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October 30, 2017


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Furry Gnome

I'm with you. I think that ancient fear of nature is still here. At our last place we left most of the property as a wild meadow. It was wonderful. Now (last week) we've moved into the suburbs, and yes, all the neighbours have perfect spaces of green grass, carefully mowed on the diagonal. It's scary. Not sure what to do yet!


A new book I came across while reading my Wisconsin History newsletter, 'Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth' by Robert Root



I so thoroughly agree! Suburbs don't belong in the mountains. But could these people be keeping the grasses down for fire prevention purposes? After what I have seen this summer/fall it is extremely important to keep the vegetation down around your dwellings. So much of what I notice is that we are mostly conditioned as a humanity to stay within the norm. Don't step outside of the boundaries. But I'm with your line of thinking, we are destroying to much habitat.

Jennifer Woodhull

I once watched an astonishing ikebana demonstration by a "black belt" in that art. She counseled her admiring audience to study the way wildflowers and grasses grow in nature, and then do our best to mimic those arrangements. Since then, I've looked at wild plants with a new appreciation. They know what they're doing. We're the ones who don't have a clue.

Kathy Kaiser

I just read a post from the local Audubon group about letting leaves stay on our suburban lawns because our local insects need places to live and lay their eggs over the winter. What I try to do here in Boulder is keep a few edges of the yard wild--no planted grass, leaves piled up with pine needles, so nature has some small area to thrive in, while I keep the rest of the yard somewhat neat to keep the neighbors happy.

Kathy Kaiser

Sally, good point about keeping the grass cut short immediately around a dwelling for fire prevention. Most of my cabin neighbors mow a much larger area than just right around the cabin. Also, the ground is so rocky (especially around my cabin), the grasses don't grow very high. I think our fire danger comes mostly from the trees, not the grasses, which I know was a problem around Santa Rosa.

Kathy Kaiser

Brent, the Robert Root book sounds wonderful. Interestingly, I just discovered August Derleth. I love his descriptions of the Wisconsin prairie.


I really enjoy your blog and the beautiful photos of your area..I was wondering if you have any posts on your cabin...the building of it or floor plan..I am interested in cabins like that as a dream is inside me of owning one someday...anyway thank you for sharing the beauty of Colorado..


Don't get me started on Wisconsin lawns, I see it every summer. My family---most Wisconsinites take a great deal of pride in their lawn, it is the most visible flag waving to the community---"Hey, no one is slouching here!" To have a messy, long-haired lawn invites gossip, "They don't even mow their lawn!"
Having said this, one of my brothers has a beautiful natural spring/pond just beyond his lawn and it brings so much incredible wildlife to the area. The only thing I appreciate about the shorter grass is that there seem to be less mosquitoes where the lawn is shorter...of course, if I were a bird that would be bad news.

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