They look so innocent and inviting, those little seed packets on retail counters in January, February, and March. Little did I realize what a complex history Connecticut seed companies have had until I began the research for "Connecticut’s long, rich history of providing seed for growers" at Zip06/The Day. (If you can't open the link, please download the article below.).
Got parks in your community? Increased information about native plants and more commercial availability are opening new possibilities for these ecological powerhouses in the municipal realm. Read about new developments in my article for the fall 2013 newsletter of the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions. Download the PDF below. Lots of good links and references at the end! Happy reading.
Dr. Mel Goldstein was a much-loved Connecticut weather reporter and meteorologist whose humorous touch and insightful forecasting endeared him to state audiences. He passed away in January 2012, a year after I read this book. If he's watching us from his beloved clouds, he's probably less surprised than most at the megastorms that have visited in the past few years. That's because one thing "Dr. Mel's Connecticut Climate Book" (Wesleyan Press, 2009) makes abundantly clear is that Connecticut gets a lot of wild weather, a lot more than a moniker such as “the land of steady habits” would forecast.