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spring garden photos

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There are some tasty things sprouting in my spring garden this year. Asparagus (this first ever stalk was about as thin as string licorice! I ate it anyway!)

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Norwegian fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes, rainbow carrots, Jefferson's lima beans are just a few.

If I ever get finished weeding the veggie bed


we'll have some fine bell peppers & lettuces, too.

Notice the tiny brown mushrooms behind the early garlic? They popped up where the rabbit-keeper errantly decided to drop some rabbit droppings when cleaning out the cage in the late fall. I wouldn't want to cook with these..


Spring sun, what little we had, also brought out some of my favorite flowering plants: The trillium was probably hauled up from the pond by the previous owners of the property, although I can hardly imagine them taking such a risk... I like it best when ithe tips begin to turn shades of pink to lavender.


and this unusual purple lilly of the valley. We have the white kind all over, but this one lingers at the rear of the veggie bed.


We planted this variety of smoke treee the first year we lived here. I can't wait to see how it twists and turns, but I'll have to.

smoke_tree.JPGIn the fall it's leaves show all shades of oranges through deep purple. Beauty.

These violets fill in under the hosta which edge the front path.

violet_edging.JPGMy brother used to give his highschool sweetie bouquets of them, a' la Professor Higgins & Liza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. They played the leads in that musical in high school.

This ajuga is way out back


but something I borrowed from a neighbor. I like it's tidiness and early color.

And this hosta, shown here when it was just straightening up,

giant_hosta_early.JPGare now absoutely enourmous. Anybody want divisions?

art or just a free glass of cheap wine?

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My first website design (not really mine, but I learned a whole lot about how it's done) was for Park Row Gallery. Tonight the owner of the frame shop, Jeff Risley, is having an opening for his 20 year anniversary entitled 20/20. My webdesign mentor has a few pieces in the show. So I will be polishing up my fancy shoes and walking up the street in a little while to check out the scene. Last time I was there and was introduced to one of the artisits, or friend of an artist, I was labeled the "Web Mistress" of the shop. The men who were doing the talking snickered, and then I fell silent, praying for someone else to walk in the door, or the phone to ring, or a painting to fall off the wall. These pregnant pauses in the mans world of computers have been hard for me to handle, for, as anyone who knows me is aware, I can't usually keep my mouth shut. However, the computer field is dominated by men, and as much as I love it, I am compelled to shut up most of the time. I think it's a good idea. Which brings me to the cheap wine. Add a couple ounces of vino at an art show and I bet I'll have a really hard time keeping the liplock on. Wish me luck....and no mistress jokes!