Jesus of the Backyard Burn

Every year someone sets the small native grassland that is established in my backyard on fire.  Ecologically that is a good thing.  But it’s also against the law.  Sure wish I knew who it was that keeps doing that.  Jesus would forgive him but the Justice System probably wouldn’t.IMG_2038 - Version 2 IMG_2044 - Version 2

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Mei Ling Hom – Dit Dit Dash

The current artist-in-residence at Bernheim is Mei Ling Hom. Her web page is HERE.  She’s currently working on a sculpture that will be set up in the Edible Garden along a sweeping walkway that goes from the arbor to the raised growing beds.  It involves creating around 50 individual “dits” and “dahs” that make up Morse Code. Each “dit” will be filled with soil and planted with a lavender plant.  Each “dah” will be planted with a row of European garlic.  The roots of the plants will be inoculated with Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi which will form a relationship with the plant that, in theory, will allow the plants to grow better than they would without the fungi.  As the sculptural piece rots over time they will leave the soil beneath them in better shape than before.  This concept of regenerative design is part of the larger garden design considerations.  Here’s some pictures of the pieces in production.  I’ll post pictures of the sculpture in place later.  Mei Ling’s partner, Dave, is instrument in all of this happening.
Meiling - Creating a dit
Dave and Meiling working 3-11-14

Meiling - dit and dah

Bud watching 2014

As is my custom (actually addiction) I’ve got my eyes on a short list of plants and vistas that I follow closely in the spring.  Here’s two photos of the buds on two of my index trees.  Both are at Bernheim.  The first is a butternut (Juglans cineria) and the second is an Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra).  I take frequent pictures of both of these as I track the timing of their development each year. These pictures were taken on 3-14-14.

Juglans cineria 3-14-14 (Bernheim)

Juglans cineria 3-14-14 (Bernheim)


Aesculus glabra 3-14-14 (Bernheim)

Aesculus glabra 3-14-14 (Bernheim)