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May 23, 2005

ants, in my pants

Yesterday I worked in the garden. Considering I'll probably move by August, the effort is moot. But then again, it's not really about the flowers and the fruit, it's about the theraputic value of gardening.

I am terribly late in my planting, as the roomate is so lazy that he neglected to think about the fact that he did not actually order seeds as he had said he did. That's OK though, as it's been a wet, cool spring and perhaps planting in April would have been disastrous. Anyhow, me and the radiant hunky leprechaun went to Capitol Hill for a bit of Eastern Marketing (seeing a Beaverhausen and his partner in the process) and a jaunt over to Frager's Hardware for some plants and seeds.

Oddly, no volunteer sunflowers, gourds or squash came up from last year's seeds. Was the winter so harsh? Surely the rats and birds were not so thorough with their gathering to completely clear out all of the viable seeds. One marigold came up from last year, which I replanted in a more aesthetic spot, then planted my own, then some wildflower and zinnia seeds. I will get to this year's gourds and sunflowers tonight.

Through it all a number of very tiny ants crawled on me, which I didn't seem to notice until I came in to sit down at the computer. Contrary to popular folk jingles, while there are ants in my pants I do not feel compelled to "do the boogie dance" while suffering an infestation of Formicids in my britches. It's just sort of uncomfortable, but I do not feel the urge to actually dance nor to move in any sort of rhythmic fashion.

Posted by jimbo at May 23, 2005 10:38 AM

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Dear Jimbo,

I look forward to seeing more garden photos. I LOVE sunflowers!

Posted by: Harry at May 23, 2005 11:34 AM

City ants probably don't have the same "bite". Or you're very tough skinned.

DC rats are pretty through, but usually scraps are easy to come by, so they probably wouldn't work for the seeds. It's a shame when things don't reseed, it's so disappointing to have to do it again.

Posted by: copperred at May 23, 2005 11:42 AM

Im. gonna. replant. all. the. flowers. jimb.

Posted by: GURL at May 23, 2005 5:12 PM

Eww- your aunts were in your pants. Oh wait, I got that wrong.

Posted by: homer at May 23, 2005 7:13 PM

I have some ancient seeds, big gourds-mixed, and small gourds fruited-mixed, if you want some mail.

Posted by: First mom at May 24, 2005 2:22 AM

Jim,
I've got a plenty of seeds left over call me and I can tell you what I have to give. I know I have a plenty of marigold, nasturtium, and impatien seeds to share, along with tomato seeds.

Posted by: Marie at May 24, 2005 7:55 AM

my hubby no longer complains about the time I spend in the garden. it is a hobby that keeps me within shouting distance of the house, it is much cheaper than therapy and we get to eat a lot of produce. my vote is the rats. most of my squash seeds get removed by mice, chipmunks and squirrels.

Posted by: windreader at May 24, 2005 10:15 AM