Monday, February 4, 2008

Little Gifts...

Ah. It's the little gifts that make this schizophrenic hobby so rewarding. I posted a few days ago about sightings of Jasmine blooms throughout my neighborhood. Well, I'm thrilled to report that I have my own flowers in the back yard. I found about 5 of them today. (I've been searching daily for about a week!) The Jasmines are getting much too big and unwieldy, but I love them -- their arching grace, their strength and stamina and their bright, beautiful blooms.

I found these tomatoes today. You'll never believe where! In the fall, I happened upon a volunteer tomato stalk growing right up amidst my duranta -- far, far away from the vegetable garden where his friends were living! I assume a bird or a human eating outside (or, now that I think of it -- a DOG!!!!) left a seed somewhere that found its way to this tiny spot of earth. Walking by, I saw the glint of red - well, not really red -- maybe coral(!) and found these two little ones. No sign of the tomato plant - I assume it died in the freeze last week, but these two must have survived. Unbelievable! What a lovely little treasure.
Here's a tough photo of my seedlings. Thus far, I've seen Empress of India Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus), Pomodoro Tomatoes (Lycopersicom Lycopersicum) from Italy and California Wonder Orange Peppers (Capsicum Annum). They shot up there today, and will have to be transplanted tomorrow because they are hitting their little heads on the ceiling. So, I'll liberate them from their headaches tomorrow and put them in peat pots. I'm thrilled to be able to put them into the two glass cloches that I ordered for myself last week with the Christmas gift card my dear husband gave me to Gardeners' Supply Company, http://www.gardeners.com I've always wanted some -- and now I even have something to put in them! Look for pictures of the cloches next time.

P.S. Pat me on the back! I figured out how to put a link into my blog text for the first time!!!!!! Whoo hoo. I am SUCH a techno-newbie - but not afraid to try. I am so in awe of all the other beautiful and sophisticated blogs out there -- thanks for inspiring me to try.

8 comments:

kate said...

You deserve more than a pat on the back for learning how to add a link. It took me a long time to do that.

How cool is that - finding tomatoes that you didn't plant! Your Jasmine bloom is pretty - I imagine it has a fragrance to match.

Ah those seedlings look adorable. I love cloches... that you should be so lucky! Gift certificates come in handy for purchasing things that we might not otherwise buy.

Kalyan said...

Beautifully captured shots...Excellent!

Diana said...

Kate - thanks! The technical side of this is so hard for me, but I'm just gonna keep plugging away at it.

Kalyan - Thanks. I'm out today trying to sneak up and capture photos of all the birds -- not having much luck - they are smarter than I am!

Pam/Digging said...

Congratulations, Diana. The technical stuff doesn't come easy to me either.

Hey, start sending discussion topics to Kathy Purdy, who'll be conversing about the technical side of blogging at the Spring Fling.

Diana said...

Thanks, Pam. Your beautiful blog sure makes the technical stuff LOOK easy! I will send some thoughts to Kathy - that's a great idea - thanks.

Sherry said...

I have to admit that I cheated on alot of the technology stuff. Rather than figure it out for myself, I had my sister show me. But last night I figured out how to add pictures from the internet - all by myself. Yahoo!

This is really cruel stuff teasing us northerners with all your pretties!

Christine said...

Wow, I don't have any idea of how to add links, how did you learn how? Love the picture, too.

Diana said...

Sherry - hey - I will do whatever it takes to get it done! Good for you that you have someone to help you. My husband's a huge techno-guy, but not on the blog stuff.

Christine -- If you copy the whole URL you want to link to, then when you're posting, highlight the place in your text that you want to be a link and then click where the formatting and picture download icons are - click on the one that looks like a quotation or bulls horns! Hope that makes some sense!