Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Revisiting a visit to Linnaeus' house and garden in Uppsala

An online discussion of a plant name had me remembering a botanical pilgrimage from July 2017 to Uppsala, Sweden.

Here was my remembrance on my post this afternoon.

Linnaeus as a young man

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Places of the Spirit

I’m largely posting now on my new blog site, Places of the Spirit, where I’m doing daily posts.

Please follow along if you’re so inclined.

https://placesofthespirit.blogspot.com/

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Being at home in the Southern Appalachians

It's been so nice to revisit posts that I've made in Natural Gardening over the last few weeks -- on fall color, favorite plants, preserving fall leaves, etc. 

I've been doing this on Places of the Spirit, my new blog, where I've committed to posting everyday for the next year.

yesterday's dogwood leaf drawing
And I'm planning to do a lot more of that reweaving of past posts with new ones in the year to come. So much of what creates a sense of place for me is the natural world, the gardens and natural areas that surround us, and where we are in the world.

I invite you to follow my new blog, too, if you've been following this one or are interested.  I'm finding that I'm doing similar posts, just on a slightly broader theme than strictly gardening and nature.

But I haven't abandoned gardening, either, so there will be more posts about those topics to come here as well, as we continue to develop our "new" garden in Quebec, and spend more time in our garden in the Southern Appalachians of Western North Carolina.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A pussy willow drawing

My last few posts on Places of the Spirit have been about doing some drawing at home -- along with a few sketches.  

It's nice to tip-toe back into drawing and watercolor - an aspiration for many years, but something that I just didn't do, unless I took a class of some sort. 

It's been fun.

After a quick partial clean-up of the front meadow, I thought, well why not a quick sketch, too.

Often taking just a little time to do something is all the encouragement that's needed.  A dried pussy willow stem was my sketch this afternoon.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Some thoughts about Vancouver a year ago

I was checking on seasonal posts from last October and was reminded that we'd just returned from Vancouver at this time last year.

Here are the thoughts I shared on Places of the Spirit.


And a reminder of the full moon view from Cambie Bridge.

View from Cambie Bridge

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time in Quebec

Thinking about the Northern Appalachians, a search here for "a house in Quebec" brought up so many good memories.

I've just written more about this on a post in Places of the Spirit:  Thinking about the Northern Appalachians.  It's a place that's compelling, as I think about visiting for a month or so this winter, and then returning in the summer and fall.

At the table in the living room

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Many more monarchs

An abundance of monarchs deserves a repeat post, at least a link from here Our Asheville neighborhood is currently graced with multiple monarchs nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Buddleia, and Zinnia.

https://placesofthespirit.blogspot.com/2018/10/even-more-monarchs.html
A nectaring monarch
My post in Places of the Spirit continues the story.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Back to gardening

This post, in Places of the Spirit, about gardening again, a plant mystery and raised beds to tend is pertinent here.


It started out as a reflection about gardening as a practice, but detoured into an investigation of apparently sorrel seedlings.

This link describes the mystery.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Sightings of multiple monarchs

On our neighbor's butterfly bushes, we saw upwards of 20 monarchs nectaring over two days in a row.  How exciting!

Here was my post about it in Places of the Spirit, my new blog.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Another venture into drawing

I wrote about trying to capture a wonderful wildflower-rich view last summer in a practice drawing in Places of the Spirit (my new daily post blog).

It's equally meaningful here, too.

Here's the link.  Just click through if you're interested.
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