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Blathery [May. 6th, 2010|10:46 pm]
The weeds grow fast. Every day I yank more foxtails out of the ground, and the next day there are more. It looks as though a weed whacker will be necessary to get ahead of them. This is the worst foxtail year I've ever seen here. If they didn't pose such a danger to the cats, and if the plants stayed small I wouldn't mind them. They're actually very pretty when young and green, and the tails themselves are so very soft and appealing.

Once they mature and dry in summer's heat they'll be sticking to the fur of every animal who brushes against them and will invade ears and any small wound they reach. I worry about the feral cats, who don't spend all their time in my yard and will be exposed to foxtails in vacant lots and along road verges all summer.

It's very strange to be awake in the early part of the day so often. I don't think I'll ever get used to it. It's also very strange using the laptop instead of the desktop. I don't think I'll ever get used to that either.

There might be rain Sunday and/or Monday. May showers aren't too common here. I'll be glad of them, as they will keep the ground soft enough to make the foxtails easier to pull up. I wish they could lubricate my knees so getting up and down to reach the foxtails would be easier too.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2010-05-07 10:55 am (UTC)
i didn't know that about foxtails. poor feral kitties have such a tough life.

bad knees have become the bane of my existence. that cracking sound when i get up without remembering to move the joint a little to lubricate it is awful. oh well, i'm wiser, if not more spry!
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2010-05-07 08:32 pm (UTC)
Foxtails are only trying to hitch rides on an animal's fur, but then the awns will dig in and try to plant themselves in any opening they reach. Dogs are more at risk than cats because cats clean themselves frequently and can yank the stickers out with their teeth.
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