Thursday, June 21, 2007

Garden pictures

Here is the clematis I was fretting about so much last year. As you can see, it's come back really strong this year. This is actually TWO clematis plants, but although they're both strong and healthy, only the purple one is producing a lot of flowers. The other one (I think it's a Nelly Moser) I transplanted last year from the back yard, where it was being suffocated by a big rhubarb. It survived fine and produced good strong growth this year, but only put out ONE flower, right down near the bottom. You can't even see it, because the hosta is hiding the base. I don't know why it's so stingy with its flowering, but maybe it's still recovering from the transplant.


Next is a picture Dean wanted me to put up. He's always been a collector of rocks and minerals, and now instead of keeping them packed in boxes in the basement, he's decided to put some out in the garden. The pale one in the front is a fluorite geode, I think; he knows the names of all the others. They look very nice when the sun comes out and catches their facets.



And finally - this is a damson plum! I thought I saw a spent blossom on the tree when I first bought it, but I could never find it again. Now it's got a little half-inch fruit growing on it!

9 Comments:

Blogger Nicholodeon said...

Ah! More views of your garden!

What a lovely respite from the horrible 'wailing and gnashing of teeth' what is going on with anonymous et al. below. I appreciate the choice to remain 'anon' but that's like writing something on the wall of a bathroom in some bar somewhere. Stand up and be counted.

Oh well, your 'anonymous' below could be the Archbishop of Canterbury or Jimmy Swaggart or President Dubyah.

I didn't know damson plums would grow in Canadia. As to the stones/minerals...I have a rock filled with amethyst crystals I got in Nova Scotia one year. I have it in with my euphorbia that is now about five feet high in the corner of my sleeping chamber.

I agree with your point about stupidity being the underlying theme of the Kraalspace. Stupid is as stupid does. They just don't like to be presented with your 'reductio ad absurdam' approach, that takes their logic to its logical end. The point I try to make with my own blog, Dogma Review.

Thanks for your efforts. Hey, when are you and Dean going to clean up that area behind the clematus, ha ha.

Have fun.

12:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What a lovely respite from the horrible 'wailing and gnashing of teeth' what is going on with anonymous et al. below. I appreciate the choice to remain 'anon' but that's like writing something on the wall of a bathroom in some bar somewhere. Stand up and be counted."

My name is Ayn. I think I've put that at the bottom of each post.

However, I should ask you to direct your comments and questions to me, instead of being passive aggressive.

Stand up and be counted!

Lovely Garden, Dr. Mabuse. Do you have a Venus Flytrap anywhere?

Ayn

1:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I agree with your point about stupidity being the underlying theme of the Kraalspace. Stupid is as stupid does."

Gosh, you are just giving me comedy without even asking!

Yes, exactly. Stupidity IS the underlying theme. How in-tune you are with Dr. Mabuse.

Great plug for your own blog, too! Gosh, I wonder should I visit there?

Ayn

1:27 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Thank you, Nick. And you'll notice, there are TWO anonymouses (anonymice?) posting below; as I'm a great fan of Cotton Hill in 'King of the Hill', I keep them straight by considering them GA (Good Anonymous) and BA (Bad Anonymous). And I make the rules here, so on my blog, you don't have to talk to anyone you don't feel like talking to. In fact, I think it's time to remind people of the DFTT (Don't Feed The Troll) rule.

Now, damson plums are a bit iffy for this zone. We're in zone 5b, and that's about the limit for damsons. We'll just have to wait to see what the winter brings, and hope for the best. But it is close to the house, which is a warmer location, a bit out of the wind, so it has a decent chance.

Dean tells me I was wrong about that mineral, by the way; it's celestite, not fluorite.

2:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...as I'm a great fan of Cotton Hill in 'King of the Hill',"

OMG, what a coinky-dink! I picture you looking just like Peggy Hill!!!

Does Dean look like Hank?

I won't discuss Bobby, et al. Interesting, in that I notice the Good Mabuse and Bad Mabuse, as well.

And it seems if you are a "Demon Spawn from the Left" and leave a genuinely nice comment to a Good Mabuse post, quickly Bad Mabuse has to post to make sure that the "Demon Spawn from the Left" knows that Bad Mabuse will not be swayed.

The psychology is basically pretty much Psych 101.

Ayn

3:43 pm  
Anonymous Karen in Kenosha said...

Wow, who'd have thought that clematis could be so controversial!

As for me, I'll just stick to the original point of your post: your gardening. Your clematis are beautiful! I introduced clematis to my garden 2-3 years ago and enjoy seeing what others are doing with these lovely plants.

Happy Gardening!
Karen

6:05 pm  
Blogger The Bovina Bloviator said...

I'll stick to the point also by offering thanks for the photo of "my" Damsom plum. It was about a month ago I wrote the slightly snippy suggestion you do so and I'm pleased to see it looks as if it's doing well. Will the fruit be edible? Will you make preserves of them? If so, will you send me some?

BB

11:42 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Well, the thing about damson plums is that they're really only good for cooking. You can't eat them out of the hand, like normal plums. They're small and sour, and they have the clingiest pits you've ever seen, but boy, do they make TERRIFIC jam! I'll bet you could make cobblers out of them too, but I've never tried. One plum this year - probably a few more next year, but hopefully by the fifth year, we'll get a good crop. Though my aunts planted a damson, and they got a huge crop the first year!

And you weren't snippy at all, BB! I enjoy putting up pictures of the garden - I promise you a jar of jam when the tree finally comes through.

7:41 am  
Blogger Kasia said...

Ooh, lovely shot of the garden!

Damson plum jam is lovely. I hope your tree makes it through the winter!

8:43 pm  

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