Mar 31, 2011 | 8:37 AM PST This post has been edited by an administrator
My husband Frank and I have a morning ritual, we roll out of bed and in a daze make our way to the sunroom for coffee; generally we spend the first half hour speechless until the first cup of coffee starts to rev us up. Part of that morning ritual is to let our Cockatiel, Morrie out of his cage; he loves to climb all over and sometimes takes flight to burn off energy. One morning I asked my husband if he knew how to tell if Morry was a male or a female, he shrugged his shoulders and stared at me blankly “I don’t know, Google it” he said.
This morning we went through our standard ritual; and once again the early morning sky and sunrise were stunning and as the sun came up over the lake Frank walked over to opened Morrie’s cage and he grabbed the water dish; “Oh no” he said, I immediately thought there was something wrong, he turned and walked over to me, opened his hand and there in his hand was this tiny perfect little white egg. I guess we’ll have to start calling Morrie, Marie!
Mar 28, 2011 | 4:08 PM PST This post has been edited by an administrator
Being a garden junkie, I continue to wait patiently for spring to arrive here in Northern Michigan. Upon return from our winter get away we were greeted by a blizzard and 6" of new snow late last week. I was so desperate to see some sign of spring here in Michigan I traveled downstate this past weekend to buy climbing roses at one of my favorite nursery English Gardens. Cl. Orange Crush from Star Roses will grace my garden this year....ahhhhh, I think I'm OK now!
Not sure how to insert a photo into my blog, so I'm gonna give it a shot. If it dosen't work maybe someone could give me some instruction.
Mar 7, 2011 | 12:47 PM PST
, climbing roses
I live in northern Michigan which is considered by some to be Zone 4-5. I live on the lake and the winter winds can at times be brutal. I would like to plant a red climbing rose on a section of cedar split rail that is set close to the lake on the west side of my property which receives a minimum of 6-8 hours of full sun everyday. The rose varieties I believe would do well in this area are Red Blaze, Red Eden and Rosa Americana. I've never planted roses in my garden and I've done some homework so I know protecting the plant over winter will require laying the canes on the ground and covering them with a VERY THICK layer of mulch to keep the wind from them from drying out, I've installed drip in my garden beds so mold I'm hoping will not be a problem. If you've planted any one of these climbing rose varieties and can offer me any advice your input would be greatly appreciated. If you've planted another variety that you have had success with in conditions similar to mine that you think I should consider I would love to hear from you.