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"For bees, the flower is the fountain of life;For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love."- Kahlil Gibran, poetThe relationship that bees have with flowers is very much like the … more
Terror of the earth, goat's head sticker, puncture vine (English)Tríbulo (Spanish)Tribulus terrestris (genus/species)Zygophyllaceae (family)You might think that you don't know Tribulus terrestris, a flat-ground-hugging little plant with yellow … more
More than a century ago, about the time New Mexico became a state, a Goodding black willow sapling emerged naturally — or was planted by a resident — along an earthen irrigation ditch near the center of Taos. It survived through drought, … more
Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Your surroundings, particularly your home, may have something to do with it. Feng shui consultant Sheryl Bhame talks about how this traditional Chinese art of harmonious … more
The National Wildlife Federation offers a “Garden for Wildlife” program. If the criteria exist in your backyard or farm, you can get your yard certified through a simple application process and it can become an educational tool. A plaque placed … more
Springtime and summer mean weeds. For a lot of people, that means pulling out the chemical herbicide to spray the plants into submission instead of the hard work of pulling the weeds out by the roots. But those … more
The scope of what isn't known to science about native bees is far vaster than what is. Over the next several years, one scientist is slowly but surely collecting, pinning, labeling and identifying the little critters in the first major survey of native bees in Northern New Mexico. more
Taos maintains a long history of fruit orchards. Many fruit trees thrive here. And with care – and a little luck from the weather – yield copious quantities of delicious fruit for people (and some birds and bears). Besides contributing to … more
Although much of the late fall and early winter has been mild, the nights have been cold, below freezing, and we've seen little precipitation. As a result, birds don't have much to … more
Lengua de vaca - or hound's-tongue - is one of those plants almost everyone is familiar with, even if they don't think they are. more
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