Chris and I finished up with the “Rainboffalo” bed today, I know those plants were saying thank you!
We got a start on the bed that drops down the side of the embankment, it is so
over grown with grass. Chris got into a pile of ants that were not in the least
bit happy about getting their eggs tossed around.
came by and said how happy he was that we had taken on these beds.It had been
years since any thing had been done to them. We discussed removing the 3 Mugo Pines and
replacing with something that doesn’t get so tall, The Pines hide the entrance
to the walking bridge that crosses over
the Missouri River and connects the East bank to the West Bank. I think dwarf Barberry
or Caraganna’s. And this area really needs some color.
Thi s is going to take awhile , I said to Chris wonder if we should put safety harness's on when so we don't roll down the hill. LOL
Haven't been on here for
a while life seems to get in the way and haven't had much news in
gardening till now.
years ago a man had a vision to make a walking and biking path along our
Missouri river. With the volunteer help from bird watchers to major contractors
, his vision has grown into one of the most beautiful places to visit when you
come to Great Falls. I always wanted to be a part of this wonderful
venture. Not in the fund raising but actual digging
That old saying
being in the right place at the right time, well I had a chance to visit with
this remarkable man a month ago, we were purchasing a picnic bench on the
West Bank of the river for our family.I asked about maybe planting a tree
or some flowers. That was not possible at this time, the master plans had
not been completed for the utilities.
asked if I like to garden , I said some people jog... I dig.
said, there were 3 flower beds that had not had any TLC for
years, the lady that had volunteered her time had passed
away, If I was interested I could have all three, to do as I
wanted. Jim was setting there and I looked at him , he got this dead deer
look in his eyes, but said go ahead. After 2 weekends of clearing out weeds
that was taller than me, half of one large long bed was done . Then a dear
friend of mine, Chris said she would be interested in helping
me. Chris has walked the trail for years almost every day, and
loves it as much as I do.
These are some
pictures from "The Trail Project",
The are more pictures in my photos listed a River's Edge Trail
I let my dog Macy out at 5:30 this morning....it was so still and the stars were bright , I just sat down on the back step, and enjoyed the moment. Last year at this time is was so cold and the snow was deep, and it was the beginning of a very long miserble winter. Set records every month. I hope the old timers are wrong and this year is not as bad.
Time to put the trukey in . I love cooking turkeys,they are one of the cheapest meats and we cook them maybe 3 time a year. Go figure. LOL
Thanks Bill for checking up on me. I just haven't been on the machine much lately.
I love Thanksgiving, it and Valentines have'nt been messed with yet. One is family and turkey and the other, loved ones and candy, life can't get any better than that. .
Had our big snow and below zero temps last week , but this week is going to be nice. My son and family are coming from Billings for turkey Thusday and then leaving early Friday to go elk hunting. Well I got at least one day with the granddaughter.
My garden is slowly going to sleep. Put the heater in the pond, and fenced around it , so my little dog doesn't fall through the ice.We had such a pretty fall this year, the tree's had a chance to go dormant naturally.
Clint, Carolyn son came by and took out my moutain ash that was killed by a 30 below freeze in October 2009. I did every thing possible to save it , but it finally died, I was gone when he took it out. I probably would have cried if I had been here. . It takes so long to grow a tree, I had planted it right after my gramma passed away in 85. Jim's going to extend the deck and put up a pergala wall ,That tree was the only shade I had for my back deck.
Planted a bunch of bulbs and tranplanted my strawberries in October , they had out grown there space. Now that Jim is retired he is getting into planting. LOL. He picked out a shrub for the front yard. He has always just came to my rescue if I needed help , but never paid attention the planting and such. The neighbor said she was going to take his picture mowing the grass! LOL.
Have a wonderful holiday and happy planting to those that can. Kerryh1
The family and I went to my Majestic Montana Mountains over Labor Day.
Stayed in a forest cabin, ..awesome, caught fish, seen 3 bears. One scared the bejeepers out of my son and granddaughter. They were not expecting one so close to the cabin. After that I sure thought twice about going to the outhouse at 2 in the morning . LOL And of course no camera. We did get pictures of the other two.
I like taking picture of those old homestead, I often think of the woman climbing off the wagon and her honey says "we are home". She looks around and think OMG. Both of those homestead pictures are above 6000 feet. The one where you are looking across the meadows is at 7400 feet. The wildflowers were still blooming!
. It is hot and dry here, my garden sure needed a drink when I got home.
Even the dogs were sorry to see our last day ! there are more pictures in the Calf Creek photos
One of my clients has a tier garden , a few tall plants but mostly med to short. And in and round her flowers she had placed china plates , the kind you would find on a wall. They had flowers on them ,some were standing, others were laying up against piled soil. Instead of rocks , that I use to fill in the holes she had used plates. It looked really good.
This flower bed has been bugging me all summer ,a couple of weeks ago I took every thing out, moved it to a sunnier location, and started walking around looking at my flowers and the neighborhoods , to see what looks good this time of year.
After 2 years of crazy weather , I am not messing around with delicate plants ! And I love rocks , they stay where you put them, they don't need water or fertilizer and they look good year around !LOL.
Oh and the last picture is what happens when you put air in a wheelbarrow tire that needs to be replaced .LOL
Some of my roseses are turning yellow, I thought it was lack of iron so I put ironite on them and then someone told me that needed magnesium. It has been a month now and they are still pale green. What is weird is the one right next to the pale green is a lushes geen one ! They are blooming fine , and no bugs .
I am so happy , every thing I have transplanted on my little mini vacation is standing up and smiling. The three rose's didn't even wilt, and it has been 95 plus , and a hot wind blowing , I am going hate to see my water bill though. Now the front flower bed is empty, This is the third time I have over hauled it. It's too shady- too windy - too dry and the dirt is awful. No matter what I mix in to the soil it stills gets hard . Ever flower bed I have, has been a compost pile for 2 years before I plant any thing. I don't think the neighbors would like me to build a compost pile next to the front door.We are setting on gumbo and shale and a foot down in places I run into what looks like coal.! So I am going to plant a couple of dog wood shrubs,lay some cloth down and fill with gravel and boulders . My son pick me up 4 petrified wood rocks the last time he went up north. They are beautiful , now I just have to go to Billings and get them! I thought variegated dogwood would look really cool in the shade and gravel.They seem to be very hardy in this crazy Zone.
I was mowing the lawn... now all summer my soak er hose has been laying under the barberry hedge, never had a problem mowing . Today some how the end was sticking up . I ran the lawn mower over it... that end piece flew out the side of the mower and had it been 2 inches higher I would have busted my picture window . I tell you the garden angels were looking out for me today!
Jim was almost out of little projects now he has another one !!LOL.
I told Jim the other day he had better slow down there won't be anything for him to do next summer , but go fishing . I am loving his retirement.
Couldn't stand seeing all that bare ground I had created so I transplanted a few day lilies and iris today . Then moved 4 gigantic rocks . I am getting old. What used to take a few minutes now scans at least an hour. Going to need aspirin later.