Saturday, May 08, 2010

The Tuesday Chuckle - A Little Early

Since Tuesday is the first day for a while that we'll be having some nice weather (snow on Mother's day...grrrr!), I'll most certainly be spending every waking moment messing about outside. So, enjoy the Tuesday Chuckle a few days early!

A New Garden Infestation:


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I Want To CRY!

I adore the country. I absolutely love it.
My parents lived in town, but I spent a good ninety percent of my childhood on my grandparents' dairy farm.
I had the best experiences of my life running across open fields, squeezing cow plops between my toes (what?!), learning to grow things, care for animals - both wild and domestic - breathing the fresh, clean air.

Wide open space was exactly THE reason DH and I decided to buy the old homestead. It was built back in the 1700's and began as an apple orchard before it became a working dairy farm. The land has been sold off in chunks to other farmers over the last few years to be used for pasture or crops, but there is still lots and lots of open space, the nearest neighbor a farmer a quarter mile away (and related).

This is the view across the road from my front yard, from one side to the other:





And this is what suddenly showed up the other day:



Oh. My. God.
The only thing I can imagine is some big freaking housing development or a f-ing Wally World sitting directly across the road.
It's being sold by the acre = Neighbors?! I don't WANT no stinking neighbors! They ruin everything. They just do. People are NOT smart. And they have dogs, and kids, and pesticides, and weed killers, and invasives. If I wanted to live in the hood, I would have bought a house there!
Will one of you gardeners please, please (oh, God, I'm begging you!) buy it!

I want to cry! I think I'll go do just that, right now . . .

Mr Bean's Lost Rhodie - Found


Exotic Victorian flower lost 50 years ago is unearthed in English country garden.

"A rare 'lost' species of the plant, thought to have died out 50 years ago, is causing a buzz after being unearthed at a country house in Dorset.

Ray Abraham, discovered the 100-year-old Rhododendron beanianum just two months after taking up his role as head gardener at Minterne House. It is thought to be the only one in existence in the country."

See, gardeners really will save the world.

Happy (lost and found) Growing!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Who Knew?

Some cool things going on this week...

From 35F and pictures of snow in my yard to 84F in the span of three days - Who knew!?
I'm soooo not complaining. It's gorgeous, it's about time, and we deserve it, damn it!

Airborne Adventures is already up and flyin' around our house for the season - Who knew!?

(I didn't get to the camera quick enough before it got away!)

Icicle Pansies really will overwinter in my crappy zone 5 - Who knew!?


Jumping spiders love graham crackers - Who knew!?
Apologies to the squeamish, I like spiders :)


And I didn't get a pic, but I held the first black swallowtail of the year. I think he may have recently emerged because the flight muscles weren't working so well yet and he was in an area where I'd thrown last fall's dead stalks of parsley and fennel. I never even remembered to check in the fall before I cleaned up! (this is why I usually leave my yard such a mess all winter) Sadly, he eventually took flight.
I have never seen Black Swallowtails this early in the year. The first of May? Really? - Who knew!?

Happy (who knew!?) Growing!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Grow Project, Post 3

It is the first Sunday of the month, once again, so here's my GROW project update for this month.
As I wrote in earlier posts, I've split the seeds for four separate trials.
This is how the WS'd ones are fairing so far:

Grow Project

Interesting, only 3 out of 10 germinated. I usually get better germination than that for regular nasturtiums, so I'm not sure if it's a result of not waiting long enough and the rest will eventually appear, or if that's going to be all I get. I guess we'll see.

This month's trial will be sowing some (9) in the house under lights. I'll be sowing them today.

Next month will be starting some in large pots and the rest directly in the ground. We'll see how it all goes!


"I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds."