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Community gardens around the world

I spend a lot of time looking at aerial photography and maps for work, and I love discovering the signatures of certain features.  It’s like a puzzle.  If you’ve flown in an airplane you’ve played the same game, identifying a river and its tributaries, the strange shapes of  ...

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All grown up!

The [presumed] Euplectrus wasps emerged after just a few days. The pupae weren’t much to see, they were little specks in the dried up husk of the caterpillar. The adults are, well, not exactly majestic, but here they are.  There were 6 or 8 of them. On the plastic film on the mason jar  ...

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Huevitos

I was in the yard after work today looking at all the holes in the hackberry leaves. It reminded me of all the caterpillar frass I had seen on a walk this week under a hackberry, and I decided that if there are really that many caterpillars in the tree, I should be able to find one. I pretended  ...

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Flippin Retire

I saw this on Adaptive Reuse and had to repost. Flippin Retire makes tire planters that are super-cute and modern. I haven’t gotten my hands on one yet, but it looks like they are selling planters at their garage sale tomorrow, and they look really reasonably priced! Click on the News  ...

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The new fountain and a mystery

When we got married last year, my aunt wanted to get us a gift and I suggested a birdbath. She lives in NYC and we live here, so that was logistically probably not the best choice. But I took advantage when my parents came to town and they helped me pick something out. I love it! We might need  ...

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Spring rains

Bring lots of these But, hopefully, also lots of these Our peach tree’s branches are almost touching the ground because they are so heavy with fruit. I hope I get them before the bugs and the squirrels and birds do! Yum yum. I happened by a garage sale and plant sale this morning and got  ...

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Wildflower Center spring sale

I have usually gone to the members-only preview sales, but I just couldn’t make it all the way down there on Friday afternoon.  Saturday was CRAZY.  Actually, I don’t think the crowds were there for the sale but it was a mob nonetheless.  I couldn’t leave without a bluebonnet  ...

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