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The Tallest Sunflower

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I can’t claim it’s the tallest sunflower ever, but it’s the tallest one we ever grew…

Every spring, since moving to Greenville six years ago, we’ve planted a bouquet of sunflowers. We don’t harvest them, I guess because we don’t want them bad enough.

There’s plenty of competition from the bugs and birds. The squirrels are entertaining to watch climbing the stalks to get to the seeds. Sometimes they get to the top of a big one and sit on the flower, other times they knock the whole flower over.

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I Love Snow Petals

I love white flower petals in my kitchen garden

and the perennials that greet me in the spring time

and the busy bees pollinating the blueberries

 

and my cat that follows me around like a dog

 

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King Arthur among Bearded Iris Leaves and Lambs Ear

 

and most of all my husband who gets down with the dirt and puts the green stuff on the table…

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Good Green Stuff for Growing Good Boys…

 

 

 

 

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Signs of Spring

I’m the keeper of the herbs around here, a not so difficult task, since many of them are perennials. Harder is to keep my cats from digging up the precious asparagus rooting underground over the winter. My solution, scraps of lattice.

A tilled field covered with lime powder, waiting for the evening rain that is expected.

A tilled field covered with lime powder, waiting for the evening rain that is expected.

The most telling sign of things to come is a tilled field, cleared of weeds and covered with lime powder. Let there be corn and zucchini and tomatoes and cabbage and all kinds of greens.

But everywhere are signs, not so obvious as the blooming hyacinth and tulip bulbs of spring, like the buds on our young fruit trees.

My kitchen garden looks bare but beautiful too, inviting me to visit with gnomes and angels and Buddha and nurture the bounty to come.

groundcover and lemon thyme and lambs ear and the bearded iris beginning

groundcover and lemon thyme and lambs ear and the bearded iris beginning

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Frankenstein Egg

Since we’ve been collecting eggs from our chickens, we have gotten some small ones, some with twin yolks, one yolkless egg, and one without a shell at all but still perfectly contained within the membrane. But this is our first Frankenstein egg…

A fresh egg with wrinkles...

A fresh egg with wrinkles…