I kinda like the Oopers at Christmas.. theys just sooo country! And so Canadian... eh! (key word for Canadian.. all sentences end in ...eh!)
Course then again I like the Chipmunks too.. AL-VINNNNNN!...but thats a personal thing!
I like Bings version of WC myself. Love that old time stuff. Love that part when they pay respects to the OLD MAN.. you just dont get that much anymore. Or how about the Duke..all those oldie war movies.. Yano, the old Duke was one fella that never fought a battle in real life on the actual battle fieldfront, but got a PURPLE HEART for his efforts in war support in his day. Those old boys had it going! You just gotta salute them old boys for what they did and the men and women that are in the real battles. SAAAA-LUTE!
I speak much better "Canadian" than I do Southern, that's for sure. I'm usually in Toronto once or twice a year. Those African Daisy varieties have improved greatly in the last few years. The "Asti White" and "Asti Purple" ones are 2008 All American Selections gold medal winners. My two "Asti Purple" plants, on the side of the house, survived the Florida summer. Not many winter plants make it through the summers down here, ya know. I dug em up and have repotted them until I decide which sunnier location to pit them in. They make a great GH $ pot crop because they grow and bloom very very fast from seed.
actually I prefer Brenda Lee's,Johnny Mathis and who's that new kid that croons like Sinatra,Dean Martin and others...even ole Bing has some I like...but I do occassionaly like some of the newer "rocked out Xmas" songs
That "Sinatra" like voice is most likely either Harry Connick Jr or that Canadian named Michael Buble. One of my neighbors has some electronic devise out in the yard that blares out Christmas songs. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the complete cycle of music. I'm 4 houses away and I can still hear it pretty easily when I'm sitting out in the yard, at night, looking at everyones Christmas lights.
Barry White and Lou Rauls had voices smooth and hushy voices that were so fine.
Tom Jones has a song we can't think of the name so I can find the cd. If you saw the movie The Full Monty,it was the ones the guys stripped to. You Can Leave Your Hat On? I'd love to find that one for one of my fitness classes I hope to start after the first and some other songs in the same vein. Gonna call it "Stripness Class"...LOL. If ya gotta exercise,might as well make it fun.
Yes, Tom Jones had a song named "You Can Leave Your Hat On". Most people, in this country, thought he disappeared from the music scene for many many years, but he didn't. He continued singing and most of his songs were released in Germany first, and then in the rest of Europe. Earlier this decade he finally had a song, composed in Germany, that eventually became popular in the US. It was titled "Sex Bomb"...and that was the return of music in this country.
BB...LOL. Well age is creeping up on me but other around me still swear I look like I'm in my late 40's but I think they may just be buttering me up to tape me for a loan...LOL.Plumb but body still in shape from all those years of slammin' iron. Muscles are still there...just covered up with that fluffy stuff*G*
I'll have to try that "Chocolate Cherry" Sunflower again. Tried a couple of them last summer and they were a bit small. Doesn't mean there always going to be small cause there's usually quite a difference from plant to plant. Speaking of chocolate...someone at the hockey game on Saturday gave me this 44oz Hershey's Chocolate "Big Kiss". It's this monster sized hollow Hersheys Kiss filled with a package of the regular sized Hershey's Kisses. Gonna take me a couple of days to eat that thing!!! LOL
It sure tastes pretty good. It's enormous. I didn't take any pictures of Chocolate Cherry Sunflower last summer. Growing very few sunflowers right now because the daylight hours are still short. Probably will start planting more of them beginning in March/April.
Johnnies is where I bought the "Chocolate" from last year. I guess I'm gonna try "Apricot Twist" Sunflower one more time. Wasn't impressed with it the first time, but sometimes there's quite a variance from plant to plant and this is a new seed pack.
Well,I think I have a pretty good line up for my "chocolate" garden. Ordered salpilossis in "chocolate" but it got back-ordered...WEEKS ago. Can't find the back-order letter and I can't remember who I ordered it from so I can't even e-mail to fuss about it.
Guerneys is ok for seed, but I have gotten puny plants from them when I had expected better. Less they improved over the years.. its been awhile for me though on them so who knows if they got better in shipping plants
I would think you have enough stuff planned for your "Chocolate Universe" Patty. I remember seeing your long list of seeds/plants. Ya gotta watch those back ordered items to make sure ya get them. I learned to print my orders and then toss them when they're received. If something is back ordered I'll save the printed order and circle what is on back order. That just happened to me yesterday with some scabious zinnia seeds one back order.
Gurneys carnation is deceiving Blossom. They mention "just like the florist sells", but the small print tells you 1 1/2" blooms. I think we should both "el paso" on that one!!! LOL
well,there's a back-order letter in my file cabinet...somewhere in that black hole. I confess I'm lazy about putting them in proper file folders so it could be anywhere
Speaking of chocolate...and who wouldn't*G*...my Kissed by Chocolate delphiniums have sprouted. I don't dare hope to see them as perennials here but hopefully they will survive and bloom and be annuals for me. Now that I've got the knack of getting them to germinate,I can harvest seeds and grow them every year. Fingeres crossed..XXXXXX
I'd kill to get those tall Delphiniums to grow/bloom down here but it just isn't in the cards. It's a minor miracle that my Imperial Giant Larkspur seedlings are now putting out some blooms. Remember looking up that "Kissed By Chocolate" Dephinium. Very very nice.
no seeds left and it remains to be seen if I can bring them thur a complete cycle to get seeds. I'm hoping the d.cardinalis,d.naudiacal(spelled off the top of my head)and d.zali will grow for me. First two are Calif. native ...alst one's from mid-east so will see. Suppose to de heat tolerant but our oppressive humidity my be the deciding factor.
Those squirrels can be a real pain with Sunflower seeds. It's like they have radar and can find the seed immediately after you plant it. One area in the backyard I can't direct sew Sunflower seeds. They dig them up within a day. I have to start them in small pots and transplant when they're a few inches tall. More work but at least I'll get Sunflowers that way.
Well my neighbor doesn't help when it comes to the squirrels. He tosses sunflower seeds and peanuts still in the shell onto his driveway every morning to feed the squirrels. I'm always digging up peanuts and peanut shells in my yard.
Hehe. I just don't want neighbors feeding the wildlife. Those squirrels come over into my yard and start begging by standing on their two back feet. Over the weekend I saw someone parked up at the corner feeding the wild hogs that live in this huge vacant lot. I just shuck my head.
They know not what they do, I keep saying... somehow, there is no consolation in that some days though yano. And some folks just refuse to be educated. So all ya can do is just stand there, hands on yer hips, a zip on the lip and shake the head.
Somehow though I suspect if your neighbs are like mine, you might garner a wave back with a finger. People just think others is strange thas all!
Yeah I was shakin the head and a few words were mumbled out of my mouth. LOL I don't recall that I've ever shuck any of my fingers at people. I just register it in my head and move on to something else.
Good man. Well, im sitting here thinking and yano how irritatered I got with the neighs and their dang ducks lose on the road last season, well im still iritated because they have no business on the road, but again, these people know not what they do. Really makes me sad the people dont know how to take care of the animals and children and such. No regard on the law there too. Its not a free range the highway yano. I mean, these are the same people that try to drive ATVs where they arent supposed to and they are the first to grip that people are picking on them when the law comes down. Irks the heck out of me to see they allow their kids on these machines too and break the laws.
Well, Jon, I dont know what the answer is. Somebody is alwasy gonna have a gripe on someone else some how. It just dont end. The way I figure it, if you stay on the righteous side, you will be ok. The others just got a bit of the devil in them that one day wil catch up with them.
But on the good side of the moon today, my sunnies popped! Looks like the Black Oils an dthe grey stripes will be rather populous. Guess we got enough buryied in the till so that the doves were not gonna get them all before their time.
I'm not gonna let it bother me Blossom. It's not all that important in the realm of life. Sure enough, yesterday, those squirrels dug up a few Sunflower seeds I had planted the evening before. I came inside got the seeds and planted some more. Then I came back inside and put on my coyote costume and went back outside to get some things done. That coyote costume keeps a lot of the critters...and the neighbors away!!! LOL
Skaking in my flip flops I am! LOL! Now you stay away from my babies or I will just have to bop you in the he-yad! Course I hird you got emphazeeema so you cant blow nobodys huas down... You you you and them thar Cuban cee-grrrs! hehehe!
Im a new mamma of 6 goslings and well I got a pitchfork yano. It will fit right under your tail it will if you mess with my kids! honk honk hoooooonk!
What the heck are you playing next week Texas A N M? LOL! Hird them long herns are gonna poke some butt!
LOL. This is South Florida. It's "swagger" and "All About The U"...the Miami Hurricanes. Whether its the wolf/coyote or the Hurricanes, one way or another were gonna "huff & puff and blow your house down". LOL
Keep an eye on them goslings. Wild E Coyote is lickin his chops.
(...thats the cranes nest there in the middle, to the lower right just on the water...its huge! Cant tell for shure but think there are 2-3 eggs! Cant wait to see the babies, but taking pics of the adults has been a no can do so far.. I need a better camera... telephoto would do me a grand service...hello Verizon... you hear that?)
Like the snapdragon. Still have a few blooming here which is shocking for July. Usually they bite the dust once it starts to really heat in up mid May. Here they are today. Not tall like they should be, but not bad for highs in the low 90's and lows around 80 every night since beginning of June.
Thanks Blossom. Up until the early 1980's this immediate area was undeveloped, and was grassland on the eastern edge of the Florida Everglades. It's a pretty good mixture of dark soil and sand and not rocky at all. It's decent soil to work with.
I have a diversity of soils.. part is some good dirt, but the ph is funky and it has lots of calcium. Then there is the gold sand. They used to mine the sand off this ground mnay moons ago. Took the better grade and left the course clayish sand. Some spots you can dig down and find blue clay. On the praire, dont sneeze you will blow all of the topsoil away as there is only a fine dusting. There is no fertility and if one was to put like a commercial fertilizer like the farmes do on their fields, it does not help becasue it disapates really fast. The land needs humous to hold the fertility in and it is what it is, very poor soil,
In the bog, there is this awesome peat layer.. its weird and pretty deep. If you get out on it at certain times of the year it feels like its floating on top of the wetland.
The water table is very high being that the area is a former lakebed. Then the water sources run weird.. I think the quality of the water has dropped drastically in 10 years. And its fickle. I would say its higher in nitrates over what it was when we first came and then the calcium levels seem to go up and down. That makes it hard to water sometimes because some plants do not like the changes and sometimes I get plant kills for no explained reason other than the water is wild.
Only a short list of plants will grow here. You cannot force them to thrive. One ounce of neglect and some plants are done before you start.
It is what it is, a very fickle freaky ecosystem. You either love it or hate it.. I have grown found of it. Simply because it truly is unique.
Makes gardening a challenge. And the prairie, the bog and oh yes, the savannah, every changing, never the same vegitaion in the same area from year to year. The plant colonies seem to come in wafts where one year they are very large, next year, nearly fizzeled.
Poison ivy, clover, some grasses, raspberries, maples, oaks, sassafras and a few more are prevelant natives.
I am amazed the sunnies like it where we have them year after year, but then we ammend that patch of soil each year with a dosage of unadulterated horse manure.
The land here is nothing that a bunch of organic manure would not cure or kill... dependign on what you are trying to do. And the rare species, well we certainly do not want to kill those.
Not too many variables here, although this summer it's been WAY hot and unusually dry. This winter was the second coldest on record and we've followed that up with the hottest May and hottest June on record. The average temperature for June (averaging high & low temps each day) in Ft Lauderdale was 84.9 degrees. 15 of the 30 nights in June the temperature did not drop below 80 degrees for a low. June is normally the wettest month with an average of 10 inches of rain. This June we had 4.5 inches. More of the same predicted for July.
Anyway, the Sunflowers are "very forgiving" and adapt to anything. Took a photo this morning of Sunflowers "Apricot Twist" behind the "Black And Blue" Salvia.
I dont know how tall they are sposed to get, but out in the big B.O. patch, they are blooming at waste high, so I would say the one in the basket is stunted. The one in the field are hurting now for water.
They'll grow 12 months of the year down here. They grow their best, and reach their maximum potential when they're grown to bloom at the very beginning on summer when the daylight hours are the longest. The best choice, in Florida, during the short days of winter are the "Pro-Cut" series Sunflowers. They're daylength neutral and grow just as well during the shorter daylight hours of early winter.
Thanks Blossom. I was outside tonight planting more Sunflower seeds. They can be grown all months of the year here, but the biggest/best blooms occur in the summer. I can't let them go to seed down here or else the wild parrots trash the flower beds. They'll even land on the Sunflowers that haven't bloomed yet and the weight of those green parrots will snap the Sunflower stalks.
Very nice Patty. Like that Heliopsis and what looks like Torenia in the background. This is what we call "Beach Sunflower" (Helianthus debilis) in Florida. It grows along both coasts of Florida and is hardy in Zones 8-11.
I know. It IS my fault, but who cares. As long as the primary focus is Sunflowers, it doesn't matter if we stray offtrack for a little while. I'd rather read a post and look at a picture compared to no post at all.
I've been slowly getting at the weeds the last few evenings. Can't get much accomplished in the 1-2 hours its semi-bearable in the evening. None of the beds are real bad, but there are enough weeds to keep the issue on my mind. I can't wait for October when it will cool off, the humidity will ease up and it will be the beginning of the winter gardening season...the one I really like.
OK Blossom. Everyone is a "wanderer" in the garden. Definition: a gardener easily distracted/set off course by something in the yard. A wanderer usually ends up doing something completely different than what was intended once they've been outside for a couple of minutes. Hehe