Thurs. Sept. 2, 2021: Apples!

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

4th Quarter Moon Waning in Cancer

Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron, Uranus Retrograde

Celtic Tree Month of Vine

Partly cloudy and cool

Hurricane Ida slapped us on her way through. We didn’t get it anywhere near as bad as other areas; the Cape had tornado warnings and NYC flooded. We had torrential rain for about 12 hours, from 2 PM yesterday until about 2 AM this morning. I kept getting up to check the streets to make sure they weren’t flooding, and kept an ear out in case people started moving their cars.

But we were fine, and it’s shaping up to be a pretty autumn day. Definitely cool.

The Christmas cactus on the back balcony is blooming like gangbusters, and the red geraniums are also blooming. The annual herbs have just about had it. I’ll need to put those pots to bed soon.

My downstairs neighbor shared some of her garden produce and it’s wonderful. I missed having a real garden this summer; let’s hope I can have one next summer.

Apples are starting to show up at the market. My favorite. I’m looking forward to all the things I can make all winter with apples.

Oh, the bug I posted about last week?  A friend saw the photo and told me it was a tiger bee fly. A pollinator. So it’s all good.

Today is a big baking day for me; two kinds of bread, two kinds of cookies, and some dip and snacky things. My friend arrives tomorrow for the holiday weekend. First time I’ve seen any of my friends in person (other than the neighbors who helped with the move) since before the pandemic.

Have a great holiday weekend. Let’s hope we can spend a lot of it outside!

Thurs. June 10, 2021: The Scent of Sea Air (For Just A Moment)


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Thursday, June 10, 2021

New Moon in Gemini

Pluto Retrograde

Saturn Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Sunny and cooler

Not much to say about the garden. The grass is growing. I’m vigilant about watering it. Because of the intense packing, there’s not much time to spend on the deck these last few days here. Plus, it’s been so darned hot.

I woke up just before 2:30 this morning, and actually smelled the sea air for the first time in months. Humid, but salty.

Of course, a few minutes later, the traffic started up again, and all I could smell was car exhaust.

I’m so tired of the beauty of this area being destroyed.

There are lots of coyote tracks in the back yard. They’re busy, even though they’re stealthy about it this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating!

Be safe, find peace and joy in the day.

Lots of love and good wishes to you.

Thurs. June 25, 2020: Dreams of House & Garden

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I’m scheduled for surgery today. In the twilight of anesthesia, I hope I will dream about a place as beautiful as this.

Catch you next week!


Thurs. May 7: First Growth

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Full Moon in Scorpio
Pluto Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Willow
Rainy and cool

Sorry I don’t have a photo today. The potted lilac on the deck has started to bloom. The lady’s mantle spills across the terraced are wall and looks lovely.

The rose of Sharon plants are budding. I prepped the pots on the deck for flower and pollinator planting, but it was too cold yesterday. I’ll either do it today or wait until the next planting day on Sunday.

We lost most of the lettuce and the parsley is miserable, which is frustrating.

But the Roma and grape tomato seeds are sprouting from the grocery store produce, which is fun. Nothing yet from the seed packets. Whatever I got from Country Garden this year is a dissapointment.

Cleaned the branch debris in the yard for next week’s lawn mowing. The guy who did it last year is eager to come back, we can manage it safely for all of us, and it takes so much pressure off me.

The peepers are out, and I love how they sing me to sleep at night. It brings back happy memories of my grandmother’s sleeping porch in Foxboro. I loved sleeping there whenever we visited in spring and summer.

I think I’d be afraid to sleep out on a porch in this day and age. I’d feel too exposed.

The mourning dove stll cries, and it feels appropriate, with all that’s going on. The blue jays are back being feisty, and we have more kinds of warblers than usual. I have to find my guide and try to identify them.

There are some fat bumblebees drifting around, enjoying the forsythia and early lilac and even the pansies. I hope the flower seeds come up nicely to give them a banquet.

Che Guevara Chipmunk is back, in fine fettle, running around on the wall and across the deck. I saw one bunny so far, a larger, browner one than we usually get.

The weather is nice for a day and awful for several, such slows everything down.

But I want to savor as much time in the garden as possible.

Thurs. April 30, 2020: Bad Weather

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Waxing Moon
Rainy and cold

We can’t get more than a day of sun here and there, which hurts both planting and the ability to work in the yard.

Most of the lettuce has died. I’m hoping we can save the Romaine, but we lost all the Bibb and most of the Buttercrunch.

Yesterday, I transplanted the pepper seedlings and planted grape, Roma, Moneymaker, and Beefsteak tomato seeds. Fingers crossed.

The pansies are doing well, though.

I want to expand the garden because I don’t trust the food supply.

How is your garden doing?

Thurs., April 23, 2020: Solace in Planting

Thursday, April 23, 2020
First Quarter Waxing Moon in ♉ (Taurus)
Celtic Tree Month if Willow
Sunny and cold

Over the weekend, I potted the plants I got from Country Gardens. Five hanging baskets of pansies, the barrel in the front, four additional pots.

Also potted all 18 lettuce plants, and the parsley.

It got cold again and hailed, so everything had to come in again, but I’m hoping to put it outside soon. At least the baskets. The food plants will come in at night for awhile.

Today, I’ll repot the peppers, and plant some tomato seeds and maybe some zucchini seeds. I’m waiting a bit with the flowers.

Bit by bit, trying to grow what we’ll eat and what will grow. Because I don’t trust the food chain.

It’s also soothing to work with the plants in stressful times.

I’m re-reading issues if favorite garden magazines I’ve kept, and the book GROW ALL YOU CAN EAT IN 3 SQUARE FEET.

How is your garden doing?

April 16, 2020: Plants Make It Better

Thursday, April 16, 2020
4th Quarter Waning Moon in Aquarius
Celtic Tree Monh of Willow

No photo today but at least there’s something to write.

The garden center is an essential business, because it has pet food, and people grow their own food. So I called in an order and did a curbside pickup yesterday.

Got lots of pansies to cheer up the old homestead, three kinds of lettuce, parsley, potting soil, and seeds. Saturday is the next planting day, according to the calendar, so I’m all set.

I have a couple of cucumber plants started inside, and the peppers from saved seeds are coming up nicely, too. So there’s a start, anyway.

We were supposed to have snow this morning and didn’t. Maybe some storms blowing through in the next few days. But then, I hope to get some serious yard work and planting done.

How’s your garden doing?

Thursday, March 19, 2020: Spring Equinox

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Waning Moon

Today is the Spring Equinox. Because my surgery tomorrow was cancelled, I can actually celebrate!

I am making rune eggs — hardboiled eggs decorated in spring colors with good luck runes drawn on them.

I will do a ceremony on the deck.

One cucumber plant survived, and is thriving. One of the pea plants came up, and two spinach. So, next planting day — more seeds!

When I finally had the energy to do more work in the yard, the weather didn’t co-operate. But I will get there, somehow. Bit by bit, even if it’s only a few minutes a day.

Feb. 13, 2020: More Rain

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Third Quarter Waning Moon Void of Course, Going into Virgo
Rainy and cold

Not much to say on the garden front. It’s rainy and cold, but not the cold we need.

There won’t be much I can do over the next few weeks, because I’m dealing with health issues, and I won’t be able to lift anything for awhile, or do any heavy work.

I haven’t planted anything indoors yet. I might or might not this weekend, depending on how I’m feeling.

One day at a time right now, that’s the best we can do.

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