A Tale Of Two Pots

Thursday, 30 June 2011, 20:28 | Category : Gardening
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I have two pots on the front porch. They’re (almost) identical. Same soil mix went into each. Same plants are in each – a dracena, a Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’, a variegated potato vine, a white Hypoestes and a red Hypoestes, and a pink calibrachoa – except that’s where the problem comes in. Here’s the pots:

porch pots

If you look at the pot on the right:

you’ll see the calibrachoa, blooming happily.

but on the other pot, on the left, you won’t see the calibrachoa:

(Actually, if you look closely, you’ll see a dead calibrachoa). And it wasn’t just one dead calibrachoa. That’s the third one I’ve planted in that pot, in that spot. Each one has died. I’m baffled, but I’m not putting another one there. Three strikes and you’re out, that sort of thing. If anyone has an idea why this has happened, I’d love to hear it.

So You’re A Very Young Blue Jay

Saturday, 25 June 2011, 21:01 | Category : Birds
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You’re on your first day out of the nest, and you haven’t mastered this flying thing yet. Hopping around on the ground is not the smartest thing to do, with cats and stuff around, so you need to find a place where you can chill with a bit of anonymity. Where else would you go?

Blue jay baby in bottle tree

Here’s a closer shot:

But it turns out you’re not alone. You have a brother or sister, who wants a little more elevation:

I watched these two little fellows while I was working outside, to keep them safe from the neighborhood cats. I hope they make it. Blue jays have taken a big hit from West Nile Fever here. But they need to figure out the flying thing pretty quickly.


Here’s a picture my wife took of the two babies together, after the one in the crepe myrtle joined the one in the bottle tree and they decided to do a bit of exploring:

Baby blue jays

More Rain Equals Happy Plants

Thursday, 23 June 2011, 8:36 | Category : Gardening, Weather
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Two days of off-and-on rains ended up dropping 1.4″ of rain on my garden. Walking around last night and this morning, I saw plants that were much, much happier than they were a couple of days ago, both from the rain and from the cooler temperatures. And if you garden, you know exactly what a happy plant looks like. And I took advantage of the wet soil to pull up some weeds that would have fought much harder had they still been anchored in the concrete-like clay that had been there before the rain. Here’s a song that embodies my garden this morning (although it’s called “Before The Rain”, it’s still the way things felt this morning). Enjoy!


Tuesday, 21 June 2011, 17:49 | Category : Gardening, Weather
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Not much, just 1/4 inch, but that’s more than I’ve had on my garden in 49 days. And there’s a chance of a bit more tomorrow. So I’ll take it. At least I won’t have to run the sprinklers for a couple of days.

Looking out my office window after the rain stopped downtown, I saw an odd cloud formation, and had to take a quick picture:

odd cloud

The circular, light cloud is what caught my attention. I like clouds. I especially like clouds that bring rain when it’s been really, really dry. Send me some more!

Odd Spider Web

Sunday, 19 June 2011, 14:15 | Category : Gardening
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We noticed this spider web this morning – I guess it’s a zipper spider, but the “zipper” looks like a little person:

spider web

It reminds me a bit of Burning Man:

And, not related to the little spider web man, I had a bloom in the goldfish pond this morning:

water lily