“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”  Confucius Carolus Linnaeus, the “father of modern taxonomy,” was a Swedish botanist, zoologist, taxonomist, and physician who detailed the binomial system of nomenclature.  Nomenclature is a set, or system, of names used by a particular individual or group. This modern, two-name system classifiesContinue reading “Nomenclature”

My Garden of Life

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.”   Alfred Austin This post is in memory of my father, Richard “Dick” Connelly Lyon who passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the age of 85 years. These are the words I wrote and delivered as his eulogy to honor himContinue reading “My Garden of Life”

Starting from Seed: Growing Intention from the Heart

“Be mindful of intention. Intention is the seed the creates our future.”                                                                                        Continue reading “Starting from Seed: Growing Intention from the Heart”

Starting from Seed: Soil Planting

“The soil is the great connector our lives, the source and destination of all.” – Wendell Berry In my last post, I discussed the benefits of growing plants from seed hydroponically and suggested some activities for those of you who may be home and educating children through this global pandemic, or just looking for anContinue reading “Starting from Seed: Soil Planting”

Starting from Seed: Hydroponics

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle As we move into the outdoor growing season, many of us are waiting impatiently to plant our annual flowers and vegetables. Although the days are warming up, it is important to be mindful of the time frame for the last frost in your location,Continue reading “Starting from Seed: Hydroponics”