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Every so often something happens to remind you that, however bad you think things may be, at least we’re unlikely to be reduced to links in the food chain.

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Butchery, Admittedly

It was a difficult decision to make. Harder maybe for me, then for my gardener wife, who understand these things.

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Our Natal Lilies

Our Natal Lilies are in bloom.

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Man, this summer is sliding by fast. The solstice is almost a month back in the rearview mirror. Here in Alameda we had our Fourth of July parade again, nothing fancy but fun for all. (One year a friend came and was disappointed there were no tissue paper floats — nope, we’re not giving the Tournament of Roses a run for its money.)

A number of friends joined us this year, and one of them took a few pictures, which I’m only now kyping for the blog. (Thanks, Brtan.)

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 A month ago if you’d asked me what a heritage rose was, I’d have had to guess.

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A few years ago we were quite pleasantly surprised by a trip to the Empire Mine State Park, up in Grass Valley in the Sierra foothills. A very lucrative gold deposit was discovered here during the Gold Rush, and it was mined for about a century.  It’s now a state park.

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I’ve been keeping an eye on this little tree during our morning dog walks. It’s in an abandoned motorhome park on the former naval air station, which military personnel, mostly retired I guess, used before they closed the base.

And as I mentioned earlier, every so often I felt and heard a buzzing presence. The tree has a hummingbird who guards his tree jealously; that’s him on his perch. (more…)

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We’ve been in the process of converting our front yard from thirsty grass to drought resistant plants. Our tiny patch in front is separated into three parcels by sidewalk and driveway, and here’s part of the section we’ve tackled so far. The reddish blossoms at top are called kangaroo paws.

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And it ain’t just bloomin’ outside. The orchids are happy this time of year, too.

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We have a rosebush in our sideyard that just won’t quit.

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