Sunday, June 28, 2009

Facebook Deactivated...

For the past few months, I was posting pictures on my Facebook page. I got to the point where I, like several of my friends, was spending too much time in Facebook, so I have deactivated it... in favor of getting things done. One of the things I like to do is work in the gardens, and take pictures. I think pictures can tell a lot about what is happening in life... and the gardens are alive.

Lynnda and I spend a fair amount of time in the gardens. This is Lynnda in a hosta patch in the back garden. Don't let the smile fool you... she is being sassy, upset that I fooled her into looking up...

Lynnda is the better of the two of us around the plants... and she seems to like to dig in the dirt. She certainly has a green thumb... and fingers. She is motivated, and understands the many plants we have, better than me. She knows what is a weed, and isn't... very important in the spring, before the weeds are obvious as different from the new flowers from re-seeding.

Here on the Eastern Shore rock gardening is popular... but this is not the typical rock gardening... here we work the ground and remove countless stones, rocks, small boulders... and then we augment the sandy soil that is left, with peat and compost... and we grow plants successfully. What is amazing here, more than anywhere else we have gardened, is that the rocks also grow! Every garden therefore is a rock garden... we seem to rid ourselves of the rocks by the barrel full each spring, from the exact same place we did the year prior... there are not only more rocks. they are also larger! So, we are rock gardeners. The only way to avoid the rocks, is to container garden...

This first picture is of a White/yellow Viola... kin to the pansi... as it happens, this is in a small container with Dusty Miller, and White Lobelia among other things... no rocks here,

Here is a huge rock... a boulder, the largest on our property. There is Maiden Hair Fern shading the family of Mushrooms that seem to grow here each year. This path is laid using cement that we cast using Rubarb Leaves in a shaped mold we make in the sand...

There is some real beauty in nature, and while my pictures are not intended to do it justice, we can at leastuse them to remind us if we fail to remember them in our mind's eye.

This is part of the same boulder... here we have lichen on the over-hang with some moss and grass growing in the shade of the overhang. It has been pretty wet here this past cople of weeks, so we also see some mould here in this picture... it comes and goes.

This garden gets morning sun which is never too hot... so the hostas do really well here. There is some Bleeding Hearts against the wall and several colors of Lupin. We have a hard time finding some yellows, and in the foreground we seem to have come across an orange which we have never had before.

More to come one day, when I have time...

The Weekend on the Pond

The Weekend on the Pond for me was dominated by the death of the King of Pop... Michael Jackson... We were watching CNN when the news that he had had a cardiac arrest, was taken to hospital with ongoing CPR and in a coma... then the announcement thru the LA Times that he had in fact passed... It came to mind that in a way this was more than a tragedy and I started to try in my little way, to put it into perspective. I have nearly always enjoyed Jacko... he was as outrageous at times and in a way I lived vicariously though his music, his independence from standards, his innovation and his pushing the envelope. While I don't like some of the travesties, if they were/are true (I don't believe most of them) sometimes to get the full measure of life, one has to over step... like putting a finger on something to test the temperature...

I was in the gardens today and decided to try and find different ways to express parts of Jacko... this first picture is of a clemetis we know as Nelly Moser... I think it should be renamed Michael Jackson... it seems this nine inch bloom shouldn't occur in nature... but it does... it is special.

I liked this truant "red" Dianthis... it reminds me that in order to stand out, one can't be the same as everything or every one else. He was an individual, and he made memorable music.The most popular dianthis is known as a "pink" because they are pink. But this red dianthis has hung on, after all of the other blooms associated with the mother plant that you can see if you look carefully to the lower left... just like his music will hang on, and delight us for our life time.

When I noticed the clemantis known as Mr. President, I couldn't help but think that it embodies many of the traits of Michael Jackson... again, carefully, you can look and see the viens in the petals of the bloom. It would seem that it would be easy to see inside the plant... but it is much more complex than that... like the unopened part of the bloom in the center... mystery kept in... the colors remind me of the dramatic colors Jacko used to wear when he was happy and healthy.

There are lots more pics from the garden today... will post again later.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I have spent the past couple of days helping Lynnda in the gardens here at the Oyster Pond. We had a tough winter... lost about twenty different Day Lillies, a couple of our Heathers and Heaths and several other species. Others did exceptionally well, especially the rocks! They seem to be able to grow, if not in size, in numbers.

I have decided to follow this Opium Poppy as it develops... I have it from prior to the split occuring and will put it on the blog in a series, once it blooms. It is quite a process, one that is exciting to follow, if you are into blooms. I think poppies are among the most beautiful plants we have here... but certainly not the only one.

The Bleeding Hearts come in several colors... mainly shades of red, with white... but the hybridizers have worked magic with purple and cream colors, as well. I will try and present several different colors of plants, at different stages. This one is in a planter near out main entrance to the cottage here at the pond. Is is a part of a larger planter.

Back to working in the gardens with Lynnda... today is the eve of the anniversary of the day I met Lynnda at a reception at Memorial University in St. John's in Newfoundland. We were both there for a convention of the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists... CSLT. I don't even know if that organization exists today, but it, and my boss, Gerry Chin Pang at Canlab had everything to do with us meeting and staying together.... it was 34 years ago Father's Day. We will celebrate our 30th Anniversary this year... and the difference in years was for all practical purposes, lived in sin!

We have been apart a lot due to my work... and for a lot of years, Lynnda's work with several medical companies. When we have been together, a lot of the time has been spent in the gardens. It is a time when you are really not side-by-side, and you are doing your own thing (I like building, Lynnda planting... I like mowing, Lynnda cultivating... she wears the white hat, I try and keep up). You get a lot of time to think... not only about what you are doing.

Today I was just thinking about how we met, and the things that are highlights. It was then that I realized that we had an anniversary coming tomorrow... 34. I haven't reminded her of it, and if she doesn't read this, it will be fun to surprize her tomorrow. We are going to a benefit tea that supports scholarships for students who are single parents at Saint Mary's University... after that, I will spring it on her... fun eh?


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Grad. Saint Mary's University, 1975, got into the medical device business initially in sales, then various management positions up to president, all in Medical Devices. I prefer therapy products over diagnostic, but they are all fun, and in a way have defined my life. I have now evolved, with help from my 35 year partner Lynnda with whom I now share every hour. I am into staying healthy, photography, kayaking, bicycling, gardening and two books a week. I wish I had gotten to this stage earlier!