From the world pool: September 9th, 2017

I’ve had some busy weeks, so I haven’t been online as much, and that means fewer links to post, and somehow I missed out on the “just for fun” category. Which is too bad, as so many of the stories linked are so thoroughly depressing.

But never fear! One of the essays referenced this video. And yeah, it made me feel better.

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the battle continues

As explained in a previous post, this year I ran netting across the entire top of the veggie garden, because the raspberries and blueberries had decided to produce fruit at the same time. A great benefit to me in many ways, because it’s made walking around the plot so much easier.

Evidently others have found certain things easier too. Continue reading “the battle continues”

Netting

Garden netting is a pain in the ass to set up, but I do it every year because if I don’t, the birds get all the blueberries and raspberries, and after letting them have the cherries I draw the line. (I also like blueberries and raspberries a lot better than cherries.) Continue reading “Netting”

oddities

closeup of green leavesout of focus image of magenta flower on green backgroundIt’s the photos that are oddities, not the plants. Though one of the plants is a bit of a puzzle too.

The flower is herb-robert, no confusion there.

But the green plant—that’s a mystery. This picture was taken when it was just starting to emerge. It pops up every year and produces clusters of long spindly stalks with tiny purple flowers, and the bees LOVE it. I’ve tried and tried, but I have not been able to identify it. The leaves are long and narrow and pointed, somewhat like lavender, but we have lavender sitting right next to it—it’s not that.The stalks all come up from the root in a bunch, without branching; the leaves are not opposed (and when it gets bigger the leaves are much more spread out on the stalk). It has no noticeable scent—not to me, at any rate. Obviously something draws the bees.

 

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