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Comment by Idaho Spud on Tuesday

Wow!  7 foot tall Shasta daisies!  3 foot is as tall as I've seen.

Comment by Randall Smith on Tuesday

Thomas, I had mushrooms in my omelet this morning. No wonder I feel so light-headed!

Daniel, interesting title to your zinnia illustration: "YOUTH AND AGE". More flowers for me in 2018!

Comment by Thomas Murray on Tuesday

Hey.hey, HEY!...

Lookie at this about mushrooms....

http://www.businessinsider.com/peter-thiel-magic-mushrooms-psychede...

Comment by Patricia on December 11, 2017 at 3:48pm

Oh they will look so pretty!!!!

Comment by Daniel W on December 11, 2017 at 3:46pm

Our wildflower meadow was gradually taken over by massive, 7 foot tall Shasta daisies, big weedy grasses, and minimal California poppies and occasional lupines.  Mostly the giant shastas.  With no more beehives to benefit from the wildflowers, and the meadow looking so weedy, we cut it down.  Ning had been chopping the stalks by hand, to get them low enough to mow.  I mowed yesterday.  Took about 2 hours, but now it's civilized again.

Meanwhile, the annual flower seeds that I bought have arrived.  Lots of Zinnia varieties, plus cosmos, marigolds, some cleome, nigella, annual poppies.  There will be gladiolas, too.  The plan is to grow those rows in a flower bed, so it's easy to hoe between rows and pull weeds.  That method was very rewarding this year, deer and rabbits didn't eat them, and they didn't need much water.   It won't be a wildflower meadow, but I think just as nice.

Comment by Daniel W on December 10, 2017 at 9:09pm

In 2006, a  Israeli scientist suceeded in germination one of a group of date seeds that had been found in a clay jar at the archeological site of Masada.  The 960 Jews of the Masada citadel had been resisting / rebelling agsinst Roman dominion, ultimately dying in a mass suicide in the year 31 BCE.  The date was a Judean type that has been extinct for a millenium.  It turned out to be male.  When it started producing pollen, the pollen was used to pollinate female palms of a modern species.  Dates developed.  I have not found out if seeds have been germinated from those dates.  In addition, more ancient palm seeds have been germinated, and 2 are female.  Methusaleh date seed.   

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They are hoping to have the first hybrid fruits by about 2022, not too far from now.

Comment by Daniel W on December 6, 2017 at 12:35pm

Those are amazing dog and cat stories. 

Ning lost Charlie once.  The people who found him traced the vet through the rabies tag and they read his chip. 

Another flower image, also ftom public domain review website.  This is an illustration from 1854.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 6, 2017 at 7:40am

I have some friends who lived in San Francisco and moved to Moraga on the east side of the Bay. A short while later their cat disappeared. A month after that they got a call from former neighbors - the cat had somehow made it across the Bay Bridge and back to its old 'hood.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 6, 2017 at 7:27am

Out of Indianapolis came a dog story on the evening news last night. A "lost" dog for 5 years was returned to its owner thanks to a microchip. Nobody knows where the dog was for all that time. Of course, the owner was thrilled. Sorry about your loss, Kathy.

Another neat painting, Daniel.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 5, 2017 at 3:47pm

Daniel, I didn't see it in these. It was the color of the bird known as an Indigo Bunting. Could be because I found it under some leaves so the sun hadn't bleached it. Last fall I found a bunch of bright orange ones that looked like upside down carrots. But they were growing up together like a bunch of bananas. I broke one open and they were hollow inside. 

 

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