this post brought to you by my dog

yes, my dog.

i walk my dog in the mornings and sometimes i get a little too caught up in eating breakfast and catching up with the world, and if she’s not happily romping around in the backyard she comes up and lick my toes as a reminder.

“I’m here! Walk me! Walk me NOW!”

sometimes blogging, after a short absence, is like that. (is it really near end of april?) it’s just that i’ve been busy with a few dramas involving cori (all good and healthy now, thank goodness) and my foot. that and flickr (particularly the 365days project) has pretty much become my unofficial blog. whoops.

in the meantime, april has been pretty good for garden growth. part of the fun in buying a house is learning what grows in your back and front yards, and here’s a sample:

coral honeysuckle
bright red coral honeysuckle over the gate. very visually pleasing, but no smell.

a few azalea blooms. ours are not really thriving (or is our tulip magnolia) and i’m guessing the drought is partly to blame.

sweet shrub
sweet shrub — colonial williamsburg guide to plants says that children used to break off the buds and hold them in their handkerchief and pinch them. its flowers, leaves, and stems are all supposedly fragrant.

mock orange
mock orange– oh my. what a fragrance. everyone should have a mock orange in their backyards. it makes evenings magical.

ladybug and a peony bud
i have like 100 peony buds and they look ready to explode. i’m looking forward to it.

and now for some garden hubris (it’s not all pretty flowers and good smells here):
everybody should know how to identify this.
i hope everyone knows what this is. it’s also spreading in my backyard. sigh.

if you are bug-phobic don’t click for larger. one of the garden beds had a massive thrip infestation and we’re still trying to kill the larvae (and unfortunately, in doing so, also killed sugar snap peas, broccoli, and cauliflower seedlings). i think part of the problem was that we used old soil that hadn’t seen light of the day in a long time. actually, two lessons learned from using old soil (i.e. reusing soil that hasn’t been composted or sterilized):
1. it can have massive insect infestations.
2. it can store hardy seeds for a long time. for example, tomatillos are growing all over the place even though we’ve never put seeds in. we did grow them last year and a few fruits might have been left to rot…hence…lots of tomatillos.

also, if you can’t get enough of plants and like things farm-related, you might enjoy the pidemont farm tour pictures, if you haven’t already.

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2 Responses to this post brought to you by my dog

  1. i just love the little note about children crushing sweet shrub in their handkerchiefs. so perfect. and 100 peony blooms? really?! they are, without doubt, my very favorite flower. i miss them like crazy, although i don’t miss their feathery petals getting eaten by ants almost immediately after bloom. 🙂 can’t wait to see more photos…

  2. fawn pea says:

    ooh, sweet shrub! you lucky dogs. i love sweet shrub – i’ve also heard it called “sweet boobies” because women would tuck that fragrant little bloom into their cleavage!

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