Category Archives: Acts of Restorative Kindness

A present in the compost pile

Every spring I clean out the pots when it is time to plant new flowers or plants. I have a little spot on the edge of the hill where I toss clippings, and the occasional expired plant if the potting … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi | Tagged , | 12 Comments

Changing plans: Always a work in progress

Years ago, I tried to grow tomatoes. One bloom made it as far as a baby tomato and then the cutworms devoured three plants overnight down to the stalk. I have never tried again since then—until this year. I put … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, landscape architecture, Mississippi | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

Sisyrinchium atlanticum: Eastern blue-eyed grass

This species of the Iridaceae family is native to the eastern North America and ranges from Maine south to Florida and Mississippi. It is also native to the eastern provinces of Canada. The preferred habitat is “moist sandy shores and … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi, Wildflowers | Tagged | 14 Comments

Salvia lyrata L. aka Lyreleaf sage

I know I am off-track from the Rogers’ silver-plate versions, but I am still working on figuring things out, so it meant more research. Silver-plate will still be here tomorrow, but these wildflowers might not be. Rogers in all the … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi, Wildflowers | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Ground cover puzzles: It makes mowing fun again

Trifolium repens, commonly known as white clover, is a perennial legume that originated in Europe and is now throughout the United States and Canada (United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service). The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Claytonia virginica: Virgina Springbeauty (aka ‘fairy spud’)

You know what happens when you look at something closely? This white-appearing flower from my height turned out to have pink-magenta stripes when I began to inspect it in Lightroom. Imagine my surprise! A member of the purslane family, the … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Oxalis drummondii: Drummond’s Wood-sorrel

Why are there so many varieties of oxalis, also known as wood-sorrel? I suppose as do humans through genetics and the mixing of gene pools, we just keep re-creating species. While it is a fascinating-to-me exploration, I have been thinking … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi | Tagged , | 13 Comments

Valerianella radiata: “Beaked cornsalad”

I woke early this morning and it was so beautiful out, I took the camera after feeding dogs, cats, and birds. I decided to walk down to the bottom of the driveway to check out a patch of blue flowers … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Spring flowers: Viola, pansy, common blue violet

I spotted this flower getting ready to mow the front yard Sunday afternoon. It is a re-seeded viola from last year’s flowers. I did not know they would do that, but apparently, they can re-seed themselves. They are sometimes called … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Spring springs forth

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Ecosystem, Mississippi | Tagged , | 13 Comments