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Today’s Birthday: JOHNNY APPLESEED (1774)

Johnny Appleseed (1774)

Born John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed was an American folk hero known for planting apple trees. Around 1800, he traveled from Pennsylvania, where he had sold or given saplings and apple seeds to families migrating westward, to present-day Ohio, sewing apple seeds as he went. For more than 40 years, he continued to wander up and down Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, pruning and caring for his forest nurseries and helping hundreds of settlers to establish orchards. Do any of his trees still exist? More… Discuss



Downey Civic Center: Of concrete, flowers and trees (my photo Collection)

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Quotation: Homer on life renewed

Men come and go as leaves year by year upon the trees. Those of autumn the wind sheds upon the ground, but when spring returns the forest buds forth with fresh vines.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discuss

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Toxicodendron diversilobum, western poison oak or Pacific poison oak (syn. Rhus diversiloba) is in the Anacardiaceae family (the sumac family) and is a plant best known for its ability to cause allergic rashes and itching after contact. Western poison oak is found only on the Pacific Coast of the United States and of Canada.

It is extremely common in that region, where it is the predominant species of the genus; the closely related Atlantic poison oak (T. pubescens) occurs on the Atlantic Coast.

Toxicodendron diversilobum
Western poison oak (larger leaves;
small leaves are another plant)
at base of oak tree
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Toxicodendron
Species: T. diversilobum
Binomial name
Toxicodendron diversilobum
(Torr. & A.GrayGreene
Poison Oak up close

Poison Oak up close (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dragonfruit (Hylocereus undatus) delicious fruit…Not too sweet, low glycemic index, eat with or without seeds

Remarkable edible fruit. Easy to grow from seeds. Recommended to people in the drylands.

Just a thought: “Happiness doesn’t grow in trees”

Just a thought: “Happiness doesn’t grow in trees”


Rare “Corpse Flower” Blooms in Belgium

The Titan arum is a sight to behold—and a novelty to sniff. It is one of the world’s largest flowers, as well as one of its worst-smelling. Popularly known as the “corpse flower” for its stench, which is akin to that of rotting meat, it flowers infrequently and only for three days before waning. Thus, for the past few days, people have been flocking to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium to catch a glimpse, and a whiff, of its rare, 8-foot (2.44 meter) bloom. This is the third time since 2008 that the garden’s specimen has flowered. More… Discuss

604_5pm_full Such a flower “resides” (so to speak) at the Huntington, Library, in Pasadena, California. It is called “Amorphophallus titanum” , name that doesn’t impart any stench 🙂 >>>>>Check them HERE<<<<<


Haiku: Petals

Haiku: Petals 

A flower’s petal 
Pendulating lightly
Gently rests  aground. 

Spring Flowers – Oil Pastel Sketch (color) (My Art Collection)

Spring Flowers - Oil Pastel Sketch (color) (My Art Collection)

Spring Flowers – Oil Pastel Sketch (color) (My Art Collection)

Joan Baez – The Green Green Grass Of Home

Joan performs a country classic on the Smothers Brothers show.

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Joan Baez – green, green grass of Home

The old home town looks the same
As I step down from the train
And there meet me is my mama and my papa
Down the road I look and there runs Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home
The old house is still standing
Tho’ the paint is cracked and dry
And there’s that old oak tree that I used to play on
Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, they’ll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home
Then I wake and look around me
To the cold gray wall that surround me
And then I realize that I was only dreaming
There’s a guard and sad old padre
Arm in arm we’ll walk at daybreak
Again I touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, we’ll all be together in the shade of that old oak tree
As we beneath indeed the green, green grass of home

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Namibian “Fairies” May Actually Be Termites

Numerous hypotheses have been proposed to explain the origins of the bare desert patches known as fairy circles, but one scientist thinks he has found the culprit: termites. After years of research, he has come to the conclusion that Psammotermes allocerus clears these patches of ground in order to maintain a water supply in the arid environment. He contends that they eat the roots of short-lived grasses, creating round, bare patches of sandy earth that then collect water just below the surface. This water supports both the termite populations and perennial grasses that grow at the circles’ edges. More… Discuss