January Retrospective

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus in January

Nasturtium Vines of Yore

Nasturtium Vines of Yore

Anyone know what type of plant this is?

Anyone know what type of plant this is?

Marigold seeds waiting for spring

Marigold seeds waiting for spring

Bald Eagle Sculpture made from an old tree (with a chainsaw!) near Spy Garden

Bald Eagle Sculpture made from an old tree (with a chainsaw!) near Spy Garden

Russian Red/Ragged Jack Kale

Russian Red/Ragged Jack Kale

And the rest of the plant...looking like some sort of sea creature

And the rest of the plant…looking like some sort of sea creature

Silvery dried tree marigolds

Silvery dried tree marigolds

Eucalptus

Eucalptus

Even if this eucalyptus doesn't survive our cold winter, it was worth sacrificing for all the photo ops!

Even if this eucalyptus doesn’t survive our cold winter, it was worth sacrificing for all the photo ops!

Front Yard/Driveway

Front Yard/Driveway

Moon

Moon

Ready for spring baseball season!

Ready for spring baseball season!

Detail of "Setting Sun Descending Night" bronze sculpture by Adolph Weinman (in the library whence I study)

Detail of “Setting Sun Descending Night” bronze sculpture by Adolph Weinman (in the library whence I study)

1960-70's Books (by Martha Rogers, a nursing theorist)

1960-70’s Books (by Martha Rogers, a nursing theorist)

Photograph of a detail of a painting (in the libary) called "For the Love of Books" acrylic on canvas, by Rodney Winfield

Photograph of a detail of a painting (in the library whence I study) called “For the Love of Books” acrylic on canvas, by Rodney Winfield

January was been Jan-packed with exciting new things. Graduate school (reading…and writing, writing, writing…lots of new things!). Squirrely Garden (the garden at Babyzilla’s school) had a big beginning-of-the-season planning meeting. I gave myself a new title; Honorary CEO. As I just can’t commit to my Squirrely Garden CEO duties of yore. But they are using the Spy Garden deer fence plans as inspiration for a new deer fence and I still plan to photograph the garden as it grows. There will also be an orchard planted at Baby’s school this year; and a whole load of berry-bushes! In other news, Babyzilla has learned the art of photorealist portraiture:

Our family; the resemblance is uncanny!

Our family; the resemblance is uncanny!

And the Spy has been slaying it in school and reading lots of good books (including the Hardy Boys; I loved Nancy Drew at his age!). Frigid cold in Spy Garden, and dry, not much snow this year (so far!). At this time in winter all the cold has sucked the color from withered vines and only the hardiest of plants show bits of green. The landscape is all blues and greys and tans; very nice and unfettered, methinks.

7 thoughts on “January Retrospective

  1. narf77

    Could be the weed Little Western bittercress (Cardamine oligosperma) or what we call “flickweed” as when it goes to seed it flicks the seed everywhere and it grows like topsy. It tends to come from pots of plants you buy from nurseries and thrives in that kind of environment. The kale looks like a bluebottle jellyfish with tendrils that are almost as long. The “Setting Sun Descending Night” statue looks a bit like me at the moment. I have been out watering Sanctuary and have sheoak leaves in my hair coupled with having to cobble together a blog post today that I have NO idea what it is going to be about…yeah…that statue really does look like me! ;) I love the blues and turquoises in that painting in “The library whence you study”. I bought some Indigo tinctoria seed with a view to have a go at dying wool or other fleece blue. The colours in that photo remind me of indigo blue. So which one of you (adults) has the ENORMOUS head and which one smokes a pipe? ;).

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Funny because I was going to say that I look like that sculpture too! Hands at my head (my brain working sooo hard! haha!), I have that loooooong hair, and while I AM clothed; I could possibly sprout angel wings from my back…Since I’ve started school there’s no time for transgressions of any sort; wine, gossip…I’ve even turned total vegan in an effort to make myself smarter LOL So yeah: the sculpture: I relate! hahahah Yes, flickweed, I think I have seen that before in our garden and this must be what it looks like in the winter (much drier and spindly looking in the summer). Thanks for the educated guess! And for commenting;)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks for the educated guess on the plant! Someone else guessed: Cardamine oligosperma and that looks closer (from what I googled). Lol I think the fathead is Smoochie. haha

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