Garden Watch: baseline.

14 Apr

Because it’s always cool to look back and see how far the garden has gotten out of control come.

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Sunday Shot: A per-fect day-yay.

13 Apr

Seriously. 80 degree high (and I now know that 80 is The Perfect Temperature.) Slight breeze to keep things nice.

Morning at the Farmers Market, before it got crazy crowded.

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All the things!

Me, scoring tons of plants for dirt cheap.

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Selfie! I may have overbought....

Finding a place for everything! And then more raking of last year’s leaves!

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Yaaaaay! And do they bus these leaves in from the County?

Visits from my lovely neighbors, and compliments on my “green thumb”. (Oh, my, no. But I love hearing it anyway.)

An afternoon of reading and kittens.

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Manny now gives zero fucks about outside. Ever since he tried for the fence-top and toppled into the neighbor's backyard.

Wrapped up with a glass & a long bout of Monster Brawl, or whatever I’m playing on my cellphone nowadays.

Which can be best summed up by returning drunkie, Betty Draper Fisher.
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Perfect day, indeed. *sighs happily*

SeedlingWatch: A wee bit bigger

8 Apr

Bit by bit….

Yes, the Depot & Lowe’s all have bigger, sturdier plants available now. But these guys are so cuuuuuuute.

Still, next year? Maybe only cukes & sunflowers from seeds. They’re the only ones that are nice and stocky.

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Sunday Shot: Manny makes a break for…inside.

6 Apr

Springtime can only mean one thing; time to rake up the leaves I didn’t bother with the fall before. I swear, it was for plant protection. Free mulch, as it were.

Yeah, sure.

So, leaving the sliding door wide open as I’m wont to do – c’mon in, bugs! Free room and board! – I go about moving containers and sweeping up.

Eventually, I look over to check on Tippi. And see Mr. Manny checking out the stairs. Outside. Mr. I Freak Out Over A Bug Fart. Outside.

I probably didn’t think the whole leaving the door open thing though.

So, playing it cool so Manny doesn’t find super strength in his own terror, I sit down and tell him he’s a good boy. He startles, but goes back to sniffing all the things.

I decide to get back to straightening, at least the stuff on my side of the backyard. He accepts my activity, and trots over to Tippi, who Is Not Happy her brother is in her official turf. But she gets over it, and shows him the pile of wood that used to be the deck (which is getting the boot, with some being used for a flower raised garden, later this week. Promise.)

I walked by Manny as he chewed the grass, and he was fine. Turning back, I noticed the pair trimming the flowers.

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With two cats in the yard....

Five minutes later, I headed back out to rake. Manny wasn’t keen on that, and decided to sun on the top step instead. When I finished with the pile, he was nowhere to be seen.

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Leaves, you got to go.

He decided that comfy chairs beat dirt any day of the week.

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No-brainer, human.

SeedlingWatch: A day in the life.

29 Mar

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It’s crazy. Just one day. Three pictures: morning on the left, noonish in the middle, and dinnertime on the right.

Bam.

Oh, and right now, because I’m obsessive?

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Bla-dam.

Thought for the day: cheap wins every time.

27 Mar

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Bought a cute cat bed. Fluffy, soft. Hell, I’d sleep in it if I could fit. (Damn hips.)

Does Tippi like it? Nooo.

Instead, she goes for the cardboard box that the produce folks gave me to carry the stuff I’d bought. It’s got a thin layer of potting soil in it.

She loves it. Runs into it, snuggles around in it, and then runs all over the house.

Today’s chore list starts with vacuuming.

UPDATE: Tippi may spit on the cat bed, but Manny is comfortable enough with who he is to enjoy the luxury of a soft pink bed.

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Do it up, ManMan.

Garden Watch: seedlings hard.

25 Mar

Spent this afternoon trying to repot tiny baby plants I started from seeds. Why seeds? Well….

* A friend had a birthday, and likes gardening, so I figured I’d give him some of these as part of his present. (Part 2? Those green sticks from the Depot that support larger plants.)

* I’m a part of a plant swap in my neighborhood. So lots of plants = more I can share!

* I like plants. It’s a sickness.

I had cute little sayings attached to each photo, but for some reason WP didn’t upload em from my app. So just look at the cuteness, and check out Tippi and Manny, plant eaters inspectors. I’ll try to add the picture info back later, but for now this gal is taking a much needed rest. It’s good to be the king.

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Marigolds and sage!

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Soon. SOON.

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Baby sunflowers!

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Tomatoes!

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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

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Mixing mixes.

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It’s time to re-pot when the plants push on the roof.

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Baby cukes!

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Re-purposing berry & tomato containers into mini greenhouses for already sprouted seeds! I’m a genius! (#notreally)

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