Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Color leaves the garden....

Messing around in the garden with some final leaves of color. 
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.
Emily Bronte

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


This isn't really about the garden, but it is about something that should have stayed out of doors:
skunk.  Heard it rustling around under the house couple nights. Called for removal, but didn't realize it was skunk. Thought it was the possum or raccoon I'd seen in the last two nights. So... trap is under the house and after the skunk is captured it becomes known without saying a word that it's a skunk.

The real problem was in the dispatching and extrication of the cage/trap. During that process the skunk let loose with everything it had. The stench rolled up from the crawlspace like a blossoming unseen but very well known horror. I've never smelled such terrible stench. The guy that was capturing the critter really got blasted and I could hear him coughing, hacking, thumping around during the process.

The whole house ended up smelling really really bad, horrible, like loss of property value would ensue if this wasn't handled immediately. The rest of my day was cancelled to turn attention to eliminating skunk stench. "Odor" is too kind a word to use for what resulted from the skunk's removal.

At the height of stench elimination process, I had all windows and doors open. Nine fans going in various doors and windows, facing outside to draw the bad air out. I went to town and purchased Febreeze spray and plug ins. Plus some containers with odor eliminating properties once opened. Finally, after researching the internet, as per this website and many others that point back to this site, I placed vinegar in small bowls around the first floor where the stench was the worst. 31 bowls - cereal, soup and tupperware; plus my ceramic loaf pans and mixing bowls.  Used 1.5 gallons of vinegar divided up.

Surprisingly, the stench was mostly gone by bedtime.  I closed up the house for nighttime, and surprisingly, the air quality was as good or better by morning. 2nd afternoon, after I came home from work, I opened up the house again. And pretty much the smell is gone inside. Is this simply natural, the fans, Febreeze or vinegar?  I'm voting for the fans and vinegar.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Asian Lily

A nighttime shot of the Asian Lily that opened up this week. There are 3 blossoms open and pods ready to pop for another 3-4.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

This Is A Weed

Posting this to remember what it looks like. Pulled this little flower and leaves out of several containers. But, I had to wait to see what it became. Don't have a name for it, other than "a weed."  Update 7/6/14 - have since learned this is called Northern Willowherb. It is still a weed.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring rains, wind and then the weather breaks

That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty.

~ Shakespeare, Winters Tale, Act IV, Sc. 3, Line 118

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Finally, daffodils up

This has been a long winter for most of the US. We have had our share, but not like the east. But still, the daffodils refused to emerge until now. Even so, it's not a full bloom yet. They are thinking about it.