wildflowers

PRAIRIE SMOKE COMEBACK BED

I walked up to my first prairie smoke plants last summer in Allerton Park outside Monticello IL, and it was love at first site. The Wisconisn Master Gardener Program has a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated page that will tell you everything you need to know about this gorgeous prairie gem […]

Pondweed Paradox

Amphibians seem to be under siege these days, but in our little pond, they are thriving, so I hate to mess with success.  Nonetheless, I have watched the pond pack itself more tightly every year with some kind of pondweed. I thought it was Eurasian Milfoil, but what is growing […]

STACKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

When we lived in the Netherlands, we often watched village-dwelling  farmers wearing wooden shoes  bike out to their well-tended fields  carrying some long-handled tool over their shoulder (yes, really).  The Netherlands is a food exporting country, demonstrating that monster-sized agribusiness is not the only productive game in town.   Those […]