Saturday, May 5, 2018

IT'S GARDEN TIME SOMEWHERE.....

FLOW-ERS FLOW

Dianthus and Day Lilies

The first IRIS of the season.




My tall Shadow amongst the Magnolia petals strewn about
by strong winds recently


Magnolia Tree








HAPPY SPRING

From My Garden To Yours HAPPY SPRING

Friday, March 16, 2018

Gardening is my Prozac. The time I dedicate to training tomato vines or hacking at berry bushes seems to help me stave off feelings of sadness or dread and calm the chatter in my mind. My vegetable beds have even buoyed me through more acute stressors. I’m not alone in appreciating the antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects of gardening—countless blogs are dedicated to this very subject, and a rash of new studies has documented that spending time around greenery can lead to improved mental health.











Perhaps the best place for us each to begin is with our own backyard plot or window box. Planting a rainbow of seeds, avoiding the use of garden chemicals, nourishing the soil with plant matter, digging with our hands, and eating the bounty—while not guaranteed to replace a pharmaceutical grade antidepressant—is a wonderful chance to hang out with “Old Friends.”   

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Forever in search of safe, low-tech solutions that I can offer my patients, I wondered if exposure by eating backyard veggies or digging with glove-free hands could be a potential new antidepressant therapy.



“What our research suggests is that eating, touching, and breathing a soil organism may be tied to the development of our immune system and our nervous system. But you have to understand that we fed our mice much more of that organism than you are likely to find in a peck of dirt—it was more like a drug dose.”


These creatures, which interact with us through our skin, lungs, and gut, are what Graham Rook, physician, microbiologist, and professor emeritus at University College London, refers to as “Old Friends.” I met Rook last year at an evolutionary medicine meeting at the University of Arizona where he presented a series of compelling studies in support of his “Old Friend” theory of immune dysregulation: that a mismatch between our DNA and our modern microbe-depleted environment is responsible for a recent increase in chronic health problems, including autoimmune diseases and depression. 



On a large scale, we can begin to do this by increasing the diversity of what we grow on our farms because agriculture, covering more than a third of the earth’s land surface, is an obvious reservoir for biodiversity. Our prevailing system of crop monoculture has severely limited the variety of organisms hiding beneath the soil, lying on the plants, and roaming the fields. The herbicides and pesticides used in monocultures narrow this spectrum further. We can start to shift to a more diversified system of farming by patronizing farms that grow a range of crops and by educating friends, neighbors, medical providers, and lawmakers about the health importance of this type of agriculture.--source


Monday, August 28, 2017

A Sun Dog Encircling The Eclipse

A halo rainbow-like sun dog
encircling the total eclipse
on August 21, 2017
a day that remain in my heart
forever as much of a rare
event that it was.

I cried.
I admit it
I was moved.

and here's another pic....
and yes we had totality
and  yes we were able to view full totality
(without the
clouds)
because the clouds cleared
just in time
like a parting of the Red Sea

woo hoo for me
...
My Sunflower
.......

My moonflower


....
My cosmos

Maybe yours too?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Montage of Pics

A Praying Mantis
Big, Huge, Healthy Tomato Plants

Cosmos


It's Garden Time Somewhere
handpainted by me
in my garden


The Latest Incarnation & Cast Of Characters In......TO WEED OR NOT TO WEED, THAT IS THE GARDEN

Fairy Stories from all
the Big Think Heads
like Joseph Campell are true
in the SOUL'S HIGH ADVENTURE
without any of that
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE-ness
that currently is keeping all people in the
USA in their rightful places.
Those with  money  are definitely
proved to be  SOMEBODY's
 Far be it for me to say that that I've noticed that
Those Without Money Are Definitely being proved to be
NOBODY's and treated as such.
It seems to be some of the American People's
Job & Mission to prove who  the Nobody's are.
(and this goes for other countries too, not just individual people in the USA where the "who do you think you are"
comes into play.
It's that simple (minded) really as you continue
on your Joseph Campbell Hero's Journey





Frank , aka St Francis  knew it.
Gnome knows it

Blooms and Birds know it
Organic Happenings Know it


The COSMOS knows it




Whether You Want To Know It Or Not
Is Your Choice

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Hummingbird Moth------ A MoonFlow-er------- And A Sunflow-er...Flow-ers FLOW





Not a Perennial.... A SunFlower

On the other hand, The Periennial
MOONFLOWER
The Yin and Yang of Flowers
in the Garden
A Hummingbird Moth that
adores  My Moonflowers

Monday, July 10, 2017

Coreopsis & Blue Pea Pods

The Perennial that I love, Coreopsis

Heirloom, Blue
(but they look like Purple to me)
Pea Pods...