I decided to go into the Community Garden today, to see
if I needed to yank up any weeds in our plot.
Oh, pretty! Someone has Hyacinths blooming in their plot!
And a Seven Spot Ladybug on a cool leaf.
uh oh! Here's the EVIL Lesser Celandine, in a neighboring
That stuff is super invasive, kills everything around it,
even the grass!
And spreads with seeds and tubers and these horrid little
If you let it get established... yeah, when it
gets to the point of blooming, it's established... it's
extremely difficult to get rid of it. You have to dig
it out, and scoop out all the dirt around it. You cannot
put plants or dirt into the compost, it will survive and
reproduce there! You have to haul the dirt to the
Crazy! But the first leaves are easily recognized. I
always have a couple that try to grow in my plot, which
is why I check the plot thru the winter. I dig them out
when they've just got a leaf or two... They've grown up
from seeds, so there aren't any tubers or bulblets I
need to worry about.
Here's another invasive, tho this one is much more
benign... Red Dead Nettle.
Dead part of it's
name means it doesn't sting like it's cousin,
Stinging Nettle! Dead Nettle is so soft, it's
actually a pleasure to run your hand thru a patch!
My Pen Loving Friend decides to count her pens... !!
next post she's laid down some rules... it's a PEN
... not refills (I don't really do refills, so okay!)
... not pencils (I've got a good drafting mechanical pencil,
and a set of coloured pencils in my writing area, but I
never use them to write).
... and not markers. (hmm. I have a big collection of Copics,
which I do use to write, but only addresses on envelopes,
nothing else. So, okay, that can be a separate count!)
Not pens in her
infirmary... oh my gosh, I hate it
when there's still ink but the nib is clogged or something
and the ink flows unevenly!! I will move the pen to
less demanding work area (like the kitchen where my partner
and I write notes to each other) but if the problem persists,
it goes to the trash!
And we're not counting decorative pens which are just
eye candy and not actually used. Ah. I don't really
buy this kind of pen. I do have one good fountain pen,
which has a green barrel which delights me... but I
bought that to use! For me, it's enough to just see a
good, wild variety of pens in my workspace and that
makes me happy! :)
So, I think that's all the rules of our game!