My camera is totally dead. Not only is it killing memory cards, it's killing batteries. Who knew cameras had a "battery error" message? You can see all the dust in the lens. What a bummer.
For now I'm stuck using Guy's make-believe FujiFilm A210 from, like, five years ago. Until I can scrape enough pennies together to buy the camera I really want, it's a waiting game. (Usually, I would just buy the camera I want, but with my 401k lately blown to smithereens, and my job situation eternally uncertain, it seems prudent to dig in and wait for the big deflation NPR's constantly yammering about to dial that price tag down a little bit.) The waiting is the hardest part.
I got my first seed catalog today. Do you know these people? They're in Maine. I was born in California, but my family comes from Maine.
I've never received this catalog before. I see they have some negative reviews on Dave's Garden. Does that matter to you? Who the hell are those people, anyway?
This catalog has some cool season tomatoes with shorter DTMs than I've ever seen. I generally rely on 'Stupice' at 60-65, but these people have 'Polefast' and 'Tigrella' at 54 and 55, resepectively. They also have a 53-day French filet bean called 'Straight 'N Narrow' (does not sound French) and a 75-day winter squash called 'Cream of the Crop'. I've seen the glaucus pumpkin from New Zealand named 'Jarradale' before (100 days). Why don't I grow that? Perhaps I shall.
I did some fall planting today. This is Rosy Buckwheat (Eriogonum grande) I grew from seed.
It doesn't look like it's ready to get planted out, but the roots are coming out the bottom. I'm pretty sure that means it's ready to plant. Besides, I did an experiment last week and planted one out, and it's doing fine. When it flowers it looks a little bit like this:
But imagine it with a better camera, please.
I also planted out more of the Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora) that I grew from seed.
It doesn't look like much now, but tip it out of the pot, and the tuberous root is ready to rock.
Here's the insect that populates my garden during the winter. I think that's its head.
I was in the garden last night and found two of these dangling from a leaf. I thought what I saw might have been discarded "skins" or something, but when I went down this morning they were gone, so I guess they sleep by hanging. Crazy insects.
Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' is blooming lightly. I'm not sure what to make of that. This is not February or March.
I know Ceanothus will re-bloom in the fall if you prune it in the spring. But I hope a few flowers now won't mean fewer flowers later. I count on the the spring bloom.
On the other hand, Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba' is always putting out.