Monday, June 7, 2010

Growing Things Again...

For a number of reasons, I rather withdrew from the World and struggled with Depression quite a lot over the last few years.

This year, on a whim, and because they played such a role in my culinary experience as a kid in the American West, I chose to sprout New Mexico Chiles for later outdoor planting, in my tiny garden plot. These are the longish, large tapered pods that are the basis of Green Chile dishes and Chiles Rellenos; and they're used ripe red and dried for ristras, the decorative strings of red peppers one sees after harvest in New Mexico.

As soon as the seeds began to sprout, I felt a rush of excitement and concern over the plantlets.
More than that, I felt engaged, and interested in life once again. Now, neither my climate nor my planting spot are ideal for cultivating chiles -- but I'm going to nourish and water them and see what I can grow.

Friday, April 9, 2010

In The Realm Of The Ordinary.

That trees, bulbs, and other plants became active earlier this year is undeniable -- yet the seasonable, rainy weather has retarded their progress into full leaf. Now that I reflect upon it, Spring not fully arriving may well mean that our weather, and the effects of Climate Change, are not impacting this area as extremely as they might be -- and are, as in the US East.

I am content to observe, and to try to understand, what is happening around me.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Inexorable Approach Of Spring.

The trees have Decided. Spring is happening here, and soon. Most years, it's not so terribly cold -- though this year has thus far been warmer than usual, but the near-constant rain causes plants to stay nearly dormant for another 6 weeks to 2 months.

It lifts my spirits to see the blooms and leaves unfurl. I love Spring.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Good Weather.

It's supposed to be starting today. We're supposed to have several days running of clear, Spring-like weather -- and I'm hoping we do. That should send the daffodils into bloom -- and man, I could use some fresh air and cheering up!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Back To Dreaming About Life...

As is my wont, I read Frank Rich's column in the Sunday NYT and surfed over to Eschaton, where an angry poster was making the most convoluted late-night political argument I've seen in a while -- it made NO sense what this person was after. Not being stinking drunk and argumentative myself at the moment, I bailed.

The wiles of impending Spring have not begun to seduce me just yet, but I expect to begin to feel them shortly. Here, King Alfred Daffodils are in bud, due most likely to our warm winter. As they flare into glorious yellow bloom, I'm sure they'll catch my eye.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Myths about Bamboo.

The long and short of it is: most retail nurseries only sell a few types of bamboo -- and usually some of what they do sell is intensely invasive and hard to control once established.

So the answer is to consult Bamboo experts -- like these folks:

They have a huge variety and they know their stuff. Check them out!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

African Honey Bush.

This is a wonderful plant. I like it most for its blue-green, perfectly serrated foliage, which looks for all the world like it's been trimmed with pinking shears. If the leaves are bruised, they smell of peanut butter, and it gives forth unique dark-red flowers.

As natural textures go, this is among the best.