April 27th, 2008

Dandelions

Out, Damn Thicket!

Staved off yet another invasion attempt by the evil thicket with the help of my trusty chainsaw and a pair of loppers. Am now ridiculously worn out. Saving the world from the scourge that is the autumn olive is tiring work.

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The weather has been terrific, although today is cold and gray. Apart from riding my bike, yesterday was spent down in the basement cutting up plywood for the latest project. Passed 250 miles for the year already. No ride today.

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The tulips arrived this week, along with the bradford pear, the mini-rhododendrons, and the cherry tree. Throw in the daffodils, pansies, and forsythia, and it's a wonderful world of color (cue Tinkerbell). The only nay-saters seem to be the majority of the crocuses that I planted near the cherry tree last fall, which sent up lots of foliage but few flowers.

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The biodome seedlings seem to be thriving. The only non-starters appear to be the three year-old flat-leaf parsley seeds. One oddity is that of the two types of muskmelon planted, the seeds packaged for this year have been out germinated by those from 2005, 2-1.

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