OK, I admit to being a skeptic about Climate Change, however, as a passionate gardener I pay attention to weather across the months and years. Since the 70's, we've been told to beware of a mini ice age and then global warming; now it's just climate change. My frustrations are two fold.
First outside. It seems like there is an inherent contradiction to the "grasses and heat loving plant" mania and planting native species that are more adapted to our wet climate. As an aging gardener in an older Ed Hill suburb, my cottage style is rapidly converting to Zen--however planting grasses just doesn't work for my home's style. I'm starting to rely on rather a lot of black mulch to create the spacious feel of Zen. It would be very helpful if you could present more information on: 1. Cost effective planting transitions thru volitile climate (weather} conditions; 2. Senior's garden transitions from intensive cottage to peaceful minimalist styles.
Second inside. As a desktop publisher since before Billy left his dad's garage, I have worked from home since the early 90's. Light by which to see is a criitical issue and becoming even more so as my 60 something eyes adjust to small type on-paper and on-screen. My quarrel w/ the politically correct light bulbs is that the damned things don't put out the stated equivalent light by which I try to work. If I go to a higher wattage equivalence I have no data to guage whether I'm risking the burn-out of my lamp or even a fire. Again, in your exhuberance for the new, there is no literature on applying &/or adapting applications from old technologies to new. How do I see well w/ the new bulbs and not have to replace all my lighting devices? Help!