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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
My neighbor and I have been experimenting and exploring which kinds of clematis we each have and how we should care for them. First thing to know, the incorrect pruning may cost you a plant. We both have lost lovely clematis because we didn't know what we were doing. Here is a guide to help differentiate the three types. We also learned that clematis like tomato food. So, those are two problems solved. We keep learning together as we chat through the shared raspberry bushes that came into my garden from hers.
Plant Paradise Country Gardens
This is an incredible garden with great combinations of colors, forms, and textures. These ideas are keepers.
A Brief History of the Wonderful Tomato
For those interested in history, here is a fun one on tomatoes.
Annie, thanks for the lead to Ira Flatow and Steven Strogatz. A great interview. Feynman is one of my heros, a scientist who reflects on the consequences of his work. It is information such as these men discussed that convinced me no god is necessary. Natural processes have their way of creating cosmos out of chaos. Mathematics, the language of science, makes so much more sense because there are certain laws that either exist, or do not, and there are explanations why a law doesn't fit in different circumstances. Gravity is a low of the earth, but with enough velocity objects can escape earth's gravitational pull. From a universe point of view, laws of gravity apply. There is not a simple, absolute answer, it is all relative. Oh! I've heard that one before.
Evolution is so much more interesting and exciting than creationist dogma, it explains processes of gravity, electro-magnetism, strong and weak forces making a mystery dissolve, even as these processes lead to even more mystery. Noticing patterns, as revealed by fractals and Fibonacci sequence, I knew natural order exists and all is not chaos. See my Fractals in Nature Photo Album:
Fractals in Nature
Or, Fibonacci Sequence:
Joan and Annie,
I also wonder how the spider knows to build its web. It's amazing!
No idea what kind of spider. The web was on an arborvitae this morning.
I love having spiders around. They eat lots of insects. I think they are also a sign of ecological health. Although I have no proof of that.
Beautiful web, Sentient! And Joan, your comment made me think of the Science Friday episode a few days ago. Ira Flatow was interviewing Steven Strogatz. He wrote the book, "The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity." Flatow brought up a Feynman quote about finding joy in knowledge, and asked Strogatz if he agreed (which he did). He gave the example of seeing the Fibonacci sequence in so much of nature, from the number of scales in a pine cone's spiral to the seeds in a sunflower. It's funny, as it is things like this that perhaps could be the only way to convince me that there is any type of god or "creator"... but it doesn't. ;-) If you are interested in the program, you can listen to it here: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/05/162372203/steven-strogatz-the-joy-of-x
Sentient: Do you know what type of spider created this web?
An incredibly beautiful evidence of fractal geometry in living things, and the existence of patterns in nature. I wonder how the spider knows how to build a web? Perhaps, one day, we will be able to understand the workings of the brain and body. But for now, I can just enjoy the shapes, forms, textures, and colors all around us and realize I/you/we exist following the same evolution processes to make life as we know it. How could we ask for anything more?
This morning in the yard.
Red oranges from Sicily! I wonder what the chemical components are to make such a flavor. Are they able to bottle it, or freeze it? But then, that goes against my principle of eating locally. Oh yes, we do need to make some changes.
Of course there is terroir! You made me think of the red oranges that grow in Sicily on volcanic soil. The taste is unforgettable - and you cannot grow them anywhere else with the same result.
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