Broke down and took Sudafed today. Not sure if that's why I felt a
little better or if I'm actually better; possibly both. Still didn't get
anything done but I did manage to bring in firewood, take Banshee for a
walk, get the utilities money from both renters, and write a review.
Hopefully I'll get another one written tonight. Damn near froze to death
walking Banshee and getting wood; now I am enjoying some hot jasmine
tea (made with black tea instead of green).
The maple seeds
arrived today; that was fast shipping! Now to look up what they need in
the way of stratification. Have to keep them in the house to stratify
and germinate them; there are so many mice in the greenhouse & hen
house that they run around my feet when I go in. Today one ran across in
front of me, then stopped and looked up at me for the longest time as
if it expected something of me. I could swear it shrugged as it turned
and ran away.. but that could be the cold meds talking.
Planted artichoke and cardoon seeds today, in little four packs, about a
dozen each. To fill out the flat, I also put in some Allium stellatum
(Prairie Onion, which is both decorative and edible), Tunica saxifraga
(Coat flower, a low growing groundcover with pink flowers), and Achlys
triphylla (Vanilla Leaf, a woodland plant with sweet smelling leaves).
Silver has already been laying with his head on the flat; I'm sure he's
only waiting for the potting soil to dry out some before he gives it the
whole body treatment. Which I'm sure he's only doing so they'll be the
correct temperature and germinate faster.
It's still too early
to really be planting things as we don't have enough space or enough
light in the house and can't afford to heat the greenhouse, but the
perennials should be sturdy enough to go out to the greenhouse not too
long after they germinate.
Did *not* take Banshee for a walk
today; I have once again come down with a crud that has filled my sinus,
given me a sore throat and fever, and has my ear aching. Bah.
Sunny but cold today. I did hang the laundry outside, but it only got
about half dry. Still, that's a few cents of electricity saved by
running the dryer a shorter time afterwards!
Took Banshee for a
walk; all the daylilies are coming up, the lilacs have very swollen
buds, the rugosa roses are budding up, and crocus are poking their
little noses up. All this is at least a month earlier than normal for
The book I ordered on growing and cooking Oriental
vegetables arrived today. Looks pretty good; lots of vegetables I've
never heard of before. I'm so eager to get to gardening it's silly. I
know it'll still be too cold for over a month, even for the cold season
crops. But indoor gardening is starting: the artichoke and cardoon seeds
are soaking in warm water and will be planted in little containers
tomorrow. They take a long time and they need to go out in the cold and
then back to warm to trigger blooming, so they have to be fair sized
while we still are in cold weather.