Here's what I've especially enjoyed:
My idea of propagation is to throw some seeds I've bought on the Internet into some pots and see what happens. A bit haphazard. Country Mouse, in contrast, has been more diligent and scientific. She's worked hard -- and with some success -- on propagation of local plants, both from cuttings and from seed she collected herself. I've seen here carefully labeled envelopes of seeds, her flats, and her cold frame. All very impressive. And then we had the posts:
- Real Gardeners Propagate
- Garrya Elliptica or Bust
- Propagation: Tips from a Pro
- Garrya Elliptica. Dang! A Bust Again
- More Tips from a Pro: Transplanting Native Seedlings
- Propagation (and Pot Pourri)
- When to Plant Native Seeds
- Propagation from cuttings: Take two
- Seeds and cuttings and rhizomes and bulbs, Oh my!
- Confessions of an Incompetent Propagator
- Poopagation (and great inTentions) -- BTW, nothing much became of those seeds
- Propagation Tips from Another Pro
- Propagation Progress
We've both participated in the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest several times, but only Country Mouse made it to 2nd runner up with her entry to the April Contest, Native Plants in a Garden Setting. It was an exciting and rewarding occasion. But other photos captured the eye and heart. For example, the Wordless Wednesday post, with the sun hiding behind the mists. And other photos of the views here. Also a great post with birds here, and snakes and other wild critters in this post.
Some of the most enjoyable Country Mouse posts have been the book reviews. On such post, Three Ways of Seeing... Monterey Pines, tells not only what's in the book, but how the reviewer's relationship to the book changed over time. So we learn about the book itself, but also about the experience of reading and learning from a book. In the same way, the two posts about Lester Rowntree are much more than just book review posts, and really made me think about writing, about reading, and about times past and times present.
In the last month, the most exciting thing has been the dream of the greenhouse, and the move towards its fulfillment. I'm sure we're all excited, and looking forward to the next post (no, it's not boring).
- Gone with the wind: Groping toward a greenhouse
- Greenhouse glass - A blast from the past
- Short or tall - Update on the greenhouse
With many thanks!