Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cactus Flowers

Took a shortcut through the alley one day last Fall and spied a pile of cactus pads, set out for the city's brush & bulky pick up. Hard to tell how long the pile had been there, the pads were quite shriveled. I planted several in the backyard in October, and 6 months later, voila. Flowers. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Cat's Meow

Spent part of Saturday night cutting squares for the community quilting project (see Community Partnership post.) 

This fabric is the cat's meow. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Creosote Galls

I'm writing an article about creosote. Again.
"A second type of creosote-specific insect is the gall midge. It is not one but several species of Asphondylia flies. They induce the plant to produce leafy galls which were smoked like tobacco by the Paiute. Interestingly, the flies are in an obligate symbiosis with a fungus that lines the interior of the gall, supplying food for the larvae and perhaps, a reason for smoking the galls."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Community Partnership

Excited to be working with a group of kids from the neighborhood high school. 

We volunteer together at an assisted living complex, meeting once a week to piece quilts with elders. The quilts are donated to a women's shelter. Although that's cool, it's not what I'm excited about. 

They've got a class garden, growing artichoke. I asked for a couple of leaves but they probably figured that anyone asking for the leaves didn't understand artichoke, and so did not bring me any. I asked again, this time explaining the leaves' future as tincture.

They brought four leaves, enough for a quart and a half of tincture. Today I brought the macerating jars in, as show-and-tell. 

What else are you planting? Calendula? Ever think of selling it? Cash to buy garden supplies. We're working out the details. So excited that I'm in!

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