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Garden Notes (1)

Bre Strobel

Garden notes (from a novice):

1) Worried I waited a little too long to get these things planted, but I know better than to not try. If you think you can’t go from shriveling to thriving, just wait. Put those babies in the ground and see what some space, sun, nutrients, water, and time will do.

2) Remember that the pumpkins died TWICE. Once from frost and again from forgetting to water them in a drought. We thought they were done. Look at them! The picture does their bushiness no justice. They are majestic.

3) If you don’t keep redirecting the tomatoes they will grow sideways out of their cage and knock the thing over. Setting that all right will mean breakage for some of that tomato growth. Keep those vines in check routinely for best results.

4) Save some seeds for later. If you plant them all at once…

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Down Tools

 

Ralph's Biscuits

The trees have got lazy these past days

Last week they violently pushed air along

Now their limbs reach out static and lifeless

Or droop down, spindly branches hang long

It’s much better when they choose to do this

Being outdoors is a fantastic treat

Sun beats down, birds sing sharp and tuneful

As I doze into daydreams so sweet

Ralph 08/6/21

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The sky!

 

THE CREATIVE PENN

On some days the sky is blue,
On another, more of a dull hue;

On some, its just plain old fluzzy,
With a tinge of vanilla and a dash of sunny;

Yet the best days are when the sky lights up,
With splashes of orange and gold,
A blend of bright and bold.
Infused with courage and hope;

Its on those days,
I feel like myself;
Its on those days,
I can be myself!

-Diya.J

#poet #writer #poetsofinstagram #diyajain #instagram #sky #hues #sunshine #artist

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The Spray of May

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The hawthorn is one of Britain’s most beloved native trees. Actually, it is two trees: the common hawthorn Cratægus monogyna and the midland hawthorn Cratægus lævigata. Commonly found in hedgerows as well as free-standing, the hawthorn holds a time-honoured place in British history as a symbol of May and by extension springtime and rebirth. When spring begins, its subtle warmth coaxing the first verdant shoots out of the earth, the hawthorn begins to bedeck itself again with leaves shed half a year earlier. Buds form, poised to create a delight of British springtime: the May.

‘May’ is a folk name for the gorgeous white raiment that adorns the hawthorn, typically from mid-spring to early autumn. The spray of flowers is so closely associated with the month of May, almost always blooming at the start of that month, that it shares its name with it. The impact of seeing the…

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Garden Log, end of May

 

Fox Cottage

Not much got done in the way of gardening between May 23-28, so this week’s log is extending to include Memorial Day Weekend.

Saturday and Sunday nights of Memorial weekend hinted at a possible last frost, which thankfully did not come to my location. Memorial Day Monday wound up being perfect for getting seedlings into the ground: consistently overcast and a high of only 70.

Lesson Learned

Low germination rates due to waterlogged seed trays.

Over the prior week I realized I was keeping my seed trays overwatered. Here I was thought I was being oh-so-diligent, but not allowing the water in the trays to work their way up the soil and then evaporate led to lots of green algae on the surface and many seeds sogging up and rotting in the cell, so my germination rate for many things was pretty low. Other seeds, thankfully, were forgiving.

The empty…

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April a month of sunshine and drought (April weather report as seen in local newspapers)

March and April have been so bad this year, it looked like those months themselves were caught by Covid. Raindrops kept falling on our heads but the other heavy rainfalls and hailstorms did not bring enough water into the ground so that we still have to face the already three years shortage of groundwater level.

Often people want to see the neighbours green grass, thinking it is much greener. Though we know better, it sometimes gives comfort to look at some other weather reports, showing us that we are not alone sitting in a deep pit.

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To remember

  • April 2021 = driest in Leicestershire since 1938.
  • Normally 50mm of rain during month of April > 2.5mm
  • Mountsorrel > 2.2mm = 4% of average
  • Hinckley > 3.6mm = 7% of average
  • 26 days of the month totally dry for them whilst here we had several days we saw some raindrops, but not really raining. Just to get wet
  •  a few isolated snow showers on 3 days + showers on the 28th making up the small totals. I
  • exceptionally sunny month > 209 hours recorded at Cosby = 39% above normal. =>2° sunniest April ever recorded in the county

Phil's Weather Blog

April 2021 was the driest in Leicestershire since 1938. Normally we would expect 50mm of rain during the month but this April Dave in Cosby recorded just 2.5mm the driest for 83 years way back to 1938 in his long standing weather records going back to 1836, most of which were recorded at the Towers hospital site in Leicester before he started his own records in Cosby in 1959. At Mountsorrel I recorded just 2.2mm just 4% of average and Dean Whitaker at Hinckley recorded just 3.6mm just 7% of average. 26 days of the month were totally dry with just a few isolated snow showers on 3 days and showers on the 28th making up the small totals. It was also an exceptionally sunny month with 209 hours recorded at Cosby which was 39% above normal. The sunniest day was the 22nd when Dave recorded 14 hours the maximum possible…

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Tulip Ode

 

Poems by Israela

Only time can pry
you open, rain in April,
skirt-wearing 
weather. Standing
one-stalked with
pale legs, the audacity
to be yellow
in March. Each
year, new bulbs
rise through blades 
of grass. In May,
we will wilt—
what makes spring
is the moment
of intersection
between budding
and dying, which
is fleeting 
but certain—
that the Earth 
will tilt 
on its axis 
just so, 
that one kiss
will someday
be our last. It always comes,
I always come,
to wait.

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Top 9 sustainability practices of nature that you should practice

Top 9 sustainability practices of nature that you should practice – by Godwin Terhemba Ihagh

We may refer to nature as the unseen power that makes all forms of life and natural activities function on Earth. Nature has been handling enormous environmental changes on Earth for about 3.5 billion years; that’s why many environmental experts say that when the Earth faces problematic environmental changes, we should observe and learn how to use nature’s methods/practices to handle such changes.

In order to sustain our mental and emotional health, and have good control over our environment, children, restaurants, homes, hotels, businesses, construction industries, and many other areas of life, we can learn and apply the incredible ways nature has employed in sustaining the variety of life on the Earth, especially in the midst of catastrophic environmental changes.

“top 9 sustainability practices of nature”:

1. Nature’s practice of relying on solar energy:

2. Nature’s practice of being diverse:

3. Nature’s practice of recycling without wasting:

4. Nature’s practice of silence:

5. Nature’s practice of never being in a hurry

6. Nature’s practice of being positive — or not worrying:

7. Nature’s practice of being flexible and fully fit: Being flexible will increase your ability to adapt and survive in any situation.

8. Nature’s practice of being selfless and caring

9. Nature’s practice of not being extravagant

Read more about it: Top 9 sustainability practices of nature that you should practice

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a braccetto

Solo podemos esperar que el sol de primavera proporcione información sobre las distancias sociales que deben mantenerse para que, con mucho sol, muchos puedan estar libres de cualquier infección por corona.

leainthearts

Inverno e primavera si danno appuntamento su questa rigogliosa mimosa. Dedichiamo questo profumato fiore non solo alle donne, ma a tutti quanti perchè ci sia più amore e rispetto, così come la natura ci insegna.

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Natural sounds and a quiet path


”“Wind in the trees, thunder, flowing water, falling leaves, rain, animal voices, birdsong – we live amid a teeming polyphony of natural sounds.

“Add to these the sounds of human activity, from soft footsteps to pneumatic drills, from muted conversation to pounding trains, from jetting fountains to jet planes.”

 

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