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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I posted a couple of pics over at New Jersey Through My Eyes. I hope everyone makes it through this latest storm alright!
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Monday, March 29, 2010
Spinach (Bloomsdale Longstanding)
Swiss Chard (Mixed Colors)
Chives (also an herb/spice when dried after harvest)
Squash (Dark Green Zucchini - the seedlings smell Heavenly!)
Tomato (Kellogg's Beefsteak, orange color)
Lavender (True, pale purple)
Lavender (True, dark pink purple)
Echinacea (Purple Coneflower, pink color)
Mix (Mainly yellow & pink perennial flowers)
Viola (Johnny Jump Up, purple & yellow)
Black Eyed Susans
Zinnia (Enchantress Rose, pink)
Zinnia (Envy, pale lime green)
Vinca (Little Choice Mix, pink, dark pink & white)
There's nothing like the scent of damp soil in a peat cup...
Well, there's not!
And Guess What?!
Yesterday, finally, I brought home a Forsythia! (Along with some more Pansy's but that's not the point right now). It makes me so Happy to finally have my own Forsythia! (For a photo example, please see my previous post, directly underneath this one entitled, "Let The Gardening Begin!"). I can't wait for this latest bout of RAIN to be over with so I can get it settled into its' Large container and release its' bindings.
I've made notes about where things will be shuffled and where new containers are called for for this year, out front and in the back yard. Very exciting stuff!
Well, it is!
Don't let the fact that you're an apartment/condo/house dwelling Renter (or [_____] ) stop you from gardening if you love to, regardless of the size of your space. (Or lack there of as the case may be). I sure don't!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sorry for the tease!
It's still a wee bit too early to do much here but we've cleaned things up (again) after the last storm and things are coming back to life quickly, especially my Roses, Bleeding Heart, Butterfly Bush and Autumn Joy Sedum.
I did bring home 5 four packs of Pansy's day before yesterday (3 light purple, 2 deep dark purple) and tomorrow we're heading back to the farmer's market to pick up some more plus a Forsythia! (I'm so excited, I've wanted a Forsythia for Years!)
Oh, and it's a small world: The guy who runs the year round farmer's market up the highway from us is Hubby's (second) cousin! They both come from such large families that they're both meeting people they end up being related to.
But here's the Exciting reason for my post (exciting to all of you gardener's out there that is): Yesterday I picked up a Dinner Plate Contraste Dahlia for $2.99! They usually go for $10 and up around here. Happy Dance! I haven't had a Dahlia in my garden since 2007 or 2008, terrible I know. That one was similar to this though not a Dinner Plate and was more of a reddish pink in color. (Okay, maybe not so similar then, lol!) I'm stopping back there this evening to see what else I can dig up to bring home!
(All links to photo's provided by Google Images).
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I can't say enough about this novel. It enchanted me right from the start through the finish. Funny, heartbreaking, relate-able, transportive. A glimpse of my heritage in the present. Wonderful.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
A warm cup of tea by the fire- -
I'm about to get the corned beef going on the stove for dinner, later with Hubby, myself and Mom. (Along with potato's, carrots and Irish Soda Bread). The parade in NY starts at noon so that will go on soon. It's sunny and warm(ish!) here today and things are maybe starting to dry out. (After 4 inches of rain on a saturated ground, who knows how long it will actually take).
What are your plans on this day?
Monday, March 15, 2010
I haven't heard this on the news or read it in the newspapers. Have you? As soon as I saw it on Goodreads, I posted it to my Twitter and fb accounts as well as in the groups I belong to on Goodreads. Please spread the word!
For more info, please visit Women's History Month and National Women's History Project.
The Monarch Butterflies are suffering this Winter season! For more info, please click here.
It's still chilly, foggy and raining here, as it has been for 5 days. This storm has been unlike anything we've seen here in many years. Power's out all over (thankfully we only browned out- dozens of times), trees down, homes flooded, schools closed, roof's blown off, debris everywhere, people have died... Mother Nature's fury indeed.
Beware The Ides of March this day!
Friday, March 12, 2010
(Twin Lights of Navesink, Highlands, NJ)
Fog drifted past our windows yesterday like thick, white billowing smoke from a fire coming to the end of its’ burn. I could see it rolling in, whiting out the hills, then the highway and then I couldn’t see out of the window to the sidewalk.
Fog is an incredible mood-setter for me. It peaks my interest. Awakens my imagination. I could watch it for hours and not get bored.
I’ve lived inland from here and mostly the fog seemed to hang low to the ground much of the time when we got it at all. Not here. Here it’s down low in the valley and up high in the hills. It swirls along the road and blanks out the horizon. And it’s foggy here nearly every day, at least in the early mornings. There is something very different about the fog on the coast (or in the mountains). It's unlike fog I've experienced elsewhere (except in the mountains).
Mesmerizing to watch.
Comes & goes as it pleases.
Engulfs entire area's down here in gray & white.
Moves to a rhythm not even Mother Nature is familiar with.
Makes large drops of moisture drip from the trees.
Magical. Mysterious. Eerie.
Intimidating and beautiful.
It's as much a part of living here as the Ocean is. Both are unique characters in their own right.
My mind wanders when I see it, wonders what’s out there.
Of course that means I have to stop my mind from picturing some of the creepy parts of John Carpenter’s classic film “The Fog” and not remember Stephen King’s short story “The Mist,” which scared the ever living shit out of me so bad a couple of years ago that I not only couldn’t finish it, I literally threw the book it was in away in the dumpster outside because I didn’t even want it in the house. (Seriously, that’s not an exaggeration. It messed up my mind something fierce, terrified me).
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
Click here for more info about International Women's Day.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
And now for something completely different! Tip of the day: If my blog (or any blog/web page) print and/or photo's doesn't look right to your eye and you have a scroll button on your mouse (on top of it between the left click & right click buttons), hold the Control Button on your keyboard down and at the same time scroll up & down w/your mouses scroll button until the print and photo's look okay to you. Blogger's Minima Stretch template allows me to adjust photo's to a larger size, so the photo's will be large regardless (especially panoramic ones which are much wider than most).
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
It is a Gorgeous, albeit very gusty, morning here at the Jersey Coast, which leads me to wonder if that means March is coming in like a Lion (gusty winds) or like a Lamb (stunning blue skies & sun)? Perhaps both! At 9am this morning, it was 65 degrees in the sun on our patio! (38 degrees elsewhere). Windows are cracked open all over the house.
Either way, faster than Spring will arrive, the Ides of March will be here; March 15th, the anniversary of Julius Caesar's murder. In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," Caesar was warned to "Beware the Ides of March". We all know how Brutus made that warning an omen.
I've got some fun and not so fun things on today's to-do list like laundry, writing, finishing up bookmarks for the Chicks on Lit 2nd Anniversary Bookmark Swap, reading (hopefully, for book clubs & for me) and catching up on my in-box. What are your plans this day?