2014/04/16 - April Surprise
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Updated Apr 16, 2014, 4:26 PM
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One of the first spring flowers I see in the the garden are the Hellebores, commonly called the "Lenten Rose " or "Christmas Rose"
although it nothing in common with the rose. It is in the same family as the Buttercup.
I was a bit concerned about these plant. I had purchased several new varieties last May and they were not fully established.
To my delight they seem to have survived this brutal winter.
I have located my Hellebores in mostly shaded location. The plants are toxic and will not be damaged by deer.
After flowering they have attractive dark green foliage that lasts well into the fall.
I purchased my plants from my friends at Mason Hollow Nursery, pay them a visit and check out their selection.
Okay it is not an alien, but it does look like something from another world
This is the flower of the Japanese Butterbur which pops out of the ground in early spring. It is native to Japan and is edible, although I get nervous whenever I read of cumulative damage to the liver and tumor formation caused by some of its constituents.
Later the leaves will emerge. They are impressively large. I will post more photos at that time.
Readers of my Musings blog know that I have been posting videos created by Simon Tofield, an English animator who owns (or is being owned) by not one but four cats, Jess, Maisy, Teddy and Hugh.
These are delightful and a great way to start the day.
I was clever enough to bring along a portable digital recorder to the monthly bluegrass jam held at Dunn State Park in Gardner Mass. I spent this morning figuring out how to use Audacity (a free sound editor) to extract this tune from 3 hours of recordings.
These jams are strictly acoustic events with at most an amplifier for the bass or maybe a single mike. Not well suited for a small hand held recorder. I was having fun playing along so the recorder was parked on a table. I think I got lucky here when Bruce Pacheco (guitar) and Pam Harris (banjo) broke into this great instrumental of Daley's Reel, a tune so old that Edison had made a recording of it.
I spent this evening figuring out how to put this onto a slide show. The photos were taken from several music jams in both Gardner, Massachusetts and Temple, NH.
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