Category: Grounding


Hi River Roaders, After a cold February, we finally have a warm up. It’s good to have some normal winter weather! Let’s take a look at some of the flowers that popped up this past week. A lone white crocus in the bridge garden. A pair of yellow crocus in the roots of the Beech … read more

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Hi River Roaders, It’s been a year. A whole long, lonely, lengthy year since we had our last “in person” Sunday service on March 5, 2020. The March 12 eWeekly said that we were suspending in person services until April 1st… In discussions with Sheri, we thought it would be good to help folks stay … read more

Spring Cleaning

Hi River Roaders, Even with the snow and ice, we are inexorably making the transition to spring. This week we’ll share a variety of images, some frozen, some thoughtful, and some laying out opportunities for spring cleaning on our grounds. Our first spring flower outside the Fiatfalva Room! The Memorial Stone covered in ice. I … read more

Mid-February Walk

Hi River Roaders, One of the great things about taking a walk is that you can have multiple levels of focus- the entire horizon, the next hill, a grove of trees, a single shrub, or a single flower or stone. February is a good time of year to slow down and look for beauty at … read more

February Flowers

There is rain, sleet, and snow in the forecast this week. Let’s go to a warmer time and place. An Asian variety of crab apple in our rear woodland. These should be blooming again in a month or so. Black-eyed susans in the Memorial Garden. Crepe myrtle in August. A bee favorite. A variety of … read more


Hi River Roaders, It was quieter than normal at RRUUC earlier this week, allowing me to soak in the sights, sounds, and impacts from the falling sleet and snow. Sign on Whittier. Looking into the sun. Reflections on the spring in our Native Plant Garden. Our bell tower. The warmth of our springs. Winter Jasmine … read more

Just Hanging Out

Hi River Roaders, Those of you who are still stopping by RRUUC know that it’s not unusual to see my silver Subaru parked in the back. Maybe I’m working, maybe I’m sitting on one of the benches, just hanging out. That’s what I was doing last Thursday, around 5pm. I was sitting on the memorial … read more

Geology: What Lies Beneath RRUUC?

Hi River Roaders, This week we’ll take a deep dive into the rocks that are underneath our grounds. This blog was developed by Andrea Mangum, who also collaborated on the “Springs!” blog last year. It’s a great example of the “detective” work that is practiced by geologists. RRUUC (and virtually all of Montgomery County) is … read more

Early Winter Walk

Hi River Roaders, I was worrying how I was going to maintain a weekly blog through the winter months, but today’s walk though our grounds allowed me to appreciate the views you can only get in winter. I hope you enjoy. Spent flowers from our native Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana. Ajuga in moss by the … read more

Planning Your Native Plant Garden

Hi River Roaders, Following my blog three weeks ago on “Nature’s Best Hope,” a couple folks reached out to get advice on what natives they should plant. In this blog I share resources you can use to plan your native plant garden. The resources allow you to select plants that are native to our specific … read more