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I want to know about your garden.

Now is the time we really start our gardening in earnest. During the winter it is fallow.  The past two weeks it was time for a proper cleaning and pruning of dead stalks from last year. Also, where we live at least, the ground is moist and warm making it perfect for weeding. And weeding is a big deal here. Wild grasses are already up as are early spring weeds.

This year another huge number of tulips and a fair amount of hyacinths were planted in late fall after the bulbs had been stored in the refrigerator for 6 weeks to get them cold enough to do their thing once in the soil.  

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In the next couple of weeks, as the daffodils are still in their prime, it will be time to plant new summer bulbs. It's time to add new Lily of the Valley and Tiger Lily bulbs along with Zinnia corms.

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The earliest irises are getting ready to bloom as well.

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These are all bulb, corm or rhizome flowers. We also have tons of other flowering plants as well. Our garden is truly a sanctuary for us...a true labor of love not only because of the beautiful and fragrant flowers that bloom Spring, Summer and Fall, but also because of all the wild bees, wasps, lady bugs, butterflies and birds our garden is home to. We've truly created a genuine natural habitat.

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This contrasts so much with our neighbor to the southeast. He is at war with his land. He ceaselessly chainsaws all his trees down. Nearly ever day the droning of his chainsaw gnaws on while the air is filled by the smell of mutilated Bay Trees. We've nicknamed him "the Texas Tree Saw Massacre."  It's sad to witness. His 3.5 acres of land with a year-round creek is becoming ever more treeless.  The natural habitat for the deer, raccoons and skunk is being destroyed. He even kills skunks and raccoons then skins them to sell their furs. He has no respect for nature...or his neighbors. To him nature is just a thing to be consumed for his financial gain. His main money comes from being a pot farmer. He is very aggressive towards all around here while being paranoid about anyone getting near his property.

But land is ancient. It really is. The soil we turn over and amend and plant in is as old as the earth. It's not just dirt. It's a living, thriving organism teeming with seen and unseen life. We feel honored and humble with respect and adoration to be able to grow our beautiful garden in this ancient land! It's not ours. We're just temporary caretakers.


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Tell me about your garden, whether it's large, small or some plants in pots.

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I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
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Maryland Kossacks

Animated flag of Maryland.
Saturday, March 2nd

Maryland Kos Meet-up

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Wegman's Cafe Area
8855 Mcgaw Rd  • Columbia

ORGANIZER: Send JamieG from Md a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. JamieG from Md
2. BilllaurelMd
3. Mollyd
4. Chi
5. Roxine
6. sreeizzle2012
7. JanetT in Md
8. rb608
9. Deep Harm
10. Tamar

Maybees:
 

Latest diary: Maryland Meetup, March 2nd, Columbia, Md.
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Saturday, March 2nd

LAKossacks Brunch Meet-up in the Valley!


TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Cafe Bizou
14016 Ventura Blvd. • Sherman Oaks

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. RLMiller
3. SanFernandoValleyMom
4. Shockwave
5. susans
6. Mr. susans
Maybees:
gloriana


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Saturday, March 23rd

LAKossacks Monthly Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave. • Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. Joe Bacon
3. jakedog42
4. SanFernandoValleyMom
5. Shockwave
Maybees:
Latest diary: Attention, LA Kossacks! Valley Event in FIVE DAYS!
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Saturday, March 2nd!!
Lone Star Spring Texas State-Wide Meet-Up in Austin

TIME: 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: Opal Divine's Penn Field restaurant and bar
3601 S. Congress Ave • Austin

ORGANIZER: Send nomandates Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. nomandates                    
 2. teknohed
 3. papa monzano
 4. Chrislove
 5. Chrislove's BF
 6. glorificus
 7. politik
 8. mr pea
 9. anotherdemocrat
10. Odysseus
11. suesue
12. mr sue sue
13. blue armadillo
14. texasmom
15. texasdad
16. htowngenie
17. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
18. afisher
19. manoffire
20. Wino
21. Mrs. Wino
22. VinaMist
23. doraphasia
24. Urban Owl
25. Texdude50
26. icelus
27. entrelac
28. Mr. entrelac
29. JayRaye
30. cosette
31. belinda ridgewood (honorary TX Kossack!)
32. Carol in San Antonio
33. krwheaton
34. +1 from Harris County
35. KTinTX
36. TexMex
37. Musicman (honorary TX kossack)
38. freerad
39. freerad's guest
39. just another vet
40. rabel
41. 13Friday
42. rdnels
43. Sandia Blanca
44. Noisy Gong

Maybees:
Mosquito Pilot
yoduuuh do or do not
elginblt
DaniTheET

Austin Kite Festival 2011
Sunday, March 3rd
Austin's 84th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival

TIME: Early Afternoon
LOCATION: Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd. • Austin

ORGANIZER: Send papa monzano Kosmail to connect at the event.

Latest diary: Not a Pipe Dream: TEX KOS Statewide Meet-Up This Saturday

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Monday, March 4th

New York City Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. joanbrooker
3. ask
4. brooklyn liberal
5. rubyr
6. casperr
7. thankgodforairamerica
8. Rosalie 907 + friends
9. blue jersey mom
10. clenchner
11. Ollie Garkey
Maybees:
plf515
Laura Clawson
Arjun Jaikumar
belinda ridgewood
Its the Supreme Court Stupid
srkp23
David Nir
Batya the Toon
kathny
TiaRachel
Mets102
Latest diary: NYC Meetup 3/4 - One week from today!
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DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

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New England Kossacks All Day Meet-up
Saturday, March 9th

ORGANIZER: Send Clytemnestra a kosmail to attend.



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TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION I: SolToro in the Mohegan Sun Casino
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard • Uncasville, CT
RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:
annieli


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TIME: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
LOCATION II: Mystic Pizza
56 West Main Street • Mystic, CT
RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:
annieli

TIME: 11:00 - ? PM
LOCATION III: TBD
[Address] • [City]

RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:

Latest diary: New England Kossacks - March meet up

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Sunday, March 10th

SFKossacks ALL-DAY Event to Roll Out the Red Carpet for a gilas girl

• Meet at the Ferry Building at 11:00 AM to take the 11:35 AM ferry to Tiburon.
I've reserved a group rate $20.00 round-trip per adult and $13.50 round-trip for seniors and children. Arrive in Tiburon at 12:30 PM
• Lunch reservation is at 12:45 at Guaymas for 20 people. We have an indoor terrace reserved with a beautiful view of the City.
We'll only have a little over 1.5 hours for lunch but luckily the dock is right at the restaurant and leaves at 2:35 PM. Arriving at the Ferry Building at 3:25 PM.
• Walk 3 blocks to Market & Main to catch the N-Judah at 3:55 PM. One way fare $2.00. Muni ride to 9th & Irving to arrive at 4:24 PM. Walk 1/2 mile into Golden Gate Park to the
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Arrival at 4:40 and the garden is open until 6:00 PM. Admission: Adult $5.00, Seniors $3.00, Children $1.50.
• 6:30 PM Park Chow for dinner at 6:30 PM, a 10 min. walk from GG Park.
• Take return Muni N-Judah at 8:30 PM or 8:49 PM back to BART at the Embarcadero.

RSVPs for Ferry Ride and Guaymas:
1. a gilas girl*
2. navajo*
3. side pocket
4. dharmasyd*
5. Meteor Blades*
6. Glen the Plumber
7. remembrance
8. smileycreek*
9. paradise50*
10. slouching
11. no way lack of brain
12. norm*
13. boatsie
14. Lorikeet*
15. FogCityJohn
16. madhaus
17. Steveningen
18. skywriter*
19. where4art*

Maybees:
Cali Scribe
Mr. Scribe
edrie
lineatus
maggiejean
scaboni

RSVPs for Dinner at Park Chow near Golden Gate Park:
1. a gilas girl*
2. navajo*
3. side pocket
4. Meteor Blades*
5. smileycreek*
6. paradise50*
7. citisven
8. norm*
9. Lorikeet*
10.

Maybees:
lineatus
no way lack of brain
Cali Scribe
Mr. Scribe

*confirmed
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Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

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Friday, March 15th

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts Street • Lawrence

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. glitterscale
3. Geiiga
4. Syoho
5. Paula68154
Maybees:
Scout Finch
zamrzla
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
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Sunday, March 17th

SFKossacks Welcome realalaskan with Birding in Point Reyes

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road • Point Reyes Station [exact location of event TBD]

ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. lineatus
2. realalaskan
3. Mrs. side pocket
4. side pocket
5. tgypsy
6. Kestrel
7. Ebby

Maybees:
elfling and offspring
navajo

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Mid-March - Boston Kossacks First Meet-up

Boston Kossacks First Meet-up

TIME: Possibly 2:00 PM, stay tuned
LOCATION: The Border Cafe
32 Church Street • Cambridge

ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. GreyHawk
2. bjedward
3. gmoke
4. BlueStateRedhead
Maybees:
AnotherMassachusettsLiberal
Latest diary: Boston Kossacks - 1st Meetup
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New York Hudson Valley Kossacks

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DATE TBD

NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY

ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. boran2
2. thankgodforairamerica
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Diva waiting...
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TBD - Late March or Early April Meet-up

Colorado COmmunity Kossacks Pot Luck

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: ColoTim's home
Address given by Kosmail • Outside of Denver

ORGANIZER: Send ColoTim a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. ColoTim
2. Frankenoid
3.
Maybees:
victoria2dc
acpa
Latest diary: Colorado COmmunity Meetup - Flowers Edition
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Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

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Friday, April 19th

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Springfield Brewing Company
305 South Market Street • Springfield

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
4.
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
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Dkos Asheville
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Saturday, April 20th]

Dkos Asheville's First Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Otteray Scribe
4. eeff
5. people power granny
6. Joieau
7. LamontCranston
8. cultjake
9. GordonNC (UID 5123 & City Councilman)
10. DawnN
11. SteelerGrrl
12. SteelerDude
13. Captain Sham
14. Sandy on Signal

Maybees:
polecat
Land of Enchantment
jnhobbs
alicia (plus two)
Nic Goodman

Latest diary:Dkos Asheville Open Thread

From randallt: "DKos Asheville is hosting a meet up and we've managed to cast a wide net! Asheville NC is the epicenter of cool progressive in the heart of the mountains and we have folks traveling from Eastern Tennessee, the Southern Highlands and Charlotte. So don't let the distance keep you away, come to Asheville, sign up today! You know you want to."

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Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations
June 20th - 23rd  •  REGISTER HERE



SFKossacks:
1. side pocket [First Lieutenant]
2. mrs. side pocket
3. kimoconnor
4. citisven
5. lineatus
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber
8. remembrance
9. jotter
10. Mrs. jotter
SFKossacks:
1. Lusty
2. mrsgoo
3. norm
4. boran2 (Honorary)
5. Lorikeet
6. FogCityJohn
7. slksfca
8. madhaus
9. boatsie
10. maggiejean
SFKossacks:
1. Kamakhya
2. dharmasyd
3. Ebby
4. Bustergirl
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. shanikka
4. no way lack of brain
5. translatorpro
6. Kitsap River
7. Charles Curtis Stanley
8. 4Freedom (maybe)
9.
10.
Central Valley Kossacks:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned
4. paradise50
5. smileycreek
6. Caddis Fly
7. Kestrel
8.
9.
10.
Lone Star Kossacks:
1. nomandates
2. texasmom
3. texasdad
4. doraphasia
5. krwheaton
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Cheers & Jeers:
1. Bill in Portland Maine
2. Common Sense Mainer
3. vicki
4. Sharoney
5. Spousal Unit
6. cskendrick
7.
8.
9.
10.
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42
3. susans
4. murphy
5. Dave in Northridge
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
NYC and beyond:
1. sidnora
2. belinda ridgewood
3. belinda ridgewood's guest
4. Jimdotz
5. theroaringgirl
6. thankgodforairamerica
7.
8.
9.
10.
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
2. winglion?
3. loggersbrat
4. ramara (Arizona)
5. Horace Boothroyd III
6. linkage
7.
8.
9.
10.
Military Community Members:
1. DaNang65
2. drnatrl
3. angelajean (Maybe)
4. exlrrp (Maybe)
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Misc. registered Kossacks + regions:
1.  
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Hopefully we can put together whole tables for them.


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Community Quilt Project

Community Quilt Project NN13 Flash Mob Photo


smileycreek is organizing and asking all Community Quilt recipients to bring their quilts to NN13. We'll assemble at a pre-designated location and time for a group photo with one of the NN13 professional photographers. It will be a group hug celebrating one of the most beloved community building projects we have here at Daily Kos with Sara R and winglion at the center of it. navajo and Glen the Plumber are going to scout out and select a location in advance for all to meet with their quilts for a memorable photo opportunity. Stay tuned.
Date: TBD Time: TBD
1. paradise50
2. Dave in Northridge
3. remembrance
4. BeninSC
5. mimi
6. cskendrick
7. DaNang65
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (may not attend)
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
11. slksfca
12. belinda ridgewood
13. Ebby
14. Bustergirl
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
17.
18.
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Glacier National Park
June 27- June 30th

Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!

TIME: 24/7
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. BlueJessamine
2. arizonablue
3. Mr.arizonablue
4. Truman
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
6. MTmofo
7. figbash!
8. spottedbear
9. jakedog42
10. Oke

Maybees:
Joan McCarter
slksfca
Ed in Montana

Latest diary: Glacier National Park Meetup! w/ lodging and campground info!
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Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.

Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?

Originally posted to Connect! Unite! Act! on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:30 AM PST.

Also republished by SFKossacks.

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