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  • Climate Resilience, Shifting Hardiness Zones, and Rewilding

    I remember long, long ago, when I attended elementary school, the bulletin boards in our classrooms would always depict the changing seasons. From September through November boards would be decorated with multi-colored leaves, Jack Frost on pumpkins, and sweaters and mittens hanging from string. December through February would be adorned with snow covered houses and fields, March with clouds blowing heavy winds, April’s spring showers and May’s spring flowers. However, as Bob Dylan said and is still true today, “times they are a changing”. We can no longer count on what was once so familiar. Due to warmer temperatures we see crocuses, daffodils, and cherry blossoms blooming in mid to late February, followed by snow and freezing temperatures in late March. The plants (and animals) must be very confused! As gardeners we can try to maintain some semblance of order by making our yards more climate resilient through “rewilding”, a new conservation movement aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas. Read on to learn more about creating climate resilience in your own backyard through rewilding, and see how climate change is shifting our hardiness zones. (Some of the links within this post are affiliate links on which I receive a small compensation from the sale of certain items with no extra cost to you.) (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) What is Climate Resilience? As it pertains to gardening, climate resilience is the ability to recover from the effects of climate change by planting flowers, trees, and shrubs that are more adaptable to evolving climates. By adding more native plants that are naturally more hardy and require less maintenance, your garden will have a better shot of sustaining life, at least for now. Native plants help create natural habitats for pollinators and act as a buffer to rising temperatures and changing weather patterns. Climate resilience not only helps pollinators but also helps protect the future of people and other animals. Shifting Native Plant Ranges/Hardiness Zones Climate change has shifted what used to be average temperatures in various regions around the world. Relatively rapid changes in the freezing temperatures and the much hotter temperatures in peak summer have had a drastic effect on native plants. The USDA has defined native plants as “a part of the balance of nature that has developed over hundreds or thousands of years in a particular region or ecosystem.” This balance has been disrupted by these rapidly changing and more extreme temperatures. Without healthy native plants, our ecosystems will suffer. Hardiness Zones As a result of warming temperatures, the hardiness zones have shifted. According to the USDA a hardiness zone “is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location”. A hardiness zone is created using 10 degree Fahrenheit gradients that illustrate average annual minimum winter temperatures. According to Yale Environment 360, if the earth continues to warm at the same speed as it has been in the last decade, the lines will continue to march northward at a “climate velocity” of 13.3 miles per decade. So what are we to do? Try rewilding! What is Rewilding? According to Rebecca Wrigley a chief executive of Rewilding Britain, rewilding means “a large-scale restoration of ecosystems that reinstates natural processes to the point where nature can take care of itself, meaning everything from ensuring rivers are free-flowing to restoring ‘natural levels’ of herbivores and predators”. The act of restoring natural processes, hence restoring the earth’s biodiversity, is based on three components. First, ensuring there are enough predators and decomposers throughout the food chain to sustain themselves. Second, make connections between ecosystems so they can easily move from one area to the next. And thirdly, allowing natural occurrences to occur such as floods and fires for wildlife to build resilience to these “natural disasters”. This allows for a balance of species so one doesn’t dominate the others. How to Rewild On a large scale scientists have been performing long range experiments in nature to see whether rewilding can help restore ecosystems. Their results have been promising, however, some controversy exists. For example adding predators in and around grazing areas. Below are some techniques being implemented to accomplish this. 1. Bringing Back Animals Reintroducing wild animals can help maintain balance and also help with natural disasters. For instance, reinstating large predators such as wolves will help balance deer populations. Introducing beavers to creeks and rivers will naturally create dams to prevent flooding. 2. Planting Trees Vegetation absorbs carbon. Excessive carbon dioxide in the air creates a greenhouse effect, which traps the heat in the atmosphere causing rising air temperatures. Rising temperatures create shifts in weather patterns causing extreme weather such as droughts and larger and stronger storms (hurricanes/typhoons/blizzards, etc.). Planting trees throughout cities helps reduce rising temperatures in urban areas. In more rural areas, it’s best to allow for natural reseeding of trees to occur. This will promote diversity in species which maintains balance in ecosystems. Trees For Sale From Etsy Read more about planting trees and climate change here. 3. Scattering Native Wildflower Seeds Again, vegetation absorbs carbon from the air. Many places have opted to scatter wildflower seeds along highways and in fields. This will not only restore the natural flora but also the natural fauna including pollinating insects which are crucial to agriculture. For an in depth discussion of rewilding, click here from BBC Science Focus. Watch this YouTube video about how scientists successfully "rewilded" a "dead" island off the coast of Antigua. The islands name is called Redonda Island part of Antigua and Barbuda. Rewilding and Everyday Gardeners You’re probably wondering how, as a typical gardener, you can help ecosystems return back to their natural state. By following some of the suggestions below we can help reduce carbon, moderate temperatures in urban areas, create habitats for pollinators, and encourage movement between patches of habitats through connecting them in our communities. This is only one aspect of how we can help, but every little bit helps. 1. Native Plants Native plants create natural ecosystems for your area. Click here to find specific plants for your location. Shop from local nurseries that sell naturally occurring plants rather than from big box stores. Big box stores import exotic plants from throughout the world that, if planted, will not help maintain native ecosystems. 2. Wildflower Garden If you have some land that is covered with grass, till the grass under and scatter wildflower seeds that are native to your area. You’ll have constant color and will not have the burden of maintaining a lawn. Purchase Seed Packs From SeedsNow 3. Local Species of Milkweed Butterflies feed on milkweed. They also lay their eggs on it. Be sure to purchase local milkweed and do not cut down the stalks in the fall or early spring. The stalks may contain eggs that will form into crysali and then butterflies. It also provides food for the emerging butterfly. 4. Fill Patio and Balcony Boxes and Pots With Native Plants If you do not have a large plot of land to work with, adorn your pots with native plants. You will be amazed at how many pollinators, including hummingbirds, you will attract. Remember, hummingbirds like tubular flowers into which they can tuck their long beaks to suck out the nectar. 5. Native Grasses According to Openlands, “native grasses have deep roots that make them drought-resistant, reduce soil erosion and flooding, filter pollutants from groundwater, and increase rainwater infiltration”. They also store carbon in their roots after absorbing it from the air. 6. Incorporate Native Trees Into Your Property This helps your property become more resilient to floods since they have long tap roots that absorb water and will not blow over easily in wind storms. 7. Avoid Using Weed Killers That Include Glyphosate The herbicide glyphosate is an active ingredient found in many weed killers. According to interaction with this ingredient may lead to certain cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In addition to cancer and, depending on the amount and duration of time you were exposed to this herbicide, other health issues may manifest such as asthma, respiratory irritation and vomiting. While the focus of the articles accessible through these links is on the adverse health effects of glyphosate, it would seem likely that this herbicide may also have adverse effects on soil, plant germination, and other animal/insect species such as pollinators. There are many alternative organic products available on the market that are both safe for the consumer, animals, and birds. Try using Natural Armor Weed and Grass Killer All Natural Concentrated formula from Amazon. Using homemade products containing vinegar and essential oils is also another option. For a more in-depth study on glyphosate, click glyphosate from drugwatch. Plants That, if Native to Your Area, Make Your Yard More Climate Resilient 1. Indian Grass This native grass is deep rooted and will help prevent run off and erosion. It can grow to 7 feet tall and can be used as a natural fence. It is also drought resistant. It is a prolific reseeder, so only plant it where it has room to spread. 2. Asters Asters come in a variety of colors and add a beautiful pop of color in the fall to any native garden. When finished blooming, birds will feed on their seeds. Asters draw many pollinators. 3. Hackberry Trees These trees are a forgotten species that grow in a wide range of climates. They usually grow east of the Rocky Mountains from as far north as Canada to as far south as Florida. Hackberry trees are pollution and wind resilient. The Hackberry is a good tree to grow in urban areas. It is also drought tolerant. 4. Milkweed These deep rooted plants help prevent erosion, soak in carbon and are drought and deer resistant. They are also a miracle food for butterflies. Milkweed/Caution, Milkweed can cause serious poisoning! 5. Oak Trees Oak trees are considered climate warriors because they soak in carbon dioxide, store it in the roots (which are extremely deep tap roots), and give off plenty of oxygen into the atmosphere. Final Thoughts: Climate Resilience, Shifting Hardiness Zones, and Rewilding I know all of the information out there can be rather scary. One could just throw up their hands and say “why care?” But with each new report comes new knowledge. Look at how far we’ve come with technology, prosthetics, and medical advances with imaging and immunotherapy. With knowledge comes progress. When there is a problem, people tend to find answers. So don’t give up. I hope you take to heart the information in this post and implement some of the suggestions. Also, encourage others to be more proactive. Remember, one small action can have a domino effect which can grow exponentially. I hope you enjoyed this post and will share it with others! Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you. Happy Gardening, Nina

  • Everything About Tulips – Lets Talk Tulips!

    It’s so exciting to see the first flowers peeking out of the cold winter soil. You know that winter is almost behind you when the first snowdrops appear. But when you see the leaves of tulips push through the warmer soil, you know spring is in the air. Soon you’ll be enjoying the many colors and styles of these cup shaped flowers. Be it double or single, fringed or twisted, no one can deny the beauty of the tulip. In this post you will learn everything about tulips that you need to know to add beauty to your garden, including some history. (Some of the links within this post are affiliate links on which I receive a small compensation from the sale of certain items.) (As a Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Let’s Travel Back In Time When you think of tulips you probably think of the Netherlands and Holland. Holland consists of two provinces within the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. So Holland is found within the Netherlands. I’m glad that’s cleared up!! However, tulips were once a wild flower growing in Central Asia, far from the Netherlands… entire continent away! They were first cultivated by the Turks back around 1000AD and then in the 16th century became all the craze in the Ottoman Empire. The Sultan at that time craved the beauty of the tulip and demanded they be grown and cultivated for him. The name tulip is a Turkish word which means turban. Time to Skip Ahead-How Tulips Came to the Netherlands Jumping ahead to the early 18th century, tulips remained popular in Turkey where festivals took place to celebrate the “Age of Tulips” or the “Tulip Era”. But before that around 1590, a botanist named Carolus Clusius, originally from Venice, was asked to be director of the oldest botanical garden in Europe. It was called Hortus Botanicus and located in Leiden, The Netherlands. There he was commissioned to explore different flora and their medicinal values. His friend, a Turk, who was the ambassador to Constantinople (now Istanbul), saw the lovely tulips and decided to send some to Carolus to add to his garden in Leiden. In the 17th century tulips were planted in the fields of Holland for their beauty rather than their medicinal purposes. Botanists started to hybridize the tulips and created glorious varieties. Some of these varieties were valued more than a house back in the early 1600’s! This era lead to what was called “Tulipmania”. Since the high prices for tulips were not sustainable, there was eventually an economic crash in The Netherlands. The late 17th and the 18th centuries proved to be more prosperous, the economy recovered, and the fascination with tulips continued to the present day. Medicinal Values of Tulips Believe it or not tulips have many medicinal values. remedy for cough and cold reduces risk of cancer reduces sinus pain, hay fever and headache poultice (medicinal ointment) for insect bites, bee stings, rashes and burns How to make poultice (Source: warm 2 to 4 flowers in hot water dip a towel in the water and add the petals into the towel roll the towel to crush the petals apply crushed petals onto sore area and hold there for 10 minutes Planting Tulips – The Perennial Bulb When and How to Plant Tulips The best time to plant tulip bulbs is in the fall. If you received tulips as a gift for Easter or any other occasion, refer to my previous post regarding Easter bulbs. This will explain what to do with the flowers before the fall. (As a Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Plant the bulbs (from Amazon) when the soil temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, usually in September or October in the Northern Hemisphere and March or April in the Southern Hemisphere. The spot you choose should be in a full sun or partial sun area with well drained soil. Plant the bulbs 8 inches deep with the tips of the bulb facing up and 4 to 5 inches apart. I like to add a little bone meal as fertilizer in the hole before adding the bulb. Cover them with soil and water them well. You will not have to water them again. Now just wait for spring. Dividing bulbs If your tulips have become over crowded and seem to be on top of one another, it is probably time to divide them. However, it is extremely important to not divide them until all the nutrients from the leaves and flower have gone back to the bulb. This usually happens around midsummer to mid-fall. You will know when it is time when the flower and leaves turn yellow, then brown. The bulbs are probably around 8 inches deep, therefore, you should begin by digging down around the perimeter of the tulips with a spade shovel. Then gently dig horizontally underneath the bulbs. Replant them in a sunny well-drained area with plenty of good soil 8 inches deep. You may want to put a little peat moss in the hole to allow for better drainage along with some bone meal or special bulb fertilizer (from Amazon). Fill in the hole and hopefully they will provide you with glorious blooms the next season. (As a Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) So Many Varieties! There are 3,000 registered types of tulips – Amazing! Botanists make it easy for us by grouping them into 14 varieties. Single early – These are the earliest to bloom and have a cup shape with six petals. Single late – This tulip is the tallest variety with a regular cup shape and has a wide range of colors and edges. Darwin hybrid – A cross between Fosteriana tulip and late-blooming single tulips and used for cut flowers. The color ranges from reddish-orange to red. Double early and Double late – These beauties resemble peonies because they have multi-layered blooms. Fringed – I’m sure you’ve seen these before with their lovely fringe and frilly appearance. They are also known as “Crispa” tulips. Fosteriana – Descendents of the wild tulips from Asia, with a bowl shape and large leaves. Greigii – These are the giants of tulips. Their bowl shaped flower can reach 6 inches across and opens wide to the sunshine. Kaufmanniana – Due to the pointed petals they resemble waterlilies. The blooms can measure 8 inches across. They are native to Turkestan. Lily-flowered – These unique blooms have long pointed petals which resemble the old species in Turkey. They are very tall with stems averaging 24 inches, with some topping out at 32 inches! Parrot – These tropical parrot looking flowers come in a variety of colors.They have feathery petals and are very delicate. Viridiflora – Sometimes called the green tulip, green runs through its cup shaped flower. They have an extremely long bloom time. Species – “Jewel of the Garden” tulips are descendants of the first tulip. They were discovered in the Mediterranean, Asia Minor and the Caucasus. Triumph – Triumph tulips will live in vases much longer than other varieties. As a bonus some are even sweet smelling. Rembrandt – The Dutch painter Rembrandt lived in Holland at the time of the tulip craze. A variety was named after him even though there are no known images of tulips in his paintings. ================== Multiple Colors Think of a color and I’m sure there is a tulip that contains it. They range from black to white and all the colors of the rainbow in between, along with their various shades. The most common color is red. When tulip growers tried to create a blue tulip, however, they produced a purple variety. So I guess if you thought of blue as the color, that would be the one and only color that no tulip embodies! Tantalizing Tulip Tidbits! 1.Tulips attract bees which make for great pollination. In addition to bees, they also attract aphids, slugs, mites, larvae and caterpillars. Click here for more information on bees. 2. Unfortunately voles and squirrels like tulip bulbs. Rabbits, deer, chipmunks, mice and moles also enjoy nibbling on the bulbs. Use protective barriers or natural repellents to try and contain this problem. If you’d like to learn more about this topic, refer to my post Those Darn Rabbits. 3. Different colors of tulips have different meanings. For instance, white tulips represent worthiness and are used to convey a message of forgiveness. Purple tulips represent royalty and red tulips are all about love. 4. To preserve your cut tulips in a lovely vase, fill the vase a third full with a solution of one teaspoon of sugar and two drops of liquid bleach to a gallon of water. Refresh the water every couple of days and keep them in a cool room. 5. Tulips are toxic to cats, dogs and horses. They can be fatal if eaten. 6. Common varieties of tulips can be purchased at your local garden supply store. However, if you’d prefer a more exotic variety, you can purchase them through catalogues like Brecks. If you prefer to buy ready blooming tulips or would like a beautiful bouquet, click Flowers Fast. Tiptoe Through The Tulips There are many places to feast your eyes on these lovely flowers. One place I highly recommend is the little town of Lewes in Delaware. Lewes was founded in 1631, on the site of one of the first European settlements in America. Dutch settlers founded the town as a post for whaling and trading. The town was named Zwaanendael (Swan Valley) but ,unfortunately, the 32 settlers were wiped out by the Lenape Native Americans in 1632. Tulip Festivals The Dutch returned at various times during the 17th century and brought many tulips to the area. Today Lewes has a tulip festival every year in mid-April to celebrate its heritage and the beauty of the tulips. Holland, Michigan’s tulip festival is held in the beginning of May. This area contains about 4.5 million tulips and this is probably the largest tulip festival in the United States. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington is another place to view gorgeous tulips. Listed below are other tulip festivals. Tulip Time Festival, Pella, Iowa Holland Ridge Farms U-Pick Tulips, Cream Ridge, New Jersey Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah Albany Tulip Festival, Albany, New York Tulipmania, San Francisco, California Everything About Tulips/Final Thoughts As you can see there is a lot to know about tulips. I hope this post provided valuable information and met your expectations regarding everything about tulips. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. I’d love to hear from you! Happy Gardening! Nina

  • "Creating a Sensory Garden: The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Perfect Plants"

    What is a Sensory Garden? Any outdoor space can enhance your senses. However, a sensory garden is intentionally designed to stimulate and engage all your senses; sight, touch, sound, smell, and taste. This type of garden taps into the principles of mindfulness by connecting you to nature and helps you become aware of the surrounding environment. "Some of the links within this post are affiliate links on which I receive a small compensation from the sale of certain items with no extra cost to you." "As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases." Benefits of a Sensory Garden-Stimulate All Five Senses A sensory garden enhances social and communication skills, improves physical and mental health, engages people with disabilities, helps kids learn about nature and supports seniors. These gardens also encourage the use of native plants and pollinator-friendly landscaping in addition to eliminating the use of pesticides. For more information on the benefits of a sensory garden, click creating and engaging a sensory garden. Why Create a Sensory Garden? Why Not! Gardens add another dimension to your yard. They add beauty with an array of colors and create habitats for wildlife. We can all do our part to enhance our planet by creating a garden. But why a sensory garden? Sensory gardens add a totally new dimension to your home. They entice you and your guests to observe things at close range, to take in the aromas wafting through your yard, and actively touch all the different textures of plants, bushes, and insects. You begin to wrap your mind around nature through experiencing your garden using all your senses. Creating a Sensory Garden: Selecting Plants and Other Accessories to Stimulate Our Five Senses Before selecting plants and accessories, think about how you will address each sense. Choose various trees, shrubs, bushes, and grasses that invigorate and revitalize your senses and that are native to your climate (growing zone). Also, consider hardscaping features that will intrigue your senses. Below is a selection of plants and accessories that will energize you and explanations of how to incorporate them into your sensory garden. Sight To create a visually pleasing garden, add plants with contrasting shapes, hues, forms, and textures. As a rule of thumb cool colors such as purples, blues, and pinks, calm the senses. Whereas, warm tones such as yellows, oranges, and reds excite them. Flowers like zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers and coneflowers add a variety of color and texture to the garden. They also encourage butterflies and other pollinators to visit your garden. Bee balm and coral honeysuckle will definitely attract pollinators you may wish to observe. Pink muhly grass that is featured in the picture above adds a bit of a whimsy to your garden when there is a gentle breeze. Bushes that attract pollinators such as butterfly bush, lilac bushes, and perennial hibiscus are also pleasing to the eye Weeping willow trees, magnolia trees, and crepe myrtle (tall variety) all add interest to a garden. They have different textured bark and deep colors that attract the eye. Sound The sounds of birds singing, running water, crickets chirping in the evening, croaking frogs, wispy sounds of tall grasses or pine needles rustling through the wind all add to our sense of sound. Water features with gurgling sounds and wind chimes added to the garden also stimulate our auditory system. Chopped shells, tiny stones, or gravel used as a pathway add a nice crunching sound to a garden. The rustling of fallen leaves and pine cones add seasonal sounds. Hanging bottles from a pergola add a pleasing sound during a soft breeze. Adding bird houses (DIY Gourd House) and bird feeders to your yard will encourage songbirds to visit and perhaps stay. Birdhouses also add a visual effect to your garden and an opportunity for a learning experience for young children. Bamboo delivers a nice hollow sound when pushed in a breeze. However, bamboo is very invasive. Root pruning is a good method to keep it under control. Click here for more information on how to control the spread of bamboo. Smell The sense of smell can be very commanding and trigger memories of days gone by. Freshly baked bread or a turkey roasting at Thanksgiving can conjure up pleasant scenes of long ago. That's why it is imperative to integrate smells into your garden, especially one created for people with dementia. Familiar fragrances may trigger memories that reconnect them to loved ones. Old fashioned flowers that bring back memories include roses (try David Austin varieties which are very easy to grow and maintain), honeysuckle, English lavender, peppermint, gardenias, hyacinths, and freesias. Beyond triggering memories, our olfactory sense is heightened by the sweet smell of lilac bushes, heliotrope, sweet pea, mock orange shrub and angel's trumpet. Herbs such as sweet basil, peppermint, and rosemary have a wonderful aroma when you rub your fingers down the stalk or leaf, stimulating the olfactory, tactile and gustatory (taste) senses. Wood shavings, a cluster of autumn leaves, mulch, and cut grass will all add to the experience. Touch The sense of touch or tactile sensation is crucial in a sensory garden, especially if the garden is created for children. The plants you choose should invite touch and exploration. Different textures can include soft velvety flowers, fuzzy leaves, smooth stones, prickly leaves, stems, or seed pods, rough bark and springy moss. Consider adding lamb's ear, cacti (without the fine prickly needles), various grasses and American pussywillow to your garden. Rough and peeling bark like that found on crepe myrtle trees and river birch not only add a glorious sense of touch but are also attractive to the eye. You can even add an area to create mud for children to revel in! Taste Edible gardens have become very popular for those who want to be self sustaining and perhaps off the grid. There are a variety of edible plants that are quite beautiful and tasty. Fruit bearing trees, herbs, vegetables and edible flowers such as pansies and nasturtiums are beautiful and easy to grow in a sensory garden. Be careful when combining specific herbs and vegetables because some are not good companions. For more information on which plants to pair together, click Planting Herbs in a Garden. Blueberry bushes, wild strawberries, and violets are great additions to a sensory garden intended to stimulate the sense of taste. Take caution when selecting plants to taste. You want to avoid hot, spicy plants, and toxic plants such as foxglove and poison ivy. Elderberry is also toxic when eaten raw. Refer to Poison Control when selecting plants. Appropriate For All Backyards Creating a sensory paradise is appropriate for all yards from the largest of landscapes to a small balcony. Large Landscape If you have a large area, create smaller, secluded pockets using trellises, pergolas, seating areas or rows of trees or bushes. Create defined living spaces with patios made of slate or use groundcover that can be walked on without destroying the plant. Some groundcovers when stepped on give off a pleasant aroma. Some ideas for groundcover in the defined areas are: 1. sedum varieties: Dragon's Blood, Tricolor, or Blue Spruce/full sun to part shade/drought tolerant/zones 3-10 2. ajuga/bugleweed: full to part shade/slowly spreads through the garden/zones 4-10 3. portulaca: drought tolerant/full sun/zones 10, 11 4. Scotch moss: full sun to part shade/zones 4-8 5. soapwort: drought and deer tolerant/full sun to part shade/zones 3-9 6. mazus: full sun to part shade/zones 5-8 7. creeping Jenny: full sun to part shade/zones 3-9/best used between stepping stones Create winding pathways connecting the spots using crushed shell. It will encourage people to stop and explore as they follow the path from one place to another. Small Landscape If you have a smaller area, consider ways to go vertical using trellises, gutter guards, tiered carts or living walls. If you need more ideas on how to decorate a balcony, click here. Creating a Sensory Garden: The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Perfect Plants Before creating a sensory garden remember to think about how you will address each sense. Choose from some of the plants and accessories listed in this post. If you have no idea where to begin, contact me and I will help you create a sensory garden within your specific parameters. Click the SERVICE page for more information on my consulting services. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share it with friends and family and leave a comment below. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Happy Gardening, Nina www.bestgardeningforbeginnerscom

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