Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Variegated Fritillary Butterfly (Euptoieta claudia) on the Tickseed

Sunday, April 27, 2008

More Rain

We got another 0.8" early this morning.

This at least means that we don't have to worry about our lawn dying off...

A note about Wildflowers:

You have to be lazy.

No, seriously, be lazy. Most of them look like weeds until they bloom (see Corn Poppy). Thus, obviously, the only way you'll ever see them bloom is if you're lazy and refuse to pull them out until they bloom.

Also, some of them (see Scarlet Sage) come back from the same plant every year so you can't just pull out the dead plants--it requires that you cut them to the ground instead (actually I believe Wild Seed Farms suggest you just mow over them or use a weed whacker on them). Unfortunately for us, the area where the wildflowers are planted doesn't exactly have a lot of dirt holding all the root systems in place, so I have to go out and cut all the dead plants by hand.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Watering before the Rain

Normally I try to wait for the rain to come so I don't have to water my plants. The problem is, the predictions for rain can be totally off.

I had been trying to wait until it rained, but yesterday my plants were starting to look a little peaked, so I watered them using the water in the rain barrel.

Then, at about 9pm it started raining. hard. it even hailed a tiny bit.

Ultimately we got about 1.5" of rain in about an hour.

Well, at least my rain barrel is full again.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

And Yet MORE Flowers

Blue Cornflower
And, not really a flower, but I just couldn't help but notice how BLUE the sky looked, so I had to take a picture:
Red Tip Photina

Friday, April 11, 2008

Newest Member

Please welcome the newest member of the wildflower bunch: Corn Poppy!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

For the few of you...

who actually read this blog...I had to turn on word verification because i was getting inordinate amounts of comment spam...and I don't know why it was only on this blog...

interesting, no?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

April 8th

The day I transplant 8 pepper plants, and 6 tomato plants. Also the day I plant 4 grapefruit seeds in a plastic throwaway pot to see if they start little grapefruit trees.

April 9th is the day that my watermelon/cantaloupe seeds started showing by the water meter.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I brought home my plants from work (or at least the ones I'm for sure planting).

It's so sad, my little tomato plants look just so tiny compared to the one I bought yesterday...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Red Barn

Picked up my free 4" Tomato from Red Barn today (Lemon Boy), and also got a red lantana plant. All for $2.70.