Connecting with the Natural World
"Perhaps the most radical thing we can do is to stay at home, so we can learn the names of the plants and animals around us; so that we can begin to know what tradition we're part of."
-Terry Tempest Williams
 

My mom loved nature.

She loved flowers, the birds (particularly flaming red cardinals and their songs), growing vegetables in her garden. Being immersed in nature was something that gave her peace in an otherwise unpredictable world.

I have always been fascinated by the seemingly endless lengths of stone walls in the woods around the Berkshires.  A silent reminder that the woods were not always so, and that up until around a hundred years ago, most of the wooded areas that we are so used too, were open fields.

My interest in looking at plants when I traveled started in my early teens.  I remember visiting my grandparents at their winter home in Coronado California.  I was walking past this stately conifer in front of the library when I realized it was a Norfolk Island Pine.  It was easily 80 feet tall.  My only previous experience with these trees were the tabletops that we purchased around the holidays.  I had no idea they got this big!  These experiences would and still continue.

Krishna on Work

 

To action alone thou hast a right, never to all its fruits, let not the fruits of action be thy motive neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction.

 

Standing firm in yoga, do thy work O Winner of wealth, (Arjuna), abandoning attachment, with an even mind in success and failure, for evenness of mind is called yoga.

 

Jnaneshvari Chapter 2  Shloka XLVII Shloka XLVIII

As we begin our twelfth season offering Organic Lawn Care to our clients, I'm reminded of the importance of avoiding using toxic chemical lawn fertilizers and pesticides in our homes landscapes.

Most would agree that a great lawn is thick, green and easy to care for. The controversy starts when you add the words “weed free”. What is a weed? Generally defined as “a wild plant growing where it is not wanted”. Makes sense and certainly applicable to many plants found in the cultivated landscape with invasive plants seemingly becoming a bigger problem with each passing year.

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