April 17, 2016

Running around in spring circles

So we're having the decoy weather: high-70's, low 80's, to be followed I would bet by one last hurrah for snow.  Tonight the flat of rosemary pots on the front porch may stay out all night their first night; no worries the elk will climb on the porch for them (like they have done for basil) and I'm still loath to close the windows, though with various hibernators waking up out there this time of year, I think I had better.  Bears in the living room = NO.  Ditto skunks under open windows.

The Forsythia has been a golden dream this week, and my species tulips; the peonies are erupting and the scilla around back in the shade are in full flower.  What a lovely time of year (I keep saying that, but I do get bowled over by the beauty).  And the violets!  I walked around a corner and the fragrance lifted me back to my childhood, lying in the long grass and sniffing the flowers, Mom's violets.

Down the hill in what is now a shade garden there are some species peonies that I may (against all my own advice) move, as they're in an area where I will be deleting the fence (yay less mowing and weeding).. it's either that or build potato-basket type cages and pin over them until September.  As Market is coming up fast, that might be the answer, though I would rather be done with both tasks sooner.  I have displays to re-do, a banner to get re-done, tablecloths to choose, and a thousand other details to take care of.  I did find a good shipping app, and a notetaking one I can use on my rambles (so the bird pics and the recordings of birdsong don't just get lost), and I marvel at how useful that thing I call a 'phone' is.  But that took too long to find and as always, I get antsy sitting at the computer paging through pages of apps.  I think of how antsy my parents got with computers and now I get it.

You will too, someday :)

One of my favorite seed catalogs is doing the slow walk into retirement, and I am scuffling to make a list of the things I want one more time; funny how we get attached to people we will never meet.  If I can still get them, I'll post about the catalog... wish me luck :)

April 2, 2016

Spring 2016 (!)

(Sporadic is hardly the word for it, is it?)  Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery is still here, but continues to undergo changes as I deal with time constraints, running two businesses and the farm, and (sigh) aging. 

This year there are roses (Primula, R. damascena, and with any luck, 'Mom's Rose'), Dianthus, some Delphiniums and sages, and a few other things as time permit.  The sudden warm spell this week caught me off guard, the freshly dug plants and I are a bit stunned.  So, lashings of water for them and a rest in the rose propagation area while we wait for the spring dampness to come back.  I'll post detailed updates on the availability page as soon as the plants are ready to ship.

The USPS has played 52-card pickup with shipping, and once the roses are sized and weighed for shipping, there will be some new options as I have a scheme for changing the shipping boxes.  Photos may follow if I am really proud of my work.

Photos will follow for certain though of the birds and creatures here; I am humbled and excited to report that the bald eagles have made a nest and appear to be setting!  We were over the moon the other day to come down the hill from a ramble and see their beefy structure in a poplar near the water.

Frogs are singing every night with gusto (I had to close the windows last night as they were keeping me awake)-- as it is freezing every morning when I wake, I marvel at what their life must be like.  Hmmm I should see if I can upload a recording of them to the blog.

Market starts the end of the month, this is my 18th or 19th year I think, another thing my life has been firmly entertwined with.

Happy Spring ;)