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Crossing Boundaries and Removing Barriers
March 26, 2012

Record breaking heat settled on Michigan for much of the past two weeks.

Attire for the middle last week of winter and the first week of spring.....

Shorts and sandals.

High temperatures in the mid 80 degree range, Wednesday topped out at a balmy 87.

Normal average temps are in the mid 40's degree range.

Running the air conditioning in March, in Michigan .....

Even this poor squirrel is looking for some relief.

Flowers and trees are in full bloom.

Pictures of the Bradford Pears are below and you will notice a picture of my neighbor's Magnolia n full bloom.

Many years the tender magnolia buds are frost bit before they ever open in late April or early May.

The first mowing of the year was this past week too.

Again, I have never cut the grass in March before.

Seedlings are sunning themselves on the deck and the first batch of lettuce is up.

Some seeds I simply wont start too early, but the temptation is there.

We are in the 50's and 60's the week, a bit of a cool off, but still 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year.

While bird activity is more on length of day, but I don't think the warmer weather hurts.

Indeed, it has brought in some migrants a bit earlier than normal.

Birds are busy jockeying for territorial rights.

Robin skirmishes are quite common and full of noise (more show than go).

The winner is usually the male bird that has established territorial rights in the first place.

Brief, but entertaining.

I snapped a picture this Northern Cardinal in mid sing.

He is sitting on top of a neighbor's Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) a couple houses down.

In case you didn't know, Cardinals are one of the few species of birds where male and female both sing.

Onto today's topic

How Gardening and Nature Removes Barriers.


Nature and Gardening Crosses Boundaries and Removes Barriers:

"Gardening For Wildlife" Website and Newsletter is formatted for much of North America.

Currently, there are readers from the 48 contiguous states and seven provinces of Canada.

Yes, most of what I write on hopefully beneficial to you.

Toss in some personal life and a bit of entertainment and that is pretty much it.

Over the years I have been blessed to have a handful of readers from distant lands.

New Zealand, Great Britain and so on.

For the past couple of years, there have also been a couple of readers from Nepal and Thailand.

I hear from Nepal every once in a while, while My new friend in Thailand corresponds quite regular.

Tum, is a retired school teacher that is so well traveled, most people can only dream of her travels, yet she remains rooted in her homeland.

This is pretty nice I think to myself.

I have learned much on Thai culture and on Tum's values.

I look at it this way.

I am teaching her while she is more than teaching me on plants and animals from her distant, native land.

It Finally Occurred To Me:

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail from from a person in North West India.

Her name is Astrid Rao.

She let me know that she has been reading "Gardening For Wildlife" for more than a year, but finally made the time to write me, when I wrote on 'Slowing Down and Start Living'. around three weeks ago.

Now I am stroking my ego a bit.

This is really something.

But why would people a half a world away, be interested in what I have to say.

Clearly there is a big difference in climate, weather conditions, cultures and more.

What could possibly be of value to them?

Then I read Astrid's mail again and looked more into her blog sites.

It was a Eureka moment.

The light bulb finally turned on (not as bright as it once was).

Instantly I was in awe, honored and very humbled all at the same time.

The Love and Enjoyment for Nature and Gardening, Crosses Boundaries and Removes Barriers.

I'm not simply referring to national borders, property lines, or vast oceans.

I'm saying, that love of nature, love of life removes many cultural and language and other boundaries and barriers.

It is international.

I have yet to meet a true gardener of any type or true lover of nature, who is not willing to share or offer advice.

Gardeners share seeds and plants and wisdom.

While in nature, people always share spotting scopes, binoculars, and where to look.

It is a way of life for us.

I can go to countless small towns within 20 miles of where I live and the culture is a bit different.

Yet, in many ways we are all the same.

I could ask a local gardener or fan of nature a question and I am sure I will get the best answer possible.

Why wouldn't Gardening and Nature also cross international boundaries?

I'm sure it is the same way in any foreign land I may wish to travel.

Find a Gardener or Naturalist, and you are a good step ahead of the game.

What Tum and now Astrid are teaching me is this.

Not only are they well educated people, they have show me that.......

Love, breaks down barriers.

Love educates.

With Gardening and Nature, there is indeed a true love.

Gardening and Nature can breakdown most barriers except
hatred (prejudice is a form of hatred).

A few narcissistic people will also attempt to keep you down as well (I think we all know at least one).

Other than that, With Nature and Gardens, we no longer see race or religion.

Cultures no longer matter, where we live or what we might look like, isn't an issue.

Our political or personal beliefs don't matter.

We all get to talk about gardening, or that last nature walk you took.

Gardeners and Nature lovers are always the first to help out another gardener of nature lover.

Boundaries and barriers are removed.

Now it becomes share time.

It becomes teach and be taught.

It is like 'Love In Any Language'.

No matter what, You feel it or seem to understand it.

It is removing limited thinking and opening our hearts and minds to others.

It never dawned on me, in a country of more that than 1.2 billion people, that there could even be natural habitats left for humans to enjoy.

We read about and see the struggles, but rarely the true life or living that takes place.

Boy am I wrong and I am still too busy myself.

Astrid is creating her own Natural setting for her, her family and many friends to enjoy.

Astrid also has a passion for paragliding.

I have para-sailed, viewing the tops of the towers of 'Mackinac Bridge'.

I have been in a glider plane (with pilot) a mile up and enjoying the view of 'Lake Michigan' and 'Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore', but only dream of paragliding.

I have had others control where I went, Astrid is the captain of her own ship and destiny.

I like that.

What a thrill that must be to soar with the birds.


Now I understand and know why people from a different land, different cultures, and different beliefs would subscribe to and continue reading a newsletter written in Southwest Michigan.

(Magnolia in bloom)

Gardeners and lovers of nature are pretty much alike (where ever we live) when it comes to our passions.

I am comfortable with the belief that I could go just about anywhere on this planet and speak the international language of gardening or nature.

I know for sure I can share this love in Nepal, Thailand and India, as well as The United States of America and Canada.

Why not learn or read on what is happening in other parts of the

Especially when so many of our currant house and garden plants come from far away lands (go native).

Here are Astrid's Blog sites.

I encourage you to take some time and read what can happen a half a world away.

, if you have a blog or website you would like for me to plug for you, feel free to let me know.

After all, it is for love and sharing.

It is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God bless.

"Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself".

"Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life".

Leo Buscaglia

Leo Buscaglia loved life and his many quotes shared his beliefs.

Jesus himself said this......

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another".

John 13:34-35

Powerful words to live by.

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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