Change. It happens. Sometimes it’s thrust upon you, sometimes it’s the path you choose. This is the latter sort of change. For some time I’ve been thinking about renaming my blog and other social media so they all match and to retire the Shady Character name. While the gardens of Brakewynde are still as shady as ever, shade gardening is no longer the main focus of my posts and it hasn’t been for a long, long time.
What, then is Driftless Roots? The name is a reference to the Driftless Area, a geologically interesting and scenically beautiful region in the middle of the United States including parts of the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It’s where I grew up and its landscape always feels like home to me with its winding rivers and creeks, steep hillsides and deep valleys.