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Happy Victory Over Japan Day, y’all!

VJ Day

Okay, it’s not literally VJ Day. That would either be August 15-ish, when Japan actually surrendered in dubya-dubya-eye-eye, or September 2, when they filled out the paperwork. But as Rhode Island is the last state to observe the holiday, we figure we can do it any time we like. So we do it on the second Monday in August.

When I was in the Boston office, it used to piss me off that half my colleagues got the day off and I didn’t. But now I’m in the Providence office, I’m like “ha ha! Take that, you smelly Boston office losers!”

I think we chickened out and changed the name to Victory Day, though. Or We Love Our Little Yellow Friends Across the Sea Day. Or maybe it’s The Unions Never Give Up a Paid Holiday Day.

What do I care? Day off! πŸ™‚

It’s raining. πŸ™


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: August 11, 2008, 12:20 pm

I love rain. Especially storms.

I would like to go on a vacation. Haven’t had one in years.

Hope you enjoy the day off, Ms. Weasel!

Comment from porknbean
Time: August 11, 2008, 12:32 pm

It is beyootiful here in the midwest. It is usually satan’s armpit in August but it has been mid-eighties, low humidity for several days now. WAHHH, global cooling! Global cooling!

I shall go sit in my driveway and manufacture some vitamin D. Er….after I go see if Lowes has any more delphiniums left.. *ratzin fratzin…frakkin..wabbits…fur wrapped turds…*

Comment from Jill
Time: August 11, 2008, 1:52 pm

Ooooooo…delphiniums. Purty.


Smell the colors…

Comment from porknbean
Time: August 11, 2008, 2:15 pm

This is all that is left of my delphiniums. A stem and some flowers. All of the leaves have been eaten. They are quite lovely when totally intact. Hopefully the store will have some left……and chicken wire.
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Comment from Lemur King
Time: August 11, 2008, 3:00 pm

A delphinum is… what? A flower? A plant with flowers and produces pollen? Oh, then kill them all, please.

Are you sure it’s wabbits? My sister has been plagued with deer this year and has had to replant her entire garden. Something about the global cooling and gentle weather… Or are we in a global warming trend this week? I know they only need two data points to establish a world-wide trend.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 11, 2008, 3:28 pm

That’s rotten luck, PnB, you’ve got my deepest sympathy, having had rabbits attack and destroy my raspberries earlier this year πŸ™

Nice delphiniums, BTW – mine are all gone and forgotten now. Just planted out next spring’s wallflowers and sweet wlliams this evening . It’s that time of teh year already – and we had no summer to speak of.

Comment from Lemur King
Time: August 11, 2008, 4:16 pm

Same thing for you, too Uncle B.? Our spring came late and our summer even later than normal, and a lot of my plants just won’t mature in time. I’ve given up on the habaneros growing up but the basil I am harvesting right now.

Comment from wendyworn
Time: August 11, 2008, 5:34 pm

You are so lucky to have today off Weasel! I was so tempted to call in sick today because I didnt sleep much, but no, I came in.

This one time I called in sick to work. Later that week several of my co-workers, claiming to have what I had, called in sick. Hmmmm, I wonder how they got my hangover?!


PS! I just got registered at Michelle Malkin’s place. I’ve been waiting for a while! It’s so special!

Comment from porknbean
Time: August 11, 2008, 5:41 pm

A delphinium is a perennial flowering plant. It is great for a backdrop to a flower garden as it is tall. Just came back from the store, alas, no more delphinium. Will have to wait until next spring. I did find another Pink Fountain Gaura (google it) which grows great in the crappy soil out back. It is heat and drought tolerant.

It was indeed a runnybabbit that feasted upon it as my husband saw momma rabbit in the act. Remember me posting this little guy? You see the plant he is sitting next to? Yeah…that is the base of the delphinium about a week after I planted it.

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Not sure it has enough pollen to bother anyone. Speaking of pollen, ragweed is gearing up for an all out assault from mid-August to mid-October. Bleh.

Next year, I’m going to get more of these zinnias. They are doing great with minimal care. One container of them when planted is now 2 and a half feet tall and wide. Tons of baseball size flowers.
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Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 11, 2008, 6:25 pm

Veeeeery interesting you should mention Gauras, PnB! I must confess I’d never even heard of them until I found one in a nursery a couple of months ago – absolutely perfect for a mixed border in a cottage garden (which is what I’m currently creating at Badger House).

It’s taken well, looks fine and suddenly I’ve started seeing them in garden centres all over. Yet the books are silent on Guaras, which (as it’s a native N. American) makes me wonder if we are only just starting to get them over here?

Umm… are we gardeners getting you down, yet, your Ladyship? πŸ˜‰

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 11, 2008, 6:34 pm

Y’all have NO IDEA how much Uncle B enjoys the idea I ended up with a gardening and poetry blog, from the comments.

Go ahead. I don’t care. You can talk baseball, for all of me. I’m just that much of an attention whore.

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: August 11, 2008, 6:58 pm

Every plant I have had…has died. πŸ™ I don’t have a green thumb at all.

No poetry skillz either.

Comment from porknbean
Time: August 11, 2008, 7:01 pm

I never heard of them either until this past spring’s plant shopping. The way the flowers float above the plant is fabulous and it being drought resistant, w00t!.

Perhaps they are pushing them because they are heat tolerant and require less water – can’t have you using up the planet’s resources, you know.

Weasel, you are a lucky critter to be sooner than later having your own beautiful English garden (though satanic-eyed sheep as neighbors would give me the heebie jeebies).
No matter how hard I try, I can never duplicate such a thing in this MO climate and clay.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 11, 2008, 7:12 pm

That’s perfectly put, PnB! The flowers do indeed ‘float’ – I’ve put mine in next to another wonderful native N. American import, a penstemon.

I think I could get a bit of a ‘thing’ about gauras… (I already have about penstemons – bought yet another last Sunday).

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 11, 2008, 7:15 pm

My mom used to say I had a purple thumb, Musli: every plant I touch, dies.

I’m getting way behind on my blog surfing. Apologies all around. Over at Felix’s place she’s found the most wonderful site devoted to hideously awful decorated cakes.

I used to be a serious birthday cake junkie. When I was seven, I opted not to have a party so I could eat the whole cake myself. As an adult, I’d go into the birthday cake part of the bakery and tell them they could write anything they wanted on my cake, I was just going to eat it. I got some great inscriptions.

These days, you have to ask for ‘traditional’ frosting to get the good old Crisco-and-confectioners’-sugar kind. Otherwise, you get this awful marshmallowy shit.

Comment from buckethead mark
Time: August 11, 2008, 9:23 pm

I wave my non french parts at you, all youuu home gardeners.
Y’all have nearly been teh death of a good shrubber.
What sad times.

Nix unto you.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: August 11, 2008, 9:51 pm

I am blessed.

Comment from Machinist
Time: August 12, 2008, 1:17 am

To be blessed is great.
To be aware of it is a wondrous gift.

Comment from porknbean
Time: August 12, 2008, 2:34 am

Hmm…penstemons. Had to look those up, and yes I have seen them before. Will read more about them as I see that some do well in rock gardens. I have a slope going up to the deck filled with rocks/gravel, which the builders dumped and left. It is hard to even get grass to grow in that spot. These may work.

Oooo…thanks for reminding me about birthday cake weasel. My daughter is having a birthday soon and I promised I would do something special this year. I used to make her character themed cakes when she was a wee lass, carved and put together from 9 inch rounds. One year was a Simba face, the next Madeline’s head….
Will think of something other than a head this year since I am severely limited with her wish for chocolate icing.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 12, 2008, 7:19 am

Oh, HERE’s a nice spam:

poems of loved ones passing
child licking
latex free condoms

Oof. Back to work.

Comment from Jill
Time: August 12, 2008, 9:19 am

Puppy dogs can be chocolate flavored!


I think the fur is made by using a star tip (pressed and then pulled to be kinda spiky).

Comment from Jill
Time: August 12, 2008, 9:21 am

Oh, and is this cute, or what?


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 12, 2008, 1:16 pm

Wendy, how did you manage to get in over at MM’s blog? I’ve been trying to find out for over a year…..

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 12, 2008, 1:18 pm

Oh, speaking of gardening, did you hear that the Kidnapped Garden Gnome has been returned, with a letter and pictures of his holiday? It was on the UK Daily Mail.


I kind of see a new online game coming up. photo contests of you neighbor’s gnomes on holiday in various places around the world…

I think that would be funny as hell….. πŸ™‚

Comment from Stashiu3
Time: August 12, 2008, 2:41 pm

Scubafreak, if you email asking to be notified when registration opens they will do it. Then, just sign up while the registration period is open.

Comment from Jill
Time: August 12, 2008, 4:16 pm

Swease, did you see this? You almost had to work yesterday!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 12, 2008, 6:31 pm

Sorry about that trip to the filter, Jill…and that’s a very interesting link. I assumed it was going to be about another tiresome lefty group protesting the RI celebration of VJ Day (happens every year). But Tojo’s private diaries were anti-surrender?

Somebody once pointed out the proof that dropping the bomb was necessary: we had to drop two before they surrendered.

It’s not an academic question to me. My dad was a lieutenant in the army right at the end of the war, steaming to what they believed was an inevitable bloody land war on the island of Japan.

Basically: no surrender, no weasel.

Comment from Jill
Time: August 12, 2008, 9:29 pm

I went to the filter? Humph.

It’s not an academic question to me either: I lost an uncle and a cousin within 60 days of each other Decmber 1944 to January 1945. The uncle was killed while training for the invasion of Japan (his P-47 suffered a hydraulic malfunction and he was too low to parachute – death was caused by ‘3rd degree burns over 90% of his body and excise wounds’)…my cousin, a sweet kid of 22 who looked eerily like Jake Gyllenhall, volunteered for a bombing run in his crew’s B-25 over Lolobata in the Halmaheras Islands in the deep South Pacific. They took Jap anti-aircraft fire to their bomb bay approximately 25 feet from the ground at 250 miles an hour. No individual identification could be accomplished. My cousin and his crew are buried in a communal grave at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery outside of Saint Louis. My uncle is buried in the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.

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