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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

oh mah gah!

beet sprouts already!

ladies....start your seed packets

the last several days, elena and i have been sorting thru a million seed packets. so far we've planted beets, swiss chard, turnips, fennel, peppers, tomatoes and beans. i've gotta get the gourds in the ground so we can have the traditional pumpkins for easter. you know how the children love to run around gathering hidden jack-o-lanterns to plunk into their straw baskets.

Monday, August 23, 2004

quick grab the seed packets...

elena and doug and i spent all day saturday and sunday tilling the garden and unearthing forgotten flowerbeds. we've decided to change doug's name to "dig" after his grueling day. the vegetable garden is ready...quick grab the seed packets.
i'm sheepishly tilling

Friday, August 20, 2004

one big happy

my garden is most colorful when it's filled with my friends and family. i'm happiest when elena and i are sitting in the circle of adirondak chairs plotting and planning our millionth gardening scheme with our dear friend, christian (the ever-so-talented-renaissance-man-but really-more-like-my-adopted-3rd-son-home-from-college). I'm in seventh heaven when i see my sweet hubby amble down to join us with his bright red cup of coffee...and my neighbor, claire, calls over the fence to see if she can bring her lab pup over to play with my lab, clara...and ms. mickelthwaite stops by to bring me some parsley oil she made from the bouquet she took home last week. when i'm in my loverly garden with these folks laughing and talking and cringing at the life-risking stunts my sons reed and preston perform as they swing madly beneath the branches of our live oak, well then...i'm one peaceful chick.

my friend christian (who is sporting a lovely kale chapeau) and the dear elena

Thursday, August 19, 2004

oh garden...my garden

whelp, it's official...my new journal page is up. i'm hoping to share snapshots of life in my pippingtooth garden with you. I'll also post new flowergals here and i'm hoping you'll post your thoughts here, too.

a few brave flowers in my garden are successfully ignoring the texas heat. the black-eyed susans are blazingly defiant. they remind me of my grandmother, hazel. (my print "hazel's visit" is named for her) she carried only black-eyed susan's in her wedding bouquet. they were her flower.

i love how the bopping yellow cosmos and purple verbena mock the 98 degree temp and i'm crazy for the crazy succulent from big bend state park that and looks like a sea creature has washed up on my back porch.

the plants that have thrived this year have done so thanks to my dear friend, elena. she has magic in her hands. i've seen it work as our friendship blossomed along side the dahlias. in the past months, elena taught me that plants actually like water...on a regular basis. as do toiling friends. i've learned my small corner of the world and the leetle creatures living in it prefer organic gardening. a cajillion herbs growing right outside your kitchen door makes you feel like a gourmet cook even if you're far from it. most roses in my beds are dreary concession stands for hoodlum bugs. passion flower makes me swoon. and a swirl of ranunculus is the perfect easter parade for me.

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