There is precious little for a garden blogger to share in January, so I was thrilled to run across the Random 5 Friday challenge while visiting Under the Oaks. I can definitely think of 5 events worthy of the title–most even have pics–so here goes.
1. Jack taming Ficus elastica (aka Rubbertree Plant,) something I hadn’t pruned since 2011!
2. A bobcat came through the cat door to our screened porch! No photos because I was too immobilized (at first) to even consider them!
So there I was around 10:30pm happily watching the Property Brothers, when Clarisse suddenly perked up, and turned to face the open (screenless! yikes!) sliding glass door. Starring back at us was a bobcat, and when I tell you this animal was in the stock-still-I’m-facing-you-down pose, believe it!
I ran to slam the slider and when it realized it was trapped it went NUTS, racing back and forth, jumping on the furniture, slamming off the screens, back and forth, back and forth, too panicked I suppose to retrace the steps back out!
With broom (??) and flashlight in hand, I ran out out the front door and around the back of the house to open the porch from the outside. As soon as I did this, I bolted like a bat out of hell the way I’d come, wildly brandishing my light and broom! (We live on the corner of a busy street–I wonder what the passing cars thought!? hahahaha! “Look at the wierd lady!”)
Phew! I was never so happy to get back inside! I assume the bobcat ran away as quickly as I did hopefully it never comes back!
3. Look!!! My first ever Passport! That’s right, it arrived, and FAST: we submitted my application on New Year’s Eve. Watch out, England! Esta and Esta are coming in August!
4. It’s seed buying time! Come Feb.1st, here’s some of what I’ll be planting:
5. The most random event of all was seeing my first ever coleus spike!
Up north, I’d occasionally buy a few coleus “starts” to pop between my hostas, but the short Massachusetts growing season had them frost-ruined long before bloom time.
Note: coleus collectors pinch off the spike as soon as it appears, channeling the plants’ energy into branching instead of flower production. To each his/her own I suppose…me, I like flowers!
Well, that’s all the randomness from this end! If you’d like to read more, check out the related Zemanta links below!
Until next time……