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Week 40 Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage (South Africa)

-Yordanos Haile-Michael, survivor and inspiration. (Women’s Weekly, October 2016)

Her story is featured in the soon to be released Australian film:

“The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe”

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Damsels and Dragons

Dragonflies are among the fastest and most agile flying insects. Together with damselflies, they belong to the order Odonata. Worldwide over 6,000 species exist, of which 320 species are known to live in Australia. 3,121 more words


Contextualizing Our Native Environment

I know that many of my readers are, like me, dedicated long-time gardeners. We speak fair botanical Latin. We know what we mean when we say “part sun,” or “drought-resistant.” 874 more words

Piedmont Gardening

Planting Family Trees

I love trees. All sizes, colors, species — as long as they’re natives or well-behaved non-natives. No invasive exotic species, please!

We’ve all appreciated the welcome shade of a wide-reaching oak, or the Christmasy scent of pines in a cozy grove. 485 more words

Piedmont Gardening

Worth the Wait: Milkweed Magic

In the southeastern US piedmont region where I live, I am happy to report that more and more homeowners are adding native pollinator gardens to their landscapes. 1,287 more words

Piedmont Gardening

Spicebush for Birds and Butterflies

Does your yard include a bit of shade, perhaps at the edge of a stand of taller trees, with soil that remains relatively moist — even wet — for most of the year? 474 more words

Piedmont Gardening

Ode to Joe

My corner of southeastern US Piedmont has been blessed with steady — but not excessive — rainfall all summer this year. I cannot remember a growing season like this one. 806 more words

Piedmont Gardening