June 13th, 2006

little blue dog


Don't know what got hold of me, but something sure did. I went home at noon yesterday, and lasted only about 30 minutes this morning before I bailed. Headache and nausea mostly, on top of allergies.

Speaking of allergies, maybe my current condition is their preemptive strike in response to the fertilizer I bought the other day. *shakes fist*


I made up another new meme¹, though, since I'm having trouble writing a blog entry these days. Here it is!

(1) Write a blog entry as me (littlebluedog) and post it as a comment. It can be about anything I would normally write about. Do your best to emulate my style/voice/pompous knowitall-ness, whatev. Be as sarcastic or as sincere as you like.
(2) You can only post this meme in your own blog if you do step (1).

Winner gets a prize. :)

¹ - well, I doubt it's "new" in the sense that "no one's ever thoughta THIS before!" ... more "new" in the sense that I haven't seen it yet.
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Say, thanks so much to everyone for your sympathy and well-wishing ... um, NOT.

I'm feeling a ton better now, well, except for my fragile ego, which has been crushed by the collective refusal of about 98% of my flist to participate in, yes, possibly the most egomaniacal meme (if that's not redundant already) EVAR.

Here, please go and do it! PLEEEZE!
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grape hyacinth

The grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) is a perennial with fleshy, grass-like leaves, out of which, in early Spring, projects a central spike with a tight cluster of cobalt, bell-shaped flowers. The ones in my garden grow to about 12" tall, bloom in March or April, then die back in May.

Here's a link to a picture (not mine) of a drift of grape hyacinth in bloom.

Interestingly, in late summer, the leaves die back to the ground, but this perennial is so eager to get a jump-start on the next season that new leaves shoot up in early Fall and stay green through the winter, then grow to about 8" in the Spring, shortly before the central stalk appears.

This perennial tends to self-propagate, and the bulb clusters require division every few years.

I have about a bazillion of these in my garden. Does anyone want any of the bulbs?

I've been pulling up the dead clumps of leaves while I weed my beds, and removing the bulb clusters for transplanting in other parts of the yard or just to discard ... earlier tonight I uprooted a cluster of at least 40 bulbs, about half of which were nice and mature (about 1-1.5" in diameter).

Seems a shame to just toss the bulbs I don't want into my compost bin, so ... anyone want any?

And, on a related note, what's the best way to keep bulbs alive until they're replanted?
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