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Welcome to the World of Poppies.

The flowerbud on "Princess Victoria Louise" is roughly the size of a ping pong ball. If I can get it to open without balling/being bitten off by a rabbit it's going to be something else!

Our Icelandic Poppy opened another flower today. This evening we discovered tiny little annual poppy sproutlets in the south garden. With leaves like romaine lettuce. I'm pretty sure they're seedlings of "Lauren's Grape." ::gulps:: I hope that some of the Shirley Poppies grow up, too. I sure did sprinkle a lot of them!

I hadn't realized that our yellow lilac does have a fragrance. It isn't as strong as that of the light purple lilacs, but it's nice. I'm glad that it finally looks like a proper shrub instead of a bonsai lilac!

I've been finding huge holes in the ground in our backyard. I don't know what kind of animal is living in them, and I don't want to know. We sure do have a big problem with chipmunks in our yard again this year. I can't even go outside to take out the trash without seeing one of the little bastards run screaming for the bushes!

On to other things...Gust has a new Atelier game coming out in June that's supposed to be the start of a new series: Atelier Ayesha. I'm not sure what to think of it just yet. Any departure from the Arland series is okay by me--I hate the cutesy moe garbage they've inserted into the franchise. Still, I doubt that Gust is ever going to reach out to its original fanbase. According to the current development team, we should all be married with kids and good little housewives right now. :P I guess that appealing to lolicon otaku males is much more lucrative. I'd rather play as an overachieving megalomaniac alchemist than a simpering loli any day!

I guess that I'll have to see some gameplay videos before I make my final decision. Part of me says, well, so far all the girls have small boobs and I don't see any panties...yet. Another part warns me that the series will never be the same. To be fair, I only liked the Salburg series and Atelier Violate. I'll probably never love again, so why waste $90?