Take it away friends....
Hurray! Blabs has found us!
Hola Babs !!
A real post in the am...
Pardon me while I go out and capture a couple of those rays and mud in some plants.
Hey Babs, so glad you stumbled upon us. Hope to see you once in awhile during the summer.
Thanks Norma I will try my best!
Just wanted to let you all know that peanut butter works fast and well!! Anyone with gum chewing kids/grandkids should keep this method in their cleaning strategy arsenal.
It's SOOOO wet here and I want to edge my beds so badly. I'm imagining Marie has flooding? And Marian too? I just keep thinking how mosquito populations will be this summer. I have to say it's been a great year for my irises as long as we don't get new moisture to make the blooms mush. What a harsh winter we had and I've been dealing with deer antler destruction-they decimated my star mag to bits and sticks and the same treatment for my amelanchier. I've resorted to blood meal/coyote urine spray...
Enjoy any sunshine you get today-clear blue sky here!
So nice to see Nurse Ratchett do a drive by! You will appreciate the following:
I did a prom dress alteration a week ago (and was reminded of the benefit of "just say, NO!".). Fully boned bodice (strapless) and 3 layers over the underskirt. I took it in a full 3" and up an inch and a half. Rhinestone accent at the waist had to be removed and shortened before it was reapplied. Two fittings (best to be "sure") and 4 hrs. labor will have its one and only outing this very night. I will celebrate "prom" braless and in my jammies. ;)
Really wet here, too. Overcast and humid, but if the sun burns through there will likely be thunderstorms later this PM. I've been trimming up plants here and there but since I roached my back I've been ever so careful of what I do and how I do it! I'm postponing heavier work until the nagging pain in my lower back (right side) is more "gone" that it presently is.
Blabs., you need a dog! (which is sayin' sumpin' since you know I hate them). I wonder how MIL is?
This ol' Idyll Geezette needs to move the next chore on the list. ;)
Babs! Nice to 'see' you...
Perfect garden weather here the last couple of days - finally! But the forecast calls for a return to endless clouds and rain again :-( And the cursed mosquitos are out of hibernation and very hungry!
The Chinese wisteria is late this year (it usually blooms this weekend). The flower racemes are just starting to descend now. The Japanese wisteria doesn't look like it's ready to bloom this year - I was so hoping that this would be the year it was mature enough to bloom... On the other hand, until it blooms the first time I won't know what its flowerbuds will look like when they are just starting to develop. But it's not looking promising...
I was pleased though to see that I have Clematis montana flowerbuds. When we cut down the New Dawn roses off the south gate arbour last summer in preparation for planting the clematises on the swag back there, we had to hack down a lot of the C. montana. I wasn't sure whether it would survive, let alone bloom this year. It won't be a prolific bloom, but it will bloom so I'm happy about that. All the clematises we planted are looking good too so I'm eager to see how they develop this year - and wonder how many of them will turn out to be something other than their label said and mess up my planned color scheme!
Spring - the time of infinite possibilites; and then reality sets in come summer... :-)
Hi Chelone(you dog hater)!!In fact I do 'get' the prom alteration madness yeah,(non-sewers have no idea the torture it is to undo what was done first!)all that just for one glorious night...funny when you look back. I'm confident your customer was very pleased to not fall out of her dress thanks to your expertise! Strapless gowns seem rather frightening-I've never worn one...don't plan to: )
Here's the one I made last year from 'scratch'. She loved it then and even though she's in her first year of college she went back to attend prom with a friend this year partly so she could wear this dress again. I think that made me feel even happier the second time around.
And as for the dog....yeah Saucy's sweet doggie made me think about it...again. Instead I have a pet chipmunk spawned from the demonic chippy that compromised my tomato barricade last summer. This little varmint-crumb walks out unafraid to see me when I go outside to garden; all the while I just know it's going to continue the veggie wars from last summer...I do sound bitter,huh. It's OK I am armed this time with fox urine granules laced with black pepper and other stuff. Really, I'm not a violent person.
I'm remembering how much I loved birthdays here-the flower pics are stunning: )
Gotta go sip wine with hubby-celebrating our 20th tonight...Copper River Salmon and crab stuffed shrimp for dinner.
From Garden Spring 2011
Greeting my friends, and the sun is here at last , though our temperatures are mild . May is almost over and we have yet to experience our first really yukky 90+ heat wave. That is fine with me. This morning I did a nursery run, only got about half of what was on my list-part of this due to indecisiveness. One's shopping list has both specifics ( E. Ascot Rainbow for example) and vague wish lists ( something for container on north corner of patio, for example) and the vagaries get me every time. I'm taking 4 days off for the holiday weekend, so I expect to have substantial productivity.
Congrats on the big 2-0 Babs, hope it was The Good Wine !
I'm pleased with some of the results in my garden this year-I did a fair amount of SP'ing and moving stuff around. Here are a couple of pics- not much is in bloom yet. From Garden Spring 2011
guess I need to crop out the rose in the foreground of this one From Garden Spring 2011
Kathy in Napa
Hope your day was great. Mine was yesterday. Richea made me baked cheesecake. It was yummy.
Happy Birthday Yeona and Cindy! I'm afraid I'm short of photos, as I've not had my camera out in the garden at all this year! Today I am going to take photos - I hope I find something good for your cards ;)
Yesterday's plant sale was a complete success, though it nearly killed me! We had to double up on the plant volume, which is always good news, but I think it's time we organized our little army of help as it's become too much for me and Trisha (the other person who helps most) to do all the work ourselves. We took notes yesterday so that next year we will remember.
The highlight of the day for me was a 20 minute talk I gave on a container water garden. I had 15 people attend and everyone asked a lot of questions and seemed interested.
Ginger was a good dog and waited home patiently. She seems to like her kennel as the kids report that's where she stays (door open) when I'm not home. Last night I thought "oh no! now we've found her one flaw!" as she barked over and over again. I finally looked out the back window to see my deck umbrella blowing up against the house. When we fixed it, she quieted down. She was just protecting her new house, I guess, lol....from strange umbrella noises. Good thing is that she caught it before my umbrella was ruined ;)
Sorry to talk about her so much...can't help it!
I hope to really rest today before going back to work tomorrow. I am worried about having a full week after having a FULL week ;) I have told myself not to overdo it in the garden.
Chelone, I used to have back problems all the time. Very annoying! The fear they inflict of causing more back pain is very limiting. Some of the best exercises (for when you're really well...maybe over the next winter) is to try some planks (all varieties). It really strengthens the core and can be done at home. Pilates/Yoga are good things that can be done at home and peacefully (loud classes insult my senses ;)
Everyone's right on about mosquitoes...I'm going to try a mosquito magnet that I got for free from my in-laws when they moved out of their Maine house. I will let you know the verdict. They seemed to really have success with it.
It's so nice to see photos of everyone's gardens, and a visit from Babs, too!
I'll be back later...
We're back into rain again - for the next week in the forecast :-( Things are growing like mad but still behind their usual schedule. The wisteria usually is blooming for my birthday but won't be this year. Hopefully the weather will be a dry enough Tuesday so we can go down to Vineland Nurseries in Niagara to look for interesting things.
Yes indeed Woody, rain and MORE rain here too. This is getting mighty tiresome. I could mow every day at the rate the lawn is growing...except that it takes about 4 hours and lots of gas to complete. Fortunately it is too soggy to even try. This rain has prevented the tree man from working here, me from shovel pruning a rose, and my friends from assisting with heavy tasks. Back in West Africa, Rainy Season meant seriously heavy thunderstorms followed by SUN every day. I liked that.
This morning I managed to seed an area of lawn where the snowplow seems to carve away a stripe every winter. Then I checked 2 clematis which were planted on the side of the bridge. They showed no signs of life and so I replaced them with Peveril Profusion and Walenburg which needed homes. I hope they do better.
Vineland is supposed to be a great place to explore. I've listened to a talk by a man from there for our Hort Society years ago. I'm sure you'll enjoy your day. Looking for anything special?
Saucy, I loved your story about Ginger. We had a cat who once announced car trouble when we were traveling. Sure enough, the fan belt was broken and she smelled the trouble first!
Glad the plant sale was a big success! Best of all though, your presentation worked out well. I'm not at all surprised.
Kathy, my E. Ascot Rainbow needed to live indoors over the winter. It was worth it. It is now outdoors and beautifully coloured. It got HUGE!
Enjoying our Spring Green tulips and waiting for the Camassia to open and join them.
Here is a link that might be useful: Ascot Rainbow
gb - it was probably Jim Lounsbery who spoke at your Hort Society. He does that sort of thing a lot. Vineland has a great selection of Japanese maples so I'll probably come home with one of those (something golden for the golden path area I'm working on making under the pines), but mostly we go down to just poke around and see what is interesting. Some of their stuff is not hardy here but they have a lot of good stuff that is. They specialize in dwarf and unusual conifers - some of them are really interesting, but that's not my 'cup of tea'. Their web site is pretty limited and doesn't really show what they have. It's sort of an odd place - as you drive up it looks a bit like an ordinary rural bungalow with a front garden that ran amok and became a business :-) Most of the interesting stuff and the bulk of their stock is in hoop houses at the back.
Here is a link that might be useful: Vineland Nurseries
Yes Woody, I now recognize his name.
I have an Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum', (Full Moon Maple) which I protect in winter, but guess you might not need to in your zone. They get tall, but only slowly, so we'll be long gone when it reaches 30'!!! Mine gets sunburned a bit since the tree above it lost some limbs.... (It needs a parasol) I got a pretty decent price for mine. They usually are mighty expensive. I don't always like yellow/gold foliage, but more and more I do - especially in our shady flats.
Oh my! Sun is out...and so am I!
gb - Yes, I'm thinking of that JM too - but I want to see what else they have... I could easily get that one locally but it's an excuse to go to Vineland :-) and maybe Jim or Simone will suggest something different. I can provide all the shade the JM needs - no problem!
I meant to post this picture with my earlier post. I took it this morning when I was doing tree seedling patrol... These orange tulips were stolen from a neighbour's garden by the squirrels years ago. I would never have thought to plant tulips, particularly orange ones! - in this spot (under the oak tree) but they make me smile every year when they reappear.
Especially with the blue and white in that area Woody.
Happy Birthday Cindy!
Happy Birthday Yeona!
Your Spring green Tulips are real nice too Bug.
Kathy your garden is looking lush. The blooms should start soon.
Wow Babs I can see she loved that dress. Pretty.
I finally got tomato and pepper plants in the ground this morning. Then have been weeding and etc. Very windy here this afternoon. I think most of the storms are going north of us. Thats ok with me.
My hostas are getting huge with all the rain. I bet the slugs will be horrible. The daylilly foliage is big too, The scapes are going to have to get tall too so I can see the flowers.
We also have the 13 year cicadias so between them and The japanese beetles they will probably ruin a lot of stuff. At least I have had a pretty spring show.
Bob is grilling burgers. Time to eat. Later Norma
PS Saucy continue to tell us all about Ginger. Get some rest too.
Happy Birthday Yeona !
From Annies Annuals April 2011
We got chased in the house by a thunderstorm last night. It rained Thursday so I talked Rick into working on my fence. I told him the clematis were going to need it asap. Not to mention the 2 clematis that came with my Bluestone order. We ended up having to go to town to get a new tool to replace one that broke. Kind of jack hammer type thing. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s ending up being quite the project. The cement that the fence will sit on slopes away from the garden shed due to terrain change. So getting everything level is quite the challenge. We are maybe Ã¯Â¿Â½ done.
Rainy again today. I have several indoor garden projects planned.
As I type I see the barn swallow pair that would like to build a nest by my front door sitting on the garage roof. There is a male oriole at the feeder that hangs in the south window and finches on the feeder in the west window. I have the window cracked a bit to hear them.
Hi Babs! Wonderful that you popped in. Do you get the whole summer off? What fun!
Cindy, I hope your day was as special as you are. Maybe some gardening time and some grandma time.
Hi folks - wow, thanks for all the great cards -- and I share the day with Yeona? How neat!! I hope your day was as special as all the cards here.
I had a great weekend - and yes, Michelle, I got in grandma time, fun time, antiquing time, food time, and my MIL and SIL came to town and helped celebrate - I did manage a few hours in the gardens yesterday to - so I am very very tired! And have a headache today - must have been from too much fun.
Great to see that Babs has googled her way back to us -- it's so amazing the ways GW pops up - I see it often for things not garden related -- wayward folks returning is one of the best ways it's used, LOL.
You can tell that Spring is finally! in the swing of things all around -- the photos are so magnificent.
Glad you had a good plant sale, Saucy -- and your new family addition is finding her proper chores to defend her house, LOL.
Kathy - your gardens are loverly this year!! And Woody and Marie's are looking pretty special too -- you're only starting Spring and it's almost June... wow.
I know what you mean, Saucy, re no time for photos -- with the weather so uncooperative this year, I find I am more intent on getting some garden time in than taking photos of it, LOL...
Well, thanks for all well wishes - and it was truly a fun, exhausting weekend. We're zipping right into the 80s most of this week - I guess that will take care of Spring in my region.... I too am already looking forward to the holiday weekend.
I managed a bit more garden work and play. Every day new discoveries in the garden. My first two clematis opened today, not the usual early ones though. Iris are in bud, the purple sand cherry is blooming, geum are out too. I planted three more clematis and weeded another It is great having lilacs indoors in a vase! It is very windy though so not the day I can tie up the vines. DH helped a friend remove a useless rose and two other weed shrubs. Progress! A few photos from this afternoon:
Clematis Blue Bird:
Amsonia about to pop!
Tulips that look like sherbet
Early short iris
I wonder what will be next...
They tell us to expect clouds, tornadoes, sun, rain...What kind of a forecast is that? I'm so amazed by nature's ferocity this spring and worry about all those affected.
Cindy, good to hear you had a good time. Your right about grabbing garden time when the weather is fit. I'm guessing there will a lot that just doesn't get done around here.
We had a wicked storm earlier, lots of wind. I thought all was good until later when I walked out to the back of the new barn. Of all the many trees we took down there was a tall one some distance away that was rotted out in the top that broke out and clipped the back of the barn. A piece of the roof trim is pretty beat up and a few small dingles in the siding. Can be fixed and could of been much worse had it been foot closer. A mere drop in the bucket compared to Joplin. I listened to the you tube video of the people in the grocery store and teared up. How terrifying. My heart goes out to the families of those killed and injured, and to those who lost everything.
Bug I love that spring is popping in your garden. Great photos.
Michelle it never fails here that every project requires a trip to town for something.
Good evening friends. I wake up to NPR in the morning, about 5ish, and listen to the news for 20 minutes or so before I drag my keister out of bed to get ready for the awfice. What news this morning, more dreadful tornados..Marian posted a helicopter fly over on FB and I just watched with my jaw hanging open. Can't imagine. I was reminded of 1906 in San Francisco- A city cut down, just like that. Grateful that our friends in the general region were spared.
Ã¯Â¿Â½bug , your flowers are beautiful ! I tried to grow Trollius many years ago, but we just don't have the moisture here to do it justice. And those tulips ! Such an exquisite color..do you have the name ?
Looks like my Iochroma bit the dust this winter; I would have expected to see some growth by now. I've decided to replace it with a passion vine that is winter hardy into the teens.
DS had closing night last night for JC Superstar, he made some great friends in this show; the cast really bonded - it was so successful that the theater company is considering a 'back for a limited engagement' this summer. In the meantime he starts rehearsal for As You Like It in a couple weeks.
Little else to report..waves to all
Kathy, I believe those tulips are called "Candy Kisses".(14-16" tall)
As I said yesterday, I'm amazed by nature's ferocity this spring and worry about all those affected. I'm being selfish in this as well, with the tragic fires in Alberta as well as serious tornado season beginning in Haiti - where DS is headed very soon. Count our blessings, we don't live in a tent city under these conditions. How to help though?
It is soggy here today still, but I'm headed out to the garden soon anyway. No choice. We have mushrooms!
Mushrooms here too, 'bug -- amazing where they will grow!
I too am glad to hear your barn is fairly okay, Norma - an annoyance for sure but glad it wasn't worse...
The weather ferocity as you put it, 'bug, is so strange isnt it? We've whipped into the 80s - hot and humid -- going to hit 90 sometime this week... straight into Washington summers, I guess. We have the severe t-storms warning for every day too -- I think that's the most unsettling part of these sorts of weather patterns - you feel like you must always be on alert - but luckily most of us dont have any terrible news - fingers crossed it stays that way...
I like that you try different bulbs every year, 'bug -- those Candy Kisses are truly like rainbow sherbert! Yum. Geez, if I keep organized, in another month or so, I'll have to start placing orders for Fall bulbs! -- maybe I should be more adventurous this year and try a new color palette.
Kathy, is your DS now a regular member of the repertoire group with a real paycheck and everything? That's wonderful. I recall As you Like It from my HS days - it was fun to do.
I'm going to go check out Woody's link for the Vineland Nursery -- I'm always a glutton for looking at new offerings.
Hoping your nursery trip was a success!
And I never did post a picture for Cyn:
Happy Birthday Cyn and Woody!I hope you both have had a great day.
Busy long weekend here - Community garage sale on Saturday. Also it was the one hot day so far this year so I had several little boys in the pool. DH and I took turns watching the kids and watching for the buyers. A successful day, ending with grass cutting in the evening. Sunday TCS and I went to the Museum of civilisation to see Asimo, Honda's humanoid robot. Absolutely fantastic. Almost scary - I had a hard time reminding myself that "he" couldn't appreciate the applause! Monday was another pool day for kids.
Today was decent weather wise although quite windy. I had a Debbie Day without a Debbie; in other words, I cleaned up my house.
Boring, huh? I've enjoyed reading along and drooling over the photos. I couldn't see yours this morning Bug, but they are all there now. Odd.
Gee Kathy, sounds like your DS has really found his niche. Love it.
Sorry to hear about the barn damage Norma. This has certainly been a freaky Spring in terms of weather. The two huge trees that blew down in our park three weeks ago are still lying there....
Signing off - oh, before I go, anything new on the Idyllunion front?
Ach, took pictures, but no time to post. will do so with belated birthday wishes as soon as I have longer than three minutes!
Happy Birthday, Yeona!
Happy Birthday, Woody!
..and thanks so much for the birthday picture, Saucy. You're so sweet to remember!
See you all on the weekend-with pics-if not before.
Happy Bithday Woody! I hope you found something neat at the nursery.
A birdy told me -- Happy Birthday Woody!
Happy Belated Birthday, Yeona --
I've got to get some current photos!!
gb - are those white Shooting Stars..?
Great birthday here - but very expensive :-) The day started with books - Randy always finds interesting ones. Two books of garden essays and one called Basilica on the building of St. Peter's (I like books on architects and buildings.)
Then we headed out shopping... I got a Full Moon and an Acer palmatum 'Shigatatasu Sawa' (a cute little thing that 'in 10 years will be 5'x4'), plus a Golden Forest Grass and a lime green-ish tiarella (I can't remember the variety name) at Vineland. The Wolf's Eye Cornus Kousa I wanted was too big to fit in the car. So we went home to unload and then went to Connon Nurseries - which is closer - to get the dogwood there. The retail store didn't have it but the wholesale location did. But I picked up two Sum and Substance hostas and a Key Lime Pie heuchera at the retail store. At the wholesale location we got the dogwood plus two more pots of Golden Forest Grass. The Forest Grasses go in the three pots in the planter bench on the patio. At the end of the summer the grasses get planted under the pines in the area I'm trying to make into a golden path. The hostas will go in pots by the front steps for the summer and then be planted under the pines in the fall too.
This evening we went out for an excellent supper at a fancy restaurant. Yum!
The bad moment of the day was when I noticed on our way out this morning that the Vyvyan Pennell clematis was limp at the top! A couple of the long stems that grew last summer after I cut it back survived the winter. They were looking good and had lots of flower buds. My first thought was 'Oh no, WILT! ' But the bottom bits still looked good. When I looked closely there was a monster snail parked on top of the stems at the dividing line between where it was limp and where it was fine. Mr. Snail met his death this morning! But unfortunately so did the top 4' or so of Vyv :-(
Other than that, it was a great day. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and fine - should be a good day for planting :-)
Hey, did I hear BLABS in here!? Amazing job on that dress! I am in awe of you girls that possess the "Stitchery Witchery".
Just popping in to make sure everyone has gotten through the most recent bout of nasty weather relatively unscathed. So many people are suffering at the hands of the weather this spring, it's heartbreaking.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Woody..and Yeona..and Cindy...WOW, May is a busy month in Idyll-land =) I haven't taken any pictures in the garden yet this year, although I DO have some stunning quack-grass.
Today was the first full day I've farmed this year. We're way behind. Endless rain and gray skies-blech! It's irritating to have a spring like this when we're building, but..our house hasn't been swept away by a tornado, so life is pretty good.
The remodel now includes: moving two electric poles out of the middle of the circle driveway, taking down a really old dying maple tree, adding a kitchen, utility room, bathroom, and garage. Oh, and gutting the old kitchen and giving it and the "office" a drywall facelift. *sigh* it's gonna be great when it's done!
Jude is growing almost as fast as the quack grass, and has turned into a boy. If the guys are around, he's very aloof toward Christina and I. We can perform the necessary services and then bug off and leave the men alone, lol! I'm so looking forward to getting the farming done and having him over for a couple of days. There is so much yard he hasn't explored.
The beeper went off, telling me that my frozen pizza is done. Take good care of yourselves, friends.
I've been a very negligent Idyller, but fortunately that little bird flies a long way!
Happy Birthday, Woody! Hope you had a lovely day.
And I promise a long post very, very soon!
Happy Birthday Cindy!!!
Happy Birthday Yeona!!!
Happy Birthday Woody!!!
Hope you all had a wonderful day!!!
Thanks for the birthday greeting everyone. I'm shameless, aren't I birthday date dropping. :0)) Well who wouldn't? Just look at the beautiful pictures.
I worked until 10 tonight and back at it at 11 am, so I'd better get some sleep.
Good morning everyone, and a GORGEOUS day it is!!! Finally!!! the sun is shining and it's 60 degrees outside. A perfect gardening day. So, I'm off this computer for the day and going to get outside to enjoy every minute of sunshine this day is offering.
Have a great day everyone!
PS I took a few pics yesterday. Hope you enjoy!
Here is a link that might be useful: Gardens, May 24
Aaarrrggghhh! In my hurry, I blew it. Here's another try:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CINDY, WOODY AND YEONA!
A beautiful day forecast and the inside work is done so I'm headin' out!
Woody, That was a great Birthday haul. Looking forward to future displays.
Brenda. LOL that Jude likes hanging with the guys.
After an early storm the sun is out so I better make hay. We will be ducking another one this afternoon.
Rain this morning and afternoon, but now gone, the sun is shining and tomorrow is my TGIF ! Good plant scores today too..I was lurking over on the discussions side and someone posted the Bluestone was having a very attractive sale , and remembering that is was the only place I could fine Erygnium Jade Frost , it took the bait , and low and behold, 35% off' and Euphorbia 'Blackbird' which I have been unable to find locally so far this year. I am finding that some of these Euphorbias are short-lived for me, 2 of my 'ascot rainbows' up and croaked , and 1 'Blackbird' . Both were about 3 years old I think. The same thing happened to my 'Tasmanian Tiger' , but I have yet to replace it. I also scored Rooguchi at last ! Total dumb luck, there it was deep in a row of vines at the awfice garden center today, and a beautiful specimen at that, 5 gal no less, but worth every cent with my generous employee discount. Now where will I put it ???
Woody I tried in vain to post a b-day card for you last night, and issues abounded ! So Happy Birthday -albeit belated , and I too have always had an interest in architecture-have though many times of starting a book collection, but I seem to keep purchasing garden books !
Cindy, DS has been paid once this year for a play he was in- he was pretty excited about that ; but the repertory theaters he has performed with for the most part don't pay the actors; unless they are Actors Equity (union) and you have to build up a resume , and fairly large performance schedule to even get into AE. He has auditioned for a couple of companies that except both AE and non AE performers (Berkeley Rep for example) but as yet no dice ..a very competitive business as I'm sure you can imagine.
Deanne, I just love the addition of the bromeliads etc to your container combos-they add such an interesting edge, I can't believe how great your garden looks considering the crappy weather you've had this spring.
Thanks for the ID 'bug, I googled it and got a link to Brecks bulbs, but hoping the bulb supplier for the employers nursery might have it, because I really need some !
OK, all for now -
Thanks for the beautiful birthday pictures everyone. We got all of yesterday's purchases planted today. I took pictures but none of them turned out well so I'll wait until things settle in and try to get decent pictures later in the summer!
This is me shopping at Vineland yesterday (the pot I'm picking up is the Shigatatsu Sawa JM so you can see that it's just a cute little thing!):
and this is a peek into one of the hoop houses there:
The new plantings are getting well watered in at the moment courtesy of Mother Nature :-)
We had thunder and lightning...now peace and quiet.
Woody, the flowers I sent you on your card are called Dodecatheon. As usual, I enjoy the white ones, but pink is usually sold. I've had these for over ten years, but never in the same spot! They move about.
Kathy, I sure hope I'm right about the name Candy Kisses! Another tulip I like is called Stunning Apricot.
I've very much enjoyed a video recently of an architect and his projects. Kathy and Woody might enjoy this, though Randy would need to do some explaining of the photos. See below.
Today Phoebe met the dog next door for the first time...which goes to show how far our neighbor lives from us! Trevor (oldest son) was picking stones from the field behind us with his four pawed buddy and Phoebe quickly figured out that there was someone to play with. I really don't want them knowing where the other lives!
I got a lot accomplished once more in the garden today and once again we had asparagus with our evening meal. Tomorrow will be soggy once more.
Here is a lily which is quickly shooting up. I like the way it looks at this stage!
DH is watching footage of Oklahoma tornadoes. Crazy guys who chase these things! Yikes! DD tells me that the fire alert has ended nearby their area. Good!
Here is a link that might be useful: Architect Thomas Heatherwick
Here is a link that might be useful: rescued!
I only worked Monday this week and will be off until next week Tuesday. I hope to get some gardening in. Yesterday was spent dealing with medical issues. Today I headed into the city to have the car serviced. Since it was raining this worked out well. I went to a country nursery that was along the way that I had never visited before (imagine that!) I only found annuals but they were a good price. I picked up a fuchsia, a begonia and a couple of coleus. I found a couple of new containers for the pillars. They are quite different than anything I have.
I believe tomorrow is supposed to be nice but then lots of rain in the forecast. The mushrooms are probably growing here too.
Wow, lots of great pictures. I hope all the birthday girls enjoyed their day.
Norma, too bad your new barn was damaged but glad to hear you are all safe.
Deanne, your gardens look amazing!
IÃ¯Â¿Â½d best get to bed so I can get up early and get some gardening time in. We have to go to RickÃ¯Â¿Â½s granddaughterÃ¯Â¿Â½s 8th grade graduation tomorrow night, which will cut the day short.
gb - Dodecatheon = Shooting Stars. I have the common pink ones but couldn't think of the botanical name :-) I like those white ones better - now I need to find a source of them....
Michelle - I hope the medical issue wasn't too serious. You were having some sort of gut issue I think you said at one point? Did they figure out what it was?
We had another inch and a bit of rain overnight. We're now up to 5.5" this month! The snail population has exploded. More rain in the forecast for the next few days and then the forecast is for HOT!
Woody, your source for them is here. ;)
Good Morning all. Another wet and cool one here, with several more in the forecast. On the up side, TCS has to build a medieval castle as a project so he will have something to do all week end while his buddies are at Scout camp, and I will not have to water anything....
Like Woody's forecast, next week is supposed to be hot.
Woody, I envy you the Japanese Maple. Not easy to keep them alive here. The shot of the nursery hoophouse made me drool *LOL*
Bug, you have such colour and blossoms! Not really very colourful here but it is probably due to my poor choice of plants. You don't have those rotten red lily beetles at your place? It's a good thing you labelled the elephant video - I was almost teary watching it and I might not have lasted to the end. Amazing.
Michelle, I hope your medical issues are not severe enough to keep you out of the garden on the few nice days we get.
Things must be bad for those who farm - I think of you often, Brenda. They can't even get on the fields here much. At least you have the reno to keep you occupied. Sounds super!
I love Deanne's bromeliads. I am still toying with succulents in my garden window after seeing such nice ones at IU 6.
Kathy don't you have a garden window also? I seem to remember that from a photo some time. I too have lost all of my Euphorbia and also my Jack Frost. The only euphorbia I have managed to keep is a houseplant, Milii, Crown of Thorns. It is outdoors as we speak, but not too happy with the rain.
Yesterday I was moving a small pile of bricks, holding one in my left hand and balancing three with my right. Of course the three didn't stay balanced and I instinctively tried to catch them with the left, resulting in a mashed thumb. Not pretty. Well, yes, it is if you like black, purple, blue and red from nail to knuckle. I will probably lose the nail. Will make the rest of my far less than perfect manicure look good!
I hope you all have a good garden day!
Although I'm not black and blue(at least not where I can see anyway). The other day when the tree fell and hit the barn I was backing up to get an overall picture when my pant leg caught on the root of a lying down dead dogwood and I fell hard but landed on soft ground, even ramed my camera lens into the mud. I didn't feel hurt the first day at all but yesterday I had quite a bit of soreness.
Today we had a letter from the IRS about our 2009 taxes. I'm ready for these little dark clouds over me to go away. Both kinds.
It is down right cold here today. I thought it would be a good day to get annuals from the nursery greenhouse, but dang if they didn't have the doors wide open and it was chilly in there too. I stopped at loewes too and couldn't even stand to look there as the wind was whipping through there so bad. I did get a few things at the nursery but they don't have the Senorita Rosalita cleomes that I wanted. She said she has ordered them three times and they have'nt come in so she doesn't think they will. I so liked those last year.
I got a euphorbia Bonfire and a Japanese forest grass. I hope I can keep the grass alive this time.
Michelle, I hope your medical issues are being addressed and you can get some quality garden time. Show us your new containers please.
I'm afraid the one I planted the other day wil rot with the cold wet weather. We are supposed to get hot this weekend. There was no one at the nurseries today. I bet there will be this weekend if people can even work their dirt.
Woody you are quick to get your stuff planted. Good for you.
Think I will go make potato soup. Need something hot.
gb - Thanks for the Dodecatheon offer - I'll take you up on that :-) I hope they will fare better that the little blue clematis seedling though - that one seems to have disappeared, although the pink early clematis with dangling bells (I can't remember its name) that we got at Lost Horizons last year is growing like mad and has quite a few flowers! The snails haven't got to it yet:-) I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they much down a few of the new ones. BTW we're thinking of checking out that Whistling Gardens place in Niagara sometime next month. You originally brought that to my attention. Any chance you guys could meet up with us there in June?
Woody, Whistling Gardens sounds like a good idea, but coordination may be tricky in June. Let's work on this by email. In the meantime, I'll pot up a few shooting stars to bring to you.
Any of you familiar with Acanthus 'Whitewater'? I bought one recently and hope to be able to keep it alive indoors over the winter.
The soggy weather continues. I staked lilies today during a dry spell.
Here's a dress I made Ms Ivy.
Getting very nervous as DS's departure date draws near.
Here is a link that might be useful: Whitewater
Once again we have raccoons in our laundry room wall. This morning the babies were making a heck of a racket! The guy who deals with this was off hunting (joy..) and will come by with traps this afternoon. Last time it involved carving a large hole in the wall and re-plastering later on. :(
Now about tulips. The Candy Kisses are going through a pink and white phase. I never would have guessed this change...
My current favorites are the Stunning Apricot tulips. Here they are as of yesterday.
This morning DH cleaned out the eaves (gutters in the US) while I removed about 200 Purple Sensation alliums. There are about a million remaining for me to dig out. Le GRAND sigh! And no matter how many I remove, there are thousands of tiny ones I miss.
After a trip to the dump, I think I'll pick up some vegetables to plant in the garden. This afternoon the weather is supposed to change and begin to get sunny and warm. Tomorrow however, rain and heat! Phoebe hates warm weather, so she's off for a grooming on Tuesday.
Happy weekend !
gb - cute dress! I'm very happy with the 'Willy' clematis that I got on that clematis shopping expedition with you at Lost Horizons last year. It's clearly going to be a vigorous one. It's so cute at the moment:
Mine got nibbled by bunnies so it will only be flowering next year....
I bought some top soil this morning and found that they no longer will be selling salvia black & blue at this nursery. Now what? Grrrrrr.
So at least I did find a coleus that I like. I think Deanne mentioned this one long ago. The name is a hoot: Religious Radish!
The sun they promised was a lie...
Chased inside by rain ! Not unheard of at the end of May, but it does interefere with my plans for the day Ã¯Â¿Â½ I was hoping to continue putting off my indoor chore list, lol. I may have to cave in and haul out the house cleaning supplies.
This morning I headed over the east hill for a visit to Morningsun Herb Farm, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a nice little nursery and they always have some odd-ball items I canÃ¯Â¿Â½t find elsewhere, plus they have a couple of display gardens too. I took some pics and will share when I get them on the computer. I found S. Wendys Wish, which I lose every winter for reasons that are still mysterious, it is hardy in my zone. It must be a rot thing.
Ã¯Â¿Â½bug that A. Ã¯Â¿Â½WhitewaterÃ¯Â¿Â½ is gorgeous ! I always said IÃ¯Â¿Â½d never be caught dead with an Acanthus (a vacant lot plant of my LA childhood) but I would buy this one in a minute !
Alright, looks like this squall is here to stay for awhile so I better do something useful Ã¯Â¿Â½
Morning all, busy weekend here, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m trying to get the majority of containers planted and am having some success but there is just so much left to do. The weather isn't helping out either. It's been in the 90's for the last three days and today will be very hot again. The temp was 70 when I got up at 5:45AM! That doesn't bode well for a comfortable day. It seems that lovely gardening weather is a rare occurrence this year and it's pretty discouraging to see the tender things like bearded iris fry up in the heat. And so it goes.
Woody, my Japanese wisteria is blooming but only had a smattering of flowers on it compared to last year. It seems to bloom heavily every other year for me. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m thinking I should have deadheaded it. It did produce a lot of pods and seed. I'll make sure to take care of that this year. My Clematis Vyvyan Pennell is wilting. Grrrrr. it had about ten huge buds on it and they are all dying off. I'm so bummed. I have a feeling it is something the electric guy did. He replaced the electric meter last week and had to mess about with the trellis a bit. Might have broken the canes. And so it goes.LOL So how is your Viv doing this year. Would love to see pics of that beauty.
Bug those tulips are so lovely! the soft peach and pink colors really appeal to me. I'd bought a box of 50 tulips that were supposed to be pink with a white edge and they turned out to be red, red, red they are all dug out and in the compost ~~~ Bummer about not being able to get S. Black and Blue. Have you ever dug it and stored in the basement? Mine do really well that way. Also,I've had them come back in the ground. ~~ Love the little dress, so cute.
Norma, so sorry about the tax thing. What a bummer. That happened to us with state taxes a few years ago and what a drag to deal with something you thought was done and paid for. ~~ So how is your camera after that fall? Hope you didn't damage it and hope you are over your soreness, It's easy to have mishaps when you have a camera in hand. Fortunately I've never damaged myself or my camera.
Julie, hope your fingers are healing up. I'm forever doing stuff like that. I don't pay enough attention when I'm gardening and have dropped the compost fork on my foot, cut a bit of my thumb off with the pruners etc. I guess I'm not real handy with sharp objects.
OK I've got to get outside and get to work before the day heats up, have a great day.
Last evening DH and I added soil to the vegetable garden and planted kale, tomatoes, basil & red peppers. Then the skies opened up and we had a huge thunderstorm. It was actually very "satisfying" with bright lights and loud bangs! But this morning it is headed to the mid 80s with sun and 96% humidity. I'll get to planting the eggplants, zinnias and foxgloves I grew from seed at another time.
After our meeting yesterday morning, we stopped at a nursery where I found the Echinacea I was looking for, Fatal Attraction. (Oh those names...) At another nursery I picked up some lovely yellow aquilegias for the "yellow & blue" garden. Still no luck finding S. black & blue though.
Off to start the day! Hope your week begins well!
After last night's thunderstorm, we're now up to 7.3" of rain for May - more than 3x our usual accumulation! It normally takes until mid July to accumulate that much rain since the begining of May. So if June turns out to be dry, there should be enough moisture in the soil to get most things through the month...
Deanne - the snail explosion here resulted in Vyv being knocked back to a foot or so. I had high hopes of a nice display most of the way up the lattice wall on the front porch. I'm now back to about 6 or so buds, so no big display here this year either. We went to RBG yesterday to inspect their Japanese wisterias to see if I could figure out what the early stage of the flowerbuds look like on the Japanese ones. Theirs are already in bloom but from what I could tell, the flowerbuds on the Japanese type are quite different in where and how they arise than on the Chinese ones. I came home and inspected mine again. I have a (faint) hope that mine may yet produce a flower or two this spring. The Chinese wisteria is really late blooming this year because it has been so cold. It's been a haze of purple the last two days so I'm hopeful it'll finally bloom today since it's sunny and warm here today.
Here's a picture from RBG yesterday. I'd love to have a spot where I could do this:
Shucks, this weekend sure whipped by fast-and I took off 4 days too. My plans for spending a half day on indoor cleaning pursuits came to naught- I should have known better ! I'm going to have to make a list of stuff to accomplish apres' awfice this week, since I have Marin County Open Days on Sat so I will want to be in the garden on Sunday. At the end of of June I'm going to drive up to Portland to visit BILÃ¯Â¿Â½s and from there I plan to do the Bainbridge Island Wa Open Days 'Little and Lewis's garden is on the tour . Must see! Not to mention Heronswood..
I did get lots done in the garden ! The weather has been very mild, occasionally showery, and I was in a turtleneck most of the day today. Not normal for the end of May, but very pleasant for manual labor. I did my bi-annual pruning of Lady Banks , followed by the succulent vacuuming and got 98 percent of the plant purchases in the ground or in pots. I still have an active shopping list though, and my Bluestone order will likely arrive next week sometime as it will be shipped tomorrow.
Woody, I am interested to hear you mention snails; I didn't think they were a factor so far north . They have been dreadful here this year. It's remarkable how much those dudes can eat in one night. I am using the new Cinnamon oil spray daily to reach areas that are difficult for hand-picking. When I pruned away some lower branches on my Rosemary yesterday I could see a dozen of them deep inside the plant , taking a snooze. This was a perfect situation for the spray.
Time to close up shop around this place and get ready to go upstairs and read.
Later my friends !
Ouch is right. I hope you have voice activated computer. One handed typing is hard, at least for me. My jjob this week is washing walls. Bathroom is half done. Next Richea's office. I'm finding it better to break down the jobs by sections, than by timing. I get a section done, and know where to start up again next day.
I moved a caryopteris that was impinging on the sidewalk, yesterday, so hope it survives. I have to move a new dawn rose next, so have to armor up for that.
I see tons of snails this year. They like the damp weather, it seems. I don't notice much being eaten, though, so I'm not war-pathing against them. If I were, beer is a favourite bait.
Love the tulips and the dress. I wish I had the skill to sew dresses.
Michelle, I hope you get some answers from your tests. It seems like such a long time since you first went to the dr re your symptoms.
Hi to everyone else. I've run out of steam, so will say good night.
Greetings from the sweltering Tropics..... it's about 94 degrees right now, with the heat index way way higher... This weekend did go by in a blur - of dripping perspiration, LOL. I thought I'd done to h*** yesterday - the heat index Had to be 100 and it was impossible to do anything outdoors.
Kathy -- I'm so envious you're going on the Bainbridge Island Open Days -- I see that they have one every year - and thought what a great IU trip that would be --to see some of those legendary gardens.... ooo la la ..... I have friends in Portland that I should visit one of these days and jaunt on up from there, LOL.
It does seem like one can only do either indoor or outdoors assignments - I'm no longer any good for multi-tasking combos it seems.
'bug - cant believe you've still got tulips amazing -- the clematis and first of my lilies are in full bloom and losing petals faster than one can count due to all this heat....
I'm starting to think pots full of succulents and agaves are the only things to do for the summer, if this heated start is any indication. Plants (and people and dogs) are keeling over... and yes, I was lugging hoses last nite.
Stella was on a "devil puppy" ripper on Saturday -- she tried to eat every plant she could leap at, run at and onto and behind..., then she drank my coffee out of my cup I'd left on a table while my back was turned, and after that when I was spray panting some pots outside, she decided to roll in the spray as it wafted down to the ground - the result being a semi-white pup who had stone grey ears, eyebrows and side of face.... I had to clip a lot of it out of her.... good thing I decided against any round-up on the pavement - I know she'd have devoured that. I believe she helped with a few transplanted plants too -- making their holes larger so she could roll in the worms that were nearby and the slugs on the walk... o she just adores those.... I'm calling her the Devil Dog.... and then she looks at you from under the grey-highlighted brow, and all you can do is laugh.....
Norma, I hope you get some quick relief re the IRS inquiry - ugh.... no fun that, and our others who are ailing -- Michelle and Woody - sure do hope you guys get to feeling better soon along with diagnoses where you can get some treatment!!
I love that espalier photo, Woody - I've seen these against houses and walls -- surely you could find an open wall somewhere to try that out?
Okay - gotta get back to awfice chores -- I am officially cranky today after dealing with some stupidity re bureaucratic, small-minded accounting and ofc services folks who require forms, and this and that...I'm sure cranky had nothing to do with the hot metro ride or coming back to work, LOL.
Cindy - we need a picture of the Devil Dog! No available space in sun to be able to espalier like that here I'm afraid.
The temperatures were suposed to be in the 32C (~90F) range today but we're definitely 'cooler by the lake' here as it's only 16C (61F). The sun is strong though so it feels wuch warmer if you're in direct sun. Plus the humidity is 83% so that makes it uncomfortable for active work. It's 29C (84F) in Toronto so it's definitely the lake influence that's keeping us cool. We were at a nursery inland yesterday doing a it more plant shopping and it was quite warm there too.
We picked up some paint just now to repaint the shed door. The color has been bugging me ever since it was done last year so I've decided it has to be repainted. Randy rolled his eyes... :-) I got the paint store to print the details of the pigments in each of the colors. The problem with the door color is that it didn't include any green pigment - it was just a combinations of yellow, black, and white. All the rest of the colors were yellow, black, white, and a green pigment.
Back to work today after 7 days off. One would think I got lots done in the garden, but the weather was somewhat rainy or too wet in the garden or Kenzie was here. I feel quite far behind. We also had 92 degrees and wind on Memorial Day. Crazy weather for sure. Today was cooler but windy.
Kenzie and I had lots of fun though. We had a picnic in her garden shed, picked flowers, crafted when it was raining. She painted a gazebo for her fairy garden. I painted a alocasia leaf that I cast last fall. I visited my local farm nursery and found some cool plants. Her prices are great too.
The heat and wind have done in the tulips, daffodils and short irises. Alliums and tall irises are just getting started.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m still dealing with medical issues because IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been to see several specialists with a bit of wait in between. Basically I have chest pain and shortness of breath, which lead to several heart tests and then on to a pulmonologist to check lung function. Earlier I was on reflux medication. Now they would like to try a stronger one since the first one didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t do anything. Thanks for the well wishes.
Kathy, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m terribly jealous of your Bainbridge Island tour and especially Lewis & Little. Do take pictures of the leaf castings. They look fabulous on their website. I tried to make one with similar bright colors and it just appears gaudy LOL
The talk of snails reminds me of the deer damage IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve seen in my garden. IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve taken to spraying. I noticed all the tips of the asparagus were gone. Which I thought was odd until I looked in the jar where Kenzie was keeping her 2 toads she caught. I guess she figured they would like asparagus tips.
Ã¯Â¿Â½bug, the dress for Ivy is adorable. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m sure she will love it.
Norma, I hope you are feeling better after your fall and the camera is ok.
Julie, ouch! IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve never lost a nail but it always sounds painful.
Cindy, Stella sounds very entertaining.
Midnight - I'd best end this and get to bed.
Ok so it's June, rained all day, wearing a sweater and turtleneck yet again. I'ts looking like I will rain Saturday , my plans for the GC Open Day in Marin county is dashed asunder. This will be my 2nd rained out garden tour of the spring. I think I'm going to hit the SF Botanical Garden this month if the weather co-operates.
No worries Michelle, there will be numerous photos taken at L&L; this is not their original garden by the way, they moved a couple of years ago, and now also have a home in Mexico. I could see the benefits of that considering the miserable weather in the Seattle area.
Cindy, I'm sure we will have conversations re: IU9 wile we are in Buffalo. I would be more than happy to work up an itinerary for a PNW IU. Lol your little devil..
See y'all later..
IU is in Buffalo this year? When? If anyone going to it finds themselves on this side of the border, we're not too far away and usually welcome garden visitors :-)
Good morning all! Talk about screwy weather! I hope you are all o.k. We had three sweltering humid days, but it wasn't raining so I spent Monday working on my front garden, Tuesday on the back, Wednesday a.m. on a disabled neighbour's gardens and p.m. helping a friend prepare her property for a garden tour. Today is is cold, cloudy and really windy. The cover blew off the pool overnight and the leaves from the park litter the water. My green bin was across the driveway this morning and my hanging baskets look miserable. I have not gone out assess any more issues in the garden.
TCS didn't go to sleep until 11:00 p.m. and so was in rare form this morning.
DD stayed here last night. She is having an at-home interview for a new job on Saturday a.m.and works until 11 p.m. on Friday. Her cleaning person quit this morning and her hairdresser is away this week. She too was in rare form this morning.
DH has shingles. I will say no more.
They have now all left for various and sundry locations, leaving me with messy kitchen, a ton of laundry and unmade beds.
I have had three cups of coffee, two pieces of chocolate cake for breakfast, and read the paper. Aaaah, Peace. Life is fun!!
Like most of you, I am never happier than when I am in the garden. It is such a pleasure to know that each day I can "talk" with like-minded friends like you!
I am so looking forward to IU8, Woody. As I live on the same side of the border as you do, I will have to cross into Canada on the long week-end no matter what, so I hope to see your garden!
Michelle, I cracked up at the toads-and-asparagus story! How sweet of Kenzie to want to feed her pets something special! I hope you are feeling better.
DH and I both enjoyed the description of Stella's antics. Ya gotta love dogs. Well, Chelone might take exception to that. Where is she anyway? Busy as heck right now I bet.
Ivy's dress is beautiful, Bug. I sewed a lot for my kids but I can't knit or crochet. You have done such a great job on these little outfits. I hope things have gone well for Adam's travels.
Woody and Kathy, we too have a ton of slugs this year. Not the great big banana slugs,much smaller, but destructive all the same. Red lily beetles too. Those two plus earwigs can really decimate a garden. Someone told me that if you surround your plants with fine copper wire the slugs will get electrocuted as they crawl over. Don't know if this is true, and it isn't too practical if you have alot of plants, but it might be worth looking into for that special specimen.
Going to sign off now and get started on my indoor chores so I can be out tomorrow weather permitting. The wind is so fierce that I fear for the remaining trees in the park. They have still not been able to finish cleaning up the destruction form the last storm as the ground is too soft to get the trucks in.
Makes me think of Brenda.
Yoo Hoo, anybody there? Sure is quiet on this forum today. Must be good gardening weather!
Definitely good gardening weather here today. I weeded the front beds; Randy did the first round of pruning of new growth on the Chinese wisteria, weeded the edges of the driveway and prepared the big pots for planting beans. And misc. other stuff.
The wisteria looks better - and darker in color - once the leaves start emerging. The tree peonies are also superb this year.
This is what the wisteria looks like looking up into it from ground level where I was weeding nearby. The scent is intoxicationg when you spend a fair bit of time in close quarters with it!
Absolutely gorgeous! I have never seen Wisteria up close and personal while in bloom!
Things are really popping in the gardens here too. Today my peony Claire de Lune is out and looks so nice with the blue Amsonia. My yellow & blue iris is blooming too.
I managed to remove all visible signs of the allium 'purple sensation". It was just the perfect day for gardening with cool temperatures, sun and a breeze to keep bugs away. I'm sure new alliums will return next year, but it was a good start. Next on the agenda is removal of the raspberries. I hope DH will help with that horrible task...
There's so much work to do out there, especially now that my garden friends are otherwise occupied. He is in the hospital now too. UGH. Wish I could find someone I trust to help out! I'd pay at this point!
Lots of stressful things going on here...among them the death of my BIL. No surprise, he was 97, but it is a big deal anyway.
I hope I can tidy up gardens a good deal more tomorrow...and get our mower back from 'the hospital'.
Time to soak my tired bones in the tub.
Black flies! UGH
Coons in the walls and a hunter shooting them. UGH UGH!
Sun is shining though...
Where has everyone disappeared to?!
Before 9 I was in the garden tying up clematis and baptisia, also staking tomatoes. Then the rain and thunder began. So then we had breakfast.
I grabbed a few shots:
Peony Claire de Lune
Gotta turn the computer off...
We got another 22mm in the thunderstom this morning. Randy just raked all the paths level again after the last wash-outs - time to do it all over again!
gb - odd that things are further ahead there than here. My dictamus, irises and herbaceous peonies are not open yet, although they should be any day now... I love all the primulas you have. They look good with that Full Moon(?) Japanese Maple.
Grinding busy here, but 'tis the season! And complaining isn't really appropriate in a seasonally dicatated business, now is it? :)
You can now nickname me, "the skimmer". I'm so behind that even if I were inclined to apologize it would only ring hollow. How's that for a neat way to sidestep my own shortcomings??!!
I finally washed the deck canvas today. And I spritzed it with seasonal water-proofing, too. Think maybe it may be installed by Monday? The screens are filthy, too, and brittle after 5 long, hard seasons in the sun. They need a bath and a careful examination to identify breaches in the mesh and requisite repair. I'm already thinking about replacement... 5 yrs. is the time frame that beckons closer scrutiny and directs attention to replacement. Where did those years go, my friends?!
Having rejoiced in the stage success of Kathy's #1 Son I now check in with my own review of "Avenue Q". Fabulous! I loved everything about it. I was less than intrigued by the preview but reserved judgement until I'd seen it. Funny, accurately scripted, it is all I really appreciate about theatre... pushes the boundries and engages the audience. We laughed from start to finish. The "older" couple seated behind us left after intermission... I suspect the frank sexual references were more than than they expected. Puppets should not be considered "kid- friendly" or an indication of "tame" content. See this show.
In a marathon session of unbridled gardening zeal I managed to stake 7 clumps of peonies the day before yesterday. It took 3 friggin' hours! who'dathunkit? Every year I swear I'll stake them while they're emerging and every year I look out an they're full size and at the mercy of the next windswept rainstorm. This year was no different, except I've beaten the windswept rain storm I know is soon to to arrive. Hurray for small successes, huh??
FYI, there really isn't a day that doesn't pass when one or the other of you fools doesn't cross my mind, you know. I miss the "old guard" but know that they're within reach "over there" and so that's OK with me right now. I hope maybe they sometimes remember me as fondly as I do them.
Times change, huh?
Oy, what weather ! Permit me to whine..raining all day with a brief (30 minutes maybe ?) interlude just now, allowing a snail inspection WALAT. Those dudes are in hog-heaven this year. By now we are usually well on our way to the drought summer. Today was the Marin County Open Days, feel badly for the garden owners who work so hard to get the home field readyÃ¯Â¿Â½this kind of rain we had today must have kept folks away in droves.-including me. What a drag; this is the second rained-out garden tour for me this spring. Measurable rainfall in June is probably a once in 20 year event here.
Ã¯Â¿Â½bug, love the photos youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been posting of your spring garden- Almost Clematis time there I bet !
Chelone,somewhat familiar with Avenue Q, hope it will come to my area at some point. Shakespeare is next on the agenda for DS.
Woody, we are doing Buffalo Garden Walk this year for IU, and I think a small cadre will cross over to Canada to see the falls. Saucy is working on the itinerary..how long a drive is it from Buffalo or Niagra to chezÃ¯Â¿Â½ Woody ?
Julie, there is a copper tape that is used around these parts as a snail/slug barrier. It works best as a trunk wrap on citrus or around the rim of containers. I tried putting a rim of pennies around my hostas one year, to no avail. I have since given up hostas altogether.
Working on a pot of Lentil Soup..catch up tommorow
I'm out here Woody. Just been to busy or to tired to get on the computer much. My mantra of no new garden beds this year has gave way to a small but hard to dig one in the area I can't grow grass and the bank area of the barn that is visible from the house. not to mention the upkeep on all the rest of them. Extreme heat doesn't make any of it easy, so none of it will be at it's best this year. I'm enjoying it all anyway. The clematis despite the not so great foilage have bloomed much better this year with all the rain we had. Things are drying out quickly now though. I need to get the iris stalks cut down. the daylily scapes are coming on strong now. A few early ones are starting to bloom.
Niki doesn't much like this heat.
Bob just turned the air on today. I didn't think today was nearly as bad as yesterday but I guess he has had enough.
Like Chelone I think of you all pretty much every day. The weather this year is pretty extreme but I guess we all have to make the best of it.
Kathy - it's about 75-80 minutes from the Falls to here. If people are going to the effort of crossing the border, I'd suggest an overnight stay in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. Go see a play at the Shaw Festival. Visit the Niagara Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory (Niagara Falls http://www.niagaraparks.com/garden-trail/botanical-gardens.html ). Detour up this way to check out our garden. Head into Toronto for a day or two. There are tons of interesting things to see and do.
Norma - you defintely sound busy there! No ac needed here yet - we have only had one day this spring that I'd call warm. I'm sure that will change soon though...
Here is a link that might be useful: Shaw Festival
Frankly, I think Toronto could be an Idyllunion all on its own, perhaps another year.
Got a lot done today...sealing up the raccoon entry hole, re-installing the clothes dryer where the babes nested, began removing raspberry plants, trip to town with DH and Phoebe, cedar mulch on a first section around the veg garden, etc
Hoping for more completed chores tomorrow.
Book Club on Monday
OK, so I was all prepared to put the deck canvas up on Monday, but the helpmeet said the magic words and we did the major hoist this morning. It sucked. Clearly my "foreman" role needs to be refined. I thought the directions were clear, but a futile attempt revealed the flaws in: 1.) my plan, 2.) my ability to relay that plan to the helpmeet. After 2 abortive attempts, the canvas was hoisted aloft successfully. I took it from there and it's now securely laced in place; a snapped finger on the canvas relays the pleasing ring that only an installer fully appreciates. :) (I can't believe I've done the entire thing by myself... a sentiment the helpmeet echoed several times).
There were a couple of rain "deferrment" issues I had marked and noted last fall. Did I do them in a timely manner following the fall "take down"? Hell no! I had to hunt for my notes this morning (found 'em!) and then had to decipher them by studying the piece in question, but I "figgered it out". And they're done. It will be interesting to see if my modifications will staunch leaks effectively.
Next up is how to clean the screen panels (3) so they may be mended without soiling the sanctity of the Salon. ;) My years in the trenches of canvas repair has revealed 2 facts:
1.) It's grimey, dirty work, that should be charged accordingly.
2.) If you're willing to do that sort of dirty work the price of cleaning is included in the price of the repair!
The Biddy Suite bathroom is about to become ground zero. I have a large garbage can that will receive the sodden screen panels. Once transported outdoor and spread on the lawn they will be easy to rinse and areas in need of repair can be flagged.
OK, gotta get to it.
This morning I got an e-mail from an old friend (we first met around age 4...) that they'll be coming up this way in early September so will be stopping in for an overnight visit. We lost touch with each other after high school but reconnected again in 1996 and have been in touch ever since. We were both 'horse people' and both of us turned into gardeners so we we still had a lot in common. While we've been in touch via e-mail regularly, we haven't met face-to-face since 1996, the last time I was 'home', so it'll be nice to see her again.
Beautiful day here today - washing the porch decks on the agenda for today :-)
Like most others -- busy busy - battling weather and awfice, LOL...
We're back in the extreme weather dynamics - had a gorgeous day on Saturday when I got lots done in the garden, and then Sunday return of humidity -- and back to the 90s tomorrow... starting lugging hoses yesterday when the "promise/threat" of rain did not appear... the Weathermen have been way off in that regard for this region.
I love that Spring is still Somewhere -- goregous photos, 'bug and Woody....
Yep, fatigue plays a big role in trying to fire up the laptop....
Woody, I was going to tell you I cannot get a decent photo of Miss Stella, but then a friend stopped by to visit in the garden on Saturday, and got this good shot of her, in a more "serene" moment... and you can't see the grey-paint remains either, LOL.
I agree that Toronto would be a super stand-alone IU stop - I'd love to see some of those fantastic gardens there...maybe soon in another year -- I am looking forward to IU and the Buffalo city gardens this year -- having a small wild garden I'm always looking for new ideas to incorporate or redo ... hope for some great ideas to steal this year.
I'm sorry to hear of your loss of your BIL, 'bug -- it's always sad to lose family no matter how long or well they lived. Speaking of which, tomorrow is my Dad's 80th Birthday -- I'm hoping the siblings will do something nice for him, but who knows... I was going to visit him last weekend to celebrate early, but he had some social engagements, LOL, that I would have spoiled by being there... no not a new lady friend (at least I don't think so... but one never knows - sometimes ignorance is bliss). I sent his presents and a cake - and will drive up in a few more weekends.
Kathy -- I'm sorry for your weather woes too -- we sure are complaining about this all over the place this year, arent we? - too much/too little rain, too hot/too cold - a year of extremes!
Stella in an innocent moment....
Adorable beastie! I was hoping to see her paint job though :-)
Cindy that is a cute picture of Stella.
Finally got the tax issue settled this morning.
Been dragging hoses all day.
Another miserable hot day today and a sleepless night last night led to a non productive day. I plan to get out at first light in the morning.
Woody, Nice that you will get a visit from your friend. It's always fun to catch up.
I bet Michelle had big time heat today too.
Headed out to turn the water off for the last time today.
Evening all, WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ve had a lovely few days and the weekend couldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have been prettier. Looks like we are headed back to the high 90Ã¯Â¿Â½s the next several days though. I canÃ¯Â¿Â½t believe Saturday afternoon was 68 degrees and Thursday is supposed to be 97. These large temperature swings are bizarre. The gardens here are filling in and IÃ¯Â¿Â½m almost done with putting my containers together for the season. CanÃ¯Â¿Â½t wait until that job is done. Soon IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be at the puttering about with my plants stage which is my favorite thing to do. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m loving these looooong daysÃ¯Â¿Â½ so beautiful. From now until mid July we get beautiful sunshine in the dining room in the early morning and its such a treat.
So now IÃ¯Â¿Â½m crashing and am ready to get ready for bed, yep, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m in bed sleeping at 9 so I can be up at 5AM and enjoy the beautiful mornings. Waving hello to one and all. Love all the pics everyone, keep them coming. That Stella is such a cutie Cindy.
Not much rain today, but there was sun predicted and it was a no-show. Looks like tommorow will be the day we get backto a normal weather pattern,and IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be happy to see it ! I think IÃ¯Â¿Â½m going to go to the SF Botanical Garden on Sat or Sun to placate myself for the 2 rainout garden tours IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve missed in May.On the plus side all my new fledgeling plants are getting a nice start with the rainwater .Snail patrols have been intense !
Deanne, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s so interesting to look at the pics you posted this weekend on FB, and compare your garden progress with mine. It looks like you are so way ahead of me here inzone 9, but I had to remind myself that I have lots of brand new 1st year plants that are still small. Trying to figure out a way to invite myself to see your gardens this August, as it is very likely I will be going to Boston on business in the middle of that month.
Cindy, that little Stella is mighty cute ! IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been monitoring your weather ..and everyones actually, when I got my I-phone I set up the Idyll temps on the weather app.At this moment my phone say itÃ¯Â¿Â½s 80 where you are , too damn hot for 8:30 ! A balmy 74 at Deannes.
All for me, cooking an artichoke for dinner and need to do a snail WALAT .
Escargots with your artichaut Kathy?
Just back from book club, which was a nice gathering.
It's been a busy day....but I managed a bit of gardening too. More busy days in the offing.
ahh 'gb, the escargot did not meet their doom in a garlic sauce here, instead they were dashed to smithereens against the fence. RIP.The choke was served with a slice of sour dough toast and a curry dip.White wine of course.
I think of you every day too. I wish I were able to write about my days as easily as some of you. It is interesting that journaling and letter writing are not a thing of many people now, but I still see the merit. Maybe I'll try my 21 day program on writing here.
I've been trying to work every day, but haven't quite got that, so far. I work for 2 days then 1 day off or some variation, but not a straight 6 days of work often. There is lots of variety though, and most have pets, which I enjoy. The place I was at today is an irregular regular. She calls me 1 to 3 times a month. She has a 9 year old dog who has had benign tumors removed, and is recovering nicely. They have to keep their doors closed because the schizophrenic man 2 doors down has decided to allow coons to grow in his garden and the mother raccoon attacks, Bailey, the dog. Apparently the young are trying to learn from their mother, as a youngun attempted to block my path. I put my hands in the air to appear large and it took the hint and ran off. Adventures in the wilds of Vancouver. At least it was warm and sunny here today.
It's the past the witching hour, and I have to work in the morrow. Night night Idyllers.
Sorry, Woody - the worst of the paint was hand clipped off (I would have been too chastised by the groomer this weekend harshly and Stella would have gotten a buzz cut I think)...Last nite I worried that she'd somehow managed to get into bleach - she smelled of it - and I think she found or rubbed against something the cleaners had left - but she was spry and perky this a.m., Never a dull moment with Stella!
Egad - talk about dealing with wildlife issues, Yeona -- I had to laugh with the idea of throwing your hands up - great idea - and it worked.... neighbors can certainly be very vexing - rational or otherwise!
I'm glad to hear you're almost to puttering and hose lugging stage, Deanne - so you can relax and enjoy before the big event - and coddle your green children to flourishing performances...
Sounds like you needs some days for chillin too, Norma!
It's working on the getting to stinking hot stage here -- these will be days I'll be happy to be at the awfice (if metro cooperates and doesnt turn in to bake ovens).
Managed to get some things done today between moving the hose around. Of all that rain we had things are to dry now. Our sandy clay drys fast on top. did some weeding in the areas that were wet from the sprinkler. Lots more of that to do.
Need to thin a bunch of petunias and vinca that have reseeded. Impatients too.
Wanted to go back out this evening, but tuckered out after eating. Been awake since shortly after 3 am when the earthquake woke us up. It lasted less than a minute but was a bit unnerving. Just a loud noise and vibration of the whole house.
Bug do you ever grow a companion clem with Roogucchi? Have any ideas of what would work? Anybody?
Woody how is the clematis swag coming along?
Kathy I am always surprised that though my garden starts earlier than those north and east of me , theirs catch up so fast.
Yawning here :0 so off to bed. Norma
Sun has arrived here at last, and I spent some time this evening deadheading rose-blobs. They all look pretty crummy right now, might as well cut them off and wait for the next flush. My Bluestone order came yesterday to, but I wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t plant til the weekend, and the Agastache was DOA. IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll e-mail them tommorw;I understand they are really good about credits and such .
Norma, a 4.2 is pretty mild around here, though it depends on how far you are from the epicenter. I always go onto the National Geographic Survey website as soon as I feel a quake to see if it is reported. Link below. I report what I experienced as well. There is a very seismically active area just north of us, with action every day.
Ok my friends, I am really tired to night so going to hit the hay earlyÃ¯Â¿Â½waves to all
Here is a link that might be useful: National geographic Survey
My son was here for the weekend from Texas. It was so good to see him again. I had basically lost my voice though. After he left on Sunday I was down right sick. I have a horrible cough that either keeps me awake in the night or wakes me early in the morning. I had taken Monday off of work and had hoped to accomplish much in the garden but the temps hit 99 degrees which slowed me down a lot. Today was another scorcher along with wind but its supposed to cool down tomorrow.
Of course this ridiculous weather blew away the tree peony and the first of the iris blooms. The containers that I potted up on Monday arenÃ¯Â¿Â½t looking so hot either. They will come out it though.
I'm enjoying the spring pictures from your gardens. I've taken some and will have to post some when I get my energy back.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½d best hit the hay. Lots of stress at work these days with a huge fiber optic project beginning this month.
Michelle - I hope you get well soon!
Norma - most of the clematises for the swag are growing like mad. One of the white ones was flowering yesterday. I was doing some weeding along the fence side on the weekend and I accidentaly yanked some stems from a small one, so I may end up having to replace that one. I'll try to take some pictures soon, but there's not much to see yet.
Today is supposed to be a scorher here. I got up really early and was in the front garden weeding by 6:15! We walked Misty about 7:30 and ran into a lot of the dog-walking neighbours who were also out early to beat the heat.
GB called this morning and said their Internet connection was/is down. There was a big storm last night - we only got a bit of it here.