Sunday, May 9, 2010

Even The Varmints Are Getting Bigger

Stuff grows. It is now weeding season. Anything that I plant and want to have half a chance of survival must not be allowed to be engulfed by the wild things. One also hopes a new plant is not eaten by any of the wild things.

A cow is made visible as it wanders up from the sunny utility valley. Hello brown cow. Please don't eat anything and more important don't stomp on anything.

We have seen this scene many times in winter and fall. Now it turns into the green of summer. Do you suppose a cow can smell freshly mowed grass?

The brown cow bypassed the roadside vegetable garden thank you. It went out on the scenic byway and headed towards the Kingdom of Madison. The grass is always greener in the next county. There isn't much to eat in the vegetable garden now, but I have been busy and a two ton cow could muck things up.

The potatoes and sugar snap peas are up. Lettuce, spinach, radish, and chard have germinated. Cucumbers, pole beans, turnips, beets and carrots have been seeded. The tomato cages are manured and ready. No thank you cow, I do not need any more manure. The strawberries bloomed when I wasn't looking and made a few berries. The first one was onolicious.

Unlike all the others, the red and yellow columbine points up. I wonder why that is? It is much easier to get a picture this way.

More Dodecatheon meadia and Crawford. Take the pictures now. It won't be blooming much longer.

Now hidden away in the growing lush, Ornigothallum nutans. I knew where to look.

The native Geranium maculatum is adding its rosy pink to the expanding palette of flowers.

There is a reason for the name Flame Azalea. This may even be the actual native Rhododendron calendulaceum and not a hybrid.

This one has been bred. There is an attempt at a double petaled flower going on.

The paths are lined with the white/palest of blue Phacelia unknown and unfringed. The true blue Phacelia purshii is gaining momentum in much larger quantities..

Iris are scattered about. The tall ones are starting to bloom.

The ridge top garden is awash in blooms and it will not stop anytime soon.

This Baptisia is looking more robust. Dozens more have been added to the mountain top gardens over the last two years. I may be a bad influence on the resident gardeners, supplying them with even more plants.

Say buh bye for now big brown cow.

And don't eat anything on your way out.


Lola said...

Love that Flame Azalea. It stands out quite well in the garden.
I do hope the big brown cow doesn't eat anything on it's way out. Why does it roam so?

Christine B. said...

Our big brown cows are called moose. The enjoy young and pliable woody plants and most especially, expensive annuals and cherished fruits and vegetables.

Christine in Alaska

lh said...

How now, brown cow? Christopher, your optimism and work ethic always give me hope and inspire a return to common sense after daily struggles, but this time you made me laugh out loud.
Best wishes,

Christopher C. NC said...

Lola I'd have to say the fences around the pastures below me are close to 100 years old and full of holes.

Christine lucky you. I'll keep my occasional cow and country deer that only know wild plants as food.

Thanks Lois. Glad you got a chuckle from my adventures with cows.