Tuesday, March 3, 2015
I had started thinking shoo-shoo when I noticed that one of the hyacinth buds in our latest bulb pot was small and only partly developed. I dug around a little deeper inside the one bud that didn't seem be progressing and found the dried up stump shown in 4125. I then wondered if that slow-moving amaryllis bud could be a shoo-shoo too. The rest of these drawings show the withered dried out thin papery flower parts that didn't make it. There was no evidence of insect damage or mildew, just undeveloped dessicated almost transparent petals.
I learned the word shoo-shoo in New Orleans when I was a child. We kids used to go outside on the 5th of July and poke around in the gutters to look for shoo-shoos-- fireworks that had ignited but then fizzled out. We considered a shoo-shoo to be a lucky find because they were mostly intact, and we knew that if we dried them out completely we would be able to light them and they would explode! We never, ever succeeded in exploding a shoo-shoo, but that didn't keep us from hunting for shoo-shoos in the wake of every holiday involving fireworks.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
This afternoon P and I walked back to the meadow behind our house, and on our way we spotted some action around the three groundhog holes that are in our little woods near the fenceline. P had seen a groundhog sitting in the back woods a week or so ago, and we had thought 'great! at least one groundhog didn't see its shadow!' Further confirmation today: all three holes had clay-colored prints leading from the holes to adjacent holes, and in one case, the tracks led under the fence and out to the meadow. One hole is dug under a patch of English ivy, and the cast off clay has raised a mound of ivy-covered clay that is now ivy-covered snow. We know how deeply we have been sunk into winter funk when we get excited about groundhog action. And not only groundhogs, but the snowdrops are getting ready to bloom, and the lenten roses have made it through the hard freezes of the past weeks!