Trapped Cactus Update

April 17th, 2018

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Starts 07/28/17

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Starts 04/15/18.

One section is heavy and resting on the ground. Have taken starts of the new growth and placed them in other areas of the garden.

Plan to build a small trellis to support the cactus to keep it a bit more upright.

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus One of Two Buds

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Second of Two Buds


Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus April 15, 2018

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus April 15, 2018 Buds


Birthday Greeting From Bob

April 11th, 2018

Birthday

Birthday


Garden Today

April 11th, 2018

Brug and Wisteria

Wisteria and a Brug


Pumpkin Seed Activity

April 4th, 2018

Made a decision that this Spring I would clear out my box of seed. Some of the seed was either purchased or harvested as long ago as 1999, so quite old. They were not kept in the best of conditions, just a box in the garage where they were forced to endure all temperature changes.

Pumpkin Seeds

Are Pumpkin Seeds Harvested in 2011 Viable?
I popped the pumpkin seed in a tray on 3/21/18.

Pumpkin Seeds

This is what I found this morning, 4/4/18.
The small out of focus sprouts next to the pumpkins are carrots.

Loads can go wrong from planting to harvest. First comes seedlings, followed by vines, transplanting to garden, then pumpkins.

Since beans are usually quick to grow, pretty sure they are no longer viable. There isn’t a single sprout.

This is the first time using trays from Plantel Nurseries. I like that the trays are sturdy, less soil is used per cell, and the trays are a great space saver. When I rotate them, they are a tad heavier than they appear, but again very sturdy.

I became aware of the trays when I visited the Santa Maria fair last summer. Plantel Nurseries was giving away free vegetable plants and the plants were in their trays. The plants were easy to slip out of the cells. Still taking cuttings from the kale, chard, and celery plants I brought home from the fair.


Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seed Sprouts 4/4/18 Evening


Remnant of a Pine Cone

April 4th, 2018

Pine Cone

Pine Cone

Remnant of a Pine Cone Flip Side

Pine Cone

Pine Cone

Placed at Base of Its Parent


Funny How Connections Happen

April 3rd, 2018

When I visited my family in SC, I spent time wandering around and taking photos of plants, interesting textures, possible art making materials and processes, and things that struck me as odd.

Moss

As soon as I saw the moss growing on the grate inside a free standing wood burning fireplace, Don McLean’s American Pie started looping through my mind. Especially the line: moss growing fat on a rolling stone.

And while writing this post, again the song is swirling though my mind.

Not being a sit around a fire person, I had to google the proper term for the fireplace. It is a chimenea. According to Wikipedia this is the definition for chimenea.

A chimenea /tʃɪmɪˈneɪ.ə/, also spelled chiminea (from Spanish: chimenea means chimney), is a freestanding front-loading fireplace or oven with a bulbous body and usually a vertical smoke vent or chimney.

So, a wood burning chimney. Odd that moss found its way to growing inside the chimenea. It is sitting on a concrete patio in daily full sun. The chimenea must offer enough shade and protection to prevent the death of the moss.

Moss

Sad that the moss will be destroyed the next time the chimenea is lit.

Don McLean’s American Pie was popular when I was in high school. So much so, my high school English teacher thought it would be cool to decipher its lyrics. The result, even today I remember the bulk of the lyrics for the 8 minute 36 second song.

More connections–I remember my best friend from high school who died suddenly five years ago. Not in a plane crash, but he was the director of my hometown airport. Connections of all sorts can be found when you least expect it. Certainly wasn’t thinking about him when I started this post, but it would have been something I would have shared with him. He would have understood my moss/song connection. We would have talked about the song. When we first heard it. And other reminiscing.

Thinking about my friend, reminded me of a Henning Mankell quote from one of his Kurt Wallander books, Firewall.

Who was left who connected him to his earlier life?

Washington Post article about American Pie written by Justin Wm. Moyer.


Didn’t I Purchase Tofu?

April 2nd, 2018

Tofu

This is what happens when you misplace tofu in the car for two weeks!

Tofu


Beauty Found in a Dying Plant

April 2nd, 2018

Succulent Near Drive

Succulent Near Drive
June 2017

Succulent Near Drive

Succulent Near Drive
April 2018

Succulent Near Drive Detail

Succulent Near Drive Detail

Succulent Near Drive Detail

Succulent Near Drive Detail

Succulent Near Drive Detail

Succulent Near Drive Detail

Succulent Near Drive Detail


Happy Bunny Day/April Fool That I Am

March 31st, 2018

Happy Bunny Day

Thought I could persuade Bob to sit on the edge of the basketful of bunnies. It was a foolish notion.


Elliot and Random Quote

March 30th, 2018

My husband set up his website to randomly pair photos with quotes.
Sometimes interesting pairings occur.

Elliot

Elliot loves to shred fabric.
We have a concrete tube on the sofa hoping she will shred it instead of the sofa.


Found yesterday–

Sofa Shred

But notice the shredded paper, right side of the photo. So, sort of works.