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By the way

Yes, I haven’t been posting much about perennials yet this year. I want to get caught up with shrubs first. I’m getting there!

Picture uploading is fixed

I can upload pictures now! Unfortunately, I’m pretty busy the next few days, so it may not be until next week that I post more garden photos. We’ll see–maybe I can fit some posting in in between projects.


I decided to try to get caught up with posts–but I can’t upload pictures! I haven’t time to deal with this today, but stay tuned: once the issue is resolved I shall be posting.

I’m Back

I was out of the country for a couple of weeks and thus did not post. Now I have photos to label, pictures to take, posts to make, and weeds to pull. I am not sure on what sort of schedule this will be, so stay tuned.

And yes, the weeds are quite distressing (and now it’s forecast to rain for awhile).

But, there is currently nothing to plant! Took care of that before going out of town.

The Inconvenience

It has been a few days since I wrote about the uploading problem. I worked with the host company on it, and it took a few days because they were not fast and I was busy. The host for the host company tried uploading pictures and they kept working, so told me that he knew of no way to help. Frustrating. I emailed him one of the many pictures that does not upload, and he sent me a message about mod securities, mod secs, and other foolishness. Anyhow, it is fixed now, so it seems, because I was finally able to upload the picture that I kept trying to upload (the test picture):

2013 Miscell 1250 western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot'

It is here!

That is Cornus nuttallii ‘Goldspot’ – there are two in the yard

For fun, here are two of the pictures that the host of the host company uploaded as a test:

agentp Penguins1

When I first got the email that someone (at the host company) had tried uploading a penguin picture and it had worked, I thought “seriously. A penguin picture? Great.” But hey, they look nice, don’t think? Rather jolly, dancing about. My guess is that the cartoon is a platypus, but I don’t really want to know. I am not sure why the penguins must be so small, but it is what it is.

Meanwhile, I am behind on posting. More to come.

Still Inconvenienced

Yesterday a friend looked at the upload situation for about an hour, and a solution has not been found. Mostly we eliminated things. It does not seem to be the computer. Possibly it has to do with the host, and I am to submit a “ticket” about this. Naturally, the host’s site is not working: “We are currently troubleshooting an issue with the AMP login module. In the meantime, feel free to log into the Support Center using Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.” Um, nice. So I guess the ticket will have to wait.

The Inconvenience Continues

It is now the third day of the uploading issue, and nearly a day since I posted my question in the WordPress forum. This is quite frustrating. There are so many plants that I want to share. Just a few minutes ago I was outside and saw that Ceanothus impressus ‘Vandenberg’ (“California lilac”) has begun to bloom. It is a dwarf variety, and is by the front walkway. I took some pictures, but it may perhaps look like more in a few weeks (or less). I’d really like to share the picture of Tiarella ‘Sugar and Spice’ (apparently some people refer to tiarellas as “foam flowers”), it looks great in the woodland garden. I fear that by the time this situation gets worked out, everything will be old news. I can still share the pictures at that time, but it won’t feel the same. To be more positive, luckily this is not a professional website, so while I may be impatient, there is no particular urgency.

One thing: all the error message says is “http error.” If more information were given, perhaps the forum folk would have a better start figuring out the problem. Hmm, I have not tried it from a different computer – it doesn’t seem like that should make a difference, but maybe it would. That is, by far, not a permanent solution, however.

I had hoped that the forum folk would be more likely to read this stuff on the weekend (today is Sunday), and benevolently assist, so I am getting a little bit worried that not much is happening. One guy did respond, saying that it would be helpful if I put what the error message said. “HTTP error” – pretty simple. Then, nothing. What if I have trod new ground: what if I face an unsolvable problem? I stumble onto new interweb territory?

But to be positive – my readers deserve no less. I now reflect: it is interesting to me that my enthusiasm for the garden has so much translated into an interest in this blog. Perhaps it is a way to be with the garden when I am not actually gardening: to think about it, enjoy it, share it. Maybe I feel a sense of responsibility to tell the garden’s seasonal story: this is what is happening now, this is what is blooming, this is what I am doing. Plants may not get up and walk around, but they are never still – they are always changing. Perhaps this blog captures a slice of that for me – helps me to enjoy as well as save the experiences (savor and save). Finally, maybe it is that I am proud of the work and the garden’s resultant beauty, and I want to share the outcome with others.

I need to weed-whack the lawn, it is very overdue. I’m not enthused about it, because it is hard work weed-whacking, and I am also worried about accidentally lopping off bulbs. I will have to trim the edges with the shears again. By the way, the bulb that I cut off before actually continued up and bloomed! I guess it was early enough that I didn’t hit the bud.

Here I ended the post, but, reflecting, have come back. I am thinking about the significance of this blog, of this website. A couple of paragraphs back I discussed some reasons why the blog may be important to me, but it has been a few minutes and I am still thinking about it. Is there outside significance to this blog, other than the pleasure it brings me? After all, it is but composed of pictures of pretty plants, some Latin, and stories about manual labor and purchases. What significance lies behind these things? Well, I hope that some of my enthusiasm rubs off. Whether or not the reader gardens, I hope that he/she can walk away having enjoyed my hobby. Pictures: we are aesthetically drawn to plants on a very basic level. There seems to be an inclination in humankind to enjoy the beautiful, yes? So, even for those who find little interest in the information, I hope that they can enjoy the pictures as if they were walking in my garden itself. Correspondingly, I hope that some readers appreciate the information. They may pick up a helpful tidbit gleaned from Ciscoe Morris (either his talks, his shows, or Ask Ciscoe: Oh, la, la! Your Gardening Questions Answered). Maybe the reader may find useful information from my successes, problems, and trial-and-error (for example, as will be in a future post, we moved the defoliated heucheras out of the shade, so we will see if they improve). This is not the blog of a professional gardener, so I do not expect to do a pile of educating, but my point is that I hope some readers find more content in this blog than just pretty pictures (although I recognize that interest levels vary: I accept that). Humor: well gardening does not provide oodles of humor (I am yet to sit on a slug), but I hope I make the most of the opportunities that I have. Speaking of which, the co-gardener has communicated that I perhaps poke fun, which is never my intention. The co-gardener is simply an animated individual, and this blog appreciates that. Do I pontificate? Perhaps. Should I erase it? I think that I shall not.

I trust that I would be more patient if I knew that a solution will arise, but I am honestly not sure about that. Patience is said to be a virtue, but is not diligence? Enthusiasm, passion, timeliness?

And now I thank you, dearest reader, for your patience.

An Inconvenience

WordPress is not allowing me to upload pictures. I get a message that simply, and rather lacking in helpfulness, says “HTTP error.” After looking through the WordPress forum, I posted a question about my little situation. I have heard nothing as of yet (seemingly people like to give troubleshooting advice on such subjects).

So, although I have some entries to do, I must wait. I have organized the pictures, putting them into folders according to post.

Here are the posts that you can look forward to: native shrubs, yard work, the shrub row, the not shrub row, and a mixed post. I am also considering: camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, the lavender hillside, and the rose garden. Not much is going on in the rose garden, so I am not sure if it is worth a post… thing is, I weeded it recently, and I like to take pictures before the weeds are back the next day.

The mixed post will include: candytufts, a maidenhair vine, two wallflowers, two spiraeas, a lithodora, a pair of saxifragas, a scabiosa, and a tiarella. Of that group, the tiarella may be the most exciting.

La-di-da, I wait for those that are computiful to respond.