Clearing Mindspace Before the Summer Solstice

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“Screwed” – © chriscondello 2013 – Ravens Rock – Coopers Rock State Park – West Virginia – I’ve decided to start this off on the edge of a sandstone cliff… Believe it or not… This is a guideline for high tension power lines that carve right through the Cheat River Basin… I will hopefully be spending a little more time in West Virginia this Summer…

I am attempting to clear my hard drive… And my mind to prepare for the Summer Solstice… Not that I am planning on doing anything for it… But because I want to go into Summer fresh… Maybe I’ll do a series on the first day of Summer… Or maybe I won’t…

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“Alley Comp” – © chriscondello 2013 – Hamnett Way – Wilkinsburg, PA – Rotting Black Locust from Garden Dreams Urban Farm… Daisies from the East End Busway… Rose Petals from the backyard of an abandoned house… A different way to look at compost…

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“Trouble” – © chriscondello 2013 – East End Busway – Wilkinsburg, PA – Allium vineale… Wild Garlic… Or what we called it in my neighborhood… Wild Onion… Either way… This plant is a major problem in my area… Yet I never once stopped to look at one of them without ripping it right out of the ground…

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“Manifesto” – © chriscondello 2013 – Sewer Way – Wilkinsburg, PA – Sewer Way is lined with the remains of now crumbling garages… Broken glass… Crushed cellphones… And used needles… The alley name implies waste… Well… It’s not far off… But among the lost calls… And crumbling dreams… I will find beauty… And that is my simple manifesto…

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“Invincibelle Spirit” – © chriscondello 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – Breast cancer awareness pink hydrangea… The worlds first Pink Annabelle Hydrangea…

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“Feverfew” – © chriscondello 2013 – The Garden Table – Wilkinsburg, PA – This plant has been used as an herbal treatment to reduce fever, treat headaches, arthritis and digestive problems… Though scientific evidence does not support anything beyond a placebo effect…

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“St. John’s Wort” – © chriscondello 2013 – The Garden Table – Wilkinsburg, PA – You never know what you will find in this garden… Actually… I do… Sometimes invasive… And banned in many countries… I really do not recommend planting it unless you are a very hands on gardener…

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“Deptford Pink” – © chriscondello 2013 – Dianthus armeria – Duck Hollow Trail – Pittsburgh,PA – Growing tall in the spray zone of the railroad tracks… Not a PA native… It is actually native to Europe… But it has naturalized here…

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“Anne Arett” – © chriscondello 2013 – Micro Hosta – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – So my girlfriend and I collect Hosta… But we especially love the mini and micro varieties… This particular flower is from the “Anne Arett” Variety… It is lime green… And the leaves are thin and frazzled like the famous “Electrocution” variety… Which we also grow… And with this photo… I now have to go prune a ridiculously thorny patch of “Moss Rose”… Wish me luck…

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“Excuse Me” – © chriscondello 2013 – Wagner Way – Wilkinsburg, PA – From the alley this Rose looked like a fake plant… I jumped in and took a photo as quickly as I could… I didn’t notice the hand covering up the yawn till I got home…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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One thought on “Clearing Mindspace Before the Summer Solstice

  1. Love the photos, Chris, and the admonishment to plant petunias and question everything. Amen. Happy summer, my friend.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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