With hot summers comes the endless weeds in our yards and gardens. Weeds germinate best in warm, sunny, moist soil. Loose, dry, shady soil not so much. Once the weeds sprout, there are a few ways to kill them. I don’t recommend poisons as they run off into the sewers and eventually find their way…Read more »
I headed down Hwy 101 on the way to California. I stopped along the way to view the scenery. The wind was quite gusty in some areas, but not cold. The Devil’s Churn is a few feet from the town of Yachats. In this area are massive crevices in the basalt and the water funnels…Read more »
Legends state the first geranium grew at the feet of where the Prophet Mohammed had hung his shirt to dry. The flower has been used in ancient times in solar spells and transformation. Geranium means gentility.
I found this interesting and thought I’d share it. The rose is said to have appeared in Bethlehem near the stable of Jesus. After the resurrection, a Christian was sentenced to burn at the stake. She prayed to God and the flames turned into yellow and red petals of roses. Once it was believed all…Read more »
Supposedly, the flower was created by Eve’s tears, when she was expelled from the garden of Eden. In folklore, the lily of the valley formed ladders so the fairies could climb the reeds where their cradles lied. Another legend is the first lily of the valley loved a nightingale, but she was shy and hid…Read more »
A whisper on the wind claimed the chrysanthemum is a special meeting place for the wee folk. I don’t know if it’s true, but who am I to say nay? This flower has been cultivated for centuries. The Chinese drink wine made from this flower to ensure long life. The original Japanese flag depicted a…Read more »
Our bird feeders are too small for the bigger birds to safely land and feed. So I took an old bird bath and poured critter food in it. The blue jays loved it.
Autumn can still produce some beautiful blooms. Pansies thrive in the fall and can last up to two seasons with proper care. Mums come in various colors and go well with fall colors. Autumn is the best time to plant spring bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, because they need a dormant, cold period before…Read more »
How does the sky light up like this? Earth has magnetic field lines, similar to a bar magnet, that emanates from the north and the south poles creating a layer called magnetosphere. This magnetic field shields the planet from most of the solar wind that sweeps past it. This field is strongest and thickest at…Read more »