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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Artful Rainwater Design



Many townships are getting stricter about their requirements for stormwater management. How rainwater is handle can be done artfully, as demonstrated at the projects presented at The Artful Rainwater Design Symposium that was held at Penn State. Check out project images on Tumblr (http://bit.ly/ArtfulRain) and watch the presentations on YouTube (http://bit.ly/ArtfulRainVideos). Really great! The sample presentation above is by Kevin Perry.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Quotes about Nature

“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” 
― Albert Einstein

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” 
― E.B. WhiteLetters of E. B. White

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” 
― John Muir

“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” 
― Jane Austen

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” 
― Anne FrankThe Diary of a Young Girl

“Earth laughs in flowers.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body 
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.” 
― Mary Oliver


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Backyard Habitat for Healthy Waterways

On Tuesday July 23rd, there is a lecture presented by Audubon Pennsylvania entitled "Flyways and Waterways: Creating Backyard Bird Habitat for Healthy Waterways" at the Ambler Campus of Temple University. It sounds really interesting and it is FREE! (Registration requested.)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Garden Delights


Here are a few photos that I took this morning as I strolled my gardens before the rains...

Clematis 'Jackmanii'

Lavendar and Bee

Hydrangea quercifolia, Oakleaf Hydrangea 

Allium seedheads in front of Salvia 'May Night'

Plant combination of Hosta, Liriope muscari, Heuchera 'Citronelle', Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum', Geranium macrorrhizum, Heuchera 'Purple Palace', Spigelia marilandica (center)

Spigelia marilandica, flowers close up

Achillea millefolium and Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb', Yarrow & Coreopsis

Kirby loving the garden!



Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Unfurling

Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas Fern
Epimedium x veriscolor 'Sulphureum', Yellow Epimedium
Violet
Helleborus, Lenten Rose 


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Walkable Communities

One of my personal goals is to live in a walkable community when I get older, so I can remain independent as I age. I was thrilled to find this article. Looks like I am not alone in this goal!

Great Barrington, MA