Gail of Green Living


Knollwood Fall Color
December 17, 2011, 11:13 am
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I think this is a type of Maple.

On my walk yesterday, I noticed the fall color in Knollwood near the Medical Center is spectacular this year!  Thank goodness I carry my phone with me and I am able to share with you the fact that Houston, Texas indeed has fall color; it’s just at Christmas time instead of October!

Chinese Tallow

This tree redeems itself of it’s past bad behavior in the fall!

I think this is type of maple.  The red color was brilliant!

Two beautiful Tallow trees near the corner.

Mimosa tree

 This tree has pale clay-colored clusters at this time of year.

Flowering Pear which will be an early bloomer in the Spring

All these beautiful leaves are great for your compost pile!  If you don’t have one, start one, or put the leaves in biodegradable bags and maybe a neighbor will pick them up from the curb!



Recycle! It’s not Garbage Anymore
August 5, 2011, 2:07 pm
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RECYCLE receptacle in downtown Seattle

While visiting my daughter last year in Seattle, I was so impressed at how much the city and businesses are doing to embrace the idea of taking care of the environment.  From the Link light rail ride from the airport to my B & B downtown ($2.50 or $1.25 for senior), to my wait in the airport, I observed so many examples that seem easy to implement.  At the airport in each seating area are three bins for recycling, one for mixed paper, one for plastic and one for trash.
The recycle bins pictured above are on every block of the streets downtown and other areas of the city.  Solar trash compactors are also found downtown.  I watched the recycle containers being emptied by Public Works at night.
Apartment dwellers have opportunities, too.  Multiple bins are in place for metal/aluminum, paper/cardboard, plastic, and glass.  You can take your recycling out any hour of any day of the week, and it’s gone!  How convenient is that?!
Buses have run on electric wires for years, but buses that are not electric, I observed most, if not all,  to be hybrid.
The guys at the Pike Street Fish Market put their merchandise in biodegradable bags, written in large letters on the bag.  Those guys are proud to be making a difference!
Molly’s Ice Cream Shop has paper cups and plastic spoons that are compostable.  There is a sign stating so right above the receptacle labeled “compost“, not “trash”.
Recycle or Compost; it’s not garbage or trash anymore!”

What is your city doing to make recycling easy and convenient for the citizens?