An overcast sky and a duet album by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny has me in a reflective mood today. I think it’s prudent to pause at the close of a year, on the doorstep of another, and take stock of the road traveled and the journey ahead. I’m not the kind of person that makes […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Earlier this month I extolled my gardener’s love for November, a month that few associate with gardening in my part of the world. Even now, on Thanksgiving, ten days or so after the first hard freeze, I’m in love with what my garden has to offer. For that I give thanks. Today, I’ve spent a […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
Some of you remember that through September and October, I was the featured photographer at the Des Moines Botanical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. My exhibit entitled ‘Fall is for Flowers’, featured 40 images that displayed what is all too often overlooked about autumn–the flowers that comprise the finale of the growing season. I went […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Over the last few years of this blog’s existence, I’ve spent some time on a number of November occasions (in 2007, 2009, 2010) extolling my surprise, if not bragging at little, at the beauty my Zone 5 Iowa garden boasts in the penultimate month of the year, while also reporting such joy from the road (again in 2009, […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Today, for some random reason, I remembered this poem I wrote last fall (see below). I often find myself thinking more about light in the autumn than any other time of year, perhaps because it’s manifested so beautifully in our landscapes. The dancing colors in deciduous leaves. The earlier nights and richer sunsets. The dappled […]Continue Reading... 7 Comments.
August weather in Iowa is rarely described with adjectives like ‘mild’ or ‘cool’. But this August, we’re blessed, after suffering through three weeks of 95-degree heat. To our friends in warmer climes still suffering, my condolences. This last week has made for famous gardening weather. I’m still behind on all the things I’ve promised–how typical–though […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Reprising that late autumn stroll around campus in my own garden today, I ventured out into the mist with the camera to hunt up the mainstays of November, or the last of the (plant) Mohicans. Though this fall has been colder than last year (see last year’s Thanksgiving post here), a humble crop of cold-proof […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Since starting my M.S. degree in horticulture at Iowa State last fall, I’ve wanted to write on numerous occasions about my research, but just haven’t found the time. Though I moonlight in my professional life as a plant breeder, by day I’m a plant ecophysiologist, someone who studies and describes physiological mechanisms underlying ecological observations […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Iowa weather is admittedly strange. We whine about the cold in the barest months like January and February, while often sporting a few degrees more than places farther north. We whine about the sweltering heat in stifling months like July and August, while still registering cool temperatures and less humidity than climes farther south. But […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Though you may be familiar with the story of Sisyphus from Greek mythology involving a boulder, my version involves a 10-gallon nursery container of black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra). According to mythical legend, Sisyphus was a Greek king punished in death for his deceitfulness with the endless and unavailing task of pushing a boulder up a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.