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Decrotia, or: How the climate crisis came for my lovely English garden

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Martha, October, and the magic of Li Ziqi – A Letter to the...

October 17, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, Well, August is well and truly behind us.  I don’t remember September.  It had something to do with a copyediting deadline...

Browntail Moths and the Will to Garden

My post about Lyme Disease – especially my forgetting to freak out about it, thanks to worrying about Covid – prompted this email from...

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This is a year when speculation about the future underlies almost everything we do. When will we be able to see children/grandchildren/siblings who live...

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