Summer

Smithsonian: Cultivating America's Gardens exhibit opens today

http://library.si.edu/exhibition/cultivating-americas-gardens

American garden-making has evolved over time, shaped by history, social attitudes, the environment, and new ideas. Illustrating this history with books and other materials from their vast holdings, the Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens take us on a special kind of garden tour.

Location: Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1 West 14th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Summer

Books: Sing the Four Quarters is free today

Tanya Huff's novel Sing The Four Quarters is free today on Amazon.com, bn.com, iBooks, and Google Books, in the US.

Admittedly, I never got through it. I didn't read it when I was of the right age to love it (hi, Valdemar!), but I keep saying that someday I will go back and sit under the trees and try to bring that mindset forward again.

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Summer

pondering MDS&W

This weekend is Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The weather report is for "decent" (cloudy and 60) which translates to "the whole mid-Atlantic packed into one venue." The fair organizers are actually charging admission this year (a whole $5) which will likely not impact the population boom at all.

Do I plan to go? Which day? Do I offer rides? Do I go hunting for someone else to carpool/drive instead? Do I bring a crate in case any spare PHF Angora goats need new homes?

If anyone is seriously trying to help me out here, consider that driving *to* the show is going to take over 2 hours with traffic, and coming home will be about 1:45.

I'm tired and would love to sleep in some time this weekend.... but... yarn!

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Summer

Nothing says "thinking of you!" like a quart of ladybugs

The weekend was full and busy, and we still managed to get at least some gardening done. Achaosofkittens planted the herbs and some carrots in his new VegTrug (tm), so all that is pending for that bed is a pepper plant or three. He also put carrots inboard of the onions in the artichoke bed, so that bed is done, all but for mulching. And one of the artichoke plants has a wee little artichoke flower already. So cute! So hopeful! While he did the fun stuff, I hauled barrow after barrow of fill for the new raised bed. And there is a LOT still to fill.

I've done nothing about the half-containers of bulbs (glads, freesia, liatris, and a box of phlox starts) still sitting in the dining room and the mud room. It's getting on towards wishful thinking time if I don't get them in this week or next. And I am vastly tardy in getting grass seed out onto the pastures, too. I may just wait until summer rains and use the seed for patching only.

Thankfully, the garden is definitely springing forth regardless of timing and weather. My tardy potato planting did not fail completely (yet): I have tiny little potato plants poking up out of four of the six pots. I have no idea if I will get any good potatoes this late into the spring, but hey, at least the plants are making an effort to show. And the onions and a few pea sprouts are showing as well.

As far as perennials go, the daffodils in the octagon did their random daffy thing; the last two groups are just finishing now. Next to them, the bleeding heart are doing great and making us proud. One little hollyhock has made an appearance so far (reseeded from forever ago) and some random aster are popping up. The iris have nearly completed their takeover of their side of the bed, so I expect a good showing from them. Over in the triangle bed, the mini-daffs were fabulous, the white daffs were green but barely bloomed (so probably need dividing) and the columbine are coming up in four places, as anticipated.

I took some samples of problems to Merrifield Garden experts on Sunday. One answer was, kid you not, "plant bug." The solution was to spray the lemon tree with insecticidal soap. The other problem was mildew on overwintered pepper plants, and the solution was to move the plants back outside into the sun for a good, natural wash-n-dry. And while I was there, I decided to buy a quart container of ladybugs for Achaosofkittens (and me, and the garden). 'Cause nothing says LOVE YOU! like a big transparent carton of bugs!

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Summer

Good-bye to Peavine Hollow

After many years in the Angora goat business, Peavine Hollow Farm is shutting down operations this summer. They are ready for the next chapter in their lives, which apparently will not include goats or dogs.

If anyone reading this blog desires registered white Angoras or maremma dogs, please visit http://www.peavinehollow.com/index.html

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Summer

Boy goats frolicking

The view from the bathroom window this morning included a silly swirl of Diego and Simon. They were running in circles around each other, wagging their tails and head-faking with more excitement than skill.

Then Richie tried to join the fun. Rather like back when Sancho tried to play with Jared and Loki together, the twosome didn't open up to a threesome very well. Richie and Diego ended up head-butting while Simon danced off up the field in his own happy spring celebration.

And over in Jessie's field, Blair-baby had a case of goat crazies that was amazingly cute and very circular. His dance involved two cinder blocks, a dry pile of goat muck, his mother, and Herc-a-llama.

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Summer

Hugos: "City Born Great" by N. K. Jemisin

"City Born Great" by N. K. Jemisin (Hugo nominated for Short Story)

It took me a little while to get into this story. The flow of the narrative isn't in one of my default rhythms. But it works. It works better than I initially thought it would. The narrator's voice gets stronger and the layering of realities become more purposeful and blended. I don't know the New York that is described in this story, though I know enough about it to get the Port Authority comment.

Don’t sleep on the city that never sleeps, son, and don’t fucking bring your squamous eldritch bullshit here.

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