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Vying for control  Sun 13 Apr 2014   Garden 
Apr 13, 2014
  Garden  
Strawberries, Fresas and Fraises  Thu 23 Jul 2015   15/2.8  Books  Garden 
Jul 23, 2015
  Books, Garden, 15/2.8  
Lots of lettuce  Sat 19 May 2018   Books  Garden  XF 35/1.4 
May 19, 2018
  Garden, Books, XF 35/1.4  
Spring  Mon 4 Jun 2018   105vr  Flower  Garden 
Jun 4, 2018
  Flower, Garden, 105vr  
Green House  Wed 18 Jul 2018   Garden  Panorama  Samyang 12 
Jul 18, 2018
  Garden, Panorama, Samyang 12  
Strawberry torte  Thu 26 Jul 2018   Cooking  Garden 
Jul 26, 2018
  Cooking, Garden  
Their pink, congested cheeks  Fri 27 Jul 2018   Books  Garden  Proust  XF 16/1.4 
Jul 27, 2018
  Proust, Garden, Books, XF 16/1.4  
More pesto on the way  Thu 9 Aug 2018   Garden  XF 16/1.4 
Aug 9, 2018
  Garden, XF 16/1.4  
A couple from the garden  Tue 27 Aug 2019   Garden 
Aug 27, 2019
  Garden  
Borderline crazy  Fri 27 Mar 2020   Flower  Garden 
Mar 27, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Spring in the garden  Sat 25 Apr 2020   Flower  Garden 
Apr 25, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Soft green  Mon 27 Apr 2020   Garden 
Apr 27, 2020
  Garden  
Purple  Fri 1 May 2020   Flower  Garden 
May 1, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Violet  Sat 2 May 2020   Flower  Garden 
May 2, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
White  Sun 3 May 2020   Flower  Garden 
May 3, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Yellow and red  Tue 5 May 2020   Flower  Garden 
May 5, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Rhododendron  Wed 6 May 2020   Flower  Garden 
May 6, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Yellowish  Thu 7 May 2020   Flower  Garden 
May 7, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Tomato seedlings  Sat 9 May 2020   Garden 
May 9, 2020
  Garden  
Deep red  Sun 10 May 2020   Garden 
May 10, 2020
  Garden  
Pink Strawberry  Mon 11 May 2020   Flower  Garden 
May 11, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Lemon  Wed 13 May 2020   Garden 
May 13, 2020
  Garden  
Rhododendron season  Thu 14 May 2020   Flower  Garden 
May 14, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Plant panorama  Fri 15 May 2020   Garden 
May 15, 2020
  Garden  
Silvery foliage  Tue 19 May 2020   Garden 
May 19, 2020
  Garden  
Delicate green  Thu 21 May 2020   Garden 
May 21, 2020
  Garden  
Blue  Fri 22 May 2020   Garden 
May 22, 2020
  Garden  
Bee season  Fri 5 Jun 2020   Flower  Garden 
Jun 5, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
First strawberries  Wed 24 Jun 2020   Garden 
Jun 24, 2020
  Garden  
Basil from the garden  Fri 26 Jun 2020   Garden 
Jun 26, 2020
  Garden  
Red and white  Sat 27 Jun 2020   Garden 
Jun 27, 2020
  Garden  
Sunflowers  Thu 2 Jul 2020   Garden 
Jul 2, 2020
  Garden  
Lavendar  Sun 26 Jul 2020   Flower  Garden 
Jul 26, 2020
  Flower, Garden  
Tomatoes  Thu 17 Sep 2020   Garden 
Sep 17, 2020
  Garden  
Succulent  Sat 19 Sep 2020   Garden 
Sep 19, 2020
  Garden  
 
 
 
Vying for control
Sun 13 Apr 2014      Garden 
Vying for control
     Sun 13 Apr 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.

 
 
 
Strawberries, Fresas and Fraises
Thu 23 Jul 2015      15/2.8 - Books - Garden 
Strawberries, Fresas and Fraises
     Thu 23 Jul 2015      15/2.8 - 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      
 
 
Lots of lettuce
Sat 19 May 2018      Books - Garden  XF 35/1.4
Lots of lettuce
     Sat 19 May 2018      Books - Garden  XF 35/1.4
 
 
 

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      
 
 
Spring
Mon 4 Jun 2018      105vr - Flower - Garden 
Spring
     Mon 4 Jun 2018      105vr - 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.

 
 
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Green House
Wed 18 Jul 2018      Garden  Panorama - Samyang 12
Green House
     Wed 18 Jul 2018      Garden  Panorama - Samyang 12
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Strawberry torte
Thu 26 Jul 2018      Cooking - Garden 
Strawberry torte
     Thu 26 Jul 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.

 
 
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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      
 
 
Their pink, congested cheeks
Fri 27 Jul 2018      Books - Garden  Proust - XF 16/1.4
Their pink, congested cheeks
     Fri 27 Jul 2018      Books - Garden  Proust - XF 16/1.4
 
 
 
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

 
 
 
More pesto on the way
Thu 9 Aug 2018      Garden  XF 16/1.4
More pesto on the way
     Thu 9 Aug 2018      Garden  XF 16/1.4
 
 
 
The last basil of the season      
 
 
The last basil of the season      
 
 
The last basil of the season      
 
 

 
 
 
A couple from the garden
Tue 27 Aug 2019      Garden 
A couple from the garden
     Tue 27 Aug 2019      Garden 
 
 
 

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

 
 
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Sweet Sunset peppers      
 
 
Sweet Sunset peppers      
 
 
Sweet Sunset peppers      
 
Basil pesto coming up      
 
 
Basil pesto coming up      
 
 
Basil pesto coming up      
 
 
Borderline crazy
Fri 27 Mar 2020      Flower - Garden 
Borderline crazy
     Fri 27 Mar 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      
 
 
Spring in the garden
Sat 25 Apr 2020      Flower - Garden 
Spring in the garden
     Sat 25 Apr 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
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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      
 
 

 
 
 
Soft green
Mon 27 Apr 2020      Garden 
Soft green
     Mon 27 Apr 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Euphorbia      
 
 
Euphorbia      
 
 
Euphorbia      
 
 

 
 
 
Purple
Fri 1 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
Purple
     Fri 1 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Hyacinth      
 
 
Hyacinth      
 
 
Hyacinth      
 
 



 
 
 
Violet
Sat 2 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
Violet
     Sat 2 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Violet      
 
 
Violet      
 
 
Violet      
 
 

 
 
 
White
Sun 3 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
White
     Sun 3 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus      
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus      
 
 
Mock Orange or Philadelphus      
 
 

 
 
 
Yellow and red
Tue 5 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
Yellow and red
     Tue 5 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Oregon Grape      
 
 
Oregon Grape      
 
 
Oregon Grape      
 
 

 
 
 
Rhododendron
Wed 6 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
Rhododendron
     Wed 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.

 
 
 
Rhododendron      
 
 
Rhododendron      
 
 
Rhododendron      
 
 
Yellowish
Thu 7 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
Yellowish
     Thu 7 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Lewisia      
 
 
Lewisia      
 
 
Lewisia      
 
 

 
 
 
Tomato seedlings
Sat 9 May 2020      Garden 
Tomato seedlings
     Sat 9 May 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Seedlings      
 
 
Seedlings      
 
 
Seedlings      
 
 

 
 
 
Deep red
Sun 10 May 2020      Garden 
Deep red
     Sun 10 May 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Geranium      
 
 
Geranium      
 
 
Geranium      
 
 

 
 
 
Pink Strawberry
Mon 11 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
Pink Strawberry
     Mon 11 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Strawberry Toscana      
 
 
Strawberry Toscana      
 
 
Strawberry Toscana      
 
 

This strawberry variety, Toscana, is labeled as an edible ornamental strawberry. I'd grow it for the flowers alone.

 
 
 
Lemon
Wed 13 May 2020      Garden 
Lemon
     Wed 13 May 2020      Garden 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
My first lemon      
 
 
My first lemon      
 
 
My first lemon      
 
 
Rhododendron season
Thu 14 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
Rhododendron season
     Thu 14 May 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Rhododendron collage      
 
 
Rhododendron collage      
 
 
Rhododendron collage      
 
 

 
 
 
Plant panorama
Fri 15 May 2020      Garden 
Plant panorama
     Fri 15 May 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Greenhouse      
 
 
Greenhouse      
 
 
Greenhouse      
 
 

 
 
 
Silvery foliage
Tue 19 May 2020      Garden 
Silvery foliage
     Tue 19 May 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Huchera or Coral Bells      
 
 
Huchera or Coral Bells      
 
 
Huchera or Coral Bells      
 
 

 
 
 
Delicate green
Thu 21 May 2020      Garden 
Delicate green
     Thu 21 May 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Ferns      
 
 
Ferns      
 
 
Ferns      
 
 

 
 
 
Blue
Fri 22 May 2020      Garden 
Blue
     Fri 22 May 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Blue geranium      
 
 
Blue geranium      
 
 
Blue geranium      
 
 

 
 
 
Bee season
Fri 5 Jun 2020      Flower - Garden 
Bee season
     Fri 5 Jun 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Two bees on Columbine      
 
 
Two bees on Columbine      
 
 
Two bees on Columbine      
 
 

 
 
 
First strawberries
Wed 24 Jun 2020      Garden 
First strawberries
     Wed 24 Jun 2020      Garden 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basil from the garden
Fri 26 Jun 2020      Garden 
Basil from the garden
     Fri 26 Jun 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Pesto coming up      
 
 
Pesto coming up      
 
 
Pesto coming up      
 
 

 
 
 
Red and white
Sat 27 Jun 2020      Garden 
Red and white
     Sat 27 Jun 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Fuchsia      
 
 
Fuchsia      
 
 
Fuchsia      
 
 

 
 
 
Sunflowers
Thu 2 Jul 2020      Garden 
Sunflowers
     Thu 2 Jul 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.

 
 
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Sunflower      
 
 
Sunflower      
 
 
Sunflower      
 
Sunflower      
 
 
Sunflower      
 
 
Sunflower      
 
 
Lavendar
Sun 26 Jul 2020      Flower - Garden 
Lavendar
     Sun 26 Jul 2020      Flower - Garden 
 
 
 
Lavendar in bloom      
 
 
Lavendar in bloom      
 
 
Lavendar in bloom      
 
 

 
 
 
Tomatoes
Thu 17 Sep 2020      Garden 
Tomatoes
     Thu 17 Sep 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Tomatoes from the garden      
 
 
Tomatoes from the garden      
 
 
Tomatoes from the garden      
 
 

 
 
 
Succulent
Sat 19 Sep 2020      Garden 
Succulent
     Sat 19 Sep 2020      Garden 
 
 
 
Succulent      
 
 
Succulent      
 
 
Succulent