Garden Porn, Then and Now.

A month ago today, I posted a few pics of the gardens as they were just starting out. These are perennial gardens, any “annuals” are ones that seed themselves, so all I really need do is clean them up every spring, and the life cycle will take over from there. The joy for me comes in clipping blooms through the summer for bouquets to fill the house, and for sharing with friends. Everyone loves receiving a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers.

Here we are, a month later, with some BEFORE and I suppose what’s really “DURING” photos, since the season is only a month in, and there’s a whole lot of growing to be done from here.

My favorite part of this garden is the enormous patch of Solomon’s Seal at the back. Unfortunately for the world, Solomon’s Seal is an endangered plant species, but this makes me feel very fortunate to have such a large crop of it to nurture. It is my favorite medicinal plant, a remedy for everything from menstrual cramps to an upset stomach.

I know the gardens are doing well when the ornaments get lost under the leaves!

I love to walk by the herb garden and just brush my hand across the top of the plants, the scent wafts into the air, filling the senses with deliciousness.

 We’ve had some warm and gloriously sunny days, so the kitchen garden is almost planted, tomatoes are starting to bloom and the cabbages are forming heads. The only downside has been the lack of rain, which means the gardens need to be watered by hand. We need a new pump for the old dug well, and the lack of rain means the rain barrels are empty, so the water is coming from the drilled well. And what a vicious cycle that creates. Although the water levels have not dropped, without rain, they won’t increase either, and having to water with the drilled well will have an impact on the house. Ultimately, we’d like to re-route the house’s grey-water, but that’s not quite feasible at the moment, so I’m on the lookout for a gently used pump for the dug well. It’s at the perfect place for watering the kitchen garden, only about 10 feet from the edge, so even a hand pump would do. Found a nice antique one at the salvage barn, for the dear price of $450! NOT!

Oh, wait! The lack of rain wasn’t the only downside of getting the garden planted. The worst was the pain of being bitten by a TICK. Now, normally, a tick bite doesn’t hurt, the victim doesn’t even feel it happen. But if you’re fortunate enough to be like me, you’ll have an insanely rare, insanely painful ALLERGY to said tick bite. Not the bite exactly, but the anesthetic the tick injects so that the bite-ee doesn’t feel the bite. Enter my absurdly swollen, blazingly red, hysterically itchy ankle, stage right. No amount of salve relieved the damn thing. Lucky me.  I stumbled around like a soul with a broken ankle for days on end, highly, highly tempted to drown myself in Benadryl. I still have a lump, which still gets itchy from time to time, and in the event that you’re worried I’ve acquired lyme disease from the tick, you’ll be happy to know that I can’t be tested for at least another 3-4 weeks, since lyme disease needs an incubation period to be detectable.  (I’m honestly not concerned, the chances are low, it’s almost unheard of where we live)

I had hoped to type and type, since it’s been unusually long between posts, but the hour is getting late, and the sun rises early these days.

Perhaps tomorrow, I’ll stay locked indoors where it’s cool and surf blogs, catch up on all of you whom I adore.

Before I go, one last pic.

Meet Lilliput, she’s new here.

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6 Comments

  1. Lisa said,

    May 27, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Oh Lilliput is so precious! Great to see how the garden is progressing, but greater to see you blogging again.
    Sorry to hear about your tick allergy, yikes!

  2. willowbatel said,

    May 27, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Isn’t it amazing what a month can do to a garden? Absolutely astounding. Everything looks wonderful.
    What’s kept you away for so long?
    Solomon seals endangered? Hmm… I could’ve sworn I just stole, I mean relocated, some of that and put it into my yard. If I’m correct it’s doing quite nicely.
    A tick?! However did you get it out? Don’t they tend to burrow like crazy? And the heads continue to burrow even if you rip off the body.
    Oh. My. God. That is the cutest little goat! She’s so tiny! I wouldn’t be able to let her go, hahaha. Oober jealous.

    • May 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

      Isn’t she a doll? I was taking her for a walk (yes, we walk the goat…lol) when I took this picture. We were strolling down the road when all of a sudden she just flopped down and curled up. I had to carry her home!
      Ah, the tick. At first, I had no idea what had happened. It wasn’t until a few days later when I was having trouble walking and my ankle was swollen huge that I began to realize it was something worse than a mosquito bite and needed to get it looked at. It was easy enough to have the tick removed, just a little nick in the skin, a squeeze and a pop, and out it came. I was already in agony so it didn’t hurt so much.

      I wish I could tell you that I’ve been on an adventure for the past couple of weeks, one worthy of volumes of writing. But really, nothing so exciting. I did spend some time at my daughter’s house, as she had some trouble with her landlord, which landed him in jail, but for the most part, I’ve just been in a funk. I’ve not really been inspired to write, even though I’ve been extremely busy and productive, which you would think would give me plenty to write about. Sometimes, my brain just spins circles around itself and separating my thoughts becomes too much of a chore. I’m hoping I’m a little more settled now, but we’ll see. I’ve missed you Willow!

      • willowbatel said,

        May 28, 2010 at 3:03 am

        Lol, I bet that’s quite a sight. “Howdy neighbor! I’m just out walkin’ ma goat ta day!” hahaha, I can’t even imagine.
        Yick. Is your ankle infected or anything? How did you manage to get anything done? I would’ve milked it for all it was worth and made everyone do everything while I lounged on the couch watching TCM and eating chocolate. Haha.
        Land lords are annoying. Is she still staying there then, or did she move out? I hope the guy isn’t a stink to her once he gets out of prison. It’ll only be worse for him.
        If you find a cure to the thought circling problem, let me know. The only thing I’ve found to help with that is watching some good old fashioned mindless TV. Peace and quiet never works for me because I only get more involved in my thoughts and then they spin faster and I go insane quicker.
        I missed you too! I’d been thinking about you a lot the two or three days before you posted, and then I logged on and you had written something. I rushed over to read it as fast as my internet would take me. I’m glad you’re back, and I hope things end up working themselves out.

  3. mshamanm said,

    May 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    My wife would LOVE lilliput! I kinda wish I had a green thumb, it would get me out of the house more, and into our 3’x3′ plot of dirt behind our apartment LOL


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