January 31, 2013

Real or Fake?

Found myself at Home Depot in hopes of finding something in bloom and wasn't disappointed because there was a full shelf of colorful blooming cacti. Didn't buy one because P3 already has a couple cacti at our house which, by the way, never bloom. See photo of him below doing a little repotting on the kitchen counter.

Back to the cacti in bloom. I started wondering about this and did a little digging. According to MrBrownThumb, the growers glue on straw flowers to make the plants more appealing to shoppers. Maybe everyone knows this, but I didn't and now must go back to Home Depot to check it out for myself.

Saw this squirrel out in the yard and was happy that he'd found something to eat, but had my fingers crossed that it wasn't one of my tulip bulbs.
'Passionale/Shirley' Tulips
May, 2012

January 20, 2013

Deep Into January

It is deep January. The sky is hard.
The stalks are firmly rooted in ice.

Wallace Stevens
No Possum, No Sop, No Taters

Saw these sunflowers today as I drove the country roads. They've motivated me to get back into blogging.

I've missed seeing your gardens.