Monthly Archives: August 2011

Join the Free Pachysandra Positivity Project!

  “Home Sweet Home“ Positivity. Yes, yes, it’s a made-up word but if Sarah Palin can do it… With a bit of a push from a friend and thoughtful reader,  I have been inspired to invite my followers to help … Continue reading

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From Reader: Wolf Hunt Begins

Linda Maslin writes, “I am so sad today because today the wolf hunt begins. I am crying too so I sent an email to the President and told him how disappointed I am in him. I can’t believe this is … Continue reading

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Letters From & To the Editor

Hope everyone within the combined scope of my blog and the weekend’s East Coast category 1 hurricane got through the frenzied news coverage and the actual event without incident. I for one have a considerable surplus of batteries and so … Continue reading

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Self-sustaining Native Landscaping

July’s blistering days had nary an effect on my native flowering plants and shubs. They have evolved a tolerance for local conditions, developing root systems  trained for this habitat, and find moisture at deeper levels than imported varieties.   They … Continue reading

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East Coast Native Pachysandra

I’m happy to offer for sale Pachysandra procumbens, an East Coast member of the Buxaceae (Boxwood) family commonly referred to as “Allegheny Spurge”.   The grower describes the plant as follows:   Unlike Asian Pachysancra terminalis, an aggressive variety which fills … Continue reading

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The Sixth Extinction Documentary

We must be grateful for the determined work of those who alert us to the state of the world as habitat.  Without  these committed voices, we would not be able to run up the red flags  to the issues they … Continue reading

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Butterfly Gardens

You planted a butterfly bush and waited for the expected butterfly population explosion.  Didn’t happen… You were, perhaps, unaware that there are no species of North American butterfly that can use the butterfly bush as larval food;  it only provides … Continue reading

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Secrets Beneath the Ice

When an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed in less than a month in 2002, it shocked scientists and raised the alarming possibility that Antactica may be headed for a meltdown.  An ice loss of just 10% would … Continue reading

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Trade: Its Biological Impact

I’d like to recommend and mini-review an article by Charles C. Mann in The Saturday Essay, which previews his new book 1493:Uncovering the New World Columbus Created,  recently published. Researchers increasingly think that the most important cargo on the early … Continue reading

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Stink Bugs Could Make Harvests Go Bust

Alert reader Shelly B. mails us the following regarding an article she forwarded to our blog in which the government is reported to be studying whether a non-stinging parasitic wasp that preys on brown marmorated stink bug eggs in Asia … Continue reading

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