Tag Archives: spring

Look UP

9 May

Look DOWN

Hiden inside the clump of lovely daffodils…are they duck eggs?  They seem to be large for duck eggs.  I hope the little ones survived.  I did not realize they were there until they were gone 😦

 

Friday Photos_____________I Ching No. 2 Earth

28 Apr

Clinch Mountain overlook (Obviously a favorite photo…see header)

David Hinton translates hexagram No. 2 as “Earth”.  Wilhem translation is “receptive”.  Other translations include “field” and “flow”.

Field in spring

Eagle Creek watershed

Friday Photos: I Ching No. 3 Sprouting

21 Apr

Sprouting melon seeds

The potential energy is astonishing!  Each one of these melon sprouts can become a vine that produces a dozen melons which each have hundreds of seeds in their center!  These sprouts are from one of last year’s melons, which was from seed Dad saved from the previous year.  Tomatoes can be even more prolific!

Parts of seeds:  embryo, endosperm and coat(protective layer)  Notice in the lower left corner that several seed coats cling to the new leaves.

 

Looking forward to the fruit of these sprouts in mid and late summer!

“Sugar Kiss”, Sand Stone Melon Co. Inc.

Alleluia! Happy Easter!

16 Apr

From the south lawn…Happy Easter!

Friday Photos: I Ching No. 40 Unbound

14 Apr

“Unbound” is David Hinton translation.

South lawn make over begins.

Lilac and Vibernum stumps

Day lilies, hostas and peonies:  Divided from original plantings…critical mass part 2?  Not shown:  coneflowers, asters, plumbago, iris, holly

Hop to it!

11 Apr

Spring to action!  I’ve been on a mission to have properly cleaned windows.

One part:  Fun planter (a gift from years ago) as a “bucket” for supplies

Main part:  New recipe for homemade window cleaner!!! (link below)

Three parts:  Accessories…gloves, paper towels, window scraper

All by the door, ready to “Hop to it!”

Obviously not a bucket

http://www.livingonadime.com/homemade-window-cleaner-recipe/

This says the secret ingredient is alcohol…I thought it was Dawn dishwashing soap.

Friday Photos: A Walk in the Park

10 Mar

Yesterday, Turkey Run State Park

Suspension bridge

Bridge

 

 

 

 

Friends and family

Gardener’s dilemma

17 May
"It's my day to sleep in."

“It’s my day to sleep in.”….”Did you say fresh catnip?”….”I’ll be right down!”

 

Spring mix of perennial volunteers...catnip, lemon balm, oregano and mint...an island in the garden plot.

Spring mix of perennial volunteers…catnip, lemon balm, oregano and mint…an island in the garden plot.  All (except the oregano) take a lot of effort to keep from taking over the garden.

Horehound

Horehound

Rue

Rue

 

Love the foliage and the tameness of these perennials.

 

 

 

 

Tomato seedlings

Six Tomato seedlings

Melon seedlings with room for vines to run along retaining wall.

Melon seedlings with room for vines to run along retaining wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chose very young plants this year due to the unseasonably cool weather.  May need to replant.  I also chose to add a path for access to the six tomato plants.

 

 

 

Path-Before

Path-Before

Dilemma?  25 years ago my kitchen garden was two 8’X8′ raised beds in full sun.  Over the years the transition has been to nearly full shade.  The Earth Angel and Golden Edge Hostas  as well as bird bath and feeders were the new look.  A sweeping retaining wall replaced the original box plots enclosing about 400 square feet.  The dilemma for this season is that we are back to full sun due to the loss of ash trees to disease.  The hostas may not survive a hot August.  Rather than fine tuning the stepping stone path (and have to redo), I took them up and mulched the path.  Check back in the fall on how this season worked out!

 

Path-After

Path-After

Friday Photo: I Ching No. 20 Heron’s Eye Gaze

22 Apr

The translation by David Hinton is “heron’s eye gaze”.  I think I got IT!  Also from David Hinton’s translation:  “Noble and lofty.  Reverent, inward, yielding and devoted as a river.”

I originally posted this photo with the classic translation “viewing”.

Blue heron

Blue heron

 

Friday Photos: “Tiptoe through the Tulips”

24 Apr
Red tulip

Red tulips

Yellow tulip

Yellow tulips

White tulip

White tulips

No audio with this…”Tiptoe through the Tulips” was originally recorded by Nick Lucas in 1929 according to Wikipedia.  Tiny Tim also recorded it in 1968.  Tiny Tim’s version is the one I remember.  Great alliteration for the letter “T”…Tiny Tim’s tune “Tiptoe through the Tulips”.