Sunday, January 12, 2014
Well .. we’ve been having a spell of rainy weather here in Victoria, BC lately! See my lovely Silverberry .. I’ve searched for information on this plant and have found many sites, with many variations. I really had no idea there were such a variety. Here’s a site that shows the plant that I have: http://www.deeproot.co.uk/pbo/plantdetail.php?plantname=Elaeagnus+x+ebbingei
Now this plant is one of two that I purchased maybe 15 years or so ago. They are much tougher than the plants of the same type that I purchased a few years ago. My original two stayed in the original pot for maybe 5 years at least .. placed in an area to be planted, but forgotten about. No attention to these two and they thrived! I could not believe my luck one hot summer’s day .. when I was clipping some plants nearby and found these two. Sad little specimens, growing despite my neglect. Bravely stretching their roots where they were. So I carefully removed them. Planted them by the fence and they are thriving. One of these is actually flowering (it gets more sun) and the one in the shady back hasn’t flowered. I’ve read that it isn’t easily propagated from cuttings, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. I’ll see next spring if my confidence is justified.
Yesterday, the rains kept a’comin! With brief spells of almost sunshine. I went outside to replenish the bird feeders. Here is a plant saucer that I keep filled with water for the lovely birds to bathe and have a little drink. Can you see the rain drops?
You know .. I read somewhere .. that .. if you have sun chokes in the garden .. you will always have them. I kinda scoffed at this. Now I believe! Last fall I had dug up a great supply of these. And gave them away to those who love this bulbous root of a plant that looks so much like the sunflowers.
I was just looking for a site so I could show what the plant looks like .. and came across this very funny experience of someone who had cooked them … you gotta laugh at the author’s story …she writes so well: http://www.hungrycravings.com/2009/06/my-first-and-last-sunchoke.html and here is another blog: http://www.thekitchn.com/why-you-might-want-to-take-it-slow-with-sunchokes-bon-appetit-186516
And finally .. here is a blog that shows the sunflower-like plants: http://www.commonsensehome.com/before-you-plant-sunchokes/
All of my plants were gigantic. (I’d originally thought that some of the sunflowers had developed club-root until I discovered what they really were). And all mine were not planted by me! They were volunteers from the birds, I think.
While I was outside yesterday, in the chill of the backyard, umbrella in hand during the bursts of rain .. I discovered these mushroom-type plants growing merrily from the bale of hay .. kind of pretty, I think.
One of those “darling” little squirrels stored some peanuts here … you can see the spot that is missing the green growth of garlic!!!!!! (lower left area)
And then .. I just had to step back and look at my impromptu garlic beds. This is the result of learning that garlic cannot be grown in the same area for more than 2 years (rust and all that) and because this is the sunniest area of the yard, I needed to be creative in planting them. Thus all the containers! And I was being so firm with myself, just planting enough garlic. Except, every time I found a sprouting garlic in my cooking stash, I just had to plant it (them). Plus, I have my Irish garlic and some from a friend (both labelled) I just, you know, had to plant them. Thus, I have a lot of garlic. Just so you know .. all my garlic (except for these two types) are all grown by me. Organic and all that. Fed well with seaweed and EM.
Yegads and gadzooks! I’d nearly forgotten why I was blogging today! It was to share some special recent purchases.
After looking at my knees when I was wearing shorts, I was shocked. I had “gardeners’ knees! (we all know what that is like!) So … previously I’d given up on knee pads .. had bought a few pairs and they all slid down. They were fine at first, but the more I moved around the yard, the more they slipped down and the more I had to adjust them. Enough of that!
But, during a recent visit to our lovely Lee Valley store in Colwood .. I decided to look at what they had. And I decided on this pair. They seem to work quite well .. they fasten easily and don’t seem to slide. I’ll test them out well this spring. Gardeners just have to get down on the ground and look closely at plants and I am tired of moving a kneeling mat around the yard. So here goes. And if my knees are lovely and beautiful .. well, so much the better, eh?????
However, aside from the above knee pads .. look at this most beautiful basket that I purchased from a thrift store. I know .. I was going to curtail unnecessary purchases this year. But, since I was at Lee Valley .. the thrift store was .. oh, so close .. and I decided to go there. And I am so very glad that I did! For only $4 … I have the most lovely basket. Already it is quite handy .. I’ve found myself loading it up with things from “upstairs” that need to go “downstairs” .. and I just know that I will be filling it often with my garden produce next summer. Oh, what fun this is! I just love baskets and this one is number one my favourite.
Well .. that is it for now. Happy with my recent purchases. And looking forward to sunny days. But in the meantime .. laziness calls me ..