25% of the world’s vegetation…

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The grass family-Poaceae(5th largest)-has 8000 species world wide with widespread distribution. The main areas are prairies and savannas and can be found from the arctic to the topics. Members of the family include cereal,bamboo, grasses of natural grasslands,cultivated lawns, sugar cane and pastures. Other classifications found in the family are maize,wheat,rye,sorghum,barley, and fescues. This hard working family provides staple foods,forage,building materials, and fuel to the world.img_0922

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good looking field of corn in the “heartland” and “timothy” grass-pics by td

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Thoreau for Sunday…

I think that I love society as much as most, and am ready enough to fasten myself like a bloodsucker for the time any full-blooded man that comes in my way. I am naturally no hermit, but might possibly sit out the sturdiest frequenter of the bar-room, if my business called me thither.

I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.Vistors-Walden-1854.

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HDT’s house from Getty’s Images(editorial use)-thanks.As always-thanks for stopping by today-Happy Sunday!

Weed issues…

Neighbors in Cornwall, GB are in a “row” over the invasive weed Japanese knotweed. Rosemary Line has been taken to court by Adam and Eleanor Smith in a dispute over the plant with each side blaming the other for the invasion. The Smith’s say the weed has reduced the value of their home by 10%. Mrs. Line say she has tried everything-even burning-in the last 15 years to eradicate the weed. The World Conservation Union list Japanese knotweed as one of the worst invasive weeds. The plant gobbles up everything in it’s way, concrete included. The invader can grow 3.6m(12′) a month in the growing season! As of Feb 8,2018, the Smith’s successfully sued Mts. Line. She has five years to eradicate the weed and pay fines.

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thanks to https://www.express.co.uk/