good timing, i'll say. weather is currently hot, humid and intermittently rainy, so i'm perfectly happy to stay inside learning new blog tricks. most of my posting will probably be at the typepad site for a while, so look for me there.
Salvia Habit.i seem to have a growing salvia habit (ha, ha, unintentional pun).
it's not entirely my fault. darin started when he bought a pineapple sage (salvia elegans) last year. it's a beautiful plant and it bloomed exuberantly from december into may, but he's gone overboard taking cuttings from it. there are now seven or more "babies" of this plant scattered around the backyard.
i started with a blue salvia (s. farinacea, i think) and a red salvia (s. splendens, i think) last july. while these specimens are not especially impressive, i've been sucked into the salvia world.
in march i bought two s. greggii (coral) and a s. urtica; shortly thereafter, darin bought a third s. greggii (but to his credit it is a different color -- red, i think).
yesterday i bought a s. sinaloensis and was sorely tempted by a few others (i may yet go back for them since they're on sale).
a wealth of salvia information is available on the web:
Caught in the Act.i can now identify the tomato patch terrorist -- a mockingbird. i saw it flying away with a nice, red cherry tomato in its beak.
given that mockingbirds tend to be territorial, i daresay this is the same bird that has also been plundering the fig tree. at least it's eating well.
this bird also provides us with occasional entertainment (between the frustration it causes by eating figs and tomatoes) -- several times in the last few days we've watched the mockingbird chase squirrels along the top of the back fence, actually plucking at the tails of the squirrels as they scurry away. ha.
Monday Miscellany.the carolina jessamine that i had so badly neglected has apparently forgiven me and is rebounding admirably.
it now has more than 20 leaves (from eight). even though it still looks quite pathetic it is not nearly so pitiful as it was a week ago.
two of the recently acquired crocosmia have sprouted, including one of those that i relocated to the driveway bed. others may be a bit slower to emerge as darin added yet another layer of compost / mulch to the island bed.
several rain lilies from the trade are also coming up in their little area of the island bed.
seedlings of some sort are visible where i earlier sowed daisies and bee balm. time will tell whether these are the hoped-for flowers or merely random weeds.
a week later, the red columbine continues to taunt me with two still-unopened flower buds. soon, very soon.
Farewell to Figs.i'm afraid we won't get to eat any figs at all this year.
there are plenty on the tree, but they aren't yet ripe enough for human consumption and the neighborhood birds and squirrels have already started feasting. just this morning i spotted four different birds -- robin, bluejay, mockingbird and woodpecker -- helping themselves to a nice fig breakfast. and this afternoon i scolded a squirrel for being in the tree.
at least last year our feathered and furry friends had the courtesy to allow us a handful of our own figs before eating everything.