Thursday, May 24

Second Year Onion Update


I'm giggling as I type this... I can't help but think that all of you who read my blog must be sitting there thinking, "I can't wait until this girl goes back to working 70 hours a week so she doesn't have so much time to post!" *grin*

This is a short one, I promise. Remember those leftover onions I found in the garden in April? Well, amidst the sturdy, strappy leaves of both are appearing tiny flower buds! Cool.

I'm going to have to keep an eye on these guys--some in the allium family have gorgeous blooms but others... eh, not so much. Time will tell (soon) how plain old red onions fare in the aesthetically pleasing department!

(Yes, I know... my hands look atrocious. I was so intent on pulling up the garlic mustard on the side of the garage that I forgot to put on my gardening gloves before it was too late. Ah, who am I kidding? I hate gardening gloves so I probably would have gone without anyway.)

21 comments:

Layanee said...

Those are the hands of a true gardener! You should be, and probably are, PROUD! From another tough handed gardener!

Carol said...

We'd be mighty suspicious of how much gardening you really do if your hands were clean and soft!

OldRoses said...

Definitely gardener's hands. Something to be proud of.

Stuart said...

Keep blogging, I say. Work is so over-rated anyway, Kim and we could never get bored of your posts.

Briana said...

The anti-french manicure is the internatonal symbol for gardeners everywhere. I think your dirt streaked hands are beautiful...

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lisa said...

Funny-I always tell myself to try wearing gloves, but can never keep them on! I just like the feel of dirt in my hands, and the "visible wear" is worth it! So I say wear the dirt proudly!

Kate said...

Your hands look like you garden. That is cool ... gardening gloves look great in stores. I always get taken in by the cool colours, wear them and take them off.

Ilona said...

true gardener's hands... I use gloves more now than I did in the past. Dryer skin, maybe.

I've been pulling out garlic mustard by cartful. Unbelievable stuff, isn't it?

Ki said...

Girl, your hands look like mine do except I can't seem to get the dirt stains out of the cracks even using a hand and fingernail brush. I hate using gloves too. I only use them when moving rocks or when I don't want to get skinned knuckles or ripped up hands handling thorny branches. Why is it that you always get a cut or scratch on the most useful fingers? Never on the baby finger but always on the thumb or index finger. I found a great product to protect the cut instead of the usual bandaids. It's a liquid called New Skin (smells like fingernail polish) that hardens into an elastic, waterproof covering, almost like your own skin so you don't have to worry about getting dirt in the cut or keeping the bandage dry.

lucette said...

Who are those gardeners who use gloves? Judging by the above, they're apocryphal. I don't like them either, although I have 3 or 4 pairs--Mother's Day presents all, I think.

Salix Tree said...

Those onions look like what mine are doing at the moment. But mine look like they are growing new onion bulbs on top of the stalk, looks very alien. I must post a pic of it real soon.

Carolyn said...

I find I can't stand gloves once it gets warm. On cold days they are invaluable, but they feel horrible in hot weather and I'd rather toughen up my hands for the real gardening season. Yours look fine to me. Apologies for being a "lurker" until now. I check your site regularly and enjoy seeing what you're up to.

Colin & Carol said...

Getting 'Down and Dirty' like a real gardener should.

Ottawa Gardener said...

Don't ya just love plant reproduction?

Naturegirl said...

I see a true gardeners hand here!Dirt is a must! LoVe CoCo on the sidebar..very handsome! hugs NG

Kelly said...

I love volunteers in the garden, they make me too happy.

People at work have been mocking me for my dirty hands, but I mock them for their dirty minds...so it all comes out even.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Those hand have lovingly tended many garden plants, I can tell:). It is December before my hands are truly clean again.

snappy said...

A true gardeners hands are always covered in soil, and the calluses from the hard work.
I love to feel the dirt on my hands.You can always wash it off afterwards.They use mud as a beauty treatment and when i wash my hands they are pinked up!
I hope your red onions are willing to put an aesthetic show on for you :)

Kati said...

Man oh man, that garlic mustard! As for gloves, they're for sissies. Still, I did invest in a lovely French Manicure and am very inconsistently tearing it apart with my insistence of being hands on in the garden. Let's face it, gardening is supposed to be a sensual experience...and as sensual experiences go, it can get dirty. Better to get really dirty than to just think dirty, wouldn't you say?

Rosemarie said...

I hate garden gloves too -- at least the ones that are called garden gloves. They don't work. If I'm planting, then I need to feel the dirt in my hands. However, I will admit (I guess I'm a wimp), that when I need to pull roots, weeds, etc, I reach for my workman's gloves (purple suede) so I don't hurt my hands. I can really get a grip on roots when I use these (I'm more concerned about the pain than the dirt).

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