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Hummingbirds at the Arizona Desert Museum

If you’re a fan of hummingbirds, you are obligated to visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. It’s more of a living museum as it includes gorgeous desert gardens and a number of live desert animals. If you come in March/April, you’ll be lucky enough to witness the nesting, birthing, and fledging of numerous hummingbirds. When I was there, eight nests were in full swing representing egg, baby, and fledgling stages. There were about 21 adult birds constantly whizzing about, pausing mid-air to stare in the face at us or investigate our shoes. I even got to see the caretakers feed fruit flies to the hummers. Bring your high-zoom camera and your patience. These pics are all my own as the birds approach extremely close. But, they don’t always pose for more than half a second!
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Nature’s Homemade Thermometer

Below are two photos of the rhododendron in my front yard. With this plant, I have no need for thermometers or the weather channel.

-5 degrees Celsius: Wear a jacket, sweater, and light mittens

-15 degrees Celsius: Wear a winter coat and leather insulated mittens

What’s Your Twitter Segment?

On several occasions now, I’ve come across a comment like, “Everyone on Twitter is smarter/funnier/more dedicated/better than I am.” I even saw a tweet from someone who said something like, “I go to Store ABC because the people on Twitter make me feel dumb.”

Well, if you stop and think about it, the only people you CHOOSE to follow (ignoring courtesy follows) on Twitter are the people you either:

  1. admire,
  2. want to learn from,
  3. want to laugh from,
  4. have similar interests, or
  5. have some commonality with you that prevents you from turning off the follow.

Also think about this, do you follow people who bore you, have a stupid sense of humour, say stupid things? I doubt it. You tune those people out as fast as you can. This means you end up with a finely tuned group of people who make you happy, people who choose the best of their witty remarks, the best of their smart remarks, and the best of all the random junk that’s passing through their brain. It’s a very personalized self-determined segmentation. In my case, it means I follow:

  1. researchers,
  2. gardeners,
  3. birders,
  4. bakers,
  5. online icons, and
  6. a bit of random silliness.

Those are my segments. In the end, these leaves you with a very skewed representation of who is on Twitter. You’re only seeing what you want to see, and it’s dang hard to see what you can’t see. Again, in my case, it seems like everyone on Twitter loves research and works in a professional setting. So, forget that nonsense about how much better or worse people on Twitter are and enjoy what it offers you.

And if you’re interested, here’s what my Twitter interest profile looks like, thanks to Wordle. (Hi Tom!)

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  • Hummingbird in my backyard



    He’s hidden immediately behind the ‘play’ button in the preview but this was the treat I received last year and the goal I aspire to this year. This little guy pestered the roses, the coral bells, the clematis, and the telephone wire. This year, I plan to add even more candy to the backyard.
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    While at Canada Blooms, I got a bunch of Crocosmia bulbs, Liatris bulbs, red sage seeds, scarlet runner bean seeds, scarlet flax seeds, and red hot poker seeds. Cross your fingers for me!
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    Spring at last!

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    Spring at last, spring at last, thank goodness, it’s spring at last!

    I’m in zone 6a and just over the last week, pretty little white snowdrops have started to appear on the neighbours lawns. I see stems of purple and yellow crocuses, the tips of tulips, and green bits from irises. AND, in my very own backyard are purple crocuses.

    At the very back of my yard, under the pine trees where it is deathly dry, I see either may apples or jack in the pulpits coming up. I’ll have to update that when they let me know! I planted about 50 various bulbs last year and can’t wait to see them come up either.

    Big plans tomorrow, cutting down all the stems from last season, raking all the dead leaves to compost under the pine trees, and laying chicken wire over the squirrels favourite digging spots. Should have some nicely sore clipping hands at the end of the day.

    Canada Blooms 2009

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    Wow. What can I say…
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    Well, I remember going to the show many years ago, moving from booth to booth of seeds and plants. This year, I think there were only 3 booths that were selling seeds and plants. There were lots of booths selling clothes and scarves and strange things that had nothing to do with gardening. So disappointing.
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    Also strange was the set of coincidences I experienced. As I was having lunch, a gentleman in front of me collapsed unconscious and had to be cared for by paramedics. Later in the afternoon, a poor lady starting shrieking hysterically for ten minutes – i guess she was having some serious personal issues. 😦 Again, paramedics were required. Later on again, the man right in front of man tripped, fell into a display, and couldn’t get up. You know the drill… paramedics. All I can say is I was very pleased in all three cases that the staff at the convention centre were extremely quick to respond. If you have to have a health issue somewhere, that’s the place to have it.
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    But on the good side, I always enjoy the miniature flower arrangements – 1 and 2 inch tall vases with teeny tiny flowers. That’s the picture you see on the side. Notice the size of the letters on the printed tag. They are a regular size font! The patience need to create those little beauties is amazing! I also really like the collages of seeds, bark, petals, rocks, and etc. They look like really cool paintings if you stand back from them.
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    And, I did manage to buy a collection of seeds for red, tubular flowers. Yeah, you know what that means! Hummingbird flowers! Can’t wait!

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