As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far away,
And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear; he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of this book.
For, long ago, the truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there.
Robert Louis Stevenson
28 July 2020
A book that might be helpful and also of interest to home school families who like plants.
Douglas Tallamy, Nature's Best Hope: a new approach to conservation that starts in your yard (via indiebound.org).
Entomologist Douglas Tallamy makes a compelling case to plant native plants with the purpose of restoring habitat for beneficial insects and animals. Every little space makes a difference. Collectively, Tallamy explains, we can build a Homegrown National Park for much healthier and more interesting neighborhoods.
For a list of plants native to your zip code, check out this website: Native Plants Finder.