Despite this selective myopia, I can't stop marveling at all daffodils that seemed to have erupted from the ground in perfect synchrony. I didn't realize that daffodils were such a popular flower around here. LD says this is likely because they are generally a hardy bulb that grows well in this climate. It is also interesting to note that daffodils are part of the narcissus family, a genus with an interesting linguistic heritage in our uber self-conscious little community.
Whatever the reason for their popularity and abundance, the daffodils' contribution to this perfectly clear, 70 degree day is much appreciated and I am happier for it. Spring is coming.
In preparation for the coming season, LD made two separate trips to his favorite store - ACE Hardware. He spent the weekend planting the first crop of veggies and flowers, which included brussel sprouts, globe artichoke, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, bok choy, spinach, dill, sweet peas, walla walla onions, red onions, and one beautiful Calla lily that we can see from our bedroom window.
And lucky for all of us, he has no upcoming travel plans. I don't think I ever wrote about the results of last year's efforts. In his inaugural year, LD's habaneros proved the most prolific of his planting endeavors, which also included tomatoes, potatoes, snap peas, artichoke, basil, flat leaf parsley, and watermelons. Because we couldn't keep up with the habanero production, LD pickled the majority of the flame-colored peppers, and we have spent the last year very slowly making our way through the large mason jar in the refrigerator.
This year's veggie beds
Speaking of other things that grow, little Wow had his six-week visit yesterday and is weighing in at the 60% percentile. He weighs more than Munch did at eight weeks, and she had a three week head start on him (he was born 37w, 1d, she was born 40w, 2d). The MA measured his length while he was wiggling, and came up with a result that was 30-40% percentile. I texted the results to LD, who met us at the door when we got home, took Wow from me, and remeasured him immediately. For Wow's sake, we are all thankful that he remeasured at almost the 90% percentile.
As one might expect, LD's interest in things-that-grow is even greater in the two things-that-grew-from-me. Obsessive, even. When Munch's height started to drift into the 50-60% percentile (she had also started out around 90%), LD had a small emotional meltdown. He bemoaned the possibility that "she might be, like only 5'5, or something". When I pointed out that I am 5'5 and this is taller than the average American woman (hands on hips so as to convey annoyance), he started putting protein powder into everything she ate and lamenting the bad luck of having married into such an impoverished gene pool.