Tuesday, October 29, 2002
the rain has finally cleared out. at one point last night (around 8 or 9 p.m.) we had standing water four to six inches deep in the backyard. i measured it. thank goodness for pier and beam construction. despite the depth of water in the backyard, it never reached the deck (or house). by the time i got up this morning, the water had receded.
Monday, October 28, 2002
my wayside gardens order (six saffron crocus + five "erlicheer" narcissus) arrived saturday. according to ups' tracking site, my john scheepers order has arrived in illinois and is scheduled for delivery to me thursday.
if it ever stops raining, i'll start planting. the crocus are going to go under the sycamore tree in the front yard. it's at the edge of a somewhat steep bank so it drains very well. i haven't decided what to do with the narcissus but am pondering putting them around the base of the oak in the front yard.
i definitely need to protect the bulbs in some way, lest they become hors d'oeurves for the neighborhood squirrels. i think the simplest solution will be to cover the bulb area with a large piece of chicken wire. i want to use a large enough piece that the squirrels won't be able to dig around the edges and still get the bulbs. a "border" of six inches sounds like a lot, but i want the bulbs to be safe. i'm not worried about underground critters (moles and voles), if only because i haven't seen any signs of them. besides, making bulb cages seems like an awful lot of work (i spent all weekend thinking about how i could make my own) and the bulb cages i've found for sale are too big (and would require digging an even larger hole).
the new york times ran a story yesterday on "protecting tulips from beast and weather".
supposedly, it will stop sometime tomorrow. i'll believe it when my yard stops squishing.
Friday, October 25, 2002
Houston Forecast: Rain.
Thursday, October 24, 2002
Butterflies are Back.
i saw a monarch butterfly fluttering about several times this past weekend. i think it was the same one each time (it seemed to be cruising the same path), but maybe there were multiple butterflies.
at any rate, yesterday i found two tiny monarch caterpillars on the butterfly weed by the back door. i think they are second instars, maybe third instars, because i can see distinct bands of black and yellow even though the caterpillars are not even as long as my fingernail (keeping in mind that i have no nails).
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Bulbs on the Way.
Rain, Rain, More Rain.
it's been raining intermittently since saturday and the forecasts say more is still to come. i think we've gotten at least three inches so far. the backyard is mushy, but no standing water. and my poor compost piles are cold, cold, cold.
at least the crinums and rain lilies are enjoying the rain. two of the "garage" crinums have sent up flower scapes in the last couple of days and should bloom next week. all of the "rescued" rain lilies have put out lots of new growth and i have my fingers crossed that they'll bloom soon, too.
speaking of the crinums, i planted the two surviving crinum "babies" under the cherry laurel a month or two ago and they seem to be adapting well (i.e. lots of new growth). in the meantime, many more crinum offsets have sprouted and need to be dug (escaping from beds into the yard / growing through doorstep) and relocated or given away.
Monday, October 21, 2002
i placed an order for crocus sativus and narcissus tazettta "erlicheer". and now, i promise not to buy any more bulbs until the ones i've ordered have arrived and been planted.
Saturday, October 19, 2002
i've placed my order for bulbs from john scheepers:
- ipheion uniflorum "wisley blue" (25)
- leucojum aestivum (10)
- ornithogalum nutans "silver bells" (25)
- tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha (20)
- tulipa linifolia (10)
- tulipa saxatis (20)
now i am anxiously awaiting shipment, even though i'm not sure where i'll plant everything.