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I think the groundhog lied.

March 20, 2011

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.  ~Henry Van Dyke

Looking outside it seems unlikely that Spring has Sprung. I think Punxsutawney Phil lied. Little rodent.Clearly shifty eyes.

Cloudy, windy, cold. But perhaps we are too jaded here in sunny So Cal to imagine a spring without sun and daffodils. So instead, I’ll  share pictures, albeit ones taken in less than wonderful light.

I planted onions and they are up and going this week. Walla-walla sweets and good old yellow ones. Never having planted onions we’ll see if they  survive.

The sage, lemon verbena and parsley are going gangbusters, twice already I’ve cut them back.

This my friends is the year of the garden. I will, so long as I live (and have time) not go hungry in the garden again. In  pursuit of that dream, appointments have been made with sustainable gardeners and the local county extension office. They’re to come and  to gander at my sad state of affairs. It feels rather like when you are about to have guests over, you know the yard version of a quick dust, room spray and shoving it all in the closet ….I want to fake it out to spruce it all up, plant thriving fresh from the plant store huge specimens, hanging baskets laden with bloom.                                                                                                                                                                                                  As if to show I’ve got game.

Clearly I don’t have game and do not know where the filppin court is. But you just wait!

Anyhoo, on my nightstand are two books on loan from the library and am thinking of purchasing. The first is The Householder’s Guide to the Universe, Harriet Fasenfest .  Any book that seems a guide to Universe deserves shelf space as far as I’m concerned. Basically a farmers almanac for urban living, part how to, part when, where and why to. Sitting next to it is Essential Herbal Wisdom, Nancy Arrowsmith, this is a tome. Covering 50 of the most useful western herbs, how, when and where, to plant, harvest, dry; with folk wisdom, medicinal, culinary and  such advice. Because it seems I am able to grow only herbs, this, may be my bible. Under these books are 52 Weeks in the California Garden, Answers for the California Garden, The Western Gardeners Book and The Garden Primer. All booked out and nowhere to sow.

Art by Beauty.

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