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Plantidote of the Day 2010-11-23

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Winter in Southern California ... you can tell because the azaleas are in bloom. Not to gloat too much :-) but the red camellias are starting to open, too. Okay, I'll shut up now.

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Submitted by bungalowkitchens on

so to make people in lousy climates feel better, there's this: In California, year-round weeding. (As one of my neighbors once said, "Gardening in California, it's all about killing things.")

Submitted by scoff on

is 80.

I saw bumblebees still at work harvesting pollen a few days ago. All kinds of plants are still flowering.

Azaleas are very popular in this area, too. The one depicted is gorgeous.

An article on the Atlantic Monthly website you might find interesting:

Up to 80% of apple varieties are in danger of vanishing. The loss of bio-diversity is ominous, and growing daily.

Biodiversity loss seen as greater financial risk than terrorism, says UN

"The financial risks posed by the loss of species and ecosystems have risen sharply and are becoming a greater concern for businesses than international terrorism, according to a United Nations report released today."

Also, from wikipedia:

"During the last century, decreases in biodiversity have been increasingly observed. 30% of all natural species will be extinct by 2050. Of these, about one eighth of known plant species are threatened with extinction. Some estimates put the loss at up to 140,000 species per year (based on Species-area theory) and subject to discussion. This figure indicates unsustainable ecological practices, because only a small number of species evolve each year. Almost all scientists acknowledge that the rate of species loss is greater now than at any time in human history, with extinctions occurring at rates hundreds of times higher than background extinction rates."

[emphasis mine]

Submitted by libbyliberal on

twig, thank you and team for being messengers of Nature's aesthetic relief.

first thing that pops out at corrente and we need it badly with all the evil madness about amidst the M(onsters)OTU.

even closer to home or rather work, my workplace has suddenly exploded with new stress. what with layoffs that happened and the Damocles sword ever-hanging over each of our heads, and the trickling up profits, it would seem, we seem to be going full out sweat-shoppy. I like to feel useful as an employee, but this week has felt like I am Lucy and Ethel at the chocolates factory. Sigh. Amazing what some empathy would do to help from the top but that is in short supply. Empathy for REALITY? That is expecting too much in patriarchal corporate systems it would seem. Important as an individual to learn ways to keep stress at bay.

and am still fighting tail end of cold and flu. So, your flowers and the reminder to go seek them out and Nature -- in NYC to me that means Central Park or just out walking by the vendor displays in front of the small storefronts and actually appreciating the beauty -- savor it wherever it lays, is IMPORTANT to the spirit!

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Submitted by twig on

hope you feel better soon. What with the job and the cold, it sounds like you're getting it from every direction. I'm glad Plantidote is a little helpful in that regard!