Wednesday, August 26, 2009



Visit me, I'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


I have started adding comments to my new site...if you'd like to see them here's the address:

The name of the new site is:


Hope to see you there ☺

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's happening!

Remember a while back I posted a few lines under the heading "One too many (gardening) fools"?

Well, I found out that the process of importing/exporting a blog is not a walk in the park. It is very time consuming...but I'd do anything not to be confused with the site listed in Dr. Phil's website.

I am in the process of switching this here blog to this new site:

The blog's name will be "Get Soiled" but I could not see myself forking more than 10 bucks for a website and to buy that domain would have been outside the budget.

The most time-consuming part is reformatting the blog as this one (colors, fonts, sizes, etc.) and manually copying all of the stuff on this blog's sidebar. Lemme tell ya, it is a P-A-I-N, but that's how much I dislike Dr. Phil ☺...professionally speaking at least. Perhaps the guy is a terrific person to those closest to him...benefit of the doubt.

Anyway, this process should be completed by this week's end.

I noticed that I have some "followers" (a feature I chose not to list on the sidebar) something that still blows my mind, anyway, to those of you kind enough to follow me you might want to switch to the new address sometime next week.

Thank you all (all three of you...or is it two? ☺) for your patience with this change, and for continuing to visit in spite of my pachydermal sense of tact when speaking of likes and dislikes & in spite of the many blurry and out of focus photographs.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The making of more butterflies

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The George Constansa of Monarchs

You'd only get this title if you are a fan of Seinfeld and saw one particular episode...
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Disobedient vine

For the millionth time little vine...It is around the column you must go!
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This one is one of the few remaining brown turkey figs. The beach sunflowers next to the fig tree will give you an idea of the scale of our mini-orchard. Yes, most trees we still look down to (in a physical way, not pejoratively speaking).

We also have a taller fig, about 6 feet, but it is new to our garden and it has not produced fruit yet.

Bumper crops, where are thou?
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Where did these come from????

Hum. Not complaining here...but puzzled. I guess this is the kind of surprise a gardener who loses all its seedlings' labels get, eh?

They do look tasty, and I know that whatever they are, they surely are heirloom tomatoes. So seed saving is in my future.
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GE Eucaliptus trees field trial about to be approved

Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees might soon be part of your landscape if you live in a colder climate.

And, no, this is not a good thing.

Eucalyptus trees have been known to become pests and destroy ecosystems in certain areas of the US (e.g., California).

This field study puts existing trees (and their ecosystems) at risk as we have no idea how they will respond to this highly unnatural introduction.

To read more and to take action (PLEASE, DO TAKE ACTION BEFORE JULY 6th) click here.

Thank you.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

'Roid Lizard

I found this dinosaur-looking guy today.

I had never seen one of these before and I found it to be quite the stud so I went nuts with the camera.

Bear with me while I punish you with eight hundred photos of him.
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I could not get a better photo of those fang-like white things coming out of what it seems to be his nose. I thought those where quite unique. Also, he was sticking his tongue out at me...but I could not catch it well can kinda see his pink tongue here a bit.
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Buddleia davidii

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Barbados cherries & blooms

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Seen & heard this morning: Monarchy and Populace


Get it?

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...and populace...

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