In today's Indianapolis Star, there was an article on the front page about the White River. I live on the White River and in the area that the article was written about. That article is the reason for today's blog. When we moved to our current home, we wanted to live near water. We found a wonderful river property with lots of possibilities that was perfect for us. It was in the city with all the conveniences, but if you were to see the area that we live, you would think you were living far away from the city. Guest who visit us are always amazed that this area exist in the city.
People who live on the river are called "River Rats". I am proud to be a River Rat. I take great pride in the river and I am a steward of the river we live on. I enjoy the animal life, boating and peace that one finds on a river. We sometimes have our problems on the river, like the annual flood, but you learn to live with flooding because of the love of the river and what she gives back.
I have my concerns as to what will happen to the White River. I would not want to drink this water in the picture nor would I want to swim in it. Time will tell what will happen with the growth of this plant and how the river and the life around and in the river will change.
I do believe that we all need to be more conscientious about how we care for our lawns, gardens and even what plants we purchase for our gardens. Over the years, I have seen people misuse garden chemicals, cultivate invasive plants and in general not be responsible for what Mother Nature has given us. When it becomes a problem in your own backyard it may be to late to make change.
The Creative Gardener