Flower of the Day (FOTD), May 9: Foxglove

Foxgloves just started blooming in the side yard. Took the picture this morning, before the heat had a chance to wilt the blooms.

Host of Flower of the Day is Cee Neuner.

Flower of the Day (FOTD), May 8: Geraniums

Self has a lot of geraniums, most in pots. But after a while, she tries putting them in the ground. And they take a loooong time to get established, when they’re in the ground.

Here are some pink geraniums that are disappointingly puny. She put them in the back of her flower bed (behind a Life of the Party rose, among other things), so of course no one sees them. Today, she looked over and WOWEE not bad, they’re still alive!

Geraniums are her Flower of the Day.

The Maze

Self is still on Chapter 1 (“Exodus”) of Sonia Shah’s book, which she started reading two days ago. It is incredible. She has read so, so many books on the U.S.-Mexico border; borders have always fascinated her, and this one more than most. She has never actually read, in any book, about the desolation. Parched sand, stagnant water, “wild hogs, black and round,” vultures, roadkill.

  • It takes days to cross the uninhabited, parched lands. Young, strong Cesar Cuevas told me he spent four days walking through the desert to make it north to the United States. He came prepared, carrying four gallons of water, dried meat, and tortillas . . . The required volume — a gallon per day per person — can quickly add up to thirty pounds or more. Those who don’t carry enough with them must make do with the grimy water tanks that the ranchers set out for their cattle, or the blue bins that human rights groups are sometimes able to fill for passing migrants, scribbling GPS coordinates on the inside of their lids. — pp. 28 – 29, The Next Great Migration

Children, toddlers, try and make it across.

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