WHAT A WORLD, for better or for worse. That’s what I think when I click around the internet: that you couldn’t make this stuff up. Here are some of the highlights (and lowlights) of what I’ve been struck by lately in my incessant online travels–a list of links you might want to ponder, too, from the state of the birds to Congress’ latest mental lapse (huh? pizza is a vegetable?), frugal gardening ideas, and more.
II DON’T SEE SEEDS for either heirloom or hybrid pizza in the first of the seed catalogs that have arrived here, but Congress in its infinite wisdom has this week declared pizza a vegetable. Our nation’s children don’t have a chance with such genius at work (nor, I fear, do we adults).
State of the Birds
WITH KUDOS FROM esteemed biologist E.O. Wilson, Mass Audubon (as in Massachusetts, a significantly bird-rich state) released its massive “State of the Birds” report in September, making this full-color, 64-page book available as a pdf online. It’s not all bad news: there have been declines in 39 percent of breeding bird populations and 26 percent of wintering birds there, birds of forests and urban/suburban landscapes are doing better (grasslands and shrublands birds are not). A must read.
What Price, Gardening?
AA BLOG CALLED The Simple Dollar, about “improving your finances and your life,” shouted out A Way to Garden as a recommended garden site, in an article about gardening frugally and a recent book on the topic. (Today’s topic on TSD’s homepage: How much does it really cost to grow, rather than buy, fresh vegetables?)
A Rose to Relish
II HAVE A BIT of an issue, shall we say, with many modern plant names, preferring something a little more romantic to ones that sounds like they came straight out of a marketing meeting where everyone was drinking too much coffee for their own good. Perhaps the worst I’ve ever heard: a new red rose with a yellow reverse called ‘Ketchup & Mustard,’ from Edmunds.
Case of Mistaken Identity
SO MANY PEOPLE emailed me the link from the “New York Times” a couple of weeks ago, about a cat named Jack who got lost at JFK Airport. Of course if anyone had called, I could have said where he was the whole time: here with me. Anyhow, I forgot to share this one till now, but in case you missed it….
Geraniums in Perpetuity
I AM ALWAYS fascinated by the lengths people go to in order to keep their geraniums (genus Pelargonium, I mean) over the winter. A recent story in the Albany (NY) paper—the nearest city to me—details some tactics.