Saturday, March 03, 2007

Down but not out

My internet connection has been down since Thusday. It will be the first of next week before I get connected again. See you then!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Trash talk

The last day of February and a beautiful day. Maybe it was the warm sunshine coming in through the windows as I drove the route, but I felt spring in the air. At some point, I started watching for green plants along side of the road. It didn't take long to realize it was a little early for spring growth, but I did notice the ditches were unbelievably trashy.

When I finished with the route, I asked Dan to walk with me just a half mile with each of us covering a side of the road. We drove to an area near our house because it looked especially bad.

As we walked, it occurred to us that some of the trash was tossed by the same person or persons, namely five empty fifths of Canadian Club whiskey and numerous empty boxes of Virginia Slims cigarettes. Some people must have no thought of stewardship other than their own space.

So, I challenge everyone to grab a plastic sack, get out in the coming spring weather and pick up some slobs trash. Let's all pitch in.

Check below for one-half mile of work. We started with three pastic bags, the rest we picked up.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Is this a Zinnia?

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I discovered this little plant yesterday while watering the fig tree. There are five or six more down among the dried leaves all leaning toward the window.

Last year about this time spring fever came over me so I decided to start annuals in the basement. I fixed at least 24 peat pots with zinnia and marigold seeds. My intentions were good, but peat pots require almost daily watering and I didn't follow through. Sometime after I moved all my plants outside, I gave up on the annual flower project and dumped all the peat pots into the fig trees.

With natural sunshine and rain, the seeds then took off. I had beautiful zinnias growing in the tree pots all summer. Some of those flowers must have seeded off into the pot before I pulled them out and brought the trees back inside for the winter. Now, on the side closest to the warm south sunshine several of those tiny seeds have decided it's spring.

When it comes to nature, there are always surprises.