Finally went to the nursery and got my container garden going for the year. I don’t dare start earlier than mid-May, because we’ve gotten snow as late as Mother’s Day before. From left to right, we’ve got some green beans, Lemon cherry and Juliet cherry tomatoes, Millionaire eggplant, and Habanero pepper:

Cisco supervised. He loves looking for lizards behind the pots.

Cisco supervised. He loves looking for lizards behind the pots.

Last year’s Italian flat-leaf parsley and English thyme both survived through the winter, so they got replanted to new pots:

container garden-last years survivors

The galvanized tin tub with lemon thyme, basil, and more Italian parsley. I love that stuff:

container garden-herbs

And last but not least, a mint plant:

container garden-mint

San Diego gets regular marine inversion layers in May and June, aka “May Grey” and “June Gloom.” But up here at altitude, we’re usually (but not always) above it. Makes for spectacular sunsets:

sunset

We have regular braided tug toys for Cisco, but by far, he prefers this scrap of microfleece. When he feels the need for some play, he goes to where we keep it and he pulls it out by himself. On a related note, is it possible to play tug with a dog and *not* make growly sounds?

It’s been about a year since I got the bonsai tree. I removed last year’s wiring around November, and it’s gotten a lot of new growth. I cut out the only patch of moss that took hold. Let’s hope it takes here. First I used a chopstick to gently coax the old dirt away from the roots, and trimmed the root ball. Then it got re-potted in good bonsai soil. Then a good soak in some fertilizer water. Then, new wiring and shaping. Then, trimming. Finally, re-setting the decorations and the patch of moss, plus a bit of that invasive greenery I saved. Here’s before:

The only moss that took hold was (interestingly) the patch surrounding the Japanese kodama tree spirit.

The only moss that took hold was (interestingly) the patch surrounding the Japanese kodama tree spirit.

And after:

bonsai-after

The kodama got a new rock to sit on, and I added this really old-looking metal “monolith” I found in the woods. It’s set with JB weld onto a cool red-and-blue striped rock.

bonsai-after-rear

Rear view.

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