Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the actually fairly normal-sized purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you the latest and windiest news from our garden. You may remember me from such speed-related posts such as “A Velociraptor’s Day”, among so many, many others.
It’s only been freezing here a couple of nights in the last month or so, and hasn’t rained or snowed, but I guess it might later this week. There will be plenty of mud to track in, I imagine.
I got another Star Student award at Day Care last week, and got to see Norm again, just the other day, and he was a lot closer this time. I dragged the guy I live with all the way down the creek path, totally forgetting the Star Student stuff I learned, but Norm was on the other side, looking over his shoulder from time to time, being of course intimidated by the guy I live with’s tough demeanor, and my even tougher one.
While I was being a star student, the guy I live with and his friend visited the crevice garden at the Apex Recreation Center in Wheat Ridge. He had heard of it and seen pictures, but now he’s all jealous and everything because he wants the back yard to be nothing but a giant crevice garden, except with places for me to race around the garden.
In the shade garden, which isn’t very big, the snowdrops are almost done, and there are lots of crocuses, Crocus tommasinianus, starting to flower. They’ve been seeding around for some years now. Here are just some of them. And the guy I live with’s favorite shrub, Viburnum farreri, is flowering. He says this is pretty late; it can start in December, but remember we had the snow and ice on the ground for weeks, and the complaining, and all that, so it’s flowering now instead.
I guess this is a crummy picture because the guy I live with doesn’t know how to use the macro function on the point-and-shoot, but I think you get the idea. He says the flowers are scented of heliotrope, whatever that is. Let’s see; what else? Oh, there are lots of other crocuses flowering.
Otherwise the garden is kind of dry and brown. I hear that’s okay. Most people would prefer it greener, but the guy I live with just says “Whatever”.And he put up an anti-me fence in the way back. I do admit I was getting carried away, racing into this garden, which is in pretty bad shape.
What’s even worse, and talk about a boatload of complaining, if not whining, is the state of the back lawn. You can see all the little green bits which are coming back. You may remember that he took out the green lawn and put in buffalograss, and now he’s talking about putting back the green lawn. Yes, I know. I guess that’s pretty much it. If there’s more, I’ve forgotten it, or the wind blew it away, just like that.
Until next time, then.