Sunday, December 08, 2013
I've also included on the stack a couple of books about winter gardening, just because.
There is just one problem.
There is a little elf with green boots, a green dress, and a green hat sitting on top of them.
I won't say that she talks to me.
As long as she is sitting there looking at me, though, I'm going to leave those books alone.
It's almost like a staring contest.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
No one is going to sit in those chairs for a while now. They are made of engineered wood and will withstand the wintry weather, so I leave them out in the garden.
They are too heavy for me to move around every fall and spring, anyway.
I'm not much of a winter vegetable gardener, so the vegetable garden will also be undisturbed until spring.
When I walk about the garden, I realize that I am not alone.
I left this wheelbarrow out in the garden for the winter.
While I was outside taking some pictures, I checked on my Christmas roses, Helleborus niger 'Josef Lemper'.
If you don't mind, we'll go inside now. It is cold outside, but inside... inside is where a lot is going on these days. New library room, new flowers, new books, new ideas for gardening... it is officially the Thinking Season of Gardening.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
|Improper way to store gardening books|
We are garden fairies and we are posting on this blog to urge patience amongst the tree fairies and the book fairies who reside here at May Dreams Gardens.
The tree fairies are up in arms because they do not see the big Christmas tree yet and do not even see a place where it might fit in the great tree room where it usually was in years past.
This seems to be due to a bigger teevee which was brought in after Christmas last year. We garden fairies were not consulted on this purchase but have accepted it because on this big teevee Carol can stream British gardening shows via the Internet and we garden fairies like to watch those with her.
Anyway, the tree fairies, being resourceful fairies, began a room to room search to determine where Carol could maybe move some furniture from the great tree room to another room, even temporarily, to make room for the big Christmas tree.
What they found was shocking to them. Beyond belief. Amazing. Unexpected. Flabbergasting.
They found an entirely empty room.
An empty room with nothing in it. Empty. Echo-y empty. They immediately began planting the seed in Carol's mind to get her to think of moving at least one piece of furniture from the great tree room to that room to make room for the tree.
So far, they have been unsuccessful. Carol won't budge on this.
Why? Because of the book fairies. Carol emptied the other room, which she once called "the dining room", of its contents and is now calling it "the library" even though it is currently an empty room.
We garden fairies have deduced that Carol is getting bookshelves for this now empty room which will allow her to give the garden books, and the book fairies that live in them, a good and proper home, where they can stand up next to each other instead of being piled up in big stacks.
Some of the book fairies heard that the tree fairies were trying to get Carol to move furniture into their library to make room for the Christmas tree and they cried out, "No way. We are tired of being squished at the bottom of these stacks of books. We deserve nice bookshelves where books can be kept as they should be kept and not in these big piles which sometimes topple over because the book Carol wants is always at the bottom of the stack."
The tree fairies protested right back that they came inside to take up residence in the big tree, which isn't there. But they refuse to go back outside where they came from and where there are trees a-plenty because the weather forecast calls for snow and cold to commence in the next 24 hours and it is nice and warm in the house.
We garden fairies are working to bring both the tree fairies and the book fairies to some kind of agreement. Once we have an agreement we just need to get Carol to cooperate, and then there will be peace for the winter here at May Dreams Gardens, with garden book fairies all snuggled in their books on actual bookshelves, and tree fairies enjoying the shelter of a lovely tall Christmas tree.
Until this all happens, which will be in about two weeks, we garden fairies urge patience. The library will be nice and the tree, when she gets it, will be a welcomed haven for tree fairies.
Patience. We urge patience.
Violet Greenpea Maydreams, chief scribe and peace maker for the garden fairies, tree fairies, book fairies, toast fairies, and laundry fairies at May Dreams Gardens
Monday, December 02, 2013
|I'm taming a coleus and making it a houseplant.|
Of course Christie's famous detective, Miss Jane Marple, is on the tour and figures out who committed the murder.
I was hooked after I read Nemesis and decided to read all twelve Agatha Christie mysteries featuring Miss Marple.
They would be a nice diversion from gardening and gardening books!
I'm pleased to report that I just finished reading the twelfth book this past weekend.
Along the way, I highlighted a few of my favorite passages. I've shared some of them before, but they are worth sharing again, all in one place.
Would you like to read a few of them?
"It is like when you get ground elder really badly in a border. There's nothing else you can do about it--except dig the whole thing up." Isn't that the truth. Sometimes there are so many weeds it really is best to just dig up the whole border and replant it.
"The out-of-date becomes picturesque... Look how people wanted old-fashioned roses now, and scorned hybrid teas. I was a bit taken back when I read this. I pulled this quote from a mystery written in the early 1960's. I thought hybrid teas were all the rage back then. I had no idea that people were already turning back to the old-fashioned roses in the 60's. I thought that was more recent. Guess it goes to show, what's old is new again, just like the quote says.
"Mrs. Bantry was on her knees. A good day for hoeing. Nice dry soil. But hoeing wouldn't do everything. Thistles now, and dandelions. She dealt vigorously with these pests." If you didn't garden you would learn two things from this quote. First, that nice dry soil is best for hoeing. Second, that hoeing isn't always the answer for tougher weeds. For those, nothing short of hand-to-hand combat-- pulling--will work.
"Gardening is as good as a smoke screen, and the habit of observing birds through powerful glasses can always be turned to account." Don't tell anyone but it is true that the gardeners in the neighborhood always know more than other neighbors about what goes on in the neighborhood. After all, when you are outside, you can't help but notice...
"But it's gardening that's needed here. And that isn't learned in a day. Gardening, that's what this place needs." I've decided that this is my new answer to every problem, every question about what to do. "It's gardening that's needed here." Those are words to live by.
Yes, it was good to read some Agatha Christie mysteries to take my mind off gardening, even for a short time.