Holy smokes – don’t poop your pants (or adjust your sets). It’s just me, trying to get back into blogging.
Yeah. I don’t want to be responsible for that. I mean, I just thought about blogging last week and look what happened in Iceland. But if I don’t blog, the terrorists win. So here I am.
Life is good for a Mutha Fudrucker right now. I’m working to turn my black thumb green – there is now some tangible evidence that I don’t kill EVERY plant I come into contact with. These plants were all alive, well, they were as of 7:30 this morning.
1. Sunflower toddlers. The dogs step on these (a lot) but they keep springing back. I grew these bad boys from SEED, bitches. Yeah, I said it. I planted these (along with the brugmansias) to give Dex some shade, since I took a chain saw to his favorite weedy shade-shrub. So keep your fingers crossed that they get more than 3 inches tall, wil ya?
2. Heliotrope. Where have you been all of my life? These little flowers smell like the best cherry vanilla Lip Smacker you’ve ever tasted. I mean smelled. Fine, I mean tasted. Don’t judge me.
3. Million bells. The name sold me – lemon chiffon. How could I turn it down? Instead of eating a key lime pie square every day, I can just look at these for my citrus fix.
4. Sweet Potato vines. I don’t know what it is about these plants, but I love them. The color is awesome and they grow so fast, so easy.
5. Phlox. I have these in hanging baskets and I almost killed them once, when I left them to fend for themselves for 36 hours. Note to self: these bad boys need to be watered once a day. But so worth it, because they flower and flower and flower.
6. Mint. We’ve actually got 3 varieties here: chocolate mint, orange mint, and plain ol’ Kentucky mint. I just sit on the porch, rip a leaf off, and press them to my nostrils. Not too shabby in a mojito or a julep, either.
7. Nasturtium seedlings. I’ve never really heard of this flower before, but I snagged these seeds from my sister. Apparently they are really easy to grow, and edible. A match made in heaven – I love both live plants AND eating.
8. Brugmansia. I bought two of these tree-thingies last year. They survived being over wintered in my spare room, and I was even able to get some viable cuttings. I gave most of them away, but now I’ve got a total of 4 of these bad boys.
The most exciting thing to grow in the backyard this year, though is GRASS. The dogs are rough on the lawn and it shows. This year I’ve fenced off about a third of the yard in an attempt to grow some real ground cover. A trip to the local feed ‘n seed and $17 in clover seed later, I’ve got this:
GRASS! Honest to goodness GRASS! It’s not the clover I thought I was buying, but it’s not weeds, either. Well, not purely weeds. Words cannot express how happy I am about this development. Dexter keeps sneaking into the fenced-off zone to nap in its pillowy green-ness. I can’t really blame him. I can’t wait to prance around in it bare foot.
So yes. Exciting times for a Mutha Fudrucker. I’ve also got my vegetable garden in, after chiseling through my hard, clay, soil and amending it with bags and bags of Miracle Grow and mushroom compost. I’m having visions of skipping through the plants and plucking cherry tomatoes from my monstrous tomato trees, then passing out with a orange mint mojito in my hand and tomato juice running down my chin.
P.S. – Happy Earth Day! Check out this blog for some tips on being a greener pet owner.