Rock Climbing with the King

Nature is beautiful and extraordinary. We can spend lifetimes developing a deeper understanding of the ecosystem, and even more time trying to restore the damage we have wrought. Sometimes it is overwhelming. Sometimes nature should just be a fun adventure. An experience that makes you smile and that you want to share with your friends. Sometimes, those adventures can happen indoors on cold nights. This is a great two minutes: https://youtu.be/vTayJMMS_IA

Solstice Lindens

After spending three seasons missing the linden flower harvest, I finally got it right: summer solstice. The blossoms have a beautiful delicate scent, and make a lovely tea. As the elderberry flowers are also in full bloom, I’ve been enjoying the two together in the evenings.

We planted linden trees in and around the parking lot of Amazing Space. Not only will they grow quickly, to provide shade for the vehicles, but their blooms are popular with the bees (and me!). The leaf buds and young leaves are also edible.

It was difficult to pick the perfect tree for landscaping the parking lot. On a completely practical level, the criteria were straightforward: native, edible, and no messy fruits or large nuts to drop on cars. The linden gives us that. I hope, as they mature, the landscape will evoke the same feelings one has when visiting the Lindenhof in Zurich, Switzerland. It is a place rich in cultural history and a place people gather to share time with one another.