All over the place

Today's post is one of those rambling, no-point, all-over-the-place posts. Mainly some photos of stuff that I saw in my garden this morning that caught my eye. (Yes, it's one of the rare days when I snap photos in the morning and post them immediately.)


I've got a few days off from work coming up combined with a holiday weekend, so lots of planting will occur soon -- if it doesn't rain every single day like it's supposed to.


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I was really liking the way the light was hitting things this calm, wet morning. So I'll keep with the "calm" part of that and not write much here.






Ok, I just have to talk about the cicadas again. They're in their 6th day of emergence in St. Louis, and I'm starting to wonder when it will end. This post's title could refer to cicadas alone...



If you stand in the wrong place and stay too still, you look like a tree:




Ok, that's enough with the cicadas for now, except to say that when they're testing out their tymbals in short bursts it sounds alarmingly like a rattlesnake (as imagined by somebody like me who has never heard a rattlesnake in person). I dare you to not jump when you walk by a shrub and one makes its noise.

So back to the calming non-insect photos:





And that's it for this morning. Although the quiet of early mornings in the garden is one of the things I love most about having a garden, I suspect it won't be found for another few weeks due to noisy cicadas. I wonder if noise-cancelling headphones work on cicada calls?

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Gerhard Bock  – (May 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM)  

Photos after my own heart! My post today is similarly short on words.

Gerhard
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Steve Lau  – (May 24, 2011 at 3:54 PM)  

Looks like you can taste your blueberries pretty soon, but with only one plant, I'm sure you will want to get a lot more once you taste how good fresh blueberries are.

I got lucky since there was a closeout sale, getting 13 of them at $2 a piece, and the ones started from seed are getting much bigger this year already so they might start fruiting next year a little bit.

Jono / Real Men Sow  – (May 24, 2011 at 4:06 PM)  

Beautiful photos Alan.

I invested in two blueberry plants this year. There are a few berries coming, so looking forward to trying those.

I've got them in pots, in ericacious compost, as recommended by everything I read.

Been really impressed with how attractive the plants look too.

Alan @ It's not work, It's gardening!  – (May 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM)  

Steve -- you must have missed the post where I got a second variety of blueberry. Although I'd love to have the space for 13 blueberry bushes someday, right now I do not. Two potted plants are about all I can handle.

Jono -- no fair teaching me new botanical words in the comments! ;-)

Steve Lau  – (May 25, 2011 at 12:12 PM)  

If you haven't seen already, blueberries, can over-winter easily in pots just sitting around with no protection at all even at -9F so you don't really have to find a permanent spot for them.

Anyways I've heard the birds love them. Robins have already built a nest in my cherry tree which should provide fruit for them in a couple weeks so I wouldn't mind them building a nest by my blueberries too.

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