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Plant Eggs Are Hatching!

Posted 2016.01.10 15.57 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Less than a week after I set up the Aerogarden, the plant eggs are already hatching!

Thai Basil was first, and despite being a little shy and not yet poking its head out from under the paper cover, it looks like it’s kind of green and bushy down there.

Wee Baby Basil

Genovese Basil was second, but it’s moving slowly and in an awkward position to try and photograph. For now I can only see it by angling a little mirror above the wee plastic dome.

And this one just hatched last night before lights-out, now today he’s already coming up strong!



Posted 2013.07.19 22.02 in Photography, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Before the storms this afternoon, I was out in the backyard with a camera, and caught a bee visiting one of the catnip plants I found.


I hope this means more catnip plants next year!

That’s Not Right

Posted 2012.11.16 10.51 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Last week when the guy from Rogers was here to cut the cable, I had to show him around to all the places where the cable was – where the modem was for the internet, where the junction box was in the cellar, and outside around the back where the cable came into the house.

While we were out back, on the side of the house I seldom visit, I noticed something strange about my air conditioner…

Now, despite of indications to the contrary, I am not in fact an HVAC technician. Nor am I a botonist. I am, however, reasonably certain that plants should not be growing inside my air conditioner.

Look close at the vents – it’s not just at the bottom and peaking out a bit near the top – the whole thing is full of little green leaves hiding just inside.

I don’t know what this plant is called but it’s supposed to be a ground cover thing. Underneath the leaves, this whole area is covered under a thick blanket of this particular plant. It spreads quickly and every year it completely covers over the small path of stones that traverse this corner of my yard. As far as I am aware, this is not supposed to be a climbing plant.

I suppose this also goes to show how often I use the AC – or don’t use it, as the case may be. I think I’m averaging about a week per year, five years running.

Anyhow, I think it is something that may need tending-to but on the other hand I have to admire the tenacity of the plants. I never water them or do anything to aid or encourage them, so if they want to eat the AC, I’m not sure I’d be in the right to try and stop them.

Mystery Flowers

Posted 2011.05.25 21.13 in Family/Friends, Photography by Stephanie

So the other day, I showed my mom that panoramic stitch-up I took in the backyard, and I mentioned these three pink mystery-flowers. I don’t recall planting them, and I don’t recall her planting them, and I don’t recall ever seeing them before.

I don’t know what they are. The nearest thing I could think of, and I knew I was wrong, was that they were shaped sort of like a carnation. They’re obviously not carnations but my knowledge of plants is limited.

My mom thinks they are some funky variation on the tulip theme. She’s basing that on the stem and leaves, and that they are up and blooming at this time of the year. She’s also making the logical leap that as neither she nor I did the planting, they were likely planted by squirrels.

Not that we have guerrilla greenthumb squirrels maurading the area (although it would be incredibly cool if we did) but rather, the squirrels are good at redistributing freshly planted bulbs. Somewhere in the neighborhood, someone is wondering what ever happened to the pretty pink flower bulbs they planted last autumn.

They just don’t look like tulips to me. Ok the stem and leaves are tulip-like, but the flower seems totally different. All the tulips I know have flowers shaped like a wine glass, with a small number of large petals. These things on the other hand have a medium number of medium-sized petals, and appear less-organized than tulip petals.

Though as I said, I don’t really know much about plants.