Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here to bring you up to date on the latest happenings in our garden. You maybe remember me from such posts as “The Missing Grass”, among so many, many others.
As usual, not much has been happening, except for a lot of weeding. “What else would a person do in Weedopolis”, he asked. I guess that was a rhetorical question.
It rained again, night before last, about half an inch. We do sometimes get rain at this time of year. You can see how green the garden looks. Not everything green is weeds, though.
Even the field is still green. It’s supposed to get hot in a couple of days, and stay hot, and if they mow the grass then it will probably turn brown and stay that way for the rest of the summer.A rose that the guy I live with thought was gone, after he dug up the roses and gave them to a friend who owns a nursery, has come back.
This is ‘Felicité Parmentier’, a very fragrant rose. The guy I live with finally sowed the seeds of holy and Thai basil that he got from J.L. Hudson earlier this year. Maybe he should have spaced out the seeds a bit more.He said he’d really like to go to the Asian market and stock up on things for, especially, Thai food, but he stills hesitates to go out. (He did drive the car around a bit the other day.)
Colorado has “reopened”, a little anyway, and the virus cases aren’t going up like in some other states, but he just doesn’t feel like going out at all. There is a rock garden meeting next week and he’s going to that.
Back to seeds, he’s been struggling with germination of seeds of Amsonia eastwoodiana and Amsonia tomentosa. (Some botanists say they’re the same species.)
Seeds germinate very quickly but then “damp off”, as they say overseas. The guy I live with doesn’t know why.
These are growing in sand.
So the latest idea is to let these keep growing in the posts, and try some direct sowing of germinated seeds. He sowed some seeds directly a month ago and nothing has happened. This new method has worked for other seeds. Seeds go into a wet coffee filter, then into a freezer bag, closed shut or not, and then on the heating mat.
That’s pretty much it, gardening wise. No more LPs have arrived in the mail, and not much of anything else has happened.
There was a considerable amount of moping, yesterday, and I thought I would share the reason why.
The guy I live with was just doing things on the computer, looking for something, the way you do (I can never find anything interesting), and, well, remember how we talked about Radiohead a while back, and how much his wife loved them?
He’s entering the second decade of being alone here, without her, and so this song struck him. His wife claimed not to like the original. But this is a different version which you might enjoy even if you don’t like Radiohead (which we don’t want to know).
The guy I live with said that Hildegard of Bingen would not have known what harmony was (in the musical sense that we do today), “But, like, whatever”.
Now that really is all for today. The pace of our life has slowed down quite a bit, which we both like. (I won’t talk about what the guy I live with said when he was trying to contact the Internal Revenue Service the other day, about his mom’s estate tax returns…)
I’ll leave you with a picture of me just hanging out in my Kitchen Fort.
Until next time, then.