Crocus This and Crocus That

April 22, 2013 – 11:18 am

An uncommon design for a Little Free Library.The Little Free Library project is a remarkable endeavor. Not only does it promote reading, but it cultivates creativity in the design and construction of the libraries themselves. The number of libraries I’ve encountered has increased dramatically over the three years I’ve been biking around Saint Paul. When I saw my first Little Free Library riding on a Cherokee Heights street in August 2011, it was a novelty. Now they’re so abundant that I glimpse at least one on nearly every ride. The uncommon, green architecture and materials of the Little Free Library at 1386 St. Clair Avenue led me to stop and take pictures to share.

The sign on the window says all the materials used are recycled.

Leaving the Little Library behind, I cruised north to the always dynamic and sometimes congested Grand Avenue. The days of auto dealerships, repair shops and gas stations dominating the eastern portion of Grand Avenue are long gone but the car still reigns here.

Victoria Crossing is a four building shopping area at Grand and Victoria. Three of the buildings were built decades ago for purposes unrelated to their use today.

Since 1980, 851-857 Grand Avenue has been Victoria Crossing East (below.) The structure was built in 1915 after the Saint Paul City Council approved a permit for the Bingham and Norton Company for the ‘installation and establishment’ of a ‘curb gasoline filling station’, according to Larry Millett’s “AIA Guide to St. Paul’s Summit Avenue and Hill District.”

The long-gone Byers-Patro Studebaker dealership, now Victoria Crossing South at 850 Grand, bears vestiges of its earlier life. My favorite is the scuffed but still handsome sign above the Grand Avenue entrance.

Apartments and condos line sizable parts of the east end of Grand. Most of these tasteful buildings seem to have been meticulously renovated to resemble their original appearance.

Soda (pop) cans line the exterior and most unusually, plants and dirt create a green roof. Even the door hinges and handle are living another life. Day or night there is activity and lots of cars along Grand Avenue. Victoria Crossing North building

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LIST OF POISONOUS PLANTS
Aloe Vera
Amaryllis
Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (pit)
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Azalea
Baby's Breath
Bird of Paradise
Branching Ivy
Buckeye
Buddhist Pine
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Charming Dieffenbachia
Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves)
Chinese Evergreen
Cineraria
Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant
Cornstalk Plant
Croton
Cuban Laurel
Cutleaf Philodendron
Cycads
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Devil's Ivy
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena Palm
Dragon Tree
Dumb Cane
Easter Lily (especially cats!)
...

Cowboy Junkies - Winter's Song

She says, ’it’s cold where you brought me’
He says, ’darling, don’t worry
You can stay in my arms
Until the springtime comes
We’ll let the snow drift around us
And wait for the robin and the crocus
To tell us that our love has again found the sun’
Lone oak stands tall,
Bare arms scratch the sky,
Dry leaves cracking beneath our feet
Hand in hand we’ve watched
The autumn fires burn -
Summer’s dreams collapsing,
Chestnuts in need of gathering,
The whole world lies rotting in the street
Soon we will wal

A TON

Plants Poisonous to Cats
Almond (Pits of)
Aloe Vera
Alocasia
Amaryllis
Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (Pits of)
Arrowgrass
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Avacado (fuit and pit)
Azalea
Baby's Breath
Baneberry
Bayonet
Beargrass
Beech
Belladonna
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet
Black-eyed Susan
Black Locust
Bleeding Heart
Bloodroot
Bluebonnet
Box
Boxwood
Branching Ivy
Buckeyes
Buddist Pine
Burning Bush
Bu

I just did a quick google search and found...

The following are poisonous to cats...
Almond
Amaryllis
Angel's trumpet
Apple seeds
Apricot
Arrowhead fern
Asparagus fern
Autumn crocus
Avocado
Azalea
Baby's breath
Balsam Pear
Beech
Belladonna
Bird of paradise
Bittersweet woody
Black locust
Boston ivy
Boxwood
Buckeye
Buttercup
Cactus
Caladium
Calla lily
Castor bean
Cherry
China Berry
Chinese evergreen
Christmas trees
Chrysanthemum
Coral plant
Coriaria
Creeping Charlie
Cre

Cowboy Junkies - Winter's Song. Beautiful

And oddly not on You Tube. You could listen to it on MySpace Music:
She says, 'it's cold where you brought me'
He says, 'Darling, don't worry
You can stay in my arms
Until the springtime comes
We'll let the snow drif


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