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Astounding Mosaiculture! Which One is your Favorite?

I hope you will open this link and be ASTONISHED at human ingenuity.

http://myvirtualgarden2.blogspot.com/2013/09/mosaiculture-exhibition.html?m=1

Thank you to Courtney Dobyns, landscape designer in Vermont, for sending weedpatchgazette.com this display of sculptures in Montreal. Three of these models struck home with me: first, I saw the exact big brown incredibly shaggy dog today at the mailboxes store; second, my husband used his chainsaw to carve an Easter Island sculpture out of the red oak that fell down two summers ago; and third, The Man Who Planted Trees is a favorite little book of mine. I found a dusty copy in Alfred Caldwell’s farmhouse in Wisconsin, immediately sat down to hungrily read what Caldwell, a master landscape architect, might have (probably) read, and felt the connection to the importance of those “who plant trees” even more strongly.

PLEASE COMMENT: Did you plant a new tree in your yard this year?

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Here’s to Tiny Bubbles!

Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with gardening.

This morning I opened a random link and read this: “Two Americans and a German shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine this year. Americans James E. Rothman and Randy W. Schekman, and German Thomas C. Sudhof were awarded the prize Monday for discoveries of how the body’s cells decide when and where to deliver the molecules they produce. The Nobel Assembly said the three “have solved the mystery of how the cell organizes its transport system.” Their work focuses on tiny bubbles inside cells called vesicles, which move hormones and other molecules within cells and sometimes outside them, such as when insulin is released into the bloodstream. Disruptions of this delivery system contribute to diabetes, neurological diseases and immunological disorders.”

HA! Why didn’t I win a Nobel Prize?! I knew a lonnggg time ago that tiny bubbles (in the wine) make me feel fine:

Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles)
In the wine (in the wine)
Make me happy (make me happy)
Make me feel fine (make me feel fine)

Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles)
Make me warm all over
With a feeling that I’m gonna
Love you till the end of time

So here’s to the golden moon
And here’s to the silver sea
And mostly here’s a toast
To you and me and Mr. Nobel!

And, just in case you forgot, Don Ho (wow!) sang the tune. ##

 

Gotta Love the Signmakers!

Just a note to all of you (thanks for subscribing!) to say that we are off on a vacation for a few weeks, so chances are I will not be posting any Weedpatch articles while on the road, although you never know…

But before taking off, I just had to share these two signs with you. And I hope you will comment on what you think they mean. This first one is your own, “glass empty or glass half-full” test..is it your bad human nature or your good that will “come out” while on the trail?

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The second photo (“green burial”?) makes me think of the Irish saint, Patrick (patron saint of organic gardening) or perhaps my personal favorite saint Dorothy–the virgin patroness of horticulture, brides, gardeners, florists, and brewers, perhaps not in that exact order. “Green burial”? Can people actually be composted?

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Do you use Gmail?

Attention, Weedpatch readers. Gmail has decided to make our lives easier, which means they’ve created a new “time waster” to our lives. Please check to see if my email alerts to new posts has ended up in the “Promotions Tab” on gmail, rather than the “Primary Tab”… Ugh.

Here’s how to check:

http://kb.mailchimp.com/article/how-do-i-get-my-emails-to-the-primary-tab-in-gmail

I do hope you are enjoying the Weedpatch Gazette and that you will recommend subscribing to everyone you ever met. My ego really really wants more readers, so whatever you can do… xxx’s Rommy Lopat, editor

Garden(er) Inspirations

Last week while shopping at Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery in Woodstock, Il, I met a lovely gentleman named Art Tanimura. Art is a part-time salesperson at Rich’s because, he explained, “It’s a hike out here in traffic, but I really like the plants and the people I meet.” That’s a plenty fine reason to take a job, right? Art has a two-acre property in Long Grove, and as you can see, he’s done a remarkable job as a gardener. And, yes, he is a really good salesperson (very patient, very knowledgeable) of dwarf conifers, Asian maples, and the other wacky plants sold at Rich’s. By the way, Rich and Susan Eyre have a personal goal of building sixty hospitals in South America. (Don’t you LOVE people who think like that?) Your purchases of hostas and conifers are the backbone of making their dream come true.# PS If you would like to make a collage of your garden, however “modest”, send it here for posting. It can be your 15 minutes of fame!

Tanimura Garden, Long Grove, IL

Tanimura Garden, Long Grove, IL

Patience, please

Hi from Rommy & her Webmaster –  Just a short note from someone who knows the web, but is new to figuring out RSS-driven-blog-subscription!  To all of you new subscribers, please don’t give up on us yet; I think we have it figured out.  The next email you receive should be correct, and you will see Rommy’s latest post in your inbox.  Also, you will receive it ONE time, and not multiple times. Thank you for your patience, and thanks for subscribing!