Greetings and salutations everyone; yes, once again it is I, Chess the purebred border collie, here to bring you the latest news from our garden. You may remember me from such posts as “What On Earth…” and “I Don’t Get It”, among so many, many others.
Here I am in a characteristic pose. Looking quite serious. Some things happened in the last couple of days, but mostly they involved the guy I live with complaining about the lack of sun, and the cold. One terrifying thing happened. A squirrel walked into my living room. I had to hide in the upstairs closet. The guy I live with yelled at the squirrel and it ran back outside. It took me a while to come out of the closet, though. “Some guard dog”, the guy I live with said, but I’m retired, and besides, squirrels in my living room are scary.
Now the weather has turned nice; sunny, windy, and about 60 degrees (not quite 16C), and so the guy I live with is doing what he does at this time of year.He said, and this is where the words of wisdom come in, that winter is too long, and too cold. I live with a very deep thinker indeed.
He made a fancy cage for some seeds he sowed directly into the new sand pile today. Seeds of the dwarf sand verbena, Abronia nana, to be precise. I think the cage makes the entire sand pile come alive. You know, like, artistically and stuff.Well, speaking of long cold winters, this past winter….and, yes, we know it’s not over by a long shot….has been the coldest here since 1991, which was before I was born, so I just have to take the guy I live with’s word for it.
So, why, he asked me just a little while ago, is Sedum booleanum still “very much alive”? One of the stems, at the top, is broken, but otherwise things are fine. The guy I live with looked this one up, which he can do just sitting at the laptop, and it was described in 1995, coming from Nuevo León, growing on gypsum hillsides at 1340 meters, which even I know isn’t that high.
“How come this is hardy?” he asked me, and when I didn’t answer, he then said “If this is hardy, why isn’t everything else that grows around it also hardy?” I know the answer to that question, and it’s “Because it doesn’t work that way”, which I admit is pretty deep, and also vaguely mysterious. Why doesn’t it?
“It just doesn’t”, is his standard answer.
Okay, well, there isn’t much else to say. Titanopsis calcarea is blooming again. The guy I live with often gets excited by one flower on a plant. He says that if it didn’t get so cold here the plant would have blooming all this time, meaning since the last time I showed a picture of it. That’s really about it. I hope the sun and wind will melt all the slush in the garden pretty soon.
Until next time, then.