Those in the Know may recall that I have been embracing a healthier lifestyle, lately. It's not that I have been unhealthy or indeed that I really needed to alter my daily habits in any way. I am
Although... it would all be a bit more pleasant if diets actually worked a little faster, in my opinion. There have been centuries of scientific and medical research - how come "they" haven't come up with an easy and quick way for people to lose weight? To be perfectly honest, I think it is a very poor showing from the scientific community!
Nevertheless, I am not one to fuss about the inadequacies of others. Here is the important thing: I have actually begun to lose weight! Not as quickly as I had hoped, mind you, but losing nonetheless. My goal is to lose 20 pounds by June 1, which seems reasonable as long as I
Those in the Know are probably dying to hear about the progress I've made in the garden since I last posted. I would like to remind everyone that it is not what is done every single day that matters, but what one accomplishes over time that is really important. One must take the macro* view, see the bigger picture, open up the mind to a world of possibilities! Indeed, I
The garden is filling in nicely as perennials are coming up to replace the fading spring bulbs, and with the last couple of wet days, the Bleeding Hearts are even more beautiful than ever! I told you before that they do well in Newfoundland and this is such amusing evidence! "Springtime" in St John's is something of a joke due to the months of bone-chilling rain, drizzle and fog which are typical on an island out in the north Atlantic located right at the collision-point of the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current. But cool, wet weather is exactly what Dicentra loves! This is why it is not as well-known in the Midwest - springtime here is an actual season which usually fits the descriptions in poetry and literature - that is, a mild, often sunny season with blazing sunlight touching even the parts of the garden which would normally have summer shade (such as under trees). Those spots are where Bleeding Hearts usually like to grow; they dislike a lot of direct sunlight, they prefer cooler weather and they love to be watered often: <- conditions which are plentiful in St John's in spring, but far less commonly found in the Midwest. Therefore, it is always fun to watch a Bleeding Heart, planted under the canopy of enough early budding trees and shrubs to provide a bit of protection from direct sunlight, simply bursting into prolific bloom and growing as if on steroids during the brief spasms of cooler, wetter weather the Midwest is known for between hot, dry spells. Check out my Bleeding Hearts today!
By the way, if one squints very hard at the second photo, one can just make out the veritable sea of Bluebells in the woods beyond our garden. That gorgeous display belongs to our neighbors, whose own garden is
Flipping through my gardening books last night, I was looking for the name of a little shrub out by the front door which I had almost yanked out
So, the other day I saw the spring blooms again (after very nearly ripping it out the week before when it, once again, looked like a broken twig poking up out of the ground). Brilliantly thinking, "Hey! Maybe that is some sort of Bottlebrush plant!" because of the flowers, I started looking for something like that in Illinois weed resources. No luck (and Bottlebrush Plants are native to Australia - oops!). Then, last night I was flipping through one of the gardening books I have owned for years and there, as plain as day, was a photograph of this plant in bloom! It was a considerably more attractive-looking specimen in the book, needless to say, but the flowers were unmistakable. It said right there in the book that these plants are renowned for their brilliant fall color. Imagine my relief that my inherent gardening ability helped me to save this little plant from destruction! Its name is a little disappointing, though, I have to admit: fothergilla. Seriously. Very
One last item regarding gardening before I move on. Several times recently, I've had an unsettling experience when
That is all for today. I am well aware that I have skipped a couple of days posting, but considerate people would never draw attention to something like that.
Good Day to All!
* As usual, I provide Those in the Know with little educational gifts sprinkled throughout my posts. Macro is one of those intelligent-sounding words for which I am famous. I won't give the meaning because