Appalachia Needs Your Help

Hello Blotanists – I’m calling on you because I believe you share my respect for our planet and are willing to spend a few moments of your time to help.  -I’m also quite aware of the power of Blotanical bloggers!

A friend of a friend of a friend… is involved in a noteworthy project to create more sustainable jobs for coal miners and reducing negative environmental impacts of Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia.  This group is taking real action to make a difference.

If you have a few moments and are willing to help, go to Brighterplanet.com and vote for Community Biopower Association: Institutional Empowerment in the Coalfields of Appalachia.  You can vote up to 3 times for the project and you can submit all three votes at once.  They are currently only 50 votes behind the first place project. Voting ends on Sunday, November 15th. If you have not voted before, you have to create a log in. The log in is easy and the site promises not to use your email for any purposes other than verification.

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Thank you to everyone who voted for this project.
Voting is closed and the project came in a very close second.

Published in: on November 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm  Comments (7)  

Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls

All Hallows moon, witches soon.

Well, my neighbors have been at it for weeks and finally my Halloween decorations are up as well.  Below are some images for your enjoyment.

Ghost

Ghost

Aconitum napellus

Goblin

Goblin

Arisaema sikokianum berries

Ghouls

Ghouls

Gentiana scabra

Spiders

Spiders

Hamamelis virginiana

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding_Heart

Dicentra x ' king of hearts'

Witch

Witch

Ipomoea alba seed pod

Claws

Claws

Eryngium agavifolium

Eyeballs

Eyeballs

Taxus bacatta 'fastigiata'

Here, one of my neighbors has some decorations quite different from my own.

Halloween_Hampden

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Published in: on October 30, 2009 at 11:38 am  Comments (8)  

Autumn Whites, Part II

In a previous post, I revealed an unexpected whiteout occuring in my urban garden.  Well, the white blossoms just keep coming and here are some of the latest shining additions to my ghostly autmn garden -just in time for Halloween!

Crocus sativus var. carwrightianus 'Albus'

Crocus tommasinianus 'Albus'

Crocus sativus again, basking in the sun.

Crocus tommasinianus again, basking in the sun.

Chelone glabra 'Black Ace'

Chelone glabra 'Black Ace'

Colchicum autumnal 'Album'

Colchicum autumnal 'Album'

Published in: on October 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm  Comments (8)  
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My Urban Oasis Progression

Front_Progression

I am coming up on the third year anniversary of the purchase of my home.  After looking back at pictures, it is amazing to see how far it has come along.  Now it is time to start on the back!

Published in: on October 9, 2009 at 10:04 am  Comments (9)  
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