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Re food posts/recipes, I post unCWed toots, as I am on a cooking instance!

However, I am also trying to remember to write a separate CWed post that links back for recipes, for people who would prefer to see/boost food CWed.

I'm also trying to remember to add the hashtags and , so that you can mute these if you don't want them in your timeline at all.

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Front garden: Spring 2020 overview, in pictures

Lots of pics on the blog. The photos posted here are the before (when we moved in, Nov 2017) and May 2020, to give you an idea of how it's changed.


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For those at the back, if you don't have any bio info or any toots, your follow requests will be rejected.

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Growing ? It's time to check if you have any garlic scapes, because if you don't take them off, you'll end up with small bulbs in the ground.

Short blogpost with detailed pictures on what to do.

:garlic: :garlic: :garlic:

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I realise I've never stated this clearly, so I will now. Please call me out/let me know, if I've said or inferred anything that is racist, ableist, anti-trans etc. I'm trying really hard to unlearn white supremacy, stop using ableist language etc, but I'm going to make mistakes. I'd rather know, so I can change that language/behaviour.

This is not my #GlobeThistle but seeing them in the neighborhood, I think I should look for a spot in the yard to add this plant.

UK people, please join me in signing this petition asking the government to keep gender transition treatments legal for trans kids!

Iris 'Snowdrift'

This Iris is growing in my mini pond (basically, a small aluminum tub), and the whole root system is completely in water. Bees seem to like it too.

It flowers mid-summer, but it was named 'snowdrift', go figure.


Emoji request to make fedi more accessible and friendly 

Something that came out of last night's conversations is that some people might benefit from an emoji that acknowledges their image isn't described and invites help from someone else in adding one.

I can't make emojis, but I thought something like this little icon that shows up in the corner when you upload an image (turns blue once you've added a description) might make a good one. Open to suggestions/volunteers though!


Garlic hanging in the larder to cure/dry. Thank you to @GwenfarsGarden for the cloves! Most of them came out a bit small because of the very heavy clay -- the largest bulb was on a bit that had a fair amount of non-clay material. But I am hoping to save some cloves for next year, and start a bit earlier to give them a better chance.

I just heard about The StoryGraph, which is currently in beta. Tt's apparently a non-Amazon Goodreads alternative (without being social media), founded by a Black woman. Link to the beta site is at the bottom of this page:

Two sides of the squirrel bridge blooming.

I thought this morning glory was doing great a while back when it had 7 or 8 blooms. Also, the white cypress vine it is paired with is blooming a little. On the other side of the arch moonflower and passionflower are blooming.

#florespondence @plants

One of the recent #Poppies, getting a flower that is both lavender and has the deeply ruffled center is a more rare variation of the backyard genetic pool. #florespondence @plants

No matter how thoroughly you search, there's always a zuke that grows out of control. This one won't be good for anything except zucchini bread

Me playing Mendelssohn's Song Without Words Opus 19.6. This is the first of the Venetian Gondolier pieces by Mendelssohn. It requires my full attention as you can see from my face while playing. My pursed lips doing a cats bum impersonation. #piano #mendelssohn #video

We seem to be experiencing quite a bit of weather.

Hoping tomorrow will be less weathery.

🌧️ 💨 🌤️ 🌧️ 💨 🌤️ 🌧️ 💨 🌤️

@verityvirtue @GwenfarsGarden the band need a front man though. Jack O'lantern and the Sprawling Cucurbits feat. Cinderella.

#Houseplants update time!
The first of my #orchids that started blooming it at it lie whoa, the second opened a second bloom, and! A third started growing a flower shoot!
The coleus seedlings are getting fewer, but the survivors get bigger.
#florespondence #flowers

The purpose of this work is not for you to end up living in shame. The purpose is to get you to see the truth so that you can do something about it.

–Layla F. Saad, "Me and White Supremacy"

@GwenfarsGarden sprawling cucurbits would be an awesome band name... 🤔

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