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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. ~Walt Whitman

Morning Glory 6-9-2010

The Morning Glories Lucie sent me for my birthday in March are finally blooming! as are the Cardinal Climbers I planted for the hummingbirds:

Cardinal Climbers June 2010

Just a quick update this morning and then my nose is back to the grindstone. Things are getting caught up and online and in shape and all that stuff, but I find myself sketchy because I want to get a lot more done and the to-do lists are cranking around in my head like the gears of some weird planetary alignment toy or that song from the 70’s about the windmills of your mind. The only way to get through it is to do it. The biggest challenge for me is to be realistic about my goals and to allocate my time. What I really want to do is get lost in a big project and ride it to completion: I’m going to try on every single pair of shoes I own and then sell the ones I don’t want on EBAY and I’m going to do all of this in 3 hours. Uhhhh – NO! sigh…

trying to remain grounded

In the meantime, the garden is lush and healthy and seems to be stable: nothing that needs doing at the moment! Once my office is in good shape, I can move on to getting the rest of my life ready for school. I’m very excited to see where it will all be when I sit down to have that first bottle of wine with Lucie when she comes to visit next month. It’s been a couple of years since I saw her and I can’t wait to light the garden up with candles when the sun goes down, put on some music and catch up with what’s been going on in her life. These are the moments of summer when all my work pays off!

That color of green you can't describe...March 2010

Thought I’d also share a short article about edible flowers from one of my favorite websites: Organic Gardening dot com. When I figure this blog thing out properly, I’ll have a section with my favorite links but lately every time I sit down to do that I get interrupted and my computer instincts are feeble enough…well it’s disastrous. Oh well.

Pansy 6/5/10

So now I’m off to work and to recharge the battery on my camera which died while I was taking a photo of the Morning Glory. Poor thing gets used to death every day, stuck in my bra while I water or garden, dropped in the dirt, left outside over night…it’s a trooper! Needless to say, there are a LOT of photos of the garden to share as soon as I get a chance.

Whirling Butterflies (guara) May 2010

Windmills of Your Mind
Words and music by Alan Bergman

Round, like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel.
Never ending or beginning,
On an ever spinning wheel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Like a tunnel thatyou follow
To a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving
In a half forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble
Someone tosses in a stream.

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly
Was it something that I said?
Lovers walking along the shore,
Leave their footprints in the sand
Was the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand?

Pictures hanging in a hallway
And a fragment of this song
Half remembered names and faces
But to whom do they belong
When you knew that it was over
were you suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the color of her hair

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning,


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She is neither pink nor pale,
And she never will be all mine;
She learned her hands in a fairy-tale,
And her mouth on a valentine.

She has more hair than she needs;
In the sun ’tis a woe to me!
And her voice is a string of colored beads,
Or steps leading into the sea.

She loves me all that she can,
And her ways to my ways resign;
But she was not made for any man,
And she never will be all mine.

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay ~

Seeds planted on 2-17-10

*Giant Musselburg Leeks
*Honey Rock Cantaloupe
*Black Beauty Eggplant
*Bell Pepper (color mix)
*Cardinal Climber
*Morning Glory – Heavenly Blue

Seeds planted on 2-18-10

*Pole Peas
*Regular Ol’ Peas
*Sweet Basil
*White Bush Scallop Squash
*Yellow Crookneck Squash
*What The Hell? (what I call seeds that fell out of packets and ended up in the bottom of the jar…I have no idea what’s what so I put it all in one pot called “what the hell” and watered it)

Also I:

*uncovered the pomegranate and artichokes which were buried under grass

*put garden soil under the apple tree where I previously dumped too much fireplace ash

*emptied the soil out of the unused pots to let them rinse in the rain

*transplanted the guara (aka “whirling butterflies”) there were three so I replanted two and separated one into two more. I’ll separate the other two next year. These are among my favorites and I like to put them on the back garden wall where they fly around in the breeze and force you to smile even when you don’t feel like it.

set stepping stones at the entrance of the meditation circle (aka wedding chapel) which is now full of overturned planters waiting for the seeds I just planted to mature

Also, I went to ACE Hardware and used my son’s employee discount to get a fabulous new broom with a red wooden handle, using the old one for my Pole Peas

All of this got done by Thursday night, which was perfect since it started raining last night. Now I can relax for the weekend and get my homework and laundry done while it’s raining. New broom, new seeds, fresh rain – I have a lot to celebrate!

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So, I finally finished up in the office and headed outdoors to prune the living hell out of everything. For my own uses later, here’s the list:

1) sage – both
2) lavender – Spanish only
3) roses – backyard only
4) passion-fruit vine
5) euryops (daisy bush)
6) Japanese eggplant…will it live?
7) whirling butterfly plant (guara)
9) rosemary – both
10) grape vine
11) Chinese wisteria (vines widdershins – of course)
12) lilac – both (look up info…they’re sad)

The pictures I promised of all the springiness:

The hyacinth I planted a few years ago:

pink hyacinth

The green onions I planted for one of my first blog posts:

Green Onions - update

Lilac bud. I will have to do some research on these little plants. They haven’t done well and it’s time I do something about it.

Lilac buds

grabby little pea shoots

Widdershins Wisteria - Chinese



This spectacular bloom is the most exotic looking flower in the garden right now. Can you guess what it is? The common clover: most people pull it out as weeds…people are sooooo silly!

can you guess?

In honor of the season of fertility, I’m sharing a picture of my penis cactus. Six months of the year it does not receive adequate sun. The other six months it does not receive adequate water. I believe both are appropriate and those of you with penises know exactly what I mean. Reality is what it is and I leave these cacti where they stand in honor of that:

I wish you could have smelled this jasmine. In fact, I trimmed the rosemary, lavender and jasmine all at once. The backyard smelled so amazing. Screw the rapture, I made paradise my own damned self!


And now we celebrate a day that is more complete:

Peanut with book

I have much to celebrate this evening..my list, for my own purposes later:

Spider Orchids
Bat guano
Seed Starting Mix
Old Sheets with Clouds
Blue Slippers
Wings and Nests

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