Something Different This Week

Encouraged by last week’s rain, my square-foot garden’s squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers leaped beyond the confines of their boxes—as you can see. All other vegetation here at Vanaprastha grew happily, too, including weeds. Thus, in the light of today’s sunshine,...

Butterflies, Flowers, and Disillusionment

Last Saturday afternoon, on my way down the mountain to fetch the mail, I noticed a black swallowtail (Papilionidae) sipping nectar from cardinal flowers blooming on the slope beside the upper driveway. The bright red trumpet-shaped blossoms of lobelia cardinalis,...