Looking ahead

IMG_7547I took this after last Friday’s storm storm. I finally started feeling like myself again nearly two weeks after I caught a cold, and I was beginning to think I was never going to get over it. But I did, just as I always do. And there is no significance or symbolism to the dead fish in my new header. I saw it lying on the sand and I snapped a photo. I like the contrasting textures.

IMG_7585I received this media kit this week from Renee’s Garden. It included a sample packet of the featured annual: “Climbing Phoenix” heirloom nasturtiums. I don’t think I have ever seen these before, and they look interesting. I will plant them in a large container where I grew Thunbergia so successfully last year.

After several summers of bumper crops, last year was not a good one in my vegetable garden. The cottontail rabbits are completely out of control, and they pounced on my snap peas, eating the shoots down to the ground three times before the poor plants finally gave up and died.


Then these voracious critters took up residence. The blonde one was the first of several, and I think at least two of them decided to spend the winter here, because there are a couple of large burrows in the flower beds.

Between the rabbits and the wood chucks, the vegetable garden was under siege all summer, and I didn’t harvest much.

IMG_5172The perennial border looked pretty darned nice, though. Maybe I should just focus on flowers this year. It’s hard to get psyched for planting vegetables when there’s a good chance you’ll never get to eat them.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Looking ahead

  1. lesleymclaughlin says:

    Do I see hollyhocks in that last photo? We had pink ones ages ago at my childhood home. Incredible sky, lovely gardens. Thank you for a hope-filled (even the critters) blog. It will help me endure this coming snow storm.


    • dirtynailz says:

      Yes, those are Hollyhocks. I really love the old fashioned single-bloom type, and I tried to establish them for years before finally succeeding.I can’t believe we are having another snowstorm, just two days after the last one.


  2. CJ Wright says:

    Your yard is so beautiful, dn. Please come do mine. And that first photo of the snow is stunning!


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