I have a Curved-billed Thresher doing great damage to my garden. Stupid bird is tasting EVERYTHING. And if one leaf doesn't taste good, maybe the next one on the plant WILL, right? And so on.
I suspect it's a juvenile, trying things to find out what is tasty and what is not. I just wish (earnestly, and with much vehemence) that he would figure out what's not before he's destroyed the entire plant.
Woe is my succulent garden. Woe.
Any low desert gardeners out there with ideas? Should I hang CDs around, will that work?
I will never need a greenhouse. In fact, I have a fabulous orange tree in the backyard to act as a nursery/shade tree for the plants I am starting up outdoors.
I have been harvesting seeds from anything I see that's interesting since I came down here. Next weekend I am going to mix up a bunch of half native/ half bagged dirt and start out a bunch of trays. I have no idea what might and might not sprout.
I am very much 'adventure' gardening this fall. It's all unknown.
Some of the seeds: Cat claw vine Palo Verde Several other varieties of Palo tree... there are a bunch of them out here Mesquite Red 'yucca' (actually an agave) Several other bushes and a few low growing annuals or perennials...
It will be interesting trying to identify the stuff as it comes up!
The wheel of the year has turned twice since I wrote about the Star Magnolia, and again the talk is of moving. This time, the move is imminent. Tomorrow I finish packing the trailer and call for the driver to pick it up.
Then I pack up the dogs and my mom and my houseplants. Er. Let me rephrase that: My mom and my dogs and... er. anyway. Mom and I pack up the dogs and the houseplants and pile into the van for the cross-country road show.
Spring has finally come to Michigan, creeping in from the corners all flushed and overheated. We've been welcoming the sun these past few days. I won't complain about the heat. Good Ol'Michigan. Rowdy seasons are always a trademark. It's hard to say goodbye with spring busting up out of the ground.
But this move will be a good one. Arizona's sunny clime will be kinder to me than Michigan's beautiful green forests and blue lakes ever were. I need the sun to stay on the chipper side. Michigan is one of the cloudiest states in the Union.
The sewer saga finally resoved itself, with the help of several scads of money liberally floated across the waters. Handiman Dan will be back one more time to do a final grade of the lot and pick up his mini-dozer and shovel.
Tomorrow I turn the page, and start writing from a new perspective.
So in the middle of madly packing for a 2000 mile move to Arizona, my plumbing decides to back up. They've torn up my yard and replaced all the clay drain tile, pulled the toilets and power snaked, and tomorrow they are coming to bypass the clay that remains under the house (a mobile home, with about 18 inches of clearance between ground level and the bottom of the floor joists.)
It's been a week without toilets - I had a bucket but when the second phase of plumbing work didn't fix the issue I leased a portajohn. You'd be amazed how happy I am to have that thing in my driveway.
Anyway, if you are wondering where I am - that's the current picture.
We are slated to have the truck loaded and on the road on Monday the 23rd.
Wish me luck, crew. I could use a little right now!
Update - April 19, 2007 - I HAVE TOILETS. 17 days later, I have working sewer lines.
So this is notice of a bit of an hiatus. If you don't hear from me for a while, likely I'm busy packing, unpacking, and surviving the summer heat. And come next winter growing season, I should have the bones of my next garden started. I'm already picking up seeds and pods. There is even a vine that looks like it might be clematis that grows down here. I haven't got a solid ID on it, but I have hopes that it will be a future resident in my garden space.
The current garden will be left to its own devices. We aren't planning on trying to sell the house/wreck, not after the last attempt. Rather we hope to pay it off and have a 'vacation' home for a while. If/when we get enough chump change to tear it down, we will then decide whether we will build/ place another home, or sell it off as lot and garage.
Arizona has an arresting beauty. It's pretty odd driving around right now, because a lot of the plantings used in the residential and business areas have masses of foliage that was frost blasted in that deep freeze that blew through down here last year. Many of the larger trees look dead, and may actually be dead. Won't know, I suppose, until the next green season.