Unexpected Exhibits

This fern and moss collection is just what you anticipate seeing when you visit inside a restored blacksmith shop, right??

Or how about these specimens growing quite happily on a floating log?

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Framework

What a jumbled mess! I’ve encountered this vine from South Carolina to New England. These tough, thorny vines are the bane of anyone wanting to clear a little land by hand. Cat brier grows as a single stalk from seed, and produces an underground bulb. The longer the plant survives, the more underground bulbs are created. Most of these bulbs just lie in wait. When you think you’ve removed all of the vines, either by cutting or pesticide, the dormant bulbs will send out new shoots! For this reason, cat brier is eradicated more efficiently with a shovel than with shears, the sooner the better.  Continue reading Framework

Mending Fences

I pass by this fence every day during my morning commute. Poor thing! I think it needs some help! Due to neglect over time, it no longer serves any kind of purpose that I can see, other than providing a photographic opportunity. I wonder about its initial reason for being there.

What functions might any fence have? Might we have some invisible fences in our lives that need mending?   Continue reading Mending Fences