Monday, February 28

whooo are Youuuuu?

house finch male
And what are you doing on the other side of that window, pray tell?

Sunday, February 27

basic Necessities

Trip to the grocery store in the dead of winter to get the basic necessities: bread, milk, eggs, tulips.

Saturday, February 26

where's Waldo?

hidden among the birch branches, chatting with me as I filled the feeder, can you find him?
(click on photo if you can't)

Friday, February 25

snowy Snoot

Captain Jack Sparrow surveys the snowy seas of his realm.

Thursday, February 24

bridge over the river Koi

In July, lovely, languid koi swim beneath your feet among the waterlilies. In February, they are vacationing inside a nice warm greenhouse and the hardy lilies are snoozing in the ooze at the bottom of the pond.

Wednesday, February 23

watermelon Babies

 Thumb-sized plant plugs of coleus filled a whole tray, gorgeous and bright as 2 inch high babes.
What a jolt of color they will create in a big pot on someone's front porch in June. No wonder they were the darlings of Victorian parlors. New varieties seem to bring out the wacky sense of humor of plant breeders, you can find any of these by mail order or at your favorite greenhouse, I would buy them just because of their names!

Brooklyn Horror
Fishnet Stockings
Irate Ochre
Pretzel Logic 
Religious Radish
September Divorce
Dead Drunk
Goose Bones
Radical Butterbean
Cicada Muse
Electric Frizz
Brave New Artichoke

Tuesday, February 22

puzzle Pieces

what do all the pieces put together make?

Monday, February 21

are you lost, Fellas?

I find it rather puzzling that brown pelicans would be a popular garden ornament in SOUTH DAKOTA! Here they are, with powdery snow on their sunny southern selves. Do we have Florida envy?

addendum: see today, envy (with all CAPITAL letters) of my blogfriend, FC is huge.

Sunday, February 20

a pound Puppy

My "rescue" bonsai (read: bargain shelf at Lowe's, dry as a bone, few leaves left) has responded to a little TLC. It wasn't as far gone as it could have been. Even though there has been 6" of snow overnight and it is 3F at the moment, it already had decided it was time to get busy for spring. Don't you love enthusiasm?

Saturday, February 19

bloomers for your Bloomers

One of the most colorful things in the mid-winter greenhouse is the pot covers! New baby plants just getting started, no flowers yet. Went to a container gardening workshop on a snowy day today, lovely earthy smell to a greenhouse when everything outside is frozen solid.

Thursday, February 17

panda plant and Friends

Erik and Mia sent me this for my is also known as pussy's ears. A kalanchoe from Madagascar, maybe it should be lemur's ears instead.

Wednesday, February 16

florida Weather

OMG, we broke a 75 year old record for high temperature on February 15, it was 67F! If we are going to have Florida weather in the middle of February, I am going to wear my Tevas! We will, of course, pay for this down the line...we had snow days in May the past two years.

Monday, February 14

happy heart Day

...And in a clearing on a hill of flowers
Was set this noble goddess, Nature;
Of branches were her halls and her bowers
Wrought according to her art and measure;
Nor was there any fowl she does engender
That was not seen there in her presence,
To hear her judgement, and give audience.

For this was on Saint Valentine’s day,
When every fowl comes there his mate to take,
Of every species that men know, I say,
And then so huge a crowd did they make,
That earth and sea, and tree, and every lake
Was so full, that there was scarcely space
For me to stand, so full was all the place...

Geoffrey Chaucer
"Parliament of Fowls"

Sunday, February 13

just add a Little

pixie dust and hopefully your dreams will come true

Thursday, February 10

only a few more Days

Have you taken care of your Valentines yet?

Wednesday, February 9

alice's adventures in Wonderland

The moon masquerading as the Cheshire Cat.

The Cheshire Cat masquerading as the Cheshire Cat per Disney.

Tuesday, February 8

shucks, it's Inorganic

I caught sight of this cool looking fungus growing on one of the logs in our woodpile. Looked like a neat macro shot, so I got the camera and got ready for an artsy photo. Imagine my chagrin when I got close to the "fungus" and discovered that it is the remains of a piece of nylon rope that had been attached to the dead tree with a roofing nail! Bad botany.

Monday, February 7

Sunday, February 6

oh give me a Home...

I am guessing that I am the only one of your acquaintance who spent the morning at a buffalo auction. The Black Hills Stock Show Buffalo auction was held today, free to anyone who wanted to watch and learn. Not so free for the buffalo breeders who were looking to add to their herds. These are all registered animals and come from about 5 states around and are going to new homes is at least that many states. Sales prices were in the thousands for yearling animals.
Coming in
Sold! Going out
Waiting in line

the Head Wrangler

Yearling at 1300 pounds +

This beautiful bull sold for over $16,000!

A simple square knot in a lariat rope between us and mayhem.
Wooly Bully! look at how well he is insulated, the snow doesn't melt off his back.

Saturday, February 5

rule of Thirds

2/3 pasture, 1/3 fuzzy yearlings

Friday, February 4

from the tower window of Rapunzel

If you are French, you know her as Persinette or if you are Italian, you may know her as Petrosinella.
The Brothers Grimm neatened up her story so it was appropriate for children, as it was originally described as being quite bawdy.
When Rapunzel let down her hair, she really let down her hair!

Thursday, February 3

sky Fingers

by Robert Frost

When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay.
Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-coloured
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel...

four o'clock Artiodactyl

Wednesday, February 2

pinewood Phil

At 8 am we rousted Pinewood Phil out of bed. He strongly objected, it was -9. He did his duty, there was his shadow declaring 6 more weeks of winter. He has now gone back to bed, not to be seen again for weeks! 

Hope your Phil predicted spring where ever you are this morning.


Tuesday, February 1

siberia, south dakota or Summer?

We'll take summer right about now! -40 wind chills have absolutely NOTHING to recommend them!