First, let me tell you, I am having serious internet issues, and this is the 3rd!!! attempt at writing this post. My connection is so slow it times out and I lose everything.....it really has allowed me to take full advantage of our beautiful Memorial Day weekend, bike riding, attending graduations and graduation parties, sitting and reading, but I REALLY want to get this post done, so....Breath deep.....Inner.Com (I saw that on a bumper sticker and thought it was pretty funny!)
Right now not much is going on above ground as the root system is being established below ground so we thought it would be a great time to share with you how she prepared for that massive root growing that is taking place.
I sat down with Chris and got the scoop on the poop......that she used to prepare the soil for Maxine. Now let me share...this is the reason that Chris's zinnias are 5 feet tall and spectacular and mine are, well lets just say, not quite as spectacular.
She dug a 3 foot deep hole where Maxine would lie. She filled this with potting soil and mixed in the following ingredients ( a full 7 hours of hand digging) to create the perfect environment for Maxine to grow to her full potential.
Cow manure, sheep manure, bat guano, Super triple phosphate, muriate of potash, sea kelp and marine cuisine.....I love this.....make mine lobster, crab and scallops please!
She germinated the seed in the house and on May 14th she pulled the little sprout out of the peat pot and placed her on the mound of this rich, lovely, super enhanced dirt. Today Maxine is getting her 3rd true leaf. Chris positioned the plant so the main vine, which will come out opposite of the 1st true leaf, will grow toward the west.
This is a lovely portrait of Maxine painted by Chris's daughter. If anyone else would like to create some art of/about Maxine and send me the link I'd love to post it....I'm thinking the Virgen de las Calabasas...