Sunday, May 11, 2008

That's not a daffodil . . .

Last fall I bought a bag of daffodil bulbs at a gardening center in Eugene. I had lots of lovely daffodils in March. I know you're supposed to leave the foliage alone after the blooms are gone so the plant can store up energy for next year. So, I haven't been paying much attention to the leftover daffodil foliage by my fence. Until yesterday, when I noticed something . . .



What the . . . ? Those new pending blooms are three feet tall! Can somebody tell me what they are?

In other news, the lilacs in my backyard smell terrific. And my little Japanese maple is booming.



One final question. I have a grouping of three trees in my backyard. They're just starting to put out shoots. I found a "treefinder" on the internets that suggests the trees are some kind of ash. I'm thinking maybe Oregon ash? If so, those are gonna be some BIG trees someday. One probably would have been enough. Why three? So close together? Oh well, I'll worry about it in twenty years.



I'm off to the barn in an hour or so. I'm back in the saddle today. (I don't expect to fall off, but if I do, I'll make every attempt not to land on my mouth.) Today's focus will be shallow counter-canter loops and canter lengthening. I'm also going to focus on smallish canter circles. Smallish being, like, sixteen meters. Someday, when we're doing canter pirouettes, I'm sure it will be hard to remember just how difficult Willow is finding small canter circles under saddle. She just has to figure out how to lift her shoulders up and over. And I have to figure out how to help her without holding her up, which she'd really like for me to do.

7 comments:

20 meter circle of life said...

hard to tell but I think they look like onions????

Rising Rainbow said...

I thought onions too! or something in that family. But you're right......not daffodil.

Beauloveee said...

http://www.parkseed.com/product_images/8725.jpg

i'd guess onion plan like the others.. you have to wonder how it got there though..

halfpassgirl said...

Onions?!? Well, they weren't there last spring, so somehow they must have been mixed up with the daffodil bulbs. Do onion bulbs look like daffodil bulbs? You know what, though -- this explains why my German shorthair came in from the backyard with onion breath the other night! I thought he must have pulled something out of the garbage!

20 meter circle of life said...

Look over your fence, and do you compost?

halfpassgirl said...

I don't compost, and the onions, or whatever they are, are growing only where the daffodils came up, so I'm pretty sure they were mixed in with the daffodil bulbs. Very strange.

Erica said...

I think they're alliums.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.shortpoems.org/images/flowers/aliums.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.shortpoems.org/emily_dickinson/index.html&h=263&w=350&sz=44&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=E8lnl5atCgnp-M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=120&prev=/images%3Fq%3Daliums%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN