“Picking on the Paddles”

by ESP on April 20, 2013

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Looking like Medieval instruments of torture the hooks on these

Opuntia ellisiana

 

paddles (spineless prickly pear) have been keeping someone very busy this week.

First comes the paddle selection…

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…there is no shortage to choose from,

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then the picking,

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and removal of ‘select’ hooks.

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“The beauty of suffering.”

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Like little voodoo dolls I keep finding them all around the house, dangling where ever there is a free nail.

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http://www.eastsidepatch.com/2009/08/pressing-along/

They are like Cactus Man’s…

 Moving Less Disturbingly Along:

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Plants are very happy after our rain and sun.

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My post oak has finally leafed out and stopped raining its catkins everywhere.

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Inland sea oats are quick on the rise, and one of my favorite tropical-looking shrubs,

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Nerium oleander, 

 

‘Hardy Red’ is putting on a, well…red show on the edge of my Hell-strip.

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‘Hardy Red’ tolerates temperature extremes better than the white and pink cultivars, it blooms sporadically through most of the year.

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Prefers sharp soil and good drainage,

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as do most things in the Patch, like this

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back-lit sotol, and these barrels:

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I contemplated picking off last year’s old blooms, then decided better of it. I will wait until I have my pliers, besides there is that stubborn piece of Bermuda grass that I always have to work on, (bottom-right) but I do not want to talk about that.

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With the discovery of the first tadpoles of the year, the netting began.

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Not so little fingers went fast to work,

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their catch and release policy even included a few baby goldfish which is a good thing considering recent events.

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Finally:

My landscape design portfolio finally outgrew the page that it once inhabited in here, so for the past few weeks I have been busy learning Thesis 2 and building a new home for it in here:

http://www.leveridgelandscapedesign.com/

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Stay Tuned for:

“Test of Courage”

 

All material © 2013 for eastsidepatch. Unauthorized
intergalactic reproduction strictly prohibited, and
punishable by late (and extremely unpleasant)
14th century planet Earth techniques.

 

Feel better soon Dad!

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