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Marguerite July 2006

Marguerite/Paris Daisy Bush, July 2006

Marguerite Daisy August 2006

Marguerite/Paris Daisy Bush, August 2006

For some reason, it has become a practice in the best of neighbourhoods to leave all kinds of things for swap on the nature strip, which can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it. In late Summer, February 2006, my neighbours and I took to plant rescue missions, and saved a bare boughed mature daisy bush, not knowing if it would survive, that had been left out on the strip in the heat. Lots of tender care later, the following spring, September 2006, the bush rewarded us with a bounty of white Paris/Marguerite daisies, and verdant foliage.

I guess this was/is the cycle of life/death/rebirth in action, what we thought was dead and beyond life, was actually dormant, waiting to be nourished and renewed. Below is an image of the daisy bush in September 2006, and you can almost hear it saying “thank-you”.

Marguerite September 2006

Marguerite/Paris Daisy Bush, September 2006

So, if you happen to see any abandoned plants like this anywhere, go on a rescue mission and you will be rewarded! The bush experienced some pest issues the following Summer 06/07, and we thought again it may not survive, but now as Spring has come around again, late August 2007, it’s back to its vibrant self. We had to cut it back quite heavily in March 07, and wondered if it would bounce back, but as can be seen from the second image below, it’s gone full cycle and renewed itself again.

Marguerite Fence August 2007

Marguerite/Paris Daisy Bush, August 2007.

The intention of this weblog is to provide information on urban sustainability, how it is possible, and how it is working every day, often without any fanfare or fuss. Nature just does the work, and the living things of the plant kingdom thrive to their natural pace of evolution with the seasons. It’s easy in busy lifestyles to forget that Nature endures, that all life has its place, even in heavily populated urban environments. Possibly these are the places that need nature the most?

Marguerite Face August 2007

More can be learned about my journey with nature through Imogen Crest, the Nature Hermit, by reading further at:

Murmuring Woods – Lemuria/Soul Food Cafe

Lemurian Hermitage – Lemuria/Soul Food Cafe

(All images on Sustainability City are copyright Imogen Crest 2007.)

(Disclaimer: Views expressed on exterior links and added material, not authored by the site, remain the property and views of their creators, and are not affiliated with Sustainability City in any way.)


11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lorigloyd  |  September 9, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I absolutely love this! I will learn a lot here, I know.

  • 2. marimann  |  September 9, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    This is a great idea for a blog, Imogen. I just finished reading an article in the New Yorker where one of their writers attempts to create a meal from within NYC’ s”foodshed” (available food within the city’s limits). He tells of learning how to forage in Central Park, and learns that there are people keeping bees on rooftops, and raising chickens right in the city. Amazing.

  • 3. valwebb  |  September 9, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Such an exciting and timely subject — and beautifully presented.

  • 4. shewolfy728  |  September 9, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    This is a great idea for a blog! I love it!

  • 5. imogen88  |  September 10, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Thanks everyone for these most generous comments. It makes such a difference to hear all these views!

  • 6. Heather Blakey  |  September 10, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    A magnificent concept Monika. I just know that this is going to be a fascinating journey.

  • 7. imogen88  |  September 11, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Agree, Heather. Who knows what good things it will lead to?

  • 8. jodhiay  |  December 5, 2007 at 1:08 am

    The ADVENTure calendar sent me here, Monika. I’m glad I stopped in, too, and happy to see the Daisy plant thriving under your care. I agree, nature is critical in urban environments, too. My favorite buildings are the ones that maintain rooftop gardens.

  • 9. imogen88  |  February 12, 2008 at 10:43 am

    So pleased you did visit, Joanne. I agree, that rooftop planting theme seems to be getting people more and more interested. A good thing!

  • 10. Sam Marquit  |  June 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm


    My name is Sam Marquit, I am an independent ‘green’ contractor and co-author of Fair Marquit Value I am wondering if you’re interested in featuring me on your blog because I would love a chance to speak with your readers about the idea of environmentally responsible tourism as it’s applied in modern day travel and stay.

    If you think this topic, or any other for that matter, would be of interest to your readers, please let me know and I can begin drafting up something that I believe will mesh with your blog very well.

    I look forward to hearing back from you; hopefully we can work together on spreading the word on important topics like this as they relate to environmental awareness!

    I look forward to hearing from you,


    • 11. imogen88  |  July 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Sam, thank you for the comment, well done to your profile. Been very busy, so will be in touch before long to try and what we can do! Best cheers!


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