Random tortoise photo


Spud has actually been using his Spud-hut. We’ve had it for a couple of years and he only recently started using it regularly. I think he’s gotten too big for the spots where he used to hang out. My husband says he’s a dick, and he pretty much is by our standards. He bulldozes his way over anything in his path. Sometimes he seems like he walks over my plants on purpose, just to do something different. I think he’s just being a tortoise, looking for something to eat, but that doesn’t make me like it any better when he squashes something else.

Hail and farewell

I was working out front when one of the neighbors walked by and told me my flowers were beautiful. It felt really nice to have someone say that. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good garden year and the nasturtiums are particularly exuberant this year. Unfortunately, the nasturtiums are about to go. In very short order.

We’re going from mid-70’s (low 20’s C) to mid-90’s (low 30’s C) in the space of two days. Most things will be OK. It’s no a long hot spell, just a couple of days, but it will be enough to crisp the nasturtiums. I’m sorry to be losing them so early in the season, with their lily pad leaves floating above the planting beds and their hot colors in cool spring.


At least if I have to pull them out early I get to skip the stage where the plants start to get covered with aphids and the flowers are mostly dead.