|Older chives and young lilies before bloom|
I started over 140 seedlings under lights this year. I used to do it all the time, but when we moved here and had some money I got lazy and started buying annuals from the garden center. This year for the first time (because I'm slow) I realized how doused in all kinds of chemicals plants at the garden center are. They are treated with a concoction to make them bloom fast, and another elixir to make their foliage grow slowly, and they are pesticided and fertilized beyond belief. (How they still arrive with slugs in them is a mystery.) Also, many of them are genetically modified, a practice which does no one but the growers any good at all. They certainly don't contribute to our organic lifestyle.
So this year I ordered seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, which claims to sell only heirloom varieties, untreated with anything. The marigolds I ordered are supposed to be extremely fragrant, "the way you remember them from childhood." Well, nothing is the way I remember it because it never was that way to begin with, but I live in hope. Right now the little things are still quite spiky and puny.
|digitalis very purpurea|
Finally, the old typewriter I put out on a stump earlier this year is rusting nicely. It was light years beyond use or repair. Fortunately, it is decorative. For some reason I was surprised to find it is attractive to birds looking for a place to rest, as evidenced by a few whitish deposits. Maybe we'll have a nice rain soon to restore it to its former pristine shabbiness.
|Overlooking the pond|