Job site dog

Town Creek
A dog wants to investigate
Running allees
Run around
Meet and greet people.

Tilly is 2+. At an age where she can learn Zen dog skills, stillness, watchfulness.

Lassie would observe. At the moment when someone fell off a ladder, required assistance, she’d put on the tourniquet, apply compression.
Tilly has yet to acquire the full package of EMT skills but she is understanding the quiet observation piece.
She finds a spot in the shade, smells and listens to the wind. Watches. Waits.

tree tubes

When Tilly was 10 weeks old she hung out while I planted 41 tulip trees in tubes.
Two years later all those trees have survived. Some have thrived, others are only slightly larger than when they were planted. Same weather, same soil, same source. What is the variable that accounts for the difference?
Tree tubes are not magic. Maintenance is required.

green

this photo is from the Northern Neck of Virginia, near Slabtown. I didn’t plant any of this grass. The grassed area had been in a soybean/corn rotation for the past 30 years (at least). A contractor in the neighborhood likes to say that grass “just happens”. The grass visible in this photo volunteers in late fall, after the Panicum dichotomiflorum stops growing. I wish this grass was year round… What is it?