neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,


I slept on and off from 8:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

I worked from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with a break for lunch, and then spent a little time trying to find Miss Daisy (the miniature poodle), who had slipped her leash and led R. and I in a merry chase around the apartment.  By the time I noticed she was missing, she'd eaten all of Toby the cat's Friskies, and B. was yelling.  Miss Daisy went back to her area in the kitchen after a few minutes of romping, and I hooked her up to her leash again.  She didn't look the slightest bit repentant, and she has a very expressive face.

After I got home, I rested a bit, and then went out to smell the flowers.  The various late-blooming daffodils, tulips and hyacinths are very nice.  The 'Black Parrot' tulip just opened.  I picked a couple of Florentine tulips, which smell like violets, but they started fading shortly after they were picked, though I put them in water quickly.  The lilacs are in full bloom.

I picked apple mint to make "Wild Mint Tea," from a recipe in back of a romance.  You can also do it with spearmint, and I have three or four kinds of spearmint, but I like the flavor of the apple mint.  I had enough fresh, uneaten apple mint leaves for the six cups required for the recipe and a bit left over.

I planted the red salvias.  I hope I can attract some hummingbirds.  I also need to find a place for the portulaca, which is low-growing, and likes full sun.  It's already blooming.  I had put the irises I couldn't plant when it was 90 degrees out into a basin with a low amount of water.  Apparently they're not that kind of irises, because the rhizomes were starting to get a bit rotten in places.  I wiped off those parts and planted the irises in the ground.  One of the irises I planted in the raised bed a couple of years ago is blooming.  It's purple, and smells like grapes.  I know there was an iris with that description in the Old House Gardens catalog.

I found a pot to plant the crinum in.  Dad thought that we had had potting soil, but it turned out to be top soil.  I'll bring that in in the fall, when it gets cold.

The azaleas and the Judd viburnum are blooming as well.


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