Friday, May 08, 2009




(You'll have to tilt your head to understand this photo...) Here's an idea for my seedlings (finally planted only this week...sigh...) which I probably saw in a magazine, but I don't remember, so I'm saying I made it up. Works great--I just tote the muffin tins back into the house at night where I keep them beneath a tiny lamp. Labeling plastic spoons with the seed names was my neighbor's idea--and a great one.

So the long flower bed on the sunny side of the house looks a bazillion times better after all my work, but there's a hitch. A biggish garter snake (northern brown snake?) is always slinking there now. He says he loves what I've done with the place and he especially enjoys startling me just to hear my garbled scream. I flick my wrists at him and cry "Shoo! Shoo!", but he just giggles, then sticks his tongue out at me. He even loves hiding beneath the muffin tins so I always take one of Tom's canes out there at night to tap, tap, tap them first. Such is Life in the country.

Our huge crab apple tree is in flower--much prettier than this photo shows. I'll keep trying.

(Click to enlarge, but really, the blossoms are a more intense pink.)

5 comments:

Debbie V. said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that tree in the window picture.
It is exciting to see you are planting seeds. I haven't done that much and I should. I know I would love to have some snapdragons and sweet peas.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Great planting idea!

Boo hisssss on happy brown snake, though. ,-)

Beeeeeeeeeeeutiful treeeeeeeeeee!

Happy Mother's Day!

Gentle hugs,
'Aunt Amelia'
Dear you,~
Aunt Amelia's Attic

... Paige said...

great ideas with both the muffin tins and the spoons.

I say kill the snake! Kill it, I hate them in my yard. Beloved just wacked a 4 and half foot water moccasin a couple of weeks ago.
Kill it, kill it good.

Sorry bu, Yes I am so cereal!

emma said...

i hate snakes, even though i know there are good reasons to have a snake in the garden...still....hate them.

my mom has a cat who catches garder snakes and plays with them in the yard...he never kills them -or even bites them that hard. They try to get him with their tongue and he just carries them around in his mouth. It's the oddest thing to see ever.

Still....i hate snakes. They make me scream like a girl!
:grin:

Kimberly S said...

oh, i love that tree! :) it just sings 'spring is here!'

have a fabulous day, angel!