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February 22, 2020

Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread 2/22/20 [KT]


Hello, gardeners, putterers and winter dreamers! 40 miles north sent in the lovely photo of Vinca major above. It was an extra-large flower, so he thought we might like to see it. Lovely. Geometric. There are a couple more plant photos below.

Meanwhile, Larro had some interesting visitors:

My wife heard a scratching at front door, and thought I wanted in. I was in the back; this fellow was looking for a hideout on our front porch.

Yeah, I tried to coax him down and got a sound similar to a buzzsaw that made me feel like cheap plywood.... danger Will Robinson!!! Back off!



This bird shows up in backyard to go fishing.


In late January and early February, he got visitors around his bird feeder. Care to identify them?




He says the doves usually stay on the ground under the feeder.


And daddy cardinal won't approach. At least while people are looking.


It has snowed in Northern Texas since then.

In other critter news, watch out for florida snake orgies.

Here are the other plants that 40 miles north has got goin' in California:

My penstemons are difficult to photograph because the flowers are usually pointed downward, and mine often need additional weeding and deadheading to become photograph-ready.

I believe these are Penstemon Barbaratus.


I have three tomatos that survived the winter, including a San Marzano that decided it's spring:


Have you picked your tomato varieties for this year? San Marzano is a good paste type if you have the right climate for it.


Scott Johnson thinks he may know where thespian Mike Bloomberg may have gotten his impression that farming is simple. There is some commentary by Victor Davis Hanson, an actual farmer, at the link above.

Professional Photography

My Modern Met did their picks for the best photos of 2019. There's a wet plate photo of Greta. Think it must have used some toxic chemicals. I've seen better wet plates. But I've never had any experience with wet plates myself. Ever taken, developed or printed a plate photo of any kind?

Anyway, this little guy is kinda cute. The Dutch photographer sells wall art, so you can get a big print if you want.


There are some great photos at the link. I like the hummingbird.

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