Solomon Grundy Too

Too flaked in front of the quartz heater
Too flaked in front of the quartz heater

We have 4 cats, one of which used to belong to our son. When Lorr moved Solomon Grundy Too came to live with us. Not too long after joining us Too, in his adventures as a new country cat, managed to dislocate his stifle joint. For those of you who are not conversant with cat architecture, the stifle joint is the forward pointing joint near the top of the hind leg below the hip. By the time we discovered the injury it was too late for repairs so Too now has one less joint in his right hind leg. The head of the tibia/fibula is firmly joined to the center of the femur. It makes for interesting relaxed poses.

More vertical garden stuff

Three-story-tall biowall in Queens Universitys Faculty of Applied Science building Beamish-Munro Hall in Kingston Ontario, Canada. Constructed in 2003, the wall is composed of tropical plants to help clean and humidify the buildings air. Photo by Renée Stephen, 2005.
Three-story-tall biowall in Queen's University's Faculty of Applied Science building Beamish-Munro Hall in Kingston Ontario, Canada. Constructed in 2003, the wall is composed of tropical plants to help clean and humidify the building's air. Photo by Renée Stephen, 2005.
Look at this beautiful wall! It’s got really large plants in it. This image was taken over 1 year after constructions. The plants sure look happy.

Local visit by Patrick Blanc

Goodwill-Millgard vegetal wall
Goodwill-Millgard vegetal wall

Patrick Blanc was commissioned for a vertical garden on Tacoma’s (local to us) Goodwill-Millgard Work Opportunity Center and gave an hour long talk at a local museum.  The wall construction work was performed by a local business, Teufel Nursery and Landscape Resource Center.  I didn’t know about Blanc’s visit before-hand or I would have attended his talk.  The man is an inspiration.

Here’s a link to the interview he did in Melbourne during the construction of the Melbourne Central Mall vertical garden.

Take a minute and watch this video of vertical walls in Paris.

Patrick Blanc Chelsea Flower Show interview