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11 Books That Will Definitely Disturb You

"The world around only mattered because people lived there and sometimes, in spite of the pain, tragedy, and degradation, even managed to triumph there."

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10 Books to Restore Your Faith in Print

House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski. Was one of the most exciting yet strangest pieces of lititure to read. He took ideas, and even words and paragraphs and manipulated them so to go along with the human mind and mood or situation in the story at that moment. Even, sometimes for reasons I couldn't see. He is defiantly an inspiration in my reading and writing.


Clematis urophylla 'Winter Beauty' - The wax-like, creamy-white sepals, which surround a prominent boss of cream anthers, emerge from pale green buds and become paler, and more flared at their tips as they mature. These small, nodding, urn-shaped flowers contrast well with the rich green foliage.


Espalier Fruit Trees: That's Natty!

Espalier Fruit Trees for our orchard. Espalier = the horticultural and ancient agricultural practice of controlling woody plant growth originally for the production of fruit,by pruning and tying branches to a frame so that they grow into a flat plane, frequently in formal patterns, against a structure such as a wall, fence, or trellis.


“Little solace comes to those who grieve when thoughts keep drifting as walls keep shifting and this great blue world of ours seems a house of leaves moments before the wind.” ― Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves


The Hawaiian palm (Brighamia insignis) es a very unusual and decorative house plant. New leaves form in the crown and the older, lowermost leaves turn yellow and wither. Very few of these plants still remain in their natural habitat in Hawaii. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is working together with scientists and volunteers, on a survival plan. For every plant sold, a sum is donated to the IUCN. Height supplied 25-30 cm.


Manihot grahamii / Hardy Tapioca / Graham's Cassava: a native of Eastern South America, from Brazil through to Argentina. I've done a quick web search and this has been successfully grown as far north as North Carolina. (This photo said it was taken in the Pacific NW).