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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Have You Ever Wondered How Blogs Got Their Names?
Well, I have! Some bloggers have told us... not everyone, but some of you have shared. Since, I am a relatively new blogger (February 2008), and may have missed a post or a few explaining how you chose your blogs' names; would you please, share your story?
Here's mine and a pictorial of what makes Clay and Limestone, well, Clay and Limestone!
No, it isn't PPPP, but just in case you missed her...here's a reminder of her sweet beauty!Phlox pilosa the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox isn't bothered by clay soil.
Not being a gardener, it didn't dawn on me to inquire about the soil conditions when we bought this house and it's 1.3 acre lot. We were new parents and we wanted a house with two baths, a fireplace and a fenced yard!
If I were purchasing a home today, you would find me tramping around the yard, checking out soil conditions, listing the existing trees and shrubs and the location of water spigots. I would visit at various times of the day and watch were the sun rose, set and what it did in between. I would hope for rain to see if run off was going to be an issue. But, at that time, we just wanted a home for our son and us.
Today, we wouldn't buy that yard!
Every time, I put a shovel in the ground, there were rocks and clay. Friends would ask us why we didn't do this or do that to the yard and we would say...clay and limestone! It became easy to think of it as Clay and Limestone. When I made the decision to start a blog, it was the only name that occurred to me. It certainly fits!
Take today. An ordinary day in the garden. A nice spot in the sunny bed was needed for a new peony. Into the ground goes the perennial spade and clunk. I move the spade and clunk. Clunk, clunk, clunk.
It's a big rock, one that can't be dislodged with the perennial spade. Digging around the rock trying to find just dirt, made it clear how big a rock it was. We have been here before. Using the perennial spade to lift rocks cracked the handle a few years ago.
So I know that big tools are required! A pry bar. I have several of them! This yard requires pry bars! I get my favorite, the red one with a straight end and a curved end.
After a bit of soil excavation, their was room to push the pry bar under the rock!
Slowly, wiggling the pry bar back and forth and up and down loosened the rock and surrounding dirt! This is an important technique! It spares the back.
A nice cavity was created under the rock with just enough space for the business end of the pry bar to fit!
I used the curved end to lever the rock up.
Unfortunately, this requires some back work. Once the rock was wiggled and pulled loose, it was easily rolled up and out of the hole.
Incidentally, the gloves are mediums, if that helps you get a perspective on the size. If not, the rock measures 18" X 12" x 3".
It's a beautiful rock and will be part of a small wall!
Maybe like this one that lines the front walk. Every one of the rocks in the walls at Clay and Limestone came from this yard. (ed. I just dug the rocks, someone else built the walls)
The cleared and rock less space, not planted yet, but soon! It's time to take ibuprofin, do some back stretches and have a cup of tea!
But not yet, I really do want to know how you came by your blog name!
Just rock on, and have you a good time.