Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thinking Ahead


When Cathy Guthrie posted the above picture on her Facebook page, offering a truckload of firewood for a hundred dollars (delivered,) we were quick to  take her up on the offer. John and Justin have been working up wood for the coming winter and, since John has a splitter set up under a canopy, this looked like a perfect way to add to the growing woodpile. 


Ideally, one would work on the wood during the cool weather of fall. Ideally, one would have a year's supply already on hand and dry, but the past few winters have consumed a lot of wood and the guys are playing catch up. It was  such good wood and such a good-sized load that we ordered another.

If any of you local folks are interested, let me know and I'll give you Cathy's number. If you're on Facebook, you can check her page HERE.

Cathy and  her minions   farm interns Veronica and Jordan were able to offload the big rounds right by the canopy. And though Cathy had to get home to take her daughter to gymnastics in Asheville (such is the schizophrenic life of an organic  farmer/mother/firewood entrepreneur,) they kindly posed for a picture - Ali Ali showed them how it's done.






Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mostly Non-Vulgar Blooms

Snapdragon

Clematis

Spiderwort

Clematis

Double Your Pleasure

Japanese Iris
Dandelion Galaxy

Old Fashioned Iris



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Rather Vulgar Flower


Ah, the scent of carrion is in the air! The Arum Vulgaris (also called arum dracunculus, voodoo lily, snake lily, stink lily, dragonwort) is in bloom!

Yes, those are flies promenading on its spadix  (the vulgar bit)-- they are lured by the aroma to act as pollinators.

Why would anyone want a thing like this in their garden? I've been asked that more than once and can only say  I find this plant strange and wonderful.(I did, however, move it farther from the house after the first year.) 

There's more about it HERE.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015


All those lives ended . . .
Honor them by pondering
War's true cost before
Beating the drum . . . 
Waving the flag . . .
And sending more to die.