Category Archives: nonedibles

More Cold Weather Plants

I like bringing in dried plants to enjoy indoors, but I also enjoy them in their natural habitat. Here’s what I found around the neighborhood today. This milkweed won’t look like this for long, so I’m glad I got a glimpse … Continue reading

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Flowers for Winter

Just because winter is on the way, it doesn’t mean that the season for enjoying flowers is over. So many plants are as beautiful and interesting dried as they are when freshly picked. Zinnias are very easy to dry. I cut one … Continue reading

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Sharecropping

This afternoon I went for a walk to pick wildflowers. On my way home, flowers in hand, I was stopped by a neighbor as she was pulling out of her driveway. “Do you like hydrangeas?” she asked. When I replied that I did, … Continue reading

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Exploring the ‘hood

I took a little exploring tour around my new neighborhood this afternoon. Here are some things I found. Wild strawberry plants Coltsfoot. I’ve heard it has medicinal uses, but I’ve never tried it.     Blackberry canes (or raspberry).   … Continue reading

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Reduce/Reuse/Recycle: this week’s shopping

Here’s the reduce/reuse/recycle analysis of this week’s grocery shopping: Coffee, walnuts, rice – from the bulk foods section, using reused bags brought from home Produce – mostly loose, with the exception of mesclun lettuce mix, in a reused bag brought from … Continue reading

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Reduce, Reuse

An  article about the challenges of managing recyclables appeared in our local newspaper recently. It made me start rethinking the virtues of the whole recycling idea. The article pointed out that more recyclables on the market means declining prices, and it becomes less cost … Continue reading

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Eating in the Garden

Here are some critters I’ve found eating the garden, or eating in it. At least this snail was eating weeds. Its buddies have been gorging on my perennials and beans. A bug visiting the elder.   I found this luna … Continue reading

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