forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
We have very cheeky bugs here at Loam's Down,  ;D

hide and seek
forest_choir: (mossheart)
red! red! red! red! red!

My little cacti are blooming like crazy this spring.
I love this intense the camera can't capture its full glory.

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Finally got to the end of this meme!
It's only taken me 5+ months to post 30 items... 

This is the flower on one of my most recently bought cacti.
I've been growing them off-and-on since I was in my teens, but I've never had a bicolour flower (or a deep red one) until now. 

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Adventures in Container Gardening

This spring, I've been helping my apartment-dwelling sister create a functional garden on her deck.  She'd found some over-the-railing deck planters and was hoping to use them (along with an assortment of smaller pots) to grow veggies, herbs, and flowers.

Last night, as she was preparing to buy more of the planters, I noticed the fine print on a sticker:

Not for food use.

Who the hell buys a planter meant for a small garden and grows only ornamental plants?

This means my sister will have to move all of her existing plants: strawberries, lettuce, thyme, lemon balm, rosemary, and peppers.  She's also ready to plant bush cucumbers, lavender, and other herbs and is scrambling to find food-safe pots at an affordable price.
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
Scene from our house at 2am:

I stepped outside to tuck in the lettuce plants, whose cover had blown off.
      *noticed how warm it was outside*
      *also noticed a certain noise*

Me (to Stormy): Step outside and tell me if you hear what I hear...

[ profile] stormsongk stepped outside and closed the door.
Broke into a huge grin and started jumping up and down.
Came back indoors - still bouncing and giggling - saying, "PEEPERS!  PEEPERS!  PEEPERS!"

Yes, folks, the spring peepers have arrived.
Let the rejoicing begin!

spring peeper! 
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)

for dear [ profile] earthspirits, whose own foxglove photo cheered me immensely a few days ago.

This was taken at a garden in northern Virginia last weekend.
foxgloves and roses, oh MY! 
forest_choir: (cats snuggling)
Onward! )


Jun. 14th, 2009 10:03 pm
forest_choir: (beach torches)
I had a fairly quiet weekend.
Pull up a chair. )

forest_choir: (forest)
Come with me. )
forest_choir: (Luna)
I had a really, really good weekend.
All aboard, ye scurvy dogs! )
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
No, it's not Christmas... )
forest_choir: (woodsflautist)
I think my Rush Gallica rose is turning out to be my favourite rose ever.  This year it opened bright fuchsia-pink, but after a cool week or so, all of the petals started showing those lovely blue and purple shades I love so much.
Rush Gallica

forest_choir: (Luna)
snooze )
forest_choir: (mossheart)
My sweetie went to visit his mum for Mother's Day, so I went on a woodsy ramble with a friend of mine.
Ramble on... )
forest_choir: (Hemlock Hole rockwork)
Rambles and reptiles... )ancient
So [ profile] stormsongk and I went for another ramble this afternoon.  We started at the garden center...looked at many trees and shrubs for the yard...all of them too large to fit into my car.  (Note to self: Must rent a truck some spring day and bring a small forest home to the Down.)  A handful of plants followed me home: white crinums, pink-and-yellow lantana, and million bells in soft colours.

And then we kept heading south, following sidetracks into the wild places.  As we travelled through rainstorms, we passed an old tree we'd seen on our previous travels.  Stormy stopped the car and asked me to take a picture because he wanted a new desktop photo for the computer.

We looked for a place called Underhill Point that we'd seen on an earlier drive, but kept taking the wrong turnings.  As we headed round a turn, we managed to avoid running over a turtle in the road.  Stormy again stopped the car and hopped out in the pouring rain to rescue the poor thing.  As he showed it to me, it started to relax a little and poked its head out.

When we finally got home, I found this at my feet by the driveway.

It's been a good day.  :)



Apr. 24th, 2009 04:47 pm
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My favourite photo of the ones I've taken this week.
Hostas in my mum's back garden.

forest_choir: (forest)
Went out on my lunch break for a speed round with my little camera.  60+ photos in 30 minutes out in the rain on the street near my office.  Thank goodness all of the flowers in the planters are blooming.

Note to random passers-by:  Do not ask a person in an extremely tattered coat if she has change for the car park.  If she's out in the rain with a tattered coat and a camera, she's probably a STARVING ARTIST and should not be bothered while she's trying to work.   (Polite persons who stop and crane their heads, trying to see what I see through my lens, are actually quite sweet and amusing.)

Dance in the rain... )

forest_choir: (yoink bunny)

On the way home from Saturday morning errands, I spotted some narcissus blooming near an old homesite. 

botanical geekery )


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