Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Green Things

Things are starting to look green in the backyard these days, as gardening gets off to a start here in the south. Remember my little cuke babies in the previous post? Two weeks later, they're looking pretty good. I'll call them cuke tweens, since they're thinking about going all hormonal and flowering, but haven't quite gotten there yet. This is our first year growing from seed only and, so far, I'm pretty pleased. It may take longer, but the cukes at least look much better than the ones that grew from Bonnie starts last year. I have also discovered that starting seeds in little pots is totally unnecessary in our climate. The peat pots just get moldy in our atmosphere, while seeds sown directly into the garden spring up in no time at all. More lessons learned—love it!

In addition to the garden plants, our currently-potted key lime tree (a gift from Jeff's parents) has lime babies on it! Three so far. Here's a game: can you find the two wee baby limes in the second key lime tree photo? It's just like the hidden picture puzzle in Highlights Magazine, only you don't have to go to an overly-cheery dentist's office and use the magazine to distract yourself from the bloody horror that awaits you beyond the giraffe-appliqued door. Such good times we had! Click to enlarge the photo if you're as blind as I am. No judgment.

Lots else going on here, including hours of studying by Jeff and Jared alike, and hours of puttering on my part. I have now been to two sewing classes and have successfully produced one French-seamed pillowcase (for Jared) and one fully functional tote bag (for me). Pleasing, to say the least, to produce something useful. I have always loved fabrics and am slowly working up to the ability to use them to make things. Very exciting! I can also see that a tight rein will need to be held on that enthusiasm, lest we drown in piles of expensive, unsewn fabrics here at the Handyhouse.

And speaking once again of plants, let a recent experience serve as a lesson to all of you who order flowers and living plants for others over the internet. Jeff's parents sent me a bonsai for my birthday. "Awesome," thought I, upon seeing the box. I've never had one and would delight in figuring out some freakish shape for it. Or not, as the case may be, since the shape it had already chosen was "Dessicated Greyish-Green Blob." I'm as postmodern as the next person, but this seemed a little too deconstructivist, even for me. Jeff's dear mother, however, upon hearing of this topiary travesty, laid down some Hoosier smack on the supplier for sending an already-dead plant. Honestly, I have no trouble killing them myself. They don't need to help. Lo and behold, a new starter bonsai arrived today. Here's a side-by-side comparison and a second game for you: spot the bad bonsai. Go on, see if you can tell!


Lupie said...

I found your blog from simply knit & purl... blog.
I enjoy reading about your gardening because it brings back memories of my mother's love for her garden.
She lived with me and every spring she would get her garden ready and by July we were enjoying beautiful fresh food.
The music you have on is just beautiful.

Shandy said...

Hello and welcome! Gardening is a fun and frustrating process, but I think this year (my second really going at) will be better because I don't have those expectations of having something extravagantly worthy of showcasing on "Victory Garden". Now, I'm just happy when something pops up at all! I'll post more updates as we go, of course.

Glad you like the music. It's from a site called Magnatune that I highly recommend. They have a big range of artists and you can listen to as much as you want before buying (or not). The artists also make a much bigger percentage than they normally do with other music publishers.

Latisha said...

Sorry to hear about Lucy and Ethel, but I'm sure they'll be happy at their new place, as well as, grateful for you and Jeff for taking such great care of them! Looks like your garden is full and spilling over. Wish I were there to come and pluck some of your produce :) hee hee!!! I see Lupie found you - GREAT. She's very, very productive as a knitter and a joy to correspond with.