our yucca is in full bloom . . all at once it burst out with armfuls of flowers.
(must be all this rain . . . )
those are for all of you . . . thank you SO much for your support of claudia’s Ride for MS this month. you deserve big bunches of flowers (and i’m still willing to match gifts with a $5 additional donation til sunday).
before i lived in ohio i don’t ever remember seeing this plant anywhere, though i’m sure it is widely grown. i might not even have noticed it here except that we have a very large one in our yard. the first time it put out its flowering stalk, i watched daily to see what would happen next, not being quite sure what i was looking at. it’s a fast grower once it gets going. its appearance from a clump of what i thought was just greenery took me by surprise. then the size of it—whoa.
then i saw what grew on its branches and called my friend mark.
“mark!” i said, ” there’s something in the yard and i’m not at all sure what it is; can you help?”
“i’ll try,” intoned mark.
“well, it’s a big stalk—at least five feet high—coming out of a clump of pointy leaves that i thought were part of the lily bed. it has arms that stick straight out from that. and then it has these big artichoke-type things on the arms that are HUGE.”
“oh!” said mark, with relief (i think my tone of concern had him a bit worried), “that’s a yucca.”
“ok. but i didn’t put it there. and, it wasn’t there last year.”
“yeah,” he chuckled, “they don’t bloom every year. they didn’t have those in jersey city, eh?”
er, not on my street. thank goodness for real gardeners.
i haven’t been able to get near the garden this week except to snap pictures. it has rained and rained. and then, rained some more. it’s way to soggy to venture in, so i’m letting it grow—things look ok from the edge though. but i will have to get in there and get some of the rapini picked before it bolts (it’s so on the verge). and i’ll grab some other greens too, blanch them all and put ’em in the freezer.
so i’ve been busy with indoor stuff, mainly the secret project (almost done!), new charts, patterns, and swatches. and second socks. yay.
that’s second sock number 3; and the third caterpillar sock, too. i am so going to get the socks out of the way soon. i just hope i have enough yarn to finish this one . . it might be very close. i DO have another small ball of it here . . that’s not the last of the yarn there, so i might make it. david just has big feet, what can i say?
not a whole lotta bloggable goods though, sorry . . . i try to think of other things to write about but it’s hard. i can’t even tell a funny story poking fun at david a little—he’s been working so hard at his job he’s lucky to get a nap, much less a full night’s sleep. so picking on him would be bad, right? i mean, not that he tends toward cranky or anything, but he might be feeling fragile.
although . . . there is a sort-of funny story about the ant traps he put in the guest bathroom (oh heck—he doesn’t read my blog, so i’m gonna tell it).
see, we seem to get ants in that room only for some reason and it drives us nuts because, of course, that’s the one spot in the house we’d like to appear presentable. so we keep stocked up on ant motels, keep searching for better solutions, and hope our friends are the kind that let that kind of thing pass.
so, last week david came home with a new type of ant trap and placed them in the lavatory. this one was sure to get rid of them forever, right? the next time i walked in there, all i could do was stare in amazement—there were like 300 ants around the one trap.
hmm—a good result, but not exactly what we had in mind
later, i saw the same traps on the front porch just OUTSIDE the bathroom.
that david—he’s a thinker.
i’ve been swatching with the new fearless fibers merino/tencel yarn
i’m gonna have a new scarf started soon i think. i’ve got two stitch patterns that i’m playing with; we’ll see what they look like after a bath, then i’ll decide.
meanwhile, the other delicious scarf was well underway and i was lovin’ the pattern i picked and motoring along alright when i realized that there was too much stockinette near the edges and they might curl too much. darn it. i had just got into the right groove with this yarn, too.
so i ripped out the three or so inches i had knit with the slippery stuff and refigured my chart to have four less sts near the edge. i also decided the chart should begin on a different row to make the corners prettier (ok, yes, i realize i am baring my naked designer pickiness to the world—just be happy it’s me and not you).
so, that’s all the “progress” i have on that today.
but you know what? it’s friday. and that means it’s the weekend.
i’m not saying that means i’ll have lots more knitting to show for myself—but i might.