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Friday Food and Flower Posting, For You, Bruce D!

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Our good friend Bruce D was teasing me about being such a flower-oriented poster, so I'm very happy to finally include some of the early performing veggies in today's garden post. Lots of pics, slow for dial up, and damn! Just try to make me slide into a bad mood today, nah. gunna. happen. Not with this much blooming and sunshine.

0523081756 Today's Mystery Bloom! I'm so sorry I can't seem to do it photojustice. Seriously, it's so delicate and lovely, and after waiting all last year with no results, it's esp satisfying to see it turn on now.

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From one of my Free Flirt-Based rhodos. Flirting Pays, I'm tellin ya. Try it on your local nursery people; they throw away a lot of plants too old to sell.

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Onions! I've got Onions! Like, 200 or so, in two beds. They can handle shade, so if you don't have enough sun, put the onions in a slightly more shaded area and they'll be fine.

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"Gold Bullion" is useful for several reasons. It's very hardy, it can handle some shade, and it's got a wonderful and interesting 'spider' bloom as well as yellow-gold leaves. For contrast with more traditional blooms, it's great.

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White Tulips are very nice. This one is huge, and b/c of the lack of rain, it's still going.

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Volunteer Violas, you can almost smell the butter. Violas are some of my favs, so many colors, so hardy, and they come back in unexpected and hard to grow places.

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Columbine, from seed. Another hardy, easy to grow, shade tolerant, comes in lots of colors, early performer. I'm a sucker for any variegated stuff, and Columbines always come thru.

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This isn't "Martha Washington" geranium, but it's close and a lot cheaper. Again with the variegated colors, how could I refuse?

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Tomatilla Totem, courtesy of my good Marine Corps friend Dog. He talked me into trying one this year, and I'm already glad. We'll share some fresh salsa soon, Bro!

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Dangerous Ducklings. Seriously. These are the baby ducks from my single Duck's Blood plant. Fuck me, they are everywhere. Which is fine, I've still got big spaces to fill and I'll lift them and move em. But I'm going to have to find a productive use for this cultivar. Because I'm going to have them, forever and ever and ever...

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Melons. I do love melon, and I'm growing a boat load this year. They freeze well, so I can't have too many and look forward to the mid-winter when I'm eating mine and making smoothies out of them while the rest of you sadly walk by the hothouse kind in the big box store you can't afford b/c they are 30$ a piece, thanks to high gas/food transport costs.

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I'm calling this one the Shy Black Bitch. Shy because she won't open, like a dyke on a date with a frat boy. Black b/c of the lovely dark color against the white, kind of shocking for a tulip. Bitch because unlike the other 12 I put in last year, this is the only one with What It Takes to fend off the evil squirrels. I think I'm in love.

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Strawberries! I've got them all over the place, these are the giant supersweet kind but mostly I've got the alpine smaller variety. Does anyone know if the two will cross-fertilize/pollinate/interbreed/hybridize?

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One of the six kinds of lettuce I've put in, only the Arugala is bigger. I think this is mescalin, and will come in (or so they say) in about 60 days. Smart growers can have lettuce all year round, even in snowy climes. I'll talk about that later.

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Scotch Moss. @#%$@#$@# Chinese Elm babies littered all over that, sorry. Can you say "firewood?" Man, I'm telling you: I now know why living in a maple forest is the only way to go. Some trees make such a fucking mess. This moss does really well in tough, shady conditions and is a wonderful light green. Makes a very small white flower, hopefully soon.

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Can you see the Fairy in there? If you look with open eyes, she's dancing for you.

Have a great day everyone. It's time for me to get to Work, and I thank the Goddess for allowing me to be outside today after several days of cold and rain. I hope you can get outside too.

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Submitted by BoGardiner on

Nice, very nice, CD.

Your ethereal mystery flower looks like Carolina wild petunia, Ruellia caroliniensis, which I too love. I can't tell from the picture what the leaves look like to be sure; see if they match at http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeak...

BTW, the most amazing wildflower ID book, hands down, is Newcomb's. Works like a charm.

Your photo utterly sold me on your Gold Bullion cornflower. It's perfect for my new "jewel tones with tropical and gold accents, dominated by blue" bed.

Submitted by lambert on

Good data.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by elixir on

I think my whole yard needs a dose of hydrated lime - or at least that's what I've been told by Mom. Very acid soil and lots of fill, yuk.

Your garden looks fabuloso. Thanks for the pictures.

I love this job!

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Submitted by Swift Loris on

Mescaline is the hallucinogenic susbstance found in certain kinds of cactus. I think the word you're looking for may be "mesclun," but mesclun isn't a type of lettuce, it refers to a salad mix of several different types of greens.

According to Wikipedia:

"Mesclun is a salad mix of assorted small, young salad leaves. The mix varies depending on the source, but it may include lettuces, spinach, arugula (rocket), Swiss chard, mustard greens, endive, dandelion, frisée, mizuna, oak leaf, mâche, radicchio, sorrel, and/or other leafy vegetables."

Not that it wouldn't be nice to have a salad laced with mescaline...

Very impressive results, in any case!

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

um, i am in no way thinking about drugs like that. actually, i'm serious. those sorts of drugs are Right Out for an already basket case like me.

as i'm fond of saying over at the Crack Den: i can't spell, typing is a skill i've never mastered, i'm highly dyslexic, and lots of times i'm just not paying attention. you know what's even funnier? i at first typed "meschaline" which is the name of the First Woman in a fav scifi book of mine. so clearly: my brain is a mess and you should *always* check what ever it is i'm saying, it's very likey fucked up in some way.

thanks for the correction.

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Submitted by bringiton on

Thank you so very much. Lovely, charming, delicious. So good of you to take the time to share.

Oh, and squirrels. You do know they're edible? And available at a nominal price! Goes with the whole self-sustaining theme, IMHO.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

why don't you come over and let's, um, shoot and roast some? i won't make you sleep outside. hehe.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

i knew i knew (not) what it was. yes, i planted "flax" last year. nice to know it survived. seriously, thanks. it's marked.

Submitted by brucedixon on

mmmmm. Nice.

Spent the weekend hauling mulch which Cobb County GA gives away for free, breaking ground and transplanting. Not checking email or the internet or voicemail, not writing.

I did listen to some stuff which makes me wonder if I did the right thing applying the free compost Cobb County gives away to some of my veggies. It seems that sludge --- the solids left over after your water purification plant does its thing, is a component of most composts originating from local governments.

Sludge contains any and every thing that is in a sewer, from parking lot runnoffs to pharmaceuticals to oil and heavy metals. Nobody is required to test for many of these things, and to further muddy the waters the EPA has reclassified sludge as "compost", while the water treatment industry has rebranded sludge, and now calls it "biolsolids".

Makes me wonder if I can feed the tomatoes to my grandchild this summer.

Bruce Dixon
www.blackagendareport.com