Tuesday, July 8, 2014

We’ve been eating lettuce, arugula and endive from plants in containers for a few weeks now. It’s been very nice. Then day before I found a slug on a leaf. I threw it away and washed the rest very thoroughly.

Last night I went out later than usual to pick for dinner, and found every last lettuce just crawling with slugs. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen that many slugs before, even on the Olympia peninsula (mercifully, these were small slugs). This grossed me out so badly I nearly threw up- and it takes a lot to gross me out. I’m usually the one at the table grossing everyone else out. But this did it.

Never eating salad again. And definitely buying slug bait next time I go into town.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

 A couple of my jobs are really near to the lake. About two weeks ago, there was a killdeer running around in the driveway of one, doing the fall down and play injured thing they do to draw people away from their nest. Today I went back there, and needed to weed a bed that I hadn’t touched for awhile. The killdeer got frantic, running around on the lawn behind me, dropping to play hurt. Then two young ones- fledged but still with some baby fluff sticking out between feathers- popped out of the shrubs and ran around! The mother started calling wildly. They peered at me for awhile, then ran around the corner of the house. The mother stuck around for awhile, cursing me loudly. She also flipped out when the babies decided to peer around the corner at me, except that time she ran at them to convince them to go back and hide! 

A killdeer, from Wikimedia Commons. Uploaded originally by hart_curt.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The tall bearded iris, the Siberian iris and the Japanese iris are all blooming now, although today the rain is pushing a lot of the stems down. This year they- like the peonies- are taller than they've ever been before. Some come up my chest! Also, the iris and peonies are both more fragrant than they've ever been before. When I go outside, the air is perfumed; normally I have to walk up to the plants and stick my nose into the flowers!

This is the tall bearded iris 'Gnu'. I love the broken colors; they're like water colors running. This is the only broken color iris I have, although I hope to buy a few more. This one came to me free, because a friend asked me to divide his iris beds. Neither he nor the person he'd bought this from had any idea of the name, but I got lucky and IDed it on the internet.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's sad when the brightest thing in the garden is the weeds...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

It’s amazing how lovely dandelions look with the grape hyacinths. I think I’ll use that as my excuse for having so many of the things in my yard!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The primula auricula opened it's petals today:

It's a wee thing still. The others are even smaller and I'm sure won't bloom this year

One of the auricular primroses I started from seed a few years ago is going to bloom- and it’s a dark burgundy color!!!! All the hyacinths are in bloom and making weeding heavenly.