Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.
New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.
Paging through garden catalogues, looking at new varieties and old favorites while dreaming of the season ahead is a long-standing tradition with gardeners. And all the new garden planning websites and apps can help us turn these beautiful visions into reality.
Do an internet search before starting this year’s garden plan. Try searches like Garden Planner, Vegetable Garden Planner or Garden Planning software. You will be amazed by the many free options from very basic to a bit more complex.
Once your plan is in place you’ll be ready to head to the garden center. But this can be overwhelming, even for seasoned gardeners. Use one or more of the gardening apps to help with your plant selection.
And the on-line help doesn’t end there. Many Universities, publications and plant companies have mobile apps to help you keep your garden healthy and productive. Visit the National Garden Bureau’s website for a list of gardening apps, information on plants and gardening resources.
A bit more information: Having trouble finding the National Garden Bureau articles on garden apps?
Click here for their archive section as well as here for part 2.
Don’t throw out those eggshells. Wash and add to your worm composter or use them with your houseplants or in the garden as a fertilizer supplement.
Egg shells will add small amounts of calcium, potassium, a bit of sodium, but not enough to harm the plants, phosphorous and magnesium. They don’t provide all the nutrients a plant needs but could be used as a supplement to your regular fertilizing regime.
Jeff Gillman, Professor and author of several books including The Truth about Garden Remedies suggests using shells from 4 to 5 eggs per plant. Mix them in the garden soil or potting mix prior to planting.
The water used to boil eggs could also be used as a liquid fertilizer for plants. Just let it cool and apply about 2 cups per plant.
Though only providing small amounts of nutrients, both methods keep the egg shells out of the garbage.
A bit more information: Check out all of Jeff Gillman’s books for insight into garden remedies and organic practices that work and why at http://www.jeffgillman.net. His other titles include The Truth about Organic Gardening, Decoding Gardening Advice, How Trees Die and How the Government Got into Your Backyard.
If your birthday falls between January 21 and February 17 your birth tree is the Rowan, also known as mountainash. You’re said to be artistic and spiritual, a visionary, a progressive thinker and humanitarian.
These trees are also known as “the Lady of the Mountains” and were planted near entryways to ward off evil spirits. In the landscape use these four season trees for their beauty and bird appeal.
They grow 20 to 40 feet tall and up to 25 feet wide. They are hardy in zones 3 to 7 depending on the species. These beauties prefer cool moist conditions and when stressed are plagued by fireblight, borers and a variety of other insects. But when properly sited and managed it can be a beautiful addition to the landscape. And when a flock of cedar waxwings visit to feed on the fruit, it’s a site to behold.
A bit more information: The mountainash (Sorbus) is not the ash (Fraxinus) being attacked by the Emerald Ash Borer. The European mountainash (Sorbus aucuparia) is most popular with white spring blooms, orange-red berry-like fruit and yellow to purple fall color. Aucuparia is from Latin for capturing birds, referring to the fruit that helps attract birds to the landscape.
This long time favorite is relatively easy to grow but can be challenging to rebloom. Grow African violets in bright light and moist well-drained soil. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Their fuzzy leaves are sensitive to cold water so use room temperature water or water the plants from below.
Use an African violet or other indoor flowering plant fertilizer spring through fall when the plants are actively growing. Scrape off any white crusty substance that may form on the lip of the container. This is a salt buildup that can damage your plant.
Many African violet growers use artificial lights to supplement natural light and encourage the plants to flower. Natural light, a grow light or mix of warm and cool fluorescent lights will provide the full spectrum of light needed for flowering.
A bit more information: Prevent or eliminate salt build up with regular leaching of the soil. Water the plant thoroughly with warm water several times at 20 minute intervals. Repeat every few months or as needed to leach the salts out of the soil.
Plants are amazing. They often produce unusual growths, unexpected flower and leaf colors and other surprises. Sometimes these changes lead to the introduction of a new variety while other times it leaves gardeners perplexed. The latter is the case with rose flower proliferation.
Occasionally gardeners find individual rose blossoms sprouting flower buds that develop into another layer of bloom. This proliferation of flower buds is due to a physiological disorder called rose flower proliferation. Basically, for some unknown reason, the cells continue to divide even after the flower forms. This results in a cluster of new buds forming in the center of the blossom. This growth disorder usually occurs in spring and though it can occur on any rose, certain varieties seem to be effected yearly. It is not harmful to the plant just annoying to the gardener.
A bit more information: Proliferation can affect other flowers such as clovers, opium poppy and members of the daisy family. Bellis perennis ‘Prolifera’ produces smaller flowers beside the main bloom. This led to its common name Hens and Chicken daisy.
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Celebrate a January birthday with one of the two January flowers. One, snowdrops were often found growing in graveyards and were considered bad luck. Now they represent hope and beauty.
The snowdrops bloom in early spring. Drooping white flowers top the 6 inch plants that thrive in part to full shade. These spring blooming beauties are hardy in zones 3 to 7 and prefer cool moist well-drained soils. Warm region gardeners will have to buy pre-cooled bulbs or give them a 15 week chill in the fridge before planting them in the garden.
It may be too early or late to give a gift of blooming snowdrops this January. But plan ahead for next year. Buy bulbs next fall, plant in a container, water and set in the fridge for at least 15 weeks. Then surprise your January birthdays with a pot of their birth flower to grow and nourish.
A bit more information: You may need to buy a picture, give a gift certificate for bulbs or find another creative way to include this early spring blooming flower in your birthday celebration. The other January birth flower is the carnation.
Toads make great gardening partners. They eat insects, slugs and snails and ask for very little in return. Help attract these natural predators to your garden with just a few changes in your gardening habits.
Create an inviting habit for these critters. Leave some leaf litter under trees and shrubs and in the garden. Use groundcovers, preferably native ones, in place of lawn whenever possible.
Include a shallow pond or water feature. Even a shallow saucer filled with chlorine-free water is effective. Use rocks in and around the water for added toad appeal.
Reduce or better yet eliminate the use of pesticides. These can be harmful to the toads and kill the insects they like to eat.
Build a toad abode from a ceramic or clay pot. Place it directly on the soil so the toad can dig. Elevate one side with stones or use a cracked or broken pot that provides an entryway for the toad.
A bit more information: Place your above ground toad abode in a shady spot near water. For more details on creating a toad abode click here. Or go underground. Dig a shallow depression in the soil. Create sides and a roof with stones so the house is 6 to 8 inches tall. Be sure to leave an entryway for the toad to have easy access. For more details, click here.
As you plan your gardens for 2014, be sure to include a few or all of the All America Selection Flower Winners. They are tested throughout the U.S. and Canada and selected for their unique qualities and suitability for the home garden.
Gaura is a wonderful long blooming perennial that is often grown as an annual. The delicate flowers float above the foliage. Sparkle White is an early flowering gaura with a more controlled growth habit.
Petunia ‘African Sunset’ has eye-catching flowers in shades of orange. Uniform growth habit and long season of bloom made this a judges’ favorite.
The naturally dwarf Suntastic Yellow with Black Center sunflower is the smallest sunflower currently on the market; great for small spaces, containers and even window boxes. It produces up to 20 5 to 6 inch flowers per stem in three successive bloom periods.
A bit more information: 2014 marks the first year All American Selections Winners are including regional flowers and vegetables. The plants were trialed and selected as outstanding performers for the specific areas of the country. For more information, check out their website at http://www.aaswinners.com/winners/.
If your birthday falls between January 12th and 24th your birth tree is the Elm. You are said to be cheerful, noble minded, have a good sense of humor and are practical.
The elm has a long history in native and urban landscapes. Many remember the American elm lined streets of the past. Unfortunately, Dutch elm disease wiped out most of these trees.
Use a Dutch Elm resistant cultivar like Valley Forge, New Harmony, Princeton and Delaware #2 if you plan on gifting or planting an American elm in your landscape. They have the characteristic vase shape, but have exhibited good Dutch elm disease resistance.
Better yet, consider the Chinese elm also know as lacebark elm. The smaller leaves and exfoliating bark add to its ornamental appeal. It is a tough and durable tree and can be found throughout the grounds of Disney World in Orlando FL.
A bit more information: Don’t mistake the beautiful lacebark elm (Ulmus parvifolia) with the much inferior Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) that is often mistakenly called Chinese elm. For a unique look consider a Camperdown, Pendula or Horizontalis cultivar of the Scotch elm. They add interesting form and texture to the landscape.
As you scour this year’s catalogues be sure to watch for the 2014 All America Selections Vegetable Winners.
Mama Mia Giallo (jowllo) is a sweet yellow pepper. It was selected for its compact habit, large yield, uniform shape and yellow/gold color when mature. Enjoy its sweet flavor fresh or grilled.
Grow the small scale Mascotte bean in the garden or container. The white flowers and long straight pods add to its ornamental appeal. The crisp stringless fruit make it a nice addition to any meal.
Chef’s Choice Orange is an indeterminate tomato with deep orange beefsteak shaped fruit. The white flesh is firm, sweet and mild flavored.
The determinate bush Fantastico tomato produces flavorful grape shaped fruit. This high yielding tomato produces up to 12 pounds per plant.
A bit more information: All American Selections Winners are tested at trial gardens throughout the US and Canada. Winners are selected for their unique or improved qualities and suitability to the home garden. Check out their website, http://www.aaswinners.com/winners/, for current and past winners.
Looking for an easy to grow houseplant? Try the low maintenance uniquely shaped ZZ plant.
You may have seen this indoor beauty in the mall, office buildings, garden center or friends’ homes. This easy-care plant is also known as zulu, fat boy and eternity plant. An East African native it has adapted to periods of rain and drought making it a great houseplant. It prefers bright light but will tolerate low light and dry soil. Avoid overwatering that can lead to root rot.
The fleshy rhizomes store water and nutrients helping the plant survive difficult times. Dig and separate the rhizomes to start new plants. Avoid damaging the rhizome as it can lead to root rot. Patient gardeners can try starting new plants from a single leaf. Remove a leaf, stick the cut end into a well-drained potting mix. Keep the soil moist and wait for several months for a new rhizome and eventually a new plant to form.
A bit more information: You can find more information about this adaptable plant using its botanical name Zamioculcas zamiifolia. It is hardy outdoors in zones 9 and warmer. This evergreen plant can eventually grow 3 feet tall and wide.
One of January’s birth flowers is the carnation. Like the rose, the color of the flower is used to represent certain meanings and feeling.
Give that someone special a red carnation that means I love you. Pink reflects affection while white stands for pure love. If things are going badly you may choose a striped carnation that represents a love that is not shared or yellow for disappointment or rejection.
Or just select the recipient’s favorite color. Carnations are long lasting cut flowers that look great combined with greens or other flowers in a mixed bouquet.
In the garden you can also grow annual, biennial and perennial carnations, also known as dianthus. Though specifics may vary a bit, most carnations prefer full sun and cool temperatures. Use as cool season annuals. Or select heat tolerant varieties and provide a bit of afternoon shade to get these beauties through warm seasons.
A bit more information: Try some of the new carnations for a little extra garden and cut flower appeal. Green Trick carnation has pompom shaped vivid green flowers the size of tennis balls. Listen to my audio tip for more on this stunning cut flower. Sweet black cherry (Dianthus barbatus ‘Sweet Black Cherry’) is a dramatic garden annual. The flowers are almost black and these frost and heat tolerant plants grow 18-24” tall x 10-12” wide.
Bird watching and gardening go hand in hand. Celebrate National Bird Day, January 5th, by taking a moment to stop and observe the birds visiting your garden.
As you watch make notes on what plants provide food and shelter. Then look for opportunities to add more to the landscape.
Consider evergreens for shelter. Junipers and pines tolerate hot dry conditions. Hemlocks tolerate shade and need shelter from winter winds. Spruces and firs like moist well-drained soil and full sun. And the many dwarf varieties make it possible to add evergreens to even small yards and balcony gardens.
Consider trees and shrubs with berries such as dogwood, crabapples, viburnums and hawthorns. These add color to the landscape for our enjoyment and food for the birds. And when possible, use native plants suited to the growing conditions in your backyard.
A bit more information: Thorny bushes and trees like hawthorn, pyracantha and raspberries provide songbirds with shelter and protection from predators. Include a birdbath or water feature with a shallow pool or strategically placed stones. A constant water supply will also help attract birds to your landscape.
January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day. As you start the New Year consider growing all the ingredients, including the straw, in this year’s garden.
You know about growing tomatoes, peppers and the other main ingredients, but you may never have considered adding a bit of lovage to the mix. This easy to grow herb has hollow stems and a celery flavor. Place one or two plants in a sunny corner of the garden or one in a large pot for a vertical accent in moist well-drained soil. This perennial herb can reach 6 feet in height, grow one foot wide and is hardy to zone 4. Harvest sections of the stems, leaves and all, as needed. Use as a straw in your Bloody Mary or tomato juice for a little home-grown celery flavoring.
And watch for seedlings you can dig and share with friends.
It’s sure to add lots of fun and make your cocktail party or weekend brunch a special event.
A bit more information: The leaves begin to yellow as the plant flowers and sets seed. Harvest, grind and use seeds to flavor a variety of dishes. Or cut back the plants to encourage fresh new growth. You’ll miss out on the seeds, but have plenty of fresh green leaves to use throughout the remainder of the season.
This Will Melt the Coldest Heart
Duncan Keith is a defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League.
He's supposed to be tough. That's his job.
But he showed his soft side when he learned that Cammy - a youngster born without the ability to talk or walk - wanted one thing: to score a goal, on the ice, with Duncan's help.
He made it happen. And it will melt your heart.
WATCH: Cammy was born unable to walk or speak. Her goal? Score one with an assist from Duncan Keith. #WhatsYourGoal https://t.co/ngNOEmvgRE
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 5, 2015
Hey, It's Cold, So Maybe This Will Get You Thinking Warm
Ellen DeGeneres was nice enough last week to present a history lesson.
An important one, too, for anyone who's had a passing interest in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
As a cover girl herself, Ellen knows a little bit about the business, so when she talks, you know she's talking from experience and knowledge.
Check it out.
It might just be enough to melt some of that frozen stuff outside - and if you're like three-quarters of the country, you've got frozen stuff outside!
Love Him or Not, This Guy's a Class Act
Vince Wilfork is a big part of the defensive line of the New England Patriots. Heck, he's a big part of the Patriots, period.
In his 11-year career with them, he's picked up two Super Bowl rings.
On Tuesday, he learned that the Patriots would not be picking up the option on his contract.
So that means he's most likely not going to be a Patriot any longer.
He's still got some game in him, he says, so he could end up playing somewhere else.
But yesterday, he showed what a class guy he is by posting this Tweet.
And you can bet, that is that about that...
Morning guys ... Please read below this will be my only statement pic.twitter.com/gClv03hqet
— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) March 5, 2015
When in Paris...
Looks like there's something in the water in Paris... could it be peroxide, perchance?
Both Jared Leto and Kim Kardashian showed up in France this week, and both of them were sporting new blond hairdos.
For Kim, it's not much of a change. Still pretty obvious it's here, just with a different color on top.
For Jared, it's a huge change.
First off, his trademark shoulder-length brunette hair is gone.
As is his beard, which was also almost a trademark.
His change makes him virtually unidentifiable.
Except that in these new pictures (that's Jared on the left), he looks like he and Kim might have been separated at birth.
What do you think? A long-lost Kardashian?
No, that would just be cruel...
Harrison Ford Crashes Flying Solo
Harrison Ford - Han Solo of Star Wars fame and Indiana Jones of Indiana Jones fame - crashed his vintage small plane yesterday on a golf course in Venice, California.
A couple of doctors tended to him until emergency crews arrived and transported him to the hospital.
Witnesses say that he had cuts on his head, but was in stable condition. Later, his son tweeted from the hospital that his dad was "battered" but okay.
TMZ.com has the brief conversation between Harrison and the Santa Monica air traffic controller. You can hear Harrison saying he had engine failure, requesting "immediate return"... Listen to it at the bottom of the page.
Click here for TMZ's story, the picture of the plane and more.
He's got a lot of experience flying planes, helicopters and of course, the Millenium Falcon. He's crashed before too.
Here's hoping he's okay!
"Hey, Man, I'm Your Worst Nightmare"
To celebrate his 21st birthday - which happened on Sunday, what did you get him? - Justin Bieber decided to set himself up for a Comedy Central roast.
He may have bitten off more than he can chew here.
Check out the latest promo for the March 30 broadcast - a spoof of the Biebs' Calvin Klein ad, which hasn't been spoofed enough, apparently.
Roastmaster Jeff Ross - who you can beliebe is Justin's worst nightmare - puts on a blond wig like the model in the real ad, and imitates her movements.
Well, sort of.
It's kind of funny seeing how uneasy Justin looks - and it doesn't look like he's acting...
The Walking Dead, Seinfeld Style
Did you ever watch a TV drama and think, "That's pretty funny."
So why not add a laugh track and some punchy music and see how it goes?
That's exactly what happens when you add Seinfeld-like laughs and music to the action of The Walking Dead.
I guess this isn't necessarily a new concept - Google "Walking Dead Seinfeld," and you'll get a handful of matches.
But, this is the latest entry, and it's pretty funny...
Uptown Funkily Guy
Mikey Bolts is an impressionist with an impressive array of cartoon voices in his arsenal.
He's done versions of "All About That Bass" and "Happy."
And now, he's taking on "Uptown Funk" and doing it in the voices of Family Guy stars - with a couple of voices tossed in from American Dad and King of the Hill.
Very nicely done, and a good way to kick off your weekend.
Whatever Happened to Sherlock Holmes?
Ian McKellen - Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings movies and Magneto from the X-Men movies - is setting his sights on a slightly less active character in his next film.
In Mr. Holmes, he plays the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in his golden years.
Retired for 30 years and living quietly in the English countryside, Holmes gets distracted by an unsolved case, and is forced to remember why he retired three decades earlier.
It looks very interesting - a Holmes we've never seen.
Due out in theaters this summer... Check out the trailer.
Fur Flies Between Sharon & Kim K
Sharon Osbourne - mama to Kelly, wife to Ozzy, and host at The Talk - is not known for being quiet, shy and reclusive.
She's also a well-known and vocal opponent of real fur.
So she didn't pull any punches in a recent interview with Closer magazine where she called Kim Kardashian out.
Not only for wearing fur, but for accessorizing her 20-month-old daughter - North West - in fur and other outfits that aren't appropriate for a toddler.
On the subject of fur, it makes Sharon "physically sick" and she says that "wearing it is a very dated way of showing everyone how rich you are."
She says that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have asked the K-Klan to stop wearing fur.
And on the subject of little North, Sharon points out that she's not "an accessory - she shouldn't be wearing ugly couture clothes."
I wonder if Kim will fire back about Sharon's hair...
Crime Might Pay
So, do you remember the Hot Mugshot Guy?
Jeremy Meeks was arrested in Stockton, California last June on weapons charges. The PD at the time called him “one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area.”
His mugshot from that arrest went viral, and all of a sudden, in addition to being a felon, he was famous.
Last month, he was handed a 27-month prison sentence, and he says he's using his time creatively, planning for a post-release career in modeling and acting.
He says he's working with an agent, and he eats healthy too. "I do a lot of pushups, pull-ups, dips, burpees, and I stay very active."
By "very active," he means running away from other inmates, most likely...
Nothing to See Here!
Three-quarters of the major players from Seinfeld - you remember, the show about nothing? - had a mini-reunion yesterday at the Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills.
Jerry Seinfeld was hosting the first Los Angeles Fatherhood Lunch to Benefit Baby Buggy, a charity with which he's associated.
Two of his co-stars - Jason Alexander (George) and Michael Richards (Kramer) - were also on hand.
Looks like they had some fun while they raised some funds.
It's a Seinfeld reunion at #BabyBuggyFatherhood Fantastic event and charity. @LoveRecycled @esquirenetwork #CarMatchmaker
A photo posted by Spike Feresten (@spikeferesten) on Mar 4, 2015 at 3:35pm PST
Thor Wields Hammer of Humor
Chris Hemsworth will be hosting Saturday Night Live this Saturday night, and yesterday, SNL released some promo clips featuring him and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon.
At first, it was the classic girl-overwhelmed-by-hot-guy thing. But as the clips progressed, they got better, showing that Thor has a decent sense of humor.
Check them out - and check out SNL this Saturday at 11:30 to see if Thor can wield the Hammer of Humor for 90 minutes.
Nothing But Our Wit and Our Will to Save the World
Yesterday, we wrote about Robert Downey Jr's new promotion to raise money for Julia's House by offering to take a fan to the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Today, we're treated to a newly-released trailer for the film, giving us more of a glimpse into what's going on.
Looks like this is a classic evil spawned by good intentions tale - when Tony Stark's plan to shield the Earth goes awry.
I'm getting a little interested all of a sudden.
How about you?
You did it! Watch the new @Marvel's #Avengers #AgeOfUltron trailer and get your tickets NOW: http://t.co/bTsEOI4l7Z https://t.co/sc88VgG0hi
— The Avengers (@Avengers) March 4, 2015
Carrie's Baby Has Arrived
Country superstar Carrie Underwood welcomed her new little bundle of joy last Friday. Check out her tweet from yesterday...
Tiny hands and tiny feet...God has blessed us with an amazing gift! Isaiah Michael Fisher - born February 27. pic.twitter.com/Rxq9HUmS7W
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) March 3, 2015
Back in December, she visited The Tonight Show and talked with Jimmy Fallon about the pressure she felt to sing properly all the time, even in the car, because the baby could hear every note.
Check it out for an overdose of cuteness!
Party Like Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr - RDJ, as he's now calling himself - has gone viral with a new video, and it's pretty cool.
He's offering a fan and a guest the chance to spend some quality time with him in Hollywood, including attending the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
All you have to do is visit Omaze.com and donate a minimum of $10 to Julia's House, a hospice that helps terminally ill children and their parents.
It's a pretty amazing thing for RDJ to do...
Conan Esta en Cuba
Conan O'Brien visited Jon Stewart and The Daily Show the other night, fresh from his recent trip to Cuba.
Conan was the first TV host and TV show to go to Cuba since the embargo was lifted.
"I thought this was my chance," said Conan. "I wanted to get in there ahead of The View gets down there..."
Conan talked about the experience, especially the delight he had watching The Gilmore Girls in Spanish.
Conan in Cuba airs tonight on TBS...
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Doing Duets with Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson made some news a week or so ago when she said no one wanted to sing duets with her.
No one's quite sure why, but when she visited The Tonight Show this week, Jimmy Fallon stepped up and took Kelly's challenge.
They did a medley of duets, including Sonny & Cher's "I Got You, Babe," The Human League's "Don't You Want Me," and Elton John & Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."
They saved the best for last though, with a great rendition of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love."
Check it out!
Animal Gets Whiplashed
Who's your favorite puppet drummer?
Animal from The Muppet Show, right?
And what movie about drummers picked up a few Academy Awards last week?
That would be Whiplash.
So isn't it simply natural to put Animal and JK Simmons - best supporting actor for Whiplash - together?
Oh yes it is. Thank you, Huffington Post UK!
TOPICALOL: J.K. Simmons Teaches Animal - The Muppets/Whiplash Mash-Up
Mind If I Hitch a Ride?
A photographer in east London caught an amazing shot yesterday.
A small weasel hopped onto the back of a green woodpecker.
The woodpecker was on the ground, minding its own business, pecking away at some ants or other insects when the weasel decided to try to make a meal of the bird.
The bird had other ideas, and took off with the weasel on its back.
And the photographer was able to capture the moment in a photograph that's gone viral.
The story and the incredible picture can be seen by clicking here for DailyMail.com.
The Grumpy Old Train That Nobody Likes
Thomas & Friends is a very popular kids show about a tank engine and his railroading friends.
It's been around for a while, so it's no surprise that someone like Neil Patrick Harris is as much a Tankie as his kids are...
Check out this Funny or Die offering as NPH matches wits - well, tries to, anyway - with some much younger Tankies.
Toward the end, NPH gets to be a pretty cranky Tankie.
We'll rate this one Funny!
Now This is Scary
Like skydiving isn't scary enough.
Christopher Jones was at 12,000 feet, just out of his plane, when he was paralyzed by a seizure.
His instructor realized he was in trouble and flew over to him, managing to pull the emergency chute.
Jones woke up at 3,000 feet and was able to control his landing.
So far, the video of his plunge and rescue has had over 5 million hits. Amazing.
I don't think you'd ever catch me jumping out of a plane, but if you did, and this happened, you'd probably never catch me in an elevator again.
Feel Like Living Like the Walking Dead?
If you're a fan of The Walking Dead and you've got $680,000, then Grantville, Georgia could be just the spot for you.
Not the whole town - just the downtown.
And the downtown is famous for its use as a set in The Walking Dead.
The town's economy used to depend on textiles. That industry went away years ago.
These days, the industry is tourism, as in Walking Dead tourists.
The nine buildings up for sale are commercial properties, so if you've got a flair for developing - and don't mind a bunch of zombies walking around from time to time - get on eBay and make your bid!
Beware the Stoner Rabbits!
An agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration appeared before Utah's Senate last week to speak against a proposed bill that would legalize marijuana.
Specifically, he's afraid that allowing marijuana to be grown in the state would hurt the environment.
Why? Because rabbits and other wildlife could cultivate a taste for marijuana.
In fact, he said he witnessed such behavior, in a rabbit who'd developed a taste for the herb and lost his natural instinct to run.
Good to know the government's out there protecting us from stoner rabbits...
Listen to Agent Fairbanks' testimony here. Some of it is flat-out hilarious.
Stolen and "Maliciously Altered"
By now, you've probably seen the picture of Cindy Crawford that was all over the internet a week or so ago.
It showed Cindy in a bra and panties, wearing a hat and some sort of stole.
The story that went with the photo was that it showed Cindy in all her unretouched glory - a celebration of a woman embracing her real body.
Turns out the photo was actually stolen and "maliciously altered," according to Cindy's attorneys.
They are threatening to sue everyone who posted the picture if they don't take it down and apologize.
For the record, Cindy's husband posted this picture to Instagram to show what she really looks like.
She got flowers and I got her. Happy Valentines Day @cindycrawford
A photo posted by Rande Gerber (@randegerber) on Feb 14, 2015 at 6:00pm PST
And if you don't believe the picture, listen to what Christie Brinkley had to say about Cindy in an interview with Access Hollywood last week...