Tuesday, April 19, 2011

i think we've had enough snow now, thanks

 I'm hoping that the prediction of snow for tonight doesn't come through.  It was supposed to be six inches a few days ago.   The predicted amount is diminishing each day- so that one of the other dads at ECFE tonight said that it was only supposed to be one inch now.  That still feels like one inch too much for me.

I took these photos after Friday/Saturday's snowstorm and thought that that would be the end of it.  I hope that's the case.

snow on the squill
 Snow on blooming flowers is beautiful, even though it feels completely wrong.  The squill were droopy- seemed like they were wondering what had gone wrong, and had they chosen the season incorrectly (?) Had they missed spring?

Everyone is complaining about the weather right now, and I hate to add to it, but it's hard not to complain after a winter this long.  And one that doesn't seem like it's ready to end just yet.

the hats and boots make a comeback
 So we dragged out the coats and boots and hats and snowpants again this weekend, and the kids made me get the sled out of the garage and I pulled them around the yard in it, in what little space we have between the stones scattered around for the retaining wall I'm going to finish any day now.

the starts almost one month in
Fortunately, the plant starts are really going to town in the south-facing window in our room.  The tomatoes, both Opalka and the Garden Peach are taking off.  I'm actually worried that they're going to grow too big before it's warm enough to plant them.  Opalka seems a bit droopy, as if it's underwatered, although I'm wondering if that's just it's growing habit. since they look that way even when I overwater them.

The onions and basil are OK, and the peppers were slow starters, but they seem to be catching up now.  The Cream of Saskatchwan watermelon only germinated a single seed, so I'm wondering if I did something wrong.  I may try to plant some more, but have been reminded by my daughter that she is allergic to watermelon, so why exactly was I growing them if she couldn't eat them?

A very good question- as most of hers are.  I told her that I'm hoping that she'll be able to eat these, as they're yellow watermelons (almost white, apparently) and they may not make her react like red watermelons do.  I have no idea if this is true, but I've heard that some people who are allergic to tomatoes are apparently allergic to the red pigment, but don't react to oddly colored tomatoes.  I don't know if that's true either, but I hope to find out more about watermelon allergies through this process at least.

Thoughts on allergies and garden produce?  Please leave a comment and I'll be glad to respond.


  1. such a beautiful flowers; seem trying very hard to come out from that snow. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I thought I'd check in. Congratulations on a healthy, beautiful family. I don't have kids, but my neice and nephew live in the neighborhood, and I'm able to see them often. Blessings, and perhaps we will meet sometime.