Happy 2011, y'all! I hope everyone is well and warm, and I apologize for slacking both in reading your blogs and updating mine. Clara is due on Friday, so I've been pretty busy with baby stuff and trying to tie up a lot of loose ends at work before I take some time off.
It was fairly warm today, so I spent about an hour in the garden cutting down old perennials and such. Not much is going on. In the edibles category, lettuce and carrots are growing with pretty much zero care:
Not sure if it was the hot summer or what, but our camellias have been off this year. The pale pink fall-bloomers only had a couple of blooms. The hot pink camellias that usually bloom for months are just now starting their show, as evidenced by the only bloom I could find for a blog pic, hiding under a leaf.
Many of our perennials are showcasing healthy new growth, including this patch of shasta daisies:
I'm anxious to see if many of the perennials I planted last year that seemed to wither to death in the extreme heat will be back.
My seed-starting operation this year has been relegated to one tray of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and basil under a single incandescent lightbulb. I almost skipped it entirely, but if there's ever a time to be thrifty, it's when you are trying to take a long (unpaid) vacation from work!
Take care and check back soon for baby news! -Ginger