My Seedlings are Producing

In Black Thumb, John Cole Presents "This Fucking Old House" by John Cole

I think I am going to grow from seedlings from now on- the process was so much more fun and intimate (not hat kind of intimate you perverts). This is only 1/3 of the harvest of tomatoes which have started to turn colors. I think I am going to seriously get a couple hundred tomatoes out of three raised beds. And I have at east fifty green tomatoes that are going to come from the seedlings I decided were going to die and threw in the compost pile and they …

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Serenity

In Black Thumb by Anne Laurie

  Because I think we could all use some serenity, great shots from commentor Dan B: I think the pictures were taken in south Bellevue, Wa, across Lake Washington from Seattle. Wobbles the kitty would be in a garden in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. *********** I’m finally starting to get some ripe tomatoes from my rootpouch ‘garden’ north of Boston. Ate the first fine, fat Carmello with some marinated feta from a local farmstand and a little olive oil… and remembered why I go to so much trouble …

Maters

In Black Thumb by John Cole

Fresh off the vine: I had not inspected the tomatoes since Tuesday when I watered (we’ve been in a dry spell here, which started approximately the minute I planted the willow tree), and on about four of my plants a full third of the plant had been defoliated by hookworms. Taylor and I just sat on the ground for about 45 minutes and picked a dozen of the bastards. I don’t want to use BT if I don’t have to, so I’m just going to be on these worms like …

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Blooming in the Northwest

In Black Thumb by Anne Laurie

Vistas of a perfect summer afternoon, from ever-reliable gardener and commentor Opie Jeanne: Pink cranesbill, related to geraniums. Our back driveway hasn’t been mowed yet this year. Clematis. Annie in the jungle under the pear trees. Blue cranesbill. Hydrangea. This white flower is supposed to repel snails and slugs, and I can’t remember its name. I don’t think it does much except for itself. Clematis, Sally Holmes roses, and cranesbill. *********** What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Not An Expected Visitor…

In Black Thumb, Faunasphere by Anne Laurie

From indefatiguable gardener / commentor Ozark Hillbilly: We had a visitor… All pics and video by my wife from her cell phone (There was also a short video, but I can’t figure out how to embed .mov files on FYWP.) Backyard bears are a common enough sight in eastern Massachusetts that the state government has a web page about them. But then, unlike OH’s neighborhood, we get the video clips on the nightly news because The Responsible Authorities are never more than a few minutes away! *********** Not exactly garden-related, …

Thursday Morning Garden Chat: Shade Corner

In Black Thumb by Anne Laurie

Because we deserve a break, here’s the promised second half of commentor Misamericanthrope‘s lovely arrangements: The shade corner of my garden was the last thing to come together this year. It’s jam-packed and I am hopeful that it will be even more spectacular mid-season. I have included a close-up of the Fuchsia “Autumnale” blooms [top pic]. I generally buy it for its foliage so the hearty blooms were a pleasant surprise. Across from the shade corner is a pot near the rear entrance to my building. This grouping features Purple …

Late Night Open Thread: Gamerz & Luzers

In Assholes, Black Thumb, Clown Shoes, Gamer Dork, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread by Anne Laurie

angry gamers: blizzard needs to stop filling overwatch with women, gays, and people of colorblizzard: the new hero is a hamster in a hamsterball with gunsgamers: ??blizzard: also he's gay https://t.co/KXqCRC1ZiT — Rebecca "Space Commie" Watson (@rebeccawatson) June 28, 2018   The Spousal Unit is on vacation this week, and there was much smack talked about Accomplishing Projects around the house / yard, but it’s been almost 100 degrees for the last three days and there’s only so much the window air conditioning units can do against the officially ‘oppressive’ …

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Ready for Their Close-Ups

In Black Thumb by Anne Laurie

From “long time reader… infrequent commenter” Misamericanthrope: I have in the past offered up a report at the end of the season, but with the dark days that we are experiencing now, I feel the need to share some garden pics. Helps to keep me sane! This batch of photos will be primarily close-ups of early Summer progress. I’ll be sure to send an update with vista views at the end of the season. First up are some Lorenziana blooms. Lorenziana is a type of Gaillardia, also known as “Blanket …

Sunday Morning Garden World Cup Chat: Pre-Noon Games

In Black Thumb, Open Thread, Sports by Anne Laurie

(Nobody sent garden pics this week, so y’all are gonna have to share with the futbal fans.) Costa Rica v Serbia at 8am EDT; Germany v Mexico at 11am. FIFA liveblog et al at the Google link. Happy nice time World Cup story from my local paper, the Boston Globe — “In Cambridge, World Cup brings a jubilant reprieve for local Iranians”: The ball was in the back of the net, and in the subsequent moment of pandemonium, no one was talking about President Trump, international sanctions, visa uncertainty, or …

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Also Nesting

In Black Thumb by Anne Laurie

Commentor Melissa M: Over the weekend I noticed my own house finch nest located on the eave supports for our garage. One egg was perched precariously on the edge of the nest, so I quickly popped it in with its brethren-to-be. Momma has been seen sitting on them since, so no harm done. I’ll let you know when there are updates! *********** On a different arm of the home-love axis, a lawn-owner after my own weed-friendly heart, via the Washington Post: Robert Stricker — 31, insurance actuary, reluctant lawn owner …

Sunday Morning (Animal) Garden Chat: “Another Sign of Spring”

In Black Thumb by Anne Laurie

Self-propelling garden accessories, via indefatigable commentor OpieJeanne: Freshly shorn alpacas. We finally got to talk to the owners and were told that these two are 18 years old, refugees of a small petting zoo. The owner said their hair is difficult to work with and this year they couldn’t find a fiber artist who wanted to work with it. They have two new companions, two lambs: one black and one white. Running away from the scary lady taking their picture. The alpacas’ owner says they like having chickens in their …