OMG! You guys! It’s HOT as fleck out there. Rain. Then HOT. 94F by 2pm. Which means …ick. Bindweed, Creeping Charlie, sweat. More sweat. I have been trying to work in the garden but that means being up and out by 5am. That’s fine, except. I still haz to work my reg’lar job, y’know? So toiling from 5a, then cleaning up and getting to my desk by 7a – and not falling stone-OUT! by 11? Kinda rough on this old gal. This weekend has been stunningly hot – El O got a wild hair and bought a new stainless steel grill – display special, so it’s already set up. Brought it home at 2p, in the blazing sun. It’s a wonder both of us didn’t sustain 3rd degree burns, getting it out of the back of the truck.
Therese Bugnet is in full flower – the most perfect rose smell evah! She is nearly 7′ tall and you can smell her across the garden!
I haz a pair of Baltimore Orioles in my garden (they are nesting in the giant tree next door). I nearly fainted when I saw them – I always wondered what the Big Oriole Deal was. Now I know. Great Jeebus, but the male is STUNNING! Wish I could get a photo of ‘mine’ but I can’t pull myself together enough to get that done – by the time I get finished gasping at the sight of them, they’re gone. Do any of you have Orioles?
and…omg! it’s LOUD! in the garden. I have a stunning number of birds in my garden, due to several huge trees surrounding the prop, as well as the 4 water sources I keep for them. And I’m organic by design, so lots o’ bugs and worms – and my neighbors are organic because they don’t give a rat’s ass, bless them – they cut it and that’s that! – I have one neighbor who Chemlawns but he’s far enough away that I get no drift – ditto the Big Ag farms less than 3 blocks away – lots of trees and bushes and general Stuff to keep that anhydrous drift out. As a result, it’s like an aviary over here – March and I were on the phone and she said ‘what the actual F? Where ARE you?’ – apparently she could barely hear me over the birdsong. I don’t even hear it anymore – I mean, I hear it, I just don’t HEAR it! But it’s Loud. Blessedly, beautifully LOUD! Rachel Carson would be pleased, I hope.
Transplating Borage. The only thing more cucumber-y than cucumber is Borage. I love transplanting it because it just smells so damb fresh! Have had to thin out quite a few – I laughed because, as with poppies (and dill) I’m always hesitant, as if I won’t end up with hundreds of seedlings. Spoiler: I always do. I thinned probably 200 poppy seedlings and could easily thin 200 more. Dill? Don’t ask. I went from worrying about it showing up to ripping it out by the handfuls. I can only use/dry so much, y’know? And Borage is a beast. It will overwhelm my tomatoes. Ripping out Borage is refreshing, though. So crisp!
Dahlias are coming up! Gawd, but they give me the flux! It’s like ‘knockknock! Are you guys in there(s)?? (there’s a LOT of dahls) – then, just as my nerves are thinking about getting shot over those stupid tubers, a little green pokes through…then BOOM! A whole LOTTA green pokes through. Eggshells, for you tuber-lovers. Slugs are everywhere this year!
I’m not gonna lie here – I’m boring as snot right now because all I am focused on is work (which is going well, thank you) and working in the garden (which is going pretty well, too!). I could tell you I am sampling new perfumes but right now I’m not because there is a wasp nest near (I can’t find it – in fact, I think there are two, maybe 3 – the one I did find is in an open tube, which I can spritz now (as opposed to a month from now, when I stand an excellent chance of being stung)
If I promise to do giveaways, may I bore you to flinders with Garden Tales?
Let’s start with this one – tell me something ‘grow-y’, even if it’s not YOUR grow-y (I know not everybody does this Garden Thang). Or, if there is nothing grow-y going on, tell me a flower story. Somebody will get a li’l sumpin’ from the messy armoire.
Winner of the Atelier Bloem samples: well, this is weird – it’s PJ McBride! it was your birthday, ….I think
Skynet randomdotorg must’ve read your comment! That is both fabulous and terrifying, in a pre-Terminator kinda way. gmail your evilauntieanita with your mailing info and I promise to get them out pronto.