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Vinca minor, or common periwinkle. Photo © Daniel Jolivet, via flickr and Creative Commons

Initiative targets invasive plants, seeks to stop spread in British Columbia

She had moved to the area only the year before, lured by the climate, the year-round greenery, and Victoria’s reputation as a city of flowers. Her new home included a garden, with one rocky section that saw little sun. Moss would thrive there, but she wanted something more dramatic. Online Read more →

Fireworks. Photo © John Haslam, via flickr and Creative Commons

Enjoy presence in the present

Many of us are reflecting on the year just passed and making plans for the months ahead. The pundits among us have pronounced on the successes and failures behind us and prognosticated on future possibilities. Some of us brought in January 1 with bold resolutions for change—we’ll lose weight, eat Read more →

Meteor show. Photo © NASA

Watch for celestial cookie crumbs this season

Watching the night sky from the western edge of the continent at this latitude at this time of year presents a gamble. Announcements that a full moon would light the way for midnight mass-goers this year overlooked our forecast rain showers and our understandable preference for warm, lit, cosy quarters Read more →

Chanterelle mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of a mycorrhizal fungus. Photo © Charle de Mille-Isles via flickr/Creative Commons

Scooping the dirt on soil

November 29—Celebrating a three-tined tribute to the stuff that makes gardens grow seems odd at this time of year. But Global Soil Week, punctuates the end of the U.N.’s International Year of Soils and ends in a trifecta with Saturday’s World Soil Day, relates as much to winter here as Read more →

Gadget frenzy. Photo © Roland Moriz, via flickr/Creative Commons

Gadget rich and money poor, British Columbians increase household debt

A relative remarked to me recently about a particular couple of our mutual acquaintance. “They both have good jobs. They have a beautiful house. They have no kids. They travel. They drive expensive cars. They heat their garage throughout the winter. Oh, and you should see all the gadgets and Read more →

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