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Mysterious Faux Pebbles

Posted in "North Carolina" by helenofmarlowe on April 25, 2014

They looked kind of like pebbles, large pebbles, about the size of avocado pits.

But I could tell I was looking at something organic.   I picked up a couple of these organic pebbles and tossed them into a canvas bag.

We were in St. Augustine, stopping over for a few days on the way down to West Palm Beach.  So they must have been in that canvas bag for almost two weeks, forgotten — I’ll stop myself before I get too carried away and say forgotten and forlorn.

After getting back home to NC, I found the forgotten pebbles, and put them into water.

And here they are.

Faux Pebbles

Searching the web for a plant ID site, I ran across  Susan    and I’m glad I did.  She has already helped me identify a pineapple lily, and she offered to take a metaphorical stab at my organic pebbles if I post a photo.    I doubt that they’ll want to be planted outside (zone 7) but maybe a pot with sandy soil will be the way to go.

And I will add, as I did in my previous post  “Faux Spring”  that I can no longer control the placement of photos.  Word Press seems to have limited the options.      Either that , or I haven’t figured out the new rules  (a possibility not to be dismissed).

But, that aside, here are the two faux pebbles sitting on a ledge on my back screened porch.

The growth has occurred since, oh, I guess mid-February.


Would love to hear from anyone who can ID these pebble imposters.

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Faux Spring in NC

Posted in "North Carolina", Environment by helenofmarlowe on April 18, 2014

It’s winter again, or may as well be.

Mid March I began checking the 10-day weather report every day, even though I hate those cheesy amazing-awesome-you-won’t-believe-this video teasers that my pop-up blocker won’t block because they don’t pop up anyway, looking for a stretch of ten days with no freeze.

The warming came later than usual, just as I was thinking this long fierce winter would never end.  KitchenGarden
And maybe I was right.

Late March, I planted the cold-hardy spinach and chard and snow peas. A fortnight later, the crook-neck squash and banana peppers. I bought a huge but lightweight pot and created a kitchen garden beside the back steps. Here, take a look before the freeze kills it tonight.

And now, the third week of April in Carolina, we are bringing the potted plants back inside, the plants that grudgingly came indoors last October and spent the winter, as I did, longing for warm sunshine. Together we’ll bring in the large too-heavy-for-me Crown of Thorns that spends its summers beside the front door, and the agave plants that Kathy gave me  – plural, now, because the one she gave me maybe fifteen years ago has now been divided into three. We’ll bring in the aloe and orchids, the papyrus and the dozen or so avocado trees – well, the ones I don’t mention won’t mind. They won’t like coming back inside, but they would like being left outside even less. (My friend Gracia quickly corrected me on IRC when I carelessly spoke of bringing in the pot plants.)

At least we had several 80-degree days in early March. Maybe that was our summer this year.

Meanwhile, a wren has built a nest in a pot of pansies on the back porch. In spring, a songbird’s
thoughts will turn to nesting. I wish the wrens warmth.

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