Photographic Interlude #1 from Oven Rant....Squirrels hard at work in the garden:
Unlike my Dacor Preference Ovens, a.k.a. the useless hulks of gleaming modern perfection, I could get that old Dart to spring to life when it stalled at a light, by removing the airfiltery metal thingie under the hood, propping up an underneath flap with my Mabelline Eyeliner Pencil, then jumping back inside the car, turning the key, jumping back outside, making confused and apologetic gestures to everyone around me in the traffic, retrieving my eyeliner pencil, putting the airfilter back on, closing the hood, jumping back in the car, giving someone the finger who just laid on the horn, putting the car in drive and then using all 318 of those horses to speed away, hoping and praying that I wouldn't come to another long light where the procedure would have to be repeated. That was 30 years ago - and as a note, I have removed all rude gestures from my driving communication repertoire and have for the last two cars driven Hondas.
Photographic interlude #2 from Oven Rant....Carex Ice Dancer - as if on cue, the plant collapses mid-March - new leaves to come soon:
We are up to query phone call #15 and are waiting for service call #3 from someone named Everald the Supervisor. I'm not feeling very confident. However, as a side note, I have lost 3 lbs - my new "Watch Your New Ovens Commit Suicide - and Say Goodby to Home Baked Carbs Diet" seems to be expensive, but very effective.
Photographic interlude #3 from Oven Rant - hope on the horizon in the form of new buds and leaves on the Ivory Prince Helleborus.
As foolish as all of this is, as Kevin said, "At least it's April." And, he's right - on Sunday culled a bunch of seed packages that I'd been warehousing in files with notes and decided to see if any of the very interesting old ones will sprout. If yes, hooray - and if not, no loss. Here's what I started on Sunday:
Zinnia 'Magellan Coral' - Stokes (09)
Basil 'Di Genova' - Stokes (09)
Celosia 'Kosmo Vanilla' - Stokes (08)
Calendula 'Victoria Sunset' - Veseys (07)
Cisanthe grandiflora - W. Dam (08)
Spikey Blue ornamental grass - Renee's Garden (08)
Petunia 'Frillytunia Burgundy' - McFayden (08)
Petunia 'Opera Supreme Pink Morn' - Park (07)
Digitalis 'Pink Champagne' - Park (07)
Rudbeckia 'Tiger Eye Gold' - Goldsmith (09) - a freebee and a reseed - very poor results from Stokes - believe temperature was too cold
Lavatera arborea variegata - Veseys (07) never got variegated leaves - maybe 09 is the charm?Frank's Dad's Tomato Seeds - Harvest 07 - from the old country
Deinanthe bifida - Gardens North (04!)
Butterfly flowers - Renee's (08)