Beanie level: Noble idiot

Tonight I’m planting seeds that germinated in water baths into soil filled paper containers, starting with these peas. (Some day…I will find time to add all the shows missing from my list here. 🤪)

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LoV update: And then there were more lilies of the valley…

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I finally took some follow-up photos of the lilies of the valley today. I was actually quite wrong about the size of the ones I have, so I’m glad I brought out a yard stick today! More new shoots too.

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    These are definitely a good size! I dug out feet of LOV this year, they were taking over my garden.

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      I went to a friend’s house the other day, which they bought last year. The LoV in one bed had spread into their lawn as well as a bit over their property line where they border on a sloped woody area. A lot of the vegetation in the garden overall hadn’t been minded in a while, so there’s a lot of work to do there, as we found when we bought our home here. I’ll be helping her thin them out later this week, as they get very invasive here and can take over woodland areas, suppressing native plants. That’s why I put ours where they are–it’s hemmed in by the house foundation on one side, and the asphalt from the driveway on the other 3.

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        That was smart of you 👍🏼 Mine was contained by concrete on three sides and now decided to run down the remaining length of the bed 😤, crowding out so many bee-friendly perennials. I look at my little garden bed and have to laugh at how much money has been spent trying to make it a bee oasis and how many monarda I’ve managed to kill.

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          One thing I didn’t realize about deadheading the monarda as much as I was made them over clump below ground and strangled themselves because I forgot you’re also supposed to divided them. 😳

          Keeping them a bit thinned for air circulation to prevent powdery mildew helps too, especially if they are in partial shade. You can combine 1T of baking soda w/ water in a standard spray bottle and use it on the leaves if they get the mildew despite thinning during a rainy/damp year. I use the same mix when our pumpkin leaves get it too.

          My worst garden thug yet best chop and drop is burdock. I’ve learned to use it to protect late growers so weeds don’t have much of a chance to start (like our strawberries we have between the fence and driveway), then chop the leaves back when those later plants are good and ready for some full sun time. I also keep it less thuggish now that I know to clip any seeds that start to form on them which I toss in our “baking bin” (metal ash can we put any vigorous weed seeds in for a year so the sun literally bakes them to death, and then they’re safe to compost).

          I am still fairly horrible about starting flowers from seeds. We were lucky in that we “inherited” a lot of flowering perennials/self seeding annuals of various types when we bought our house–the original owners were definitely gardeners. 😄

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            My monarda grow a little the first year and then just don’t come back ☹️ Sadly, my thumb is not a green one. Thanks for the powdery mildew recipe, I just sprayed my newest (attempts at) monarda with copper fungicide because they literally came from the store and had PM three days later. My best plant by far this Spring is a 3 ft tall Squaw Weed that the birds kindly planted for me!

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            @bbstl I’m going to try adding more monarda this year now that I know what I did wrong. Sometimes it takes a few days of spray to knock down the PM, depending on weather.

            It took a while after we moved here before I figured out which local nurseries were worthwhile buying from, as we had some dire disappointments our first year. I remember being quite mad that all the celosias didn’t last a month despite perfect siting. 😒

            I would be thrilled if squaw weed volunteered in our garden! Here they call it golden groundsel. Both golden and running groundsels are native here. Running has thinner and wider spaced yellow petals. Depending on where you are, you might see the gorgeous black and red cinnabar moth near it, as it’s a host plant for their young.

            We try to let volunteers grow until we can at least ID them, which has added some wonderful plants over time. This year there are a few patches of wild yarrow leafing out in the front of our house. My biggest surprise last year was a Queen Anne’s Lace. Although we do get lots of false carrots, it was the first year that showed up. Which reminds me, I saved some seeds from that and should start germinating them. The weather this year is much more mild than last, and we held off starting seeds indoors because we don’t have grow lights and last year everything got leggy and weak waiting for the weather to warm up because we haven’t built a small greenhouse yet–hopefully next year.

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            @Lily left the valley
            It’s so funny how things don’t follow what they’re “supposed” to do, you never know what you’re going to get!
            I drove past a roughly 40 ft long “wall” of Queen Anne’s Lace yesterday, it was breathtaking!

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            @bbstl Aye, that’s the amazing thing when you do see those wide swaths aka “carpets” of a certain species. Visually, it can be stunning in a good way, and sometimes even breathtaking due to the sheer scale of them. 😊

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    @bbstl @lilyleftthevalley are these considered as weeds in your area?

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      They’re not considered weeds, or at least haven’t been so far. Mine stayed contained for many years and suddenly in the last two years went berserk. Gosh, and their root system is serious! I also have goldenrod and phlox that have gone nuts, so I’ve been digging out a lot in order to,plant summer perennials for pollinators.

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      It depends on which resource you look at. To horticultural folks, they are a beloved flower and a must have in the garden. To native plant folks, they are a noxious weed that often escapes into woodlands and invasively crowds out native species on the forest floors, sometimes to the point of making near monocultures at the expense of what normally would be anywhere from 40-100s of varieties, depending on the micro clime. There also aren’t a lot of species here that feed on them, though there are some bacteria/fungi that can affect them when they are experiencing stress conditions (like drought or late frost).

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        That should have read “sometimes to the point of making near monocultures at the expense of what normally would be anywhere from 40-100s of varieties of other species, depending…”

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Apparently I deleted the now missing post when trying to reply to it. Sorry about that, @mmmmm ! Think it\’s time for me to go to bed. 😴 (3:40 AM here)

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    Oh.. you should sleep this late though. I sleep late, too, like 2 a.m. but that’s as far as I can go. 😅 My goal is to sleep around 1 a.m.

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Hope the image doesn’t vanish this time.
@mmmmm the first image is a photograph I took of them a few days ago-not planted a few days ago. So this image is from May 26, 2020, not May of 2021.

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    Their flowers are so cute; they are like upside-down, white little bells. 🙂 I know that this flower is used a lot in perfumes. It’s so nice to have the real ones at your house.

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    🌸 🌱

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    Is this lilly of the valley?

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      yes

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        Is that clover next to it? It is that small?

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          Yes, those are some clover nearby just starting to grow which I also try to encourage under there though they get limited sun (this “garden bed” is under the small porch for our side door right next to our driveway to the garage, but it does get some east and south sun).

          Depending on the type of lily of the valley, they can grow anywhere from 6-12″ tall. I think this variety tops out around 6 or 7″. I’ve honestly never measured them.😊 They mostly spread underground by rhizomes, but also can develop a pea like seed.

          We are in the New England region (USDA plant hardiness zone 5b). Our last frost date usually falls around May 20th, so we don’t have a very long growing season which is why both have just started to grow recently. Last year we had snow the second week in May, which isn’t typical, but can happen. We almost always have at least some snow in mid April here, though (including this year). I grew up in the mid-Atlantic region on a barrier island bordering the Atlantic which is a much more temperate zone. We rarely got snow there, and when we did the salt air usually made short work of it. I love snow which is one of the reasons we moved further north.

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            Yeah. I read somewhere that lily of the valley cannot withstand heat. Thus, a tropical girl like me can only see it thru picture. And as most picture doesnt have size comparation, ive never realize that theyre that smol 🤣🤣.

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After the conversation about my screen name, I thought it would be fun to post an image I took a few days ago of 1/2 of my namesake starting to grow here at our forever home.

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    I have NEVER seen the real lily
    of the valley! Pls post your picture when it has fully bloomed also!

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      I’ll post a pic of them in bloom last year for now, but will post another later in the year when this year’s crop is in bloom. (Will have to make a new post for the photo, doesn’t seem to be a button in replies.)

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Just leaving this here to remind myself I’m overdue of a rewatch of this drama…

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Catching up to Vincenzo, and SKS keeps coming up in comments, and all I can think of is these two…

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    They were magical together ❤️. They totally deserved the best couple award.
    I’m going to die if they play opposite each other in a drama or film.

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    They’re so great! I started watching it again last week but have to FF through all the Mickey ☹️

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      Yeah, I haven’t rewatched the whole show again since that was in the news. I have thought about skimming through those scenes too, but just haven’t yet.

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        For me, it’s only partly because of his personal news but more because he’s just not an interesting actor (especially compared to the other two). I would have loved a spin-off of their characters.

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Cripes. 2020 is still leaching time from 2021. Never enough hours in the day for all the K stuff I’d rather be doing.

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I’m still suffering a bit of whiplash from FoE tonight. Just look at my poor tail! Look at it stuck half lashed! It might take all night to get the kinks out.

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Me when I went to bed late, but woke up before FoE has even aired in SK, forget being subbed yet. (And had to remake this post 3 times because still half asleep.)

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*looks at calendar* Wednesday feels so far awaaaaay.

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I came here and confirmed there is only one episode of FoE this week. I think I knew that, but was in denial. Might be for the best–my heart couldn’t take another ep after yesterday.

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
The end of Flower of Evil ep 8!
SO EXCITED, and don’t want to spoil for those that haven’t seen it yet!

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    SO GOOD!

    At least we basically have confirmation that Hyun-soo is not a murderer and we know he has more emotions than even he believes. However, I feel so bad for Ji-won! I wonder what will happen to these two. If Hyun-soo’s name is cleared, will he really be okay with Ji-won leaving him? (I doubt it.) Will Ji-won ever forgive him?

    AND WHO’S THE ACCOMPLICE? I’m seriously drawing blanks at this point. Yesterday I was thinking it might be somebody from the Baek family, but now I’m less certain. I feel like I’ll be a bit upset if it’s some rando.

    And what happened to the real Hee-seong? I’m dying to know! Dr. Baek keeps saying it’s his wife’s fault. What happened? What did she do? Hopefully Hyun-soo isn’t involved in any way (I don’t see how he could be, since he was so badly injured).

    I also love the trio of Moo-jin, Hae-soo, and Hyun-joo. I didn’t think I would like this grouping, but they actually seem like people who were really close at one time.

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    This was exactly the direction I wanted this show to go. If they give me a psychological version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) I would be so happy!

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      As sad as part of me is to not see an outright evil LJK, I’m totally thrilled at the near certain super team-up developing. I’m already designing the logo in my head, each being a petal of the flower. Gives a whole new meaning to F4. 😉

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Today I learned that clicking the upvote on one\’s own wall post does not show a list of all the folks that did so in one place. It simply adds another vote, which you cannot undo. 😞

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    Why would you undo like button if you like something 🤔🙄 It’s about your opinion not others… I don’t use any social media for keeping me sane and not taking completely over my life (reading news, useful stuff, dramabeans and watching something takes awful lot of time anyway) so I’m not familiar how it works elsewhere.

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      I didn’t mean to like myself/my own post. Most do not allow someone to like their own post/comment, and I can only think of one other site I’m a somewhat regular on aside from here where I’ve encountered where you can vote for your own contribution.

      Whenever someone likes something of mine, I’m interested in knowing which post/comment, and the hovertext link doesn’t make it obvious. Yet clicking on every single “X liked your ” it often takes more time than I have to wait for each page to load, so I was hoping like with other sites, I could just quickly see a list.

      To see the list, with some sites, if you hover over a like or up/down arrow, it shows whom else has already done so. Others, if you are looking at your post specifically, you click on them to see the list instead of hovering. If you click on someone else’s, it adds you to the total.

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        It’s a labour to look at all the likes from which post or comment they’re coming from but I didn’t know until recently like you that you can press like for your own things, also it occurred to me by mistake. It’s not a big deal, the best is when we learn from our own mistakes.

        Oups 😱, we just gave a manual to people who like to rank high how to do it faster.😂

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          Yep, I just felt a bit, “AH NO! That’s not what I wanted!” when it happened. 😳

          Indeed, we have turned a page for some on self ranking. 🧐

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    It helped you get one step closer to the next level though.

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      Next level of…understanding which sometimes common functions that work on other sites work here? Otherwise, ya lost me.

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      Wait…are you saying DB didn’t code the voting so people’s votes for themselves doesn’t count towards the title/rating system? If that is the case, that’s a bit of a surprise to me.

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        I’m saying that voting for yourself does count toward moving up to your next title/rank.

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          Thank you for the clarification.

          I have not had time to gaze upon the Mystery Tome of Rankage, wheresoever it may be tucked away. ⏳

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        How a beanie goes up a level is an unsolved mystery here – what we do know is comments on recaps/articles are worth more than comments on wallposts.

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          Interesting. I have a hard enough time trying to keep up here with what time I have to worry about ranks! 😧

          Though I do appreciate the humor in them when I see a new one for the first time.

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That moment when you’ve written up a long response, and the Post Monster eats it.

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Another night where I think I\’ll finally hop in and catch up on things, and….oh look…almost 3am. *sighs*

Later today for sure after I get some sleep, right? 😏

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Sees under “Next Recap to Post” FoE 3.

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When you’re trying to distract yourself from waiting for a recap thread to go up, and your distraction isn’t making things any easier…

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    Are you talking about FoE? If so, that’s why I’m waiting to binge this week’s eps tomorrow, so it’s less waiting for the thread lol

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      Yes. I’m especially going crazy because I’ve watched both 3&4, and the recap for 3 isn’t even up yet so I can at least dive in for that episode. I almost started posting with spoiler notices in 2’s recap because I was so darn excited some of my notions had borne out, but my inner former forum mod scolded me and I cleared the response window. 😅

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Okies, since it dumped the response I was trying to put this in….here’s the image of that positively elven sharp jaw, @yyishere:

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