Flooding a Wetland

By Mary Beth Pottratz An Eastern kingbird calls “tswee tswee” in quick, high repeated whistles at the entrance to wetland at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Just inside the fence, a sign declares, “Spring Peeper Meadow – A Wetland Restoration Experiment.” I wonder how the wetland is faring after all the recent rains. Is it flooded?…

Life and Death in the Garden

By Greg Lecker Red and purple tulips at the entry drive make me question my calendar – is this April or the latter half of May?  How wonderful that late-blooming cultivars and staggered plantings extend springtime!  Today’s 82 oF weather and tomorrow’s forecast of 90oF are rushing a season of birth and renewal that is…

Leaving the Nest

“Leaving the Nest” By Boak Wiesner May is the time of fecundity around these parts. (Metaphorically, a “Sea of Fecundity” came to mind but it was inapt as, of course, the Mare Fecunditatis is a lava flow on the southeast part of the Moon. And hardly visible today as the Moon wanes.) It is the…

Natural Wonders

By Mary Beth Pottratz Rain-fresh air carries wisps of a scent too light to identify. The deluge of water from recent storms and rains fills the ponds and bogs and overflows into low areas. Barn swallows dip and play over the water. In the open, branches have already shaken the rain from newly opened leaves….