12 April 2014

Daffodil - Mavis Manor MMx4 Collection

Daffodil - Mavis Manor MMx4 Collection

2 W-Y
1 Y -Y "Charlie's House Bloom"
1 YYW - Y
2 YW- O
1 YW - YO
5 W-YW
1 Y-YO
4 GY-Y

Welcome to the third year of us the Mavis Manor Daffodils Collection. In 2012, the daffodils were all up and blooming on the 31 March, the 11 of April in 2013 and in 2014 as of the 16th-20th of April most of them have bloomed.

All the daffodils that I have grown are either plants that were already on the grounds that I simple moved to a different flower bed, plants I've been given over the past few years, or rescued from old and forgotten homestead, some deep in the woods.

I never knew a lot about Daffodils until 2012 when a guest told me about the American Daffodil Society, below is the types and colours of Daffodils out there in the world.

This fall I plan to do some Daffodil trading. If you have any you'd like to trade, message me, via facebook, twitter or email.

The American Daffodil Society - ADS

The divisions are: Division 1: Trumpet Daffodils. Plants are of garden origin. Corona length is equal to or exceeds the length of the perianth segments, flowers are borne one to a stem.

Division 2: Large-cupped Daffodils. Plants are of garden origin. Corona length, or corona radius if flattened, is more than 1/3 but less than equal to the length of the perianth segments; flowers are borne one to a stem.

Division 3: Small-cupped Daffodils. Corona length, or corona radius if flattened, is no more than 1/3 the length of the perianth segments; flowers are borne one to a stem.

Division 4: Double Daffodils. Any daffodil in which more than one layer of perianth segments and/or more than one layer of corona segments are present. The combination of doubled perianth and corona segments can vary widely between cultivars, and there may be one or more flowers per stem, also varying by cultivar.

Division 5: Triandrus Daffodils. Characteristics of Narcissus triandrus and its allies clearly evident; flowers hang more or less downward, perianth segments are often reflexed, and plants most often bear two or more flowers per stem.

Division 6: Cyclamineus Daffodils. Characteristics of Narcissus cyclamineus and its allies clearly evident; perianth segments are often reflexed or wind-swept in appearance, corona length varies but can sometimes exceed the perianth segment length, and flowers are borne one to a stem.

Division 7: Jonquilla Daffodils. Characteristics of Narcissus jonquilla and its allies clearly evident; flowers are small to medium sized, perianth segments are flat, corona length varies but is usually short and semi-spherical, foliage may be rush-like and dark green as in the species but phenotypic distillation through crossbreeding between divisions has produced a range of foliage types. Fragrance is usually prominent. Flowers may be borne one to several to a stem, depending upon cultivar.

Division 8: Tazetta (Poetaz or Bunch-flowered) Daffodils. Characteristics may be intermediate between Narcissus tazetta and its allies and/or N. tazetta in combination with Narcissus poeticus is ambiguously evident. Perianth segments are flat, corona length is usually short and semi-spherical. Fragrance is usually prominent. Flowers may be borne in clusters of a few to over a dozen per stem, depending upon cultivar.

Division 9: Poeticus (Poet's) Daffodils. Characteristics of Narcissus poeticus and its allies clearly evident; flowers are medium sized, perianth segments are flat and nearly always white, corona is small, flat, and wrinkled—usually green eyed and orange-to-red banded—often with intermediate shades of yellow. Fragrance is usually prominent. Flowers are usually borne one, but very occasionally two, to a stem.

Division 10: Bulbocodium Daffodils. Characteristics of Narcissus bulbocodium and its allies clearly evident; flowers are small, perianth segments are small, linear to awl-shaped, corona is very large in proportion to the perianth and "hoop petticoat" or bowl shaped, foliage is usually rush-like and dark green as in the species. Flowers are borne one to a stem.

Division 11: Split-corona (Split cup, Butterfly) Daffodils. Plants are of garden origin and can represent any potential genetic background. The corona, which can be any length or orientation, is radially split from the outer rim inward at more than half its natural length. The splitting can occur triradially or hexiradially, and in some cases the segments may be broad enough to underlap and overlap alternating perianth segments. Though flowers are most often borne one to a stem, there are cultivars with multiple flowers per stem. Division 11 is subdivided as follows: a) Collar Daffodils. Corona segments lie opposite the perianth segments and are usually in two whorls of three, giving a frilly apparance b) Papillon Daffodils. Corona segments lie alternate to the perianth segments and are usually in a single whorl of six, the cup being flatter and more open. These often have a sunburst streaked color pattern.

Division 12: Miscellaneous Daffodils. Any daffodils of garden origin not classifiable by the first 11 Divisions. They may be inter-division hybrids, or of such ambiguous heritage or phenotype that they do not easily fit into any of the above divisions. This includes the dwarf daffodil "Tete-a-Tete".

Division 13: Species, Wild Variants and Wild Hybrids. All Daffodils occurring naturally in the wild. Plants of the preceding 12 divisions are all of garden origin. Miniature Daffodils - Miniature Daffodils are not an official ADS Division; miniatures can occur in each of the other 13 Divisions and possess the same descriptive characteristics. However, the flowers are 1.5 in (38 mm) or less in diameter, and ideally are borne on proportionally smaller plants.

Colour Range
W = White or whitish
G = Green
Y = Yellow
P = Pink
O = Orange
R = Red 

12 March 2014

C(lie)mate : Agenda 21 : Your Future Starts Today

There are certain times when I really feel like I can change the world. This is NOT one of those moments. Agenda 21 if you haven’t heard about it or read about it. It’s certainly time you do. Here is the link http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/Agenda21.pdf.


This is a post about Agenda 21. If you’re going to quickly just call me a conspiracy theory and you haven’t done your reach on this subject please reframe from commending. We will begin with Sustainable Local Government. It sounds like a dream come true, that folks in the government stated to listen to the people, and then I read into the subject matter a little more. Retrofit, energy audits, upgrade, smart meters, developing end of life plans for public equipment. Yes, doesn’t sound bad. Then you get into the “Replacement” of outdated building. This means demolish of our history. As many time as I crunch number on project I’ve looked at Demolish a build is far from sustainable. So, I did what everyone should do and follow the money. Oh look we found banks wanting to offer low interest lows to replace building. A build which is total paid for, is standing, the blood, sweat, labour cost and resource cost already stored there in the walls, but the banks want to indebt us deep so push to destroy history.

This is how my eyes were opened to the debt plan of Agenda 21. Let’s begin with the push to make everything electric. Why gasoline, natural gas are both outdated fuel sources, electric is not the end all. Fuel Cells are pretty neat, old tech like Windmill, or Water mills not to create energy but to do a job, turn some gears. In the Climate Action Plan, why are we ignoring them? Maybe because their output is not meter able? What about wood? Wood is totally a renewable resource. – This would be the point where those of you whom maybe don’t know me well need to understand I don’t believe typical humans effect climate change. Unless you’re dropping a nuclear bomb, spraying chemicals from your airplane or something else total extreme, driving your SUV isn’t effect the climate one bit. (No you’re wasting money, and resources that could be use for better uses, cause air pollution and water pollution, but you are not making the planet any warmer, stormier, or snowier.) We are just in a natural cycle. C02 is needed for life. Plants need C02. The graft you might have seen with C02 and temperature increase, scare them out and look at them again, and you will see if C02 affected the temperature we’d be a lot hotter.  Here is an example I found.

http://nipccreport.org/articles/2013/may/21may2013a1.html .

As can be seen from the figure above, there is absolutely no rational relationship between the Holocene temperature history derived by Axford et al. and the air's COcontent. Over the first 1800 years of the record, for example, when the atmosphere's CO2 concentration rose by a sluggardly 10 ppm, Holocene temperatures rose, in the mean, by about 2.3°C. Then, over the following 2,400 years, when the air's CO2 content rose by about 20 ppm, mean summer air temperatures dropped by approximately 2.6°C. And over the next 1900 years, when the air's CO2 content rose by some 10 to 15 ppm, mean air temperature changed not at all. But over the final 300 or so years, when the atmospheric CO2 concentration rose by a whopping 125 ppm, summer air temperatures first declined by about 1.9°C and then rose by about 1.9°C, for essentially no net change. Clearly, the CO2 concentration of Earth's atmosphere would appear to have had no consistent impact on July air temperatures in the vicinity of North Lake, Greenland, over the past seven millennia..

Doesn’t just take one report go out and do your own research. There are tons of sites..

http://www.iloveco2.com/ is one of them.  Again, don’t just listen to the talking heads or me, do your own research and discover the data and really read into it. See what you think. Use that mind you were given..

But, now to the part that is hard for me. I support a lot of the ideas behind Agenda 21. I plant 500-1000 trees a year to help with reforestation, I reduce my electric bill by using LED lights, and I love how technology can be used to save, recycle and reduce. Then, I see the money hungry mindset behind the corporate greed. How they envision a way to enslave the masses. Which they pretty much already have with College Loans, Cell Phone plans, and New Better Junk..

The future is upon us. 3D printers are going to be common place in 10 years; Big Box Story models are DEAD. The 3D printers are going to put billions out of a job.  Automation is going to put millions out of a job. Easy of tech is going to put millions out of a job. The jobs of the future will be growing, fixing, educating, problem solving, discovering, and creating. While this future sounds super exciting to me, it also sounds very scary if the corporations still have the 20th century growth model.  You will do what you want to do in the future, jobs will be more fulfilling, rewarding and community based (for the most part). Slave labour will be almost nil. That is if we stop buying into the Hero worship of corporate greed..

Baby Boomer will never get it and Millennial trust way to much in the system. That leaves Gen X and the Digital Natives (2001-Now). We have to shape this future so we are not slaves to Corporate Green Governance..

You do not need a local, state or federal government to tell you how to live your life, what appliances to buy, what to use as your fuel source, and what plants you can eat. We are smart enough. (Plus the big corporation won’t follow whatever rules are in place anyway. See Fraking and the Clean Water Act) it’s time to stop living in American Idle land. Educate you’re selves on the government stance, ask the hard questions, boycott the greedy corporation, reduce or create your own power supply, grow your own food, help those around you will your kindness, time, and education. We can fix the problems in the world without the governments help. The world doesn’t need large corporations. Mom and Pop or medium sized business can supply everything the world needs. We can make a difference, just please stop blindly supporting issues, politicians or causes until you fully understand them, and when you do force them to change the negative aspect.

12Mar14 -Dr FF

09 January 2014

2014 Predictions

2014 Predictions / Goals 

World Predictions
a. Stock Market Crash (Major Drop)
b. 8+ Earthquake
c. Something very Strange with the Weather

North American Predictions
a. Major Power Outage 2 Million 48+ hours
b. 5,000 Weather related date week.
c. Major Hurricane

My Reality (Goals)
a. Buy a Canoe (Take 8)
b. Build a Cabin / House
c. Bee Hive
d. 2 New Friends
e. See Northern Lights

My Reality (Predictions)
a. Death of a Friend
b. a Very Happy Day
c. without Power for total time 2+ weeks

My Score 2008-2013 Total = 36-29-07

13 for 2013 (5-6-2)

World Predictions (3-2)
8+ Earthquake FAIL
Collapse of a Known Country Syria
Major Solar Flare (Damage) FAIL
New Pope Francis
Major Discovery Lot's of Earthlike Planets

North American Predictions (0-2-1)
2+ Million without power FAIL
Major Hurricane (Lots of Damage) FAIL
A Super Happy Day PENDING

My Reality (Goals) (2-2-1)
Buy a Canoe (Take 7) FAIL
Alternative Power Supply So/So
Large Garden Trees, Veggies, Corn
Working Car (6+ months) + an Extra car
A Bee Hive FAIL

The 13 Predictions of 2012 (Review) (5-7)

World Predictions (2-2)
1.     EMP used FAIL
2.     X-Class Solar Flare hits Earth X5 3/6/12
3.     Hottest Temp Record Hottest year on Record
4.     12.21.12 @11.11 will be a Man made Event FAIL

North American Predictions (2-1)
1.     Death of an Occupier FAIL
2.     Military on Street Weird training + Tanks on streets in St. Louis
3.     East Coast Earthquake 6+ 8.Nov 6.3 Vancouver 6.4 14.Dec Baja California

My Reality (Goals) (1-4)
1.     Buy a Canoe (Take 6) FAIL
2.     Visit more than 13 states FAIL (WV,VA,NC,SC,GA,FL,OH)
3.     2+ New Friends Updating Soon
4.     30% @ Mavis Manor FAIL
5.     Use less kW then 2011 (25431 kW) REVIEWING
a.     Create 25% of 2012 usage.
6.     Classic Car FAIL