In Bloom

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Waxing Moon Second Quarter Libra
Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Things are blooming! The Stewartson Azalea (the red one) is doing so well! It’s such a lovely plant. It’s thrived over the past three years — one of the best purchases I made when we moved here.

I cherish the daily walk around the property I do every morning. I like hearing what the land tells me needs to be done. It’s different than just looking out and making decisions — the daily walking makes it feel more alive and makes me feel more connected to it.

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The Edith Cavell Lilac (the white one) is sweet. The old-fashioned large lilac tree’s scent has been intoxicating, but the blooms are fading, which is a shame. Someday, I’d love to have a whole hedge of the old-fashioned lilacs.

Although I don’t have a big rain barrel, I’ve started capturing rain water and using it to water the plants on the deck. They respond to this water better than the treated water out of the taps. And I feel that I’m not “wasting” the water coming out of the sky!

I finally got the meadow mowed, and everything looks good.

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I’m battling the ants in the front — I think I may have to break down and use poison — something I hate to do, but they just won’t honor the agreement about staying near the street and not coming towards the house.

Today is three days before the full moon, so I’m planting my little hills of corn, beans, and pumpkin. I started corn inside, just to see if I could do it in a pot — one strand is getting TALL — not quite as high as an elephant’s eye, but it’s doing pretty well.

Tomatoes and cucumbers and kale are happy on the deck. I dropped the lettuce seed packet and the wind blew seeds all over the place, so we’ll have lettuce turning up everywhere. Maybe that will keep the critters OUT of the main vegetable bed!

The huckleberry bushed died, which is frustrating — considering how much I paid for it and how I’ve catered to it for the past three years. It’s especially frustrating, because, in late winter, it bloomed inside!

I have to replant the peppers and the bok choy into bigger pots — and get all this done before I go away next week. I’ll be so happy if the veggie garden is bountiful this year!

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And isn’t this hosta great?

Devon

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Witch hazel

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Waning Moon in Capricorn
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn
Foggy and cool

This is what a witch hazel looks like. This is when it’s not in bloom. I hear that when it blooms, the leaves fall off, and there are just white blooms, but I haven’t yet experienced it.

When things start to pop here, they really start to pop! The trees are finally in bud, the lilacs are blooming, rhododendron and azalea are blooming, things look beautiful.

My Black King Eggplant is enormous — the leaves are about 12” long. It got its first flower that’s preparing an eggplant, so that’s all good. The little Nadia eggplants are tiny, but I think will be ready to transplant to the vegetable bed next weekend.

The pumpkin vines are enormous and gorgeous. I hope they can hang on one more week until I can get them into the ground. The cucumbers are coming up, the marigolds are coming up. The green peppers haven’t come up. Neither have the morning glories or the moonflowers, outside. I may have put them in too early, and I may need to start some more inside and transplant.

The male holly is blooming and growing; the female still sulks. Strawberry-wise, the one plant inside is blooming, and the three big pots outside look like they’re preparing to bloom. Things are later here than usual, but that’s okay.

The huckleberry is happy. I think it’ll be a few years until I get any berries, but that’s okay. It’s a cute little plant.

I have two ENORMOUS beds of lily-of-the-valley around the house. One is in no-man’s land, between this house and the house on the left. It’s about eight feet long and four or five feet wide. The other is in the back bed, along the tree line at the back of the property, where all the lilies and extra hostas are. That one, too, is huge. They’re beautiful, and what a lovely, unexpected gift!

I’m starting to understand the hosta love around here. Now that they’re actually coming up and growing, they’re pretty darn lovely! The shape of the plant and the leaf shape, and the variegated colors do add a lot to the garden.

I also found some ferns unfolding! So many surprises! I get up every morning wondering what new plants I’ll discover.

Purslane is growing in my vegetable bed, even though I didn’t plant it. I may have to move it, once I put in the other vegetables.

The catmint I planted in the terraced border is starting to bloom. The stonecrop is naturalizing well. Most of the silver mound artemisia is also doing well — I love its texture. I always wind up petting it! 😉 It’s soft as a cat.

I put in some poppy seeds yesterday, and planted lobelia seeds in an urn in the front yard, along with moving some big pots to one side of the driveway.

If the weather clears up a bit, I have to mow the back meadow today, and then I want to set out the English garden carpet out in no man’s land, given to me by Costume Imp, so that can start rooting. I think it’s warm enough to do so.

It’s so wonderful to sit outside in the early mornings and in the evenings and listen to the yard. I am so lucky and so grateful.

Falling Behind


the eggplant is even bigger now!

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Waning Moon 4th Quarter in Aries
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Willow
Scheduled to post

I’m scheduling this to post, because I’m out the door early to volunteer at a local wildlife sanctuary to help plant a butterfly garden. I’ll have lots to tell next week.

I feel like I’m falling behind; can’t keep up. I’m going to use the lawn mower for the first time this weekend — my yard is starting to look like a hayfield. I pulled up lots of dandelions the other day, and it seems two more came up for every one I pulled!

The back bed just overwhelms me — it will take me weeks to clean it out, weeks to rake and mulch under the trees, weeks to clean up the section between this house and one of the neighbors. I’m doing as much as I can every day that it’s not raining, but I have deadlines — I can’t blow a book contract in order to rake. Or I won’t be able to pay the rent and live here.

I feel very behind compared to the neighbors, but I have to remember that the garden is a work-in-progress, and I’m not just doing my work, I’m catching up on what was left undone by previous tenants.

On a happier note, the Black King Eggplant is huge; the India eggplants are starting to sprout; the zucchini have started to sprout. The foxglove sprouts are so tiny — amazing that some of those stalks will eventually grow to be seven feet tall!

The lilac bush has arrived, and is preparing to bloom. The huckleberry is much smaller than I expected — a huckleberry sprig rather than a huckleberry bush — but it’s adorable.

The pumpkins are doing well, and the strawberries are thriving out on the deck. The borage is large enough so, once I can replace the dinner plate I’ve got under the pot with the proper saucer, I can put it on the deck to protect the strawberries.

There’s a lot to be joyful about; I just feel like I’m constantly behind.

Devon