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New Love

Published / by Kim

Last year there was a flower I loved in the foundation border. I didn’t really know what it was and it was so fleeting that I didn’t have time to study it, but I knew it was strange-looking and in my mind I dubbed it a hellebore. That’s what I’ve been calling it for nearly a year. Its foliage is back this year and I started noticing that it looks nothing like hellebore foliage.

columbine foliage

The leaves are unfurling in such a delightful manner. They begin as tight little spirals that unfold as the leaves grow. I’ve been utterly smitten with them.

columbine foliage uncurling

As delightful as it is, hellebore doesn’t do that, nor are the leaves shaped like that. I did a little research and discovered that this plant is a columbine. How thrilling! How fortuitous!


Last weekend Scott and I were at Lowe’s to pick up mulch and we both fell in love with all the columbine we saw. We ended up buying five of them, and a peony, and planted them on Sunday.


It’s possible I now have too much columbine, but really… is there such a thing? Can there be?

State of the Veggie Garden

Published / by Kim

chard & golden sweet peas

Every morning, the first thing I do is feed the ravening herd of beasts while boiling water for tea. While they’re eating and the tea is steeping, I go check to see what the garden is doing. Starting my day this way is such a novelty, one of which I think I’ll never tire.

Things are starting to really get into full swing now, though the cool weather we’ve had this spring has slowed everything down. The first planting of radishes should have been ready for harvest yesterday at the latest, but they still have at least another week to go. The second planting looks like they’re catching up and may be ready at the same time. If that happens, we’ll be eating a lot of radishes in a short time. I’m reading up on recipes for roasted and sauteed radishes to prepare for the abundance.

As of yesterday, everything is sprouting except for the newly planted seeds from last weekend. The second planting carrot sprouts don’t look much smaller than those of the first planting, so carrot overload may also be in my near future. I think we’ll have peas in June, but I hope that we’ll be eating pea shoots in a few weeks. My biggest delight now is watching the summer squashes unfurl their thick, rubbery leaves from inside their seed casings. The golden squash is thinned down to four plants while the zucchini has three sprouting so far. They grow so fast that I suddenly understand how people become overloaded with summer squash. I can’t wait for this. I can’t wait to eat zucchini in salad and bread and grilled and baked and roasted and fried… to eat it until I’m sick of it and still have loads of it to freeze and pickle.

Soon it will be time to plant the pole beans and midget watermelon. My pepper, eggplant, and tomato plants will arrive in about two weeks to fill the holes in the beds where radishes and turnips are harvested. For now, though, this is a practice in patience for me, a lesson I am glad to be learning.


Like a drooping thing of sorrow.
Sad to-day, more sad to-morrow;
Like a widow dark weeds wearing,
Anguish in her bosom bearing;
Like a nun in raiment sable.
Sorrow-bowed, inconsolable;
Like a melancholy fairy.
Art thou, Meadow-Fritillary!

Like the head of snake enchanted.
Where whilom the life hath panted,
All its purple checquerings scaly
Growing cold and dim and paly;
Like a dragon’s head half moulded.
Scaly jaws together folded,
Is the bud so dusk and airy
Of the wild Field-Fritillary !

Like a joy my memory knoweth —
In my native fields it groweth ;
Like tlie voice of one long parted,
Calling to the faithful-hearted ;
Like an unexpected pleasure
That hath neither stint nor measure ;
Like a bountiful good fairy,
Do I hail thee, Fritillary !

Mary Botham Howitt — The Wild Fritillary

Monday Morning Mishmash

Published / by Kim
  • It was a nice, quiet weekend here. Saturday we went to Ikea to pick up a bookcase with a door for the office. Once I get it put together I can, at last, start unpacking some of the final boxes.
  • I also have two smaller bookcases I need to assemble for the little alcove in the bedroom. Once they’re up, I can sort through my yarn boxes and unpack them. The plan for alcove is to have pretty yarn storage, a comfy love seat, a luxe rug and chandelier, and a fake fireplace. It will be cozy and luxurious and a wonderful place to sit and knit or read.
  • One of my recent scores from Ikea is the GISLEV rug for the office. It’s not quite as big as I’d like or exactly the right color – I really want orange – but for $20 you really can’t beat it and now that it’s on the floor I no longer cringe every time one of the desk chair rolls across the hardwood floors.
  • The garden is going well, if slow for me. I find I’m impatient and just want it to grow, grow, grow. It will in its own time, I know. On Sunday I did a second planting of peas and third plantings of lettuce and radishes. That should keep us in lettuce and radishes for quite some time. Hopefully the first radishes will be ready to harvest in a week or so and I can start clearing out squares in the first box for summer crops.
  • Sunday was also Game of Thrones night and this week we added a friend to our weekly viewing. She hasn’t read the books yet, so I think it will be fun to watch with her and see her reactions as… things… happen. The end of “Walk of Punishment ” was definitely interesting. I didn’t expect that quite so soon.
  • This week we have a pest control guy coming to search for the wasp or hornet nest that is somewhere in the siding. Two of them got into the house recently and I think it’s time to get rid of them for good.
  • There also seems to be a bird’s nest in a corner of the house where the siding was damaged during Sandy. It’s such a small section that I keep forgetting about it and now I’m not sure what to do. Wait to repair it until the birds abandon their nest? Evict them? I don’t know.

Here’s hoping for a lovely week.