Round and Round Over Roundup

When I hear people debate the herbicide glyphosate, or Roundup as it is more commonly known, I generally want to hide under a table. This is because I have friends who are passionate on both sides of the issue.

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I’m not one of those people who say that seedheads are just as good as flowers. They’re not. But in the absence of flowers, seedheads can be pretty nice to have around.

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Oh, I ache. My back aches. My thighs ache. Even my fingers ache. Even so, I have an undeniable feeling of accomplishment, having planted approximately 370 bulbs in our garden this weekend. Just 30 to go.

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So the new driveway is done. It’s an improvement. I failed to take a “before” picture and even looked for an older photo without success. Among the thousands of pictures we’ve taken of the front garden there was  not a single one that showed what the driveway looked like. That in itself should tell you something.

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October is generally the last month for blooms. This year I think the unusually warm September prematurely wore out some of our fall flowers. Even so, let’s amble around the garden and see what we’ve got.

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Let’s not talk about the driveway, and especially not about the ways in which the sewer work is complicating the driveway installation. Let’s just say that the new driveway should be done on Tuesday, and that until then there can be no planting in the Driveway Border.

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Current state of driveway and path to front door.

The garden is a soggy mess and tomorrow another crew is coming to tear out and replace the old driveway, and I don’t want to talk about that. What I want to do is revisit memories of our 2010 trip to Turkey. I’ve already done a few posts about this, but not about the day we visited the site of an abandoned ancient city.

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Healthy Soil, Healthy People?

So an article in last Sunday’s Washington Post talked about how there is a growing body of scientific evidence that healthy soil makes for healthier people. Healthy soil is understood to mean soil that is teaming with a diversity of bacteria and fungi.

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That’s how it felt last Wednesday morning, as the sewer repair crew arrived with their much-larger-than-expected excavator. (Though the excavator’s color did nicely echo the orange of the Mexican Sunflowers.)

Aster means “star”, and so the days of autumn hereabouts are full of stars.

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