Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Allium bulbs finally got planted todayNo wonder those allium bulbs were on sale..There were only 12 in one box and 4 in the other..more excelsior packing material than bulbs. They are tiny bulbs. Planted some in the garage flower bed and the rest in one of my large patio containers. Sprayed Liquid Fence and what little Bobbex-R I had left to keep the squirrells and chipmunk from digging them up. We put the winter covers on the patio furniture and bought the glass top table inside like we always do. I had 3 concrete stepping stones that were unused so I wrapped them in a white trash bag and laid them on the patio sofa to hold the cover in case of heavy winds. Pushed the chairs up again the edge of the patio sufa too. Stored all the patio furniture cushions in plastic bags to keep clean and stacked on 3 ft. folding table in garage. I feel good about getting that much accomplished outside. Winter is on its way..
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Jack Frost appearsFirst frost of the season on Nov. 1st. Rainned all night and supposed to rain most of today. We need it so I won't fuss about it.
Can stay indoors and hopefully weed out some more paper clutter and catch up on some correspondence.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Marigold seedsRec'd marigold seeds from Louise B. from PC Court. I had been admired her marigold plants while delivering the Mutual newsletter one day and asked her if I could come and get some of the dried up pods to have the seeds for 2011. Came home to find a bag full yesterday placed in the door. They are still a bit damp so need to dry them out before putting them in a bag for next year. She said Mr. B purchased and planted them for her. They were different than any marigold plants I've ever seen, so pretty and they almost didn't look like marigolds..must be a new variety that's out. I have them drying out on newspaper and paper towel on the tea cart by front door. It is supposed to be warm next few days so may set some outside to dry and hope birds or squirells or chipmunk doesn't get them. Will add them to the flowerbeds next year.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Drunstick alium bulbsThey're still waiting to be planted. Hopefully I'll get to them soon. I've waited as long as right before Thanksgiving to plant bulbs, but by then it is too cold to mess in the dirt since I suffer with Raynaud's syndrome, a side effect of my Polymyositis.
Guess I 'd better start thinking about where I want to plant them.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Flowerbed maintenceToday was a beautiful day; perfect day for working outside. After we got home from church, and changed clothes, I decided today was the day to work outside. We were expecting our son to come over, hadn't seen him since his partner was buried on 9/14..but talk to him every other day and sometimes every day. I had made arrangements with my yard man to come the first week in Oct. and do all the prunning jobs, and put down mulch. Because of two rainy periods, it has thrown him behind or he's forgot that I talked to him. No big deal, if he doesn't come before we leave for vacation, he can just wait until mid November. We can cut the rose bushes back ourselves to the ground. We've done that bedore. I had wanted him to prune the rose bushes and hydrangeas and cut back the clematis. Comtesse de brouchard is Group C or 3..I know that can be cut back to about 12-18 inches above ground. The other two, Dr. Ruppel and Westerplatte are in Group B or 2.. I'm uncomfortable doing those myself so will leave those for him. I pulled up all the petunias that had finished blooming and had gone to seed, also the Mother plant of Malva Zegrina, I cut back to ground. You should see all the seedlings from that plant. Pulled up the carpet of snow alyssum, as it had draped over on the sidewalk. I noticed that there had been one alyssum plant that had seeded into the lawn nearby. I might try to dig them up, put back into the flowerbed. If they overwinter, fine, if not I can wintersow some more. Cut back the BES/Rudbeckia by sunroom flowerbed, watered the portulaca. Pulled up the Purlane plant that I'd transplanted to large flower pot..Wasn't much left after Bambi and her friends had a meal off of it. Clipped the bee balm back, expect they will produce more plants for next year.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Asking neighbor for marigold seedsWhile delivering the Mutual newspaper yesterday, I noticed that one of our neighbors has the most beautiful color of lemon yellow marigolds that are different than any I've seen. I will call her this afternoon and ask if she'd mind if I come over and get some of the dried pods/seeds to have for 2011. Louise lives on court behind me. I'll pass on the orange colored ones.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
First bulb purchase todayWe both had to fast for blood work today so after that, we went to Dempsey"s in Ashton for breakfast. We've been needing a new hose wand so we went into Ace Hardware that was in same shopping center. Purchased a box of 12 drumstick allium and a box that only had 4 Azure allium in it. I've seen these on somebody's gardening blog and they were so beautiful. The Azure is a blue color. I didn't realize there were only 4 in it till I'd paid for them and got into our car. The box of 12 are rose colored..I'm happy with them. I should have looked at the box more carefully. They were 2 boxes for $5..I have my receipt so may take the Azure back tomorrow when I'm in the area..Maybe I can trade it for some other type of bulbs, or just trade it for the same rose colored drumstick allium.
I had to water today because we haven't had rain in over a month. It's thundering in the background and the sky looks like it "might rain" but watch it pass on by us. We need a good soaking so bad. I don't think I'm going to need many new plants in the flowerbed by the sunroom next year. Will just have to see what makes it through the winter I guess.
Garden Gate magazine this past month has an article and directions on making your own bulb cages. I still haven't ordered that one from White Flower Farm. While it probably is more expensive already made than making it yourself, at least you wouldn't cut your hands all up working with the hardware wire. It might be worth buying it already made up. I love the Spring bulbs but hate waiting for their leaves to die back after blooming.
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