No Such Thing as Quiet

Bearded iris leaves, lambs ear and thyme have been thriving beneath a layer of leaves.

Bearded iris leaves, lambs ear and thyme have been thriving beneath a layer of leaves.

Today I spent a couple hours raking up leaves that I had left spread out over my kitchen garden for the winter. The area is partly sunny but mostly shady in the summer time.  There was bright green ground cover underneath all those dry brown leaves, and lambs ear too, and bearded iris leaves emerging from the ground. I have a little rake that I use to clear my garden where I know I have delicate plants growing. Mr. Mims planted some Jacob’s Ladder in the same area,  and I picked carefully around the area where I have a little ring of stones to mark the spot. It was a nice surprise to see the plant emerge again, and the pretty purple flowers getting ready to bloom.

When I shot this video there was wind, and crows calling, and an airplane flying overhead that sounds a little like a Jimi Hendrix slide accompanying the nearby wind chimes while the flowers do their dance…

Savory Sage

Common sage really does look common and bedraggled in winter, Even when it looks used and useless, it is actually still very useful and smells just as powerful. But the variegated sage that I have growing doesn’t lose any of its brilliance. Sage is another herb (like oregano,) that I keep dried in my seasoning cabinet, but that I love to pick fresh because, I confess, I have a scent fetish.

The variegated sage in front of this fairy looks more vigorous than the common sage behind her. But don't let looks fool you.

The variegated sage in front of this fairy looks more vigorous than the common sage behind her. But don’t let looks fool you.

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Preparing for Spring

Today I worked on a little patch of my garden, clearing it of weeds. I cut the dry asparagus stems that I never did cut back at the start of winter. I left the tomato baskets I keep over them, (mostly to protect them from my cats,) so that I know where my asparagus are. Now two years old, I’m hoping to harvest some asparagus from them this year. Continue reading

Wild Geese Tame Cat

We’ve had a goose couple around here for several days, and a duck couple too. I believe that mating season is commencing. Canadian geese show up frequently around here. We had a nesting couple one year that stuck around with the babies for awhile. The geese seem to be used to people. They don’t get disturbed easily, unless they have babies in tow. My cat’s tail stays on bushy alert when they are close by…