Thursday, March 28, 2019
Bathing Beauty II
Remember the bathing beauty down the street? The one in the front garden of one of our neighbors? Well, she's still there, having her apparently eternal soak. In the years since I last blogged about her, someone's touched up her lipstick and given her a new bathing cap -- but otherwise the elements appear to have taken their toll. Her hair has pretty much rotted away. And now she's being engulfed by her vegetal soap suds.
I forgot to tell you, we had a bit of local excitement the night before last. Dave and I were watching TV in the evening when we heard helicopters circling overhead and lots of police sirens. "Something's going on!" I told him. This went on for a while, and when I looked at the news the next day, I discovered this story. (Basically, two guys were seen tampering with a motorcycle on the street, and when challenged they ran up to a rooftop and stayed there about seven hours while police tried to talk them down. They may or may not have been armed.) It sounds like kind of a non-event, ultimately, but it sure made a lot of racket, and that street isn't even all that close to us.
Seedling report: Out of curiosity I excavated one of our inactive dahlia seeds. I wondered if it had sprouted but then not broken the surface of the soil. (I thought maybe I'd planted them too deeply, in which case I was going to remove some dirt and see if that helped.) Well, I couldn't even find the seed, so apparently it never germinated. I guess they were just duds. So, as it stands now, I've had success with two burdocks, three hollyhocks, four honesty and one dahlia. Considering I planted 200 seeds, that's not so great -- but as I've said all along I had no idea whether many of them were viable, since I collected them myself. Oh well.
(I'm not counting the cosmos, which I planted later. It's still too early for them to make an appearance.)
I'll leave the trays until April 9. Then they'll be a month old and if no more seeds have sprouted by then, they're not going to!