Floral notes: October 2016.


It’s been a snowy, blustery, busy autumn so far!  I hope things are a bit quieter (and warmer) in your neck of the woods and you’ve been able to enjoy the changes of the season.

I’m playing it short and sweet on the link front this month:

These examples of typewriter art are fantastic!   Did you learn to type on a manual or an electric typewriter, or have you never used one at all?

Alberta-based macro photographer Adrian Thysse recently posted some stellar images of fungi found in our province.  Take a close look (see what I did there?) here.

Many of you may already be following the excellent blog Garden in a City – Jason’s post about not cutting down perennial plants at the end of autumn is both timely (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) and valuable!

And here’s another great post about end-of-season garden clean-up.  What are your thoughts?  Do you wait until spring to do these sorts of tasks?

Thousands of lantern slides from the 1800’s and early 1900’s have been digitized and posted online at various sites – you can check out the databases via this link.  Incredible examples of an early form of photography.

Check out these amazing photographs of bird’s nests and egg specimens, collected over the past two hundred years and exhibited at several zoological institutions.

Stuff I’ve posted elsewhere:

A book review for Alberta author Eileen Schuh’s latest novel, The Shadow Riders.

Plus…a couple of my articles have been recently published:  “Four Centuries of Gardening” in the 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac, and “Fall Cleaning Hacks with Herbs” in the Fall issue of The Herb Quarterly (both on newsstands now).  And…upcoming…my short story “The Beauty of Mount Sagitta” (featuring pterodactyls!  And rare plants!) will be a part of the super-toothy anthology Sharkasaurus! from Fossil Lake.  Yes, all those exclamation points are absolutely necessary….


Clip art credit.


  1. To answer your question, I learned to type on a manual… will never lose the image of our teacher insisting on the energy and rhythm required to type. I tried one recently, it’s not easy! Regarding weather, we’ve had a few overcast days here lately, in Southern California, and I’m loving it!! ~SueBee

  2. I learned on a manual one then before High School was over I was typing on the latest and greatest electric model and we did art on them way back then 🙂

  3. I went to Catholic high school and was taught to type on a manual and then an IBM electric typewriter by a nun. I’m guessing you can imagine the atmosphere within the class, but I can certainly type well and pretty fast. 🙂 I have always cleaned up my gardens in the fall because I hate anticipating all that work in the spring. I did read Jason’s post and am considering leaving it there for the first time.

  4. I learnt to type on a manual too but not at school or college – my first employer sent me on a touch-typing course.
    I love the fungus photos and the birds’ nests. I clear up quite a lot in my garden but I never manage to finish it all before the bad weather comes so that eases my conscience as far as insects and birds are concerned!

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