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12 May 2018 @ 11:45 pm
It's the night before Mother's Day  
and tomorrow will be strange. It'll be the first without any kids at home, which is a tough adjustment. This empty nest situation is for the birds!

I spent some time looking around Amazon for potential gift ideas to send to the kids, including a hedgehog statue for the garden (gads, but Amazon's interpretation of search terms is aggravating). I stumbled across all sorts of items for fairy gardens and dollhouses/ miniature gardens, which I didn't know was even a thing! There were some of those at the plant nursery last week too, but who knew it was so widespread? Also, hedgie-themed planters. And at the other end of the scale, a figurine for about $55. Boy, for that kind of money, I want a certified Rodin replica!

We're in the process of re-landscaping parts of the garden, to replace the plants that died when the big shade trees had to be removed. I so miss Capitol Nursery, which went under near the end of the recession. We're left with some smaller nurseries and a larger one with little variety, and none of them is as willing to special-order as Capitol was. In Sacramento, our challenges are the hot sun and finding plants that bloom in the summer (since that's about half of the year here). And on the flip side, avoiding things that can't take freezing temperatures. :O Plus... when the guidelines say "full sun," is that Sacramento sun? Because it's pretty horrific....

Still working on my post-surgery exercise, which has really been hard on my feet. The plantar fasciitis is looming, but the blisters alone would be bad enough. Yikes. Just 2-3 weeks and I should be able to ease back into bicycling, and ideally will be able to add in some elliptical training rather than pavement pounding.

Can't stay awake, so I'll close this for now. Happy Mid-May to one and all.

Peterpeterb on May 13th, 2018 01:37 pm (UTC)
Sounds like trying to plant out a blast furnace would be easier. Good luck with it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2018 09:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, 'blast furnace' is how we often refer to the hottest days around here. Ugh. ;)

It's too bad-- when I see fabulous gardens, they're often in places like San Francisco or Los Angeles. Neither place has our problem with heat OR cold, so more shade plants do well there, and things like bougainvillea (one of my favorites) lives for years and gets big and bountiful. Here... one winter is enough to kill it. :O
Peterpeterb on May 14th, 2018 08:51 pm (UTC)
My advice: move somewhere more temperate.
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 13th, 2018 04:50 pm (UTC)
i guess a nice blooming cactus wouldn't work.... would it survive the winter?

you can't mention the hedgehog garden statue and not share a link! i mean, share the hedge!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2018 09:24 pm (UTC)
There aren't as many blooming cacti as you might think, though some DO live through winter-- the high-desert types, for instance. I do like the agave americana cactus, with its yellow and green leaves. A neighbor has one kind of like this except with more folded arms. It looks like a little Cthulhu cactus!

I've remedied the linkage issue, and you can now visit garden hedgies above at will. :D
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 14th, 2018 02:08 am (UTC)
cthulhu cactus! sounds neat and also creepy.

those garden hedges are so cute! the planters are especially adorable, and the last figurine has the best expression. it's smiling! i know it's $55 but doesn't everyone need a happy hedge in their garden? :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 14th, 2018 05:46 am (UTC)
I love the planter with the staircase zig-zagging down the middle, and the little hedgehog on it :D

It looks as if some people have used the happy and expensive hedgie as a tombstone for their own little departed hedgehogs. I can understand that completely.