May 3, 2012 | 7:33 PM PST "...The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching... The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime."
"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
As I looked around at the untended garden beds, some barren
black rectangles of nothing. Others, spring crops left unmanned, once competing
with the tangle of weeds that commenced to battle, with no swift hands to help
wage the war, finally, forever lost... I
give silent thought to the prospects of fall.
Then in a depressed state of mind I think how things have changed... A door opened...hope for another...the right
thing to do...a decision made...a job change...and now.. Fridays aren’t free
anymore and with the added hassle of coverage for a day off here and there, I’ve
given up on my precious idea of gardening.
Seems like there’s never enough time and the weekends just aren’t long
enough. But then I look over at the
mountain of pole beans, still green and blooming... Is it possible they will
yet produce the long plump healthy green beans the packet promised? Then amongst the long forgotten, un-staked
eggplants, lying helplessly on the ground, I see a mature eggplant fruit, attached
to its host, making its imprint in the dirt.
In a fleeting moment – just long enough for me to decide whether or not
it’s worth the trouble to stop and investigate – I think, surly it is
rotten. But, soon my hand is touching it,
perfectly sized, long and sleek with shiny black skin, a glimmer of hope. As I pluck it from the vine, I feel my Daddy
smiling...and I’ll keep trying...
Looks like spring has sprung! I'm keeping my fingers crossed on the garden peas, that they will mature before it gets too hot and that my kids will eat them!
I planted Irish potatoes about 2 weeks ago. Keeping my fingers crossed on them, too!
Remember those little wimpy collards in the fall pics?Well they survived the winter and finally started growing in late January. I was able to pick enough for my husband (yes, I said my husband!) to cook a big pot full in late February and they were delicious! And to think I almost pulled them up in January because I didn't think they were doing well!
I planted some pole beans and some more lettuce in seed cups this past weekend. Let neighbor bring over some beans and tomatoes planted in seed cups a couple of weeks ago to start in the greenhouse. After seeing their baby plants popping up, I figured I'd better get on the ball with planting some for myself!
I am excited about the old fashioned petunias that I planted around Daddy's old planter. You don't know how many years I have tried to get those little guys to reseed. I guess around Daddy's old planter was the perfect spot.. They did reseed and survived the winter AND are fixing to be in full bloom! Pics to come!
Did I ever tell you that I enjoy weeding? I didn't think so... ;)
I have garden peas popping up! My very first time trying these, hope I have success with them!
Bought 3 different kinds of lettuce today to plant in the garden. Not only does it look very "garden-y" in neat little squares, when square foot gardening, it actual does well in my garden - not to mention, Motley, our guinea pig loves it, too! ;)
Jan 11, 2011 | 6:53 PM PST Buzz seems content as long as he has a steady supply of nectar plus in his feeder and it's easy to reach! I haven't seen him feeding on any of the flowers I have put in his cage except for the bottle brush blooms. It didn't take much effort for him to sit on his perch, lean over and lick the nectar out of the blooms. Also, there were so many blooms that all he had to do was make some stabs at it with his beak and he was bound to hit a bloom. In other words, he didn't have to be very accurate to get the nectar! The bottle brush bush isn't blooming right now, and the other flowers I've offered seem to be too hard for him to get to.. Or could it be he's just getting lazy! lol I'm still hoping for the best, but not sure if he will improve enough to be released back into the wild. :(
Jan 7, 2011 | 8:15 PM PST Now that Christmas is over my thoughts have turned toward spring. I'm wondering if the perennials that I planted around the greenhouse, this past fall, will come back in the spring.. I'm hoping that the Martin family will decide that the houses overlooking the garden will make a lovely home to raise their young.. I am visualizing a newly planted garden.. I am anticipating the joy of finding ripe vegetables on the vine.. I am learning what it feels like to "love watching things grow".. miss you, Daddy. :)
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Buzz is getting his morning breakfast which consist of crushed fruit flies and Nektar Plus. In case you're wondering, I have a hummingbird for a guest.. I am working with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Thomasville and a biologist in Tallahassee regarding a young male hummer that was found in late September. We think he has a concussion. Anyway, I received him back, a few weeks ago, from the biologist who kept him for almost 2 months. He will winter over at my house and if he is not able to be released by April, he will have to be placed in a facility for wild animals that are unable to be released into the wild. HOWEVER, I am hoping and praying for this little guy to make a complete recovery! Please help me pray for him!
Dec 8, 2010 | 4:23 AM PST It's a cold morning in Georgia, but I like it! Even so, it's not even Christmas and I am already anticipating spring, the possibility of martins this year and the return of the garden jewels!
Dec 1, 2010 | 6:34 PM PST Well, we finally got that rain we needed so desperately and now behind it is some COLD weather. At least cold for South Georgia. Just to think, yesterday it was 80 and today in the 60's tomorrow the high 50's. I think this cold snap will take out the lantana that was still blooming beautifully... and the petunias...and the morning glories... and the bottle brush bushes that had put on some new blooms..and of course the pole beans, cucumbers and gourds. I think the turnips, lettuce and cabbage will be okay.. Of course...I could...POSsibly...leave the warmth of my home and comfy computer chair (okay well, really not THAT comfy I get hemorrhoids sometimes..) to brave the cold, walk out to the garden and set the sprinkler up.. OR I could just ask my two wonderful kids to do it for me since they just walked in the back door, still all bundled up, from being out in the cold trying to catch armadillos. :)