Of Angels and Plants

The adventures of gardening

Busy… September 23, 2011

Filed under: birds,Dog/ Angel,garden,knitting — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 6:18 pm

I’ve been busy with school and other projects. Behold:

And this:

Both of which are cowls and birthday presents for friends. For my birthday, we went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. My sister took these photos.

 

This hawk was particularly irritated at something, and kept screeching loudly.

Recently I have become interested in watercolors and sketching, but my art never turns out the way I want to…

And since this is a blog that is a little about my dog, I present the Queen of Cuteness:

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Happy New Year! January 5, 2011

Filed under: chickens,Dog/ Angel,garden,Writing — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 7:55 pm

I hope you all had a fun vacation and New Year! The garden has been slow lately, but it’s almost time to plant seeds again. Surprisingly, the tomatoes have not been killed, even though we’ve had mornings at 37 degrees Fahrenheit and nights certainly colder than that. The chickens are doing well, tearing up the yard as usual looking for bugs, but Sakura, a Rhode Island Red low in the pecking order, got her vent torn up by the other chickens in December. It’s healing well now. Angel is, well, Angel, always on the prowl for food and furry or feathered things to chase. For 2011, I want to try to post every week.

 

My New Mouse-Catching Team August 2, 2010

Filed under: chickens,Dog/ Angel — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 8:24 pm

We have had some mice that have been appearing in the yard and around the house. Yesterday, my parents were astounded to find one of our Rhode Island Red chickens with a mouse dangling from her beak. Today, another mouse appeared. I caught it, called the chickens over, and released the mouse. After a short run of a yard, Tomoyo, my Black Sex Link, killed it with a bite to the neck. The rest of the ladies then went crazy and started chasing her. Tomoyo was running and holding the mouse in her beak like a cat carrying a kitten. The mouse was later dropped somewhere, but not before Tomoyo got some bites out of it.

And I have some pictures.

For those with a sensitive stomach, here is a picture of my dear Angel. Don’t go any further than that.

Isn’t she cute?

You sure you want to see these?

Really sure?

Ok. I apologize in advance for the blurriness in some photos.

Tomoyo running away with her prize

Running. “It’s mine!”
“It might need some barbeque sauce.”

 

Updates April 28, 2010

Filed under: chickens,Dog/ Angel,garden — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 8:08 pm

I haven’t been writing often, which I should be as this is a garden journal. My dad got 5 healthy tomato plants (not sure which kind) from a coworker. I have transplanted them into bigger pots and have started some more cucumber seeds, as slugs seem particularly attracted to them. I am going to move them inside in hopes of deterring those little pests.  We also got 4 chicks! 2 Australorps and 2 Rhode Island Reds, all at around a week or a week and a half old. We set up a brooder for them inside. I wonder how we are going to get Angel used to them…

Oh, by the way, here is the foxhound herself:

And here are my chicks:

And some pictures of my plants:

my newly transplanted tomato: you can also see the salad seedlings around it

a closer look

A beautiful rose

I don’t know what type of rose this is.

another photo

The foliage is pretty – speckled sometimes (no, it’s not mold or some disease).

This plant produces a lot of small – about the size of the top of your pinky finger – beautiful pink rosehips in the autumn. This plant is beneath our nectarine tree, which unfortunately, while it has a lot of pinky-finger-sized nectarines, is heavily compromised by peach leaf curl, which has happened for the past 3 years or so.

 

And when you thought spring was here… March 31, 2010

Filed under: Dog/ Angel,garden — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 7:56 pm

…the chilling rains come.

It was so warm, in the 70s and 80s the past few weeks, but now we have been plunged into rain and clouds. California probably needs the rain, but still, I want warmth! It was warm enough to leave my tomato, cucumber, and pepper seeds outside all day, but now I will probably need to move them back in. Sigh. At least I was able to add some compost to the bed near my rosemary bush. Angel dug it up, though. She can’t stay away from fresh dirt. And I thought that hounds weren’t the digging type.

On a happier note, my 2 tomatoes that survived a week of brutal heat have shown their true leaves and my cucumbers are showing some green, but are a bit slow to poke up and open their leaves. My lettuce, swiss chard, and some carrots have come up. The carrots don’t takes as long as most people say, probably because of the warm weather that we’ve been having.

 

Hello! March 26, 2010

Filed under: Dog/ Angel,garden,Introduction — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 9:27 am

This will be a journal chronicling my adventures in organic, sustainable gardening, with a few hobbies thrown in too! I am a young woman living in California, zone 9. I have a voracious American Foxhound named Angel for whom a part of this blog is named. She is a sweet girl and has been with us for 6 years and is 7 years old. She hates squirrels as much as I do, but loves to dig ….. oh well. My garden consists of small raised beds scattered around my house in suburbia. Not much space, but it doesn’t stop me from dreaming and hoarding plants. I hope to get some chickens by April, we’ll see how that works out…