It seems that everyone's out doing their Fall chores lately. When you get a minute, come on in and say hello :)
Okie Dokie, first of all, sorry I've not been around but I've been busy as blazes here. I've been painting and teaching and tending to the gardens and trying to plan the great fall move in. I've gotten a few of the begonias in the house and a ginger I'm especially fond of.
So now for the BIG NEWS - I didn't want to say anything until the magazine was out in print and now it is so I want to share with you all that I've had an article published in Fine Gardening magazine in the December issue! Woohoo! I've done a couple other things for them that didn't wind up getting used so I did not want to say anything until it got published. My magazine just arrived so it's now safe to tell everyone. The article is about color themed containers and is on page 62.
I've also had the big lens on the camera lately and have gotten some nice bird pics. I'm happy to see more finches this fall than we had last September. For some reason, probably disease, our populations of House Finches is greatly reduced so it's been a treat to see a nice little flock of them around since I put one of the sunflower hearts feeders back out.
OK, I'll try to get back later and post a couple pics from the birds and gardens. Take care one and all and I'll try to be a better Idyller in future.
Julie, glad to hear 4th grade is starting well. If you ever feel the need, feel free to email me if you decide anything isn't working that I might be able to help with or for which I might have a trick or two up my sleeve. I am so glad you are pleased so far and hope that all the teachers are terrific-makes for a much happier more successful year for all involved!
Off to get ready for bed-my fabulous 4th graders are wearing me out-teehee.
My coat is still on, but I've spoken to my brother, cleaned up the dog, unpacked and answered a few emails.
Baby boy ALMOST has a name, but DD is still working on being comfortable with it. Maybe some photos tomorrow...?! She's had a rough go of things but is much better now. The most remarkable thing to me is that baby boy has had work done by the chiropractor and it has produced AMAZING results! More later friends.
Sept 4, 2010
Sept 12, 2010
Good evening Idylls ..here in Sopkane Wa ,my 2nd to the last business trip of the year (one more next month) and hopefully will be able to work on planting the boatload of plants I�ve accumulated this month. It doesn�t seem like I�ve been home much lately.
I see we got the 1st view of the newest Idyll kid..and still await the name !Welcome home �bug !
What a thrill for you Deanne..I hope my issue is waiting for me when I get home.I can�t wait to read it !
All for me tonight, busy morning tomorrow and travel in the afternoon..
Kathy in Spokane
How neat! Baby Boy is waving at us. He looks like a real sweetie. I hope he tells his name soon.
Welcome home Bug, and why did Phoebe need cleaned up?
Here we are cleaning the outside of the house. Quite the job.
Kathy, I imagine staying home will feel pretty good after all your trips.
Deanne congratulations on your published article. Can't wait to see it, and the new bird photos. I saw your hummer at the impatients on facebook. That was pretty.
So you are getting a headstart with bringing a few plants in huh? Some of my containers near the house are taking a beating with the pressure washing going on. Some are to large to move, so thats just the way it is.
Cyn to bad Julies DGS isn't close enough to be in your class.
I'm pretty tired but I wanted to say hi. Hi Saucy and everyone else too. I'm going to kick back now.
Bug that little boy is just a cutie! sweet baby, can't wait to hear his name.
Norma, yes I'm starting to bring stuff in and decide what's going to go to the compost pile. The weather people were originally predicting pretty cold temps for tonight so I dug up most of the caladium and brought then into the garage to dry out. I'm hoping I can keep them over until next summer. I had some beauties.
Kathy, safe travels. You picked a good year to skip New England. the fall color isn't going to be as good as normal because of the drought and heat. My fuchsias are sub par this summer as well, the darlings just don't like weeks and weeks of 95 deegree temps.
A couple hummer shots - love it that you can see the salvia flower through the wing in this shot. This was taken at 1/3200 of a second shutter speed and the wing still isn't quite sharp at the outer edge. Amazing birds
Love the composition of this one and would like to do a painting from it.
OK nite all
'bug, the little guy is adorable. Its good to hear that the baby and mommy are both feeling better these days.
Deanne, a huge congratulations to you. That's very impressive! The hummer pics are incredible.
Its supposed to be a cold weekend here. Kenzie is here and hasn't been in the garden for a number of weeks because of our vacation and our camping trip with her 2 weeks ago. She is extremely excited, but it was too dark when we got home. She thought we should use a flashlight to pick flowers.
I think I'll put some fall garden pictures up on a separate thread.
While in Alberta I went to our grandson's summer camp reunion. Along the road there were wild plants...(perhaps shrubs?) which had lovely blooms. They looked like huge impatiens to me. I've not seen them before, but if they grow there, they must be super hardy! No idea if they are annuals, invasive weeds or what. I like the foliage and red stems. Any ideas?
DSIL was away on business in Lethbridge, not far from the Montana border. It was snowing! ARGHHHH! Back at their house it went down to minus 4, (25F) and DD lost her pepper and tomato plants already. What a bummer, especially since she has 3 community gardens as well.
Fresh baby boys, hummingbirds, and articles to be published. It's all very exciting.
Progress seems to grinding to a halt here. It was inevitable after such a roll, doubtless. ;) But that's OK for now.
I'm now considering what sort of surface to use on the path around the Fertile Cresent. I need to control the amount of stone dust tracked into the shop and would like to interplant the surface with groundcovers that will bear foot traffic with good grace and the occasion passage of the lawn tractor. There has been little immediate input from the helpmeet, but I'm rather used to that after 18 yrs.. He will have some singularly brilliant suggestion, just as he always has in the past, of that I'm sure. :)
OK, we have a a project for the morning and after that, I'm not sure. Later!
Thyme is my solution for those areas Chelone. You can either stick to woolly thyme or mix different kinds. Some grow a little taller than others and will bloom, others just smell fabulous when walked on. I feel like I'm in Provence when that happens.
I have another creeping groundcover that grows EVERYWHERE. It is quite pretty too. I need to find its name for you.
It has been a very productive week at my house. Skip went out of town and I tackled the foyer which has had a pile of his leftover garage sale items sitting for (I hate to say) since Memorial Day. These valuable possessions are no more. I got rid of everything and proceeded to move to his desk. It was being used for paper stacking basically. I put everything in a storage box for him to go through. I told him it can sit in the box as easily as on top of the desk. Then I moved to the living room. Got rid of a bunch of clutter, painted the stair treads black and it looks very clean and crisp now. Just how I pictured it, against protest from the male contingent. I don't accomplish much inside during the summer and this one was particularly tough for me anyway. So, I feel like I can sit in my house, and woe betide the person who leaves any clutter anywhere. I cleaned the fanlights, scrubbed the floors.. such a good feeling to get rid of all this junk.
Yesterday I got some bulbs to plant and am perusing the John Scheepers catalogue to see if I will plant some more. Mary Kate is coming over tonight to eat dinner with us because Brandon is photographing a wedding. He started up a photography business, on the side, I hope it goes well for them.
Deanne, I love your bird photos, and congratulations on your article for Fine Gardening. I checked yesterday to see if it is on the stands here yet, but no luck. The Nature Conservancy has a photography contest, that you should enter...I bet you could/would/should win!
Bug, the little soon to be named guy is absolutely adorable, of course! I am looking forward to more pictures. I am so happy for all of you, and it sure looks like little Ivy is going to be a nurturer. What a cutie she is. I also hope Sarah is feeling better with no more issues. Snow? Yuck. Just not ready for it yet. Those flowers you posted are so pretty. They definitely do look like some sort of impatiens family don't they, from the stems and blooms.
Julie, hope your little buddy has a good week next week. Sometimes it is hard to get back in the groove of school. I admire your patience and kudos to you for helping him make the right choices :) It is harder to stick to your guns than give in, because kids have more energy than adults.
Chelone, glad you were able to get your project going and that it turned out well for you. Also glad you found the wrecking crew, LOL. I second 'Bugs wooly thyme suggestion. I have it planted in a few different places because I really like the way it looks again concrete, bricks, draping over the side of paths, etc.
I have nothing else of any import to say. Hope you all have a nice weekend!
Drema, what a pillar of industry you've been. One to be emulated here on the Compound, I daresay. :) I laughed aloud at your rationale about the desk... "right on, Leon!". I get slightly less than -hit done inside during the summer; reminds me of Mum's words, "the housework will be there when you're ready to do it, dear". Ne'er truer words was spoke.
I wrought terrible destruction on Alchemilla mollis this morning. It was ripped from the ground, the clinging soil banged from the roots on adjacent ground, and the mutilated carcasses tossed into the wheelbarrow with abandon. Ditto some of the Goldenrod. Then I continued weeding the 5'D ring around Magnolia "Butterflies". Next up is a sprinkling of Plantone, a layer of compost, sodden newspaper, and some mulch. Poor thing was nipped by a very late frost and since it now resides atop the old driveway bed we have decided that regular feedings and lots of TLC is probably going to be the quickest way to get good results. I love the shape of it and the soft, downy feel of the leaves. It deserves a some TLC. We've had to wait for flowers, but in all, I have to say this is a really lovely shrub. I'm cool with the time required for "results".
My desire for the path to be more "finished" has been met with customary reticence. (spare me the "opposing POV" you old gasbag). But we have come up with an acceptable compromise; one that will meet my stated goals of:
1.) addressing tracked in stonedust.
2.) defining the area and providing a little seating area that will be shaded by the shadow of the bahn as quickly as can be expected according to the time of year.
3.) allow us to move on to the planting area next to the building (the place that is presently a plastic covered pile of topsoil). The finished grade of the pathway and the seating area must be established firmly beforehand.
(I do not think the helpmeet is as yet aware that this means we will be doing the same basic thing to the side of the bahn nearest the house... but that can be "our little secret" for now... ).
EAT (eliminate annoying things). I'm right there withya, Julie and I'm determined to follow Drema's solid example.
Good afternoon Idylls..fall color was seen aound the neighborhoods today, Japanese maples, Ginkos , Chinese pistache, all starting to turn. Though the colors are subtle at the moment they are unmistakable. Vineyards remain green, with harvest and crush underway,mostly the whites being picked now. My poor garden definitely has the look of a couple weeks neglect , so I'm trying to do a bit of clean up there-lawn mowing, dead-heading and the like. I have two free weekends till my next trip and after that I hope to pull the trigger on the concrete project.
Got my FG in the mailbox today, and got to enjoy reading Deannes article ..how fun to see the photos and be able to envision the location in the bigger context of having been there ! Nicely done Deanne,what could be more worthwhile than advice from the Container Queen of the Idylls !
Drema, I know exactly how you feel about getting rid of clutter. I despair of ever getting the da*m garage purged, but I continue to chip away. I hope Skip doesn't panic when he gets home and find his important possessions gone ! Maybe he won't even notice, lol.
Compromise is almost always virtuous Chelone. Without it too often nothing happens at all..One has only to view the sorry state of the Calif legislature . I actually vacuumed and dust mopped the floors today,when one comes home from a trip (or two) after staying in spotless hotel rooms the imperfect home surroundings become more noticeable. Action was needed to avoid the hovel feeling.
Must go swab the decks in the kitchen..pleasant evening to all !
Kathy in Napa
Kathy, a spotless hotel room at the NY IU is what spurred me to get a housekeeper. Lately I've been organizing while letting her keep up with the day to day. I am determined to make my house easy to live in and easy to maintain. Who needs all this stuff? So far the money I pay her has been well worth it and not missed at all.
Chelone, your project sounds like it's coming along nicely. I need to dig in and get going on my shrub border out back. I will get to do the job alone, though, which I see has it's good qualities :)
Julie, doing the "right" thing with kids is often more of a pain for us than it is for them. Pat yourself on the back :) Remember the old "this hurts me more than you"?
Drema, it sounds like you and I are of the same mindset this Fall...purge and spruce. I'm struggling with Nick's wardrobe which doesn't fit in the dresser or closet space that we have. It doesn't fit because he refuses to let go of ANYTHING even though he couldn't possibly wear it all. It's like he's afraid the new washer is going to break down and he'll have to go naked :)
That flower looks like some sort of penstemon, GB, but I have no idea what it could be. I'd like to have one :) I am enjoying a persicaria that showed up in my garden.
The GG paths are done and they look grand - and even better, they're perfect under foot. They'll need to be topped off next Spring. I need to see if I can find any Fall "deals" to fill the beds with. Bulbs would be nice, too. The Goddesses never made it outside this year, but next year they're going to be easier to put in place.
We're driving up to see Nick's cousin today and celebrate the adoption of their twins, Ava and Grace, being final!
Have a great day!
Well Julie, you asked about Skyler. This child has so many opportunities in his life! He had that wonderful 3 week camping trip to the Yukon in July and then in August he spent a week at YWCA camp doing High Ropes. I'll post a separate thread of photos.
And then it was time for school to resume, fortunately with the same solid teacher as last year. He is now in grade 6. Unfortunately his buddy Tyler has returned after a year at a special school which focuses on concentration. He's one of those kids who dances on his desk top and frustrates teachers. Luckily this teacher is competent and has no trouble controlling him...but OY! The two boys and a third boy work in a "pod" on most activities and we hope learn to control their wild impulses. Skyler is on the phone with Tyler every moment outside of class. Both are computer game freaks. DD has a rule that before any computer time there must be time outdoors. It works too! Last week all electronic privileges were taken away from him because he was on the computer at 6am on Saturday. He did it to himself and is slowly realizing it.
His baby brother was born the evening before he was to return to his mother's for the week. She did NOT want him there for the occasion and he desperately wanted to be there, so it worked out very well that baby arrived early. A friend was there to sit and chat with Skyler throughout (all 57 minutes!) and he got to cut the cord. He was thrilled. Their friend was a great comfort when he had questions, and he had been well prepared.
One problem is unique to his situation and that is figuring out how to deal with his two home life style. His mother has told him that his Dad lies and plays mind games with him. His Dad can deal with it, but Skyler is caught in the middle and feels that one of his parents must be lying to him. And so he tests everyone and every thing. There was an ugly ugly issue while I was there and even DH and I were somehow involved. She's a real piece of work! Never did I understand how it is for these poor kids with 50/50 lives where they are used as pawns. In any case, I can't imagine her antics will benefit him (or her!) as he becomes a teen.
He will have to deal with many more issues as the year unfolds, including his Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyland, a wedding in Mexico, his mother's boyfriend, and more. I hope a visit to the farm will be part of his year as well.
Sorry you asked?
gb - I'm pretty sure the flower you posted is Himalayan Balsam. Pretty, but invasive. It is indeed a form of impatiens - see link below.
Deanne - congratulations re the Fine Gardening article - I'll have to look for that issue the next time I'm in a bookstore that carries it.
My foot is feeling a bit better so we're hoping hard that I'll get out of the cast on Tuesday. I'm a very bad driver of the wheelchair and keep smacking my right hand into doorways as I go through. I have a very colorful right hand at the moment! And I'm bored silly.... It's such perfect gardening weather out there and all I've been able to do is a bit of deadheading:-(
Here is a link that might be useful: Himalayan Balsam
You are right Woody! Others at another site confirmed your ID. I'm so glad I didn't bring home seeds. I grew Balsam as a child and it popped up everywhere!
Get yourself back in shape, no wheelchair, no hand bruises...and we'll do dinner in October, OK? It IS a beautiful day today, but too wet here so far to work in the garden. I need to collect things for eats for a meeting here tonight.
The woolly mammoth needs a hair cut...
gb - dinner in October sounds good... I'm in desperate need of a haircut too. If my foot is freed on Tuesday, making it to the hair salon will be high on the list of planned activities!
Maybe you should get a pedicure, too, Woody. :)
My morning mission was to fertilize the Magnolia, add a compost layer, and mulch. It required no fewer than 8 trips to the "operations centre" (compost/mulch/stonedust/brush pile/etc.) to get it done. But it's done. I think the Magnolia looks like it's on a placemat, but the helpmeet disagrees. ;) I wonder about some small, early spring bulbs for the area?
Logging operations have just wrapped up for the day. We thinned out a bunch of pines, oak, maple, scrubby multi-branch alder/aspen, and painted the stumps to finish 'em off. We discovered Poison Ivy and addressed that. And there was a very nice crop of Bittersweet, too. The south lawn bordering the Fairy Forest looks brighter and neater already. It really is amazing how much stuff there is growing out there and how quickly a dense understorey establishes itself. I was pleased to see lots of Gaultheria procumbens and some nice ferns, too.
I'm tuckered out and a nice shower to keep the Poison Ivy at bay will be just the ticket, and then some reading.
How about snowdrops Chelone? They are the first bulbs for me, other than Eranthis hyemalis, which is yellow and shunned by rodents. I also love Anemone blanda, either white or blue. It blooms a bit later. I'm not fond of it in mixed color collections though. These plants die off after they bloom, so not even foliage to view on any of these. But back they come the next year, and even multiply if you are lucky.
Food is back in the larder and the fall garden 'edit' list has been made. The grill is in the prep mode ; Q'ing up some chicken tonight. The Julie Jobs are still stacking up ..
Ach Chelone, my condolences on the poison ivy encounter, I hope it�s a short-lived affliction. We have no poison ivy here, but instead poison oak, which I have never had an issue with, luckily .
Glad of the bulb reminder , I need to pick up some tulips and maybe a few more daffodils.
And what a dreadful year for the Zinnias here ! This should be the ultimate no-brainer plant but mine are almost all a scraggly mess. I'll probably pull 90% of them out next weekend before mildew seals their fate.
Saucy, how unkind of you to tell us of the completion of the GG paths and fail to give us a photo ! Lol, I've stayed in so many hotels this year , and have contemplated buying myself some magic on more than one occasion. I'd be pretty content with a monthly service, since there are only 2 of us here things don�t get untidy too quickly.
Ok, all for me tonight, time to chow-down..
Of the 18 clematis cuttings that I took about 6 weeks ago, only 1 rooted. I'm grateful for the ONE!
Today I took a bunch of wallflower cuttings, as I do every year. They have variegated foliage and I like the look.
I'm still lacking sleep, but I am making slow progress on catching up with things. I've done the grocery shopping, made a grooming appointment for Phoebe, held a neighborhood meeting here last night, and scheduled our first Book Club meeting for later this month. Still some laundry waiting though. DH neither washed clothes or emptied cat litter while I was away for an extra week. :(
Today my friends are helping with big jobs in the garden: digging out some Jerusalem artichokes that block access to our pond's dock, pruning a low berberis hedge, and more if time allows. Phoebe and their dog have been chasing each other for brief periods of time.
Autumn is in the air for sure. There are lots of seeds on plants. Those lovely black ones on the blackberry lilies are nice and shiny now. The influorescenses on the grasses are at their peak, the trees are yellow and some even red. There is talk of frost at night. And so the time has come for that nasty business of bringing plants in at night and out again in the day time. Soon the bulbs I ordered will arrive for planting. This morning thousands of starlings descended on the property. You would have laughed at me as I banged a pot lid with a wooden spoon to chase them off. Then October 11th is Canadian Thanksgiving Day.
DH teaches on Monday evenings, so soon I'll need to ship him off to work, or as he puts it, "the sausage factory". We expect the installation of a new furnace this week and then the delivery of firewood the week after.
And so it goes at the farm.
I hope all is going well for you, even if garden cleanup is not yet on your agenda.
I love Anemome blanda, have admired it for years in catalogues and yet I don't have any of it! I like the fact that the foliage "just up and disappears", too. Consider this: a 10'd "placemat" in need of bulbs... how many should I order and should they be "clumped" or planted more randomly? White or blue? (I'm thinking blue). Chime in, everyone.
An absolutely beautiful day today. We finished thinning the overgrown area between the South Lawn and the Fairy Forest, and there was more painting of freshly cut stumps/roots. Poison Ivy is under control and there were no unpleasant consequences from yesterday's encounter. We generally find that once we identify a patch of it we're good at avoiding it until it's time to deliver the coup de grace. It's the last thing we tackle... we go after it diligently and thoroughly and then we go right inside and do laundry and wash up thoroughly with strong soap (Fels Naptha brown soap is the best) and water.
I finished filling the last of the really soggy gulleys on the Fairy Forest path with potato size rocks and then topped it off with 3/4" stones for an even surface. The two "bridges" we've made have been a really nice improvement! And thinning out the white pine saplings and eliminating the oak and maple saplings in favor of highbush blueberry and sweet ferns has been nice, too.
I painted the tops of the fence posts that have, at long last, been cut to the desired height, and the other posts the helpmeet neglected to paint before installing them. Which reminds me that I have to finish cleaning the paint brush!
'bug, if the helpmeet had neglected the catbox for a week he would have an ass that was considerably higher when I got home than it was when I left! The litter pan is my responsibility (I scoop 3X/day) but when I'm not home he is very good about making sure the "bo-bo" is sufficiently clean for the little darlings.
I am presently reading Antonia Fraser's biography of James VI of Scotland and James I of England. And then it will "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle". I just finished "Red Hook Road" and enjoyed it enough to finish it in 2 days.
Stick a fork in me, kids, I'm whooped.
(What did you use for path material, Saucy? great news on that, btw.)
Anemone blanda is listed in my catalogue under "blue shades": 80 for $26, 200 for $60. This outfit is expensive generally, so New England prices may be lower. Perhaps you can order on line? I always want more, so would probably spring for the 200! You can always put extras in another shady spot if need be. ;)
Liberated to an 'air cast' this morning!
'Let pain be your guide' re walking on it... If pain is greater that 3 on a 1-10 scale, stop....
The first thing I need to do is go get a haircut!
Enjoy the "salon" Woody!
We've had power outages 5 times since yesterday and it has been a total nuisance: no water, no phone, no computer, no heat, no stoves, no garage doors opening.... Yet, in some ways, the quiet has been wonderful!
A good crop this year!
I'm excited for you Woody. Just be careful.
Baby Boy looks so tiny in Daddy's hand. Did you tell us how much he weighed at birth and how long he is?
Short periods without power are kinda of fun but extended periods not so much.
I washed up all empty pots sitting around and put them away today. Then I gave both dogs a bath. I will have a lot more pots to do later when things get frosted.
The outside of the house is all washed down. I just need to do windows. I even took all the rugs that are hard to do in the washer out to the patio and pressure washed them clean including a room size rug. Worked great.
The next major task is cleaning the basement, but I hope to do a little gardening first.
Fiftieth class reunion this weekend and haven't checked the wardrobe yet to see if I have anything to wear. Guess I better get that done tomorrow.
Dealing with my annual (seems like) bladder infection and my back has been killing me. Drinking lots of cranberry juice.
Saucy, good to hear the GG paths are finished. Have you started planting yet? I have hostas to get in the ground, not to mention daylillies that I pulled out when I redid a couple of beds. Most are duplicates of what I have but I still hate to let them go to waste.
And there are jonquil bulbs that I dug out too. Geesh I better get busy Huh?
Drema, getting clutter cleared away really makes keeping the house up a little easier. I have a closet that really needs a lot of junk eliminated. No clothes in it just odds and ends that I'm sure I could do without.
The litterbox here doesn't get used in the summertime Niki and Jasmine prefer to find their own spots outside. Usually leaves in the edge of the woods.
Michelle your weather sounds a little to chilly to suit me. I'm happy we are having some warmer than normal weather.
Time for a shower and kicking back.
Norma, DD finds that home made cranberry sauce with the very least amount of sugar bearable works best. Sugar aggravates UTIs.
Today my friends finally came to the farm to work on a heavy project. The lovely smoke bush was removed permanently. It had a virus for 2 years in a row and I simply didn't want to deal with that. And so a large berberis which blocked our view from the dining room windows, was moved to the big hole that the smoke bush had occupied. It was a difficult job and I am pleased to have that over with. Once the power returned after lunch, I was able to water the relocated shrub. In the spot opened up, we planted most of my ghetto plants and so I'm feeling good about that too. I have some blue anemone blanda bulbs (40 for $12) which require overnight soaking before being planted. I hope to plant them soon. I also have a Baptisia Carolina Moonlight to relocate...a tricky business that!
I also took a large garbage bag of Jerusalem artichokes to the dump. Simply can't compost those or they'll spread and spread and spread....
Norma, baby boy weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. He was over 19" long, I'm not sure exactly. He's being a monkey about nursing so they are keeping a close eye on his weight gain. I hope your reunion is as interesting as mine was last June! All those high school impressions went out the window and most everyone turned into a fine human being!(That doesn't mean they had problem free lives of course...)
I'm still over-tired. Can't still be jet lag. Perhaps it is the sudden change to hot and humid weather.
'bug, it is so nice that you have friends that are able to help with the heavy work. I love both pictures of the little guy.
I did a couple of those type of projects tonight also. I dug out my 'Shafira Asma' rose that had died to the root stock which was might healthy. I also dug out a large 'Jackmani' clematis and moved it. The root system was quite large.
I also have anemone blanda bulbs waiting to be planted along with some daffodils. I showed them to Kenzie this past weekend and explained how bulbs worked. She seemed in awe.
Norma, our weather has jumped around quite a lot lately. Yesterday and today got into the 80's. In fact yesterday had such a wind with the temp that my containers are looking pretty shabby.
Chelone, I may have to steal your "Fairy Forest" idea. Kenzie would just love it. She calls ours groves the forest already.
Woody, what great news! Please take it easy though.
Kathy, it wasn't a great zinnia year for me either. Some did wonderfully and others were duds.
Saucy, the GG sounds like its really taking shape.
It sounds like everyone is accomplishing a lot these days. I feel like a real slacker.
Just a qwik check in tonight, I picked up my new glasses yesterday after work, and had to have my eyes dilated ..jeesh I hate that ! So I moped around last night with my sunglasses on and avoided computers etc for the most part. But how great to see..I have never gone so long between eye appts since I was a little kid-maybe 4 years ? So tonight I watered and did some kitchen chores .
I am pondering the bulb issue. Tulips are needed and I know I'm going to try Alliums again. A purchase opportunity will present itself on Tuesday.
Waving and hoping to be a better Idyller tomorrow..Yay Woody !
(and I am thrilled)
Leo Spencer- good pick! Not that my opinion counts, but it is nice to have a moniker to envision when thinking of the little guy.
Woody, glad you are moving forward with your progress. You have my deep admiration for the way you handle these challenges. Your hair looks lovely by the way.
I awakened this morning to a wet ground, but no raindrops. It was really nice to know that someone other than me was watering the plants. I walked around and gave an extra drink to the ones who still looked thirsty, then mid morning, a downpour arrived. I think/hope everyone has has enough today, and the sun is out now. I plan to tackle the laundry tonight, reorganizing the summer clothes, switch out for winter and donate lots of each to someone who needs them. I read an article about a lady who went down to 100 possessions. I told Skip as long as I can count my plants as one and my dishes as one, I am all for simplifying. Those are my two weaknesses. Tommorrow I am going to work in the garden lifting things for winter, taking cuttings from coleus I want to attempt to save and maybe take apart some of my containers. Don't know how far I will get, but I guess no time like the present.
I have to run now, not much else to say. Hope everyone is enjoying this last bit of warm weather.
I am deeply touched that she decided to name her newest child after my beloved, "doodlekin boy-boy", Spencer!
May Leo always feel this cozy:
(the zucchini shot cracked me up. But it was the perfect way to give "scale" to the picture!)
gb - Leo is a very nice name! (I thought of Chelone when I read 'Spencer' too :-)
Misty, Randy and I went on our first walk outside today - I didn't quite make it to the top of the street but it felt great to be on my feet again. The foot is improving by leaps and bounds so I'm hoping to be back in the garden by the end of next week. I'll probably be wearing the brace for a month or so. We go back to the fracture clinic in early October.
Drema - my hair is in definite need of a trim to tidy things up - especially in the front. Saturday morning things will get whacked back into shape! It still startles me a bit to see the silver hair in pictures - when I look in the mirror, I still see a blonde! :-) I don't mind the silver/white though so I'm not inclined to color it.
We just got back from the bookstore. I looked for the Fine Gardening issue with Deanne's article but they didn't have that issue out yet...
So Leo Spencer was not a very big baby at birth. I certainly hope he learns to love to eat soon.
Drema , will you be keeping things in the greenhouse this winter?
Rebel and Niki had their annual vet visit this morning. Both were declared healthy and parasite free. We were encouraged to feed Rebel fit and trim food though as he now weighs 140 lbs. He gets double walks in the mornings too. He first goes with Bob, that one is a breeze for him, and then with me which is a workout for him. Then he pretty much sleeps the rest of the day unless he catches me eating peanutbutter crackers or almonds which he can smell in his sleep clear acroos the yard.
I was thinking Niki looked thin but the vet says she is just right. She says they get way to many fat cats.
I was going to go shopping today but ran out of the mood for it. Maybe tomorrow.
Kathy, when I got my eyes dilated this last time it hurt so bad I had a horrible time driving home. Next time I will not drive myself.
Woody, I've completely forgotten to tell you how thrilled I am to learn that you've been "booted". As for the hair thing... I think a shampoo and good haircut can cure many ills.
When Mum was here I had us both on a 4 wk. regimen. She would be shampooed and coiffed and her nails would be "spiffed up", too. When she was at her lowest point (84lbs. and so sick) it really perked her up. I took a personal lesson from that playbook... . The charming woman who cuts/styles? my hair has become a good friend over the years (and a valuable professional resource, too). I will never forget how delightfully patient she was with Mum even toward the end when conversing with her was difficult.
I have thought of you repeatedly over the past few weeks as we've worked on smoothing the path through the Fairy Forest. While I've said nothing, my ultimate goal is that the path would be level and gentle enough to permit the infirm or a wheelchair to travel it with relative ease. My experience with Mum really opened my eyes to how limiting many aspects of our daily lives can be. (says she who lives and works on "the second floor").
140 lbs., Norma? You really have to post a good shot of him with something like a zucchini for "scale". I know what you mean about fat cats, too. When we brought our's in the last time the vet. was amazed by Spencer. She "felt him up" and kept saying, "he's so FIRM. I can't believe how muscular he is! I don't think there's a bit of fat on him!".
How long was the juice out? I start getting antsy about day 3, but that has more to do with the difficulty of bathing and doing dishes than not having "lights" or the computer, lol.
I have to laugh. Spenser was the name of Sarah's wonderful cat, named after her friend Jim Spenser of the Spenser Canoe Company. So cats play an important role in Leo's naming! "Leo" is of course to keep to the Aslan (lion) theme. The zucchini? That's pure Sarah. :)
Our power was not off for terribly long, 9 hours was the longest. The problem for me is not knowing when or if it will happen again. I am constantly re-setting clocks and adjusting the refrigerator, microwave, etc. The power has been off at least 6 times so far. I try so hard to keep my household tasks within the "smart hours" and try to do my laundry and watering and dishwashing etc between 9pm and 7am. But they jinx me. And I hate having half washed loads left in the machine until the juice returns...C'est la vie in rural territory.
Phoebe was shorn today. This was the first time the groomer had to call in the troops for assistance. It seems she would NOT stay in the bath. We will start work on this immediately. DH is to keep a strict regimen of leash work and commands, and I am to feed her in the bathtub often, until she jumps in and out on command. Oh, and beat her too. Sigh.... As we both age, it certainly can't hurt to have a well behaved pooch. She's just fine at the farm, but OY! In town she's very naughty these days!
Waiting for my bulb order to arrive soon!
Welcome Leo Spencer!! I just popped in for a quick hello, and look who's here, lol! Congratulations to the 'bug family :)
I truly did just pop in to say howdy. Harvest came upon me with little advance warning, and I've been picking corn like a maniac. We got a rain last night, so I've had today to catch up on laundry, etc. I guess the sooner we get started, the sooner we're finished, but it sure put a crimp in my summer vacation ;)
Take care all, gotta run!
LOL Chelone, if I had a zucchini I would. Our plants succumbed early this year.
Bug, How much does Phoebe weigh? I have had dogs in the past that needed grooming. (toy poodles) It was never fun. Keebler was my last long haired dog. I could never keep him looking good out here in the woods and fields.
We have hot and cold water taps in the garage so Rebel gets his baths outdoors.
His 140 lbs on a leash is hard to hold on to, when he is exhuberant. He does listen to commands but it takes a moment or two and in the mean time he nearly pushes me over or steps on my foot. Today my purse strap got around his head and he was anxious to get moving. Took a minute to get that straightened out. Overall he was very good and even accepted a treat from the vet for the first time ever. She doesn't think he looks fat but is concerened for his joints as he gets older. She couldn't get over how nice his coat is.
I tried to put a collar or harness on Niki but she wasn't having any of it, so I just crated her. She didn't like being restrained for exam but did ok and didn't complain loudly.
A picture of my new rustic arbor that Bob built for me.
I made the curvy path. The beds are being redone. They were a couple of my first ones. Please ignore all the junk sitting around. I cannot get grass to grow in this area so I am thinking about sedumns and rock garden plants for the other side of the path.
A before and after shot of my wheelbarrow planting this year. It has been my favorite.
Norma - Great arbour! (and everything else...) I always like your pictures - you need to post pictures more often! I'll bet those same views of the woods will look fabulous when the leaves change color too - post some more pictures when the leave change color...? please....
Happy Autumn friends ..and a harvest moon to boot. We are having fall-like weather today but a few days of heat is on the horizon, in fact I think it's going to be the longest period of 90ish degree temps we've had this year-three whole days !
Well, the name for the young man looks like a winner to me, funny, I thought of Chelone too! Some things are just Idyll-centric.
Norma, thank goodness I only live about a half a mile from my eye doc, so the ride home was brief. I love your garden ! We just don't get nearly enough photos from you ! That arbor looks great and so perfect for its surroundings. What will you grow on it ? And the wheelbarrow ..ooo-la-la !
Not much else to report from here, almost time for baseball.
'Twas a good day here - I made it around the block twice on walkies with Randy, Misty and Liam!
And the Monarch invasion is in full swing! We're on the migration route for the Monarchs; they gather around here before heading south across the lake. When they head out you can sometimes see rivers of them crossing the sky! They were going nuts today feeding on the asters and heptacodium in the front garden:
Wonderful shots Woody! :)
Woody all those Monarchs are a sight to behold. Wonderfully captured shots.
Randy was the photographer - which is why they are good pictures!
Woody, it's good to hear you're making quick progress, walkies and everything! And the monarch photos are a wonderful sight. I haven't seen that many butterflies in one spot since the butterfly exhibit at the San Diego Zoo.
Deanne, congratulations on FG and those amazing hummer photos. I'll look for the FG this weekend.
Norma, your garden is full of new projects and so much to see. I agree, more photos.
Drema, was it this thread or the last where you described going through the house on a massive declutter project? We've been busy with much the same here.
Leo Spencer is perfect. I can just hear the stern intonation to get Leo Spencer to do his homework, or some other occasion middle names are always invoked. So glad the family is thriving.
Just a quick check-in. Hello to all, Cyn, Chelone, Michelle, Kathy. Brenda, nice to see you pop in during this busy time for your farm. Saucy, it's wonderful to hear of your progress with the GG.
The little raised bed we built at my mom's new digs was a success, and she ate tomatoes from it all summer. Her very first experience gardening at 80 years old! It was so much fun watching her enthusiasm build, especially after her first taste of a garden-fresh tomato. Very difficult to explain the concept of an annual plant to a nongardener. She seems to think it's a failure that the plant dies at the end of summer. There's a huge crop of basil I want to turn into pesto to store in the freezer, and we've planted peas, spinach and sweet peas for winter/spring. I seeded some of that giant Tuscan kale for pots this winter.
It's warming up here too for the next few days. Happy weekend...
Tired old lady here.
The baptisia is relocated.
Two containers have been dismantled.
Purple Avens, white asters and coreopsis have been planted after weeding spots for them.
A huge wild Joe Pye weed has been dug out of a flower bed. Soil was added.
Some edging and mowing took place before the rains came.
DD has been going through several issues this week, one involving insurance. Things were a terrible mess with thousands of dollars at stake. Essentially they were refusing to pay for her maternity leave. DD phoned the union and some quick action on their part solved the problem. Amazing how one lazy dame can create so much anxiety! There are sharper knives in the drawer!
Another issue is Leo who is not showing enthusiasm for eating. There are tricks at work, but all this is time consuming and wearing on Maman. He is being closely watched. Add that Ivy has a cough and a cold which DD seems to be catching and that Skyler returns tomorrow and these are tricky times for DD.
I am hoping for a lazy weekend. If it is not too wet, perhaps more gardening. DH is writing up a grant proposal due on Monday. I need to make up a list of reading for Book Club next week. Wish Mary would surface to help out!
Our bridges in the area are all under repair, so it is not easy to get about. Some of the trees are very colorful though and at last asters are blooming with the tail end of the goldenrod. :) The beauty is mixed with election signs however...and sure enough, the woman I support has had her sign destroyed by vandals.
I am enjoying reading an easy book about two English nurses (husband and wife) who spent 6 years in a northern posting back in the 60s. Reminds me of our Peace Corps experiences in some ways.
Off to find my book.
There is nothing like a gahden fresh tomato. I will not eat them at any other time of the year. Somehow, those "tomatoes" bred to be rugged enough to be mechanically picked while green and shot into the back of truck just don't do it for me... imagine that?
Very warm and humid yesterday and again this morning. Wreck and I have been out already and he was off leash but required to remain close by... in case. But there were no "black and white" kitties about this morning. A lovely morning that holds the promise of a lovely day. Not sure how I will use it just yet. But putting away the laundry will make a fine start.
A long and rough week at work, though; seemed nothing I did was right, always lacking some detail that had not been conveyed to me at the start of the project. Jeez, I hate that. It's easier when projects are thought through than it is when they're "made up" as you go. For someone who cares about doing a good job nothing is more frustrating that being required to "hit a moving target" day after day. Even a dog will refused to play if you don't let them have the ball every so often. Sigh.
Woody, the Monarchs in your photos are terrific; what a yearly treat they are, huh? And I love the Heptacodium, does it smell nice, too?
Norma's handsome gardens continue to make me smile (as does her too clean potting bench). I really like the idea of turning the difficult grass site into an easy care rock garden replete with groundcovers. Great idea.
And a shame that the little family on the Canadian prairie is suffering under some plague; coupled with worries about a poor appetite in one so young and in need of "rocket fuel" it certainly cannot be fun. But it will pass into memory soon enough and keeping the eyes on the present will make things easier.
I wonder about Mary frequently, too.
gb - I hope things improve for Sarah and baby(ies) - that sounds very tiring and worrisome.
Chelone - the heptacodium has a sweet smell up close but it's not powerful like the Sweet Autumn clematis that is dominating the garden these days! The bees love the tree as much as the butterflies - the tree practically vibrates with bees! So it wouldn't be a good tree for someone afraid of bees/allergic to bee stings (although the bees seem so drunk on the nectar they're not too interested in anything else!)
Do you ever perform a basic, pretty mundane task and then think about how easy it was to do it? Case in point: Wrecks was reclining on the most valuable piece of furniture in the house and I noticed his claws were really long. He was relaxed, and I fetched the clippers and snipped the overgrown claws in under 1 minute. He was FINE about it, though understanably wary. But I recall when he first arrived here and would barely allow me to even touch his feet, let alone "hold" them or "handle" them.
I chalk it up to obedience work and making the time to simply sit and handle his feet with no clippers and no pressure. Then we graduated to one or two clips before the anxiety level increased too much... . And we built on that. So many friends have to battle to clip claws or pay the groomer to do it.
This is why I am a proponent of regular beatings.
Apparently Bouviers tend to be VERY worried about their manicures. This according to our groomer. She is surprised at the difference between Charlotte and Phoebe. I cannot explain the reason. Charlotte panicked if you even looked at her paws...and clipping her nails was a huge production. We HAD massaged her paws as a pup. I hated to use force on her. (DH & DD practically sitting on her.) I preferred to sneak up on her at nap time and clip just one or two nails at a time. Phoebe is much easier, though not perfect in that regard. This week she is behaving oddly, sleeping on her bed in a strange spot. I attribute this to embarrassment over her severe haircut. Also, perhaps the fact that her babysitters allowed her in their bed and we do not! (70pounds of dog with 3 cats leaves no room for us!) By the way, Vita has found several mice to tease lately and brings them to our bedroom at awful times. It's that time of year though. It is interesting that all three cats are mousers but that Vita is given permission to lead the charge.
I am sorry about your rough week at work Chelone. I wish it weren't true, but some things will never change. There are people who thrive on chaos in their lives. It's their juice. Don't even ask how I know!
Norma, add me to the club who is admiring your recent photo postings! I love your tidy potting bench too. I'm using it as my model. I'll get there soon I hope! Now that my table has wheels, I'll be able to hide it away in the garage. This coming week promises cool night temperatures in the 40s. That means playing the "in again/out again" game with sensitive plants. I hate bringing plants indoors in September. That's just too soon. They'll never last under my care until May!
French toast and cantaloupe have been gulped down and the kitchen tidied up (somewhat). The dishwasher has been emptied and refiulled and set in motion. First load of laundry begun. Cat litter boxes dealt with. The bird feeders are refilled. Phoebe has been walked. We have very few birds these days and I cannot explain it. :( On with our weekend chores. Odd weather out there too...
I'm happy you all like my new arbor. It only took five years of repeted mentioning that I wanted one. LOL He tends to forget very easily. Anyway it worked out well as the place to put it became apparent when I was working on those beds. Sometimes when you don't get what you want there is a reason. I have a clematis Roogucchi (sp) that I will probably plant on the one side and maybe annual vines on the other.
I used my birthday bonus at the nursery to buys some mums and bulbs the other day so I'm hoping for some decent weather next week when I will have more time to work outside. It is supposed to get quite fallish here. This morning was crisp enough to really feel good on my walk.
I made brownies for DH's birthday this morning. We haven't been having baked goods around here and though I'm not a great fan of them They were delicious. And he was quite surprised to see them when he come in from bow hunting.
Now we need to start getting ready to go out to my hometown for the class reunion. Looking forward to seeing old friends.
Have a great weekend my cyber friends.
This is going to be a weekend of cold nights and hot days..not the greatest combo for plants ! Everything except the succulents looks pretty weary. This morning I did KP duty and am polishing of the French roast now here at the computer before heading outdoors for some fierce deadheading .
I have been in a frenzy of Tomato eating Chelone , I have one volunteer cherry tomato and have gladly accepted give-aways from neighbors who can�t hand their abundance. Our cool season this summer slowed the bounty down quite a bit, there are still folks who don�t expect theirs to ripen. I think my next door neighbor is growing Early Girls �to his benefit.
�bug, my DS was also a worrisome eater when an infant, and continued to be a picky eater till his teenage years. Now he�ll try anything..funny how that turns out. We had to use all sorts of supplements to get him calories when he was a baby-dreadful things like carnation instant breakfast, caro syrup in his water-all things that I wouldn�t do now if I could avoid it.
Off to the garden, thank you �bug for reminding me to address the bird feeders !
I wonder where Cindy is ?
I bet Cindy is being a helpful adoring grandmother.... ;)
The second load of laundry is finished, the car packed with bags of trash. We're off to the dump and grocery store. How tedious.
Hi Everyone. Well, the weather here has been all over the place. We had really high hot winds yesterday, and temps hovered around 88. Today it is much cooler. I have been readying my plants to take in the house. Someone asked me if I was going to use the greenhouse this winter. It isn't heated, and it is built on top of a deck, so we have some manuvering to do before it is ready to be all season.And we need to get the permanent roof on. Skip has been traveling every week for over a month, and when he gets home on weekends he has been working on cars and helping the kids repair washers, etc. I am counting on it for next spring seed propagation.
Today I picked up a lamb's tail at the flea market. I couldn't resist it. And last week I got a new begonia. Crazy this late in the season, but they were so pretty. I also picked up some bulbs which I have to make sure to get in the ground. I haven't been doing anything exciting, my stair painting project turned out really good. Everyone noticed and complimented me. Even the naysayers :0
Chelone, it is a shame that you have to deal with a critical person. Knowing how competent you are, and the fact that you pride yourself on doing a great job, it has to wear on you listening to that day after day. I think she is either jealous or intimidated by your skill, and uses these methods to "keep you in your place." Or to try to undermine your confidence so you don't leave her. Both scenarios stink. Event hough I know you are intelligent enough to see through her machinations, it is not fun to deal with people who play games. Hope your situation improves soon. The last job I had was very emotionally challenging for me, but in some ways, I think I came out stronger, and it made me tougher, which worked out well for the situation I am in right now. My feelings don't get hurt nearly as easy these days.
Kathy, so you made it home okay. You have had a great time of it this month, seeing different places. Good for you. It is so nice to know people who get to go to these fabulous places and share with us. Thanks.
Denisez, nice to see you! How fun for you and your mom to plant a garden. You are such a good daughter to get her interested in some things for herself. It will give her something to look forward to. I am glad she enjoyed it. How is she feeling after the lyme disease?
Woody, those monarchs are amazing. I have never seen so many at once. What a nice treat to look out your door and view that!
Norma, I love your pics. That wheelbarrow is something else! You have a lovely property. Hope you have fun at your class reunion. My 40th is next year. Hard to believe it has been that long. They are already planning it.
I hope everyone has a nice Saturday!
Norma, the arbor is awesome! I want one! I really like the first shot of the arbor with the curvy path. What a wonderful area. The wheelbarrow planting is gorgeous and really filled out nicely. You really need to post more pictures.
Woody, those are some great shots of the monarchs. We have them migrate through here some years. I remember the first time I saw thousands in our neighbor's tree. It was a sight to behold.
Denise, how wonderful that you have encouraged your mom to begin gardening. My mom has become much more interested in shrubs and perennials since I've started gardening. Its fun to share divisions with her. She is always telling me that her friends are amazed at all the unusual plants that she has. She of course then tells them that I gave them to her. Funny how proud my mom is of my love of gardening.
Leo Spencer is a wonderful name!
Chelone, what a special pic of Spencer and Mum.
As for winter tomatoes I buy the greenhouse ones grown locally. They are much better than anything else available in the off season. We are still eating fresh ones out of the garden. I made chili soup with a bunch of romas the other night. I've also frozen a bunch for use in soups and sauces this winter.
It has been raining quite a lot this week our wireless guage says we've had 4.29" so far this week. It did quit early afternoon and I was able to get a few things accomplished. I've begun cutting back the tackier looking plants. I tried to only work along the edges of the beds since the ground is saturated. The weeds come out quite nicely.
Things are really coloring up around here. All the fields are shades of rust, gold or tan. The trees and grasses in the ditches are turning as well.
I'm not sure if I mentioned that a new roof is planned for our house this fall. Rick mentioned that the roofer can't come until November. I think that should work as good as anything. The foundation beds should be all cut back and there hopefully should be little damage.
A few garden thoughts:
Next year remember to cut back the sedums - nearly all the tall ones are splayed right now.
When I note that something should be moved - do it! You know how in the spring everything is so small it seems like there should be plenty of room and no one will be crowded out.
The broom corn and purple kale were both a success in the potager.
A rainy summer makes a great fall garden but also makes for a mosquitoe filled season.
Somehow I have let my subscription to FG expire. What
poor timing. I will have to locate a copy at the store.
A few items of interest from today.
The backside of the Welcome Garden, looking across the road. Soybeans on the left and corn on the right.
I especially am enjoying this purple kale with the bronze fennel in the potager.
One of my favorite shrubs, Callicarpa 'Early Amethyst'
Per Woody's request, the caryoptris 'Summer Sorbet' in full bloom. I like all the yellow and blues in this little area.
Ah Michelle! I love yellows and blues too! Yours are fabulous. The asters at this time of year are wonderful. In the nurseries they sell them all tidy and shaped, but here on the farm mine are quite wild looking. I like the way they weave in amongst the other plants. I wish that Callicarpa would grow here. I managed to keep the plant alive, but absolutely never had a single berry. Out it went. Le sigh... This year I have Caryopteris 'White Surprise' which is very much like yours. I am hoping I can keep it over the winter to bloom again next year, but that is questionable. It certainly would prefer a warmer climate. I'm in the camp that really enjoys it. Perhaps that has to do with the color it offers late in the season.(Sorry Chelone!)
Somehow the weekend jobs I had planned with DH have all gone by the wayside. He added 2 more meetings to his calendar and my projects no longer fit into his timetable. Several surprise guests turned up unexpectedly yesterday and there went 4 hours of time. One of them was a young man, about 25, with his girlfriend. Turns out he was in our area for his sister's wedding and came by to show his friend where he used to live. So this was the youngest of the six kids who lived here when the house was renovated back in the 80s. He was 5 years old when they moved away, but like everyone else, he has fond memories.
The vegetable garden needs to be cleaned out which means removing raspberry stems, tomatoes, zucchini, etc. The asparagus is ready to be cut back as well. The fire pit needs a good burn. Like Michelle, many plants have seen better days and need cutting back. I have my anemone blanda bulbs soaking and ready to plant. They say 10-15 per grouping, which mean 3-4 clusters with this bunch. I'm still waiting for the arrival of my bulbs. Unfortunately the bulbs I ordered for DD in Alberta have not yet arrived and they have experienced frost already and even some snow.(As Woody showed us!) September is a time for a great deal of work in the garden and it is my favorite outdoor time!
It is still dark out, so I am hoping it will be a good day to get something accomplished outside while DH is off discussing revisions to Provincial Policy Statements with his gang.
Here is a link that might be useful: White Surprise
Michelle, I found a good rule of thumb to be to cut back sedums by Father's Day. Worked for me!
I'm still on the lookout for Sedum Xenox. I think I have a source...We'll see. The source below gives thoughts on pruning back for different reasons than shaping.
Here is a link that might be useful: Xenox
From Idyll Birthdays!
Michelle - great pictures! And a reminder that I had meant to find Callicarpa and find a place for it in the garden. Next year I guess....
From Garden Summer 2010
There are still swarms of Monarchs here today. They really like the heptacodium. I think they roost in it and tte cedar behind it at night since they start the day heavily concentrated around the two.
I thought they'd like the SAC but they have no interest in it - so I assume all that sweet scent it pumps out is not matched with large quatities of nectar!
gb - one odd thing clematis this year - my Paul Farges usually blooms only in July. This year it bloomed in July but is blooming again now... Has your ever done that?
Woody, normally bees and butterflies show no interest in clematis.
For me, Paul Farges bloomed from July through to October....The longest bloomer for me. Trouble was, it got way too big and so needed pruning back about 4-5 times each summer! It got relegated to the wild parts of our property last spring.
My small heptacodium has leaves only. I moved it last Fall, so perhaps it needs more time?
gb - in previous years, Paul Farges has just bloomed in July for me. It does get pruned often - since it is on the fence in the south alley, any time I go by and there are long strands reaching into the alley, I cut them off as I pass. The neighbour does the same on their side of the fence so it gets a lot of cutting back all through the growing season.
My heptacodium took a couple of years to really get started blooming. Once it got to be about 6' or so tall it really took off, so yours will probably do the same.
Happy birthday, Norma!
(Count me in as failing with callicarpa. Beautiful photos, Michelle.)
Birthday Cards with pretty flowers. It just doesn't get any better.
Saucy I love the color of that flower. Is it a hibiscus?
Michelle the mums in the old box are perfect.
Woody is that the brug you grew? Are you going to keep them over again? I like the color.
Bug Is there really a clem named Forever Friends. How neat.
Kathy Love the color combo of your flowers.
Denise I'm not familar with that flower but I love the soft color.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes. We had a super busy weekend, but it was a pleasant one.
I had a real chuckle when we came home and listened to messages. There was a singing birthday wish from H&R Block. Somehow that just cracked me up.
Cold enough here that the furnace kicked on once last night. But it feels nice and refreshing out today. Had to restock the fridge today but I am going to make the rest of the week count outside.
A photo from today
Before September closes, I am determined to check in, Idyllers.... it seems from a once a day post I've been reduced lately to almost only a single post a month! Awfice conspiracies and grandmothering initiations along with severe allergies (vertigo requiring the antivert that only slightly helped - reducing me to even more dizzy and ditzy than normal) have greatly impacted my idylling and daily living... major Aargh. The last couple weeks were busts for anything useful accomplished or ventured.
Congrats on Leo, 'bug!! My DD is having similar issues w/ Isla - must be something w/ their small sizes and earlier than expected arrivals -- I understand these babes seem to require coaxing and are plain lazy when it comes to any work involved for food intake, LOL. DD has learned that getting only one hour sleep "naps" is not conducive to good health - her DH has been great at taking a batch of the hours, but he's gone back to work himself and so she has been living on sleep snatched where it can.
I am going to try to check in again tonite from home to see all the lovely pics -- along w/ the usual fun, the awfice Goons just threw out new IT hardware and software here at awfc today on computers -- 2 hours demos and then you're on your own -- but they've worked hard to limit photos access, downloads, uploads, you name -- such party-poopers. It's not like we're playing Farmville (at least no one i know of on the job!).
So glad to see Woody is making progress -- Denise has had the thrill to give an 80 yr old a new outlook on life re "eating local" and some grand grand photos here...
Happy birthday, Norma -- hope to throw a pic up later tonite if I can (it appears right now no more from the awfice...darn it).
Havent done a lick of taking a plant in yet despite the cooler temps (altho we saw more 90s days last week and this weekend) - and may not have time to do for a couple more weeks, since delousing and spraying for pests,etc., are much required before I can bring anything inside.
Stella is growing like a weed - I believe she's going to be bigger and longer than Chloe -- so motherly duties also required in the evening there -- gotta grab some photos of her - you wouldn't believe how she's changed already.
-- Waving frenetically to all before I dive back under!
Hi Cindy, good to have an update from you. Hope Isla perks up on her eating. I understand how you don't have time to Idyll.
The power just came back on after 2.5 hrs of reading with candles. We need the rain - but not the power off! Fortunately the computer seems to have survived the power loss.
Norma - yes, that's our brug. I've turned resposibility for them over to Randy this year. He's doing a far better job with them than I did, but neither of us are very happy with how greedy they are! I'm not sure yet what his decision will be re whether they will be kept for next year or not...
There you are Cindy..I was about to e-mail you ! Sorry you are dealing with that vertigo crapola again. At least you have the consoling presence of your little white ball of fluff..though chasing around after an energetic puppy while having a dizzy spell sounds pretty dicey.
We are in the midst of our longest heat wave of the year (almost October-jeesh) , 3rd day of high 90's with disagreement on whether it reaches a c-note. I watered heavily yesterday but will hit the containers again tonight after the sun sinks a bit more. It sounds like Denise is having it even worse ,101 right now in her area, 96 here.
I can't remember if I mentioned my ill-gotten gains from Spokane, 230 bucks from the casino night we were treated too, but I used part of it to buy a reconditioned zoom lens for my camera ! Very excited about this, I've been shopping around for ages. It should arrive next week . And next week also features, thank god, my last business trip of 2010, this one to Reno which is drivable from here (about 3-1/2 hours, over the Sierra) and only a one-nighter. So I saved part of my winning as seed money for another go. It was probably wise of me to spend most of it before I lost it again, lol.
Norma, I think I see a glimpse of the pond beyond the wagon wheel .
Woody, I love your Monarch pics ! We have a town here on the coast near Monterey that is known for it's Monarch population. I've included a link below.
Hope everyone is otherwise ok, and missing our absent ones.
Here is a link that might be useful: Pacific Grove Monarchs
I honestly did try to post a photo last nite for a belated card for you, Norma -- but the home p.c. would not cooperate - I hadn't had it on in a week and all the updates/virus checkes, etc., did me in and I turned it off in frustration. But I did get to see the most amazing arbor -- Norma - it looks wonderful and the paths - ooo lala.... I did not see "junk" anywhere. And your wheelbarrow planted up is truly spectacular -- no wonder you've taken such enjoyment from it.
Well, Kathy - I can certainly relate to the 90 temps -- I think I gave up on my gardens in July and with all the other personal stuff happening, they're just a shambles - I am trying to say, next year, next year.
Yes, it is challenging to chase after a pup (who still doesnt do stairs in a 3 story townhouse, LOL) but she's got a wonderful heart and has taken to sitting on my chest like a cat imitating a mink stole when I find I have to sit down and hold my head still...
That's major cool that you will spend your "spoils" in such a fun way -- and we get to share in it too -- more fantastic photos.
Deanne -- meant to tell you - I finally got to read your FG article last weekend and I really loved it -- it was so well written and put together -- it makes container combos very easy to do with such a concept -- and I thank you for sharing! I will hope to put that info to better use next year. I hope you write many more articles and that this is a stepping stone to what I know could be a terrific other venture for you.
Woody - those are the most amazing photos of the monarchs -- how special that you get to see such a thing - I honestly didnt know they did that. A most wonderous sight.
Well, gotta get serious here.. I haven yet to attempt FB from this new p.c.--
Hi everyone. Cindy- good to see you posting again :)
Norma, I love your picture!
I sort of have to type this quickly. Skip is standing at the door waiting for me. He is going to Pickering, Ontario and wants me to go with him. Soooo I thought I would ask bug and Woody if there are any interesting garden centers, or anything that I should try to go see while I am there. We are leaving now, coming back Thursday so it will be a quick stop, but I will have most of the day tommorrow to myself. I will pack up my computer and check for replies when we stop tonight. Thanks
Hope you all have a good day. It is still raining here, I am so happy and my plants are very perky.
Drema, no good nurseries I can think of at this time of year. But HONESTLY, you can come HERE for a meal on your way through! Email me and I'll give directions!!
Oh Drema, I'll be jealous if you get to go see GB in her garden :) I think you should go for it, if you can!
Getting ready for an appointment and just peeking in - more soon!
Drema - your could always swing by here on the way back....
I've never been, and I'm not sure if there's a retail outlet,... - but Pickering Nurseries comes to mind. They are a major source for roses, particularly bareroot ones by mail. The contact information says open to the public and gives address details. It might be worth looking into.
Here is a link that might be useful: Pickering Nurseries
We just got in to the hotel, and checking the postings. Thank you bug and Woody for the invites! How sweet of you both. I am not sure where you guys live, but Skip is usually blowing through these places, and works the whole time, then rushes home. I would LOVE to see either, or both. Next time I will try to find out ahead of time, and have him put it in the plan. Unless one of you lives really close to Pickering. I do have time to myself tommorrow while he works.
Woody, I didn't even connect the dots as far as Pickering nurseries. I have gotten roses from them numerous times in the past, they are always very healthy.
Drema - which highway do you travel on your way home? (Where do you cross the border? I have no idea what the route you'd be taking is...) I'm sure you'll probably take the 401 through Toronto to get to/from Pickering but, if you then drop down to the QEW, you'd be about 5 minutes from our place at some point....) If you stay on the 401 all the way, you'd be close to gb than me...
Woody, we stopped in Amherst, NY for the night because we got such a late start yesterday, and are still there. Skip said we cross the border at Niagara Falls, and let the GPS take us from there. He has to be at work this morning, once we get on the road, I will know more about the route and can let you know. I am going to try to email you privately. If you don't get it, let me know.
I'll be checking my emails on and off today! It would be great to see you on your way back perhaps? Call. I sent you our number by private email. Amherst is close to where I grew up!
What fun, Drema - to be on a spontaneous road trip -- I hope you have a great day over the border and maybe can swing by an idyll friend or two.
We're expecting 2 to 5 inches of rain today and tomorrow - nothing like getting it all at once. The succulents (which I should have deloused and brought in last weekend but did not) are now stuck outside -- I scurried around last nite trying to shove them on the shelves and potting bench to give a little cover for them at least. I dont think they're going to like all this rain, much as the rest of the shrubs and trees will.
I stopped at Starbucks this a.m. and treated myself to one of their special Pumpkin Spice lattes -- it's kind of like drinking liquid pumpkin pie... The darn thing was over $5 by the time tax was added on -- wow. Not going to be a habit for me. Luckily I stopped the daily caffeine purchase a few years ago. Of course, I am sure the drink has enough calories to set me up for the rest of the day too, LOL.
Here's hoping everyone gets the moisture they need in their respective areas.
Drema - If you're crossing at Niagara Falls, you will probably be on the QEW on your way east to Toronto, although you will need to move up to the 401 to get to Pickering. I'm not sure at what point your GPS will redirect you there. It should be no problem to take the QEW on your way back to Niagara - and that means you'd be really close to here if you wanted to make a brief stop (coffee and a garden tour...? :-) We go to Niagara a lot - it takes less than an hour from here, depending on traffic.
The 401 through Toronto is supposed to be the busiest highway in North America! Try to avoid it during morning and evening rush hours! It's not bad at non-peak periods but between 6:30-9:30 in the morning and 3:30-6:30 in the evening, you'd rather be anywhere than on either the 401 or the QEW!
I didn't get an e-mail. I'll try sending you one....
Hi Woody. Just got to the hotel in Pickering. I sent you a couple of emails, and there is an empty one from you in my mailbox. Must be a gardenweb thing. I will go to my yahoo account and try. I drove the 401 because Skip was on a conference call. It was a little scary to me, but I made it through. With his schedule being so unpredictable while we are here, I can't make a firm plan. I am at the mercy of his job, LOL. He works till 6 tonight, then has to take people to dinner, and can't firm up a time to leave tommorrow. Next time we come up here, I will get contact info ahead of time so we can figure out something that will work. Being here less than 48 hours doesn't leave much time for fun.
Thanks so much for the offer, I really appreciate it.
Drema - check your e-mail! I just got back from shopping and got your e-mail. There's a reply waiting for you... It would be a shame to miss the opportunity now that you are so close...
Hoping for an on the road report from Drema featuring an Idyll visit..or two ! Sure hope someone brings the camera...
We had a nice - but brief - visit from Drema and Skip. The garden was looking pretty pathetic but it's always nice to have garden visitors, and Idyll ones are particularly special. I only took one picture - and Randy took one. Here are his 'n' hers views:
Drema and Skip in the garden:
Drema and Skip:
(I always include the background context and Randy always takes close-ups. Together, you get the complete picture:-)
Drema gave me this beautiful hummingbird stepping stone - which is too beautiful to step on! I will have to think of just the right spot for it... Thank you Drema.
I love the combo photos, Woody -- those are great shots - how wonderful you could breeze by, Drema. And such a lovely stepping stone -- but I know you'll find just the special spot in your gardens, Woody.
I'm gonna go swim home now....
Oh what fun! I'll bet no one in the Idyll group would think your garden is pathetic, Woody (I know I wouldn't)... it's nearly October, after all. :) It will be fun to see what you do with the stepping stone, too!
I have a friend who suffered from vertigo, too, Cindy. No fun and really very debilitating. Careful on the 3 sets of stairs, OK? Make sure you put a seat belt on your computer chair, too. Spencer likes to sack out on my chest, too, but at nearly 14 lbs. he gets heavy quickly and he likes to "knead" before he settles down for his snooze. But that's OK, too.
Newborns that don't really like to eat?? who'dathunkit? Here's hopin' they figure it out quickly and start packing on the pounds in a meaningful way. All they do is lie around, cry, eat, and crap, right? how tough can it be? ;)
It's a creepy kind of warm still; shouldn't be this warm at nearly October. But, I'll take it! I cut down Iris, phlox, Echinacea, a peony, and did some weeding this afternoon. Wrecks had a grand time, rolling on the grass and then bringing me his ball periodically. The Pride contentedly hung around, too. I saw my first garden toad of the season, today, too. It was a reasonably big one... 3-4" and it made me feel good to know they've found a home here, too.
I was putting in stakes to mark the proposed sites for shrubs that I want to add/relocate in the spring and noticed a veritable Yellow Jacket convention in the Picea omorika. I watched to see if they were heading for a nest under it, but they seemed more intent on hanging around on the boughs... wonder if they're sucking up sap or something like that? (I was very, very careful, though).
Happy Birthday, Norma! I love the picture you posted, along with the birthday pictures from everyone else but me, lol.
I like the use of your winnings, Kathy. Very frugal. :) Have you been watching the Ken Burns thing on PBS? I watched a little of it last night, couldn't stop smiling at the fairy tale quality of the 2004 Red Sox Pennant win and the Big Prize. You couldn't make up a better story.
I am reading "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle", but haven't had time to pick it up since Sunday-Monday. It's pretty good; Gar has died and Claude is likely about to reappear in their lives.
I smell pesto pizza and I'm ready for some chow and some quality time with my family. Waving.
So exciting to see Drema and Skip under the arbor at Woody's! I'm glad they picked a decent weather day for their visit! One day when the timing is right we'll nab them over in our direction.
Today was a busy day in the garden, pretty much like Chelone's efforts. Lots of cutting back of stuff in the yellow & blue garden, with just a few bits of eye candy left to enjoy. Today DH cut back all the asparagus and carted it away...a good start and a big help! Tomorrow I hope my friends will be able to come help me once more. So much left to do.
Well Chelone, it may seem simple, but infant care is delicate tricky stuff with lots of intuition and guess work involved. This has been 4 weeks from He!! for DD. At the beginning it was a twisted uterus (requiring chiropractic attention), severe afterpains (involving heating pads, belly binding and ibuprofen) and mastitis (which is excruciating and requires painful nursing to help heal and antibiotics as well). Add to this the cough and cold which Skyler, Ivy, Sarah and Leo developed and which caused Sarah to stop breathing at times, and you can see that rest was not much of an option for her. The lack of weight gain in her third child was a mystery to her. So then it became apparent that Thrush was an issue for both Mom and Leo. So now both of them are on oral antifungal. Yesterday Sarah developed a pain below her knee on her calf, and a blood clot was suspected. All in all it has been a terrible beginning...and yet, Sarah feels she has bonded sooner and better with Leo than with Reed and Ivy. I am so proud of all she deals with! You can be sure that Skyler's mother takes advantage of these days to pursue childish games. Skyler too. Tonight he is to write many lines in regard to putting things away (bike & helmet) and taking responsibility for taking his medicines. He has been whining and stamping his feet lately... Oh the joys of being an "evil" stepmom, always wrong and supported by none. I think I'd help him pack his bags personally!
I planted white anemones today (soaked last night) in Reed's garden for spring. I think there are only 1-2 plants yet to go in the ground. Tomorrow I hope to empty the last of the containers and save none of it. I simply don't have the energy to overwinter things this year. I am waiting for tulips and a few other bulbs, but no rush on planting those, even though we expect a killing frost this weekend.
The pe4ach cobbler is beyond ready to take out of the oven!
Hi Everyone! Just got in and wanted stop by and say what a WONDERFUL visit we had with Woody, Randy and Misty. I loved seeing her beautiful garden, the lovely tuteur and arbor created by the talented Mario, the Queen Elizabeth rose, huge rogersia, feverfew happily blooming and the cimisifuga has made me determined to bite the bullet and try them again. Not to mention the fabulous murder mystery brownies and coffee made from Randy's freshly roasted coffee beans. All in all a treat for us. Thank you so much for the hospitality! Looking back, it doesn't seem like we live that far apart really.
Next time I hope to have more advance notice and can go see 'bug too. But I got to talk to her on the phone, so that was really nice, too. 'Bug, sounds like Sarah has really been through the mill, I hope everything is on its way to being much, much better. Poor thing. My thoughts are with them.
Well, I am heading to bed. TTYL
Drema, what fun to be able to meet Woody, Randy and Misty and to see her garden as well. What a great picture of the two of you under the arbor.
'bug, I tackled the asparagus in the potager the other night, but have the "wild" patch left. Poor Sarah, it sounds like there's lots going on there. Hopefully, things look up soon.
Norma, I picked up the green box at a recycling store. I had it in my hand when one of the workers walked up and told me that it had been his grandpa's tackle box. I was somewhat suprised that he would have donated something so sentimental. The picture with the old wheel is fabulous. What a wonderful combination.
Denise, is that variegated Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate? I had it reseeding in my garden for a number of years and none showed up this year.
Cindy, the vertigo must be awful to have.
I spent some time tonight de-potting. Some of it gets saved and anything that won't be saved is thrown in some of the containers in new combinations (sometimes quite unusual) They make a nice grouping until the frost takes them. Kenzie is coming on Sat. a.m. and there is a low of 36 predicted for Sat. night. Which means we could possible get hit - you just never know. I feel I need to get anything I really want to save in soon. After that its supposed to stay in the upper 40's to 50's at night for a bit.
The beans are coming out. I spent some quality time with my hubby in the combine tonight.
Here's a couple of things that caught my eye tonight.
HAPPY OCTOBER to one and all! A sunny morning here but won't go above 60F today. Tonight, 39F expected.
DH has a bad cold and is sneezing and wheezing. My nose is tickling me, so I may catch it too, but I HOPE NOT! I'm hoping for a day of gardening!
Michelle is that Angelona(the purple)? I like the way the laminum and heuchera compliment each other.
My but Sarah has had a time of it. I hope she is feeling some better.
Yea, Drema made it to Woody's for a short visit. How nice.
Nice pictures of you and Skip, Drema.
I can't believe I have torn into another old garden bed. I needed a place to plant two peonies that I have been waiting to get and all the daylilies in that bed needed dividing so I have pulled everything out and am amending the soil. Geesh I am always making more work for myself. And I thought I was done for the year.