Nine Complaints

1. The outdoors is trying to kill me.

2. I can’t stop sneezing.

3. It’s hot in here.

4. I can’t stop sneezing.

5. My eye is watering.

6. Big chunks of my forehead are falling off and they itch.

7. I don’t believe you, Kenny Chesney.

8. Did I mention the sneezing?

9. The pollen in my eyes feels like sand.

Okay, I feel better now that I’ve gotten that out of my system.

Astilbe & Solomon’s Seal

I forgot to say that I think my astilbe is above ground. Which means all the rhizomes, bulbs, and corms I planted last fall have made an appearance here in the spring. I’m not sure what to expect from the astilbe. I’m hoping for something large and flowery in the shady spot at the end of my perennial bed.

The same can be said for the Solomon’s Seal, which I got from Bates. Out of all of the plants that I got from Bates, this one has just taken off. Not that the other plants are doing bad, mind you, but it’s early in the season and we haven’t had a good rain since I planted them. Even with my watering, everyone’s just kind of sitting there doing their own thing (I imagine most of the action is happening below ground, with roots stretching out into new soil). But the Solomon’s Seal has noticeably grown.

I hope both it and the astilbe believe me when I say that is a shady part of the garden, normally. Right now, it’s kind of bright in that corner, but once the trees get their leaves, it will be dark over there, except at the very beginning and end of the day.

And I wish I could find the camera, because I believe my huge pine tree is flowering, or whatever the pine tree equivalent of flowering is. Basically, the whole tree appears to be covered in finials. I don’t know how else to explain it.  It’s pretty cool.

The holly continues to suffer greatly. It’s clearly too something for it, but what that something is? I just don’t know. Many leaves are yellow and a lot have dropped off. My dad still says it’s too wet for the tree, so, as much as I’d like it to rain for other things in the yard, I’m hoping some dryer weather will help the holly tree.