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Man, it's gray out there.

I was hoping for some clear weather this weekend to work in the yard, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Oh well, it could be very much worse...I'm not going to complain (that much) about 50 and raining.

Just realized that Sunday is the 12 week mark before Seattle's average last frost, which means it's time to seriously start looking at all those seeds I've accumlated, and start figuring out how I'm going to get things started. I think the a corner of the kitchen might be turning into a seed factory....which actually could be kind of fun! I wanted to get a little coldframe this year, but it hasn't happened...

Time to spend some time planning this year's adventures with plants.

I also need to do some planning on rearranging the office---yes, again. We have a 29 gallon fishtank (home to lots and lots of fancy tail guppies) that seems to be prolific at growing algae. Seems like the natural light it's getting might be a bad thing, so rather than only rely on chemical treatment, we're going to try moving it. This actually might result in more bookshelf space (well, after a supplementary Ivar run to Ikea) which is always a good thing.

Last night's borscht was a bust. It was an okay soup, but it wasn't really borscht, despite the recipe claim. Not enough beets to give it that beety-richness. Oh well, live and learn.

Time to go reorganize some more employee files. Oh the joy and bliss. (yes lirrin, I'm finally reorganizing the way we used to do them at NewVector/US West Cellular/Airtouch/Verizon (depending on your tenure!) rather than just massive file folders with nothing attached!)


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Jan. 24th, 2003 02:16 pm (UTC)
hi miss sisterfish!
I'm waving at you from the Westin Building!

Jan. 24th, 2003 04:15 pm (UTC)
Hi Miss Rubricity!
Heya....If I'd known you were downtown, we could have had lunch!!!

Let's make that happen. :)
Jan. 24th, 2003 02:47 pm (UTC)
speaking of seeds, this year i'm switching back to morning glories. Grandpa Ott and Moonflower... along the yucky fence.

what goodies are you planting?
Jan. 24th, 2003 04:25 pm (UTC)
Here's the short list.....
My friend Bobbi and I went halvsies on a "bulk seed purchase" on e-bay. It included the following:
Giant Poppy(Papaver somniferum)
Alyssum sweet (lobularia maritime)
Baby's breath (gypsophilia elegans)
Bachelor buttons (centaurea cyannus)
Black eye susan (rudbekia hirta)
Calendula (calendula officinalis)
California bluebell (phacelia campanularia)
Candy tuft (Iberia umbelatum)
Chinese forget me not ( cynoglossum firmament)
Chinese houses (collinsia heeterophylla)
Clarkia (clarkia elegans)
Clasping coneflower (redbekia amplexicaulis)
Coneflower Mexican hat (ratibida columneris)
Coneflower Purple (Echinacea purpurea)
Coreopsis plains dwarf (tinctoria)
Coreopsis lance leaved (lancelota)
Cosmos sensation (bipinnatus)
Dames rocket (heperis matronalis)
Evening primrose (oenothera lamarkiana)
Evening scented stock (matthiola bicornis)
Five spot (nemophilia maculata)
Flax (linum Lewisii)
Flax (linum Rubrum)
Flax Blue (Linum usitatisimum) (bonus)
Four o'clock (mirabilis jalapa)
Globe Gila (gila capitata)
Indian blanket (gaillardia pulchella)
Lupine Russell (Lupinus Polyphyllus) (bonus)
Love in a mist (nigella damascena)
Marigold crackerjack (tagetes erecta)
Monarda (Bee Balm)(monarda citriodora)
Morning glory (Ipomoea purporea)
Morning glory heavenly blue (ipomoea tricolor)
Nasturitum jewel (tropaeolum majus)
Organic Foxglove (Digitalis) (bonus)
Painted daisy (Chrysanthemum carinatum)
Poppy California (eschscholzia californica)
Poppy California (eschscholzia californica)
Mingnonette (Reseda odrata)
Rocket larkspur (Delphinium Ajacis)
Rose mallow (lavatera trimestris)
Poppy Shirley (papaver rhoeas)
Snapdragon norghern lights (lenaria maroccana)
Strawflower tall (helichryusum monstrosum)
Sunflower maximillan (helianthus maximilian)
Sweet pea royal family (lathyrus odoratus)
Sweet William (dianthus Barbatus)
Zinnia California Giant (zinnia elegans)
Zinnia Lilliput (zinnia elegans)
Aster Crego (Callistepus Chinensis)
Lupine arroya (lupinus succulentus)
Nigra Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Poppy Corn Red (Papaver Roheas) (bonus)
Gazania (Gazania splendens) (bonus)
Chrysanthemum Garland (Coronarium) (bonus)

Plus other assorted stuff. :) And veggies. :)
I'm going to direct seed lots of it, into the front hill and as filler. But still, it's going to be fun!

Jan. 24th, 2003 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's the short list.....
holy ka-moley!

that's enough seed to feed a horse for a week!
Jan. 24th, 2003 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's the short list.....
I know. I think John's thankful that I'm buying the seeds, which are cheaper than flats of plants.

I have two huge seed keepers full of seed. This could be a very colorful year in the garden! And the trumpet flower, too--I have seeds for that. *grin*

And besides, with all that seeding, I won't be able to weed until I can differentiate plants. :)
Jan. 24th, 2003 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's the short list.....
good point. i have an baggie of cerinthe seeds to send you, from last summer's garden. this is a good reminder to me to put them in the mail!
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