By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
I like to refer to winter as The Great Sleep, because although life outside the window pane seems dull and lifeless, it is anything but. Yet to find that elusive bit of life, one must go in search of it. Even this self-avowed nature freak has to remind herself of this from time to time. So today, I took a stroll through the woods with my eyes – and my senses – wide open.
Posted in Nature Notes, The Ozarks, Wild Foraging
Tagged A Journey of Seasons, fairy pond, hiking, jill henderson, lichen, moss, mushroom, nature, ozarks, polypore, show me oz, turkey tail, winter
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I have been gardening nearly all my adult life and have had the pleasure of knowing and growing many lovely flowering plants and shrubs. But it was by sheer luck that I became acquainted with the hardy evergreen, Hellebores orientalis, more commonly referred to as the Lenten Rose. These unique flowering perennials not only sport durable evergreen foliage and are easy to grow and maintain, but the softly delicate flowers appear at a the most unlikely time of the year.
by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
No matter how hard the bitter winds blow or how deep the snow gets, the avid gardener can still enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of fresh home-grown herbs all winter long. All you need is a few pots, some potting soil, and one or two relatively warm and sunny windowsills on which to perch them. And while an indoor herb garden will likely produce less than those summer-grown herbs from the garden, they are still useful, flavorful and oh, so beautiful to look at. In this week’s Show Me Oz we’ll talk about indoor herb gardens and how to grow your own, including special cultivars bred specifically to perform well in pots.
Posted in Organic Gardening, Real Food
Tagged basil, dill, growing, herbs, indoors, jill henderson, show me oz, special varieties, starting seeds indoors, the healing power of kitchen herbs, Vietnamese cilantro, winter
By Daniel Novak
Feeding and watching birds in the summer, spring and fall can be an enjoyable family pursuit and winter should be no different. While many of the birds we often see at other times of year travel to warmer climates for the winter a few hardy souls remain. Inasmuch as feeding can attract a plethora of birds for our viewing enjoyment it can actually be integral in seeing our feathered friends through a tough time of year when other food sources may be scarce or absent. Here are a few basic winter bird feeding tips that will keep birds happy and coming back day after day.
By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
As the hours of daylight become blatantly shorter, the journey of seasons moves quickly towards the Great Sleep of Winter. Despite the prolonged drought, Ozarkers everywhere enjoyed a most spectacular fall color display. In all my years of living in the Ozarks, I can’t remember a fall as beautiful as this one. But now that the Autumn show is over, the curtain is coming down in a torrent of swirling leaves and piling up in huge ankle-deep drifts that blanket the earth in gold. And yet, the falling is far from over. For even now, the leaves cling to the remnants of their arboreal lives – resisting their eventual future as rich dark humus and rattling their final farewells at the slightest breeze.