Mission accomplished! I managed to weave the water hose around so that I could water the Herb Garden. Then I watered all of the front yard flower beds. I actually had a poppy to flower. I had planted a gazillion of them, but they didn't make it through the last snow that we had.
There is one in the Hibiscus Garden, one in the Front Flower Bed and one in the Herb Garden, too. Oh, if all of them had survived, it would have been a glorious sight!
The day started off dreary, so I just piddled around the house, but the sun finally popped out and out I went! I didn't do anything major, but it was nice to be outside playing.
The woodpecker is back at the feeders finally. I thought maybe they had better places to find food, but he's back now. It's a hoot to watch him try to hang on, swinging upside-down, trying his best to grab a sunflower seed. When he gets one, he flies up into the mimosa to eat it and then swoops down to the feeder and tries again. The bluebirds abound in the yard this year. Hubby and I are amazed to see so many at one time. Mama Bluebird is still in the box. I haven't seen any babies yet.
The confederate jasmine in the Herb Garden is now blooming.
Mission for Today: Water the Herb Garden. No rain in sight.
I started planting the flowers early yesterday because I knew that it was going to be a hot day. By the time I finished with the begonias, I looked as if I had put my head into a bucket of water. I sure hope the plants can survive that much heat after being transplanted. I planted those leftover moonflower seeds where one of the tomato plants didn't make it in the Back Forty. I hope that I have better luck this year with it. I believe that it is supposed to turn a little cooler. I brought out another houseplant, but the soil looked pitiful, so I repotted it in some of my new Mother's Day potting mix. I hope that it will take off and look better. I was up and down off the porch all day long. I fixed BBQ chicken in the oven because I didn't want to spend all afternoon cooking. It wasn't the way Hubby makes it, but he said that it was the best BBQ chicken he'd ever had. Hmmm. Wish I could remember what I did.
The serissa is blooming everywhere! All of them are covered in tiny pink blossoms.
I had given up on my nice caladium that I had kept in the house to winter over. Well, guess what? I saw it poking out a tiny little bit. The other ones have completely returned and the leaves are out. I guess there's a lesson here: Never give up.
So are the chives. Everything is pretty in pink.
Mission for today: Water everything everywhere and never give up hope.
Mother's Day came early. Son gave me a pair of leather work gloves that actually fit my small hand! We went to the feed store and I had a good time getting flowers. They were actually unloading grain.
You can tell that it's out in the country from the sign, can't you?
I didn't buy much, but I couldn't resist some marigolds, red vincas (major), black coleus, and a few begonias. That's Son coming out the door to help me pick out and carry what I wanted.
I also got a HUGE bag of potting soil. I didn't know that they came that big. It was really hot yesterday, so I waited until the Quarter Round was in a bit of shade. I planted some of the marigolds there. I'll have to get out there this morning to plant the rest.
Afterwards, we went to Rusty's and had the best greasy cheeseburgers and fries.
We had a great time. I didn't mind that Mother's Day came on a Thursday this year!
Mission for Today: Plant the rest of my Mother's Day flowers!
May 6, 2010 | 4:46 AM PST
It was laundry, laundry, laundry--changing linens, cleaning, dusting, cooking spaghetti and meatballs so that I wouldn't have to do it later and all that jazz. I thought that I'd never get outside. When I did get out there, I decided that it was time to clean and refresh the nectar in the hummer feeders. Next, it was the birdbaths. By this time I was pooped out. Porch-sitting was in order. I hadn't sat but a few minutes when I found myself cleaning the porch. I brought out the small pink arrowhead plant. I only have a few more houseplants to bring out onto the porch, but when I do, the house will look "nekkid." I didn't accomplish much in the yard, just piddled around. I see no signs whatsoever of life in the Mexican heathers. I was so hoping that they would return. I finished the day listening to my little water fountain and enjoying the view, now that I can actually see since I pruned the tea olive. Hubby was thrilled. He can see "clean down to the Gourd Garden!"
Today we will be going to get feed and seed (possibly some flowers). I always salivate when I think of the feed store because that means greasy-cheeseburger time at Rusty's. Yummy!
Mission for Today: Not feeling guilty as I lick my greasy fingers!
Since we haven't seen the little chickadee for days, it was time to cut back the tea olive. She had been using it as her landing zone before going to the birdhouse hanging on the porch. I guess she's done now.
I remembered to take a "before" picture this time. That's rare.
Here's the "after" photo:
This is what the cilantro looks like after that brief but heavy rain. I don't eat cilantro. I don't care for it, but I do love the way it looks and its dainty flowers. I do gather the coriander every year, however.
After I finished cleaning up the pruning leavings, I finally got around to repotting the variegated snake plant that was flopping over and the pink arrowhead plant. I didn't remember to take a picture of either.
Mission for Today: Have fun in the gardens like a child.
After a breakfast meeting with my publisher, Hubby and I went to the last decent nursery in this town. I was looking for some herbs on my "wish list." I couldn't find anything but lemon thyme, which I already have. I did spot a pelargonium (Pelargonium graveolens). I found some small leather/suede garden gloves, too. We went over to the greenhouse. Lo and behold, I found some English thyme. While we were strolling around, a lovely aroma caught my attention. It was a Sunsatia "Raspberry" Nemesia. I have never heard of it, but I just had to have it!
When I asked the lady if she had lemon verbena, she looked at me as if I were crazy. At least I got a few things that were on my "herb wish list."
I planted my finds and then finished edging and strawing the Second Natural Bed. I do need to remove the straw on one end, clip the zoysia, and return the straw. I may extend it some because the zoysia seems to grow under it well. I pulled a bunch of weeds that were under the bird feeders and then I was pooped out.
My salmon iris has returned! What a thrill.
I ended the day on the porch, listening to the gurgling fountain, with a tall glass of iced tea and watched the bluebirds bathing, splashing out all the water!
After I threw a chicken in the oven to bake and fixed some sides to go with it for supper, I went to cleaning the car porch and back patio. The oak tags were piling up from all that wind. Then I went around clipping off the spent iris blossoms. I noticed that my one and only spiderwort was blooming.
I am so tickled about how pretty The Beach and the Potting Shed bed looks.
It got really warm in the backyard, so I decided to play on the porch a bit more, rearranging and putting out more houseplants.
Here's my little gurgling water fountain, which behaved yesterday without splashing all over the place!
When I got a little shade in the front, I started edging the Second Natural Bed. It's changing shape because the zoysia is running into it, and I am sure as heck not pulling that out. The grass can go all around it if it wants to. I didn't finish edging and putting out more hay, but that gives me something to do today, doesn't it?
Mission for Today: I will be satisfied with His unfailing love and sing for joy.