more white medicine

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Chess the excellent purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you the latest news from our garden. You may remember me from such white-colored posts as “Wright’s White” and “A Hint of Winter”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristically pensive pose.15012808It’s really sunny and windy today, which is why I’m squinting.

sunny

sunny and windy

The guy I live with is “fiddling with seeds and stuff” and not much else is going on, why is why I’m lying out on the patio. There’s a rug out there, especially for me, and as you can see, I’m lying on it in the first picture. The concrete is pretty warm, too, though, and so I lie on it, sometimes, too.

Some of the gardening (the fiddling with stuff part) struck me as fairly pointless, but it happened anyway. I mean, the plant he transplanted itself wasn’t pointless,15012801but you might understand why I say this was pointless when I tell you that this plant is actually dead. Why anyone would move dead plants around in the garden is beyond me, but he does it anyway.

“It might not be completely dead”, he said, as he moved this agave into the front yard.

Well, you see the color of the leaves, right? And that streak of liquid running down one of the leaves? Dead.

Now, it could be, because it sometimes is, that the inner leaves are still alive, because their color is right, and the guy I live with didn’t really feel like putting his hand in the agave to see if the leaves were soft (a sign that it’s dead), so that was the justification for moving the thing.

You can hardly see it here anyway.15012806The agaves with the white spots on their leaves there were damaged by the sudden cold in November, but they’ll recover. The guy I live with, who supposedly knows everything, says they didn’t have a chance to get winter-hardy before that cold spell.

Whatever, huh.

He saw this yesterday and got all super-excited for a couple of minutes.

Crocus niveus

Crocus niveus

And then of course there are the snowdrops. Some part of this picture is in focus; you can try to find it if you want to. 15012802You can also see the coiled seed pod of Cyclamen hederifolium here. 15012804Some self-sown snowdrops almost growing in the front yard.15012805I guess that’s it. There would probably be a lot more to talk about if the guy I live with did more interesting stuff, but he rarely does.

At least I get to lie out on the patio and not feel like I should be doing something else.15012809

Until next time, then.

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the white medicine

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Chess the excellent purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you the latest news about me and our garden. You may remember me from such white posts as “White Fever” and “Mostly White”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose. (With a characteristic pea on the floor, too.)15012604It was 70 degrees Fahrenheit here today (that’s 21 C). Pretty delightful, though it’s supposed to get colder by the end of the week. (That’s where the “things change” that the guy I live with says all the time comes in handy. Things change.)

I thought this was going to be the week where all these scary things got done to me, but instead things have taken a different turn, and I’m supposed to start a new medicine.

The guy I live with went to the Chinese herbalist place here, and got some for me. The guy at the herbalist said this has proven very effective for dogs, which, as you know, I’m. 15012402He said that, according to Wikipedia, baiyao means “white medicine” in Chinese, and so that ties into the gardening part of my post in what I’m sure you’ll agree is a most elegant way.

See?15012601We think that’s the one called ‘Theresa Stone’, but can’t really be sure because the label disappeared when the fence behind the snowdrops was built. (It got stepped on.)

The guy I live with took a bunch of pictures, but it was pretty damp over there and he didn’t kneel down to take the pictures, and so most of them turned out not to be in focus. This one is, at least part of it. 15012603Well, that’s really all I have. Both of us have our white medicine. The guy I live with says to imagine drifts and drifts of snowdrops instead of just the couple I showed, and I have a whole bunch of things to do, so I better let you go and start doing them right away.15012605

 

Until next time, then.

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