Friday, April 18, 2008

Annual Garden Club Sale

The Clinton Garden Club (no, I'm not a member - that'll never happen. lol) will be holding it's annual Plants Plus sale on Saturday, May 10th on the Village Green.
The sale will be from 10 am until 1 pm, rain or shine.

There will be plenty of plants for sale from local club members' garden, plus mucho baked goods.

Why not come on down - or up - and have a nice stroll through Clinton. It's a great chance to buy some really nice plants on the cheap and explore the 'Norman Rockwell' ambiance of a fab town.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


The weather in this neck of the woods has finally broken. It's nice. And it looks as if it will be sticking around for a while.

I'm full of that excited feeling gardeners get when they can finally get their hands in the soil, and feet - and butt. The youngest planted a whole row of broccoli in the garden yesterday - on her butt. It's such a wonderful thing to know the soil is finally warm enough! :) It was fabulous to have her working in the dirt with me. She thinks it's no big deal, but to me, it's always the most joyful time with her I could ask for.

My plans to get all the cole crops in a week ahead of last year didn't quite make it, but 5 days is close enough.

Transplanted and sowed yesterday:

Brussel Sprout
2 types of head lettuce
Radish seed
Carrot seed

No sign of the peas yet, but I'm betting they'll start making an appearance this week.

I wanted to get so much more done yesterday, but got stopped in my tracks by another migraine.

I finally scraped together enough to get a new pair of glasses and learned something very interesting about my migraines from the eye doctor yesterday.
My regular doctor hasn't bothered doing anything about them as his answer to everything that is wrong with me is simply because I smoke. "Quit smoking and it'll go away."
So, he has had the same answer all these years about my migraines - quit smoking and they'll magically disappear. Trust me - if it were that easy, I would have done it years and years ago. Hindsight.

Anyway, I haven't been able to get new glasses for six years and when the eye doctor checked, my glasses hadn't been adjusted for my more dominant right eye. The last time I got new glasses, I thought it would help with the headaches (because, when you're straining to see, you can get headaches). I simply figured it was because I was doing so many small crafts and straining my eyes for hours on end. But, getting the new glasses last time didn't make any difference in the amount of headaches I was experiencing.

This doctor (bless him!) says, "No wonder you're getting headaches. Your lenses aren't adjusted correctly for your dominant eye."
So he explained to me what was going on with my eyes and said with the new glasses my migraines and headaches might ease up. He showed me the difference with those flippy-lensy things, and I swear, it was like looking at the world in a totally new way. Not just clearer - different.

I'm going to be so overjoyed and miffed at the same time if all these years it has simply been my glasses!
After I get the new ones and wear them for a few weeks, he wants me to call and let him know if it made a difference in the amount of migraines and headaches. I hope (for my sake and his) I can report positive results. He seemed pretty sure it would make a huge difference.

On a different note, I was a naughty girl.
When we went to the casino for our free bingo for the week, I swiped a begonia leaf from one of the displays they were yanking out.
Shhh! Nobody saw? Right? And it was just lying there!
Ok, the hubs just ignored me as nothing surprises him anymore when it comes to plants, but youngest son was mortified. I got the, "I sooo can not believe you just did that" look, followed closely with the eye-roll.
He has yet to discover how deep this 'plant obsession' of mine really goes. Wouldn't it have been much worse if I had picked up the whole plant, roots and all, and walked out with it rather than just a broken-off leaf? It was headed for the trash anyway.
Well, that's my story and I'm stickin'!

So the leaf got sliced and mounted on some potting soil and I'll see what happens. How bad can I really screw it up? If it doesn't work, it was worth the experiment. My Aunt D does it with hers all the time. Of course, she has a green thumb to die for. lol.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Spirea Got New Digs

It got done. Well, almost.
The Spireas have a new home in a brand new bed.
What should have taken only a few hours ended up being an all day event, what with having to come in at regular intervals to get out of the wind, warm up the hands, have a cuppa and pee breaks (what is it with the cold that makes me have to pee?). And it only got half done at that. Ahh, well.

The finished part looks so fab with all that beautiful, black compost spread out and waiting for more green. And the terra cotta tiles added some needed color on that side of the patio. Lordy, I get as excited as a five year old at Christmas when I look at that soil! Sad, I know. We have to mix more, but it will have to wait for a warm up as the compost pile is still 90% frozen solid.

I haven't checked yet today to see if the bushes are peeved with the move, but I'm sure they're fine. After all that, they best be happy!

I grabbed some cuttings during the move and also potted up a piece I'd layered. It took a year and a half, but there were some really nice looking roots. I usually don't have great luck with sticking, but we'll see. I did weigela with no prob (yeah, I know it's just about the easiest ever. Shh, don't remind me), so here's hoping.

Hopefully, we'll get the second half of the bed done next weekend. It's suppose to warm up and be nice, but this is CNY, so I'm NOT holding my breath. Besides, the weatherpersons are not so good at predictions around here. The weather is always messing with their heads.

I have to push the 'to do' schedule up a bit. The hubs might end up being bumped to a rotten shift at work which means he'll spend all day trying to sleep and won't be home until 1:30 am. He can't sleep during the day. He just can't do it. So, he'll spend all day in bed, tossing and turning, and then go to work dead tired but wide awake at home (when he should be passed out) because he's still wired up from work.
At least he isn't getting layed off. (fingers crossed).

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Bring It!

It's snowing. Freaking snowing.
And I don't care - those Spirea are getting moved today if I have to do it in the middle of a blizzard with my winter coat and boots on!
Go ahead and bring it Mother Nature, because I don't care anymore about your foolishness and playing peek-a-boo with spring and old man Winter. Someone please tag Spring and say "your it" already, will ya?