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So it's actually kind of sad. . .my first round of hot weather seeds failed (cayenne, sun gold tomatoes, and green zebra tomatoes). IF they came up, I killed them. And what's worse, I did it with the peas and lemon cukes, too. Transplanted those guys and they withered and died. The good news with the peas is that I have them direct sown outside and they are starting to pop up out there so I won't have to worry about it. ;o)
The cukes and tomatoes I tried again (and the cayenne pepper). I've got them sprouting, but I think I killed the tomatoes cuz I transplanted them too early, I think. The Sumter cukes I started this time took off way too fast (faster than I expected), so they HAD to get transplanted. I dusted some RooTone on them and they seem to have suffered no ill effects from the transplant. . .but I did the same thing with the tomatoes and they started drooping instantly. I've got some more, so it's all good. Gardening is just an experiment, right?
The garlic I've transplanted looks good and it looks like the oregano is coming back (I didn't kill it after all!). . .and all the plants I got (lemon balm, thyme, oregano, sweet woodruff, etc) ALL look really good. I'm glad I didn't mess those up. The clippings we got look a little thirsty, and I've been watering them, so we'll see if those take. . .
I transplanted my first round of Cilantro. Thank God for easy to grow plants, or I'd be pretty depressed and surrounded by death right now. . .and I got that transplanted with no problems (so far) and the same thing with the Tokyo Green Onion. Only one of each plant survived, which I thought was a little weird, considering the amount of seeds and space they had to grow. I put the pansies in that container instead, since my mom uses those flowers for food decorating. Now she can just grab them off the sill instead of trekking out to the garden.
Outside, my raspberries are coming along nicely. Lots of new shoots and older canes. Can't wait to harvest those! Raspberries have to be my favorite berry EVER!
My strawberries are doing pretty good, too. They took nicely and I'm pretty confident we'll be able to pick enough of them for at least a really good fruit salad. ;o) Planted some tulips in front of their tire and I threw the lady bug in there for luck. . .
I planted more irises by our tree in the back. . .I forgot to mark them all, so we'll be pleasantly surprised when they flower and I'll just take pics and mark them then.
Picked up MORE seeds. Planning on starting them in trays pretty soon here - today or tomorrow, weather depending. If it's nice, I'm outside.
Have a couple more existing beds to dig up and a few new beds to dig out still. . .my back hurts already!
So I'm still on a mission to find some perennials for my yard (and my friend's, now) so we went over to her friend's house since he has a massive house with a huge yard that hasn't seen a spade, lawnmower, or garden tool of any kind for many many moons now. . .I told him we were going to hunt for some perennials for me to take home. My friend grabbed her kids, and I grabbed the tools and off we went on our plant finding mission.
I had never really walked the yard there (it's too overgrown and we always stayed in the house), so it was really kind of interesting to be in the yard during daylight hours. I found a few irises, a couple of rose bushes and some primroses on our first run through (and those were just in the front bed by his walkway). I really wish I had my camera that day. . .
So my friend supervised the kids as they raked the leaves in the yard and I went to town on digging out the garden bed in the front. It looks to be about 3' deep and around 15-20' long. My goal was to dig up that whole bed and redistribute the plants in that bed and take whatever is left over. I was a little too ambitious. I got about 8' into the bed, but while I was digging, I found an irrigation system (I almost wonder if we're going to find a dead gardener in our attempt to clear his yard). I think if we replace a couple of the pipes, the system could be used, which would be awesome so all our hardwork doesn't wither away and die. . .we'll see though.
The kids had a great time raking all the leaves, too (weird, huh?). They got to have a little outside science lesson and went on missions for "new" plant and "bug" species (and actually found a cute little seedling that kind of resembles Seymour's plant from the Little Shop of Horrors), and even found a frog! And the 2 year old wanted to help me plant flowers. I'm gonna make them all gardeners if it's the last thing I do!
As we were all out in the yard working (which apparently is not something that happens often there), this charming older (than me) lady pulled her car into the drive. . .I thought it was weird since neither my friend or I recognized the vehicle and come to find out, she used to live in the hosue we were working on in the 80's and SHE is the one who planted all the cool plants that I was on the mission for in the first place! So she walked me around the yard, pointing out the locations of all the plants she planted and I'm super excited to go back! There's a pretty little Lilac tree back there, a few Silver Dollar plants, some more bulbs that I like, a tea rose bush (that I still need to find) a Dogwood (that may be a little too big for me to take home), and some pretty little perennial flowers she described.
We uncovered some stone in front of his porch, and I suspect that it goes out to his driveway in between these huge flowering bushes. . .we'll totally see next time I go over and take care of some yardwork (after the snow stops). . .I can't wait to see what else is there! And I'll definitely be bringing my camera (who knows what else we'll find?). . .
I spent about four hours in the yard today taking advantage of the cloudless sky. If I keep going at the rate I have been these past few days, I will have the entire yard ready for spring before too long. My online classes start back up tomorrow, though, so that is going to start taking time away from gardening.
Today while we were in town we got more rocks and I used them to border the sunflower bed:
I need to fill the bed with dirt then till the whole bed up in the spring with some compost and rotten leaves to break up the clay before planting. I am planning on having a sunflower mix planted along the back with marigolds planted in a thick row all along the front of the bed. The large stone nearest the wall and dryer vent in the wall will have a potted plant on it; probably my lemon tree so it can have some nice hot, humid conditions. The weather looks like it will be clear but cold tomorrow, much like how today was, so I might be able to get a lot more done in the yard again.
I finished diggin the new compost hole:
and used the dirt from the hole and the big pile to finish filling the bath bed with dirt:
Now the bath bed is finished until spring when I will till the whole bed up, working in compost and rotten leaves before planting anything. I plan on planting dwarf asiatic lilies in mixed colors around the bird bath, with some coleus planted at the base of each shepherd pole. The entire bed will be edged in snapdragons. I mght also mix in some other flowers depending on how much room is left, but that is the basic plan for this bed.
I used dirt from the big pile to fill the shade bed under the oak tree:
so now this shade bed is ready for things to be planted in the spring. I missed my opportunity to buy bulbs for this bed on clearance so I had to rethink what would be going in this bed. So far I am certain about pams choice foxglove and blue columbine. The foxglove wont bloom until next year I dont think, so I am going to need to find more plants for this bed. Maybe some hostas or ferns would be very nice. In any case, at least I have the dirt in there!
I have only used this much of the big pile:
The top two inches of soil was frozen, but once i chipped through that it was really easy digging. I want to have this pile of dirt and rubbish entire relocated in time to plant the melon patch here, so I have a lot of work ahead of me, but luckily I have a ton of projects that could use more dirt! Tomorrow I will be using more dirt from the big pile to fill in the sunflower bed, to top off the raised bed around the power pole in the front yard, and I am going to start putting dirt in the front flower bed where the herbs and hummer/butterfly garden will be. I will also be using this dirt for the melon/pumpkin/gourd hills and to amend the beds in the veggie garden (really heavy clay there)
Randy helped me take the gate off the BBQ shed today so now the deconstruction phase of the shed is over.
The next phase will be to make it look nice and make it functional. We will be raking and compacting the dirt where the chickens were kept since they fluffed it up a lot. We will also be repurposing all the scrap wood that is laying all over the BBQ pit. We are going to hang the swing facing the pit on the center cross beam (suspended over right where the red wagon with no buckets is) We are also going to move all the hickory wood into the sheltered area. I am not sure exactly what all landscaping will be going into this shed, but hopefully it will be lots and it will look nice.
I am going to be making a raised bed in one of the back corners of the house:
here I will be planting lettuce and spinach until it gets too hot and they bolt, then I am going to transplant the entire bed with parsley. I can never have enough fresh parsley it seems, so instead of butchering a single plant for all its leaves I am going to have an entire bed of the stuff to give them a fighting chance against my ravages.
I am trying to make enough space for all the seedlings I will be planting in the sun room while trying to keep it all puppy proof.
I will have started trays on all five shelves of the white wire rack that is in front of the window. This is a picture of the wall that recieves southern exposure. I dont have any seeds started yet; I was just laying the trays out to see how many I will be able to fit. I have no idea how I am going to do grow lights: I didn't have any last year any everything came out leggy; but I also didn't get very good sun exposure on the seedlings. Maybe I will have better luck this year in our new location.
This is the northern wall: I will have more seeds on the table, on top of the kennel, and on the coffee table that is on top of the table.... I had to get a little creative with making vertical space. The heater on the table keeps the room about 65 at night and 80 during the day: I am going to get some heating pads for the wire rack so the seeds will stay warm at night.
Well, thats what I have been up to today. I didn't get any pictures of the saplings I cut up to make more teepees out of, and I was tuckered out before I got a chance to make them, so that goes on my to-do list for tomorrow along with filling the front flower beds with dirt, turning the compost hole and pile, and maybe raking up more leaves from the yard. I kindof skipped the whole 'fall clean up' thing and went right into the fun stuff. so now there are leaves everywhere. Is it too late to dig up irises to divide them? or should I just rake the iris row and pull the clumps of dead weeds and wait to divide them until next fall?
I am gonna sleep good tonight!!!
It has been too long since I posted last, I can hardly keep up with photographing the flowers that are blooming daily. Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday and today.
Arctic White Clematis
Ballerina Rose Bush
Stella de Oro Daylily
These are just a few, if you want to see everything that is in bloom, check out my What's In Bloom Calendar.
Happy Gardening to everyone, hope you are all seeing such beauties in your own yards!
We didn’t get to eat asparagus, though. Being the greedy person I am, I decided to wait one more day so we could have more of the delicious stuff.
After we got the onions in, my husband (hereinafter referred to as ‘C’ since he wishes to remain anonymous following yesterday’s rant) tried long and hard to start his tiller. Didn't happen. God is good! No plants were harmed through C’s over-enthusiastic use of said machine.
Meanwhile, I went back to cleaning up my holding bed. Virtually every plant over-wintered successfully: daffodils, day lilies, irises, perennial geraniums, hydrangeas, bluebells, dianthus, stonecrop, chives, forsythia, spirea, and even some heritage rose bushes. I’ve never been successful with roses. The person who gave them to me said she had actually tried unsuccessfully to kill them off. There has to be a lesson in that.
I was especially excited to see two peonies popping through the ground, discards from another friend’s bed. I adore the outrageously gaudy appearance of peonies, but there’s no room to accommodate them in my flower beds here at home. I once planted a pair of them on either side of a ‘telephone tower’ (those ugly brown aluminum things that are scattered throughout urban areas) at the edge of my lawn, but someone cut a cable and the linemen trampled all over them when they came to make repairs. (No, that time it wasn’t my dear husband.) I’ll have to protect them from the wind (and the tiller) with tomato cages later.
When we build our new home at the farm, I’ll have plenty of plant material to start my foundation plantings and the berm I’ve been designing (and revising) in my head for the past couple of years.
My attempt at making a ‘lasagna bed’ has met with mixed results. The only shady area on our farm is a curved row of spruce trees that border the lane between the barn and our vegetable garden. Winter before last I came across an article about creating a new bed using the ‘lasagna method’. “Aha!” thought I, “the perfect solution to making a shade bed at the farm!” I spent all summer long digging out the most persistent weeds – burdocks and dandelions – then section by section between the trees, laying down several thicknesses of newspaper that had been soaked thoroughly to prevent it from flying away and to accelerate its eventual decomposition. I covered the newspapers with a generous layer of compost, then a layer of spoiled straw, then a layer of pony and goat manure (It’s a good thing I value their droppings, because neither creature is good for much else.), and finally another layer of straw. Then, like Rumplestiltskin, I waited for Mother Nature to work her magic, turning straw not into gold, but into soil. Dreams of my beautiful shade bed made our long, dreary winter more bearable.
Well, Ma N did a fine job at the top end of the bed. But as she worked her way towards the bottom, she was prevented from accomplishing the desired result by an over-enthusiastic top layer of straw. I managed to circumvent the decomposition process by piling it on too deep. So I spent much of the afternoon turning the stuff over, bringing the wonderful rotten stuff to the top in preparation for another application of compost and pony poop. Hopefully, it’ll be ready to plant by fall, but if not, I’ll have another winter to design that end of the bed in my head. I must remember to take my camera with me so I can display my new, if far from complete) shade bed to all and sundry.
I’ve been splitting the perennials in my shade bed at home and moving them down to the farm. After years of struggling to grow in sticky clay, they’re luxuriating (along with a bumper crop of earthworms) in the new soil Ma N created at the top of my new bed. Thus far, I’ve planted five hostas, some wild violets, a couple of astilbes, several small bleeding hearts, a couple of clumps of lady’s mantle, and four clumps of silver mound that miraculously made it through the winter virtually bare-rooted in a pot above the ground. The silver mound nagged at my guilty conscience all winter long. A friend gave it to me late in the fall and I just never got around to planting it. How ungrateful! Early this spring, I moved the broken old plastic pot to my garage door intending to throw it on the compost heap at the farm. When I was about to put it into the back of my van, I noticed some new growth at the base. Lo and behold, I split it up into four sections and planted it in my new bed where it has thrived ever since.
Well, my friends, I hope I haven’t bored you with this long entry. Having typed it out twice, I’m definitely bored. Happy gardening to all, and to all a good night.
Today I got to watch/photograph a baby Hummingbird learn how to feed from a feeder. It was one of the coolest nature bits I have seen this spring!!
My Mother-In-Law had mentioned that she thought she may have seen a baby hummingbird yesterday feeding from her feeder and a male Rufous hummingbird guarding it and running off other hummingbirds that tried to get at it. She said that the little hummingbird was colored just like the female Rufous Hummingbird, but was noticeably smaller. She also said that it was as if the hummingbird was kind of "dopey" like baby birds seem to be when they first get out of the nest. I told her I didn't know if male hummingbirds played any roll in raising the young hummingbirds, but that it could have been the case.
So, today I was lucky enough to be sitting at my Mother-In-Laws patio listening to the hummingbirds "cheep-squawking" (I mean how do you describe the sounds those little things make when they're squabbling over feeders?) when I saw a tiny little hummingbird colored like a female Rufous Hummingbird land on the feeder. I remembered how my Mother-In-Law had said the day before how she had thought she saw a baby hummingbird and I figured that had to be the one she was talking about. After a second or two a male hummingbird ("The Guardian") came and landed on the other side of the feeder. He sat there drinking out of the feeder and keeping an eye out for other male hummers that would try to run off the baby. The baby hummingbird just sat there sitting on the feeder. After another few seconds, the male flew over to the same side the baby was on and showed it how to feed out of the feeder. Unfortunately that was cut short by a rival male hummer zooming in, so "The Guardian" male hummingbird flew off chasing it away. The baby hummingbird stuck around for me to take some more pictures, but was run off in the end as well.
I don't know if I am "allowed" to link to facebook or not, but I will include the facebook link to my Hummingbirds 2009 Photo Album. In that photo album there is the whole series of hummingbird pictures that I took today.
If that is not "allowed" I am going to include a picture or two below as well.
Above: The dominant Male Rufous Hummingbird. He tends to sit on top of that hook and keep a look out. This picture captured his landing. He is a larger male compared to most we've seen visit the feeders.
Above: The smaller Male Rufous Hummingbird and the baby hummingbird he brought with him. You can see how the little one (the baby) on the right seems to just look "dopey".
Above: You can see the Male Rufous hummingbird "The Guardian" showing the baby how to use the hummingbird feeder. The baby is holding it's head towards the male with it's beak open waiting for food rather than watching "The Guardian" hummingbird's lesson on how to use the hummingbird feeder. This makes me more certain that this is indeed a baby and father hummingbird.
Above: "The Guardian" hummingbird in mid flight. I can tell it's him because he has either messy/damaged feathers on his neck or he has a small growth causing his feathers to stick out a bit on his left side (the picture's right side).
I was so thrilled to take these pictures knowing that I was going to get to share them! What an awesome sight! I need to find out if this is normal for a male hummingbird to play such an important roll in the raising of their young. I will have to do that tomorrow (it's 12:30 a.m).
Gardening Bits -
I was VERY productive in my garden today, but I crammed all the action into a period of about 2-3 hours - I am so sore!! I am so happy with my changes that I made since yesterdays post. I wrote yesterday about how antsy and irritated I was with the way my garden has ended up over the years. With certain plants in places I don't necessarily want them to be anymore, and plants that don't do well in other spots. Soooo.......
Today I took a shovel to my garden!
I am happy with the way it is going so far....
I dug out and moved:
~ 2 Day Lily bundles
~ 1 Lavender
~ 1 small Columbine bit
~ 3 Iris bulbs
~ 1 group of Tulip bulbs
I re-planted the Lavender, Columbine bit, Day Lilly bundles (split one little piece off as an experiment), Iris Bulbs. I split the Tulip bulbs into various places in my garden to make more "spring" flower areas. Once the other sed of Tulip bulbs flowers I will do the same.
I planted some Black Eyed Susan's in my stump planters (I have 3 stump planters total). Earlier in the spring I planted the rest of my chives I had from last year, and some sweet pea seeds. The chives are doing well (although not very full bunches yet, but I hope they will over the years). There are 3-4 sweet peas coming up in two of the stump planters, and what seems to be quite a bit of sunflowers coming up in one of the stump planters (from last years seed I flaked into the soil this spring).
I also hauled 2 wheel-barrow loads full of more horse manure to add to my soil in the various areas that desperately need amendments. It was fast and furious digging, hauling and dumping (I was doing all this while Hannah was taking a nap).
While I was over there by the manure pile, I remembered that there were tons of wild roses in that area and decided today was a good day to dig some up. I dug between 6-8 wild rose roots/clumps to transplant. I have decided to fill in the whole back area with them this year. In the past I had only one layer of them, but it just isn't thick enough (well, not to my liking). I amended the soil with horse manure and mixed in some pine needles to help lighten the clay soil. While I planted the roses, Hannah filled a bucket full of water so I could water in the transplants. She's such a helpful little girl (well.....sometimes....LOL!).
I will post some pictures of my re-vamped garden in the next few days. I still have a ton of work to do, but feel good about the progress I made today in the 2-3 hours I was out there speed gardening.
I hope you have enjoyed my pictures as much as I enjoyed seeing that wonderful hummingbird sighting!!
Have a great week and Happy Gardening!!
P.S. - I forgot to mention that I received 2 huge bundles of Daisies today. I will take pictures of them tomorrow to show a before and after pictures of when/how I "DIVIDE" them and where I plant them. Speaking of "DIVIDING", a BIG thank you to my friends for reminding me of the word I couldn't quite put my thumb on last night - DIVIDE! THANKS.... LOL!!
Just wanted to share a little beauty, with my friends... Happy Gardening Everyone !!! reba
We are well into spring here at soapHOUSE and loving every minute of it! I took some picts yesterday of recent garden happenings:
e shot of one of the beds in the back
That deodor cedar in the back will grow up big one day to hide that fence :)
I am loving the viburnum!
The Iris looks so pretty with the virburnum in the background:
onie In Waiting:
This hosta suprised me...I thought I had gotten them all moved to the azalea bed, but this one remains in the hydrangea bed and is looking quite nice this year :)
Hellebore seed heads:
The autumn ferns have lots of new growth in the front porch bed:
Another view of the front porch bed:
>Tulips by the front walk:The vinca is really doing its thing this year!
Despite a major aphid infestation on my roses and Iris, they seem to still be doing ok...the Mdme Alfred is blooming on the arbor:
I think I may go around with a soap spray this weekend. I did some internet research on this and I was hesitant to spray with soap b/c I read that this affects the beneficial insects as well...but the aphids really are all over, so I do believe spraying is in order. I don't know why I have so many this year. I did read that they particularily like fresh spring growth and with all the rain we have had...we have a lot of that, so maybe that is why?
Work on the deck continues and hubby will start laying down the decking tomorrow - HOORAY!
Saturday morning, I finished my new flower bed I put out mulch. About dusk dark we had rain. I mean rain, rain ,rain !!! I was so afraid it was going to wash all my mulch away. It did a little but not bad. I also set out my bee balm Bill sent to me. I worked hard all day long.
Sunday morning , I went out to check on my bee balm , I was so afraid the rain might have beat them into the ground. But they were fine. I then put some bricks around them and some mulch. My daisy's had smiles on and the Iris's were standing at attention.
This morning, was a little too cool for yard work, so I cleaned house and cooked a Carrot Cake. My honey's favorite !! That will put a smile on his face. By afternoon , it had warmed up and I was on my knees in my flower bed. I said, Thank you LORD for such a beautiful day! It was great to feel the fresh breeze on my face and the sunshine on my back. I add some soil to a bed ,planted some iris's, replaced some bricks and put fresh mulch down. These are some flower pictures that are blooming now for me. Tomorrow I will try to remember to take a picture of the flower bed I overhauled...LOL and I will put it on here. Well thats all for today. Good night garden friends... Reba
I found this iris blooming under the pecan tree in front of my office window yesterday. What a coincidence, it was our 38th wedding anniversary and I carried iris in my wedding bouquet 38 years ago yesterday. Not blue, tho, I had white iris, but still what an odd little coincidence. I absolutely adore iris, so I'm so happy it's there. I've been watching the bulbs growing there for a while, but wasn't sure what they were - now I'm so happy. I can't wait til the rest of them bloom.
Today I went back to Ellis Pottery to pick up the Japanese maple that I saw the other day. They had them for only $9.99. Good thing I went early. Everyone had at least one or two in their cart and and they were selling like hotcakes. I went to pick one up and someone took it right in front of me. I laughed and told the man, "Hey, I was going to get that one!" and he, very seriously, said, "Well, someone took the one I wanted!" and stomped away. I mean these people were serious. But I still got a very nice one and I have a nice big pot I am going to plant it in. That way I can take it with me when and if I move.
I also bought some more bedding plants and have been busy today potting up some containers. It's amazing to me that we can be planting already here in NE Texas. I talked to my son back in Bremerton, WA yesterday and he said they had snow again about 2-3 days ago. And here today it's about 80 degrees or close to it.
Severe thunderstorms blew through the region yesterday. High winds uprooted trees and downed tree branches. Fortunately our property was not damaged nor were we affected by power outages.
This morning three white allium with their softball size spherical heads were still standing tall at the end of their stiff leafless stalks.
Also beneath the ornamental grasses popped up an Allium moly and an Allium roseum. Plus a real surprise - a small miniature white iris - peeked out from some green foliage.
The brilliance of our iris certainly is helpful in taking the edge off the unpredictable weather that continues to serve up unseasonable June days.
I had a good weekend in the garden. I was able to get a lot of routine chores done. Mostly weeding. I am happy to report that things are looking pretty good! We haven't had a good rain in a while, though...so things are a bit wilty. My watering time is tomorrow morning, so I will hopefully be able to help that situation soon.
The veggie beds are just growing like mad and I am looking forward to a bountiful harvest! Everything looks pretty good so far, but the broccoli is already showing signs of trouble (like last year). I think I may just be better off buying this at the store. HAH! Also, it seemed to have gotten too hot too fast for the sugar snap peas and the spinach, so I am going to fill in the holes with some similar warm season varieties. We did harvest the first sweet Gypsy pepper over the weekend and it made a nice addition to our dinner salad:
I also collected another bowl full of radishes today that I will add to our salad tonight. This time I will just cut them up raw and forgo to greens.
Today, while working on the weeding in the back, I noticed that my astillbes seem to have mealy bugs, so I sprayed them with insecticidal soap - hopefully that will help. Also, The Bearded Irises that had the aphid infestation got a nice trimming way back on the affected foliage. It looks better. I am hoping that I didn't cut so much back that they will have trouble storing up nutrients for the blooms next year...we shall see.
So, tomorrow I hope to get some watering done in the morning and I will continue to do some weeding in the front.
Although there were intermittent thunder showers throughout the weekend, the garden did reward us with its first iris blooms.
Yesterday, Memorial Day, was ideal. The parade and cookout played to sunshine with temperatures approaching the 70s.
Today, the thermometer fell into the low 50s. Nevertheless there were three bright spots in the garden. Firsts for the year: a daylily, a poppy and an iris.
What wonderful weather we have had. I have a jasamine on a pergola in my back yard and it is loaded with blooms.
I have another iris blooming.
I think that one may be Wayne's favorite. He put up a decorative birdhouse for me last weekend. It is on a pole and in front is a chickenwire cage with a climbing rose on it.
We talk a lot about the problems we have with squirrels. Well, I have 2 of the worlds most ferocious squirrel dogs. If one so much as thinks about coming down the tree, these 2 are on it quick, fast and in a hurry.
First is Pablo, the wonder dog. He can leap over small piles of leaves in a single bound and wishes he could climb trees. He can not abide a squirrel.
Then there is Peter Marie. She can not abide a squirrel either and chases them with wild abondon. She doesnt know she isnt a squirrel dog and we have never told her different. She also doesnt know that she COULD climb a tree, should the notion hit her.
Tomorrow I am going to look at some roses with a girlfriend. Hope we find one or two. I havent grown many since we moved but I am getting the rose bug again.....what can you do?
Talk to yall later.
We had a nice shower the other afternoon, then the sun came out.
I am often humbled and awestruck by the beauty of nature and the Wonder of God.
Here are a couple more irises that have finally bloomed for me this year.
Finally, a red amaryllis.
Wayne rooted a few hydrangeas yesterday and I am still watching my seeds sprout. I threw out a lot of zinnia seeds and am happy to report that they are coming up everywhere. I also have a few balsom coming back. Those things can get weedy at times, but mine are under control so far. I have only 1 bed left to clean up and I think I will go do that now.
Yall have a good day and see yall soon.
I am indeed a happy fairy. I got to visit with family and friends this week and even work outside a little. My seedlings are coming up and everything is so green and pretty. I bought some pentas, lantana, pink sage, purple salvia and white periwinkles for my front beds and got that planted. I have a few more irises that have bloomed.
I also have a few rose blooms.
The above rose was one of those $4 packages from Walmart labeled as a 5 petal red rose. What a surprise! We will keep it.
The other morning I had my sprinkler on and red bird came for a shower.
Hope yall can see him up on top of the fence. Every time I run the sprinkler, he comes for a bath.
My jasamine is starting to bloom and the back yard smells heavenly. Yesterday afternoon I stayed outside and crafted and was visited by so many birds and even a good many butterflies came flittin' through.
I started more seeds yesterday-cosmos,gaillardia,bl
ackeyed susan and of course, more zinnias. I found some zinnia seed called fruit smoothie. They are supposed to be purple and orange. Sounds pretty.
See yall later.