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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 17, 2015 at 8:15am

The rain has finally come to Pocatello.  One inch in the last week, most of it in the last 24 hours.  

Three days ago, I saw the first bee in my garden.  A bumblebee, my favorite kind.  It didn't seem interested in the chive flowers.  Just kept looking in the raspberries for 10 minutes before the poor thing gave-up.  The raspberries are not quite blooming yet.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2015 at 7:00am

One mole down, two to go! I caught one in the act--dug him up and whacked him with my shovel. However, the really bad guy is going through my garden where it's easy digging. So far, not much damage. It'll take patience to find him.

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2015 at 9:14am

Enjoy yourself Barbara! There's nothing like a good shower for your garden.

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2015 at 9:12am

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short-lived

http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/5128/pronunciation-of-sh...

I learnt the short form but the diphthong is also allowed - perhaps different for AE?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 16, 2015 at 9:00am

Water, water, water everywhere!  I'm wondering if this is what it must be like to live in WA as I've heard you get so much rain.  Just plain soggy. However, our aquifer and nearby lakes have increased in depth significantly.  It appears we just may be done with the drought and that is excellente.  I'm eager for everything that has blossomed to produce - although questionable due to rain and questionable pollination. Just seeing it all growing and healthy is nice too. 

Hmmmn, short-lived with a long I. Can't say I remember it being explained that way.  Thanks, Don.

I too remember lilac scented days of childhood and going to the Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY.   Let's hope they don't try to "improve" them and take away their scent. An acquaintance gave me a rose bush.  I was all excited and planted in my herb garden thinking I would use to make potpourri.  Sadly, it's lovely to look at with a luscious pink flower - no scent :(.  Such a waste of time, effort and space. 

Comment by Don on May 16, 2015 at 8:58am

Right, Randall, the short-I mispronunciation of "short-lived" is a common one--like pronouncing the T in "often" (the T is silent, as it is in "soften," "moisten," "hasten," and "fasten").  Of course, a cat has nine lives and the guy at the dock sells live bait.  That's the "live" that applies here. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 16, 2015 at 7:54am

Don, thanks for the lesson. I've heard "lived" pronounced incorrectly 95% of the time. It just sounds wrong to pronounce it with a long I. Good explanation.

My wild phlox is blooming  like crazy. My yard is awash in purple--lilacs, phlox, and iris.

Comment by Don on May 15, 2015 at 5:36pm

Lilac blooms are fairly short-lived, that's true, but the bush itself is quite long-lived indeed.  And there are early- and late-blooming varieties (like Canadian lilics) that can span a few weeks.  Here in Vermont I've dug lilacs from around old cellarholes in the woods, where they must have been planted in the mid-1800s.  And that's "short-lived" with a long I, by the way, to rhyme with "alive," because the adjective derives from the noun "life," not from the verb "live."

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2015 at 8:32am

Another old fashioned flower with a wonderful smell is the phlox.

Formerly you saw big bunches of them in front of old farmsteads - pink, purple and white, almost 1 M. tall. Perhaps cheap and easy, but beautiful I'm sorry I can't keep them up here.

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2015 at 8:20am

I love the smell of lilacs! I know many flowers are bred to be big and colourful, without smell. I'm not sure if lilacs are among those, but roses are. Give me a dogrose any day, then you can keep the hybrids.

 

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