Cactus Fail

IMG_5006What happens when you introduce a desert climate plant, like a cactus, to a climate like Columbus, where you are going to get cold, wet winters?

Apparently, this.  It’s an ugly, withered, collapse of a once-proud plant.

All of which reminds me — I’m looking forward to doing some gardening this year, with a new yard, new flower beds, and new challenges.

Cool School

IMG_4992Yesterday I was trying out a few different Columbus library branches and thought I would check out the Franklinton Branch on West Town Street.  On my way there I passed the Avondale School.  Wow, what a building!  And it is still a functioning elementary school.

The Franklinton area where the Avondale School is located is an interesting one, stretching from the other side of the river across from downtown, where Dinin’ Hall is found, to well past Mr. Carmel Hospital.  For years it was a depressed area, and now it’s a transitional area that people are trying to renovate and reenergize.  Franklinton has some interesting areas, some beautiful homes and buildings — like the Avondale School — and some committed neighborhood development organizations.  I root hard for Franklinton.