The Cosmic Dream Diary

In Memoriam

James Garner

Tom Tierney

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July 23, 2014

Since my last Diary posting, two of my favorite celebrities have passed away, James Garner at age 86 and Tom Tierney at age 85. Now, I'm sure most of you know Garner, but maybe not Tierney, unless, of course, you are a Dover Publications fan. In that case, he would be a household name. Tom was an artist, and made his fame as a paper doll artist, in fact, he is probably the one who created the concept of paper dolls for adults. An expert in historical fashion, he has created paper dolls of celebrities, both alive and long dead. I personally own 32 of his paper doll sets. He has done royalty from Queen Elizabeth to Princess Di (her charity auction collection) and William and Kate. He has done Pope John Paul II (but was not allowed to draw him in his underwear!). The Pope requested some copies, so Dover sent them off to the Vatican. He has done the presidents and their families and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. My favorite historical set is Mumtaz of the Taj Mahal, which is unbelievably gorgeous. He has done collections of major fashion designers, such as Yves St. Laurent and Christian Dior. And some are truly adult paper dolls, such as the Siegfeld Follies! Whew! (I own both collections.) Dover has created two CD-ROMs based on his paper doll compilations of fashion trends for each decade throughout the 1900s. (I own the CD-ROMs and the paper dolls.) But it was through his coloring books that I became Tierney's fan. I have four of his completed fashion coloring books posted and will soon post another. I have twelve more, which is all Dover has available except for one which had been out of print. And with all these, Tierney always provides explanatory text. Here is a great interview Dover did with him several years ago. You, of course, may buy his art from Dover.

And as for James Garner, well, gosh, he was adorable wasn't he? I was a huge Rockford Files fan and if you haven't seen Victor, Victoria, make a point to do so. These two men made an extraordinary contribution to life on this planet. We will miss you James and Tom.

As for the farm, most of my first cucumber fruits turned yellow and died before they grew, but a new batch is coming on and the plants are much stronger, and can withstand the environmental assault better (such as going days and days with no sunshine). As promised in the last post, my zinnias and marigolds are beginning to bloom, and so are the petunias, portulacas, and celosias, plus the lone sunflower that came up on its own. (I planted more.) The peppers and tomatoes are in bloom and I have the first baby tomatoes. I have been eating pineapple tomatilloes, so those should be ready to sell soon. I will also have nice salad mixes. Of course, one can never be sure, during these toxic times we are in. The rainfall total since April 25 is now 20.8 inches.

Eggplants

Peppers

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Here are some nice healthy eggplants with a big pot of salad burnet in the background (with the mustard leaf sticking up). That is a wonderful cucumber-flavored herb that goes in the salad mixes. On the other side of the greenhouse, the peppers are doing well.

Cucumber plants

Cucumber plants

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Also as promised in my last post, my cucumbers are all tied up and heading upward. Even on these endless dark days, getting them off the ground will improve their ability to produce. These photos were taken looking west, standing near the front door. Potted sweet peas are on the hanging shelf. Unlike the morning glories which climb along with the cucumbers, the sweet peas need more personal space.

Cucumber plants

Cucumber plants

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Here's some other views of the climbing cucumber plants, looking toward the north wall, then looking east, toward the door. As you can see, I have tidied up the greenhouse nicely.

Parthenice Tiger Moth

Accidental Beauty

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Look at this beautiful Parthenice Tiger Moth (grammia parthenice). The downspouts of the greenhouse empty inside, so I have plastic trash cans set under them to collect the rainwater. When I went to fill my sprinkling can, I saw it sitting on the edge of the water. Next to that picture is a collection I have named "accidental beauty." When I was transplanting earlier in the year, every time I came across a plant coming up on its own, I stuck it in a pot to repot later. Well, this one never got repotted, then I realized it was cool just the way it turned out. I haven't planted celosias for two years. They self-seed profusely, and look at the gorgeous colors. That is a mustard leaf, and also a pineapple tomatillo and morning glory.

Close-up of Celosia

Outdoor Celosias

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Here is a closeup of that one celosia. Isn't that an unusual color combination for a cockscomb celosia? Wow! Pink, white, and green. Amazing. In the next photo are some of my celosias I have potted and out in my annual display. I love the burnt orange ones.

Petunias

Zinnias and Marigolds

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Petunias are pretty good at self-seeding also. These two did, so they are blooming earlier than the ones I planted this year (to the left) but they're not too far behind. And finally, promised and delivered, zinnias and marigolds in bloom.

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