Denizens and visitors

To the benefit of all sentient beings… I thought about doing a photo piece on beneficial plants that I grow, but got hung up. The strictest definition in gardening parlance of a beneficial plant is one that benefits the gardener and their plants by attracting creatures, usually insects, that are predatory or parasitic in nature of other creatures deemed “undesirable”, (though sometimes also pollinators). Then at other times some folks feel that plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies are what constitute “beneficial” plants, and that’s fine too. However when the raccoon or opossum visit at night and taste, borrow, (steal!)  my tomatoes, the coyote munches grapes and plums, or when… Read More

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Gingko biloba, “Tree of Hope”

Maidenhair Tree “Tree of Hope,” Hiroshima, August 6th There are many things I could say about this magnificent, prehistoric tree. Like the fact that it has survived for more than 200 million years, that it once grew all around the world, though now native to only two small areas in China. I could extol its health benefits or usefulness in many landscape settings. But today I want to write about another reason I grow this beautiful tree and offer it in our nursery. On August 6, 1945 the United States exploded the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan creating devastating destruction and loss of life. In the… Read More

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