Random Thursday

Why does it seem like I've been doing the "random" posts more often lately? Probably for two reasons: the first being that I've not been doing much in the garden lately of course, so there's not much to post about out there.



The second though is that I seem to be snapping more one-off photos of interesting things while out and about lately. Those photos pile up and then it's time to wrangle them into a post lest they be forgotten. I'm starting today with a mosaic of the St. Louis skyline...

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...made from coffee beans!


You may not have known this, but at one time St. Louis was known as the coffee capital of the US. The Missouri History Museum has an exhibit on it right now that is quite impressive and informative.



Next up is Sasa veitchii bamboo...



...which really comes into its own at this time of year, when the cold temps burst the leaf margins giving them a beautiful variegation-like pattern.

Could anything make this bamboo look prettier at this time of year?





One disadvantage of using your garage as a workshop almost full-time is that you have to get it organized.


Mine is getting there, but this is one of the "before" photos. I have to start building things out of this wood I've collected over the years! Thankfully the mild weather has let me move the large pots outdoors for several days at a time, giving me more room to clean and organize. Who likes cleaning and organizing garages? Sure it's satisfying when it's finished, but it's the getting to that point that makes me unhappy...



You may have read or heard something in the last few years (or more recently) about investigations of insects as a source of protein to replace typical meat production.


This seems like a gentle way of getting people used to the idea of eating bugs before moving on to the real thing. 



Finally, this is where I have to plant some of the many allium bulbs that I bought a couple of months ago now (time flies!):


Mild weather, wet ground, and the prospect of having to clear this out first made me procrastinate on this task until just last weekend. About half of my bulbs left to plant -- in the next few days I hope. 

That's all for today. Focus Alan, focus.

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Maywyn Studio  – (December 17, 2015 at 1:06 PM)  

As a kid, I was told not to pick up candy on the ground because it had bugs on it. Of course I was admonished for brushing the ants of the candy before I ate it. I think eating where ants once tread is about as close to bug chewing as I hope to get.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (December 17, 2015 at 6:34 PM)  

I love random shots! I've actually had that brand of mac & cheese :-)

danger garden  – (December 17, 2015 at 11:46 PM)  

Become good friends with someone who spent many many years in the Peace Corps and you start to think differently about eating bugs.

outlawgardener  – (December 18, 2015 at 9:14 AM)  

Finally a cause to get behind. I can see the protest signs and t-shirts now - "Eating bugs is murder!" "Don't eat our Pollinators." "Your dietary habits bug me."
A grocery store in our hood sells bugs coated in a variety of flavorings, mostly as a novelty, and features them around Halloween. They're interesting but I can't bring myself to try one. I guess I'm bug curious.

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