Photos, mostly…

That storm last Friday…whew!   I was sitting here in the Captain’s Chair, looking out the windows when the wind kicked in.  Looking to the east, it was dry as the wind pushed the rain straight forward;  to the south, my shrubs and trees were very nearly horizontal.  Then came buckets of rain…  Everything on the front porch was picked up and blown;  the plant debris was tattooed onto the siding.  If we’d had any tall trees in front, they’d have fallen…but that’s already been done, as you know.  Michael and his family were without power for 3 days, but we just picked up and cleaned up—well we’re still cleaning up limbs and such.  Since then, we’ve gotten yet another 1.25″ of rain and the temps have dropped.  Geez…

Still, I managed to get out and take some pictures on Tuesday before the rains hit…  Everything will have grown another foot by the time all this clears out…

 

Thanks to my lessons over a Blogging 101, I’m going to add some very juicy content to this blog.    Start-up is targeted for after Memorial Day, so check back…or follow me so you’ll receive notice when I post.

Till then…this is a picture of the side yard.  On the right is a  rhododendron that we took out of Michael’s front yard looking half-dead…it’s revived nicely…there’s a lesson there…

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First Post from Spring…

 

The birds are  having their usual Spring Noisemaking Competition every morning;  the yellow of forsythia is taking over from the daffodils while the magnolia waits to unfurl.  Taking its time, –and who are we to hurry her?–Spring has returned.  Think of the magic she’ll do before she gives up her reign in June!!   The rain totals are over the top, saturating the earth and toppling trees down the path.  Still, when it’s all stopped and dried, the blue sky will be vibrant and the green verdant, the air will be fresh.  And we, too, will start again planting.  Not quite yet, but soon.

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Last weekend we walked the property line, checking for signs that the perennials made it..or not.  It was a long, cold, lonely winter, little darling, and I was a little worried about some of last year’s freshman class:  blueberries (3 of 4 look fine), raspberries (all good), and dwarf crape myrtle (looking iffy).  Best of all, the asparagus is all up!!!

I moved my seedlings out to the back porch and they’re still holding on.   In fact, during the torrential rain the other night, the roof leaked very nicely into their pots…   Our average last day of frost is 4/15 and the way this year has gone, I’m expecting anything.  I’d like to get some peas in the ground, and I promised Eliza I’d grow her some carrots, so soon as the mud is dirt, I’m gonna throw out some seeds.

Maybe we can’t plant, but we can always plan and I’m going to make a lot of changes, as usual.  In the meantime, we pruned the wisteria and grapes—a much-needed clean-up for both.

Begin again…planting and sowing.

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Half-way there…

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Today marked the very middle of Winter.  Take heart!!  I’m daydreaming about spending lovely hours in the garden, drooling over garden blogs and pinterest, as well as gardener’s supply, burpee and the rest of the on-line storefronts.   Today’s snow seems superfluous, but the Real Mastergardener knows what He’s doing, so I’ll just do my planning and let it all be.

And who could be uncheered by some Amaryllis blooms?  Not I!

 

 

Just in time for the grandkids…

My tomatoes, large, small, and in-between-size,  are ripening;  my green beans, both bush and pole, are filling with pods;  I have several yellow squash; the basils are begging to be trimmed.   And all of this is just in time for my NYC grand-daughters to appreciate when they arrive next Saturday.   My middle grand-daughter, who lives down the street, will be here, too, helping me keep up with the harvests during their 18-day visit.   (They think I’m magic;  I think They are)

The flowers are looking lovely, as well, and I know we’ll be spending a lot of time on the porch (after coating ourselves with Off!)…

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Summer Solstice v. Midsummer

There’s a lot of happenings in the sky this week…

Summer officially kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere, tomorrow at 12:04am here at Sonnystone, with (ta-da) the Summer Solstice, an instant in time when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. We think of it as the “longest day of the year” (though I had a few at the end of school that I think were longer) and it is Supposed to ideally have the most hours of sunlight (if clouds don’t get in the way).

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Though Midsummer occurs near the Solstice, it is more of a Farmer Holiday, reckoned to be the mid-point of the growing season, June 24. It’s the feast day of John the Baptizer, but it’s been celebrated by Ancient Earth Religions as a time when ghosts and faeries can become visible; the festivities start the evening before and the party can be pretty wild…just ask Shakespeare (or Puck). It is believed that the dew on Midsummer Day will make young girls beautiful and old women look young…That’s a myth I’ll try (not) to bust…

Decorating for this year’s Midsummer Eve was done by God Himself, supplying us with a SuperMoon. The Full Strawberry Moon will arrive at 6:23am on June 23, the largest and closest moon of 2013. Put it all together, it sounds powerful…

However you celebrate, Let the sun in! Get outside!! Watch out for trickster faeries and goblins!!! As Puck said, “Lord, what fools these mortals be”. Don’t disappoint…

More sun=good for the garden…I’ve got a ton of dead-heading to do and I’ve bought some plants that need rescued…

New Blooms…………