Garden Notes

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The big tomatoes are finally starting to turn!    This particular one is probably in the sunniest location in the plot, so here’s hoping the rest follow suit soon.

The above was Saturday’s haul, looking a bit like a still life.

Miles Errant – Lois McMaster Bujold

3f2e94c1de3a4a0593865705451434f414f4141This omnibus consists of the short story “The Borders of Infinity”, and the books Brothers in Arms (which I’d previously read) and Mirror Dance. All the stories deal with Miles Vorkosigan’s alter ego Admiral Miles Naismith, commander of the Dendarii mercenaries. More importantly, the two books deal with his clone brother, Mark.

In Brothers in Arms, Miles deals with having a clone with a great deal of equanimity, welcoming him as a brother – which makes sense when you remember his mother is a Betan, and has very liberal views about such things. At the end of that book, Mark escapes, but Miles wants to find him, and convince him that he really does consider him family.

Mirror Dance is Mark’s story of how that happens, mostly because Miles is dead for most of the book. (Which makes sense with the level of technology in this universe.) Mark has a pretty complicated (one might even say horrific) journey to even accept that he might want to be Lord Mark Vorkosigan. It’s an amazing story – absolutely typical of why I love these books. Bujold really makes you think about a lot of things in the course of these stories.

Garden Notes

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I’ve decided to call zucchini Tardisfruit – there’s no other explanation for how they get so big so quickly.     The monstrosity above was waiting for me after I was gone for just three day.

The cherry tomatoes are starting to bear – there are a ton of buds, so the best days are still ahead, but I got enough for a lovely pasta dish on Friday.

The ground cherries above are cumulative.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – Boothbay, ME

I was in the Boothbay region last week from Tuesday to Thursday while I took a class at CMBG (Native plants in the Maine landscape – with a heavy dose of plant identification).     It was a great class – made me wish I was retired so I had time to do more of this kind of thing.

I am happy to report that I have a much better idea of how to identify some of my plant nemeses (Solidago – I’m looking at you).  Sadly, it involves either collecting plants for later review, or having a field guide and hand lens on me at all times, so I’m not sure I’ll always put it into action, but it’s nice to at least have the tools to do so.

The above are pictures of the formal gardens taken while I wandered around before/during breaks/after class.   (The wildflowers in an earlier post are also during a break – but I specifically went after wildflowers that time.)