Thanks for the good words! It makes me feel good when people like it.
How many species? I’ve often wondered but never counted. I can count over 50 species from the back windows, so my guess would be between 75 and 100 species, but it could be more. I end up with questions like, do weeds count? What even is a weed? ;-)
Yes, actually, I have done gardening for other people in the past. I advertised locally and did planting, weeding, etc., in people’s perennial gardens for a couple years to help make ends meet. Once I was asked to pull out lots and lots of native orchids a client didn’t want in her garden! That was painful.
When I was really young I wasn’t interesting in gardening at all, but just was kind of obsessed with looking for and identifying wild plants everywhere. I noticed how different plants show up in different kinds of places, and that really informed my gardening when I started it. My mum gave me the old book Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katherine White, E. B. White’s wife, and that got me started for some reason. It made flower catalogues seem like literature, and I saw how many garden flowers are related to the wild ones that had become old friends.
As for the photography, I started taking pictures on my walks because it forced me to look for beautiful things instead of dwelling on the bad thoughts that my clinical depression kept handing me. Now I can’t stop taking pictures of beautiful and interesting things. Tumblr gives me something to do with them. :-)
Jim Holt, Mind of a Rock.
I have heard the indigenous people use the term, “the stone people”.
The more enlightened you are, the smaller brain you need! ;-)
Front steps reshuffled. The orange nasturtium, red ivy geranium, and blue salvia earned their way to the front at last! And for the Buddha, a serene sedum planting. Moving toward an autumnal look.
[plant folks: note the cohosh buds in the upper left.]
Many thanks! I’ll tell the plants that we won you over!
I just keep taking pictures of the garden. I like how Joe Pye weed is looming in the background of this one.
Farmer’s market yesterday. This is just part of what I got. For example, the basil was made into pesto and eaten. :-)