Showing off a bit :D Nov 28, 2008 | 3:23 PM PST
, Japanese Elm
, japanese maple
There will be rather a few posts, but this is a great teaser, lol. So,
since we got the camera it has been hectic here (we hosted
Thanksgiving). But, I did manage to get a few pics of some things
around here. That is the view out to our balcony. The must have, hunted
for one because I can't give up my bonsai!
is a Southern Magnolia. Seems pretty happy here in Seattle! This was
sent to me by YardGranny in SC. I potted it up a while back and it has
loved the weather here, frankly it surprises me as it has gotten rather
is the White Snapdragon. I don't grow flowers normally but this one has
it's place here. Shannon fell in love with it so I will do all I can to
keep it alive. It has grown on me since it flowers when it gets cold.
How random is that! I guess I will have to do some research on this
bugger so I know it's habits and whatnot :D
also sent me two Mimosa's, they were happy but just to make sure, since
they are babies, I have done what I normally do for my coffee tree at work
(the one I am bonsai'ing) and placed their very own mini greenhouses
over them. These will stay on until the last possible frost. There are
a lot of mimosa here, not this color...but they seem happy to live
here. I figure once they get older, perhaps next winter, they will not
require this (and I will get a Bay tree to do this for instead, hehe).
had these at the house and took them with me (note...MINE!). There is a
Purple Sage, a standard Silver Sage, some Garlic Chives (thanks again
Poe!) grew from seed from Ohio and a Mother of Thyme. It is so nice
having fresh Thyme at any time. Yes...I had to do that ;)
one last shot for now, the Japanese Elm with a few leaves left, my
favorite Japanese Maple (about 7 years old) and some Provencal
Lavendar. Shannon is a freak for Lavendar so I think this will get a
bigger pot come spring so it can go wild!
So we had an amazing wind storm not that long ago. I even cleaned up the yard and battened down the hatches, so to speak. Got all the potted stuff down in a protected spot (will be the winter spot too!) and all the furniture and our bikes nice and tidy and close...
Max is a dumb cat, I love him so but he is CRAZY. The wind started blowing HARD but it was not raining yet so I decided to give him some outside time. Nut job goes running around with the WILD KAT look in his eyes. You know the drill...run run run...mad dash...STOP! look around madly with flashing eyes.
He does not have that collar anymore, little jerk keeps losing them.
This time was the worst as it had his license and a name tag. Jerk.
Then he did this and I was thinking 'Ain't he cute!'. As you can see all the
brown in him, he snuck in as a regular cat and once he was established he is letting
the Maine Coon out.
Then he FLEW over to one of the cedars and ran on the roof. Not
happy. Wasn't happy a bit. He had no clue how windy it was, and how fast
he could fly off! So I ended up standing in the raised bed while he teased me
by coming to the edge when I was whistling and calling and finally came down so
I promptly tossed him inside! Jerk. Cute, fuzzy, lovable jerk.
So, on to the destruction,
The dahlia. It took one hell of a beating...
My tomatoes, oh dear, my poor Black Prince...
The radishes I let bolt? So close to get my seed? Not a chance in
hell. The wind snapped every single one of them and it was going so
well. They would have had SO much seed. Damn. I had a fit and went
ahead and cleared them out. They are now mulch. See all those seed heads?
I don't even want to look.
So, upset as I was, daunted by the greenery that needs to be cut,
tossed...all of the above, I started looking around. I have pretty much
missed the nice fall foliage that so many are harping on as our nicely colored
leaves have been passing us at about 90 MPH. I looked at my Bonsai and
had to take another glance (and pictures!) as they are most gorgeous! Here is
one where I took two different breeds and literally wrapped the Female around
the Male to create a piece I call 'co-dependence'. hehe. Her color is
amazing! He has just started to change a bit.
And one of my favorites, these are all about 4-5 yrs old. Such a nice
yellow! Guess we have to keep our trees behind a wall in order to be able
to see the colors!
The Japanese Elm has lost most of its leaves so gets to show off it's
And the Cotoneaster is showing off it's berries, the wind took off a lot of
them but it still has a few ;)
Then I notice the thyme and sages, how happy they are...it has finally
cooled down enough for them.
And yes, I will get in there and weed them!
My herb pot looked a little unhappy, then I looked closer and changed my
mind when I saw the flowers :D
The Parsley is happy finally, it does NOT like it hot-hot-hot, haha!
I come out of the garden area and see this, a cool little
volunteer. One of the great things about a rental is you really don't
know what is there so it is always a surprise
Yes, I know the buggers next to it have to go, lol. I *promise* LMAO!
Heading up the hill I see the dahlia in a different light...and that bush
behind it? Never stopped flowering, it was leggy, like 8 ft tall and I cut the
bejeezus out of it. So it flowered and has not stopped since early
spring. Oh how the honey bees and bumble bees love it!
Then I look over and see that the yellow rose our youngest decided to trim
this summer, with a toy sword *eek!* gave us something.
I look to the left and see fall colors on the hydrangea with a guest that
really set it off!
Much better mood. What can I say, there is good in everything...I
think. Excepting our present government, hehe. I decided to FINALLY
plant the alpine strawberries that have been floundering and
mocking me continuing to flourish despite my treatment of
them. They will be great here, this spot is full of bulbs so is interesting
for about 5 minutes then Blah.
So, I lost power. It was
cold and windy, rainy and the power cut off while my non tv watching butt was
in the middle of Grays Anatomy. I will not get radish seed this year from
my crop. My tomatoes are a mess...the dahlia is half broken and the yard
is a basic mess. A basic beautiful mess!
Well, while my brethren beside me, Orange and Japanese Elm, have their own things going this weekend, I get to do something VERY exciting!!! I Get potted! I get to have my very own bonsai pot. I have waited over 3 years for this to happen and now I get to have it!! YAAAY! I have been very compliant and a happy grower this whole time thinking 'pick me! pick me!' and now is my time. For the last year I have felt like a bonsai, I have looked like a bonsai...down to making sure I have a nice, natural mossy ground cover, but there was the 'pot thing'. I will make sure they get pictures for I am very happy I get my pot!!! After I get potted I will be getting a trim, but not to downplay Japanese Elm, it is nothing like that...just a few clips here and there!
Hi, I am 'Japanese Elm'. I was once just a regular tree but someone looked at me and said, Bonsai... you must be. Here I am and enjoying the new 'digs'. I have gotten a little happy though and been getting a tad 'leggy' so I am scheduled for a haircut this weekend. I am looking forward to it as I have been feeling a bit 'full' lately! I understand there will be a photo journal of my cut :D