Category Archives: Botanical Issues

The Naming of Names

Spring is the classic time for wildflowers.  In Texas, even in an off year, the wealth of native flowers is Fat City for bees and butterflies and a heady treat to multiple human senses. There are cotton candy mounds of … Continue reading

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Wild Things

The first day of spring has arrived, but calendars are, after all, a human concept.  Weeks ago, the great celestial clock that slows in the autumn into long nights and abbreviated days had already begun the seasonal reset into warmth … Continue reading

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October Surprise

This lot has been empty for about a decade.  Once—sometime back before the Second World War—a small house was raised on it out of the miscellaneous materials that Depression Era construction was likely to entail.  Pieces of discarded railroad ties, … Continue reading

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Fame

David Bowie handled being famous about as well as anyone can in a hyper-nosy and envious age. Staying ahead of his own curve probably had a lot to do with it; he never held still long enough for anyone to … Continue reading

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Being Naked

The word is—according to a certain ground hog—that spring will come early this year. But I live in Texas. And here, spring is official only when those wisest of trees, the mesquite and pecan, leaf out. Normally, this doesn’t happen … Continue reading

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Treasure Hunt

The Littlest Angel was a book I loved when I was pretty small. For anyone too young to remember it (I don’t know if it’s even still in print), the story is a parable on the critical value of small … Continue reading

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Floral Archaeology

Abandoned house sites speak to my inner archaeologist. This might have started when I was around five, and amazed my mother by sitting wide-eyed and fascinated through The Ten Commandments, then in its first run. It’s certainly the case that … Continue reading

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Hard Case

A few years ago, as I read over the trilingual instructions on a box of wild flower seeds, I learned the French term for wild flower: fleur savage—Savage Flower. I was delighted. It seemed so apt, such a perfect embodiment … Continue reading

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Chrsyler Imperial

Gardening is an occupation that has, in my case, a genetic component. My mother saw no reason to mow a lawn when she could be growing vegetables as well as flowers in the same spot. Her father spent much of … Continue reading

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Wild Thing(s)

One thing to understand about Texas is that here, St. Augustine is not a place in Florida. Nor is it a formerly mortal member of the heavenly host–although our St. Augustine is nonetheless arguably an object of worship. In Texas, … Continue reading

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