Browsing Archives for September 2009

Pumpkin Menace!

September 25th, 2009

Early this summer, I found three bright orange pumpkins growing in my compost pile.  

It was far too early to carve a jack-o-lantern or even think about pumpkin pie, so I took a few photos of them and then threw them right back into the compost heap.  

 

 

 

 

 

A few weeks ago, I noticed another pumpkin vine growing in the flower bed in front of the house.

 

 

 

 

 

I must have some serious pumpkin mojo going on around here!  

 

 

 

 

 

I wonder what would happen if I actually planted some pumpkin seeds?

They seem to really like it around here.

 

 

 

 

Would the pumpkins take over the place?

Would their tender tendrils reach for my toes?

Would their viscous vines grab me by the throat?

 

 

 

 

Oh dear!

The pumpkin menace!

I think I will content myself with my sweet little volunteer crop and stop the nightmare now!

Trying to Remember… to Remember

September 24th, 2009

I write notes on my hands all the time to help me remember things. Yesterday at work, I wrote two abbreaviated notes on my hand. I wrote ‘SS’ to remind me to send out some e-mails regarding Sunday School and I wrote ‘FG’.

I have no idea why I wrote FG.

What was I trying to remember with this FG?

For what does the FG stand?

Football game?
Fairy godmother?
Fandango?
Flippin’ Groceries?
Fill Gas Tank?

I am thinking that I need to start writing out complete paragraphs on my hand to help me remember what I need to remember.

And I need to get bigger hands.

BH – Bigger hands.


Way back in April, we planted us a patch o’ tallgrass. Mike and I both love the Flint Hills and the Tall Grass Prairie preserves in our area. We have a few acres on which nothing but brome grows, so we thought it would be interesting to see if we could get some tallgrass established instead.


There was one patch in particular on our land that was almost bare dirt.  That area was the first to spring up with these lovely, tall, uh… grasses a few months ago.

We were so proud!

So many people had told us that it was near to impossible to plant tall grass without first setting off a nuclear bomb and ridding your land of every other growing plant within a hundred mile radius. Evidently tallgrass seed requires bare dirt and very little competition to get established and thrive.


But we decided to ignore all the naysayers and throw the seed down on top of what was already there and see what happened.

And look what we got!

Lots and lots and lots and lots of…..


WEEDS!

Noxious WEEDS!  

This is not tallgrass. This is Giant Foxtail and it is the first weed that springs up on bare dirt in our area.

It is kind of pretty though. Don’t you think?

There is also a bit of honest to goodness tallgrass growing in amongst all the foxtail. It is not a thriving tallgrass prairie yet – but it is much closer than if we had never thrown the seed down in the first place!

In the meantime, I will just admire my pretty patch of weeds!