30 April 2021
perennials from the swap, mostly. In various edges of the yard, the yarrow, artemesia, spiderwort, strawberry begonia, blanket flower (with red/orange coleus moved next to it), ostrich ferns, and creeping jenny- divided into bits to make a little row of it. Some were looking very sad and I don't know if they'll make it- it rains tonight so I hope that helps. I was in too much of a hurry to take pictures, before a thunderstorm passed over. I did take clippings of the creeping jenny and put in a jar of tank water, see if they convert and root can plant some in the aquariums.
28 April 2021
The season is moving too quickly on me. Already some of the lettuces are starting to turn bitter- when I cut these crisp mint and bibb leaves, I saw the white sap in the stems
Tatsoi stems are lengthening so I might get one or two more cuts of that- I've only used it a few times, really- in scrambled eggs, or in a dish as if spinach. This year's tokyo bekana is looking grand and I cut a pile of it last night for dinner- and my husband even asked for seconds "of the chinese cabbage". Meanwhile in the next bed over, last year's is making lots of seed pods- just in time. In two weeks when I set out the tomatoes, I think these will be ready enough to harvest, freeing up the space.
Turnips are filling their end of the roots bed with greenery
Lowest temp was just above 60° last night, so my tomatoes spent their first overnight in the coldframe.
and one nasturtium, although its leaves are small and few
27 April 2021
For the past few weeks I have been treating my angelfish for suspected external parasites.
I've noticed for a while that she will get twitchy, or jerk and dart across the tank. Then this behavior- she'd hold herself still in the middle of the water column, head pointed up, and a guppy would pick at her sides, until she jerked and swam off. I saw this with my paradise fish before when it was unwell- I thought the guppy was picking at fungus on its side but now I think it was cleaning off parasites. I was still unsure though but then three weeks ago Miss Beautiful started to go off her food. Would take bites and spit them out, or not show any interest at all.
First round I did a normal water change (being rather short on time that day) and dosed with Prazipro. Angelfish quit being as twitchy and started eating again in the middle of that week. Five days later I did a large water change and dosed again. Seven days after that saw her acting twitchy again so repeated the large water change and Prazipro. By large I mean changing out almost thirty gallons instead of the usual thirteen or fourteen. I brought my two and three-gallon watering cans into the room and filled them straight from the tank as part of that:
I used my acrylic tube like a long straw, with finger on one end, to spot-clean in crevices and under/behind the hornwort stems, where it's difficult to get with the regular siphon. And did extra rinse of the filter sponges. Plus I've been feeding the fishes garlic-soaked micro pellets once or twice a week- but Miss Beautiful doesn't like and spits them out. The guppies and kuhli loaches eat 'em up, however (and they've shown no signs of illness).
Would really like to get rid of this issue, hasn't my angelfish been through enough. I'd also really like to get a new paradise fish or betta, but all the small items I'd use for a quarantine tank are in the back of this tank, so pulling that while it's infected with parasites not a good idea.
It's been kinda boring. Nothing tall but that one piece of mermaid weed.
I moved two of the amano shrimps in here a while ago. They seem to do fine so far without an airline.
has a new leaf shoot
Due a bit of a rescape, maybe- which would just be shifting the rock that has buce on it, to clear out the cave space for the shrimps, and pulling more bolbitis to make room in the center for more parrot's feather or mermaid weed stems. As those aren't doing great in the 33L anyway, and removing them from there will make room for the temple compacta, which is nicely coloring up now, I've been trimming/replanting its tops...
26 April 2021
The alyssum- so small, but smell so sweet. I kept the white one for the garden- and one of each purple and pink as reserve against any freak cold spell. Planted the rest across the front flower bed. So small hardly can see them yet.
and these in pots
the rest went into the front bed- 'gay delight' behind the sedums and heartleaf brunnera
'main street rodeo drive' in front of columbines
A few others went into pots
Separated out the little stonecrop and planted across one edge of the bed- also doesn't look like much yet
I put my new 'Arp' rosemary in a large ceramic pot-
25 April 2021
from around the silver maples on the shady sideyard. First I dug and shifted a lot of yellow salvia- some went under the holly shrub
There's about twenty-five of them (and I left a lot behind!)
Then I dug and moved the rest of the pink turtleheads- these are in a new spot with fresh wood chip mulch
These are some I moved earlier
into the same area around tree stump
It is well surrounded now-