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2020-05-16 8:46:59 AM  
The Plant Ecology of Concrete, Garbage and Urine - Botanizing A Toilet
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2020-05-16 8:57:36 AM  
My Mom snapped me out of this stupor by simply saying "All plants want to live".  From that point on, I have always watched for the absurd places where plants try to just survive. It's a battle-royale out there.
 
2020-05-16 9:38:41 AM  
Everyone on Fark: What? Things that just grow and do things on their own, and we didn't pay for them? what sort of wizardry is this?

bucket_pup: My Mom snapped me out of this stupor by simply saying "All plants want to live".  From that point on, I have always watched for the absurd places where plants try to just survive. It's a battle-royale out there.


"Grass doesn't commit suicide." And that was how I kept myself from killing myself, all those years ago.
And that's still how I do it. You know what's going to happen once you all pave over the planet? You're going to discover that grass and trees might not commit suicide, but people who are totally removed from them DO. Lots of them.
 
2020-05-16 9:53:00 AM  
Oh for Pete's sake.  I know about as much about botany as I do about geology, and that's not much.  I can go on a hike without needing to know what plants are around me because there's people smarter than me about them that do track them.  In a similar vein, you can read this without knowing anything about p-type semiconductor bonds.

Let me hike in peace. Sheesh.
 
2020-05-16 10:08:21 AM  
I'd like to learn about foraging in my region so I know what I can eat.

When I garden, I pay attention to the weeds that are growing around my containers and the pests that I see hitting them so I know what's becoming endemic.
 
2020-05-16 10:10:07 AM  

bucket_pup: My Mom snapped me out of this stupor by simply saying "All plants want to live".  From that point on, I have always watched for the absurd places where plants try to just survive. It's a battle-royale out there.


Yesterday. There wasn't anything else growing within 30 feet.
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2020-05-16 10:19:57 AM  
Mom is a botanist. She can't go 50 feet on a trail without finding a plant to look at. I don't remember paying a ton of attention when we were little, but the first time I hiked with people in college in a different part of the country, I found out that not everyone knows the names of the common plants they live near. It was weird.
 
2020-05-16 10:39:56 AM  
PLANT BLINDNESS!!!!

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/you covet my ice cream bar
 
2020-05-16 10:44:18 AM  
You wouldn't notice anything "growing" around here for about 8 mon5hs out of the year anyway, except if it was in your own garden.
 
2020-05-16 11:12:04 AM  
Attitudes are a funny thing. Back in college, I'm riding with some skydiving friends out to the DZ. It's a 30 minute drive through the corn and beans of Illinois. On guy in back, a Chicago suburb kid, says "Man, I can't believe all the land out here just sitting there going to waste."

Where do you start?
 
2020-05-16 11:12:39 AM  
I have prosopagnosia (face blindness) and thought it would be about something related, turns out it's about not peoples not finding plants that interesting.

I guess I have plant blindness then, car blindness, romantic novels blindness, multiplayer games blindness, etc...
 
2020-05-16 11:13:19 AM  
about not peoples
 
2020-05-16 11:19:02 AM  

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found new videos to watch thanks. Still can't get over the "narrator"'s accent though lol I guess I will if I watch more videos
 
2020-05-16 11:37:51 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: PLANT BLINDNESS!!!!

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/you covet my ice cream bar


First thing I thought of.
 
2020-05-16 11:41:54 AM  
Philly and the out lying 'burbs are very plant aware. Gardening is really competitive. I'd be weeding in one part of my tiny garden, like this time of year, and almost always someone would stop to talk to me about plants and their care. A good friend was awarded garden of the year in Philly-which only took them ten years of very intensive work to perfect their yard. There are amazing nurseries, Bowman's Tower which has native plant sales and always sold out plant lectures and tours.
Philly also has the world's oldest, largest indoor plant show too. Which is jammed packed with tourists from all over. Pays to be a member of the Hort. Society, so you can get in early to see the displays. Sheese...I'd better stop about this stuff-sure it's too boring for Fark.

cryinoutloud: Everyone on Fark: What? Things that just grow and do things on their own, and we didn't pay for them? what sort of wizardry is this?

bucket_pup: My Mom snapped me out of this stupor by simply saying "All plants want to live".  From that point on, I have always watched for the absurd places where plants try to just survive. It's a battle-royale out there.

"Grass doesn't commit suicide." And that was how I kept myself from killing myself, all those years ago.
And that's still how I do it. You know what's going to happen once you all pave over the planet? You're going to discover that grass and trees might not commit suicide, but people who are totally removed from them DO. Lots of them.


This. So much this. The friend I referenced above suffers from Bi-Polar, it was their garden that kept them grounded. Friends Hospital, one of the first in the nation to rationally treat mental illness-their core focus as part of their care of patients, was gardening, taking care of their hospital grounds, a couple of very large green houses too. Mother's day, you could go as a general visitor, tour their grounds and Mom gets a lovely, small azalea as a gift that one of the patients had propagated-free.
Stay well, enjoy the plants and keep growing!
 
2020-05-16 11:50:12 AM  

cryinoutloud: Everyone on Fark: What? Things that just grow and do things on their own, and we didn't pay for them? what sort of wizardry is this?

bucket_pup: My Mom snapped me out of this stupor by simply saying "All plants want to live".  From that point on, I have always watched for the absurd places where plants try to just survive. It's a battle-royale out there.

"Grass doesn't commit suicide." And that was how I kept myself from killing myself, all those years ago.
And that's still how I do it. You know what's going to happen once you all pave over the planet? You're going to discover that grass and trees might not commit suicide, but people who are totally removed from them DO. Lots of them.


Relax, we will still have golf courses
 
2020-05-16 11:54:19 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: Oh for Pete's sake.  I know about as much about botany as I do about geology, and that's not much.  I can go on a hike without needing to know what plants are around me because there's people smarter than me about them that do track them.  In a similar vein, you can read this without knowing anything about p-type semiconductor bonds.

Let me hike in peace. Sheesh.


You go hiking to... ignore nature? Ok.
 
2020-05-16 12:37:19 PM  
Well I don't know what that article said but whatever it is, I'm pretty pissed off about it.
 
2020-05-16 12:55:32 PM  
I'm attempting to grow a flower garden this year from seeds. Bought about 25 different varieties of annuals from the Butchart Gardens. Going to see which ones will grow in my soil. Since we have about the same climate (just a little warmer) I've got hopes that most of them will bloom. I'm out front everyday picking weeds, watering, watching the sprouts come up. Never thought I would be a gardener but I'm actually enjoying it. If nothing else, gets me out of the house.
 
2020-05-16 1:31:20 PM  
It's hard to remember seeing the plants when you're out on a hike because it's all farking honeysuckle around here.
 
2020-05-16 1:45:49 PM  

bucket_pup: My Mom snapped me out of this stupor by simply saying "All plants want to live".  From that point on, I have always watched for the absurd places where plants try to just survive. It's a battle-royale out there.


My driveway is proof of that.
 
2020-05-16 1:52:09 PM  

Pincy: I'm attempting to grow a flower garden this year from seeds. Bought about 25 different varieties of annuals from the Butchart Gardens. Going to see which ones will grow in my soil. Since we have about the same climate (just a little warmer) I've got hopes that most of them will bloom. I'm out front everyday picking weeds, watering, watching the sprouts come up. Never thought I would be a gardener but I'm actually enjoying it. If nothing else, gets me out of the house.


I'm on my third year of container gardening.  Planted the tomatoes and peppers yesterday, as well as some veggies from seed that are my first attempt.  Weather went from cold to really warm too fast, so they're looking a little saggy.

Anyways, good luck!  I can spend hours in the garden and not notice.
 
2020-05-16 2:54:30 PM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: TheGreatGazoo: Oh for Pete's sake.  I know about as much about botany as I do about geology, and that's not much.  I can go on a hike without needing to know what plants are around me because there's people smarter than me about them that do track them.  In a similar vein, you can read this without knowing anything about p-type semiconductor bonds.

Let me hike in peace. Sheesh.

You go hiking to... ignore nature? Ok.


I don't go hiking to plant-watch, but sometimes you just have to stop and smell the native roses.

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2020-05-16 3:35:33 PM  
Guess I'm kinda the opposite. I'm always stopping to look at plants, but tend not to notice an animal unless someone points it out.

In the woods, which I spent lots of time in when living in New Jersey, I'd sometimes try to listen for an animal but still would be more likely to notice a patch of pipsissewa.
 
2020-05-16 3:52:26 PM  
My church is the green spaces, my incense is the smell of the woods.

Just because I don't know all their names doesn't mean I don't appreciate plants and what they do for me.
 
2020-05-16 4:04:49 PM  
I suffer from uninteresting shiat blindness
 
2020-05-16 4:33:03 PM  

lycanth: bucket_pup: My Mom snapped me out of this stupor by simply saying "All plants want to live".  From that point on, I have always watched for the absurd places where plants try to just survive. It's a battle-royale out there.

Yesterday. There wasn't anything else growing within 30 feet.
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Maybe it's a murderous serial-killing dandelion and it stalked and beheaded the others, tearing their petals out one by one in a deranged game of loves-me-not.
Maybe the plant rapture happened and tree Jesus left it behind because it was a naughty, sinful little flower covered in pollen and sin from all those bee orgies.
YOU DON'T KNOW.
 
2020-05-16 4:34:27 PM  

Boudyro: My church is the green spaces, my incense is the smell of the woods.

Just because I don't know all their names doesn't mean I don't appreciate plants and what they do for me.


Okay, bloomer.
 
2020-05-16 5:33:30 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: CordycepsInYourBrain: TheGreatGazoo: Oh for Pete's sake.  I know about as much about botany as I do about geology, and that's not much.  I can go on a hike without needing to know what plants are around me because there's people smarter than me about them that do track them.  In a similar vein, you can read this without knowing anything about p-type semiconductor bonds.

Let me hike in peace. Sheesh.

You go hiking to... ignore nature? Ok.

I don't go hiking to plant-watch, but sometimes you just have to stop and smell the native roses.

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As a boyscout, I annoyed one of the adult-parent chaperones on a hiking trip because I kept looking at stuff.  Not going to apologize for that.
 
2020-05-16 7:11:45 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: CordycepsInYourBrain: TheGreatGazoo: Oh for Pete's sake.  I know about as much about botany as I do about geology, and that's not much.  I can go on a hike without needing to know what plants are around me because there's people smarter than me about them that do track them.  In a similar vein, you can read this without knowing anything about p-type semiconductor bonds.

Let me hike in peace. Sheesh.

You go hiking to... ignore nature? Ok.

I don't go hiking to plant-watch, but sometimes you just have to stop and smell the native roses.

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That looks a lot like multiflora rose, which is a non-native, highly invasive species in the US, so damaging that it is considered a noxious weed.
 
2020-05-16 8:16:50 PM  
I would be the opposite of this. I actually don't mind weeds; they are green things that grow and I don't have to water them so much. Culture the right weeds and it actually looks pretty.

I've gotten side-eye from my neighbors when I first moved in because I had some unconventional takes on gardening practices. Now? I've had at least a dozen stop and tell me how much they appreciate the one planter, with a couple of moms mentioning they use it for a color scavenging hunt. I think because everyone is forced to stay home, they've starting noticing it a bit more. I'm happy to provide something interesting for people to look at.

I can't wait to get some yard area of my own though. Urban homesteading here I come!
 
2020-05-16 9:02:34 PM  

edmo: Attitudes are a funny thing. Back in college, I'm riding with some skydiving friends out to the DZ. It's a 30 minute drive through the corn and beans of Illinois. On guy in back, a Chicago suburb kid, says "Man, I can't believe all the land out here just sitting there going to waste."

Where do you start?


My bros. think that orange groves, farms, and wilderness would be better off if they were turned into McMansions, restaurants, bars, fast-food outlets, and strip malls. I tell them, that's how you get more traffic.
 
2020-05-16 9:21:50 PM  

lycanth: common sense is an oxymoron: CordycepsInYourBrain: TheGreatGazoo: Oh for Pete's sake.  I know about as much about botany as I do about geology, and that's not much.  I can go on a hike without needing to know what plants are around me because there's people smarter than me about them that do track them.  In a similar vein, you can read this without knowing anything about p-type semiconductor bonds.

Let me hike in peace. Sheesh.

You go hiking to... ignore nature? Ok.

I don't go hiking to plant-watch, but sometimes you just have to stop and smell the native roses.

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That looks a lot like multiflora rose, which is a non-native, highly invasive species in the US, so damaging that it is considered a noxious weed.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_ca​l​ifornica
 
2020-05-16 11:19:33 PM  
My buddy and I are plant (and mushroom) guys. We actively search out and try to ID just about any wild plants we come across when we go hiking. Obviously, the most interesting are those that are edible, or with medicinal or recreational properties.

But sometimes I go hiking with my cousin. He's a hunter, an animal guy. Completely different skill set. I'll be noticing and pointing out edible berries and medicinal leaves, and he's pointing out deer tracks and bear trails.

Both skills are great, but different. And I definitely think, personality-wise, most people will fall into either one or the other.

Either way, the app to have is iNaturalist. Can't recommend it enough. Whatever lives in your area, be it plant, animal, or fungus, iNaturalist will help you find out what it is.
 
2020-05-17 4:03:37 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: PLANT BLINDNESS!!!!

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/you covet my ice cream bar


You've been sniffing too many left socks.
 
2020-05-17 4:14:15 AM  

amyldoanitrite: Either way, the app to have is iNaturalist. Can't recommend it enough. Whatever lives in your area, be it plant, animal, or fungus, iNaturalist will help you find out what it is.


Thanks, will try that.
Have you seen  Plantnet ?
Works well.
 
2020-05-17 9:52:38 AM  

amyldoanitrite: Either way, the app to have is iNaturalist. Can't recommend it enough. Whatever lives in your area, be it plant, animal, or fungus, iNaturalist will help you find out what it is.


Thanks for the recommend. Does it cover insects too? I want to be able to take my son on hikes in the area and know pretty much everything I'm looking at.
 
2020-05-17 12:48:01 PM  

amyldoanitrite: Either way, the app to have is iNaturalist. Can't recommend it enough. Whatever lives in your area, be it plant, animal, or fungus, iNaturalist will help you find out what it is.


Very nice.  Can't wait to see how well it does on the local insects that are starting to show up.  Identifying damselflies in particular is a major pain.
 
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