curlicue

one of the seedlings this past summer. it is doing its twist curly thing. the nice thing is it is on a tall scape. a tall scape like 48 inches 122 cm tall. a flower that i can look at face to face. no bending down…

paths

slow paths. the path to this one is years. way back when Little Rainbow was crossed with Talon. that was several years back. it was crossed with other things. a few summers ago another plant arrived in the garden. it is called Rainbow Maker. so it was added to the mix. the resulting seedling bloomed this past summer. it did prove true to its name. most of the rainbow’s colors are in this seedling. some red, of both lighter and darker color depths. some purples and lavenders, and yellow and green. and twisted sepals that harken back to Talon. is the secret adding somethings from two rainbows ? or trying something else when it comes along ? which way does that path go…

what is found

the garden contains surprises. a seed falls. and something new grows. a seed is planted. and a surprise unfurls. nature will follow its own course. sometimes that course might be parallel to our course. overlap our course if you will. and at other times diverge regardless of what we might be ready to accept…

in between

the digging and moving plants continues. working between rain showers and storms does slow things down. the move to garden is wetter soil and slower to work and prepare for a plant to grow in place for the next three years. the rain does soften the dried summer soil in the seedling bed. so the digging out part gets easier. it was sunny and raining at the same time when i started. it took a while before the raining part stopped. another 8 or so plants got moved. and i tarped the unplanted part of the bed so it would not get any wetter. now to keep after it between the rains…

rain and rain

today was more digging. rain was expected for late afternoon. all week there has been another type of rain. black walnuts. this year is a bumper crop. it has been raining walnuts for a week now. hundreds of them every day. and it will rain for a few days more before they all come down. the squirrels will enjoy burrowing through the compost pile this winter. a dozen or so plants came out of the seedling bed today before the rain came…

urban fill

there is sandy, loam, clay, and other sorts of soil. then there is the soil here. i call it urban fill. before this land was residential it was other things. woods, perhaps agricultural and the base layer is a yellow clay. at some point all sorts of rubbish and scrap was dropped and eventually covered with another layer of dirt. years of adjusting and moving gardens let me discover these different layers and remove a lot of rusted and broken junk. so now when i dig a new home for a plant the junk comes out and slightly better dirt replaces it. the plant may grow there the next 3 or 10 years. some plants seedlings can have 8 or 10 fans and a root mass 12 inches 30.5 cm across and almost as deep. so the planting hole is even a little bit bigger and deeper. peat moss and composted is added to help ammend the clay. an organic fertilizer and alphalpha pellets are also added to enrich the soil. and then the plant goes into the ground. tomorrow some more flagged seedlings will move…

holes in the ground

it is moving day in the garden. the compost piles have been emptied. and they are quickly refilling as the gardens are cleaned. and all of those plants that were flagged this summer are being moved. older plants a coming out of the garden. and new seedlings are filling their places. this is a quadrant that will be filled with flagged plants. it is part of a 24 foot 7.3 meter circular bed. each year a quadrant is emptied and new flagged seedlings are planted. depending how closely they are planted 30 to 50 seedlings will be planted. and the cycle continues. scroll down. there is a flower…

deep

i try not to take things too deep. if it ever stops being simple there is a solution. like this one’s name get out the Hip Boots and wade through it. and leave it behind. keep this one just in case of another emergency…

nice

labels are nice. notes are nice. and sometimes they get disconnected from the flower. or the picture. it does not change pretty…