Bees Feed Us All!

bee-pollinating1Bees Facing Extinction and what it means to you…..

Bees pollinate most of the food we eat, so without bees, we will be in danger of starving. The prestigious publication, Reuters News Service, has plenty of well written articles on the scientific findings supporting the bee die off.

 

bee-pollinating2You can find an article on the Bee Die Off at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-bees-idUSKBN1685NG

 

 

 

bee-pollinating3Bee happy, Bee healthy, protect our bees by using alternative means of protecting your flowers and food from pests. Stop using insecticide!

 

Have a Berry Good Day!

Raspberries, Blackberries and Salmonberries, Oh My!

brambles“These and other native brambles—shrubs that send up arching stems called canes—are perfect garden plants. They’re easy to grow, but they’re highly perishable, so the fruits can be hard to find in supermarkets.

 

Birdshummingbird and mammals feed on them, while the flowers provide nectar for pollinators and the leaves are an essential food source for skipper butterfly larvae.

 

raspberriesThe red raspberry is native to every region of the Lower 48 except the Deep South. The black raspberry ranges throughout the East as far south as Georgia and from North Dakota south to Colorado and Oklahoma. The common, or Allegheny, blackberry grows in the Northeast and Midwest and south to Virginia and Missouri. California blackberry, also called dewberry, is native to the Pacific Northwest.

salmonberriesThe salmonberry is a favorite of western hummingbird species.Named for their resemblance to salmon roe, the fruits taste best when they are amber-colored.”

 

Source: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Gardening/Archives/2013/Native-Plants-You-Can-Eat.aspx?s_email_id=20151114_MEM_ENG_Habitat_News_November_Edition|MTMemHab

Native Plants you can Eat #2

SpringThese are Native plants you can grow in your garden this spring and then enjoy the fruits of your labor during holiday meals and other times.

 

blueberriesBlueberries: While cultivated varieties have been developed from the highbush blueberry, which grows wild in the East and Midwest, other blueberry species are native to most of the United States and Canada. The shrubs produce small flowers that are important spring nectar sources for bees while their intense, sweet-tart flavored berries are relished by many birds and mammals.

service berriesServiceberries: Some species of serviceberry—also known as Juneberry, shadbush or Saskatoon—is native to every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province. The large shrubs or small trees feature delicate white flowers on bare branches in spring that provide nectar for insects emerging from winter nests. The small, purple fruits help sustain grosbeaks, thrushes and many other birds during the breeding season. If you can get to them before the birds, the uniquely flavored berries can be used to make jam or pie.

persimmonsAmerican Persimmons: Native from Connecticut to Iowa and Kansas south to Florida and Texas, American persimmon trees produce ornamental, purplish-orange fruits that hang on leafless branches in autumn. Before they ripen, the fruits are guaranteed to make your mouth pucker. But when ripe, they taste a lot like dates. Wild persimmons are an important fall and winter food for many mammals, and the trees are a larval host plant for the luna moth.

Source: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Gardening/Archives/2013/Native-Plants-You-Can-Eat.aspx?s_email_id=20151114_MEM_ENG_Habitat_News_November_Edition|MTMemHab

Raccoon Medicine

raccoon in a treeAnimal encounters……5/22/16……  Early this morning (3am) my cats wanted to go outside, but when I opened the door, they hesitated as though they were scared of something out in the yard. Leaving them inside, I grabbed my flashlight and, looking around, found that a very large raccoon was in the yard. I decided to visit with the raccoon for a bit. I didn’t try to get near it, as they can be dangerous when approached too closely.

raccoon in a tree2I trained the light in the raccoon’s eyes and talked to it, telling it that I wasn’t going to hurt it, and that s/he was welcome to eat the avocados that had fallen off the avocado tree and have as much water as s/he wanted. I have bowls of water set out at the quarters of the circle and at the back door. I let her/him know s/he was welcome in the yard as long as s/he didn’t try to hurt my furbabies. When s/he left the yard after a good scavenge for food and water, I let the kitties out, knowing that they were now safe.

earthAnimal “medicine” is an ancient form of knowledge, wherein we can learn certain lessons from the animals that coexist in this world with us.

 

raccoons drinking at a fountainAccording to the Star Stuffs website the raccoon bring us the following lessons: dexterity, cleanliness, disguise, explorers, curious, secrecy helps the new transformations take place, balances curiosity with caution, be courageous and self-defensive when need to be, lends a sense of socializing and the ability to see the nature of illusions and masks. Raccoon will show you how to transform yourself and brings you awareness of how you act differently with the various people you encounter each day.

Source: http://www.starstuffs.com/animal_totems/dictionary_of_animals.html

Bee an activist…Help Save our Bees!

bee on a flowerYou may have heard that the bee population is in trouble, they are dying off due to the use of poisonous pesticides, which threatens humans because bees play a major role in pollinating our food sources.

Here’s how you can help!

black eyed susansPlant these flowers in your garden with organic seeds, they provide food and a place to reside for the local bees while they pollinate your plants: Black-Eyed Susan, Aster, Blazing Star,

 

currant plantCurrant, Calstrop, Creosote Bushes,  Elder Flower and Goldenrod.

Witness the devolution of a good word!

silk aug 2007-1Recently, while grooving to the Stevie Wonder tune “Very Superstitious”, I wondered at the origin of the word and how it managed to get such a bad rap.

Here’s what I found…

Superstition means:

cauldron11. a: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation
b: an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition

2. a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

the 3 musesIt’s interesting to note that although the word has come to mean belief in the supernatural or magic, the ORIGIN of the word means “to witness” or “to survive” that which actually happens. This indicates that as religions changed from the old religions that accepted Natural phenomenon as the truth, to the new religion of a single God/supreme being who created and ruled over all, the old religions were considered ignorant or false.

 

old booksEtymology: First known use was in the 13th century. Derived from: Middle English [supersticion], from Anglo-French, from Latin superstition [superstitio, from superstit-, superstes, meaning standing over (as witness or survivor)], from super+stare, meaning [to stand].

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superstition