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
Taking a walk in February, we were surprised to come up on this bunch of green floating on in a small stream. It seemed so out of place and time, surrounded by the dreary browns and grays of winter woods! I have to share a close-up of it. Continue reading Life or Death?
The snow has a charm of its own, but can you see the promise of future beauty? Here’s a peek at what’s coming…
Those same bare branches weighed down under the weight of melting snow will soon be covered in beautiful blossoms.
I snapped a picture of this stone wall driving through Connecticut a few weeks ago. I’ve always been fascinated by these walls that seem to pop up out of nowhere, in the middle of the woods! So I had to do a bit of investigating. Let me share with you some of what I discovered!
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
It only took a split second for me to regress 40 years. Poor Dominique in Customer Service had no idea what was coming when she answered my call! She was just following the rules, doing her job, and couldn’t give me the information I wanted. And what did I do? I had a temper tantrum. Once I cooled down later, I felt awful. What got into me?? Continue reading I Still Need the Cross