Guest Post by The Iron Ant
Hello! Monica has been very busy lately, moreso thinking about all she has to do in the garden than actually doing most of it, but now she's getting a bit panicky as she offered her garden for a tour after the plant swap she's hosting on Saturday. So today, inspired by the good job Manny Mantid did yesterday for Frances, I'm doing this post for Monica.
Let me introduce myself. I'm the Iron Ant. Can you see me there in Piney?
Here I am close up (note how Monica forgets about her shadow when taking photos.) I'm made of a railroad tie stake by an artist at the Toledo Botanical Garden and came home with Monica (which is pretty amazing as she's really cheap) last summer. (I promised not to sit on her peonies.) I'm going through a list of Monica's notes to put this post together.
Monica was very happy last week to receive some Virginia bluebells in the mail from Shady Gardener in Iowa! Here's what they looked like, cut back for the journey. They had healthy roots and are now in Monica's northern shade garden. Thanks so much, Shady!
The next two photos are, with apologies for this one, for Linda who tweeted that rabbits had eaten both her tiarella and anemones.
Here is a tiarella to tide you over.
And here are some ersatz anemones. Oddly, our groundhog leaves both of these alone.
Monica also received an email asking her to review some free products on her blog. Several bloggers have been complaining about this practice, but Monica's main reaction was "Why doesn't anybody want to send me free stuff?!" (I told you she's cheap.) As it turns out, she wasn't interested in any of the items, but if she had been, she'd have accepted them with the caveat to the company that she'd review them, good or bad, and the caveat to blog readers that she was given them to review.
In other news, there may have been an incident here at Garden Faerie's Musings involving a human having to bathe a cat. Let's just say the circumstances leading to this are equally embarrassing and equally attributable to both Monica and Fiona, and that it went about 106 times better than Monica had feared. James and I stayed the heck out of the way.
We had a frost warning for both Sunday and Monday nights. Monica covered the winter-sown seedlings. They are, by their very winter-sown nature, hardened off, but they're also babies and Monica didn't want them to get frostbite! They're growing. A lot of silene had already been planted in the garden, and they are fine.
Others, like tomato, lupine, and borage have been transplanted to larger containers for the plant swap.
Finally, I'm a little worried about this guy. He seems to have followed Monica home from the visit to her mother's house. I'm just not sure about him — I mean, what's he planning to do with that mushroom, anyway?
I prefer this gargoyle. He's guarding the deck from groundhogs and you can tell where you stand with him.
Well, that's it for my guest post. I'm feeling a little rusty. ~The Iron Ant