Thursday, May 4, 2006

picture fest to come! and allergies

I've been sick again. I think it's my allergies playing havoc with my sinuses.

In 2003, when I was last tested for allergies, the results said I was allergic to cats, like my pretty Ginger, seen here being unhappy about being indoors while I am out...

...and on a lesser scale, to dogs, like the bundle of energy friend that is Leif the Licky.

In the last 3 years since that allergy testing, I've been having this growing passion for... growing things. Gardening. I think I may be becoming seasonally allergic as well. I'll find out on May 16, when I have an appointment with the allergist for re-testing.

Anyway, since I was home from work yesterday with a raw throat and massive congestion, I wandered around taking nearly a hundred shots of the gardens and house. In between taking out what feels like hundreds of dandelions, the hard way, before they start to self-seed. And just as many mini maple trees, just because.

Instead of my usual post once a week or more with a ton of pictures, I'm going to try to post 2 or 3 new pictures every day for the next couple of weeks... so hang on.

Here we see apricot blooms closeup, from a few days ago....

And in perspective...

And yesterday...the blooms are going away, while the leaves are coming out.

Now, I'd like to say that soon we'll have apricots growing, but sadly that isn't true. I think this is one of those fruit trees that need a partner tree to cross-pollinate with, and we have only one of them. This is a tree that we inherited from the previous home owners and they either didn't know that, or just wanted the tree for it's Pretty factor. It's not a big deal, since apricots aren't high on my list of fruits.



Jamie said...

That pic of Ginger is hilarious.

It's not fair for you to turn out to be allergic to all the things you love!'ll be wool next! *knocks on wood*

Diana said...

Wow. If what you are going after is pretty, it's hard to beat that apricot tree.

Holly said...

I can empathize with the allergy agony. Hope the allergist can give you some relief.

The apricot blossoms are amazing. I don't think I've ever seen an apricot tree before. Thanks for sharing!

Leigh-Ann said...

I tried to plant fruit trees because I was "being kind to birds". Unfortunately, one tree needs to be cross-pollinated like your apricot and we only have one of them. The cherry tree died after one year, and the nectarine tree died after two years. The only thing thriving is the almond tree, which is full of almonds, and none of the birds will eat them. Bah :p