Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Bead Muse is Asleep

But the Garden Muse is wide awake. Thank you, Tropical Storm Lee. It poured down buckets of rain on Monday and Tuesday. At times it rained so hard I couldn't see the street from the front door. There is water seeping in the cellar and the down spouts are still draining. But after the storm came the most delicious cool weather.

I know that is just a common weed morning glory. But it is just so beautiful that I couldn't pull it off the fence. I know I will pay for that next spring when it reseeds itself all over my perenial bed.

When the weather turns cool like this I can't keep myself indoors. It is just too nice to spend a minute of it inside. See that brussel sprout. It shot out lots of new leaves after the rain. I can water all I like but I can not do the same job as mother nature. If I had been inside working in my studio, I would have missed the drops of dew on its leaves.

There will be no studio time this weekend either. I have leeks and bunching onions that need to be planted. They have no home yet. Peter and I will build another raised bed on Saturday. The lumber is here just waiting to be put together. I think I can already taste leek soup this spring. I love leeks.

I've spent the last two days planting spinach, lettuce, radishes, turnips, rutabagas, and more beets. Salad and soup is in our future this autumn. I've spent even more time weeding. This house has not been looked after for more than three years. I have years of weeding ahead of me. But there is something so rewarding about clearing up a mess and stepping back to see an instant change.

The last fig of the season. I am certain that on Saturday it was half that size. It just swelled up overnight with all of the rain. Yes, those are skeleton flamingos in the back ground. I can't really explain them. But I do like them quite a lot.

I'm off to Charlotte tomorrow. Peter has some sort of TV thing and I'm tagging along. Of all of the wonderful things to do in Charlotte, I am most looking forward to going to IKEA. I haven't been to an IKEA in years. I know that is kind of sad, really that my first trip to Charlotte is going to be spent wandering the aisles and whole room layouts of IKEA. But I need tea towels and I'm sure there are heaps of other things I need too. I'm sure none of those things that I deparately need are available locally.

Have a great weekend everyone!


TesoriTrovati said...

Wow! That is some fig! One of our favorite children's book authors is Chris Van Alsburg (of The Polar Express fame). He has a wonderful book called The Sweetest Fig. I want to get me a dog like that one day. You have to read it!

IKEA! I have only been once, but I wrote a post about it likening it to Disneyland for adults. Would love to go back!

Those flamingoes kick butt! I love them!

I am off to my son's first football game of the year!

Enjoy the day!

Laura Twiford said...

Well if it makes you feel any better, I PLANTED morning glories, the star of yelta which look a lot like the ones in you yard and I've NEVER been in an IKEA. There are none anywhere near me. Can you say THE STICKS? Have fun.

Therese's Treasures said...

I hope you pick the fig before the birds got it, that fig looks to delicious to let a bird have it. Or do the skeleton flamingos keep the birds away? Those flamingos are awesome!

I have never been to an IKEA I don't think we have one here in Montgomery.
So have fun I'm sure you will find those towels and so much more.

kelleysbeads said...

I detest weeding, but I love the change in garden beds after they are gone. Have fun in Charlotte and wandering IKEA's rooms! If you are there on Sunday, please wave at me in Greenville!

stregata said...

Our gardening season is drawing to a close - the nights will be too cold soon now. Have fun in Charlotte and don't get lost at IKEA...

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio said...

I just went to a MG meeting on Wednesday morning and we had a speaker on garden tools! We were talking of how once this rain passes us, it will be the perfect weeding weather. I think this weekend I will be spending a lot of time out there pulling out the invasive grasses and perennials that keep popping up. My hands need some garden dirt on them :)

Love those flamingos! Have fun at IKEA and in Charlotte!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh my if you don't pick that fig I will. I totally get the Ikea thing we don't have one within an hour so I haven't been to one in quite a few years - heck I'm excited for you! have fun!