the whiner’s reward

I complained enough about the weather and now it’s nice outside. Obviously, whining works. A cynic might remark that eventually the weather would turn pleasant even without all the whining, but I prefer to see it the other way.

There are snowdrops showing white in the garden now, but not so much as to be worth photographing. I did take one picture that can serve as a sort of “state of the garden” image for now. I brought this on myself by feeding the birds, so there is no cause for complaint. That’s me creating the shadow on this very sunny, warm day.

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I did a walk around the garden today, which I keep telling myself not to do, and I count four plants definitely dead. Completely and totally dead. So dead they’ll never come back. This is four, out of a number planted last year. A large number, planted without hope of survival. I also peeked under the burlap-wrapped cages, too.

Some plants are probably dead, some look alive but might be dead, and at least two ought to be dead.

More of Cindy’s digital photographs. As I enter my declining years, my erstwhile flawless memory is failing. Some of the photographs were marked “plant”, which I found quite helpful.

Berkheya purpurea.

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Centaurea …oh, it’s the one with silver leaves that spreads all over the place.

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Crocus minimus, I think. She took hundreds of pictures of this, fascinated by the feathering, I suppose.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Leuzea conifera.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ipomopsis thurberi.

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Trough with Gentiana verna before the gardener, previously (and accurately) described as a “clumsy half wit”, pulled out most of it.

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One of the creatures that occasionally visits the garden. I could tell a really funny story about the time the garden was on tour and a pair of underwear was triumphantly flung onto the rock garden after being shown to everyone, but I don’t think I will.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Echium amoenum.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nectaroscordum siculum, or bulgaricum. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is “Viette’s Dwarf Form” of comfrey.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Haberlea fernandi-coburgii. Or is it rhodopensis?  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Um, it’s a frit, but, uh, hm. It’s a frit.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is Fritillaria crassifolia subsp. kurdica, I think. It’s very tiny.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Lewisia brachycalyx.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Eremurus the way she saw it.

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I forget which digitalis. One of them, anyway. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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