Wow, I knew I'd have to step back from all things computer to make it through the month of June, but I didn't mean to vanish so completely (but then, I never do...). I have successfully & happily survived Maker Faire, the end of my son's kindergarten year, a trip to a dude ranch, & my little sister's wedding, as well as a variety of other, less exciting things (like, oh, another complete email crash), & now I'm back & ready to
party talk about myself on the internet!
I've started uploading pictures to flickr, so you can see some of what I've been up to there, but for today I would like to share something that I noticed while digging around in the files.
This is my front yard in May, when we finally stopped talking about taking out the lawn & started digging (& by "we," I actually mean "my husband + children," as you can see). You can see the pieces of recycled sidewalk (from last fall's project)* nicely laid out as stepping stones for accessing the back part of the garden bed (there's probably 6 feet of bed there), you can see the interesting variety of marigolds planted around the sweet little tomato plants, you can see the young, tidy, nasturtium.
This is my front yard today. The tomatoes have run completely amok & have apparently eaten the marigolds. Also, looking at this picture, I now realize that, yes, I was right, that nasturtium has got to go. The stepping stones are still there, but to stand on them you have to sort of sneak in sideways & then do a lot of careful untangling & slow wiggling to reach the back part of the bed, where you then stand triumphantly for a moment before realizing that the Great Wall of Tomato sealed itself shut behind you. Anyway, I knew that if I moved the tomatoes to the front (with unshaded southern exposure + reflected heat from house), I'd see some results (though this is more like RESULTS), but I wasn't quite expecting to end up with my very own tomato hedge (I realize that the tomato insanity is likely also a sign of overplanting, but seriously, I am helpless at the tilth sale tomato table. Helpless). They're starting to set fruit, & while I'm not too proud to admit that I'm a little afraid of what if all of the hundreds of tomato blossoms turn into tomatoes that turn ripe all at the same time, I'm also sort of hoping for one of those overwhelming tomato harvests you read about in books but have maybe not experienced yet in your forays into urban Seattle gardening. My great & secret hope is actually that I will be able to do some canning.
Ok, then! I am back, though my life is only marginally more in control than the Great Wall of Tomato (yes, I'm totally comparing my life to my unruly tomato plants, which you would understand if you could just come see how every time I turn around they're six inches taller & sprouting off in wild new directions), & I missed a whole big swath of email somewhere in there (as in, it did not make it to me, ever, not that I'm just distracted & overlooked it), & I have 451 bloglines posts to read, & I want to make a whole bunch of projects from angrychicken's fantastic new book, but then again I am behind in my skirt sewing, never mind about the glitter, oh. So, hello again! It feels good to be back!
*Speaking of last fall's project, the clematis is looking like this these days. Not bad.