Another episode of “What I did in The Garden Today”
I woke up feeling like my thesis weight is finally lifted from my shoulders, so I made coffee, got my puter and crawled back in bed to compute for about 2 hours. It rained last night, which we are in desperate need of in Seattle. I got out of bed about 9:00, and I went out to the garden and the garlic is HUGE! Some shoots are already 3-4" tall! I guess it loves water... So, my 4yo daughter and I picked out seeds from the store last week-- her choice was Scarlet O'Hara Morning Glories and I got tons of lobelia and 2 sweet peas. I scattered the lobelia along the edge of my herb garden. I am super imapatient to plant the others, but there is rumor of more snow come April, so I don't want to plant the Glories yet. Instead, I strung fishing line for them to climb. I think this idea is ingenius (a genius who can't spell), but it may bite me in the arse: I cut a small slit in the side of a wine cork (of which I have thousands I've collected from various restaurant jobs over the years and intend to someday use them... like today), and I tied fishing line around the slit, wrapped the top of the line around a screw and buried the cork. My brother said, "Yes, but when it rains, will the corks float away?" I had thought of this, but I'll work around it. Do you think this would happen? THey're all at least 2" in the ground and with roots growing over them, I can't imagine they would get far. I visited my neighbor who is a joy to be near... he practically glows. Think of a "Yoga Claus" and that's about it. On my way out, I noticed an ancient, thick vine on his fence and went to check it out and I think it's wisteria! One of my faves! It's got the long, grey, fuzzy teardrop seed pods hanging from it right now and I grabbed one. If I plant this, will it become a wisteria tree? I also mulched the roots around my star jasmine because they are so close to the surface I can see them. I used unprocessed compost to do this because it's all we have right now. I hope it settles well enough because it's right by our favorite summer hangout. I contemplated where to plant the sweet peas, and I know that my partner is going to want to work on the house this summer, so I can't put them near the foundation. I'm thinking of letting then climb up the (functional privacy screen, but...) oh so ugly cedars in the backyard. Do sweet peas smell good? I think I may let them crawl all over our soon-dead apple tree in the front yard. Man, I wish I had the geekyness to post pics on here! So anyway, to string the Glory vines, I had to transplant some garlic bulbs and I hope they aclimate. Our Anniversary Lily is growing like a weed. Speaking of weeds, I also took out all the moss and winter overgorwth of randomness today. I've heard that boiling water and vinegar will kill weeds in one's lawn. Does anyone have experience with this?