Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Nature Notes and Signs of the Season

You know how some crappy days never seem to end? That was today. From before I left the house for work until after a 4-mile walk, my day was crap from end to end. But as my walk ended, I walked into my backyard and began expanding my garden. Although I am exhausted from a difficult day, I am going to sleep feeling a little better for having played Garden.

Let's start out with the rhubarb. Do you remember the tiny little plant that got started early this spring? This is what it has become.

And folks have picked some already! Tomorrow after work I'm meeting someone I've never met before so she can pick some. One of my students introduced us this morning via email. She makes jam for a farmer's market and she's going to use my pesticide-free rhubarb! I get jam!

Next, these are my chives. I liked chewing them a month ago. I need to put chives in my google machine to learn more, but I like the purple flowers and for my little point and shoot, I thought this came out nicely.
My peonies were perfection yesterday, but a storm was blowing in so I ran out and took photos of them before they became laden with water. They never seem the same after a storm. Again, for my point and shoot camera, I was very happy with this photo:
Lastly, and I see now that I put these in backwards, we expanded my garden this evening!! I decided on the smother method, so cardboard and newsprint went down, was wetted with the hose and then covered with mulch. First is the after photo followed by the before photo.
You can see how the garden has finally become crowded, so this fall I will start moving things around and spreading things out for everyone.
I think Cypress mulch must have a lot of oil in it. I don't have allergies, but my eyes were burning somethin' fierce. I took off my garden gloves and I washed my hands right away. I must have touched my eyes because they started to burn so badly I considered gouging, but decided it was a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I just jumped in the shower with my face wash.

Have a nice day.

12 comments:

Susan at Stony River said...

I'm sorry about the day, but the garden's gorgeous!

Carver said...

Sorry you had a bad day but your garden would be a great solace. So many beautiful plants. I love the way chives look in flower and you did a great job shooting them. Your peony is magnificent and I can't get over how big your rhubarb is. All of your flowers look so beautiful.

Gel said...

Wish your day had not been yucky. You have quite the knack for gardening. While reading your post, I became hungry: jam and chives, although not necessarily together. :) Lovely photos.

Caron said...

Oh you guys are all so nice! Thanks for wishing I had a better day. It really was a stinker.

You think I can garden? Out of the newspapers I had piled up, there was a front page article in the Living section that heralded: ANYONE CAN BE A GARDENER and I laughed!

I also said more than once, "This better work or the neighbors will have a good laugh!"

Also, maybe not jam and chives, but that did make me think of a wonderful sandwich I had in Holland once: ham & cheese with jam. It's really very good.

Rose said...

That peony is so lovely...it is perfect just now. They don't last long in stormy weather.

Love the chives, I didn't know they were that beautiful. And your rhubarb plant is gorgeous.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what lovely plants and your rhubarb looks as though it will make fine jam! Sorry you had a bad day though...

Anonymous said...

Simply gorgeous! I'm glad your day had a much better ending than beginning. I wish our peonies looked like the one you took the picture of (yeah, I know - the grammar's awful). Our peony bushes are 70 years old and are some my grandpa got from Lake City when he worked there during the war. We have the bright pink, the paler pink, and white ones that I call candy striped, because they have a stripe of the dark dark pink in them. None take a candle to yours, though.

Oh, and on where to plant them - you might want to do what my grandpa used to do. See an open space and plant it there. Don't think about the mundane things like lawn mowing or walking or anything like that. Don't think about how anyone else will be affected by your choice. Just plant it and let the plants fall where they may...

And on the mulch - you might want to try cedar mulch. It costs a bit more, BUT it's also a great insect mover (OUT of your garden) and smells much wonderfuller!

A piece of news said...

Today was much better and I got another 10 bags of mulch to spread around, which I will do in the next month. HA! No really, I don't know when. If only I could take a day off and not regret it right now.

The jam lady came and took a huge load of rhubarb. I didn't go out to check but she said she didn't want to over pick, so she stopped.

She wasn't very friendly, so I sat on the porch and let her do her thing. I just asked that she pull rather than cut.

MyMaracas said...

Well, there's nothing like a little gardening to drain the pain out of a bad day. Your garden is beautiful, and your photos of the chives and peony flower are gorgeous. And that is the healthiest looking rhubarb I've ever seen. Bet it makes some fine jam.

eileeninmd said...

You have a lovely garden, the photos are beautiful. I hope you are feeling better?

Rambling Woods said...

I am sorry about your day, but what a beautiful garden..My husband says that his daily work-outs save his sanity..therefore, probably mine too....Michelle

EG Wow said...

The rhubarb looks very healthy.

I remember as a teenager playing with some very hot pepper and then rubbing my eyes. I feel your pain!

Hope this week will be a whle lot better!