Monday, May 28, 2012

Much Ado in the Garden

 A busy holiday Monday.  I cleared the weeds from a section of ground to extend the cottage garden area, dug in some compost, and put in some new plants.  Ken burned the weed pile, along with scrap wood, odd logs, sticks and boxes lying around the place, a hot job on any day.

Yesterday I bought 5 plants from Greenhurst, and today I found a few more at D&B.  Then I went around the existing garden beds and dug up some "volunteers" that weren't really in ideal situations.
I bought a rose I've been wishing for, 'Strike It Rich', aster horizontalis 'Prince', sedum 'Plum Perfection, geranium sanguineum 'John Elsley, a volunteer campanula and a self-seeded caryopteris. I also dug up a rudbekia, and geranium 'Phillippe Vapelle' that were both in the wrong place.  There's still some self-seeded lychnis chalcedonica and yarrow to move, but I ran out of steam.  I'll get them another day.  I planted a tomato, 'Chocolate Cherry', and got four peppers, 'Gypsy'.  I'll put in the peppers later this week.  They're the kind that's nice for roasting.

It was a good day for working outside, not too hot, partly cloudy, with a nice breeze.  We started early and by 1:30 we were done.  Even so the sun wore me out.  After a shower, we drank a bottle of Moscato and ate ciabatta with olive oil for lunch while we watched 'Much Ado About Nothing' on the Roku.  Just the right amount of silliness after a day in the sun.  So....

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more;
    Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
    To one thing constant never;
        Then sigh not so,
        But let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no more,
    Or dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
    Since summer first was leafy.
        Then sigh not so, 
        But let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into Hey, nonny, nonny.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Which Era Would You Choose?

A somewhat frivolous question I guess.  But if you could go back to any particular period of time in human history - to stay - where, or rather when, would you go?

No going back once you're there.  So you have to think carefully about it.  You'd be giving up a lot of important things, lots of advantages we have now that didn't exist even 50 or 60 years ago.

I'd like to say I'd go back to some romantic period, like the Renaissance, or La Belle Epoque, or perhaps the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine, or the 1920's.  But all of those are before antibiotics.  If I'd been born before WW II, I would not have survived early childhood.  I had pneumonia before I was a year old.  Then I got Whooping Cough about age 5, badly enough I spent time in the hospital.

Soooo... the rules for my little mind experiment also say that when you go back to your chosen time period you will be the same age you are now.  You could still die from a cut on your finger, but at least you'll be immune to all kinds of diseases that would otherwise have killed you before the age of 10.

Let's see, other rules...
You'll know who you are and where you came from, but you'll be able to speak whatever language existed in your chosen time.  As for your anachronistic behavior and clothing, and less-than-complete knowledge of local customs - you'll just just have to choose carefully!

In other news, I'm due to have surgery on my left foot on June 6th.  The Dr is going to repair a worn and stretched tendon under my second toe, and shorten the long bone inside the foot, so that toe joint doesn't extend quite so far beyond the two neighboring toe joints.  Hopefully that will reduce the impact of dancing on the ball of that foot.  And hopefully I won't be back in the podiatrist's office a year or so from now complaining about the other foot!

It's odd to think but the left foot does get more impact when I'm dancing.  That's the foot you hop on when you start moving, and it bears more of the load in tight turns and sudden accelerations.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Iris Pictures

Just wanted to put up some pictures of the mid-season iris.  The blue and yellow ones are in full bloom and there are now flower stems on the orange ones.  They usually show up later.  The iris variegata is also flowering now.  Nearly everything else has flower buds on it.

Here's a picture of the new clematis in flower.  I'm please I judged its flowering time correctly.  It comes up and flowers before all the larger things around it get tall and over-shadow it.  I don't remember how long it flowers, but at least it has a good start.

The driveway garden is progressing well too.  I'm happy with the new aqualegias I put in last year.  They're doing much better than the previous one that didn't make it through last winter.  The other new plants seem to be doing ok so far.  I don't know how long they'll last, but right now things look good.

My only disappointment so far are the ipheion bulbs.  They've put up some leaves, but no flowers.  I'll have to look them up again and see when they're supposed to flower.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mid May Already?

My Dad turned 80 yesterday.  80!  E.i.g.h.t.y.!!  Imagine being 80 yourself.  Finishing 8 decades.  It's strange to think of Dad having been around that long.  And I suppose as odd as that seems to me, it must seem odder to him, in introspective moments.  How things have changed since he was young

It's starting to get more reliably dry and sunny around here.  I always regret losing the rainy weather in Spring.  Now I really have to start thinking about making sure everything gets watered.  The iris are coming along quickly.  The yellow and blue ones opened this week.  The dark orange ones will be next, and after that we'll be into the earlier perennials.

I have a tomato start, Siberian.  I grew it once back in 2006 and it did pretty well for us.  Tasted good too.  It's an earlier one.  So maybe we'll have a few tomatoes ready before the end of July.  I want to start some seeds as well but I haven't had time yet.  Maybe next week.  I do have most of the pots planted up now.

I had a MRI on my left foot this week.  I go in on Monday to see what the podiatrist has to say about it.  Hopefully we can finally decide on whether I need surgery or not.  It's so frustrating to have this going on right now.  I've been having trouble with this foot since August 2010 after TAC Summer School.  First a year of plantar fasciitis, and now this.

I haven't done much crocheting this week.  My right hand is achy from weeding more often than not.  Not a good sign, but I'm trying not to worry about it.  One appendage giving me fits is quite enough.  I really need to change how I hold the yarn.  It would make a difference to my thumb joint.

I have so many crochet projects I want to get working on, but I'm making myself finish the two important ones I have in progress before I start another one.  It's interesting to see how your tastes change as you learn about a craft.  I've been back into crochet for a year and a half now.  I'm really more a Beginner-Intermediate, but on the other hand I haven't made any fitted garments yet.  I do have one or two in mind I'd like to make - some socks, and a cardigan made up of square motifs, but I want to do some other things first.  Improve my skills.  I'm already getting very opinionated about what I like and don't like.  I'm not into the "grandma" type projects at all.  I don't like granny squares, bobbles, or hats.  I'm not really interested in baby clothes.  I don't want to make any more triangular shawls than I already have in progress.  I've come to prefer crescents or half-circles.  Except for the truly amazing shawl Diane is knitting for me.  It's gorgeous.

Anyway, time for some sleep.  Hope you all have a good weekend.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Welcome Spring

Happy Birthday to me!
The hawthorn (May Flower) is in bloom, the oak tree's little green "flowers" are in full swing, it's overcast, and promises to be a rainy spring day.  Nice to have rain on my day.  It's going to be busy, but that's ok.