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Noted in Passing: The day before yesterday at the Wadsworths’ place on the 4th

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  • Mike Seyle July 6, 2021, 3:10 PM

    I sent a photo of my Kansas City hydrangeas to a friend who’s still on the Texas property, saying I can’t grow them like my grandmother did in that corner of the old farmhouse, next to the chimney. I said I’m not the man my grandmother was, and damned if she didn’t agree. Sometimes, you just have to connect with an old Texan.

  • ghostsniper July 6, 2021, 4:50 PM

    For the past 5 years in a row ours have been green.
    Prior to that they were always white, this year they are white too.
    I put a granular product on them a month ago to turn them blue but they haven’t done so.
    Oh well, maybe next year.
    Everybody calls them snowball flowers and they must be 10″ in dia at least.
    The deers have bit the heads off some of them.
    They don’t eat em, just leave em laying there.

  • Casey Klahn July 7, 2021, 1:32 AM

    Ghost: I finally figured out what deer eat. Everything!

    I love the flag. I kind of don’t care for fireworks (army background). However, I missed them on the Fourth, up at the lake. Fire danger, I suppose. But, coupled with the climate in DC, it feels wrong to not celebrate the hell oughta the Fourth.

    I watched the fireworks over L.A. last year on the 4th (patriots blew off fireworks in spite of the shut downs), and I noted the disastrous fireworks explosion there this year. The don’r make ordinance experts like they used to.

  • Snakepit Kansas July 7, 2021, 4:39 AM

    Deer & foilage: I have a friend in Colorado Springs, who invited me over after a business trip in that area. He had some type of cylindrical shaped shrubs out front that mushroomed at the top. Looked like two six foot tall green penises guarding either side of his front door. Knowing this guy’s humor, he would have trimmed them for such effect, but no, the local deer could only reach so far up while eating, leaving the peen effect at the top of the shrub. I would love to read the HOA letter on that one. Probably get it laminated and framed.

    Flags: Some years back I traded a couple sets of pearl necklaces purchased in the Philippines for a LARGE American flag that a former Marine friend of mine had acquired while on duty aboard a submarine tender. Beautiful flag that measured 9’x17′. There is not an easy way to properly display such. I ended up giving it to my 2X combat veteran of Afghanistan cousin, who has it beautifully displayed in a very high ceiling living room.

  • ghostsniper July 7, 2021, 7:15 AM

    I only have 1 US flag. The one that was on my dad’s casket (Korean War air force vet) and it will get cremated with me. 40 years ago I had it professionally cleaned, folded (triangle), and installed in a vacuum bag and it has been in my bottom dresser drawer ever since. I’ve thought about getting a 3’x5′ and putting it on the front of the house porch post but never got around to it. The week of the 4th my wife hangs these pseudo-flag things on either side of the front door. In years past she has put those swoopy things (they have a name but I forget) on the railing between the porch posts. I’ve always liked the color combination of the flag. Something about it just seems all-american.

  • John Venlet July 7, 2021, 7:50 AM

    Ghostsniper, “swoopy things” are bunting, but I kinda like swoopy things.

  • ghostsniper July 7, 2021, 10:34 AM

    HA! That’s what I thought they were called, but then I thought that is what they used to wrap babies in.
    Yeah, I like em too. Next year they’ll be installed. Maybe have a flag up by then too.