I got to visit our local botanical garden (Zilker Botanical Gardens) today. My time slot was to enter at 9:00, and I think I was the only visitor then. A bunch of folks showed up at 10:00, but by then I was ready to leave. Lots of things looking scorched after the August heat. I got to see a bunch of big mature versions of some of the things I’ve been planting, as well as some surprises like 6 foot tall ginger plants planted in the ground. I wanted to ask if they have to dig them up in winter...
Potting up some salvia cuttings I rooted. Some Salvia ‘COOL Fandango’, Salvia ‘amistad’, and one lonely little Plumbago ‘Imperial Blue’. #gardening
Owing to a bad location, squirrels kept breaking bits off of one of my salvia, and I couldn’t resist trying to root them all. I already had so many I realized I would have a monoculture if I didn’t take some other cuttings.
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Maybe 1.2 tons of patio limestone placed today. There is now a paved path (however narrow) all the way from the back door to the little patio area at the far end of the yard. My back is killing me, but rain from tropical storm beta should help these settle in and the grass grow up around them. #hardscaping #gardening
10 or 15 years ago I bought a salvia at the farmer’s market. No idea what kind. I planted it under the oak and it survived. About 3 years ago it started to spread into the space in front of the tree. This year it is about a 10x10’ patch that is entirely solid. I keep trying and failing to catch the effect of all the scarlet blossoms suspended above the plants and buzzing with pollinators. #florespondence
Relative Speed and Distance
The speed of reading is not the same as the speed of writing.
There are many metaphors for the shape of a story, but the one that recently resonated with me is the image of an accordion—the completed story is the instrument at rest, and the experience of the story, whether by the author or the reader, is the i
I have ordered a replacement for the apple tree that died this summer (always add them to the drip right away so you don’t forget!), a fig, 2 more blackberries, and a pineapple guava. This is all preorder for the bare root season December - February. Between this, several hundred fall planted bulbs, and 2 tons of patio limestone waiting to be installed I seem to have signed myself for a lot of manual labor once the weather cools down.
Smudge has opinions. #cats
I *think* the oven trick has worked for my Prismacolor pencils. I tested both pencils this morning and they didn't crack, crumble and break, so that's good.
This works for wax pencils:
1. put your oven onto the lowest setting (for me this was 140 degrees)
2. put your pencils on a piece of tin foil and put them in the oven. (I didn't wait for the oven to get really hot)
3. leave them in there for 5 minutes.
4. let the pencils completely cool down (overnight for me, but I'm guessing a couple of hours otherwise).
5. test them and hopefully they will have been fixed!
Note: the place I got the info from said 100 degrees for 10 minutes, but as my oven didn't go that low, I did 5 mins. If you have an oven that goes down to 100 degrees, try 8-10 minutes.
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