Sorry it has been so long since i was here. Lots going on. Got some yardwork done today.. and a few daffodills planted. Stiff and sore, but glad to be able to do it. Tomrrow if the weather holds will try to finish getting the dafs in the ground and some of the garden decorations brought in for winter.
Sorry it took so long to get back wtih you, but hubby has been seriously ill. He had massive muscle breakdown..Rhabdomyolsis caused by his cholesterol medicine. Quite serious as his body was shutting down.
We did catch it in time, but he has a long recovery in front of him. All his muscles took a hit so we are not sure of any lasting damage at the time, He is homebound and has home therapist coming in twice a week. I just did not feel comfortable putting him into a nursing home .. we will manage.
we do thank each of you for your prayers.. we live in them for sure. God bless you all.
The weeds and grass are taking over!! I have such a large area to work on sometimes it is just ahead of me. I have a large area of daylilies that I need to get the nutgrass out of.. grrrrrr it makes me nuts!!
My containers are doing well, I have made a little progress on my south bed, but it is either raining or too danged hot to work out much. Maybel later this afternoon i will get back out there to work on the grass before it goes to seed!
Hope all is well with everyone. I cannot believe it is the middle of June already!! Time flies.
My stepdad is declining which is not unexpected really, just hard to deal with. My hubby's health is stablising.. cannot get better, so we deal with each day as it comes and be grateful for it!
May 26, 2009 | 8:10 AM PST This post has been edited by an administrator
Just thought I would drop a line to say hi to everyone. I have not been here as regularly as I used to be due to all kinds of things. My business is doing well, but can always be better. My garden is so-so, my grandkids are fine. My hubby is fairly well these days despite all his health problems. My step dad is in hospice so a few prayers would be helpful..
I am so excited!! I got a new Soilsaver Compost Bin !! I have been wanting one for quite awhile and got a great deal at Sam's Club. About half price what I see at other places.This will really speed up my compost!!
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Soilsaver also comes with a unique self-watering feature to allow only enough rainwater in to moisten the composting pile, thereby reducing composting time.
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With four inches thick of natural insulating structural foam molding, Soilsaver extends the composting throughout the long slumber of winter months.
It was a perfect day for working on the brush pile. I started early this morning and by this evening I had most of it done. Godness some of those branches has been piling up for over a year!! It stated out about a tall as our house and about 20 ft around. I have been working on it for awhile and now I can see the ground!!
Now I can tackle the other pruning that needs to be done and start another one!!
I am still working on that huge brush pile. One of these days I will get it down to a managealbe size and not have to burn each branch in the barrel. That pile was an accumulations of several stormes, ice storms, etc. Big branches, small ones,.. all kinds of things. The pile have gotten a stall as my house, out in the garden. Now I am working it down one branch at a time. I worked on it 4 hours today and I am so sore and cannot sleep tonight. You would think I would be sawing logs after all that!!
Still no hummers yet.. we are going to put out our feeders this week tho, just in case.
Yesterday I planted several things.. but still have a long way to do in spring chores.
Planted 3 Miss Oklahoma cannas on the berm which I will have to dig up in the fall.
Also planted an unknown name dwarf salmon color canna in the kettle along with hot pink petunias
An african daisy on the berm along with some petunias. My bulbs are all coming up. Oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, etc. All the perennials are showing their faces this spring. Penstemon and speedwll, coneflower etc.
I put impatients in the pots I have by our little 90 gallon ''pond''..
It has been awhile since I visited. Things have been crazy around here.. I have a family member in hospice and spent time in Iowa, my hubby has pneumonia, lots of spring chores on days that are decent. Although missed some great if not really windy days outside this week, because hubby had doctor appts 3 days and 2 of them were 90 mile round trips.
My daffs and tulips are blooming. Some of the dafs I had to cut and bring in because that last snow we got was so heavy they were just laying on the ground. ut got to enjoy them anyway.
We had some nice temps tioday.. so I went to the nursery. Lots of flowers!! I spent too much, but it is cheaper than therapy:) Got some Elegance geaniums, petunias, marigold, shasta daisy, geraniums, verbena, million bells etc.. and planted a few containers. Yippee..
I will hold off awhile longer to do bigger gardening gotta make sure no frost.. every year I get antsy and plant and then a frost comes along..
Mar 27, 2009 | 9:08 PM PST
I am trying to decide whether to cover my daffodils with buckets or something. If we get the 4-6 inches of snow and the 30 mMPH winds expected tomrrow night.. I might be sorry I didnt cover them. That is a lot of weight for the poor tender blooms!
I was able to enjoy a few days working outside this week. We had one really nice day with temps in the 70s, but for the most part 60s and 50s..
We have had quite a few storms since last summer and had accumulated enough brush to make a huge brush pile. Since we cannot burn anything that big, I have spent several days cutting up all those branches and burning one by one in a burnbarrel. The pile when we started was as high as the house and about 15x15 feet or so.
I have lots still left to do but I did make a dent!! Those dumb ice storms have taken several trees and broken lots of branches:( it is too costly to have a tree service come in to do the work, but may have to if we cannot find someone to take some of the largest broken limbs off the trees.
Mar 15, 2009 | 9:41 AM PST
Clean up in the fall is easier than spring. I have been working on a flower bed this afternoon and the ground is just way to soft to do what really needs to be done. I found some bulbs trying to come up under some leaves that were all anemic and pitiful looking!
For the most part it goes up and down this time of year. We had a few really nice days last weekend..but when the temps get up a bit, it seems like we get storms. They are cleaning up from the tornado near Springfield now. Loss of homes.. 7... 30 were damaged. A few injuries and no deaths so that is a blessing. I think two people were hospitalized.
My cousin said he saw it and did not even have time to dial his wife on speed dial before it hit. They lost a buffalo and his friend lost his two race horses. The tornado missed his house.
That was one fast moving storm. It came thru my way first, but the tornado had not formed yet. We got 3 tenths of an inch of rain in less than 5 minutes.
The temps then dropped down into the teens at night and highs in the 20s in the daytime. Now for the next few days ti looks like we have 52 for a high. I had one narcissus bloom this week!