Thursday, September 30, 2010

Winter's coming

Winter's in the air. You can feel it when you walk around in the evenings, it follows you in a shadow of smells. Rotting leaves, wood being burned in wood stoves and fireplaces. Titmice are stocking up on sunflower seeds.

I've made the first batch of pesto with all the basil that's been growing on the back patio, and it turned out well enough. The first batch of plants that've been outdoor all summer long are coming in, as well. They are taking over, slowly, but surely.

A seed-grown AV's been outperforming itself; however, the flowers aren't stick-tite, so chances are, 'll be getting rid of it in a flurry of last-minute Gardenweb trading-for-postage.

I wish there was more to say, but words fail me. Probably from disuse; silence on paper is viral.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Autumnal reinventory

The trip to the farm was quite enjoyable; a lot of brush-clearing and pasture-mowing was done, along with a little bit of art. Bees are doing well. Three of the hives are almost sure to make it through the winter, two others I'm not so sure aboue.

I brought back both chigger bites and fond memories of hanging out with three very personable mutts; came back to a mostly-alive collection of houseplants, a brand new Kindle, plus a husband that ate too much junk food in the time spent alone. There shall be a lot of reading and gym-going in the nearby future!

I hope to get more organized with blog-posting; maybe keeping it to about a post a week, with book reviews and plant updates included. And speaking of plant updates..

In the realm of AV's, Rob's Loose Noodle's outdone itself with blossoms.

And some of the named leaves I've received in trade have sprouted mouse ears.