Member since: Jan 10 | Last seen: May 13 | Years gardening: 36 | Organic gardener
01 Jun 2011Ludwigia grandiflora or peruviana Growing
Last fall I discovered an interesting wetland plant in a nearby county, collected, and propagated seedlings from it. It was on a fairly sizable island in the middle of a river and I could only locate two of these plants that I’ve never seen before so I figured it was fairly rare. It is, um,...34°C / 93°F
30 May 2011Tomatillo Verde Under Attack
Woke up this morning to find my two Tomatillo Verdes under attack by these bugs. They are all about the size of raisins, look to have heads and antennae, and seem to be skeletonizing and devouring the leaves, perhaps by sucking on them as they wither afterwards. In all my years of gardening, I...33°C / 92°F
29 May 2011Coleus Black Dragon Growing, Canna Low Growing Durban Growing, Morning Glory Heavenly Blue Budding, and Bac...
The most exciting news this week I can report is Pliny the Elder was right: eating raw onion does cure insomnia. I happened to discover this quite accidentally by ingesting some raw red onion during a couple dinners in a row and noticing the effect, then keeping it going. I haven’t slept th...34°C / 93°F
21 May 2011Chicken Coop Two garden , Eggplant India Paint Flowering, Tomato Speckled Siberian Setting Fruit, Tomato Sk...
This morning the flowers on one of the two India Paint Eggplants opened, and the tomatoes on the Skorospelka (a long time favorite) and Speckled Siberian (first grown last year) are bulking up. There are numerous little fruits on most of the rest of the tomatoes. Oddly, this may turn out to be ou...33°C / 92°F
14 May 2011Chicken Coop Two garden , Backyard garden , Short Grass Prairie garden , Morning Glory Picotee Blue Bloomin...
After the rain, the Prairie Rain Lily, Cooperia pedunculata. They are everywhere. The Short Grass Prairie which has been devoid of its normal Spring beauty, is now resplendent with them! Today I was surprised to see one of the morning glories still in a 3" pot blooming with a full size flowe...28°C / 82°F
12 May 2011Orchid Phalaenopsis Samba ‘U.Bix Blooming
I can’t believe how my emotions have become so entangled with the lack of water. But things began looking up this week. I treated myself to this little orchid left over from Mother’s Day at a big box store, my first ever! It’s thankfully been identified as Phalaenopsis Samba ‘U....31°C / 88°F
03 May 2011Backyard garden and Salvia Unknown blue Blooming
Wilson and Topaz stare at the pot of wheat grass I started for them. It is the only thing that would pass for green grass for miles. It’s been so long since any of us have seen it we don’t readily recognize it. Last fall Starley the terrier and I collected a few seeds off a plant grow...Sunny 13°C / 55°F
30 Apr 2011Backyard garden and Chicken Coop Two garden
Happy Beltane everyone! We are enjoying the day. (I even took time to participate in Sunday Stills, something I used to regularly do, artistically photographing the theme of rust today). This afternoon a cool front (!) came through lowering our high 80’s temperature down to 59 degrees. I do...15°C / 59°F
28 Apr 2011
Trying to focus on the beautiful things still happening here…it’s not all doom and gloom. We are going through two gallons of sugar water a day with all the hummingbirds. If you have followed my blogs for a while you will know that wild animals generally aren’t afraid of me, whi...29°C / 84°F
26 Apr 2011
We had a record high of 104 degrees yesterday, unbelievable. Combined with the fires and drought this is not a good time to be experiencing hot flashes! Other than watching these things burn via satellite on the Internet, there’s not much real-time information available. A new fire started ...19°C / 67°F