We’ve had a house, and so also a garden, for eight growing seasons now, and I waited this long to plant a poppy? Perhaps it was due to confusion from a seed packet I’ve had that long for Icelandic poppies: those required sowing in the fall, to allow for spring blooms. I tried that in year one with a Helleborus, and never got a flower, … Continue reading Cupcake paper
My hometown has a springtime parade every year, the Daffodil Festival Parade. This is the likely explanation for why daffodils –A.K.A. narcissus– have always been my favorite spring flower. However, since I moved to Minnesota, they are really put to the test. Any flower that emerges from the cold abyss from winter here is welcome. Crocus, forsythia, lilac, tulips, grape hyacinth, scylla: I love them … Continue reading Festive
One of the many things that I find amazing about sunflowers is that so much growth and metamorphosis happens in near-complete silence (which this morning was broken by the bumblebee). This spectacle went from a dry little striped seed, then a tiny, wimpy-looking but hopeful seedling that stood a 50% chance of survival, then sprang up to a four, then six, then nine-foot stalk with … Continue reading Roar.
Gloriosa Polyheaded Originally uploaded by arahbahn There are sunflowers along my route to work, which get up to and past ten feet tall. It’s likely true that the main purpose of sunflowers worldwide is for seeds and oil. However, they serve an even more useful purpose for me: they brighten my day, and remind me to appreciate life, summer, and the glorious sun. Wow! I’ve … Continue reading In praise of the sun