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Two, the only two lilac blossoms. All the others were lost in the frost that followed Summer in March. Sadness!

Wildflowers, I hope, and not weeds. Read the rest of this entry »

Lilac, singular. Since this seems to be the only flower on the entire bush!

I love the sequence perennial sequence: Forsythia, lilacs….

This is yesterday’s box. It’s posted today, out of order, because I went out and planted the rosa rugosa immediately instead of blogging! I also planted the bleeding hearts: Read the rest of this entry »

I figured I’d better get at least the bushes into the ground ASAP, so I planted the Rosa Rugosa immediately; no rosebush can possibly be truly happy with its roots in sawdust wrapped in plastic. I used the same process I used for the trees, so if anything fails, it will not be for want of consistency: Hole big enough to fit all roots without bending them (how would you feel?), hole deep enough so the crown is level with “the ground,” seafood compost packed tightly round the roots, clay-y soil cap over the compost, and enough water. (I put the hose nozzle right into the soil and blast; when the soil moves, I know there’s enough water. And never too much. Because I don’t think there can be too much.)

And here is a close-up of one of the roses, showing some compost, the clay cap, and, above all, the thorns. These thorns, just like the raspberries’ thorns, form a living fence against invasive animals: Humans who want to walk in the garden, and the occasional deer who wanders across the street.

Which, I now know, is not the same as Fedco pickup day! And a very nice way to spend a rainy mid-day.

Among other plants, I picked up some Rosa Rugosa, which I will use to frame the entrance to the new path. They’ll be near the sidewalk, but I figure a “Beach Rose” should be able to cope with all the winter grunge thrown up by the plows! I’ll take a shot of the box I came home with later, maybe. It’s hard to stop buying stuff at Fedco, but then, not knowing what I was doing, I seem to have created many small niches that perennials will be happy to fill. I like systems that return good results when I don’t know what I’m doing!

Near the vegetable garden; there was a faint green haze yesterday; and today, tiny leaves!

But not near the flower garden:

Even though both areas were seeded on the same day. The only difference I can think of is the soil: The flower garden, if anything, gets more sun. However, it’s by the sidewalk, so it gets all the winter grunge from the plaws. Also, the earth is bare because webworms killed off the lawn (which I don’t think is a bad thing). However, although web worms might go for clover (they didn’t last year) I don’t see how they would prevent clover seeds from sprouting. Maybe tomorrow.

And since this is May 1, only 30 days ’til Memorial Day, when it’s finally OK to put plants in the ground in the state of Maine.

After the iris had failed to appear, I thought about “cleaning up the bed” by removing the leaf mulch, but that sounded like work, so I didn’t do it. And rightly: They did appear. Moreover, why disturb the bed? Those leaves are happily rotting away. Moral: Add layers, and do not subtract them.

I didn’t split the bulbs last fall, because I didn’t know the lazy way to do that. Readers?

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And the grass. How I hate grass! It’s work to cut it, but if you don’t cut it, it takes over everything, like some sort of science fiction monster.

This is not a contender for Greatest All-Time Video, Honey Bee Division. I haven’t yet mastered the art of using the iPad for an action shot, and my compensation for its off-center lens is especially bad. (Shooting with the iPad is like shooting with an old rangefinder Leica*, except you have to offset the shot by inches, not fractions of an inch.)

The… Well, it’s not a crocus, it’s an Invasive Blue Flower Bulb Thing, but the IBFBT at the top center of the video is shaking because a bee is collecting nectar and pollen from its flowers. Then the bee makes its way out from behind the flower, and then it suddenly veers off. On to the next!

However, this post lays down a marker of when the first honey bee appeared (or, to be more precise, the first honey bee I could capture on video; the first bee was perhaps a week ago; I’m too lazy to do the search right now.

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I wish!

Thinking back to the Leica III I paid too much for in a Cambridge pawn shop, and then lost, somewhere along the way… The iPad and the Leica are alike in that both are extraordinarily elegant and compact machines with glass at the core of their being — the iPad feels like a monadic glass slab, even if it isn’t — and both machines create, in the user, a sense of intimacy; they come to the hand in exactly the right way.

Here’s some self-seeded clover from last year; it popped just today at the outer border of the garden. I love clover because (a) it spreads so fast it outcompetes the quack grass; (b) it enriches the soil with nitrogen; and (c) I think the woodchucks like fresh, tender, young clover so much that they never drag their ungainly bodies over the fence and go for the veg. That’s my theory, anyhow!

So, Charlotte’s daughter at the kitchen window; last year’s clover sprouting in the garden.