Archive for April, 2011
(not so much in the home)
by GEORGE FREEMAN
In the Ozarks and elsewhere, ladybugs have the well-deserved reputation of being a gardener’s friend. Still, some of us may not realize why. Most of us have likely been lectured on the notion that lady bugs top the list of good bugs in the garden.
With spring officially here, the beetles are awakening. They creep around looking for light, and some find their way into our homes.
And they wake up hungry.
Threatened barns get new life as rustic treasure and more
By GEORGE FREEMAN
You won’t find Ozarkaeology in any dictionary, but you will find it on Facebook. You might even find it written in the ancient dust of a 700,000 board feet or so of rough lumber lining a warehouse that used to be the Springfield Stockyards.
A walk through the eye-level stacks of red and white oak, pine and poplar, cedar and cherry, hickory and walnut is a trip back to the 1800s. You can touch the axe marks and feel the wooden pegs in the hand-hewn timbers. What’s fine about this wood is its history and the story you wish it could tell.
There really is more information available than we need. For example, we don’t need to know that somewhere on a distant freeway, a police car is conducting a slow chase of another vehicle while a news helicopter broadcast live while soaring overhead in the off chance something exciting may happen.
Three of the writers who bring you GREENE Magazine just finished 10 weeks of training to be Master Gardeners. Along with 50 other gardening students, we spent six hours a week learning how to learn ore about gardening. Contributing editor Jeanne Duffey, Columnist Tom Lakowske and I sat relatively still for 12 sessions at the new Botanical Center listening and asking questions about the latest and thinking about the botanical world. Lest you think we’re just a few wanna-be’s, even our wonderful webmaster, R.J. Jacob, is a Master Gardener as well.
I hope you might forgive us a twinge of pride that GREENE Magazine even exists in these challenging times. Our modest publication is evidence that several old bromides still ring true, even when the economy is in serious disarray. Such as:
- Good things come to those who wait (just don’t wait forever).
- When one door closes, another one opens. (But you may have to knock hard).
Enough with the cliches.
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