Mmmm...yummers. That looks awesome Terri. Thanks for making it. I brought cuttings from my snail vine, a bouquet of Pride of Barbados, pink and orange, and of course chocolate. But not just any old choc. This is Belgian choc, hand dipped raspberries wrapped in rose petals.
Yes, first one for me. I saw the blooms and had to have one. There are a few blossoms now and I hope to get seeds for next year. Too bad they aren't hardy. Oh well, can't have it all. Good luck with yours and hope you get boatloads of blooms.
I have had mine for about 7 years geek. I just take it inside in the winter and out again every spring. It was really full of blooms last year and that has been the best year for it yet. It started slow this season but once it roots itself on the isle it really starts to grow like crazy. It wants to wrap itself around everything in its reach.
Yes Steven - the vigna caracalla is in a pot and the pot sits out on our "Isle of Dreams" and it roots through the bottom of the pot in the gravel on the island.
Well I'll have to try a walmart rose next year perhaps!
Steven you need to get out back more often, guess you can't see the island with that new fence. The vigna is on the far right in the pot, this was taken in June you will have to get out there and see it as it is really spreading. The vigna is pink and white
You know I have just about had enough of Madame, I fired her once, I think you should take the next action Steven. I heard her mumbling under her breath when I came in this morning, something about being taken advantage of? I do believe she has had ample opportunity to turn her attitude around and I am not willing to give her another chance, sorry! I wash my hands of her!
The container behind the blood grass is a combination of red nasturium and pink spider dahlias.
Mmm, those veggies and real good Blossom and they hit the spot with the lasagna!
Did I miss Terri's send off? Darn it! I made some Vanilia shakes! Oh and who wants to take over the hiring for a new hostess? We should interview and line up potential candidates for the spot. Or maybe we should promote Milky Joe and find someone to take her spot?
Anyways, heres a late night snack for everyone!
Glad I got here first thing this morning Steven and got one of those delicious shakes outta the fridge. What a nice way to start the morning. I will surely pop back in at lunch time for some of BB's delicious lasagne, it is my favorite.
BB that basket is just lovely, what a nice send off for terri.
One of these days I am just going to have to stay up later and try to see those stars - guess it will happen in the near future as it is already getting darker earlier here.
Steven - you and BB are doing such a marvelous job holding down the fort since Madames departure, thanks for all your help around here. Guess it's my turn to pitch in and straighten up.
Yuk, cleaning bathrooms is not my favorite job, but I muddled through it. Now guess I will get to cleaning the grill and then the bar area and then I'll be off to work, but will definitely be back for lunch!
GOOOOD MORNING! Good morning, good morning and a very good morning glory to you!
Wow, what is that gleam coming from the bathroom! Haighr, you have done such a glorious job! How are SW's shakes! There is plenty of that special lasagna to go around.
I gathered some more veggies already this morning and have a kitchen full of work to do. You would not mind cleaning the fridge would you dear??! OY, seems summer time just never can let me keep up with the mess in there of things coming and going all the time.
I am going to have a busy day. Dont know whether to start in the office or hit the gardens or the GPS. They are all a mess. Days like today make me want to go back to the bedroom and start over doing something there.
The sun is out and the temps are mild. Still need more rain!
Oh my! BB's delicious lasagna and one of Steven's marvelous shakes and now I am stuffed. I know, it is not the standard breakfast but I just had to have it anyway.
Candee, Dolly said she will take over the cleaning duties and will bus tables, waitress and wash dishes. She is afraid of the Late' machine though so someone else will need to run that and the cash register because she is no good at counting change. And she can handle some cooking such as the grill but she has no skill for baking pastries, cookies or cakes or making up fancy dishes so maybe Milky Joe can be the head Chef?
I went ahead and cleaned out the fridge and wiped down the counters and shelves so Dolly could start with a nice clean place.
All these wonderful flowery treats are simply divine. I was afraid we would be feeling neglected with Terri on vacation but it looks like we will be doing just fine now that others have stepped up to the challange. We do need to figure out some sort of mischief to get into though...So Terri can make us all new naughty chairs when she gets back ;~)
Sure am glad to hear you got some rain your way BB, think they expect it to come our way today. Steve has been putting up the maters, that giant plant I posted on giants in the garden now boasts 42 tomatoes still on the vine ripening and we have picked 2. Will have to go count again after we return from the cabin, perhaps it will hit 50!
elle, hope you took the opportunity to get some rest during your rainstorm. I know you want to be outside, but you tend to wear yourself out when you work out there continually!
Thanks to whoever left a bit of lasagne in the sparkling fridge. Guess I will go ahead and eat it cold for breakfast, um, um good, smack, smack!
As for a new chef, how bout considering Fritz. We first met last year and then he went away to college, he just returned to the area this spring and has been looking for work. He has always wanted to work in a place where he could have free rein to create his masterpieces in a state of the art kitchen. Well when I showed him around this morning, he was just thrilled. Please don't mention his nose, he is quite sensitive about it. Feel free to ask him anything else during the interview.
This is one of his specialty cakes and it has a chocolate cream filling. When you light the torches on it, the whole cake doubles each time someone takes another slice. It is really phenomenal to watch!
I wouldn't ask about the relationship to Big Bird, like I said he is really sensitive.
Oh, HELP! I can't see in the Cafe! It's so gleaming in here I'm being blinded!!!!! At least it's helping me to wake up.
I was working late last night so I couldn't make it here for breakfast. But Mmm Mmm, those shakes are pretty good! But since Blossom and Candee ate ALL the lasagna, I'll have to get Fritz to whip me up something...and then I'll have some of that endless cake! Cake is a favorite food of mine so a never-ending is just my thing.
It's good to hear you all got some rain but just be careful that those masked bandits in the sunflower patch don't steal it from you! They look pretty shifty! Maybe it's another rmystery??!!??
By the way, I didn't know Fritz had a wife! She just came in and wants to know if we're going to hire hire him??
I don't think Fritz has a wife, yikes! Is she trying to dupe him just because he may get the job??? Perhaps he owes her money and it is some sort of secret. Cake or no cake we better check his references really well as like I said I haven't seen him at my place for a while! Perhaps he got married and I just didn't know it? Kids??? Will that be a problem in the cafe, what if he has to take off when they are ill??? All good questions awaiting answers.
Can't wait to see what he whips up for you Steven, all things aside he is a genius chef.
I don't think you need to chastise BB and I for eating all the lasagna, it was there for the taking, you should have put your name on a piece.
elle, what was a mess. Did you have rain the entire time you were off? Sounds like you got a lot done anyway and what better time to do canning than when it is raining out?
YES! There was something very 'woody' about Fritz's wife! She must be back in disguise!!! Either way, Miss Bruggie has agreed to come work here full time. She really is looking better then ever these days. I'm just heading outside to take her pick and I'll take more tonight of all her beautiful flowers after work.
And if Fritz doesn't have a wife we certainly don't want him getting mixed up with Madame!!! That would be terrible! Do you need any help on your farm Elle? We could send Madame W to work for you in the rain!
Oh...has anyone seen Fritz this afternoon? He was SUPPOSED to make me something but he never showed up! Hmm
Thanks Blossom, your peppers are really good! The hit the spot :) I do hope Madame W hasn't kidnapped Fritz for ransom or something like that! Untill we find him I'll help out Milky Joe in the kitchen with the shakes and baking.
Miss Bruggie said she'll be into work tomorrow and I'm sure she'll get really good tips too with those lovely yellow skirts! And her cousin should be able to come in anyday as well.
Gwen that is gorgeous can you tell me what's in it? What a wonderful color combo and it is so lush. That really brightens up this cafe, especially in terris absence and with all the other disappearances going on around here.
I saw Fritz this morning, he was hiding on his way to the farmers market to get a few items and was wondering if there will be soon a decision on his hiring. He had great plans of cooking for Steven, but that old stove of ours caught fire and he didn't want to tell you cause he knows how you feel about fire Steven!
Well I have to find Fritz and thank him! He's prooving to be very elusive! But if everyone else is ok with it, I'd be willing to hire Fritz as the new chef.
Gwen, Thank-you! My shakes were made with 'Vanilla' Marigolds, 'Marine' Heliotropes and Giant Cephalaria stems for the straws. I do hope you got to try one as everyone seemed to think they were quite good! And your flowers look wonderful over by the window! I really like that orange one in the front! May I ask what 'pave' style is?
Candee, it looks like we have a new hostess who wants to take over Madames spot. Her name is Sophia Brugelle and she's a cousin to Miss Bruggie. These "la de da" Madame types can be really fussy though it seems so what do you think of giving her a try? On probation of course!!!!! So if she gets all touchy we can give her the sack no questions asked! Maybe you'd like to speak with her first?
Well Steven she looks quite "tight lipped" to me. I am willing to try her though on yours and Bruggies suggestion. Why don't we give her a chance and then decide about taking her off probation on Terri's return.
Sophia Brugelle looks a lot like the chubby faced, double chinned, pouty face that met me in my mirror this morning. I wonder if she is a relative...if so... she would be perfect...like...me...only sweeter smelling ;~)
I made this little surprise for the cafe, LOL, can't wait to see if Terri can tell the front from the back??? Usually my creations are pretty one-sided!
Hope our new help puts this one in a sunny spot!
Very nice. I love the flowers you've used. All those are so pretty and they go well in that vase arrangement, which looks like it could be hard to utilize. You did it perfectly! Very summery and cheerful.
Thanks everyone, you are right the contortions of these little vases is a bit of a challenge. Think I'll try stacking the next time or individual.
The white sprigs Dianne are sedum Frosty Morn just coming to bloom. I love the stuff. At the beginning of the season I use the gypsophilia, then move on to buddelia and then to the sedum.
Nice arrangement Candee! I like how they are all separate and you can see the space between them yet they all go together! There's also the added dimension of them being placed in front of the mirror!
So how's Sophia Brugelle been working this morning? She had a bit of a fall last night when she blew over but all is fine now. Has she been working hard? She mentioned Candee spoke with her about how we don't want any "attitude" and she said she'll do her best. And on the other hand I saw Miss Bruggie busy away in the kitchen with Milky Joe and Fritz whipping up these yummy blueberry peach muffins for us!
Haighr, the flowers in that arrangement are one huge white hydrangea, red dahlias, red spray roses, yellow yarrow, orchids, aspidistera leaves (sp?), calla, scented geranium leaves, and limes. It is all sitting on a bed of varigated pitt.
SW_gardener, pave style is sort of the rounded look, with the flowers close together and not as much greenery. You can go to their website, http://www.fiorifloraldesign.com/, and click on 'signature style' and read a bit more about it.
Thanks for the info Gwen, and thanks for the link on the styles.
What do you use to deadhead BB? With all the acreage you have of flowers you must use something magic, you can't be deadheading the way I do one spent bloom at a time?
Haighr, depends on the portion of the garden! Containers and pots, those are always done by hand.
Sections of the garden that I have good sized colonies or "prefered plants get deadheaded by hand too. The tall garden phlox I am working on now for these past 5-6 days I am using a corn knife on and taking it down at the ground and then I have some areas that we are just naturalizing and then the stem and all just gets tossed out in those areas and a mower is run over them later to scatter the seed.
The sunflowers, yikes, yup, buy hand with either a machette, hand cutters or knife behind the head, then we mow the staulks with the 8 foot deckmower.
ALL of the daylilies get the pods hand pulled. A good portion of the daylily beds will get mowed after they are oall done gettng the pods yanked!
Hostas, I mow.
Grass I mow and hay it to the critters. Nothing gets wasted Bad grass gets composted and the animals give me fertilizer!
I wish it was magic at times, but its just lil old me mainly and 6foot 2 when he is not fixing things!!
I have soldiago that is a scurge in my garden. The derned stuff is invasive and gets worse every year. Its great for the butterflies, but just too much of it in some areas of the garden. That stuff, we mow, pull, cut, grrrr.
I have a few beds that we lined out on the borders with rocks. The rocks have to go now so I can just get in those particular beds and mow now that the beds are mature and I dont need the "pretty" edging!
Every year its a new re-do some place. Because we are so large and lose a lot to flooding, I end up helping local gardeners thin their beds and swap them my labor for their plants! I end up literally bringing plants home by the truckload! They get their beds thinned and we both get happy!
We learn to take the tares with the harvest here that is forsure, but nothing gets done if WE dont get at it!
I am off to the GPS5 now. Have some work to do there! But then work is what you make it and if you do not like gardening, then this is work. I love it so it is just something I do.
I have been know to get creative using weeds to control other weeds and then later to eliminate those controllers. Since we do mainly organic, things get pretty interesting. We did a lot of that when we girst came.
I am glad to market to any florists. Now is prime time for their bloom, they are not quite open yet. Packaging is an issue but could send them USPS priority if the individual tells me how to keep them fresh!
I will occassionally post dried botanicals on ebay too, but its just a hobby.
I have a lot of it and it like I said has invaded places I do not want it. Pictures, oh yes, several thousand of them and of many of the plants and still clicking! I must take between 15 and 30 pics a day between the place, plants and critters! I am a very avid photographer!
Well, here it is, just beginning to open... also mine gets to be 6-7 feet tall. So its not for your typical back yard! And I am not sure of the full botanical ID
few years ago there was a documentary on Ellerslie racecourse in Auckland, NZ & mentioned the lovely rose gardens.
Their answer to pruning?
they do it with hedge clippers.
too many to do the 'proper' way.
It works - they know when to trim in order to have full flush of flowers for the big race day.
Hi all! Glad you liked the muffins! I'm enjoying one now that I hadhidden in my secret spot! Although I think Milky Joe saw me hide it so maybe it's not so secret anymore.
Lovely goldenrod Blossom! It grows in the meadow behind our house and this year I noticed there's a couple different types. One has rather flat heads...sort of like yarrow and I really like it but I think I'll stick to enjoying it from over the fence!
Gwen, thanks for the link, I'll be sure to check it out and keep an eye out for that yellow yarrow! I really liked that.
I know of one guy that opens his gates ( which are normally closed all year) during the late fall and winter and the deer come in and do his rose pruning. In the spring, he closes the gates back up. Clever!
Wow BB sounds like a continuing job in process. Do you ever get finished !
Gwen, now that sounds like quite the trick for those who don't want the work.
I was out there yesterday in my sun garden for a while, there is so much to do this time of year and I was tired when I started after having all the family at the cabin for the weekend.
Dalfyre, I use the trimmers on things like the monarda and it goes much faster. I don't mind the cutting as much as I do the getting up and down to pick it up!
Steven, glad you finally had time for a muffin.
Been quiet in here lately. I am even beginning to talk to myself lol! Guess I'll sit back and enjoy this little addition to the cafe. There is a caladium leaf rolled in the vase and then some miscanthus with the dahlia. I really like the way it looks on the patio.
Okay now there Fritz, let me have a little somthing from the bar and make it on the light side as I may have to dance alone this evening and I hear from Ms. Bruggie they really can rock this joint.
I gave up on growing potatoes. For the amount of work and space, you don't get that many and organic potatoes are pretty inexpensive comparatively. So I'd rather give that space over elsewhere. It's hard not to grow them. They are pretty easy and do well, but I just never get that many either.
We usually get a decent crop upwards of 600 lbs...this year though, they went in too late. Got the space, but I am shy on manpower! Takes the two of us to plant and harvest...especially if we go large!
We usually donate the excess to our food pantry at our church. This year is slim pickens, we were lucky enough to get 10 lbs!
I'd much prefer fresh organics than store boughts any day!
We usually raise kennebecs, pontiacs and yukons.
Fritz, If you got a banana shake, one straight up plez! Cant let haighr drink alone!
Also starting to get apples... only two buckets so far...thats all we had time to pick, but the tree is loaded.
Well, I gotta get down to the GPS5, on my excursions I picked up some plants and seed.
Usually try to get them in in March. That requires fall tilliage and a spring that we do not have snow or floods at the wrong time. The potatoes here can grow superbly, but this year was a really bad year.
We store them in nursery cans. I have 5 gallon cans and we will put them up in our shed until they are fully cleaned and ready to go to the pantrys!
We try to do plant-an -extra-row just for our charities around here.
Well, I really need to get to the GPS5. I just got in some sweet potatoe vines. Not for eating, but for ornamental plantings. Gotta go get the cuttings started on them and check the containeres for watering.
Catch you there.
Thanks for the shakke Fritz and hope Haighr is not talking to herself anymore today. I know that can be just as bad as a blond moment! LOL! Gets really bad when ya start answering yerself too! Maybe her Hoe will join the workforce here. I hear there are some extra dishes in the kitchen tonite.. Oy!
nothing wrong with talking to yourself...
I was caught wishing the fish good night at work when I was locking up.
I always say good night fishies when I turn their light out.
Just don't usually have customers still in the bar at that hour.
Nobody laughs when I talk to the cat - she answers back ^_^.
And she comes to heel when I call & does a circus act jumping between bar stools if we are in the mood to play.
Well, dont feel bad dalfyre, you can just call me "Dolittle" as I talk to the animals too. Lord knows I have plenty around here to talk to too between the horses, frogs, dogs, birds, bugs, rabbits and what not.. you know its bad when you start talking to the plants and well... Oh, I am just not going there. You know, Its bad when they answer baaack! LOL!
Ok, gotta run. Must be that crazy milkshake Fritz whipped up.. I told his sorry soul... straight up. If that keeps up Fritz, we are going to have to reveiw you before your probation is up.
Oh thanks dalfyre, but after that nightcap don't think I can have a smoothie right now!
BB thats a lot of taters. We planted red bees this year and will harvest soon, we did harvest a few 2 weeks ago for makin tater salad, yum.
I have the same problem gwen, they go bad before we can eat them all, but we really don't get enough to give away, just somewhere in the middle.
Sure sounds like everyone is busy around here so sorry BB don't think my friend Hoe will be in as she really shys away from any physical labor. Guess it is up to us, Ms. Bruggie and Fritz, they will be fine for a while, the job is new and they are ambitious as all get out!
I just popped back in the cafe and found the girls in the kitchen making cupcakes for Terri's return from her holiday. I think they are making plenty for everyone, well if they don't eat them all themselves lol!
Mmm Mmm, that was one good Blueberry Smoothie! Of course now I feel a little tipsy and it's only one in the afternoon but it will wear off soon!
Does anyone know the date Terri gets back from holiday? We should throw a a party at the Cafe :) I think I might bake a cake this afternoon and bring it over! I haven't baked much for a little while.
Sorry to see your lack of potatos Blossom are veggies were shy producers this year too. They're planted in tubs and WAY to close together.
Well, Miss Bruggie and Sophia said they would help me bake a cake so I'll be back in a bit!
My granddaughters, Eva was 3 in March and Aby (left) will be 3 in October. Spent the weekend with them at the cabin.
Looking forward to having some cake and think a party is a great idea. Don't know her return date but can always have things ready to go for the big day.
Here is Aby with the big bowl of batter.
Awww, sweet peas arent they!! Well. Young ladies, keep
up the good work, some day you will have a cafe all your own with delectables as such!... (yah hear that Fritz!!)
Well Ima just teasing ya Fritz, that shake was good inspite of the spiking, but pleez, dont let it happen again for me. My old achy buttcheeks just cant handle that stuff.
I understand about Hoe. Bloomers is getting the same way. Shes about spent her nickle in the garden for this year. I thnk she is ready for a vacation. She gets carpal tunnel from using the sprinkler can.
And yummy bloobs there dalfyre! What kind of soil do they like, I have been thinking on trying some. Maybe not that variety, but another. Jsut dont know if they like my sand and how I should ammend it.
Im puytting in those grapes in a week or so here and so fingers crossed I will get yummies on them on day.
on the label mine says "plant in well drained soil rich in organic matter.
Mulch well to ensure the shallow root systems remain moist during the growing season.
Feed with slow release fertiliser low in calcium early spring & again in mid summer."
There were some great articles about growing blueberries in the DG news letter a few issues back.
I would like a larger variety too, they are very decorative, pretty flowers in spring, nice foliage in summer, delicious & attractive fruit & then autumn colour on the leaves before they drop leaving red stems for interest.
Speaking of colour - this is my coprosma 'Pride'.
It is slowly getting bigger & has such nice foliage, I am on the look out for other varieties to add here since this one is doing ok where I planted it.
I am gonna have to remember that. I have very poor soil. Its sand. Will have to take a huge load of manure out there and keep at them then! Maybe I will just stick them on top of the dung pile and call it blueberry hill! LOL!.
Well, I gotta get out to the GPS and the garden, thanks for the help and baking goodies!
Hi Elle - We certainly can use a little rain here.
They just finished installing water meters in my neighborhood - will be interesting to see how people will adjust their water usage when they are being charged for the amount of water used, and not just a flat rate as in the past. Sacramento has the infamous reputation of having the highest water usage in California - not sure how it ranks nationwide.
Our old horse lost a lot of weight a short while back. Lost her teeth and had to put her on a special diet. She is looking much better now and feeling good, but I think she is losing her eyesight so I put a bell on her best buddy who is her granddaughter and so they can pal around better together.
Hi all, it's hot here today! It's about time we got some nice weather! I just got in from watering all the containers. Everything has that "end of summer" look to it! Most of the plants are overgrown but I love my backyard jungle!
I took a bunch of pics a week or so ago but haven't loaded them on yet! When I do I'll come by and post them on the September 'Fall' thread.
I thought Terri might be back by now and have a cake on stand-by ready to serve :)
How are your cupcakes coming Candee? It looks like you and your grandaughters are getting ready fpr the party too!
With all this blueberry talk your all making me want a blueberry bush. I think there's dwarf varieties too?
Evening all, I was stranded long side the road on Wed and then towed and then had a 2 day yard sale, yikes, made nuf to just about pay for the car damage and now a long holiday weekend of trying to get caught up with the garden and stuff. So recycled the caldium for a new arrangement for the cafe.
Elle, so sorry you lost one of your critters bu that is just the way of life as we all well know. BB sounds like you have a horse to horse around with lol! love the bell idea!
My guess would be copperhead, but it is really hard to tell, maybe post on the critter thread for a positive ID. I was out there this morning and didn't see a thing? Perhaps he has gone on his way and was just passing through.
Well, I posted his wanted poster up there Hiaghr.. so I am waiting so see what that bandito is. They say there is timber rattlers in these parts and where I live is prime real estate for them.. YIPES. Kinda takes the fun out of container gardening...BEWARE the sneak in the pot!
Other than that its been a pleasant day today in the garden so far. I drew up my courage, saw the wizard and.. stayed in the GPS! LOL!
All entrants for the GREAT PUMPKIN CONTEST of 2009 ,, get on yer marks! New link is going up today!
I tell you if Terri returns and she doesn't see a cafe full of floral arrangements she is likely to have a coniption fit and you all know what a mess that leaves in here. So let's all get busy and try to bring in at least one fresh arrangement to get this place spruced up!!!
Hi all, I thought I'd stop by for a bit, sorry I haven't been around but I've been relaxing this long weekend. I was lucky enough to manage 4 days off! WOO! Now this aft it's back to work. I still have a bunch of pics to share with everyone but haven't loaded them on yet...I procrastinate so bad! hahahahahahaha!
The cafe is so spick and span I think Terri will be pleased on her return and we want to make sure she doesn't have another one of those fits! YIKES! Last time a flying bottle just missed my head!
Anyways I'm off to spend some time with Bella and Coco...I think they want some attention :)
EEEEEEPP!!!! I just saw something slither in the corner over by the bar! Oh NO! It's heading towards the kitchen!!!!!!!!!
Steven I think you are seeing things. I have looked all over for our slithering foe and he I believe has headed for the mountains. Glad you had a nice chillaxing weekend off, I did as well but did manage to labor quite a bit through the labor day holiday!
Found this out in the outside patio and thought I would bring it in, not sure it it had been in here earlier or not?
SW, that was just a lil worm snake...had one out in the pasture too this morn. I think we all got slitherers on the braaain! Makkking me studderrr! Those silly snakes are very small and would hole up in a planter or pot outside so careful bringing in any planters from outdoors thats been there for a bit.
Anyway, heres a qwuick stick it in a vase for the cafe.. my new sweet potato cuttings.
Fritz has a dinner up... looks yum.. who ordered cottage cheese, a sals steak, polish and a smash with slop?
Got my volunteer for the parcels, thanks Haighr!! Terris floral supplies are jest starting to roll in...um, the semis at the back door...
Im finished up in the kitchen except for getting that order on the table...now how was dat? The dishes are done and I extruded some seed from the watermelons and catalopes. I also cleaned up all the dried arrangements and extracted the seed heads off those before tossing them.
Im off to the GPS... got some cuttings to finish up and some bump ups.
You might wanna shanghia Fritz, SW and Ms Bruggie!
It's been a while since I have stopped by the old cafe. I have come bearing arrangements -
Terri - are you back from vacation yet? I took a week off last week to host a friend from Nigeria. She is a daughter of a former graduate student who was in our lab almost thirty years ago.
Candee - I meant to tell you this after one of your earlier posts - I have never much cared for caladiums, but seeing how you are using them in your arrangements with flowers of matching colors, I am going to have to look into planting one or two. I love those pink/white/green leaves with the zinnias. And I have several zinnias that exact same color.
The cafe looks so nice with all these new blooms! I just baked a Pavlova today and it was so good! I'll bring one by the Cafe soon!
Earlier today I went HD and bought an amazing Agave and a Crown of Thorns! I'm going for easy houseplants this year that can withstand my neglect ;)
Very soon I promise to be back at the Cafe bearing baked goods!
what a busy day I had yesterday.
Got to work at 9am, had our AGM so it was all go with attendees having two free drinks after the meeting.
Once I had cleared up form that we had a 90th birthday party from 1.30pm.
I was working by myself until 4pm, it was nice that some of the party guests expressed their appreciation for the job I was doing ...
it was easy to give good service to a friendly crowd & the host is one of our regulars & made sure I got something to eat & insisted I have a couple of drinks on him as well.
We are not supposed to drink on duty but when our bar manager came in he poured me a drink & told me to go wish the host a happy birthday, couldn't refuse that.
The tables had pretty floral arrangements & when I was tidying the tables the Host's wife who was collecting them up told me to keep it as a thank you for my hard work.
Anyway it was 7pm when I knocked off & I was so tired I could hardly stand.
We don't get breaks unless it is quiet so aside from dashing to the loo when there was a lull in proceedings I was on my feet the entire time.
So glad you are enjoying the blooms. Terri will be back - just keep her in your thoughts at this time and she will be here to surprise us very soon.
Meantime, let's keep the arrangements fresh in the cafe for her return as she will surely love to see them.
Now that means everyone needs to bring in a fresh new arrangement! ASAP please ^_^
Awfully quiet in here, did somebody close the cafe and not tell me, cause I still have my key and plan to keep coming long as the place is standing.
I haven't seen even the help lately, is everyone off on a end of season vacation?
Oh well, guess I'll just put my feet up here on the hearth and enjoy a cuppa and read the news.
Yano, I was thinking about what you said about MJ...no...I cant see it. I just cant see him adorning my hanging baskets now and not back then. Bad enough the blossoms have wained. And Jeez, heck no...no way can I see sitting on his face on a bikini! That is just waaaay too freaky! That is just so unbecoming. No way is my blooming buttox gonna do that! Not then nor now!
So whatdaya think? Lets take Sinatra for a spin and lets listen to ole blue eyes! Just dont play that silly song Chicago... that definely will bring a tear to my eye...its just toooo well, not my kind of town! LOL!
I think the ole juke box still has some oldies of his in it.
Hey BB, nice change here in the cafe, usually just have flowers, nice to have you bring in some plants. I wonder where everyone else has gone?
Steven, Zany, Plantgeek, Dianne, Elle, everyone, hello out there where are youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?
Guess with Terri gone the cafe has lost a lot of business, hope we don't go belly up!
Here is a little something I threw together yesterday with a few new wacky gourds.
Hey Candee - I am still around -wilting in this heat. Hard to believe that we are officially in fall now with it being about 100 degrees.
I like seeing your dahlia arrangements - I need some idea on what to do with mines. I have about 4 different kinds blooming or soon to bloom. I don't have much experience with large blooms so I am at a loss as to what to do with them. I like the way you have the biggest one on top, but balancing out the smaller dahlias below it with the clematis.
Oh Gwen if I only knew the names, lucky to be able to call it a dahlia lol. Thanks and thanks Dianne, I put them in bowls of water if real large, as you may have seen. They do last a while and really make a statement.
I worked outside in the rain for 5 hours today but got a lot done, although looked like a drenched rat when finished. Lots of pulling and yanking and diggin and dead heading getting ready for the fall.
Jennifer our daughter from Santa Barbara came in today and is in Silver spring with her grandmother and we will bring her up here in mid week so lots to do and look forward to.
Just dropping in to say I'll be back... Between Bob, Mom, Kids, Work, 2 computer crashes, a virus packed laptop, swollen feet and exhaustion, I'm actually staying somewhat calm and teetering on the brink of sanity...as soon as I topple on over the edge I promise I shall return ;~}
LOL! Well there ya go, they are crawlig out of the woodwork! Ask and you shall receive! So good to see everyone! You guys must have been lurking at the rival!
Hi Gwen, Soils, Zany. Hey soils, just put them in a vase! They will pretty up the place be they by themselves or wilt others for fillers!
Elle is lurking around.. just chatted with her a day or so ago and well Jeez,the geek, hmm she has been among the missing for quite awhile.. must be on some brainstorm for a new book. As for SW...hmmm... we can opnly leave that up to the imagination to where he has trotted off too. Probably out with Ms Bruggie.
Well I had a stroke of bad then good luck.. I was at a nursery and got some begonias. I just had to tease Bigred with them, but anyway the clerk ther forgot to give me my ID card back so when I got home I called the store when I discovered it was missing and when I wwwwent to pick it up they gave me a gift certificate for making their mistake on not returning it. That was generous.. So ok, to pretty up the cafe...I finally got a Rex begonia! I also got some mums and a couple of flats of pansys. The pansys though were the bargain of the day! 2 flats at $2 each! I will have to get those in some windo boxes.
Splendid color in that Rex, I would love to find a flat of pansys for $2, I spent yesterday mulching out front and a few pansy's would look great in there. I spent all day Saturday deadheading and weeding and such and boy was I a drenched rat. It just poured most of the day but I weathered the storm to get some much needed clearing out done!
Well, hike on down to the GPS5 later and I will show you the pansy collection. Gads. I walked in the store and saw a sign "6 pak pansy - flat $2.00" and with the price of them every where else I naturally assumed that the 6 pak was $2! The clerk saw me with the 2 six paks I picked out and said, is thaaaat all you want? The flats are $2! I fell to the floor said be right back and gobbled up 2 flats. I would have done more, but I had spent my nickle elsewhere on the mums!
I will have them at the GPS5 this evening if not sooner. I have to run out to go get a lawnmower.
And you said you were running out of arrangements! HA!
Well, I used to have a huge collection of mums at our old farm. Had about 70 varieties. Had them neatly planted in nice rows and they loved it there, Here, I am too wet. They do not like it wet and they suck up a lot of fertility!
That burgandy and white dalia of yours are gorgeous! Well, they are all gorgeous dear, but of those that has got to be my fav!
I dont do dahlias. Too much work in the fall having to store the tubers! Right now I got all I can handle trying to bring house plants in a few at a time before the big F! (frost!) Gads can you beleive it.. Fall already and and ... oh no way I am not gonna say it about whats around the corner! My hub mentioned the S word today and I was lioke you got to be kidding me!
Speaking of S!... Hows this for fresh as the pure driven...
Hi all, I just got off work at 11:30 and now it's 12:50 am...time to chill for a bit before bed so I thought I'd pop by the Cafe with this Pavlova for Terri's welcome back! I promise it's delicious!
Blossom, I can not believe you got a flat of pansies for 2$!!!! That is unheard of! I think never before in human history has anyone found such an amazing deal on pansies! I'm on my way over to the GPS5 to check them out!
Candee, I love your Dahlias! I used to have a friend that grew a white cactus dahlia in her garden and would love to get one like it.
Perhaps if you would hold still for just a second BB that shake may not be in the camera it is likely you never stopping long enough to do anything ^_^. Those mums are really pretty, I think I favor the yellow the best as it is quite yummy, although speaking of yummy that looks delicious Steven.
I knew if I screamed loud enough Steven would hear me and come over!!! Now what kind of PT job did you get that you have to work into the late night hours??? I can barely do my daytime job let alone staying up half the night working lol!
What exactly is pavlova, another one I have never heard of but it sure looks tasty! I doubt there will be any of it left when Terri gets back in her. We just need to keep the flowers fresh for her.
BB, I am down to just about zinnias and dahlias for cutting. The gourds help set things off and am still scarfing up the dead seed pods from the siberians and whatever else I can find. Oh yeah the star clematis is really blooming but just doesn't last long when cut.
Well better make an attempt to get something done here at work. Catch ya'll later.
I had to start zinnia seed three times this season. Just kept washing away or the birds or somethin. Then finally up they came and made a glorious presentation just when I most needed them. I spent last evening harvesting seed from the deadheads and will have a lot more to come. I think this year I will harvest everyone as last year I lost all of my harvested seed and had to resort to getting seed packs from the store and they aren't cheap.
I am new here, BB invited me yesterday morn but I had to work . I have been hanging out at her GPS getting in the way of all the rushing about.
This morning I am having a second cup of tea (you do allow tea here?) because it is still49 deg out.
A gal after my own heart! Tea, certainly! (__)? Cinnamon bread toast anyone?
I have been up early myself. Took care of the critters. Rolled some hoses up to put away. Did a lil housekeeping. Brought some more houseplants in and moved some closer to the house for bringing in later.
Im still having fits on what to do with that vinca! I hate to clip it but.. Jeez, is 6 feet long and I dont think it will work that way in the house since I have no place to hang it. Anyone know how to start cuttings? Met me in the GPS5 and let me know OK!
Yes, it sure is brisk today. I thought maybe last night was the end of the good nights. But YAY, no frost yet.
Candee, you go girl on those Zinnias! One can never have too many of them! I need to do them next season. They go so great with the asters and the golden rod! A rainbow of color!
Someone want to slip a pillow under poor SW's head...he fell asleep in is pavlova! LOL! Fritz must be working him hard!
Welcome to the cafe gardengus, you feel free to order up anything you want. Fritz will make anything you want, he has been all over the world and has the ingredients to make even the most intrique of treats.
BB I hope we have some time before frost. I have tons of seeds to gather, all my dahlias are still blooming profusely and all those tubers need pulled, washed, dried and stored. Not to mention all those dang tulip bulbs and more on the way. Where was my head when I ordered them. I musta had some idea where to put them, but have no idea now.
Steven how could you waste that pavlova with your head in it? Is there more?
I love pavlova...
it was invented by a NZ chef for the famous ballerina of the same name.
Or at least that is what NZ reckons - Aussie tries to take the credit for it .
And really it was probably a french creation we adopted & adapted to suit ourselves.
Because you only use the egg whites, sugar & a touch of white vinegar it is a great diet option - unless you layer it with lashings of cream.
The best pavs are crispy on the outside & like marshmallow on the inside.
Made too thin they are just giant meringue.
Traditional in NZ is to top with cream & sliced Kiwi fruit.
We never use Kiwi - they are an endangered bird & would taste icky on a sweet dessert ;)
I guess my pavlova isn't a good diet option then since it's topped with a mound of 35% whipped cream! :P MMMmmmm Mmmm
Candee, I've been working at a wearhouse up the road on afternoon shift. It's been slow though lately so they often send ya home :) Or even better tell you not to come in at all! Those are the best days!
The zinnias in my garden are still going too, making more blooms as well as the dahlias and brugs and cracker jacks! One of Miss Bruggies cousins made a first time bloom! I'll try to get a pic of it.
OH! And I'll take some cinnamon bread toast! I could eat the stuff ALL DAY!
And for after the cinnamon toast I made some cinnamon swirl cake!
Sadly when I just got in to the Cafe the Cake is all gone but thank you for the compliments and I'm glad you all liked it!!!
let me see if I can find the recipe...
ah! found it! And it's easy too!
Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar divided (can be cut down 1 cup )
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking soda and salt. Combine buttermilk, egg and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. In a small bowl combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.
Grease the bottom ONLY of a 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan. Pour half of batter into pan. Sprinkle with half of cinnamon/sugar. Carefully spread remaining batter overtop and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/sugar and swirl with a knife through the batter. Bake at 350F for 45-50 min or until the toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 min before removing from pan.
The recipie also has a glaze if it isn't sweet enough for you :)
Glaze: 1/4 cup confectioner sugar
enough milk to make it runny.
Combine and drizzle on cake.
I didn't use the glaze myself and only used 1 cup of sugar and it was still very good!
I hope you all get a chance to make it and enjoy it as much a we did!
oh! And I finally got some September pics. I used someones elses camera since the battery died on mine and and I wishing the other camera was mine since its SO much better and easier to use!
if you ignore reality it eventually gives up & leaves you alone...
I did & now I'm happy I live in a split level head,
in a place where
must be time to see Dr Psyche the cut rate headshrinker,
I'll ride on my little red tricycle, I didn't really steal it from my Grandmother -
it followed me home.
Any takers for the name of the album those snippets come from?
If you own an original copy it is worth good money now...
we used to but sadly Mum left it behind in Aussie.
My father bought it overseas when he was in the Navy as it was banned from sale in NZ.
I still have a record player BB and it works and I still have some very old albums. I have some 78's of Bugs Bunny and the Lone Ranger you know the ones from the 40-50's with the story books. Boy are they heirlooms, you should hear the one with Trigger whinnying each time you are to turn the page!
gardengus, we are all a bit piggish when it comes to the cafe, first come first gets. That is the beauty of this cyber cafe, there is always more where that came from.
Thanks for the recipe Steven, sounds simple enough for even a blonde (that would be me)!
Dianne, I was told by Terri not to dance on the tables anymore cause my heels scuffed up one of her favorite Louis XIX antique tables that used to be in the corner. Psst, since she isn't here I will tell you that I still do, but in my stocking feet ^_^. Now don't go tellin on me BB!
Our daughter is in from CA, just arrived in town today and is at home with Steve so I won't likely be on this evening nor for the next few, but will surely catch up while I am here at work in the daytime.
Jennifer and Ben in CA are both deaf, Jen can hear a bit with hearing aids in both ears but Ben is completely in need of ASL. Ben isn't with her this trip, still trying to find interesting things to do around here. She spent the last few days with her grandmom in DC so now to the mountains for a spell! See you here tomorrow.
They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha - Ha...
those nice young men in their clean white coats...
to the happy home with trees & flowers & chirping birds
and basket weavers who sit & twiddle their thumbs & toes ...
my brother & I loved that album - when my hubby heard it he commented that knowing I grew up with it explained a lot.
Not sure what he was trying to say there...
The album was re- released on vinyl by Rhino records & then again on CD - but the CD has some extra tracks that I didn't think so much of.
Candee - have fun with your daughter from CA (is that California or Canada? LoL)
dalfyre - I remember that song!! Did not catch most of the lyrics - just the most repeated first line you got there. I, too, have a functional turn table, along with some albums. what was the name of that album and the group? Most of my albums are from the 60's.
It was Napoleon XVII that released the album.
Most people of a certain age have heard the single They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haa'
not many have heard the entire album with classic hits like "Marching Off To Bedlam", "I'm In Love With My Little Red Tricycle" , "Let's Cuddle Up In My Security Blanket",
and of course one of my all time favourites "The Nuts In My Family Tree"
Just popped in for a hot cup of soup on this chilly day.
Dodged the Frost bullet , the counties just north and east of us got frost.
I went out first thing this AM and checked the cosmos, a good barometer, still looking good.
dalfyre, Nice blooms on your October thread, What zone would you be in, or is that not applicable to your part of the world.
It will be so much fun to watch spring all over again.
Well let me be the first to say Happy Hallowismasyear in the US of A we start running holidays together.. Stores have Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and by the time the real day comes you are soo tired of it all you are glad to see New years! Halloween actually began a month ago according to the retailers...oh, and if I go to Indiana I can still get fireworks for the 4th of July! Course in Indy, that seems to be a year round sales item for some reason.
With dalfyre bringing up spring.. hmmmm like the song says.. "does anyone really know what time it tis?"
gardengus - I don't quite know how to figure out what zone equivalent I am in...
Winter temperatures range from - 4C, as cold as a -7 frost once in a while up to 10C on a nice day...
sometimes more, not unheard of to have 20C one day & 4C the next.
Summer can be up to 32C but more likely mid to upper 20's.
We seldom get snow but once in a while a light fall will occur, every so often we get enough to settle & everything screeches to a halt.
we didn't get any snow this last winter but this is a link to a year when we did get
'lots' of snow http://s75.photobucket.com/albums/i294/dalfyre/Dalmatians/?action=view¤t=Snowdals2005.flv
it lasted a day or so before the rain washed it all away
California Dianne, we had a nice visit she flys back home today.
This is the weekend I will spend taking in our tropicals and likely planting tulip bulbs.
Cute jacko there BB, did you do it? Do you think it will be safe out there on the porch of the cafe?
Oh no snow, don't even mention that dalfyre, it is surely coming our way soon enough!
Nice garden gus! You are so right, just when we are winding down we can spring vicariously through dalfyre, just in the nick of time too.
Oh Jacko is safe, but I am not too sure his friends are. Fritz was out there yeilding a butcher knife and I am afraid some of Jackos friends may have had their guts spilled. Fritz was muttering something under his breath something about I'll get you for this Great Pumpkin, yer gonna get canned! His words not mine...
Sounds to me seriously like someone in the kitchen was gonna get fired...
Old Fritz seems to have gone off the deep end between locking SW up for days in the closet and now it has come to this...he has resorted to also torture with tin pans, heat and oooooh thaaaaat smell! Beware, he has locked others in the closet too and not to mention the ovens...
(...whatever you do, just dont mention the P word infront of the others...)
I will never call Fritz a panzy again.. sheesh! Guy cant take a joke!
Well haighr, dont go in the kitchen for a bit...um Fritz is sprucing it up a bit.
Now about that Louis table... I put a table cloth on it and some flowers... hopefully terri will never suspect what we been up to in our spare time...hows it look... truthfully I think it needs something more...
that looks good, my Granny would have had a fit about the boots on the table though.
Footwear or feet on a table was a massive sin in her eyes.
I don't know if that was her Scottish heritage or something she picked up from Maori culture.
Well it appears that there has been a lock of havoc while I was away. Fritz will be fine BB just simmer down he gets a bit territorial and I think he had a really bad experience in a pumpkin patch a while back, he still doesn't want to discuss it.
I agree with the old fashioned boots on the table. I'll let it go this time cause they look so good, but next time you better show me that you have cleaned the bottoms!
Here's a little more of those crazy gourds and salmon dahlia. Hope Terri comes back in her soon as she will be falling over all the flowers when she first hits the door and we can't leave all of these sitting around for much longer, it is a jungle in here.
Came in for a cup of tea , I am stuck inside waiting on a call from the farrier.
So I am making lists of things still to do before the impending frost.
Accomplished a lot this weekend but am still far behind.
I cut herbs to dry , collected seeds, potted up things for the garage, and got half the house plants inside.
Busy bee there gus. I planted about 50 of the 150 tulip bulbs I got, still waiting for the zinnias to finish and will plant the rest in their spot. Didn't bring anything in as they are still saying we will be in the high 40's all week and 70 during the day. Hope I don't get caught short!
Need to drain our fountain and start covering things as well that are on the island.
Still have more seeds drying and need to be harvested and all the dahlia tubers to be pulled and cleaned but they are still blooming strong.
Enjoy your cuppa and relax while you can.
The first half is always the easiest , the second half are the larger pots and space becomes a problem.
They usually end up in the garage the evening before the frost and I slowly find space over the next two weeks
I know what you mean. We have a huge upstairs that is seldom used but it doesn't get much heat so can't really utilize that space for the plants as I just can't justify paying for heating of that area if I don't have to. That means they come in the bedroom at the window and door end and it can get quite jungleish! I have the vigna, pineapples, passiflora, caladiums, palm, cane yucca and they are all rather large plants.
I don't bring any plants in... I might cover them or move the pots against the house on the terrace where they are somewhat frost protected.
Otherwise they all have to do their best to cope.
I am a tough love kind of gardener, only the strong survive here...
although I can see my new clematis being an exception to that rule ^_^
I bring mine in because I have so many tropicals that just cannot tolerate temps below zero.
I do get a lot of sunshine in the middle room upstairs and the temp stays 45-50 so perhaps I will put a few of the larger things up there, I know the pineapples will be dormant and 50 degrees is fine for them and believe the passiflora may do fine up there as well. Hope so as I don't have much space.
I don't bring any plants in also because I don't have the room. The garage is packed, so there are only the two porches. I did try to baby a plumeria for years; it never did bloom, and one day, I neglected to move in onto the porch before the first frost, and it died. I would love to try again. I have Christmas lights on my Meyers lemon tree and that has worked fine for the last four years. I plant a few tropicals every now and then, and like you, Dalfyre, some of the tough ones do survive a few winters.
Oh Dianne you reminded me I had a plumeria for 5 years and last year it got a disease and started to rot in the middle up and down the stalk. It had grown from 1 foot to 6 feet and had nice foliage, but never did flower and then it had to be garbaged.
Nice workspace gus.
BB brought in the coleus and jasmine and cane yucca and a few others. Moe to go tomorrow as I think that rain is coming our way, thanks fo rthe heads up on the drizzle.
Tasha, Mike, Mac and Abygail coming this weekend, hoping to go to the cabin, so you all hold down the fort for me whilst gone!
Will check in tomorrow!
Oh gus, btw, having a glass of wine here, kinda like hot cocoa but a lot sweeter.
mmm - hot chocolate, now that is a great idea.
We had a sunny but cold day here & now the sun has gone down it is really cold inside.
I think I need hot chocolate on the inside & a warm jumper on the outside
Now, now, calm down, no need to panic yourself and everyone else. We all knew this was coming. Not like we haven't done this before! Just chill there BB, have a sip, I put a shot of brandy in yours to help take the edge off!
Oh oh, I cant do brandy haighr, just a lemonade if you will and my Sweet Dog order please. Man I worked my dogs of this morning hauling stuff from the viranda and back.. I am pooooped! And there is more to do!
They look mighty good BB. I know how hard you are working, I have seen the proof! You reallly have your hands full so best you take a break, sit a spell and have a nice meal.
I put the brandy back in the liquor cabinet but not before I put a drop in your honey LOL!
it is supposedly spring here but right now we have several roads closed due to snow...
none right in town where i am living in suburban serenity.
But at higher altitudes they have been copping a real blast of cold white stuff.
We are just under water with cold wet stuff aka rain.
My garden is so confused, one day warm next day cold, it's a wonder anything flowers at all.
ah the joys of spring ^_^
The second one in nice to and was the one I was thinking of... it has more of a saw tooth on the leaves.
Im hoping my begonia cuttings in the GPS will root fast so I can bring them in before they frost...I may have to bring them in at night and run them back out during the day starting tomorrow nite with the frost predicted... dontcha just love all the rushing and putting stuff around this time of year.. makes me feel like a pack mule!! LOL!
Must clean "junk" off plant stand to make room for more...zzzzz!
I used to have goats...we got rid of them.. The horses could not stand the smell of the billies and neither could I. They did not seem to mind the sheep though. I dont have anymore sheep now. I quit them when a neighboring farm brought in a parasite and I had trouble with that.
This is our oldest mare, she is almost 30.
Well, dont know about you, but I need to call it a nite! Inspite of the predicted rain, I work rain sleet or shine, end my days late and start my days early!
Nice critters you all got there. We don't have any domestic pets, just stray cats, deer, fox, turkey and an occasional bear!
gus, I got a kinda fuzzy coleus like that second pic you posted. It gets little tiny begonia like flowers on it.
Glad some of us are sticking around here and holding down this fort in everyone else's absence. Not sure how we might continue to generate revenue to pay Fritz if business doesn't start to boom soon!
Perhaps I better ask him if he is willing to take a couple furlough days and we can help ourselves in the interim?
LOL! Talk about a cat.. this one here is a fat cat! Man, we had the smorgusboard of a lifetime today! OoooOooh.. ME-ow! Belly plum on over fill! Fish, shrimp, chicken pork, salad bar, holy cow they had a desert bar too.. but I had to pass on that...
Got some shelves filled on the plant stand... now I need to figure out what to do with all those plant labels I have been ho-rading all these decades! Have some more plants to bring in and they have to go someplace...
Its still raining, so no frost tonite... thank goodness on that.. I cant lift another plant and the peppers are still on the back porch!
Top shelf is all the coleus. 2nd is snaps, allysum, chocolate mint, impatiens..#3 is plant labels for now..
Well we had a very hard freeze. Ice on the porch and then the frost was very heavy, but we may have saved the peppers... fortuneately as early as we get up, we hosed off the frost on the annuals and well, looks like this afternnon, they are hurt only a little. If we did not hose them, it would have been a killing frost.
They say if you can get the plants wet before the sun hits them, keep them hosed for a bit, usually that will save them.
The stuff in the GPS did not freeze so I got lucky, but the annuals I was not able to hose are kaputz!
Just brought in a dozen or so houseplants ,and opened the garage for the bigger ones.
I have a lot of small perennials too small to go into the ground, I am thinking of trying to over winter them in the garage, in a dormant condition?
we had a light frost this morning...
didn't seem to affect the flower gardens & I only noticed it on the lawn because I was out early cleaning up after the dogs.
the sun is shining, birds are singing & I managed to spray my roses before I went to dog training.
Well I just was out in the GPS it was 37...I brought in my begonia cuttings and the coleus cuttings..they are on ,y kitchen counter now. I sooo want those begonias to survive. Especially my Reigers. I dont think they could handle another nite like last!
That cabbage looks great!
Boy, I dont know how your seedlings will do.
I covered some of my bulbs... I am thinking I should bring them indoors... they are not of this zone and came up so late...they probably dont have a chance.
Kudos to all of you who have to bring all those tender plants indoors. I don't have the kind of energy you do. I cleaned up a small bit of my yard and planted two new peonies and some asiatic and LA lilies. I was tired just doing that small task. Here is the before shot
I dug up all the purple Japanese anemone that has spread, leaving a few in the rear for next year, repositioned some white flag iris to the side so that I have room in front for the two peonies. All that was left is the tree peony, alstromeria, a small clump of gladiolus and I inter-planted with some of the asiatic and LA lilies. Tossed in a few freesias and keep my fingers crossed that all will come up next spring.
Hi Blossom - when you get done with your chores, come and join me for a refreshing glass of lemonade. I still have some ripe lemons left on the tree. And for all of you who are adventurous and want to try something slightly different, here are some chocolate lavender cookies to go with the lemonade. It really does taste like lavender.
I thought I had posted this yesterday, but it must have gotten lost in cyberspace.
Thanks for asking Blossom - It's actually been pretty productive - did house cleaning today. Washed the upstairs windows and oiled the wooden sills while my daughter dusted. The downstairs will have to wait. (along with a zillion other housecleaning chores - which always takes the back seat to gardening) It takes me twice as long to do anything because I am moving half as fast.
Hope you all had a good weekend too. Rain is predicted here tomorrow night.
Our weekend went pretty good, other than as usual being waaaay too short.
Ick, dont mention the housework list...windows are not my forta (sp)! I am an outdoor person and doing stuff inside is rather loathesome! I guess for me, thats why nature has designed winter..Winter is that time to catchup on indoor things.
Been doing some dreaded housecleaning.. somehow my office got to be a real dust pile. Happens every year...! LOL! Break out the bulldozer.. I probably got enough dust bunnies in there to make a heaping good pile of compost! OY! I hate house work and cant ever keep up with that or the gardens.
Well break me out another lemonade and a few more of delicious cookies!
Just in from the barn, a nice big cozy barn even in the rain. sometimes I think I could just live out there. Time for lunch... then dreaded house work, Laundry and floors today.
Also getting houseplants out of the kitchen in place for winter.
Well, it did drizzle off and on today. Was very chilly and not too fun for being out of doors. I decided to move the petunias intothe GH. Figured had the room what the heck!
Started logging m stuff to my 2010 planting calender...Been trying to find links to the plants on Daves here to so if there is any lively conversation.. well we can go see what everyones yaking about! Its there on the GPS6.
I did get a few moments with the horses. The old mare is feeling really spunky and if I get a day of sunshine I am liable to get out and take her for a short ride.
Well with all the goings on in here you folks are making me weary. Better just sit a spell, Dianne got any more of that lemonade?
Glad you saved your peppers BB, you work way to hard to lose anything.
I got all of mine in, had some help from Tasha on Saturday so saved my back a bit.
Gus looks like you still have a lot of moving ahead of you.
when the kids left yesterday I moved a few more of the big pots upstairs in the middle room, think they will be fine up there.
Looks like my caladiums have already had it, not sure any will survive this winter either, oh well, lest I tried.
See ya'll later, back to work.
Hi All - lots more lemonade to go around. But, I think today is more of a hot chocolate day. We got our first big storm of the season now - with gusts of wind up to 45 mph. The swimming pool is filling up with rain water and debris blown in from who knows where LoL. My fuyu persimmon tree is overloaded with almost ripe fruit - I am afraid that that is being beaten to death. I have some of the heavy laden branches propped up with some planks, but some of those props are most likely blown down. I hope I don't lose too many branches.
But, I think this is small potatoes for the rest of you who have been drenched with rain for awhile now, and will be getting snow storms soon.
Here are some white thornless roses to brighten up the place. The roses tend to have a pinkish hue this time of the year.
Twas a great day to work so I put several hours into a couple places.
This evening I picked a bushel of pears. There is a lovely tree just down the road that no one ever picked ,so a couple years ago I asked and now I feel responsible to not let them go to waste.
My kitchen counter is almost clear, just some rooting jars and a few cut flowers. I had to bring in the long bench so all would have a space. Now the window near my computer is all jungled up.
Drink of the day Hot Spiced Cider
It is that time of the year.
Hiya gus, well, I do a little inside and out.. but this year not much going on the outside. Could not raise any or get any corn shucks so all that is on the porce is a wreath with a scarecrow in it! I have a pile of minicorn to make for bunches, but beleive it or not, they are 10 years old and from our old farm! I cant raise corn on this dirt to save my soul!
I will have to take a pic of the pumkin shelve in the kitchen for you! Will do that tomorrow. That yummy cider is making me sleeeepy!
Hmm crab apples... LOL! I rememeber trying to eat those sour things as a kid! Must be an acquired taste?
What do you do with all your pears gus? We have a pear tree at the cabin but the fruit from ours is long over, it fruits in the early summer?
I'll keep the caladiums and see if they revive in the spring, I must admit I didn't give them a chance last year, just pitched them as I am so short of space. Perhaps I'll take the pots upstairs and let them be until spring.
Beautiful roses Dianne thanks for bringing them in.
I don't decorate in or out, well except for my fall arrangements until the flowers peter out and I do have those wacky gourds around stuff and one little pumpkin that Abygail painted sits outside. We will likely be up at the cabin for Halloween and it is so remote no trick or treat up there.
Supposed to get quite cold today and for the next several, glad I got everything in. Still need to drain and cover the fountain and got all those bulbs to plant when the zinnias finish and of course the dahlia tubers to pull and bag until next season. We are going to the cabin this weekend for the first time in a month and so everything here at home will just have to wait. Then the next week Tim, Amy, Eva and Colton are coming for a weeklong visit as it is muzzleloader season and let the hunting begin.
OMG! Too die for... reserrect me for supper ok! Burrrrp!
Well, yano I finally cleaned up the mess in the kitchen...well sort of... the counter is a wreck from Fritzt and his friends sittingon it.. but ...but anyway lets not go there. I can imagine what mess yer gonna make after deer season! LOL!
I got issues on what to do with my red spider lilies.. they just sprouted a couple weeks ago. They are not of my zone...here they are sitting on my bench and I dont know what I should do with them. I was a thinking.. if I brought them in the house, maybe I would get them to bloom considerign they go bonkers in TX. If I leave them out.. I think they will die because of the getting cold thing going on here.
So, ok, guess I bring them in? Oh Lordy.. where on earth are they gonna go?
Kinda puny looking though arent they? I know nuthn about them other than they are pretty!
So, hows yer spagetti.. you said you wanted maters and punkins for lunch? LOL!
Nicely done in the cafe BB, looks real trick or treaty!
I posted on the thread of caladiums, thanks for helping me BB, you are so busy and yet take the time to fix my dilemnas, you are super.
I have every confidence you will find a spot for those lilies!!!
Here's a little something for the table in the back.
Beautiful table piece there ^_^
As for the pears I eat as many as I can , give away as many as I can , and sneak them into all kinds of stuff. Pears in apple cobbler ,pear/ apple cake, If I have time I will try to make some pearbutter, Just enough to eat I am not into canning. pears last a lot longer than apples before they get mushy. The old pears get fed to the goats.
Been in town all day so I didn't get my picture taken ..oh well they aren't going any where.
No problema on your dilema on the caladiums. I just happen to run across the post there and thought of you...
Now I am still wondering what to do with thos spider lilies.. and then the hub tells me we got snow in the forecast... they are sitting in the gps as I sit here thinking oh now what. I guess I best go fetch them in at this hour or possibly lose them to dormancy. Kitchen counter here they come.. MOVE OVER FRITZ and friends! LOL!
Thanks BB, they told me on the caladium thread just to leave them in the pots, put them upstairs where it is cooler and leave them alone until next season! Yipee, you just save me some shelf space so wanna bring your lilies over?
Gus, that all sounds yummy, never had pearbutter, bet it is sweeter than sweet, I know I love applebutter!
Super haighr! Now that makes me not so not wanting to try them.. leaving them in pots! YAY! Maybe that will be a newbie for me next year. Im marking the calened to hunt for them!
I like pears.. pears and cottage cheese.. other than that.. hmmm. I am deprived in trying anything like what you got going there gus!
Well, gotta go get some tin pans to put those lilies in and clear off a shelf on my plant stand for them. Bigred told me that they will probably stay "grassy" looking for a while. So will find out what goes with them indoors.. its a first!
I han YAY!! DONE with hauling annuals around they are all now moved into the house or the GPS. YAY YAY YA!
Now as for the perennials I did not get in the ground.. oh grrroan! Theres about 250 of them in pots here and there and I had a major implement breakdown yesterday...ugh! Guess I need to cull junk tools too.
Sorry to eat and run, but the hub says snow is on its way... warnings for midnorthern states including IL, WI, IN, OH...Toledo got it already and it feels like it could.
Our son is out in MN on business and said it was very cooooooooolllld and a bit snowy when he got there. He lives in Ohio and gets the lake effect so he knows his snows!
I feel we are all in for a longer winter this year, ours last was quite mild compared to some so guess we are long overdue and by the feel of things outside our chance for that Indian summer seem quite slim to none?
Had some hot tea myself last evening. It is still raining and cold here and will continue all weekend. We aren't going to the cabin tonight, but really want to go tomorrow rain or not cause think it may be the last weekend of the fall foliage up there. Didn't make it up when prime last weekend due to the kids being here and we decided to stay home and now the rain and next weekend more kids coming and just Tim and Steve will go to the cabin for muzzle loader hunting so I won't get up there and then it really will be too late after that!
Now heads up everyone!!!
Attention, Yardqueen is having a new grandbaby and Terri is returning very very soon, so let's get our heads together and get this place spruced up for then and now well nuf said lets get snappn!!! New arrangements (cyber or not) and banners and balloons and baby photos and lets bring on everything we got for this occasion!!!! Get outta bed and outta the garden and get your head caps on and lets get this party started cause YQ and Terri both need a real big Welcome Home and Congrats and whatever else our sorry soles can provide!!!
Hello everyone!!!!!! Remember me???????? well I'm nearly back, so this ole cafe is still going? think we need a makeover here, the paint is falling off the walls. LoL but the arrangements and grub are fabulous, darlings!!!!
Hope everyone is tip top? hello newgirl!!!! who's Fritz???? anyway will catch up with everything and everyone soon.
Ahhh new Grandbaby for Yardqueen, that's wonderrful news.
Oh terri, soooo very goood to see you again, we all sure did miss you.
Big hug and an affectionate squeeze dear.
Here this is for you! It is a live planted arrangement! Do sit down and take a load off! Heeear too, have a cuppa (_)?
Oh Fritz,hmmm how to explain him. Maybe he will show himself again. He is really something, but shhhh, dont say anything about his nose.. he has a big bird complex...he has been the hired help around here and well...you know how wild and crazy things can get! He is like a beast in the jungle at times! But he sure can bake!
Welcome home friend, so glad you had a minute to drop in. We didn't paint or do any restoration while you were gone cause we didn't want to be in the middle of it upon your return. Besides we know how you like to pick the paint colors. It has been a long time since the last restoration. Perhaps when you are back full time we can get a new thread started with the newly renovated cafe.
BB, you are not picking any furniture this time, too much retro stuff ^_^.
Brought this arrangement back in for your welcome home Terri, not much left to work with these days. Had our first frost last night.
Tim, Amy, Eva and Colton are coming tomorrow evening and staying for the week for muzzleloader season, so likely that I won't be around much, perhaps a bit during the day.
Oops almost forgot, when we renovate the cafe, can Fritz stay? He overhead Terri talking and was wondering if he was going to be replaced. I think he should go with us as Terri hasn't even had a chance to try his exotic chef treats? What do you all say?
Well, Fritz can stay if SW approves. He got him the job so I think SW should have a say on that.
That is fine too on the furniture picking because well, I admit, that is not my bag. I will roll the new paint if ya'll chose the colors.
Out here we call it firearm season and I don't mind the hunting as long as the folks do it where they are not causing issues with other landowners who do not appreciate their sanctuaries disrupted. We will be carding folks for that.
Well terri so glad you are back and as soon as you get organized and settled in we all will pitch in for the new restoration!
Thanks for the pretty pink roses Dianne, lovely on my table! Is that a new vase??? I love it!!!
Blossom sweetie, please put the planted arrangement on the patio, Thank you it's beautiful.
I don't mind this Fritz guy staying if you say he can bake!!!!! sounds good to me.
I hope Candee is still baking on Fridays because I so look forward to her pies and cheesecakes.??
Yikes!!! you'd better give Plantgeek a call, she can take 'PyRex' home with her, haha!!
Candee, Hi, Love your Big leaves, looks like Jackson Pollock's been here LoL!! splashin' paint around on your leaves.
It might be a while yet before I'm back, I think someone should risk it and open a new cafe', just make sure we look better than the rival hahaha!!!
Mum said I'm grounded for sneaking off on the internet... LoL
Looks like you will have to carry on without me for this week ... SOZ thats short for SORRY!!!
Nice to see my friend of the year ruby slippers card again, this year is running out and I might not see it again ever LOL
Yano!!!! I think post 7168562 would make a yummy Flowerpot cafe' 25.
Ohhhh - do we really get to go across the Mersey? I loved that song by Gerry and the Pacemakers -" Life goes on day after day, hearts torn in everyway, so Ferry, 'cross the Mersey, 'cause this land's the place I love, and here I'll stay." A perfect singing in the shower song.
I miss bumping around in that grand ole teapot. It's about time we went on another trip.