Sunday Morning Garden Chat: California Wildflowers

From faithful left-coast garden correspondent Scout211:

Spring has come a little later than usual in Northern California, due to our wonderfully long rainy season (which is still happening, thank you very much). The wildflowers are finally coming out and beginning their spring showing. All of these were taken on our property in rural Calaveras County.

The top pic is a closeup of our rosemary bushes, a favorite of our local bees. You can see one of them in the center of the pic.

The second pic is of a field of what I think are foothill poppies. They are tinier, yellower versions of our state flower, the California poppy.

The third pic is of a field of blue dicks, one of our earliest and most abundant wildflowers in our area.

We brought home half a flat of pansies yesterday, which cheered me up no end. Murphy the Trickster God willing, I’m gonna spend the afternoon splitting them out into pots, so that I’ve got something encouraging to look at while I commence the great yard clean-up and clear-out.

What’s going on in your garden(s) this week?

117 replies
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    ola azul says:

    T’great clean up n clear out is what it takes to get on with it.


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    a thousand flouncing lurkers (was fidelio) says:

    Not gardening as I rent and am getting ready to move, but the blooming trees are kicking in here in Nashville, with lots of heavy lifting by the magnolias and cherry trees. And we have a local controversy involving the latter.

    Nashville (lucky us) is hosting the NFL draft even this year, downtown at our lovely riverfront, and in order to give the NFL the stage it wants, where it wants, a nice set of cherry trees must go. The first order was to cut them this has resulted in such a public outcry that the latest is to transplant them (not a promising maneuver with non-dormant trees) elsewhere into city property, with the NFL paying to replace them with non-saplings after the party is over. This may not satisfy the locals (so ungrateful! Who who wouldn’t love living in a destination city with inflated real estate prices and more interest in catering to outside dollars than local convenience?) so who knows what the next step will be.

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    Raven says:

    Full bloom in Georgia. The azaleas are starting to pop and, again, they are going to have a heel of a time a at Augusta. We went three years ago and they were pretty much done for. The pine pollen is really bad and there is not much rain in sight until. . . Masters week.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Nice, thanx Scout.

    I have to do some work on the north side of our house and I transplanted all the daffodils that were over there to different locations. Still have some hostas to move. Mostly I’ve been working on the water feature garden, which as of yesterday has already acquired it’s first resident frog to accompany Walter Strider who moved in last week. Damn thing ain’t even full yet and I still have to build the fountain. Right now I am putting the walkway together. Then the fountain. All while I finish removing the existing weed laden soil, after which I compost everything and then I can begin to plant stuff. Oh yeah, plug in the redbud and maybe a couple azaleas.

    My son-in-law wants to help and I’ve got just the project for him. We’ve got a span of grass and dogwoods (too big to be a lawn, too small to be a field, I call it Micky’s Meadow for my wife) that I stopped mowing some years back (only once every fall) to allow wildflowers to return. A few have but it’s been slow and somewhat monotone, so to goose the process along I’m (or if he really is that big a sucker, my sil) gonna till up a 2′ wide zig zag path thru the area, compost it all, and then sow some wildflower seed I got from High Country Gardens.

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    satby says:

    Good morning! Virtually all the 68 seeds I planted germinated and the delicate stuff I ordered was delivered more than a month early, so my kitchen island is loaded with seed trays and my mini citrus trees under grow lights; my (cold) pantry is hosting bags of tubers kept moist in peat moss; and my dining room south facing window has my potted plants getting lots of sun. I won’t know what to do with all the space I’ll get back when I can finally put it all outside. This morning it’s 26° so I have weeks to wait.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    satby says:

    It is so nice to see garden pictures again, thanks Scout!

    @OzarkHillbilly: I bought a lightweight tiller last year that I want to use to till up the patch of grass in the southern outside perimeter of my yard beyond the fence, and then sow a mix of flower seeds too. Not totally wildflowers, some hollyhocks and other stuff I didn’t get planted last year got tossed into a mix with some wildflower seeds.

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    ola azul says:


    Your guy done good. What else can you ask?

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    satby says:

    @Raven: that patch looks great. Are you thinking that in the future you’ll sand and refinish the whole floor so it all matches?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: All things considered, not bad at all.

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    raven says:

    @ola azul: @satby: @OzarkHillbilly: Yea, I really didn’t know what to expect and, for a rental, this will do fine.

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    Raven says:

    @satby: Maybe, before I saw the end product I was considering paint. Two of the floors in our house are painted and they are just ok. The other thing is that I looked at it when he was gone and asked her if we should be discussing the future with her or both of them and she said “ME”! I’m really glad I asked!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    asked her if we should be discussing the future with her or both of them and she said “ME”! I’m really glad I asked!

    Whew! You dodged a bullet there.

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    Raven says:

    I told her we wanted to make sure to respect her and she sais “you’re the best!”. I don’t know if you caught it yesterday but his dad was here yesterday and it turns out he lived in Champaign when he was working as an electrician on the Clinton Nuke plant in the 70’s. It was really fun talking about the gambling on that job site.

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    SFBayAreaGal says:

    Hi everyone. I have mole problems in my backyard. Any suggestions on how to remove them humanely?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: Gambling on that job site? I am shocked, shocked that there would be gambling on a job site.

    Where’s my winnings?

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    steppy says:

    Things are definitely ramping up here in Southeast Pennsylvania. We planted peas, radishes and lettuce yesterday. We raked up a little patch of dead grass and put down a packet of wildflower seeds that we hope will provide forage for two colonies of bees that we are waiting for our supplier to say are ready.

    One of our three bluebird boxes has a nest (no eggs yet). That may be the earliest for that.

    Plans for the season include cucumbers, green beans, okra, potatoes, and of course tomatoes. We have garlic that has overwintered nicely.

    That’s the plus column. The negative includes a line of asparagus that had been growing for over 30 years. I tried a couple of times to plant replacements, as the old plants had started to peter out, but they never took hold, and I think we may have declare it a loss.

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    Sab says:

    Back when I lived in California i remember when the gophers pulled all of my tomato plants down their holes in the course of one weekend.

    Bastards waited until I thought I would have a decent crop.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @SFBayAreaGal: I don’t know how well it works but my neighbor told me ground clam shells is supposed to work. That is 99% calcium, so I gave her some chicken grit I have for laying hens (pretty sure sea shells are an ingredient) and she spread it around and hasn’t complained to me about them since.

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    Raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Especially a huge union site!

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    satby says:

    @SFBayAreaGal: I’m battling the same issue. I’ve used the sonic stakes and castor oil repellant as well as putting down a grub killer. All are pretty temporary. Info here.
    I’m about to up the stakes because these are some stubborn buggers, so I just bought a more effective grub killer than the nematodes I was using. Hoping this plus more repellant moves the moles elsewhere.

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    Sab says:

    Snow in NE Ohio. Sigh. I thought we had spring this week. Of course winter is never over until it gets to snow on the daffodils.This is known.

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    waratah says:

    Lovely wildflowers to wake up to. Thank you Scout.
    We have some pretty little purple flowers blooming in our grass. So do all the neighbors.

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    satby says:

    @Sab: daffodils are just peeking out of the ground here, even in the sunny south side of my house. Probably won’t see blooms for a couple more weeks 😞

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    Suburban Mom says:

    Here in NJ I’ve planted pansies mixed in with wild phlox in pots to provide some color until the phlox starts to bloom. I also picked up seeds for mustard greens, beets and peas. This will be my the first wave of vegetables that will get replaced by more heat-tolerant stuff later in the spring. I need to get the seeds in the ground this week before I take off on a business trip.

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    Raven says:

    @Sab: the weather at the soccer game in Columbus last night was awful!

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    Sab says:

    @Raven: That’s Columbus GA not Columbus OH, right? Sigh. Oh-hoho has to wait forever for spring then.

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    Raven says:

    @Sab: no , Ohio. The Atlanta team played there last night.

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    Suburban Mom says:

    In other outdoor news there is a very energetic cardinal somewhere in my yard. He’s either lonely or territorial. There are also doves and a bunch of voices I can’t identify. The bird chatter is glorious.

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    Sab says:

    @Raven: Wow. Spouse is determined to see our team play this year. Not going anywhere until tax season over.

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    Sab says:

    I have been ignoring the actual flower pictures posted on the front page. That’s wrong. They are very beautiful.

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    CCL says:

    SFBayAreaGal at #16… I had voles/moles eating my tulips from below. Started planting the stinky fritillararia bulbs (crown imperial variety) – only took about five, which is good as they are expensive. Anyway. It worked and I have been able to enjoy the tulips in my circle garden now for several years… Replace the fritillararia every couple years or so.

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    Mary G says:

    We have a superbloom of wild mustard here in So. OC, the most I have ever seen. Haven’t been able to get a good picture to post, but they cheer me up every day. The sugar snap peas from 2014 came up and started blooming this week. The wildflowers in the front yard were mostly pulled up by some idiot who thought they were weeds.

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    Sab says:

    @CCL: That’s worth knowing. I rather like fritillaria. Didn’t know they had a purpose other than being themselves.

    I might tell our neighbor. My spouse feeds the squirrels, so they like us and our yard. All my cross the street neighbor’s tulips were replanted in my yard by friendly squirrels.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CCL: Just checked at Colorblends and they are $18/100. On your recommendation, I think I’ll pick some up next year.

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    NotMax says:


    Gambling at a nuke plant?

    “‘Fess up, how’d you do?”

    “I only lost an electron.”

    “You’re positive?”


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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @NotMax: You’re going to hell for that.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Woke up to 4 inches of snow yesterday. By dark it was gone. My garden? It’s harvest day.

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    JPL says:

    @CCL: That’s a great idea. I have a friend who had success with solar spikes that emit a sound.

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    CCL says:

    OzarkHillbilly at #36 and Sab… I don’t know about the snakehead variety, as I have tried only the Crown Imperial (colors limited to red or yellow, I think). They really stink. The first time I ordered them I picked up the box from the porch where the delivery man left it and thought the box contained a dead skunk…so beware! Helps with the deer too.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CCL: Thanx. Surprisingly enough for somebody who lives out in the woods, I don’t have any problems with deer. Moles on the other hand… Mostly I just figure they come with the territory. But there are a few locations I’d like to keep them away from.

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    satby says:

    @JPL: I put a couple of those in and the moles just tunnelled around them.

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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: that link says that the snakehead variety bulbs may be eaten by voles and gophers. Assume moles would too.

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    JPL says:

    @satby: lol What I was told was that they just move next door.

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    Sab says:

    @satby: That’s sad. I love my snakeheads, and the squirrels don’t mess with them.

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    MomSense says:

    The snow is melting and it’s pretry muddy outside so no gardening for me.

    I didn’t finish any projects yesterday but I did manage to make a huge mess. Hopefully I’ll finish something today. I really don’t want to put it all away without something to show for the trouble.

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    rikyrah says:

    Nana_49 (@msleen1970) Tweeted:
    Once again guys I’m pleading with you all. I need everyone from every state to donate to Julian Castro so he can make it on the debate stage. Donate whatever you can no matter how small but please spread this message far and wide. He’s a voice that needs to be heard.

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    debbie says:


    We didn’t get snow in central OH, but there were five inches of flooding rain over on the north side of town. Spring, you say? Yesterday, I found a couple of daffodils blooming, but since there weren’t any blooms in many of the other yards I know have them, I’m beginning to fear there will be no spring, that all the rain we’ve had since last fall has rotted out everything.

    ETA: Beautiful wildflowers!

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    satby says:

    @rikyrah: threw in yesterday to him.

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    rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh 😒😒

    Bill Scher (@billscher) Tweeted:
    Remember when @sunrisemvmt shamed @SenFeinstein for telling child-activists the Green New Deal resolution can’t pass the Senate?

    Sunrise co-founder now: “It was never created with the intention of passing”

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    debbie says:


    If they didn’t cancel the game, they played in a fucking monsoon.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I made the mistake of donating twice — I didn’t realize it had to be different people each time!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: :-(

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    LivinginExile says:

    Planted 100 bare root strawberry plants wednesday. Fruit trees pruned and sprayed. Two pecan trees and another fig tree planted. Now just wait for warm weather. This week is suppose to warm up in West central illinois.

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    jeffreyw says:

    No Jumping Frog? I am dissapoint!

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    satby says:

    @JPL: that’s pretty much what all the repellants do: makes the nuisance animal move on to a new place. I’ve had the most luck with the castor oil sprays, which I can make myself because I always have it on hand for soapmaking. Right now I also have grubs eating my lawn, so stepping up the fight against them should also send the moles to a better site for food. For a while anyway.

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    MattF says:

    No garden at my condo (although I’ve done various indoor plants in the past) but there’s a ‘tulip tree’ in the back-courtyard that’s on the verge of blooming.

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    JPL says:

    This morning a Fox news chryon stated that Trump cuts U.S aid to 3 Mexican Countries


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    satby says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I know, that’s the only variety of fritillaria I like.

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    satby says:

    @JPL: all the brown people look alike to Fox viewers 😣

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    debbie says:


    even if he had the power to do that, it would just make things worse. :(

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    @JPL: Seriously? The stupid, it burns.

    ETA: Ie, how many stupid Fox employees can dance the head of a pin? Answer: an apparently infinite number.

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    satby says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: that’s not stupid, that’s deliberate propaganda.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: And we wonder why 47% of Americans are so ill informed.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @debbie: As DEMs are pointing out, but there is little hope that they can repair the stupid.

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    satby says:

    I’m trying to tempt the birds away from their newly discovered love of cat chow by putting a suet cake on the porch next to the kitty bowl. So far not working at all 😕. And there’s neighborhood cats depending on that food so I can’t just take it in for a few days.

    In other news, the dog I thought was abandoned by his evicted owners seems not to be; I think they’re coming back late at night and squatting in the house. There were two pickups parked behind the house overnight.

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    debbie says:


    Attorneys must be making out like actual bandits!

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    Immanentize says:

    Beautiful flowers to brighten the day.

    Things are starting to wake up here. I have some few crocuses in bloom and the day lilies and tulips near the dryer vent have poked up. Didn’t get to the tilling yesterday. Perhaps today.

    My cat catches voles and moles. I don’t see many signs in our yard. But what Ozark said above — diatomaceous earth spread at every open hole really helps. It is crushed sea shells and is a big irritant (like fine glass) to moles and various bad ground insects like borers in the garden. At least it has helped for me.

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    PAM Dirac says:

    It got up to 74 yesterday here in Maryland. The weather has been at least in shouting distance of spring. I got all the first pass pruning in my vineyard finished. So far the vines look like they survived the deluge of last year pretty well, cuts showing green wood, buds are swelling. Fingers crossed for a warm and relatively dry next few months. Lots of other stuff showing signs of life, but not quite out yet. The lilacs are just barely starting to leaf out as are a lot of the trees. Daffodils are mostly up, but only a few flowers. I’m not sure if that is the weather or the fact that they were planted 6-8 years ago and I haven’t done anything to keep them up. The peas and spinach in the vegetable garden are planted, but not showing signs of life yet. I’m very ready to be done with the half-assed 45 degree nonsense and get on to real spring and everything growing the way they are supposed to.

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    germy says:

    Cats should be killed to save Earth's most endangered species from extinction, scientists say— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 30, 2019

    Scientists should be covered in catnip and tuna juice and shredded into little bits, cats say— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 30, 2019

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    My garden is under a couple of inches of snow as we speak. ☹️ It’s supposed to go away soon but forcast is for a lot of “April showers”.

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    germy says:

    My latest obsession is looking up pictures of smol, floofy birds who look like they are balls of pure anger, ready to fuck your shit up.— schrödinger's cat. (@nehathemartian) March 29, 2019

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    Immanentize says:

    Not our Schrodinger’s Cat I presume.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Immanentize: Could be. This one appears to be Indian and while I don’t know what our SCat has degrees in, I do know she is well versed in physics and mathematics.

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    germy says:

    @Immanentize: I don’t know.

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    oldgold says:

    I attended a political forum yesterday.
    Julián Castro, John Delaney, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Tim Ryan were present.

    There were 700 to 800 people present. I had an opportunity to mix with quite a few of the attendees.

    Given it was a Democratic Party event, there was no consensus on anything; except for this, as captured in one sentence uttered by an older man I visited with at the post-forum reception,”We have to find someone who will beat that no good son-of-a-bitch.”

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    tobie says:

    Thank you, scout, for the pictures. I’ve been trying to grow meadow flowers for years and even if I have success one year, it never seems to last. You are an inspiration! I shall try again.

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    Barbara says:

    @rikyrah: For you, I’ll do it. As I have said before I am extremely reluctant to go all in (i.e., donate) for candidates that have not held statewide office, however, I think Castro has been around for long enough that we know enough about him to know that he is what he appears to be. I have signed up to make repeating donations to Harris and Warren. I am glad I missed the brouhaha* about Buttigieg. I don’t like the “white male savior” aspect of his candidacy but I am keeping an open mind and don’t want to get too involved in disputes over individual candidates just yet.

    “Although we borrowed our spelling and meaning of brouhaha directly from French in the late 19th century, etymologists have connected the French derivation to that frequently recited Hebrew phrase, distorted to something like brouhaha by worshippers whose knowledge of Hebrew was limited. Thus, once out of the synagogue, the word first meant “a noisy confusion of sound” – a sense that was later extended to refer to any tumultuous and confused situation.”


    I did a bunch of yard work yesterday and lucky me I get to wrap up a few things at work today, while it is raining.

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    Aleta says:

    The fall of a falcon smuggler at Financial Times

    Data from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), show that between 2007 and 2017 the number of birds of prey exported globally doubled to about 12,000. Many of those were imported by the UAE, the world’s biggest single importer of birds of prey. The UK, conversely, is the world’s biggest exporter. A single female peregrine falcon is reported to fetch upwards of £5,000.

    Guy Shorrock, senior investigations officer at the RSPB, believes that the booming market in captive-bred birds has encouraged the theft of birds from the wild, as wild-taken birds can be laundered — assigned putative captive-bred parents in order to acquire licences — and sold through the legal market.

    “If you’re already a peregrine breeder and you can breed peregrines relatively well, you can supplement your lawful breeding stock with some wild-taken birds and very quickly make a lot of extra money,” he says.

    But Lendrum has a different approach. Instead of laundering birds through the legal market, he has often strapped their live eggs to his body and navigated commercial air routes.

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    Barbara says:

    @Aleta: He can’t fall far enough as far as I am concerned.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @CCL: I’ve given up on tulips here, as the deer eat the shoots pretty much as soon as they’re up. They don’t like daffodils, though.

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    debbie says:


    It has to be. Physics teacher, I believe.

    If you see this, SC, great birdies!

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    Avalune says:

    Nothing is happening in my garden because I live in a stupid apartment! Also I’m a bad plant mommy and can’t seem to get potted gardens to go that great although when we were in Italy it worked pretty well. I do have a couple house plants I’ve managed to keep alive? Counts right? I might even try to get some cuttings from the pothos to take.

    We were actually supposed to go to a nursery this weekend but I forgot because it was so gorgeous yesterday and I was so busy walking with Leto or drawing Alpacas as movie characters… oops? I have a couple days off this week for his appointments – maybe we will do it then. I think he wants to try to put some things in our porch planters.

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    Leto says:

    @steppy: *waves* Hello fellow SE PA resident!!! I’d love to have the space to have some bee hives, bird boxes, or a garden. (I really, really want bees) As Avalune noted above, we’re in an apartment so we’re limited to our planters. They’re big planters so I plan to pack them with plenty of nice looking flowers, some herbs, and tomatoes. I think it will be especially good for my rehab plus I miss having flowers to tend to.

    Also if you’re having an issue with asparagus, like you can’t eat all of it, I will gladly volunteer to help out 😂😀

    Scout211: those are great pictures! Hope to see more in the future.

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    Six inches of wet snow is what is going on. The robins are like, I flew north for this?

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    Barbara says:

    @BruceFromOhio: Most robins don’t fly south. That’s why they seem to come back so early.

    Although robins are considered harbingers of spring, many American Robins spend the whole winter in their breeding range. But because they spend more time roosting in trees and less time in your yard, you’re much less likely to see them.


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    StringOnAStick says:

    We had 6″ of snow over Friday night but most of it melted yesterday. The many mini daffodils seem unaffected, they all bloomed last week. I love the mini ‘s and they match the scale of the garden, plus they are super early so you get cheerful color just when you really need it.

    Our sister kitties are officially 1.5 years old and were playing up an absolute storm this morning. I’m still sleeping on the couch post-knee replacement because it’s softer and I can only sleep on my back right now, so they spend the night in the back of the couch observing me. Sometimes the smaller one cuddles on my chest for a bit, making tiny squeaky noises of happiness. I’m going to try going back to work Wednesday, but I’m not looking forward to it, I think it’s going to be very difficult.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @debbie: Looking at the linked Twitter feed, I doubt the Twitter SC is the same as the Balloon Juice SC. The Twitter SC talks a lot about LGBT issues, and she identifies as queer. The Balloon Juice SC has mentioned her husband a few times and does not to be focused on LGBT issues.

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    Barbara says:

    @StringOnAStick: Wishing you a rapidly continuing recovery. My father in law found his first knee replacement to be so difficult he refused to get the other one done. He was 81 at the time.

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    debbie says:

    @Jerzy Russian:

    Oops, never got past the birdies.

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    dww44 says:

    @Raven: Climate change may force the Masters to move back a week or so, perhaps, as I’ve also observed that the azaleas are pretty much gone by Masters week. At mostly the same latitude our azaleas are just past peak, which was less than what it was gonna be, thanks to what for us were overnight mid 20’s freezes back on March 6 and 7 that killed many of the blooms. Our cherry trees were past peak about a week ago. We could also use some rain to wash away the excessive pollen.

    It has become increasingly harder for Republicans in these parts to remain in denial about climate change. Very warm winters with late freezes. Far more frequent tornadoes than we’ve been accustomed to, and back to back hurricanes in 2017 and 2018 that destroyed crops in the Southwest part of the state.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Dafs are up in the NW corner of the back yard. Waiting for the ones on the N side of the brick shed at the bottom of the yard – they’ve been coming in since I got here >30 yrs back & will likely (cross fingers) be along as the air gets warmer & the sun higher. Then we’ll see if summer can coax a few more roses out of the scraggly bush also left by previous residents.

    (My input to all this is nonexistent. I have a gray thumb & the vegetation is safer if I don’t try to mess with it.)

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    Immanentize says:

    I thought that poster used the word “fuck” more than you tend to. But the math, physics and angry bird pics certainly could be in character.

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    laura says:

    @JPL: the raised bed is almost weed free after hours of pulling yesterday. Mexican sages and hydrangeas all trimmed back. All the rain has made for soft, yielding soil and we’re hitting the farmers market and garden store this morning.
    The wildflower bloom is lush and we’ve got painted lady butterflies commuting through town right now.
    It is heaven.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    State of the Union @ CNNSotu
    “The issue here is not whether it’s ethical,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says about Trump campaign contacts with Russia. CNNSOTU

    Trump’s acting Minister of All Things: “Sure the president is sleaze bag, but we’d only need one MAGAt in the jury box to get him acquitted!”

    Matthew Yglesias @ mattyglesias
    “Unethical, but not provably illegal beyond all reasonable doubt” is pretty much the hallmark of Trump’s entire business career.

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    mad citizen says:

    @dww44: In case you missed this link, an informed jackal (is there any other kind?) posted a couple weeks back:

    I found it illuminating and frightening. If the dry line keeps moving east, the U.S. farmland is doomed.


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    @Immanentize: If you check my comments before Orange became President, you will find little swearing and no fucks.

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    realbtl says:

    Here in MT Spring means the winter kill starts to emerge from the melt. Which leads to the dog bringing me about #2 of rotten intestines (deer?) Which leads to $500 emergency vet visit. Fun times.

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    Duane says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Trumpov’s reign of error is enough to make a saint curse. Well, at least you still have plenty of fucks to give.//

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    There are raised flower beds that residents can claim here. This week, they uncovered them. Spring must be on the way.

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    Fisheye Milky Way shot, I think the star trailing at the edges is due to lens distortion.

    (20 shots, 30 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100).

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    J R in WV says:

    Spent most of Saturday running errands in town, it was 83 and bright sunny, I wore shorts and a tee, it was actually a little too warm when busy. Macy’s is closing, massive sale, people from OH and KY and VA came in for the closing sale. If they had that many shoppers routinely, would never have closed!

    Yards woods — we have had daffydills since it was still snowing a lot… they’re beginning to fade. There are like a couple of thousand along the driveway, there was an old bed by the now gone old farmhouse that hadn’t been tended for so long, packed too tight, never bloomed, so we dug them up and put them along the driveway.

    The Dog-tooth violets have been up for a while, and yesterday we saw the first tiny stalk and bloom, it rained hard overnight, which was needed, and I imagine the violets (which they aren’t, just the name) will in in full force today or tomorrow.

    Out back we have a big patch of blue-bell type flowers, they’re up and about to bloom. They’re in around big rocks with a tiny path through. We used to have tiny wild iris on top of some of the biggest boulders, but they seem to have faded away, much as the trillium has and jack in the pulpits. They came and went I guess.

    Today is supposed to be cool and partly cloudy, may get out and pour liquid fertilizer on the ferns… oh yeah, wife planted some ostrich ferns a couple of years ago, they’re up, just about 6 inches on the bigger one so far, they’re supposed to get really big, if we can keep the dog from lying in there! Lots of native ferns, so she has gone in for 3 or 4 more exotic ferns around the house and steps.

    Neither of us is particularly green thumb, we just try and try, some of it works, we’re good at moss on boulders!

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    Chacal Charles Calthrop says:

    @Leto: you could do what certain enterprising east villagers did: establish a hive on the roof. This gives you both the joy of keeping bees and ensures your landlord will never go to the roof, which can now become your exclusive outdoor space. Win-win!
    (Of course, this assumes both an easily accessible roof and a parapet or a railing. But if you can get away with it, your building’s roof garden belongs to you & your friends.)

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    West of the Rockies says:


    But what if it’s Parallel Universe You? Fauxdinger’s Cat!

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    J R in WV says:


    Our dogs love the deer season — they quit eating their DF kibble, which they normally love, and subsist on dead deer for 6 or 8 weeks. The big dog gained 15 pounds, no way to keep her from coming back smelling vaguely dead and passing out from too full. I won’t mention the other smells any further.

    Never had to take them to a vet for it, though… so far.

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    eclare says:

    @StringOnAStick: That seems awfully fast! Sweet kitties.

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    @West of the Rockies:

    But what if it’s Parallel Universe You?

    A place where the mustard is NOT a myth.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    @Barbara: I can see why he doesn’t want to do the other, for sure. I’m 60 and I’m considering doing the other one next spring once I’m completely recovered from this and back to my sports, mainly because I know it will just get harder to recover from as I get older. I participated in a clinical trial for a meniscus replacement in the other knee 3 years ago and the arthritis burn is now there are getting worse so I don’t think it was worth jt.

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    Leto says:

    @Chacal Charles Calthrop: We don’t have access to the roof because it’s a regular pitched roof, not a flat one like in NYC. If I had my druthers, I’d have a roof like the one I had when I was stationed at Eskan Village, Saudi Arabi: similar to an east village roof but higher walls all the way around, built in benches and places for grills. The roof was meant as another living space. It’d be perfect for gardening and bee keeping.

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