to garden is to live!

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
Mahatma Ghandi

 

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City Park New Orleans Sculpture Garden team field research trip to observe the natural New Orleans garden

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If ever you get a chance to see the sights along the Bayou Coquille trail at the Jean Lafitte National Park, twenty minutes south of the Crescent City, in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana – do so. Step back into the real world and observe its subtleties.

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One of the many wonderful discoveries along the trail Thursday was a robust population of Thalictrum dasycarpum, Purple Meadow Rue just bolting to bloom.

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Marsh Fern was abundant in pools of water, above and below

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the deep green clumps of Carex or Cyperus with Dwarf Palmetto, above and below

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two Hollies, Ilex verticilata in fruit, above left, and evergeen leaves of Ilex cassine, right

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dense vegetation of the running, massing, blue leafed, Shoreline Sedge, Carex hyalinolepis

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Luna Moth napping along the trail

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Green Garden burn, Folsom, La., February 17, 2017

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the Green meadow garden has in it, zillions and zillions of flowering perennials, above,  Narrow Leaf Mt Mint, Bee Balm, Rattlesnake Master, and Hyssop-Leafed Thoroughwort etcetera

 

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Doug Green, outstanding in his field, above

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above, blue foliaged rosette of Eryngium yuccafolia in foreground, and the burgeoning flames

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some good leaping “flamage” comes with the head-fire crescendo

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an otherwise hidden interior path and central open-space, revealed

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fisheye view of garden conflagration ha, protective black line

Tuesday was prep day making fire lines. The two photos below were taken just one hour apart, 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m., demonstrating what refracting light does to the color of frosted Bluestem grass

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City of Mandeville prescribed fire set for this week

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The Bluestem grass stand at the Mandeville Wildflower Conservation Park is extremely dense and should fuel quite a stir when lit

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the burn is likely Monday about ten oclock, if the weather holds. Ya’ll come!

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the two gardens, just a door or two down from City Hall, have been a delight for me – not sure about the community. I am sure people are wondering when the City will ever fix their bush hog and mow that sucker down 🙂

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Link of the week!

Urban Land Magazine highlights two Pastorek Habitats design-consulting projects – Lafitte Greenway and the Louisiana Children’s Museum

http://urbanland.uli.org/sustainability/incorporating-greener-design-techniques-u-s-coastal-cities/

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Candi and Marc Pastorek, to be guests of Tulane University’s Dr. Peter Ricchiutti‘s radio program Out To Lunch, May 30th, Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, La

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