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  1.  Vying for control    13 April 2014    Garden,
         Apr 13, 2014
  Garden  
  2.  Strawberries, Fresas and Fraises    23 July 2015    Books Garden,
         Jul 23, 2015
  Books, Garden  
  3.  Lots of lettuce    19 May 2018    Books Garden,
         May 19, 2018
  Garden, Books  
  4.  Spring    4 June 2018    Flower Garden,
         Jun 4, 2018
  Flower, Garden  
  5.  Green House    18 July 2018    Garden, Panorama
         Jul 18, 2018
  Garden, Panorama  
  6.  Strawberry torte    26 July 2018    Cooking Garden,
         Jul 26, 2018
  Cooking, Garden  
  7.  Their pink, congested cheeks    27 July 2018    Books Garden, Proust
         Jul 27, 2018
  Proust, Garden, Books  
  8.  More pesto on the way    9 August 2018    Garden,
         Aug 9, 2018
  Garden  
  9.  A couple from the garden    27 August 2019    Garden,
         Aug 27, 2019
  Garden  
10.  Borderline crazy    27 March 2020    Flower Garden,
         Mar 27, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
11.  Spring in the garden    25 April 2020    Flower Garden,
         Apr 25, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
12.  Soft green    27 April 2020    Garden,
         Apr 27, 2020
  Garden  
13.  Purple    1 May 2020    Flower Garden,
         May 1, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
14.  Violet    2 May 2020    Flower Garden,
         May 2, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
15.  White    3 May 2020    Flower Garden,
         May 3, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
16.  Yellow and red    5 May 2020    Flower Garden,
         May 5, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
17.  Rhododendron    6 May 2020    Flower Garden,
         May 6, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
18.  Yellowish    7 May 2020    Flower Garden,
         May 7, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
19.  Tomato seedlings    9 May 2020    Garden,
         May 9, 2020
  Garden  
20.  Deep red    10 May 2020    Garden,
         May 10, 2020
  Garden  
21.  Pink strawberry    11 May 2020    Flower Garden,
         May 11, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
22.  Lemon    13 May 2020    Garden,
         May 13, 2020
  Garden  
23.  Rhododendron season    14 May 2020    Flower Garden,
         May 14, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
24.  Plant panorama    15 May 2020    Garden,
         May 15, 2020
  Garden  
25.  Silvery foliage    19 May 2020    Garden,
         May 19, 2020
  Garden  
26.  Delicate green    21 May 2020    Garden,
         May 21, 2020
  Garden  
27.  Blue geranium    22 May 2020    Garden,
         May 22, 2020
  Garden  
28.  Bee season    5 June 2020    Flower Garden,
         Jun 5, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
29.  First strawberries    24 June 2020    Garden,
         Jun 24, 2020
  Garden  
30.  Basil from the garden    26 June 2020    Garden,
         Jun 26, 2020
  Garden  
31.  Red and white    27 June 2020    Garden,
         Jun 27, 2020
  Garden  
32.  Sunflowers    2 July 2020    Garden,
         Jul 2, 2020
  Garden  
33.  Lavendar    26 July 2020    Flower Garden,
         Jul 26, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
34.  Tomatoes from the garden    17 September 2020    Garden,
         Sep 17, 2020
  Garden  
35.  Succulent    19 September 2020    Garden,
         Sep 19, 2020
  Garden  
36.  Finally some rain    23 September 2020    Garden,
         Sep 23, 2020
  Garden  
37.  A long time coming    14 November 2020    Garden,
         Nov 14, 2020
  Garden  
 
 
 
1. Vying for control
13 April 2014    Garden 
1. Vying for control   
13 April 2014    Garden   
 
 
 

Jane, the original owner of my house, planted a lovely garden on the best spot for one: a sunny westerly hillside that is sheltered from the wind. Plants love the sun, the drainage, and the protection. Jane filled the garden with a selection of plants that flowers throughout the summer. It is beautiful, and it is right outside my office.

But the garden has a few ground covers that think they can control things. They surround and strangle everything in their path. One, with red berries and small shiny leaves of deep green, was very attractive but I pulled it out last spring and replaced it with a mix of annual and perennial flowers.

Today I started removing the two remaining ground covers, a blue-flowering plant that was also a pest where I lived in California and another plant, with boring little leaves and tiny spidery black stems. I'll be glad when these are gone, though I'll still have the occasional blackberry vine popping up.   

Music for the day. Bridal Trilogy 2.

 
 
 
2. Strawberries, Fresas and Fraises
23 July 2015    Books, Garden 
2. Strawberries, Fresas and Fraises   
23 July 2015    Books, Garden   
 
 
 
 

The berries in the picture are Albion strawberries from my greenhouse. I don't have a lot of success growing fruits and vegetables so I celebrate when I get something edible, and these are very edible. I started with a box of dry-rooted plants a few years ago and by the second year they were producing beautiful red berries like crazy. Not as sweet as the Quinault and Ever Sweet I added this year but boy these Albions are prettier. I thought they were done for this year, they looked tired and the few berries were devoured by pill bugs, but suddenly the bugs went away and the plants took off.

Along with pondering ways of eating strawberries I've been listening to two deliveries of Ulysses. I started the audible.com Ulysses read by Jim Norton on June 16. Soon afterwards I added Frank Delaney's re: Joyce podcast. Five weeks and 48 podcasts later I'm approaching the end of chapter one. So far Joyce has maintained my interest. At this pace I don't know how long it will take to complete the book but at least I am getting to know Joyce's stand in Stephen Dedalus, Buck Mulligan, the Englishman Haines, and a bit of Irish history, especially vis-a-vis the Brits.

I'm also working my way through Duolingo. No, I'm not doing Irish, I'm doing French and Spanish - I'm on a 50-day streak - and occasionally I do a lesson in Portuguese or Dutch. I hesitated to jump into two languages at once but I've found it not as confusing as I feared.

Adios and au revoir.

 
 
 
 
Strawberries (Albion) from my greenhouse
     
 
 
 
Strawberries (Albion) from my greenhouse
     
 
 
 
Strawberries (Albion) from my greenhouse
     
 
 
3. Lots of lettuce
19 May 2018    Books, Garden 
3. Lots of lettuce   
19 May 2018    Books, Garden   
 
 
 
 

The photo is of my first-ever success with lettuce. I've a bumper crop of tasty green leaves. I've so much lettuce, when friends visit I beg them to take some home.

You'd think I'd done this by now. I've mentioned that I grow tomatoes and basil and strawberries. But I've stubbornly insisted on growing lettuce outdoors, refusing to acknowledge that Otter Point, Canada, is just too cold for lettuce. No longer. I planted some in the greenhouse and viola, I've all the salad I can eat.

Speaking of the greenhouse, when I'm in it I'm usually listening to something on my iPhone via a little bluetooth speaker and recently my aural entertainment was Tom Hollander's spot-on reading of A Clockwork Orange. O my brothers, this is an excellent performance.

I'm so inspired by Alex, the main in Clockwork, that I'm listening to a malenky* bit of his fave composer Ludwig van, the Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13. As Alex would say, it's horrorshow.

*See the Nadsat dictionary.

The lettuce photo was taken with Fuji's 35mm 1.4, a lens that couldn't be better looking. It's just big enough to feature two nice-sized rings, one for focus and one for aperture (whatever happened to aperture rings?) and it's even got a metal hood that's shaped to shield the lens with the least lens-hood presence. I'm a sucker for good-looking things, and the Fuji is damn good looking.

The 35/1.4 is one of Fuji's oldest primes. Unlike the new ones it's noisy and it changes length while focusing, both of which bother reviewers. But it works perfectly with the Xpro's idiosyncratic optical viewfinder, and the 1.4 gives the photographer a lot of flexibility.

But it is beautifully sized, just big enough for a couple of nice-sized rings, for aperture and focus. It comes with a sweet metal hood. And it works beautifully with the X-Pro2's clever optical viewfinder. It's as if the lens was made for this camera.

I almost forgot: it takes sweet pictures, too.

The 35 reminds me of the older Nikon primes, like the 35/2 and 20/2.8, which I find charmingly light and small, far more attractive than their new versions.

 
 
 
 
Lots of lettuce
     
 
 
 
Lots of lettuce
     
 
 
 
Lots of lettuce
     
 
 
4. Spring
4 June 2018    Flower, Garden 
S   M   L
4. Spring   
4 June 2018    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 

I do love this time of year, if only for the flowers. The very blue sage is my favorite, and it'll bloom until fall. The bright orange poppy, on the other hand, provides the briefest of shows. The fragile flowers quickly fall apart from the wind.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Green House
18 July 2018    Garden  Panorama 
5. Green House   
18 July 2018    Garden, Panorama   
 
 
 
 
Greenhouse panorama
     
 
 
 
Greenhouse panorama
     
 
 
 
Greenhouse panorama
     
 
 

Here's a photo of the green house bursting with basil, greens, strawberries and tomatoes. It's a nice time of year if you are a plant lover.

The photo, a not-very-impressive panorama --- see how the table is bent? --- is made from 4 photos, shot with a Samyang 12, which is a wide and fast lens, it's a 2.0, but one that is also EXIF-free and strictly manual focus. The former, the lack of recorded data, I can't do much about, at least not easily, I could carry a notebook or use the Fuji's voice annotation feature, but the second weakness, the manual focus, is somewhat alleviated with Fuji's focus assist, the little snakey dots which run along edges that are in focus, focus being a set of points containing a sharp color change.

Ahh, but helpful as they are, the dots can be hard to see, especially on a sunny day and you're looking at a busy scene, like a greenhouse full of plants. The trick to using focus assist, to enhance the contrast of the in-focus areas, is to set the film sim to b&w, like Acros, which I love, then set the focus assist dots to something contrasty like bright red, the red-colored focus marks stand out well against the b&w. The only downside to this is it adds a step in post for all those times you want a film sim that isn't b&w.

While I'm doing this glueing together of photos I'm listening to k.d. lang, Pullin' Back the Reins, she has such a fine voice, she almost makes me like the sound of country. Almost. Oh and if by chance you notice some sentences running long it's because I'm reading Proust who is able to weave a luscious story into one long punctuation-rich sentence, something I cannot do, I don't really even aspire to achieve this feat, but I am awed at his ability to do so in so effortless a manner, and to inspire me to face each sentence as a mountain that must be climbed in one uninterrupted effort.

 
 
 
6. Strawberry torte
26 July 2018    Cooking, Garden 
S   M   L
6. Strawberry torte   
26 July 2018    Cooking, Garden   
 
 
 
 

A torte is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, butter creams, mousses, jams, or fruits. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torte

 

As I raised a piece of strawberry torte to my lips, strawberry not plum despite the recipe's name* since that's the fruit on hand, I considered a friend's comment that this did not sound like a torte, so once done enjoying the rich dessert embedded with fruit I consulted the internet and Harold McGee and Mark Bittman and realized there isn't unanimity in how torte is defined and then I thought whatever it's called, it's easy and delicious and I'll just leave it at that.

* Original Plum Torte by Marian Burros.

 
 
 
 
Strawberries fresh from the greenhouse
     
 
 
 
Strawberries fresh from the greenhouse
     
 
 
 
Strawberries fresh from the greenhouse
     
 
 
Tortes ready for the oven
     
 
 
 
Tortes ready for the oven
     
 
 
 
Tortes ready for the oven
     
 
 
Ready to eat
     
 
 
 
Ready to eat
     
 
 
 
Ready to eat
     
 
 
7. Their pink, congested cheeks
27 July 2018    Books, Garden  Proust 
7. Their pink, congested cheeks   
27 July 2018    Books, Garden, Proust   
 
 
 
 
Fuchsia
     
 
 
 
Fuchsia
     
 
 
 
Fuchsia
     
 
 

There's a giant fuchsia next to the greenhouse, just outside the fence. It winters in the greenhouse but come spring it's carried by cart to a prominent position, near the front door. It's vulnerable situated here outside the deer fence, and since it's covered with flowers it should be attracting deer, but it doesn't; perhaps it's the dog who likes to bark at all things animal, even the birds flying overhead.

Speaking of fuchsias, Proust mentions the flower (a purple one, mine is more light pink) while he is in the midst of a description of the town of Chambray, a discussion that focuses on the church and the steeple of Saint-Hilaire. I like this sentence, and I include it to contrast the Moncrieff translation and the more recent Davis translation.

In vain might Mme. Loiseau deck her window-sills with fuchsias, which developed the bad habit of letting their branches trail at all times and in all directions, head downwards, and whose flowers had no more important business, when they were big enough to taste the joys of life, than to go and cool their purple, congested cheeks against the dark front of the church; to me such conduct sanctified the fuchsias not at all; between the flowers and the blackened stones towards which they leaned, if my eyes could discern no interval, my mind preserved the impression of an abyss. Swann's Way, C. K. Scott Moncrieff translation

Even though Mme Loiseau might have at her window fuchsias which developed the bad habit of forever allowing their branches to run all over with heads lowered, and whose flowers had no business more pressing, when they were large enough, than to go and cool their flushed, violet cheeks against the dark front of the church, for me the fuchsias did not for this reason become holy; between the flowers and the blackened stone against which they leaned, if my eyes perceived no interval, my mind reserved an abyss. The Way by Swann's, Lydia Davis translation

 
 
 
8. More pesto on the way
9 August 2018    Garden 
8. More pesto on the way   
9 August 2018    Garden   
 
 
 
 
The last basil of the season
     
 
 
 
The last basil of the season
     
 
 
 
The last basil of the season
     
 
 

 
 
 
9. A couple from the garden
27 August 2019    Garden 
S   M   L
9. A couple from the garden   
27 August 2019    Garden   
 
 
 
 

Vegetable-wise, this has been a poor year for tomatoes and hit and miss for basil, but the peppers are looking good.

 
 
 
 
Sweet Sunset peppers
     
 
 
 
Sweet Sunset peppers
     
 
 
 
Sweet Sunset peppers
     
 
 
Basil pesto coming up
     
 
 
 
Basil pesto coming up
     
 
 
 
Basil pesto coming up
     
 
 
10. Borderline crazy
27 March 2020    Flower, Garden 
10. Borderline crazy   
27 March 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 

U.S. won't post troops at Canadian border. The Globe and Mail, 27 March 2020

A headline I never thought I'd read. Is there a fear of Canadians escaping single-payer healthcare?

It's been a busy year 2020 has. In January Paul got a new knee courtesy of a cast of wonderful medical professionals. And just as he's ready to use that knee unassisted, after a month using assists like a walker and crutches, just as he's ready to go out we are confined by the pandemic. Admittedly we aren't suffering, all the suffering is in our heads as we read of what's going on elsewhere. like in Italy where we spent a month last fall. A perfect trip, hiking and touring Sardinia followed by an immersion into art in Venice. As we left the waters were rising, they crested just days later.

My mood is grim.

 
 
 
 
Spring flower
     
 
 
 
Spring flower
     
 
 
 
Spring flower
     
 
 
11. Spring in the garden
25 April 2020    Flower, Garden 
S   M   L
11. Spring in the garden   
25 April 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
This Gerbera flowers no matter the season
     
 
 
 
This Gerbera flowers no matter the season
     
 
 
 
This Gerbera flowers no matter the season
     
 
 
The usual: tomato, lettuce, basil, pepper, sage, cosmos
     
 
 
 
The usual: tomato, lettuce, basil, pepper, sage, cosmos
     
 
 
 
The usual: tomato, lettuce, basil, pepper, sage, cosmos
     
 
 
Wild geranium up close
     
 
 
 
Wild geranium up close
     
 
 
 
Wild geranium up close
     
 
 
Wild Geranium
     
 
 
 
Wild Geranium
     
 
 
 
Wild Geranium
     
 
 

 
 
 
12. Soft green
27 April 2020    Garden 
12. Soft green   
27 April 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
Euphorbia
     
 
 
 
Euphorbia
     
 
 
 
Euphorbia
     
 
 

 
 
 
13. Purple
1 May 2020    Flower, Garden 
13. Purple   
1 May 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
Hyacinth
     
 
 
 
Hyacinth
     
 
 
 
Hyacinth
     
 
 



 
 
 
14. Violet
2 May 2020    Flower, Garden 
14. Violet   
2 May 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
Violet
     
 
 
 
Violet
     
 
 
 
Violet
     
 
 

 
 
 
15. White
3 May 2020    Flower, Garden 
15. White   
3 May 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus
     
 
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus
     
 
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus
     
 
 

 
 
 
16. Yellow and red
5 May 2020    Flower, Garden 
16. Yellow and red   
5 May 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
Oregon Grape
     
 
 
 
Oregon Grape
     
 
 
 
Oregon Grape
     
 
 

 
 
 
17. Rhododendron
6 May 2020    Flower, Garden 
17. Rhododendron   
6 May 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 

I seem to have taken on a flowers of the northwest theme so here's another, the common Rhododendron. Plus bee. I say they are common as they grow easily here, they like it damp and shady. They are quite showy for a short period, and as you can see the yet-to-open flower can be much deeper coloured than the open flower.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
18. Yellowish
7 May 2020    Flower, Garden 
18. Yellowish   
7 May 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
Lewisia
     
 
 
 
Lewisia
     
 
 
 
Lewisia
     
 
 

 
 
 
19. Tomato seedlings
9 May 2020    Garden 
19. Tomato seedlings   
9 May 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
Seedlings
     
 
 
 
Seedlings
     
 
 
 
Seedlings
     
 
 

 
 
 
20. Deep red
10 May 2020    Garden 
20. Deep red   
10 May 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
Geranium
     
 
 
 
Geranium
     
 
 
 
Geranium
     
 
 

 
 
 
21. Pink strawberry
11 May 2020    Flower, Garden 
21. Pink strawberry   
11 May 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

While the label says Toscana's fruit is edible I'd grow it for the flowers.

 
 
 
22. Lemon
13 May 2020    Garden 
22. Lemon   
13 May 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 

Friends gave me a small lemon tree and now I've a lemon on the way.

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
23. Rhododendron season
14 May 2020    Flower, Garden 
23. Rhododendron season   
14 May 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
24. Plant panorama
15 May 2020    Garden 
24. Plant panorama   
15 May 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
Greenhouse
     
 
 
 
Greenhouse
     
 
 
 
Greenhouse
     
 
 

 
 
 
25. Silvery foliage
19 May 2020    Garden 
25. Silvery foliage   
19 May 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
Huchera or Coral Bells
     
 
 
 
Huchera or Coral Bells
     
 
 
 
Huchera or Coral Bells
     
 
 

 
 
 
26. Delicate green
21 May 2020    Garden 
26. Delicate green   
21 May 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
27. Blue geranium
22 May 2020    Garden 
27. Blue geranium   
22 May 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
28. Bee season
5 June 2020    Flower, Garden 
28. Bee season   
5 June 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
Two bees on Columbine
     
 
 
 
Two bees on Columbine
     
 
 
 
Two bees on Columbine
     
 
 

 
 
 
29. First strawberries
24 June 2020    Garden 
29. First strawberries   
24 June 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 

The smaller berries are Toscana, the two large ones are my favorite Albions.

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
30. Basil from the garden
26 June 2020    Garden 
30. Basil from the garden   
26 June 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
Pesto coming up
     
 
 
 
Pesto coming up
     
 
 
 
Pesto coming up
     
 
 

 
 
 
31. Red and white
27 June 2020    Garden 
31. Red and white   
27 June 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
Fuchsia
     
 
 
 
Fuchsia
     
 
 
 
Fuchsia
     
 
 

 
 
 
32. Sunflowers
2 July 2020    Garden 
S   M   L
32. Sunflowers   
2 July 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 

This is my first time growing sunflowers. The flowers are huge. And the plants grow so fast, in no time they were taller than me.

 
 
 
 
Sunflower
     
 
 
 
Sunflower
     
 
 
 
Sunflower
     
 
 
Sunflower
     
 
 
 
Sunflower
     
 
 
 
Sunflower
     
 
 
33. Lavendar
26 July 2020    Flower, Garden 
33. Lavendar   
26 July 2020    Flower, Garden   
 
 
 
 
Lavendar in bloom
     
 
 
 
Lavendar in bloom
     
 
 
 
Lavendar in bloom
     
 
 

 
 
 
34. Tomatoes from the garden
17 September 2020    Garden 
34. Tomatoes from the garden   
17 September 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
35. Succulent
19 September 2020    Garden 
35. Succulent   
19 September 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
36. Finally some rain
23 September 2020    Garden 
36. Finally some rain   
23 September 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
37. A long time coming
14 November 2020    Garden 
S   M   L
37. A long time coming   
14 November 2020    Garden   
 
 
 
 

This is for a friend. She gave me a lemon tree last spring, a tree that was for a long time covered in blossoms and then by many green fruits that hung on throughout the summer and into the fall. I removed a few fruits, to ease its burden, but there are many still there. Actually it's two trees, a lemon and a lime, but I couldn't tell which was fruiting. Then recently one turned yellow. So it's a lemon. Come spring I'll move it to a bigger pot and feed it more.