Monday, February 14, 2022
Blooms & Wishes
Also blooming... the apple trees! Remember the list? The List that I congratulated myself for writing, because I was so determined to shake the fog and be accomplished? I tackled some of the things. But only some. And even some of those were a bit botched, like the post office trip. Ugh... that was a small mess, and ironic, given that I literally had to talk myself into making that errand, and overcome some trepidation. Anyway, one thing on the list was "Valentines" and I was keen to bring out craft supplies, envelopes, pretty things, and be romantic, make heartfelt gestures, and send those out in the world. It only partly came together, I am sorry to say. It's possible I will never be craftily clever and postally adept, or I could cling to the hope that I am like a bulb that needs a chance, that I may yet bloom.
We had a week of summer in California. Hot days, and warm nights. The kitties loved the open doors. I loved sleeping with open windows. And now, finally, there is rain in the forecast! I am taking that as a Valentine treat... sweet, romantic rain. Are you celebrating? I am closing my eyes, and making heartfelt wishes for you... a perfect snowflake, a flower about to bloom, company, or sweet solitude, a happy ending to a good book, a Wordle solution in three steps!
Bird House Notes: When I grow up, I am going to work in a garden room with old, mossy stone floors, and a fireplace, comfy chairs, and excellent wifi. My job will be to name things. I will name paints, and streets, and fabric prints, and chickens, and kittens, houses, parks. My wonderful assistant will manage all of the accounts. I'll keep odd hours, and be much in demand. I chose the paint for the re-newed bathroom. They are: Clear Pond, Dragonfly, Deep Breath. If those colors had any other names, I would have had to rethink everything. February 12, 2022
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Gorgeous! One year I planted 150 bulbs and the squirrels dug up and ate almost all of them. Honestly. What even. But I do love muscari and daffodils, even if they are doomed in my yard.
I'm captivated by your cock-a-hoopery! I also have daffodil, muscari and crocus bulbs coming up, and some miracle hyacinths - rising like phoenixes from some half-eaten-by-slugs-bulbs I'd completely given up on. They make me excessively happy too.
Love the picture of the kitty congregation, especially the tails.
Heartfelt wishes reciprocated - I got my three step Wordle solution today, thankyou!
I am addicted to wordle, dordle, and quordle. Perfect activity for a rainy day. Waving to you from across the great divide.
Bulbs instantly transport me to the PNW. Daffodils, tulips, irises, muscari (which I knew as grape hyacinth),crocus, etc. Of course, not usually in January... ;) The star buds on the muscari... ⭐😍
Reading about our hot days and warm nights - I'm really enjoying today's overcast, drizzly, wintry vibe. ;)
Muscari is usually the second bulb to come up here (after crocuses) and it spreads like wildfire. I have never planted any bulbs but somehow they are all over the garden and in massive drifts in the field across the street. They are humble but so cute! Once again I am jealous of your California weather, as I sit here in front of the space heater.
Nicole, I have been a bit worried about squirrels, and gophers. A local friend shared that she plants bulbs because gophers DON'T take them, and so far no squirrels have shown up! Losing 150 bulbs (all that work, and hope!) must have been really sad. One year we were thrilled to have blueberries thriving, and in two days a very annoying and small beetle horde decimated all of them, and killed the bushes. Gardening takes daring!
If I ever need a bio, or introduction, I might have to include a line about my cock-a-hoopery! Oh, slugs... I should look out for those. I noticed something had nibbled the leaves. Maybe thanks to the hens, but we don't have snails, and only some slugs. Well, cheers for your Phoenixes rising! I share in your happiness. And cheers for your World fun! Last night there were four, then five, of us eating dinner with electronic devises proudly out as we compared notes, discussed strategies, statistics, and Wordle history. I guess the NYT made some changes and there were odd happenings around that. Geoff has some of us hooked!
Waving, Anna B! You came up in our Wordle talks last night, when I remembered that you are playing more than one game! Yesterday was my first day playing the one game, besides the times I was playing with Geoff. Max plays, and Maria stuck a toe in the water! It was good on a rainy day.
Yes, grape hyacinth! I love that name, and those flowers. And isn't this bliss that we finally got our winter back? More PNW vibes when we can have a little rain, and blooming bulbs!
Sarah, we were hunkered around a space heater the other night. Our weather is wacky! Last week it was hotter than summer, and now it's cold, again. It's nothing like snow-cold, but the contrast is noticeable. The part that's challenging is how frequently it bounces around, so that we don't put away summer clothes, but we might need layers and a heater, too. I only complain during fire season... no one envies us then!
"Massive drifts" of muscari? Amazing! I'll have to remember to add crocuses for next year.
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