Create a moon garden, perfect for night viewing – Entertainment & Life – Austin 360

Under the moonlight, white flowers can beam, while bright foliage stands out. Such a moon garden can glimmer in the evening — as a calming and relaxing retreat.

A moon garden — designed to be appreciated especially in the darker hours — is a sacred space for Deena Spellman, 63, of Cedar Creek.

When she walks over to enjoy her moon garden, “everyone here knows if I’m there, it’s off-limits,” says Spellman, owner of Bastrop Botanical Gardens, an organic garden featuring native plants and more, including the moon garden.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains: “A moon garden can be enjoyed from dusk to dark — by the light of the moon … with flowers that open in the evening, plants that release fragrant scents at night, and silvery or textured foliage which is visible. … White flowers glow in the dusk.”

“It’s visual; it’s very soothing,” says Spellman, who created her moon garden about 15 years ago and uses it as a place to meditate.

“Moon garden” is a general idea open to some interpretation.

“I think of moon gardens simply as evening and night-time gardens,” says landscape architect Carol Feldman of Richardson. “For me, that includes white blooming plants that show up in moonlight. This can also be extended to some blues and lavender-color blooms.” In addition, that would include blooms that look interesting at night, she says, and “plants that attract moths and other night-time wildlife.”

If she were designing a moon garden, she says, she would likely also use plants with gray and variegated foliage, such as Texas sage, artemisia and snow on the prairie.

Other plants that would work well include kidneywood, American clematis, white mistflower, silver ponyfoot, blackfoot daisies and Mexican plum tree, says Paula Stone, of the Fredericksburg chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. Of course, “nothing says ‘moonlight’ like a giant datura (angel trumpet) blossom,” she says.

In addition, large groups of plants together work well. “A mass of white flowers simply has a better chance of having an impact than would the same white flowers scattered about. Remember, you are looking for plants that show up at night; one blossom here and there will be swallowed up by the darkness,” says, which offers gardening advice and more.

However, a moon garden doesn’t have to take up a large area.

“You don’t have to design a whole garden this way. Just pick an area of the garden suited to sitting out in the evening with a clear view of the night sky,” suggests the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

“Depending upon the space you’ve got to work with, you can create an intimate area … where those sights and visuals can be enjoyed,” Spellman says. Her space has a symbolic shape: a half-moon. “Underneath the trees, it’s a very sweet spot.”

She also suggests finding a location that receives afternoon sun and has an open area to see the moonlight.

“We’re using white flowers of all shapes and sizes,” Spellman says. She

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In the Night Kitchen of the Next Election: a Parody

With apologies to Maurice Sendak.

Did you ever hear of Mickey, how he heard a racket in the election year
(Trump) (Sanders, Bloomberg, Warren) (Biden)
and shouted

And fell through the spectacle, out of his discernment
Past the skepticism & the citizens sleeping tight
(Oh) (Aah) (Ooh) (Democrats! Republicans!)

Into the dark of the night kitchen of the next election?

Where the politicians who bake till Tuesday, November 3rd so we can have democracy the next term mixed Mickey in campaign, chanting:
Money in the campaign! Money in the campaign!
Solicit it! Scrape it! Take it! Bake it!

And they put that campaign up to bake a delicious Mickey-democracy.

But right in the middle of the strategizing and the organizing and the advertising and the polling
Mickey poked through and said:
I’m not the money and the money’s not me! I’m Mickey!

So he skipped from the post-convention polls & into social media all ready to vote in the next election.
He posted and tweeted and liked and commented with emojis

Till it looked okay.
Then Mickey on social media was just on his way

When the politicians ran up with a donation envelope, howling:
Money! Money! Money for democracy!

What’s all the fuss? I’m Mickey the voter! I get the money the Mickey way!
And he grabbed the donation envelope as he flew up

And up
And up
And over the top of the red and blue states in the night kitchen of the next election.

Mickey the donor dived down to the bottom singing:
I’m in the money and the money is in me.
God bless money and God bless me!

Then he swam to the top, pouring money from his wallet into campaign below–
So the politicians they mixed it and beat it and baked it.

Money in the campaign! Money in the campaign!
We bake democracy! And nothing’s the matter!

Now Mickey in the night kitchen of the next election cried
Cock-a-doodle doo!
And slid down the system

Straight into everyday life
(Oh!) (Ho) (Hmm) (Yuck!)
Deceived and depressed.

And that’s why, thanks to Mickey we have democracy every term.

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Edna White Garden “Acoustic Duo” Saturday Night Show, 7:00

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The Edna White Community Garden hosts tonight local musical artists “Katie Schumacher and Paul Callaghan” at 7:00.

This is another entry in the garden’s safe spacing programming, featuring Lizzie Benner’s Mixology musical series.

Edna White Garden, one of the city’s largest community gardens, is the area’s award-winning prairie-style garden with multiple vegetable beds, active beehives, a walk-up food pantry, butterfly harvesting and a yoga space.

The garden served as a “sneak peak” last week into the beautiful, historic Beverly/Morgan Park, a community of green thumbs with lush, vibrant residential gardens and adopted green spaces adjacent to train stations, schools and areas in need of attention.

Edna White Garden Executive Director Kathy Figel hopes everyone’s efforts lure more visitors back to the garden.

“We were thrilled to welcome so many new people to the garden last week through the Beverly Area Planning Association’s garden walk efforts and planning,” said Figel. “Our musical guests tonight are a perfect pairing as we exit summer and ease into autumn.”

Attendees are reminded to bring their PPE masks, chairs and blankets if needed.

Two fire pits will add to the comfort and atmosphere of the garden setting.

The garden’s spacious grounds allow for safe distancing (but facial coverings remain in order.)
The “mixology” theme continues to feature garden bed offerings. Lawn chairs and small coolers are encouraged.

The Edna White Garden is located at 1850 West Monterey Avenue (111th and Esmond).

The Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards committee honored Morgan Park’s Edna White Memorial Garden in 2017 at the Chicago Cultural Center along with gardens from 26 additional wards around the city. Figel accepted the CEGA award for the Edna White Memorial Garden. She has served as executive director for the 19th Ward volunteer garden since the early 1990s.

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Despite two near kitchen fires, cookie baking night creates lasting memories | Momaha

The problem was immediately visible. In my haste to create a delicious snack the size of a human head, I failed to notice that our pizza pan was dappled with venting holes. Lots and lots of venting holes. Venting holes that caused dough to drop down onto the bottom of the oven, creating a hot minefield of miniature chocolate chip cookies, ladybug-sized cookies that were charred and crispy and full-on sizzling.

I quickly turned off the oven, shoved my arm into an oven mitt and scooped the teeny scorched cookies out onto the kitchen floor.

Problem solved. We would just have to wait for the oven to cool, and then I could wipe down the bottom before re-attempting our behemoth cookie.The kids stopped waving pillows and I sat down on the couch. Whew – that was a rush, right?

It smelled kind of good, though, like burnt cookies and berries.

The minute I turned my gaze to the kitchen, the smoke alarms started going off. Smoke was pouring from the stovetop, far more smoke than before. Whaaaat? I ran into the kitchen to see that in my haste to turn off the oven, I’d accidentally bumped the knob that turned on one of the back burners. The back burner that now had a bottle of berry-flavored Tums half-melted onto it because apparently I’d knocked them there when I’d been rushing to turn off the oven.

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Trump White House promotes misleading expectations for election night results

While election officials across the country try to prepare Americans for the chance of a prolonged vote-counting process this year, President Donald Trump and his allies have drawn a line in the sand and say they want to see a winner declared on election night.

a screen shot of a woman: White House sress secretary Kayleigh McEnany addresses the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2020.

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White House sress secretary Kayleigh McEnany addresses the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2020.

As a result, Trump and his allies are setting unrealistic expectations, and undermining warnings from bipartisan state and local election officials and experts that a slower vote-count doesn’t always indicate a problem.

Relying on an inaccurate and misleading interpretation of how US elections are conducted, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said last Wednesday that the Trump administration wants to see a presidential winner projected on election night this November.

“What we want election night to look like is a system that’s fair, a situation where we know who the President of the United States is on election night. That’s how the system is supposed to work. And that’s ultimately what we’re looking for and what we’re hoping for,” McEnany said in a Fox News interview, where she criticized Democrats for expanding access to mail-in voting.

Facts First: McEnany is completely wrong when she says “the system is supposed to” produce a clear winner on election night. That’s a modern tradition in US politics, and it’s what many expect when watching the results. But it’s not required by law and it’s not what the system is designed to do.

In recent months, Trump has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the election, refused to say if he’ll accept the results and spread false information and conspiracy theories about mail-in voting. He has a long history of rejecting election results and levying baseless accusations of widespread fraud when he sees election results that he doesn’t like.

He and his team have also attempted to suggest that any delay in the announcement of results is somehow improper, and that, despite Covid, 2020 Election Night should look and feel like any other election — even though the pandemic has drastically transformed how people vote and how states count those ballots. McEnany’s implication that a clear winner be determined on Election Night is rules- or law-based is part of that effort, one that experts say is not grounded in any reality.

“There is no legal requirement that states announce the winner of their popular vote on election night,” said Franita Tolson, a CNN contributor and law professor at the University of Southern California, who pointed out that the legal framework to formally select the next president largely revolves around Electoral College proceedings that take place in December and January.

Unlike other democracies, there is no national authority in the US that handles election results. That informational void is filled by news organizations, which report vote-counts from the states and project winners based on results, exit polling and mathematical forecasts. When one candidate is projected to win 270 electoral

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