zilya: (daisy)
*sproing!* (gotta rake the leaves off em now)


Mar. 13th, 2012 07:40 pm
zilya: (daisy)
First spring peepers, on a lovely balmy March 13th afternoon.
zilya: (daisy)
Seen over the last couple of days: First redwing blackbird, first tick.
zilya: (daisy)
Fat robins in yard: check
Birds tweeting at dawn: check
Redwinged blackbirds back: check
Spring Peepers in the swamp: yesterday evening!!
Daylilies up: 1-2 inches
Skunk Cabbage: about baseball sized

Still one pile of snow in backyard, here :)
zilya: (daisy)
After all that rain and warm... peep chirp chirp peep


Mar. 7th, 2010 03:04 pm
zilya: (daisy)
Feels like the first day of spring!: Short stroll in the woods: saw a robin and the first shoots of skunk cabbage.
zilya: (daisy)
I noticed the japanese knotweed is poking its first leaves up on the bike path. (In town is earlier than out here where there is no sign of it yet.) I expect this week it will be up to the first harvestable shoots, especially after this rain and then the warm snap we're supposed to get. If i were in town right after work either monday or thursday, or maybe friday- anyone want to meet me in Davis for a short workshop?

Short form: why these are good to eat, and how to not let them spread.
Directions: If you just want to go see an example, walk from the Davis Sq T down the bike path to almost where it crosses Willow. Look along the fence to your left. Last year's plant is the old dried stems that look a bit reddish and segmented like bamboo, with a bit of a zigzag wiggly look. At their feet are new 2-inch or so heart-shaped dark red leaves, maybe by now growing up on hollow green-red stems that look a bit like asparagus. Read this before harvesting.

wow, snow!

Mar. 9th, 2009 09:36 am
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It's so pretty on the pines outside! Still coming down, too. Looks like about an inch right now... and late enough in the year that I can savor the beauty, because i know it won't be in the driveway for the next 3 months :)


Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:31 am
zilya: (snow)
well, a foot of snow! So what do you do about it? make an icon. Then just a cup of tea and check email, and 2 hours of shoveling awaits! Then we'll see if i can get web work done AND get to the gym!

(edit: half done, and it's still coming down!)
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P and i got home today in time to have a lovely dinner on the back porch and have the first 12 or so raspberries of the season! there will be many more- thanks to P's staking up the plants into rows, they are Very Happy this year.


Apr. 18th, 2008 06:32 pm
zilya: (nerdy)
wow, it was 82 today! And i spent most of it furiously hacking on a design project. At least i made the deadline.
zilya: (daisy)
Well it's 60 degrees up here but there are still a couple of little piles of snow on the ground.
Daylilies coming up!
zilya: (galadriel)
Delayed post: Spring peepers started Tuesday night in the heavy rain. Kept up pretty much all week even though we had some cold nights. Birds are also here in force now. That one that sounds like a phone ringing is back, and active at dawn...
zilya: (serenity)
Falling Ice Pellets!
(Actually it's kind of like that space-dots ice cream. Tiny individual white spheres!)


Jan. 11th, 2008 03:04 pm
zilya: (Default)
wow, we just had quite the little thunder and lightning and rain storm up here! The Sump pump, she does pump.

In other news, i got to spend yesterday evening chatting with an old friend, and it was good.
zilya: (Default)
And, it's sticking!
zilya: (Default)
Ever since we got back it's seemed like almost fall! Can't leave you guys alone for a minute, look what happens! Last week the geese were all honking at each other, getting in formation and doing test flights. See today's haiku by [livejournal.com profile] drwex.


Jun. 2nd, 2007 11:54 am
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We have our full complement of frogs going on in the swamp now. The bullfrogs started up on about Thursday. ("whoomp! Whoomp! Whoomp!") The (leopard frogs?) regular ones only started about a week before that (maybe 5/24? They're the ones that sound like hitting a flabby high-tension wire). And P has found a snake living in the hottub motor compartment. Yay, wildlife!
zilya: (pepper)
The japanese knotweed is knee high here, waist high in town i see. Should have started harvesting it a week ago, but there are still shoots coming up here. (more pics)

How: Find thick shoots about the height and diameter of asparagus, break them off, steam them. They are tart and lemony, full of vitamins A and C. Can just serve steamed with butter and salt, but they tend to squash easily (short duration between not-cooked-enough and squashy).

This time i've been thinking of ways to use them that capitalize on the tart lemon flavor, using as a local substitute for lemon or lime...

1) salsa with pureed steamed knotweed, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil.
2) Hummus/Baba Ghannouj with pureed steamed knotweed, garlic, olive oil, tahini.

1) [livejournal.com profile] frobzwiththingz posted a good Ethiopean-style recipe.

2) CAUTION! Do not let even a tiny piece of the raw plant get into your compost or fall on your yard- just .7 grams of the stalk can generate a new plant, and it's extremely invasive! Cooking and eating it is a mitzvah, but allowing it to spread is a bad thing.


Apr. 30th, 2007 01:39 pm
zilya: (daisy)
Wow, today started rainy, but it just cleared up and got all windy, the pines are swaying back and forth, some front is coming or going.
Sun! and everything's blooming: cherry tree, daffodils, azaleas are budding, things are waking up!
Now i want to plant peas in the garden. Better get a move on!

But today is a computer-work, rest up and stretch sorta day. Maybe i can fit in a bike ride to the farm stand.


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