Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Loam Gnome on July 18, 2018 at 7:10pm

Spud, your comnent was really beautiful.  That is how I would like to die, as well.

We planted lilacs as a privacy hedge in Vancouver.  When we bought the country place in Battle Ground, I transplanted most of them to the new place.  Some were huge.  They did not like being moved but after 3 years are established and are filling in.  Most are modern types and not all that fragrant.

Last night I stayed st my friend's carnivorous plant nursery in Eagle Creek, Oregon.  It was nice to get away.  I returned early to make sure things are watered.  It's slightly less hot than earlier, but still pretty dry.  Given that it's more stuff to water, Im crazy to plant seeds for fall crops (turnip, radish) and perennials (so far just Echinacea but there are oriental popoy seeds and rudbeckia - black eyed susan- to plant).  However, they are minor addition to watering schedule and make use of the area where I dug potatoes last week

The gladiolas turned out to have mostly washed out colors.  They were a mix, and must have been the nursery's rejects.  Most are a dull lavender color, or white.  Still there are some nice ones, and many yet to bloom.  I think the zinnias will outshine the gladiolas, as the season progresses.

Comment by Patricia on July 18, 2018 at 3:22pm

I have tried several different lilac perfumes or colognes, but have only recently found a couple that smell like authentic lilacs. I have many fragrances so I don't wear the same one all the time, but lilac is definitely up in the favourite category.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2018 at 3:19pm

I like lilac fragrance too.  Mom had some and one of my neighbors had some when I lived 30 miles south of here.

Comment by Patricia on July 18, 2018 at 3:14pm

I don't have many good childhood memories, but one I'll always like is the little ''fort'' I climbed up into in a lilac tree when I was very young. I could hide there where nobody could see me, & the branches had formed into a nice little place to sit comfortably.

To this day, I love lilacs & their fragrance, & I have found a beautiful lilac perfume to wear.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2018 at 3:09pm

Hehe.  Would love to have a treehouse.  Spent a lot of time in trees when young, but never had a treehouse.

Comment by Patricia on July 18, 2018 at 3:02pm

What, you don't grow stuff in your treehouse, Spud????

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2018 at 2:49pm

Greenhouse, not treehouse.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2018 at 2:46pm

Cute frog.  One of my favorite animals.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2018 at 2:42pm

I've been lazy for 2 years and didn't plant anything new.  I finally got some ambition this year and planted Watermelon, Kohlrabi, 4 kinds of Muskmelon, Corn, Yellow Summer Squash, Tomatoes, and Peppers.  

I was 1&1/2 months late, so will probably not get much, but it is enjoyable to see them grow.

Two watermelon plants had insects attacking them viciously, so I spread diatomaceous earth around them and stopped that.  I've also used it to deter ants in my treehouse.  It does that, but not 100%.  I've used 10 pounds of the stuff and have another 10 pounds coming tomorrow.

I have most of my large pile of wood chips spread around.

I've been reading questions & answers, plus answering questions (and asking one) on the Quora site.  Yesterday, there was a question about dying that I answered immediately.  While proofreading my answer, I saw that it rhymed.  Reading it again, it gave me a peaceful feeling, so I though I'd post it here for what it's worth:

If you died “doing what you loved” what would you have died doing?

Taking care of my garden.

Planting new things. Watching the bees. Shuffling along, munching on peas.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2018 at 2:32pm

Jotham, your choice of seeds foretells some delightful tastes to come. I am harvesting green beans now and they are delicious; I eat them right off the vine. I ate a cucumber before it reached the house; the vines have many tiny ones coming on and dozens of blossoms.

You are at 49° north. I am at 48° N. You being on the East coast of the continent, and I on the West coast may make a difference in our weather patterns and growing temperatures. You also live close to the northern seas and I have Canada and Alaska north of us. 

Do you have a greenhouse, or do you start your seeds inside your home? What do you use for fertilizer? Do you grow organically? 


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