Enough weather gods! But puppies.

Enough weather gods! But puppies.

More weather complaining. But come on. This is crazy. Noah’s Arc is floating out front. And the irony front, my shade planter bed doesn’t get a lick of water tucked there under the eave. I’m standing outside like a crazy person watering in the rain. Ridiculous. I’ll get back to the puppies.

But that was last week. The past several days have included a few breaks between downpours. There was a mighty rainstorm around 4 o’clock yesterday. It was so intense it woke me from my nap! And we had hail. Oh, and a windstorm that took down trees all around town. Then a few more downpours with and without hail.

I did make my first nursery visit of the season a couple weeks ago– just a looking trip–though I came home with four plants. I bought two Sempervivums ‘Pacific Zoftic’ to replace one that I gave away last year. I’d traded that plant and a few others for some bamboo which I then gave to our kitchen designer. That was some fancy story-problem math right there, wherein I was left with no plants. Now I have the two Sempervivums again and plan to hold onto to them.

New Hens & Chicks acquired from Xera Plants on a “looking trip.”

Of course, right after making that claim, I discovered this picture.

Hoping this comes back. I’d check, but can’t remember where it’s planted.

Apparently I didn’t give them all away. Pretty cool, no? Maybe I always buy two, or three. Who can remember these things? I bet there are some of you who can. To which I say, dammit. I want to be like you when I grow up.

Rhodea japonica also made the cut. This plant is groovy.

Japanese Sacred Lily for the shade garden. The name alone makes me swoon.

Also Chondropetalum tectorum (dwarf) aka Small Cape Rush, a South African restio. I’ve only killed this once, so I get at least two more tries, right? This is one of the cold hardiest, Zone 8a.

Here’s hoping second time is the charm for this Chondropetalum tectorum.

And full disclosure, we’ve actually had a couple more breaks in the weather. Excellent for gardening, in fact. Though I’ve been otherwise occupied. Chalk it up to timing. We were hoping to have the kitchen respray started in January and completed by March. But we didn’t start the tear out the end of March. So now everything is a mess, inside and out.

Unsuspecting friend Johnny in the before kitchen. Later he and Elliot were waist deep in insulation.

I was too mortified to snap a photo of the insulation, but here is Elliot with the puppy that got away. I’m calling her Sassafras aka Sassy. Fingers crossed, a pal will adopt her.

Elliot and puppy. I’m so in love with her, but I don’t think it’s to be.

Those guys only thought it was a free lunch.

The midway kitchen. Doesn’t look that hot, does it?

And in other important update–I know you’re wondering about that photo up top–I’m really ready for a puppy. We need to get this kitchen show on the road. This great group of dogs are going to new forever homes soon, but alas, the timing is not right for me.

Another puppy that got away. But one day in the not too distant future…

And just so you know, I still enjoy others’ garden purchases and accomplishments, so don’t feel shy about sharing your gardening news. And your puppy pictures.


  • Tim Vojt

    Kitchen respray? What does that mean? Your tore out your entire kitchen to insulate?
    I’ve been a little under the weather, so excuse my brain.
    Epic deluges and hail? Is hail a normal event out your way? I always dread it, but it’s not a regular occurrence here in Ohio. Colorado? Much more frequent. I remember golf-ball sized. Or try driving across the wide expanses of Nebraska in a hail storm. On second thought, I wouldn’t recommend it. Trust me…..
    I am hoping spring is here to stay. Garden almost cleaned up. Things growing so fast that I can’t keep up with what’s changing from morning till night. If it weren’t for the rewards, I’d be retreating to a condo from all of the garden maintenance of Spring.
    I delayed cutting back Epimedium foliage because they all got frozen last year and I thought the old foliage would afford some protection if we got another late freeze, but it was an arduous task to take off the old foliage with flowers and new growth coming through.
    But things are beautiful. It’s spring!

    • Patricia L Cunningham

      Hi Tim,

      I borrow the “respray” line from Inspector Morse. After his fabulous Jaguar MK2 was keyed, he quipped that he’d needed a respray–your classic British understatement. Now we call everything from mowing the lawn to rebuilding the house a “respray.”

      We do get hail here in the spring, and at other random times. None of that sporting-equipment size, but definitely to give peas a run for their money.

      Still don’t know what all survived the winter, but it was full of surprises. I’m trying to look at it as opportunity and not get freaked out. It is all kind of getting away from me, but I actually asked someone for a little help today. Hope that works out. I’m going to have trouble with my money-saving-buying habit if I don’t clear some space soon. How are weeds so damn successful?

      Hope all else is well. We’re doing okay, except for the chaos of having the kitchen completely gone.