The Things Going in My Garden

Some people may have a little problem in the seed acquiring department.  I’m not mentioning any names, but you may be reading the blog of one of them (and her brother, who’s all “Let’s have four kinds of tomatoes!).

So, here’s the list

Vegetables

Broccoli

Regular tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Hot peppers of some sort

Banana peppers

Oblong small tomatoes

Even tinier cherry tomatoes

Sugar snap peas

Regular peas

Dark green watermelon

Light green watermelon

Cantalope

Supposed 300 lb pumpkins

Sweet corn

Medium green watermelon

Carrot

Okra

Reasonable pumpkin

Spinach

Celery

Flowers

Regular Marigolds

Single-blossom marigolds with red spots

Red poppies

Orange poppies

Mammoth sunflowers

Pollenless sunflowers

Red sunflowers

Mexican sunflowers

Morning glories

Sweet peas

Pansies

Foxgloves

Lupine

Canterbury Bells

Alyssum

Rose Campion

Snapdragons

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)

Painted Daisies

Larkspur

Zinnias

Delphinium

Purple Coneflower

Pink Columbine

Herbs

Cilantro

Sage

Thyme

Basil

Oregano

Lavender

Catnip

Already in the Yard

Lillies

Irises

Daffodils

Whatever the stuff that’s sprouted this week is

Peonies

The rosemary, if it lives

What have I learned from this?  That the Butcher really, really likes sunflowers.  But nothing else!

Change v. Exchange, again

I had a big fight with the Man from GM on Sunday, though it was one of those fights where I’m sure I hung up the phone going “Whatever, motherfucker,” and he hung up the phone going, “Yep, B. just has to do x, y, and z and she will be on her way to blogging superstardom.  Glad we solved that.”

I tried to explain to him that I didn’t want blogging superstardom and he actually said to me, “Oh, you’re always slowly backing away from things.  But it works for you, so, I’m sure this will work for you.”  Which stung me to the core, which probably means that it’s true, but god damn it, I could have driven up there and ran him over three times and gladly sat on his carcass in front of the police station until someone came out to arrest me and felt okay about it.

The thing is, as I’ve said before, I believe the system is fucked.  It needs to be different for the health and well-being of all of us.  But, growing up in the system and being schooled by the system, I am fucked up by the system.  I do not know what the right different is.  I don’t know.  I just know that this is not right.

I’m sorry.  This is going to be very jumbled because there are about four different situations in my life to which this is all applicable and focusing just on one to try to talk about it is proving to be difficult.

But let’s take the feminist blogosphere.  How I understood it was that, in the beginning, there were a few self-identified feminist bloggers.  And slowly, large readerships started accumulating around some of them.  Not because those bloggers were the best bloggers (which is not to say that they weren’t, just that it wasn’t a meritocracy), but because they were the easiest to find or great at self-promotion or they had a lot of time to comment around the blogosphere and link and build readership.  They were, in fact, not “the best” but in many ways, the most fortunate.

There’s nothing wrong with being fortunate, except when you mistake it for reflecting on your merit.  But that, from my perspective, seems to be what happened.  Yes, of course, the people who are successful do deserve their success.  But I cannot help but wonder if they understand that other people, who are not successful, also deserved that success.

I said over at Lauren’s that I felt like we have a lot of leading feminist bloggers, but not a lot of actual leaders.

But, honestly, I don’t know what a feminist leader looks like.  I guess because, in my heart, I feel like “feminist leader” is a contradiction in terms.  At least now, at this point in the system, I just don’t believe that any urge to lead feminists isn’t problematic.  Women need to learn how to lead our own lives.  It’s not the only goal of feminism.  But I think it’s an important one–that women learn to first live ourselves for ourselves.  Swapping out whoever’s the boss of you now for some feminist leader to boss you around in the future just doesn’t cut it with me.  That’s meet the new boss same as the old boss shit.

And I don’t want to be a leader.

But, you know, of course I do.  I’m in the system.  I’m fucked up by the system.  I believe that, if I’m good enough, I will be rewarded with power and fame and riches and happiness and it will be great!  And it will prove my worth as a human being.

But that is fucked up.  It’s so tempting, but it’s fucked up.

And I do wonder, once you start with the book deals and the media appearances, or shoot, even the meetings with politicians or the fund-raising campaigns, once you start using the system to get ahead, how easy is it to forget that the system itself is the problem?

I don’t know.

I do want real change, but I also want to be the one on top for a while.

I know that’s only human, but I want to be honest about those competing impulses.

I don’t know.  The thread over at Lauren’s has stirred up a lot of things for me I don’t quite know what to make of or do with.

So, who knows?

More Science Stuff

1.  An announcement.  Since I cannot magically pull a gardening blog out of my ass for Middle Tennessee staffed by the brilliant people I know working under my thumb for no pay while I plot the downfall of the world, maybe we just make Sundays here an unofficial official gardening discussion.  I’ll let y’all know what I’m up to and you can talk about what you’re up to and it’ll be interesting or not.

2.  The Squirrel Queen posts about worms.  I am grossed out by worms, but I always try to save them when I see they’ve been caught on the sidewalk after it rains and the sun comes out.  My favorite part from the place the Squirrel Queen links to?

A worm called Xenoturbella bocki is the master of minimalism in worms. It has no mouth, stomach, brain, or any internal organs! The only thing this primitive worm has in common with other worms is its shape. Scientists couldn’t quite classify it on discovery. DNA tests indicated it was related to molluscs, but later testing indicated that the worms may have eaten the molluscs -somehow, even with no mouth or organs.

Three Crows

Oh, you sciencey-types.  I wander around out there in all that science not knowing what any of it means, being just my plain old superstitious self, and today I was marvelling at the fact that it was just this weekend that I learned that the mysterious calendula I see in all my magic books is just marigolds.  Ha!  Not that I don’t love marigolds.  But you know, calendula in a chain over your door keeps away evil.  Marigolds in a chain over your door looks like a party!

Anyway, the crows.  The crows seem to have an understanding of us.  We were walking up Lloyd and there were three crows in the big tree in the north pasture and they started hollering the minute they saw us.  But here’s what was really interesting.  As we got closer, the crow at the top back of the tree would holler and one of the other crows would take off, make a big circle over our heads, and return to the tree.  Then, in the distance, we heard other crows answer.  Then the back crow hollered again, and the other crow took off, circled over us, the other crows in the distance answered, and it returned to the tree.  And then, the third crow hollered again and one by one, the three crows took off from the tree and flew off in the direction we heard the other calls coming from.

When we got to the top of the hill–yes, the hill of doom–and crossed the road to turn around (hey, we’re making progress, but not that quickly), we heard the crows again.  And then, when we got to the AT&T building and began to cut across back yards, we heard them again.

Sciencey-folks, were they keeping each other apprised of our walk?  It sure seemed like it.