Two Bur Oaks and a Crawdad

A group of swamp white oaks Healthy soil is important, but for whom?  In the Garden  The young bur oak would not be kept down. Yet again it revealed itself among the standing dead stalks of a large patch of purple bee balm, a good three feet tall and leafing out. In spring, a bur oak’s leaves look like sharp-edged, glossy cutouts. They are not green, but shade delicately among soft corals, tans and pinks. The green comes a bit later, like a slow-motion wave gently pervading each leathery leaf. The question, as it had been for several years, was what to do with this young newcomer to the garden.  About ten feet away and across the walk from house to garage stands a second bur oak that I’d started from an acorn some twelve years ago. I’ve enjoyed watching it grow its first sets of true leaves, become large enough to attract birds and then mature enough to bear acorns. This winter I limbed it up three feet from the ground, mainly to give the sedges and wild geraniums growing underneath a

New Blog Design

Introducing my updated blog design, which I hope readers will find more user friendly. To enhance the reading and browsing experience, I used cleaner colors (which coordinate with my personal business card), and put the text in Verdana instead of Arial. Verdana is designed for more comfortable online reading. I also added share features, and jump breaks ("read more") on longer posts so more content can appear on the front page. I'll continue tinkering with details as I get to it. Look for more informational pages tabbed across the top in coming months. What kinds of information would you like to see?

Comments

Heather Holm said…
I like the new design - it feels refreshing.
Diana Studer said…
I like what VP has done - for new readers, start here. Popular posts, or these are my favourites ... somewhere to start, until we are hooked ;>) You have put up some powerful essays recently.
Thanks, Heather.

EE, thanks for stopping by. Some good suggestions, which I hadn't thought of. Glad you appreciate my writing efforts--I'm much more comfortable with words than images!
Benjamin Vogt said…
It works. I've thought about havinga phot page, or at least some sort fo photo archive widget, but it sounds time consuming. Especially with my comparatively crappy blog template. I like your template. Blogs are so... involving. Self absorbed. Time sinks.
Thanks Dave.

Benjamin, Thanks and I agree about time sinking. They are especially so when avoiding chores. :-)
Anonymous said…
I like your new blog look. It's easy to get around (although it wasn't really difficult before) and I love the humming birds in the borders.
MRG