Asparagus! I've had this tub of asparagus plants for a few years. Now, I've been told that it takes anywhere from 3 to 7 years for this stuff to fruit so I just kept watering it every now and then, but not much else. It seemed to be doing fine.... fair to middlin, you know. Then the cold weather hit and, yowza. Brown stalks of death. The whole shebang just turned to sticks. I went in yesterday, grabbed the whole thing and wacked it off. But, wait! What's that? Damn asparagus...everywhere! This guy was quite tall...most of them were just getting going, but What. The. Hell? Is that how it happens? I mean, is that how it usually works? The green stuff dies and then the food comes up or was it something to do with freezing? Girl, I am downright giddy over this. I ran to the pond and got them a big ole slug of pond water asap. Seriously, I have not watered that thing since...oh, gosh, maybe 2 or 3 months? It probably got some sprinkler juice here and there, but nothing just for it. My, oh, my. Oh, and what to do next? Do I just cut them off and that's the end of it all or will it come back again? Weeeee!
You know what else I forgot to water?
My poor little mint.
But lookie here! I reached down in there to pulled all the brown gunk out and sure as shoot - delicious "chocolate" mint still hanging in! Mmmm. I had a Pavlov response to the smell and needed sweet iced tea right away.
I was thinking about ripping out the Gregg's Mist and putting something else there (this spot is the bane of my existence. We'll talk about that some other time.), but I just absolutely, positively cannot do it once I see these babies trying so hard to grow. I'm such a dork.
I was surprised that the Jersalem Sage showed no winter damage whatsoever. Nada. I think it actually liked the winter months because it got more sun with most of the shade gone. I may need to move him so that he can have more...not sure where that might be though. Shady yard. Shady yard, shady lady.
Last surprise...it's a good one...
Spy something on that work bench that doesn't belong?
Uh-huh. Silly Jo Ellen Pickering has started laying at last! And look where her preferred spot is - Jackdaddy's work bench. Silly damn chikkin. I'm tellin' ya, if you get chikkins, do not bother getting one. damn. fancy thing for them. Especially if you plan to free-range them. We have a fancy feeder; they prefer to eat out of a potted plant base. We got a special thing for water; they drink out of the dogs' bowls. We got cute baskets and put some kind of straw stuff in there; they lay everywhere but. Shirley gets up about 12 damn feet in the garage and lays on a cold, plastic lid right next to a rotten old wasps nest. What the hell?
Anyway, they are sooooo pretty. I wish I could capture the color for you. It's like a pale olive green. It's pretty much the prettiest color on the planet. If I ever get a job naming paints for a living (oh, I'd LOVE that job), I'm gonna name the pale green: Jo Ellen. I probably wouldn't keep the job long, now would I? Maybe...oh...Fairy Moss. Ooo, that's a good one.PS Those tomatoes? I do try hard to only buy what's in season (with some exception for the small boy), but I saw these at Central Market - organic, greenhouse grown maters. I splurged cuz I miss the tomatoes. These are very, very, very tasty.
PPS Oh, you know what else I found yesterday? Goldfish! They're still alive. That's kinda freaky to me...not sure why.