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The UN reports that up to 1 million species are at risk of going extinct in just a matter of years. And this extinction crisis is largely driven by human activity.

The relationship between animals and their environments is what keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But it is a fragile balance. As crucial habitats are destroyed, time is running out for many species. To prevent a global extinction crisis, we must conserve at least half of the planet in its natural state.

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P.S.June 21st is World Giraffe Day and I will post something about giraffes @ that time.

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Philadelphia Flower Show: Early Signs of Spring



My husband and I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Convention Center earlier this month. I was disappointed in the large displays by regional landscapers and garden centers because the flowers looked “posed,” that is, placed just so as in a movie set. So I did not take many photos of those displays.


However, the flowers and plants that were displayed for prizes were lovely. So here is a little taste of what spring will bring in the northeast. They may already be blooming in the south and west, but for me, the flower show is the first time I will see spring plants and flowers in bloom.  However, I did spot a crocus the other day, so spring is definitely on its way! (Here is proof of Spring with a photo the other day of crocuses—outside.)




I loved these flowers because of their color and unusual beauty!


There were several miniature rock gardens that I liked. Here is just one:


 I thought this plant was spectacular!


Perhaps the nicest addition was a large train track in the middle of the show with trains going around the oval, and the rest of the area dotted with plants and a miniature town. You can see by the number of people around the track that this was a popular highlight.

Sometimes I am disappointed in the displays at the flower show, but it is a spectacular event in that so much effort is put into creating it. The fact that I was disappointed does not mean this flower show was a bust, just not one of my favorites.

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