Birds, violets and butterfly eggs

robin eggs

Spring has finally arrived here in northern Kentucky.  An exploration of my brother’s yard this Easter weekend revealed all kinds of goodies!  The lovely violets are in full bloom.  We picked, washed and froze some of the flowers in ice-cube trays to use later in glasses of lemonade for a pretty splash of color.  These […]

Fireflies in the Garden

Elkmont synchronous Fireflies, Photo Credit to Judd Patterson

  Fireflies in the Garden, a Poem by Robert Frost Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, And here on earth come emulating flies, That though they never equal stars in size, (And they were never really stars at heart) Achieve at times a very star-like start. Only, of course, they can’t sustain […]

For The Love of a Tree


  Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.  ~Chinese proverb       You may remember last year I wrote about the plight of our ash trees.   It was just about this time, in early spring, that we were saying goodbye to 4 of our mature ash trees […]

What’s Scaring the Wildlife?

High Voltage Power Lines Span the Countryside, photo from Kid's Brittanica

  On a recent trip to Village Nurseries in Huntington Beach, CA, my first trip to this garden center, I was surprised by its location; the nursery was located in a corridor of High Voltage Power Lines. When I inquired about it, I learned that many nurseries and Christmas tree farms rent land from the […]

Abundant Nature


  “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Maya Angelou     With spring making its slow creep into our area, I have been taking time to make more observations in my wildlife garden.  Being newly retired with no plans at the […]

Invasive plants aren’t just for teaching science

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, circa 1800. ©Public Domain.

  So near the 271st anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s April 13 birthday, I wanted to take a few moments to thank him for exhorting his countrymen to deluge the new nation with new types of vegetation and for providing me, centuries later, with so many rich, hands-on opportunities to teach students not just about the […]

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