It hasn’t rained here in about 2 months so we are having to irrigate and it’s a problem. Like most rain in the U.S., our rain is acidic, around the 6 mark on the pH scale. As you likely know, in places that get a lot of rain and that have acidic soils, acid rain can be a big problem. Here it’s not as devastating. My soil is already on the alkaline side with a pH of 7.8. That...
Post Garden Tour Ennui
A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a small garden tour to a group of about 30 people. I’ve tried to avoid this sort of thing as I don’t think it is yet fit to be seen, even less so since the baby has come. There’s grass in the beds and large bare areas that are still not filled in. A lot of structural plants aren’t substantive enough to play their roles well. Also, it was just...
Hiking in Circles
Me: So I'm going out Thursday afternoon. There's some orchids up a canyon I need to check out with Steve Hegji.
Husband: How long would you be?
Me: Not long; maybe a couple of hours.
Husband: There could be a scheduling conflict....
Me: Well, if I can't make it, it's not a big deal. It's growing in the garden anyway.
Husband: Wait, you're going hiking for a couple of hours to see a flower that's already growing in your garden?
Husband: Nothing, I'm just confused.
Super sad news from the neighbor; Acorn was hit and killed by a car recently. So, here’s a reblog of my tribute to our borrowed pet. I’ve never liked cats, but this one won me over. I still remember her greeting she would give me and how sweet she was. Every time I look out the glass door, I expect to see her there. Goodbye, Acorn. We miss you. I’ve been adopted by a cat. Her name is...
Really Late Monthly Garden Report for May. And...
I’m sure no one noticed the omission of a report for April in the garden, or at the end of May but a baby is a great vacuum of time and thought, sucking up energies for anything else. Even the most determined will can be broken by the urgent and increasingly upset wails of an infant. If only new transplants had the same capacity. A very expensive Daphne x burkwoodii ‘G.K....