Friday, July 6, 2012

Catching Up With the Bag Lady

Hello? Anyone there? (is there an echo in here?)

The Bag Lady has been really busy since she posted last, but the museum is finally open (and she has almost recovered from her state of near total collapse from exhaustion.)

She has been playing catch up with yard work and house work and all those fun summer things. Luckily, the Rancher stepped up and took care of the garden, tilling and hilling potatoes, and mowing the lawn. The Bag Lady was so busy, she didn't even have time to stroll though the local greenhouses to buy bedding plants, which is one of her most favourite activities! Consequently, she has only one tomato plant - a Cherokee Purple that she bought at Costco.

She has added trees to her yard. She purchased trees from the shelterbelt program (exactly what it sounds like - trees to plant as  a windbreak) and so far, most of them seem to be surviving. Someday, she may be able to harvest some berries from them. Chokecherries, Nanking Cherries and Sea Buckthorn. All will make good jelly. And the birds like them, too.

A neighbour brought her some lilac bushes, too! She's had a lovely time landscaping and deciding where to put things. These are purple lilacs - the neighbour promised some white ones, too, when she digs up the ones that have suckered into another of her flowerbeds. The Bag Lady saved a spot for those! In a few years, if all goes well, her fire pit in the back yard will be surrounded by lilac bushes.

This has apparently been a perfect year for strawberries! The Bag Lady planted a couple of strawberry plants in her flower bed many years ago, and over the years, they have reproduced and spread a little. But she has never seen as many runners as there are this year! Upon closer inspection, some of the plants appear to be wild strawberries (which are teensy tiny, but packed with flavour!) and the runners from those plants are, well, running wild!
 So, that pretty much catches you up with what the Bag Lady has been doing. She'll leave you with a  few pictures from a little country rodeo she attended last weekend.....


And yes, the young woman driving this wagon won the race!


Hilary said...

Now I understand the meaning of Blue Rodeo.. a lonely competition for one.

Glad to hear that you're finally getting some time for yourself, Baggie. It ain't the same without you in the blogosphere.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Hilary! It's nice to have a few minutes to cruise through! lol

the Bag Lady said...

There actually were two other wagons in that race, but that young woman was so far ahead of them, she may as well have been alone!

Leah J. Utas said...

Good to know you've been too busy to get into trouble. Do something about that, okay?

So glad you're back posting.

Reb said...

I'm sorry that you will only have a few tomatoes this year. It sounds like you will have a few fragrant springs by the fire pit though ;) I want to go to a rodeo, haven't been to one in years and years.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, cousin - I'll do my best to get into trouble! lol

the Bag Lady said...

Reb - it was fun to go to that small rodeo - more fun, I think, than the big ones! Cozy, so to speak.
Here's hoping there's a rodeo in your future!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

HeeHaw! That looks like quite the race! (I'd be worried about falling off the wagon.)

Good to see you coming up for air, Bag Lady, even if the air is a bit lacking in the scent of tomato plants. (We also only have one this year.)

Friends who share garden plants are wonderful people to have around! :)

the Bag Lady said...

Karen - you are so right about friends who share! She also brought me some irises that are different colours than what I had. :)

messymimi said...

It's great to hear from you!

Hope that museum will leave you in peace for a bit so you can enjoy the plants you do have.

solarity said...

Just the garden stuff sounds busy enough to me.
I'd better find time to squeeze in a blog post myself, despite my schedule. (I'm getting to the point I start thinking about going to bed at seven.)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Crabby McSlacker said...

Been missing you! But busy lives take precedence over blog posting, it's a sign of good mental health to prioritize and put things in perspective. ('Least that's my rationalization).

JavaChick said...

There's a tomato called Cherokee Purple? Why, oh why, did I not visit the Costco garden center?

I took a page from your book and planted some strawberry plants in a flower bed this year. I've been wanting some for a long time but couldn't figure out where to put them until this year. So far they seem to be doing well! Plus, they have pink blossoms so they look right at home in the flower bed (which I have now actually planted 3 high bush blueberries in as well, so I may have to stop calling it a flower bed?).

Sagan said...

Lilacs are one of the best-smelling flowers ever! Mmmmmm.

Hurray for the museum opening! That must feel amazing.

the Bag Lady said...

Messymimi - yes, I have been spending some time communing with nature - it's been great!

Mary Anne - the day after the opening I went to bed at 8:30 pm. Unheard of for me. Took me two days to regain some energy!

Crabby - thanks for reassuring me about the state of my mental health! I was starting to wonder if I was going to lose my mind, trying to get everything ready for the opening!

Java Chick - when the tomatoes ripen, I will post some pictures! And yes, as long as you stick to fruit, you can still call it a flowerbed - fruit plants have flowers, right?? (Pink strawberry blossoms? Cool!!)

Sagan - I love the smell of lilacs! And yes, having the museum open does feel amazing!