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It’s getting to be about that time when I have to start thinking about planting seeds indoors for this year’s garden. The thing that makes gardening more exciting this year is that I have an entire… huge… YARD to work with (!!!), so that means trees, raised beds, herbs fruits veggies flowers… trellises to grow climbing roses on, etc… I can hardly contain my excitement 🙂

some of the beauties I’m looking forward to planting this year:

_mimosa silk tree

_tulip tree

_white pumpkins

_pickling cucumbers



_red currants



….and I also discovered a Weeping Pussy Willow tree (!?), but it may have to wait. Ahh! I plan to spend copious amounts of time with the gardens this summer… sigh.

[a mimosa silk tree in bloom]


Nonsek is Graphic Remix!(click the photo to check out Nonsek: graphic designers let you “remix” their work for almost one-of-a-kind t-shirt designs)

bush is still a blockhead(7/26/2009, downtown appleton, WI)

Listen! The Dead Weather

wisconsin in july(7/25/2009, driving down hwy 47, WI)

…There is a statue of

Etienne Dolet in Paris.

Dolet was a book printer

who printed a book that

defied Catholic dogma.

He was then accused of

heresy and burned at

the stake over a fire

fueled by his own books.

tomatoes from the garden(the tomatoes in my garden have ripened.

while squirrels got the first two, i get the next four.)

I know I write about my garden a lot, but I’m pretty proud of it. This year’s the first that I’ve grown vegetables, so it’s cool that I’ve seen success! One of my favorite things to do in the morning is to go outside & run my hand through the lavender plant – it’s so aromatic & lets out the best smell in the world 🙂

good morning, lavender

This morning I staked the beans because the vegetables are beginning to make the plants really heavy. I’m amazed at how many beans one little stalk can produce…


The beans are ready to pick when they’re about 5-6″ long, which is starting to happen. I’m really excited to use them in a salad on Saturday (grocery shopping day), but I did try one this morning. My first bean. Organic seeds planted in organic soil, unfertilized, no sprays or pesticides. I planted a clove of garlic in the planter with the beans because (according to Italian tradition, I am told) the garlic smell will naturally keep the bugs away. So delicious!!

clean, cut, eat!

(today I’ve got to shoot off a business email or two, then I’m going over to my apartment to clean up/move some things while Megan & Herman are out of the country & while Sara is at work… it’s a beautifully sunny & warm day! xoxo)