I could take pictures of sunflowers all day long. Who couldn’t? Those brash yellow-feathered faces against blue sky – whether you have a field of them or just a few here and there around the yard where errant cardinals have dropped seeds, sunflowers never fail to delight. Continue reading
I’ve been on school break for a couple of weeks now, with a couple of weeks to go. It’s a luxury to have only one job for the month – even though my jobs are not overly taxing – and no school frees up most of Monday and all day Wednesday. What a treat!
I rarely set out of a morning with a plan for doing yard chores. I’m afraid the prospect would put me off my breakfast, and we wouldn’t want that. Continue reading
For once the predictions were correct: they offered a 100% chance of rain, and now we have 2.25 inches in the rain gauge and rain barrels filled to overflowing. Joy! Continue reading
Echinopsis oxygona has been busy in the front yard. I realized over the weekend that three buds were on the brink of opening, and when I arrived home from work last night there they were, waxy chambers beckoning atop intimidatingly hairy stalks. You might think twice about climbing up to eat those petals, but anyone with wings must be tempted to fly straight down into the pastel depths without a single thought about ever wanting to emerge. Continue reading
This is one of those odd rhetorical questions I ask myself with varying frequency – most often at the beginning and the end of growing season, when the work is most thankless and intense. Up to my armpits in dead foliage, fingers so used up I can barely work my stupid uncooperative clippers, the words charge unbidden through my evidently empty head: Why am I doing this? Continue reading