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James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

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  1. Avatar David Ryan
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    A few years ago my wife planted 100 or so lily bulbs here and there in our garden. I can’t believe such opulent flowers just grow, mostly untended, year after year. It’s like living in a flowerist’s shop!Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko
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    Lilies do well here in the desert. Our iconic Joshua trees are relatives of the lilies in your yard!Report

    • Avatar Kim in reply to Burt Likko
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      Oh, so that’s where the plague came from!
      (In Israel, people “plant trees” (as good luck and to support Israel)… generally Joshua trees, which are not native, and aren’t supposed to be in that desert!).Report

    • Avatar James Hanley in reply to Burt Likko
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      I love Joshua trees. I’m still hearbroken that the clump of Joshua trees on I-5 just south (iirc) of 138 burned a few years back. As far as I know, that was the furthest west grove of Joshua trees, and at unusually high altitude, and the most dense cluster (presumably because of greater moisture) I’ve ever seen. Johanna and I actually had wedding photos done in front of Joshua trees (she was generously letting me satisfy my whims).Report

  3. Avatar zic
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    @james-hanley this is beautiful.

    Some time back you asked about flowers to grow in deep shade. A cousin of the day lily might do, the Lily of the Valley.

    They’re small, highly fragrant, bloom in early spring, and are very poisonous. Here, they’re fading as the lilacs come in to bloom. They naturalize readily.Report

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