Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mid Summer Wild Flowers

It's about time for another show of wild flowers that grace the country side this time of year.

I'm afraid some of these rival the tame specimens that I baby and cater to in my garden.  No pests ever seem to dampen these cheerful spirits.
Milkweed - Monarch Butterfly Feedstock
Common Pink Mallow

Unknown - help me out if you know.  They are 12 -18" and look like delphinium.

This is a new one, at first I thought it was Joe Pye Weed /Boneset, but it is not.


Rudbekia Vulgaris - Brown Eyed Susan

St John's Wort
These produce a raspberry type fruit.
Wild Carrot/Queen Anne's Lace




And that is about all I have to say for today.

Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

My How Times Have Changed

In a former life, I attended agricultural college in a small northern town.  A couple of years ago a Facebook group was formed to gather all the old Aggies under one umbrella.  The threat of archiving has brought the Aggies all out of the woodwork in the past few days.  One particular post caught my eye and made me do some thinking.

Anybody want to amaze their kids. When we lived in residence (82-84 for me) there were about 55 or so of us there.

There was one (count it, one) pay phone. You could call it, but one phone did for all of us. To be fair there was probably a phone in the office (not for student use) and was there a phone in the senior girls res?

Maybe 3 people had a camera.

There were no computers in res, and only one or 2 at the college. I think a full set came with the new building in 84/85. Internet had not been invented. Senior Project was typed out by hand and mistakes had to be retyped, the whole page, or whited out.

Gas was about 51 cents/litre
Wow, how times have changed.  In spite of it all, we still got a good education and had a good time doing it.
And that is about all I have to say for tonight.

Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.