During the last unfavorable time,
we had a small hailstorm.
It began, as it usually does here,
with waves of weather,
cycles of heavy rain and then relative clearing,
before another wave rolls in off the coast.
In the early afternoon,
two waves brought small hailstones
instead of the drenching rain.
Most of the garden sprouts seemed to take the beating and remain no worse for it.
A few got knocked over, and probably some of those won’t make it.
But most should pull through.
The artichokes and others still in containers got a bit more protection,
as I ran out to retrieve the trays as soon as I heard the first hailstones hit.
All of the sprouted artichokes have grown nicely:
pulling above their soil surface, seed casings off,
first thick leaves open and healthy, lush, verdant green.
I’ve since started soaking another dozen artichoke seeds,
and six have sprouted so far, and been planted into little pots.
I also started soaking organic sunflower seeds,
and as five have sprouted, I potted them up, too.
It’s been five weeks since Nutella’s tumor swelled,
and honestly, things aren’t looking so good.
We try to keep her comfortable and contented,
and so far she’s pulling through,
still very much herself
even though her tumor is huge
and will soon end her life.
I’m trying to be as brave as her;
and although heartbroken that we can’t cure her,
I’m grateful that we are here to comfort her
before she takes her ultimate journey.
Personally, I believe in reincarnation,
and hope she comes back to stay with us again.
Maybe as a duck or a bat?
as I’d often thought that she looked
kinda like a runner duck or a fruit bat.
Or a frog, bird, or butterfly,
as they all seem quite at home in our yard.
Or maybe not come back as an animal at all;
maybe a person we’ll meet again someday.
It’s switched over again to transplanting time,
and, as it usually does, the switch is happening during Flower time.
So, as we usually are, we’ve been busy transplanting, repotting, and such.
We put two century plants out on the boundary of our yard,
since they’re pot-bound and we needed their pots for other flowers.
I’ve repotted the tropical flowers from Casa Víva
(the teahouse with our Portuguese lessons),
and now they really brighten up our home.
And the transplanted roadside wildflowers have pulled through!
After a tough transition and only a few small blossoms,
they’ve rooted and have new growth and full-size blooms.
So we will transplant a few more clusters this afternoon.
Also, while we were in town yesterday (to go to the vets),
we got two more trees to transplant: a fig and an almond.
So we’ll be busy this afternoon.
And later this week.
As they had many lovely trees that we want to buy:
including a naspeira (which I believe is a Chinese apple),
and possibly another pomegranate, peach, plum, or citrus tree.
We’ll see their selection on Thursday, after our next visit to the vets.