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"The most common way gardeners attempt to connect with insects is by planting for butterflies. It is a noble idea... Sadly, the execution of this enterprise is so often directed by misinformation that we end up having fewer butterflies than we started with."
-Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home
I was supposed to write about pollinator gardens, but Hurricane Isaias changed that.
. . . but did it really? Bear with me as I meander and perhaps stretch a metaphor to its breaking point.
"You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby ... changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole."
Leaving the Garden
I wrote several years ago that the garden we leave at night is not the same garden that we return to in the morning. It is just as certain that the Arboretum I arrived at in September of 2014 is not the same Arboretum that I will be leaving at the end of February. Trees have been planted, and trees have been cut down. People have left our little community, and we feel a sense of loss. Some of our local wildlife has also left the premises, and the sense of loss is, sh...