Gold Rush

In the last two years, my Zamia Roezliis are flushing new leaves like crazy. Unlike other species of cycads which rarely flush (attention Encephalartos caffer, Encephalartos eugene-maraisii, Cycas angulata and Macrozamia johnsonni!!!), my roezliis are continuously pushing new leaves. The leaves start out as color gold and eventually become green as they mature. I have a gold mine right in my backyard.


The Painted Cycad

Wow!  I just realized that it has been a month and a day since I last posted.  

Explanations first.  

I decided a while back to limit my posts to weekends which is when it is most convenient for me to take pictures and research.  The past weekends, however, have not been conducive to blogging which is why there have been no posts from my end.  It also explains why I haven't been commenting on your blogs.  The number of Google Reader items to read to play catch up = Scary!  I already started last night but I've barely made a dent in the numbers.  

There were two long weekends to enjoy last month, one of which was spent out of town communing with nature at our favorite go-to mountain home.  Here is a picture of Pals (from the "Plant Clinic" post) and I heading down to the stream for a swim.  You can almost make out the stream above my head.

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Poker Phase

Call?  Check?  Raise?  Fold?  Grow?  Wait.  What?  Grow?!!

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Depending on the game variant being played, poker is based on the "hand" that is dealt to you or the "hand" that you construct.  The best hand, of course, is the Royal Flush composed of the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace cards of a single suit.

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