has hired him to do it every three years.
The also treat the ashes every year. I know this because I asked. I
was concerned about the ash on Rolandale. That's Detroit, though, not
He's giving "our" elm 40 GALLONS of treatment.
I asked whether or not a treatment was likely to save our ash, and he
said it depended on how much had already died. If a lot of the top
has died, it is likely to be too far along to save. I'm going to study
it when I get there. I'd like it to live. However, it seems unlikely
that the city will pay for it, and if it's every year that it needs
treatment, if it's expensive and unlikely to help, we may have to cut
our losses and let it go.
I told that guy I went to Forestry school and I'm sure he looked at me askance.
The elms in this picture are growing at the Edsel and Eleanor
Ford House. Ours is probably as big or bigger.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
not scan well, so I was attempting to fix it in photoshop and art
rage, but I've decided it probably isn't a good candidate for that. I
like it on paper (A4 size [8.5 x 11]), but no matter how I try to fix
it on-line, it doesn't look the same as it does on paper. It's a
water color background with an oil flower, which gives it texture and
depth, but that doesn't translate well to digital imaging.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
and a quarter long. It's sitting on a violet leaf, to give you some
idea of scale.
I am way behind on blogging and commenting because of the impending
deadline at the Rolandale House and the work on my novel etc. So
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
You can tell this is a green frog, Rana clamitans, although it looks a little like a bull frog, because of the "seam" that starts at the eye and moves abck toward the "tail." This is a female; the males have larger ears. I love their golden eyes!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
drawing or posting. This picture, of Wild Ginger, was taken this
spring at Cranbrook. The wild ginger is a different plant from the
ginger used in Chinese cooking, but can be used the same way or made
into candied ginger root. However, it is protected, so it shouldn't
be used unless found abundantly on your own property or the property
of a friend or relative.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
wanted to post a picture in case anyone knew what it was, but the
three latest victums have disappeared. Of the three latest, which
were all English sparrows (why do I care? They might get other birds
or my Eager), the first one was partly torn apart and the head was
missing but the second two had holes poked in their skulls and their
brains were gone, but the rest of the bird was untouched--anyone know?
Other birds taken include more English sparrows and a mourning dove.
Please advise--should I stop putting out food for the birds? That
causes a dilemma with Eager, our rehabilitated squirrel. We want to
be sure he has enough to eat. But I don't want all the birds being
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
Eat those Invasives!!
You can do more than just get mad at them and pull them. You can eat some of them!!