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Face First into the Raspberries! Wanna Share Your Garden Pix?

Earlier this week, I made a promise I didn't keep — to explain the Talking Plants Flickr group and show you how to play. Much to my chagrin, even the Flickr folks noticed I hadn't followed through and sent me a crib sheet in case I was the one who needed the explaining.

But first let me get you up to speed.

As you may have noticed on the right side of this blog entry, I've set up a Talking Plants photo group on the Flickr Web site. I'm hoping those of you who are photographers will want to post your plant and garden pics to the group. (NOTE: All dogs and cats must be accompanied by something chlorophyllic.) That way, we can see what we love, hate, envy, can't identify, and wish we could dive right into.

Is there anything more enticing and legal than a Flickr group that posts such voluptuous eye candy?

hide captionIs there anything more enticing and legal than a Flickr group that posts such voluptuous eye candy?

photo credit: Barbara Galasso

As for what the Yahoo! company Flickr is — on a strictly need-to-know-basis — it's a free way to both store and share your photographs that is incredibly painless to use. All you need to do is sign up, create an account, and start uploading pix.

Lest you think that Talking Plants is a shill for Flickr, let me assure you that we are just users of the service. We don't have any special relationship with Flickr.

Most important — to me, anyway — is that you then join the Talking Plants Flickr Group. Then you can introduce yourself (or not; all curmudgeons welcome), and join the other kids who've been playing in our photo pool.

Stay tuned for weekly photo winners and other incredibly cheap thrills...

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Oh my gosh, I JUST finished eating a whole basket of organic raspberries with my oatmeal (sounds funny but you must try this!), and I still can't help but be tempted by this luscious picture! I hope my raspberries thrive this year. Looking forward to picking & eating right off the vines.

Sent by Diane | 4:06 PM | 7-21-2007

Actually, I wish I could have dived face-first into the peaches at one of the farm markets we explored last week! The fragrance was so glorious, I wanted to smear the juice on my wrists and behind my ears - heck, fill the tub and I'd marinate in 'em, they smelled so wonderful! However, I showed admirable restraint and only bought 1/2 peck. Never mind that I subsequently bought another 1/2 peck from another farm market a few days later, despite having used only 1/2 the original purchase in a pie.

Also bought 4 pts of blueberries and one of late strawberries. I'm gonna be baking until I run out of fruit, which could be a coupla days - pity my poor husband and neighbors. ;)

Sent by Maureen | 9:06 PM | 7-22-2007

I'm dreading the end of berry season because my 13-month-old daughter has become a total berry fiend this summer. She probably eats enough blueberries and strawberries to cause the market price for smoothies to edge upward. I shudder to think how we're going to break it to her that we can no longer get them for her in such copious amounts....

Sent by andy carvin | 9:49 AM | 7-23-2007

Tell me about it. I've become so berry-dependent, I walked into the local market while hungry and polished off a pint of raspberries while shopping (no I didn't wash them first and yes, I paid at the check-out). I'm not sure what to eat once we're done with berries, though, praise the lord!, blackberries will get us into the fall.

Sent by Ketzel Levine | 1:01 PM | 7-23-2007

I love black berries too. I have a number of them in my way-back yard. I confess that I have a number of wildlife-encouraging wood piles and some habitat trees and stumps. As a result they get mostly picked by raccoons and birds and I've seen deer, but I always get a good bowl too. Your article made me go check them out and they are about gone right now. Sad. 8(

Sent by papaedleonard | 10:31 PM | 7-24-2007

My mother called this beautiful purple flower a May Pop. I don't know if that was the official name for it. She was familiar with it growing out in the country in central Mississippi (Choctaw County).

Sent by Dimitri Clarke | 1:27 PM | 9-6-2007

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