|the living things|
July 11, 2018
A while back, I put a bunch of avocado seeds in a pot of dirt beings that I've never had any luck with the toothpick/glass of water method of growing them, and a few years back, some sprouted in my compost bin. I'd pretty much given up on them ever growing, but yesterday while watering, I saw three sprouts!! The tallest is about two inches tall.
I hadn't had to water since we came home from Pittsburgh until yesterday. Despite our magnificent weather, everything was looking droopy. However, there are flowers on the cucumbers, tomatoes, and zucchini. And in the flower bed, the black-eyed Susans are all over the place, the Indian blankets (gaillardia) are proudly showing off. I have mini sunflowers and one that's going to be HUGE in addition to coneflowers some coreopsis, lobelia, and wild sage. I was going for a purple, red, and yellow color scheme, but more importantly is I wanted to attract bees.
Well, guess what? I saw a bunch of them yesterday on the flowers, doing their plump little bee things. I was so happy!! With all the rain and swampy conditions, I get concerned that the spray for the mosquitos will kill the bees too. I don't want that! No one does.
In the back wood, I've seen some bees hanging out due to the Queen Anne's Lace which grows wild back there. It's mighty overgrown these days. The neighbor's yard has a river birch tree in it, and while the tree is magnificent, it's little babies are a pain in the yard. They don't have seeds, but rather the young trees grow up from root suckers. We're always cutting them down along the fence and elsewhere in the yard. Oh well. Love me some plants!!