I love Freecycle! After taking a drive to the local garden center in search of a particular plant, Jupiter's Beard, to be exact, and finding that they had none, I decided to post a request for the plant on my local Freecycle page. A very nice woman responded that she had some in her yard that I was welcome to and we made arrangements to meet. Upon my arrival she took me on a tour of her very nice garden and invited me to take bits of all kinds of different plants. I came home with a bucket full of Jupiter's Beard, Lamb's ears, marigolds, daisies, iris and salvia. I will post a picture of my new treasures soon, right now they are recovering from the shock of being transplanted and look a bit bedraggled.
Ratz-putin update: Well, it turns out Ratz-putin is a mama. Yesterday, I looked out my kitchen window to see her and 3 babies scurrying around in the herb garden. Ugh...so I'm pretty sure the scratching in the wall is now a nest. Without going into too much detail, we created a circumstance that I'm hoping scared the family away. I didn't hear anything last night and haven't seen them at all today. A trip to the animal shelter is getting higher on my list, especially if our dog sitting gig doesn't work out. I am totally bummed by this rat situation. One of the "big plans" for the Ugly is to put in a chicken coop. I am seriously reconsidering this idea now. If a handful of bird seed has attracted and produced a rodent family what will a coop bring? If you have a coop, I would love to hear how you handle rodent issues.
In the mean time, I am super excited about the new plant additions to the garden. Next week, I have some serious weeds to tackle. I mean like 2 foot tall weeds, so embarrassing......
Fall in the Dining Room
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