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March 19th, 2006

Sunday in the garden with dogs

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My neighbour at the bottom was powerwashing his driveway and the sidewalk today. If you think I'm the kind of person who powerwashes things, you are altogether mistook about me. I don't like gas mowers, either, and consider leaf-blowers tools of the devil. Never mind. I spent a pleasant afternoon weeding my perennial bed and replanting delphiniums, which in our climate we pretty much have to treat as annuals. Every year I hope they'll come back, and they rarely do. I think it's too damp for them, despite the fact that we have a variety known as "Pacific Giant" theoretically bred here. If you plant them on the top of a dry slope in full sun, you might be lucky, but then we might get one of our rare freezes and it'll be done in anyway...

Things in bloom today: primroses (that is primula vulgaris, the pale yellow English primrose), primula wanda, anemone blanda, chionodoxa, squill, daffodils, hyacinth, and the very first forget-me-nots.

Birds in the garden: touwhee, black-eyed junco, bush-tits, starlings, chickadee, pigeons, house finch, a fox sparrow and of course many house sparrows.

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