Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I had that happen tonite. Maybe something about the end of American Idol? I don't know. I finally remembered enough of the lyrics to do a Google search and, voila, this'll be stuck in my head all day tomorrow annnnnnd I'll be regretting it. :(
Seriously - this song was considered good? (Sure, I liked it back then) And what's with the Solid Gold dancers? Bad bad bad!
A FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 9 AM EDT WEDNESDAY.
THE COMBINATION OF MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO DIP A DEGREE OR TWO BELOW FREEZING TONIGHT ACROSS INLAND AREAS AND TO AROUND FREEZING NEAR LAKE ERIE. SOME OF THE USUAL COLD SPOTS MAY SEE TEMPERATURES DIP INTO THE UPPER 20S FOR AN HOUR OR TWO LATE TONIGHT. AS A RESULT AREAS OF FROST WILL DEVELOP ACROSS NORTHERN OHIO OVERNIGHT.
A FROST ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN FROST IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP DURING THE GROWING SEASON. TENDER OUTDOOR VEGETATION SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM THE COLD TONIGHT.
Annnnnd so.... I've got flats of veggies and flowers tucked in under the grill and deck chairs, and all are covered in blankets and tarp, and there's towels and horse blankets over the planters.
Buried the butterfly bush, catmint and catnip...
Hopefully the asian pear tree (in the middle) will do fine.
One branch of this blueberry bush was covered in blooms! Here's my attempt to protect it. It's really not bent/contorted as bad as it looks in this pic.
Where are the strawberries!?
Mary's old windows fit perfectly on the narrow raised bed. They've been holding heat in since yesterday (but no, not too hot)
Hm, if I light the grill under the tarp, will that help keep my growies warm, or just burn down the house?
Oh, and pansies are notorious for toughing out freezes, so I figure we'll see if they do ok...things were crowded!
Cross your fingers for me!
Red and white sure go well together, and the little hot-spots of gold-rimmed-yellow just perk it up more!
I always thought I wasn't fond of the fingery-looking Japanese maples. I received this one as a freebie along with a mail order last fall, and it's really taken up a spot in my heart - I hope it makes it. It was looking a bit scrawny awhile back, but given some fish emulsion and more regular waterings, and perhaps just the warmer weather, it's really perking up.
With dinner tonite will be this head of romaine. There are two of these - and they were growing in the *verbena* that I started from seed! Did the verbena come with some lettuce seeds, or did I somehow scatter what I was doing? The thing is, these two heads of lettuce are WAY more mature than any of the others I've grown!
And here's a study in the contrasts of light and dark...in the form of lettuce.
Red-veined spinach. Can't wait for these to mature. While I doubt it'll taste any different, the pics in the catalog were too tempting to resist!
Two colors of grape hyacinth...
These look kinda sad...
Really loving coleus varieties!
The peppers and geraniums survived their potting up and are doing great. They're still the cold frame (which, unfortunately, is still on the deck!)
Ballet of waterbugs on the pond...
A couple of iris, I believe from Mary?
Two colors of asparagus (green and purple) and three colors of raspberries (black, red and yellow). All tasty!
Gee, could it have anything to do with me walking over to the front yard redbud tree almost every day after work to see what's happening with it!? I keep expecting the blooms opening up more, but maybe this is all they do? Unfortunately the one in the backyard shows NO buds - just some leaves. Granted, it's quite a bit smaller - maybe next year?
To me they seem reminiscent of barnacles, with their little creatures reaching out to catch a meal floating by...
I'm really worried all these blooms will be destroyed by the frost tonite!
What, you can't tell what it is from that blur? That's "Henrietta", the name I've given to the piliated woodpecker - I'm assuming it's still the same female, but I could be wrong. Both times she was sitting on the deck railing, and she's VERY attentive to what's going on in the house. I reach for a camera, she takes off. I got just a blur of her the second time, and then she flew back to the trees behind the neighbor's yard.