Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the 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 posts as “Much More Springy”, among so many, many others.
I guess it’s time to complain, now. It’s been a bit too hot for me. And I haven’t been able to do all the things I’ve wanted to, because the guy I live with wouldn’t let me. The other day, the guy I live with’s friend came over, and I thought she might want to play with a dead sparrow I found in the yard, but she didn’t. It was taken away from me and buried.
And then yesterday all I wanted to do was catch snakes and eat pine cones, but the guy I live with said no. I suppose he had his reasons.
The water in the canal is flowing again, and there are ducks in it, as usual. I wanted to jump in the water and chase the ducks, but I think you know what the response to that was.The snow last weekend made everything pretty green. Some leaves did get frozen, and a few branches were broken, like on the chokecherry in the “way back”. They’re just chokecherries, so no big deal, I guess, but the branches will have to be removed, and there was a lot of complaining about that.
This is a dwarf limber pine the guy I live with got from Jerry Morris some years ago when he visited his nursery. The label said “Taos”. The guy I live with said that he and his friend drove past the highway that led to Taos week before last. There are snowdrops in the snowdrop frame now.Last week the guy I live with gave all the tomato seedlings, and squash seedlings, to his friend, and they also delivered a flat of agave seedlings to a friend who has a greenhouse and can take better care of them. He said he was trying to “downsize” on plants, which sounded suspicious to me. There are a lot fewer seedlings in the flats upstairs, that’s for sure.
The last of the tulips are flowering; these are probably Tulipa batalinii. And Clematis hirsutissima, too. This plant has been here “almost forever” and grows very slowly. I guess it doesn’t get as much water as it would like.
And there’s this little onion in one of the rock gardens. The guy I live with doesn’t know what it is. It just appeared here. Or, it was from seed he forgot he sowed. Or something. And then, something kind of funny happened. He had moved a big plant of the sea-kale, Crambe maritima, out to the border behind the enclosure, because he thought the plant might do better out there, rather than in the middle of the lawn. You may recall that when I was little I ate one of the plants. It was good. And then when the berm was re-made, there was a flat space, where the sea-kale was, and so it got moved. But look what he found in the same flat space, just today. I guess the sea-kale is going to be happy there, after all. So he moved the big plant back, next to these, to keep them company.
That’s really all I have for today. It’s supposed to be hot all this next week, and thundery. I don’t like either of those weather features. The guy I live with said this is the time of year for really bad weather, but I hope we don’t have any.
Until next time, then.