and visits are very good things. The two of us and our hubbies enjoyed the day together.
It was rainy in and out and pretty cold, but we had a good time visiting and walking through the Dearness Gardens in North Carolina. They had steady business despite the weather and the grounds and plants all looked so good. I think they were loving that rain.
I did not buy any plants!!!! Would you believe it? My husband could not!! I did buy a metal robin that is so pretty and four little bells to use at Christmas time.
Since I was tired and the eyes were weary we spent the night around Rock Hill, NC and then had a leisurely drive back home. Being it was a sunday morning there was not much traffic just a bit of rain along the way.
Can't wait to get back to the yard tomorrow and work with my newest plants. I received an email from Spring Hill that my free $20 worth (two plants) were on their way. I had ordered CARNATION STARLIGHT and CRAZY DAISY. I only had to pay the shipping. These will go into the new White Garden Plot.
was had outside!! I got to use my new electric chainsaw and it works so good I felt like cutting down all the trees in my yard and the neighbors. I reigned in that feeling though. Then I had to use my new corded drill to make a hole in a new pot. This is the pot that now holds my Sky Pencil tree. It looks really good.
My DH and I are going to take a short trip this weekend and I do believe I need to be away from the garden for a day or so. It looks to be a cool day with a sprinkle or two, but I don't care. I will be inside the car anyway.
All of you have a great weekend, More to Come Later.
does not come close to being fun!! We had to have a new ceiling put in the bathroom and I am now in the process of painting. Kilz is a good product to use it areas that might cause a mold issue.
I am now 'waiting for paint to dry'. Then the ceiling gets its last coat and I Quit!!
Can't wait to get back outdoors. Two days stuck inside with a paint can and roller is enough.
Of course now that the 'mud' you have to use for seams and then sand has left a white film on top of the already there dust bunnies, I will be doing a bit of vacumming and dusting. That can wait. The dust was already there and the white film only added to its beauty. :-D
for the end of this day and its chores. I have 3/4th of the bank out front mulched. My son in another town is going to have to borrow our truck for a week or two, so any more mulching will have to wait.
Doesn't hurt my feelings a bit, as I have so many other things I want to do before it begins to be hot all the time. Lots of digging and moving and weeding to do. Plus the seed bed screen to make and I keep forgetting that I need to finish cleaning out the fence line. After all I did buy that chainsaw to help me with that job. At least I have not planned any more new beds. Just getting the existing beds ready for summer.
I am really seeing plants peeking up all over. It is just so exciting this season called Spring. I am going to take a few pictures tomorrow. That is if I can still walk around after eating Easter dinner at my sons house. The son that is borrowing the truck will be here to eat with us as well. So it will be a very good day for this ole mom/granny.
Received my Astilbes from Spring Hill this week and got them right into the ground. Also ordered some of those plant holders. A big circle with three legs to keep bigger plants from falling over. I think I will enjoy them. I have been making use of some old tomato cages until now. These may look a little prettier.
Going out to visit friends that have a greenhouse over flowing with veggie and flowers. They began growing in the greenhouse to support their gardening hobby. They sent pictures and it is hard to believe they have all those wonderful plants growing. They have over 300 tomato plants alone.
I am hoping he will let our Master Gardeners know when he is going to start selling. He has a little sign that he puts out at the end of his driveway, a small table under his carport that holds a scale for weighing the produce as it comes in during the summer. He has it all down to a gardening science.
Happy Easter Everyone, hope you have a great day. See you on Monday.
has come and brought the winds of the north with her. Lots of sunshine. One of those days that if you had some protection from the breeze, you could take a nice nap outside.
The bed I made on the bank in my front yard is having to be redone. I spent three days digging that ole wild bermuda grass out of one end. Only half of the Verbena made it due to the heat and drought. The Knock Out Roses look wonderful though. I have some Ipheion "star flower" growing all over the place that is in the garlic family. It comes up very early with beautiful little blue flowers and when it quits blooming the whole plant dies down. Wonderful for in the lawn. I will put those all over the bank as I dig them up this spring. Then I have some Vinca Major with a variegated leaf that can spread like wild fire if you let it. Last year one plant tried to grow up the gutter downspout. It is a nice plant if you can control its wunderlust. Pretty purple flowers. My plan last year was to put some daylilies on that bank and I will continue that thought. Will also try some of that creeping potato vine in green and deep purple. Then I also have lots of the Purple Heart that might make it as well as some of the spider plant that is generally grown for in the house. It survives the winters here and it would spread as well. Will just have to experiment to see what will make it over this next year.
My little seedlings got potted up this morning. Lots of Virginia Bell, Strawflower and Red Salvia. Now if they just make it a few more weeks inside. I have a couple of what I think are Flying Saucer Morning Glories that look really good and one Malva Zerbina (sp?) seedling which I hope will do well. Thank goodness I didn't use all the seed I traded for in this attempt at growing inside. Have decided that if I do seeds inside again, I won't do but one or two trays. It is work caring for these little plants.
When the bank is finished I will build the screen cover for my little seed bed so it will be ready about the 2nd week in April. Just don't trust that we won't have a bit of frost before then. Lots of seeds will go in there. I love seeing the little sprouts come out of the bare ground, so I am excited to have so many different types to try this year.
Have been toying with the idea of a raised veggie bed. It would be great to have fresh tomatos, squash and cukes. Haven't gone beyond the dream at present. Won the book on Square Foot Gardening at a mini seminar at my favorite greenhouse last weekend. That is a nice concept and he is easy to understand with great pictures and diagrams.
In looking at all the plants in the gardens, most are showing signs of new growth. Clematis, hosta, fern, my new hardy cyclamen and even the guara (pink and white) that I moved is coming out great, the sedums are looking good also. Am hoping that the Plumbago I moved will thrive, it is not quite time to see it sprout, though very soon.
A couple of weeks ago I spread some Corn Meal Guten over the yard in an attempt to ward off so many of the summer weeds. The Gluten is used as a pre-emergence. This winter the weeds/grasses have been over producing. I am wondering if this is not a heavy growth this season. We have had a couple of very mild winters and if you don't prevent them they grow well. Just would love to see the Centipede grass grow as well as this winter grass (I don't know the name of it, but should, I am thinking a wild fescue?)
I ordered a red and a white Astilbe from Spring Hill Nursery. They offered me a free $25 dollar order. So who can turn that down. Most of the time you get 25 off a 50 dollar order. And I have taken a couple of those over the years. These plants are on their way, so I am watching for the postman with excitement.
The order I put in to Dutch Bulbs will start trickling in soon, the first to be expected are the Everbearing Strawberries and Hello Yellow Butterfly plants. Also chose: Bleeding Heart, Firecracker Flower, Candle Flower, Louisiana Iris Black Gamecock (for my DH who loves the SC gamecocks) two Fuchsias and a hardy Fuchsia (which I can't remember is different from the other two). I love this time of year. Don't know which I love more, the aticipation of getting the plants in the mail or waiting for them to grow and burst out blooming.
In the midst of all this dreaming and scheming of planting flowers, we had to have the bathroom ceiling replaced. Had a leak in there at one time and with a plaster walled home we decided to just replace that ceiling with sheetrock. Now to clean up all that sanding dust and paint. Then to decide whether I want to just leave it Kilz white or actually put some color on the walls for now. This house was built in the 1950's and it has the black and white theme. White wall tile with black edging and the tiny black and white tile flooring. Bad but what do you do? Live with it was our decision.
Now that I have worn your eyeballs down to nothing, that is if you even made it to this point, my time is up.
plants coming in from catalogS - the big "s" in important here so you will know I am ordering from more than one.
Received a replacement for a plant that didn't survive - 3 new toadlilies and 2 red spider lilies. Have come to really enjoy these two plants. Hope to get them in the ground this afternoon AND do the Hummer feeders. The weather has not been cooperating as of late.
Posted a few new photos in the 2008 Garden album. Things are popping out all over right now. Won't be too many weeks before my Azaleas in the front will be a brilliant red.
Wating on my big order from The Dutch Bulb company to start trickling in. Nice that they only ship the things that can be safely planted when they arrive.
Got a catalog from Spring Hill nurseries and am ordering my Free $25.00 plus another. Good deal don't you think? I am going to order some support hoops I have been wanting for a while and a Red and White Astilbe which I want to try in the shade garen. They are beautiful plants and I am looking forward to seeing them thrive.
Keep on gardening on, if not in the soil then in the depth of all those wonderful catalogs.
of my reblooming Iris today. Saved a few iris and lilies for my son. Plus dug a Mexican Sage for him as well.
Then found that my Plumbago had made two good plants so I transplanted one of those. I hope it does well. That has become a favorite plant of mine. Both of these are at the posts to the carport where you can see them all year. They bloom from early summer right into frost.
Want to hang my hummer feeders tomorrow just in case they come around a little early just like daylight savings time and the Easter season is going to do.
Then will be cleaning out from behind my shed, getting rid of some old wood and broken down stuff. Does everyone have a messy place like that? You come across something during the summer and just toss it behind the shed and then soon it is a real nasty looking place. Hope to have a little help from a teen this year.
Then the young grandson has said he wants to help me do some painting on the new wood on the shed. May even paint the white trellis as well.
It is just so good to be able to be outdoors for a bit.
humphreyhufnagel as he says he wants any news on the weather good or bad. Check out our weather for the coming week. I do believe spring is on its way. The wind are still cold and so is the soil. It will take a few more weeks before any tender plants can be put outside.