It was dark this evening at a bit past 8, the sky covered in thick grey rain clouds.
Since Wednesday morning the air has been thick with damp, a heaviness that changes sounds.
I have worked, between showers, at transplanting. Most of the nursery plants have found a place in the strips along the retaining walls or in large pots placed near the newly completed side entry porch.
The most robust of the seedlings [an heirloom tomato, Jupiter's beard, small coneflowers] have been transferred to grow on in larger quarters.
The dwarf Oriental lilies are blooming in the tub where they over-wintered, waiting til I can make a more permanent place for them.
Neighbor Fred has entrusted two amaryllis into my care; they, along with one that he nurtured for me last season, have been interred in a large tub for the summer.
Concrete was poured Tuesday in the main bay of the barn, creating a decent workplace.
The men have put their efforts toward mechanical work on the big 4 wheel drive truck and several tractors that needed some tinkering.
It was decided to paint the rustic porch railings with the same dark red mixture used for the exterior doors. Howard accomplished this, leaning over the rails to paint the outer areas.
[Not a job I would have relished!]
On the lower right are Maiden Pinks--seeds sprinkled from the packet like finely ground pepper.
I don't think I can separate and save all of the pinks, much as I love them.
I will have enough for all my needs and plenty to offer to friends.
The pots in the upper right are foxgloves--'Spanish Peaks' and 'Sutton's Apricot'. In other years when I have sown foxglove the rate of germination has been poor.
The vigor of the seeds this year has been astonishing.
Second from lower left are Jupiter's Beard which are already enjoying a larger pot.
Less enthusiastic, but emerging, are Balloon Flower, Lady's Mantle, Pale Coneflower, and a few Lavender.
The nasturtiums from a mixed packet, are spindly with some yellowing leaves, but have started blooming.
My usual preference is for dark red nasturtiums but I'm liking this delicately pale yellow.
It seemed that I accomplished quite a bit yesterday--what a decade ago would have felt like an ordinary day's work.
Today, predictably, I've been tried and rather witless!