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I’ve put up lots of new prints in my etsy shop…you can see them here!  Mention this blog in the checkout and I’ll give you a twenty percent discount! If you don’t want to set up an etsy account, you can just email me and we can handle the transaction ourselves.

Last night it rained and rained and rained. Sometimes passionately. Yesterday it rained and rained and rained, sometimes passionately, but spots of sun came through, too, and in the afternoon Renee and I went into my garden and planted things. Tomatoes first. Two "aunt ginny’s purple," one "green zebra," and one whose little tag wore off and whose name I’ve thus forgotten. (I’ve got more tomatoes in the second garden, which has been planted and tended to by our interns, along with onions and potatoes galore). Then I planted three boneset plants (Eupatorium perfoliatum), a native herb used for the treatment of colds and influenza, and a soapwort (Saponaria officinalis). Throughout most of this Renee had been wandering through the garden plucking radishes or having little conversations with plants. At one point she was weeding (really more like trimming, as she was cutting the weeds with scissors) when she let out a piercing little scream and ran from one end of the garden to the other. It was a spider, which she adeptly described. Renee is petrified of spiders. I tried explaining to her that she was in more danger running across the garden with scissors in her hand than from this spider, regardless of its size, but my logic fell on deaf ears. And by this time it had started to rain again, just a bit of a sprinkle, really, but we headed inside to start dinner.

But the main reason for our visit to the garden was the poppies. Renee had not yet seen them, though really all she had to do was glance the garden’s way and her eye would have been caught by their outrageous orange-ness. In fact as we started walking to the garden gate the instant she saw them she started to run with eagerness. They are truly amazingly orange!

These poppies are perennials, though I’ve planted some Zahir poppies in my front garden.  They’re purple, but not yet blooming.  Of course I’ll post photos when they do.




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