A Long Time Coming…

A Long Time Coming…

Terry’s Anthurium

Terry’s Anthurium has bloomed for the first time since before he died. Kyla gave him this plant when she moved out a few years ago, and he doted on it like it was his child. I had been promising him that I would repot it for months before he got sick again, and I just never got around to it until he’d been gone for about a month.

It holds a place of honour in his old living room, where I can see it, and talk to it every day, and I hope to be able to do so for many years to come.

This Greenhousey Thing Might Be Panning Out…

This Greenhousey Thing Might Be Panning Out…

Balcony Greenhouse - January 201

Balcony Greenhouse – January 2016
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

My little balcony greenhouse seems to be doing surprisingly well… I really didn’t expect this. The above photo shows most of the very tiny space.

Blooming Cucumber!

Blooming Cucumber!
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I planted this cucumber from seed in October of 2015 – it’s still really tiny, as cucumber plants go; even cucumber plants grown in pots, if my summer parking lot garden of 2015 is any indication – and yet, it’s flowering! I can see a few more buds coming, which I’m grateful for, as I think I’ll have to propagate it by hand. Wish me luck with that.
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A Surprise in my Front Flower Bed!

A Surprise in my Front Flower Bed!

Lily-of-the-Valley

Lily-of-the-Valley
Taken June 2, 2015 with Samsung Galaxy S3
© Les Becker, 2015

This was a nice surprise! I was cleaning out the sadly neglected “flower” bed in front of my building today when I noticed a group of really pretty Lily-of-the-Valley nestled waaaaay back against the foundation where, of course, they can’t possibly be seen and enjoyed without crawling through dirt and unidentifiable foliage.

I want to try transplanting them, but I’m afraid I’ll just shock them to death if I do. I don’t suppose anyone out there in the ethers knows how I should go about this…?

Anybody…?

Am I Smarter than a Potato?

Am I Smarter than a Potato?

My big project for 2014 (aside from becoming “Independently Self-Sufficient”, that is) was to be able to feed the household without having to purchase any vegetable I could grow myself.

Actually, the garden was a major part of the “Independently Self-Sufficient” plan – I just knew damned well that I could only just begin the project this year. I could only plant the stuff, and hope that in a year or two, I had learned enough and grown the garden large enough that we wouldn’t need to purchase items like tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and blueberries, melons, peas… you know – the kind of stuff that people around here manage to grow in sufficient amounts in their backyards.

My main concern was that gardeners around here have a big one-up on me.
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