I just couldn't take it anymore. They finally wore me down. The spammers were using the ability to leave anonymous - not registered - comments on a daily basis and in ever increasing numbers. The spam was filling up my inbox and it took a good deal of time to eliminate on my slow satellite internet.
No more. From now on, to leave a comment you will have to have a google account or one of the account choices of Open ID. Google is easy enough. It is fast, free and you don't even need to make a real profile.
Today was my first spam free day in many many months.
It is perfectly fine for Yucca filamentosa to have a tangle of fine hairs. They are interesting and not something I have to clean up. All that spam I was getting was like loose threads all over the blog that I was constantly having to cut off. Enough.
There was actually the finest dusting of snow this morning. It was certainly much colder. I had a short day at work and came home early enough to paint a little, but the promised sun never appeared. It was still only 31 degrees when I came back, well below the operating temperatures for paint. You can get the idea of what will happen to the front porch posts and railings when painting weather returns from the bit I have done so far. There will also be a hint of red directly below the roof line from the main girder when that gets painted.
The garden slope below the cozy cabin is also like a paint job in progress. The low mounding tapestry of texture and color must have winter appeal. I can't say I completely planned it. I can say I like it. What seems to be happening are long bold stripes of varying evergreen color. I need to add to it and make it even more pronounced. Growth will help of course too.
Bold color in a barren forest in the dead of winter, repeated for flow and unity in the overall design.
I'm beginning to think the idea that my garden should blend in to the natural surroundings is going to fall by the roadside. In the summer Lush it won't be a problem. When the forest gets naked and winter arrives, a garden in the forest will still be there.