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The best buy of the day...2 orchids. The big one had its flowers sitting in the pot...knocked off by something or someone. The little one had dropped all but 2 of its blooms. However, they both still have little buds...I don't know if they bloom or not. Anyway, I paid 3 dollars for the little one...originally 15 dollars and 5 dollars for the big one...originally 27.00!
Woodland Park in Tulsa does a similar spring display, and it is breathtaking. When we lived there, we had a good friend who was a professional photographer. I took DD one spring and had him do a photo shoot with her in her Easter finery, surrounded by tulips. It's one of my favorite "baby" pictures of her. Now she's 14 and she still likes girly dresses with layers of tulle - at least on occasion ;o)
duckmother what you have there are two healthy specimens of phalanopsis. Yes they're a type of orchid. Make sure that you have some sort of humidity below them (like a tray with pebbles and water). They like high humidity. Also allow the potting medium (it's not soil) to dry out between waterings. When you water hold them over the sink and really drench the pot so water runs out the bottom fast then wait till the pot is dry ( 1 to 2 days usually) before you water them again. Feed at least monthly. Superthrive is a great additive to their water. If you can give them good air circulation (like a small fan not pointing straight at them) even better. In nature they attach themselves to tree limbs and bark. Air flows freely around the roots and leaves.
They will need repotting at least yearly into new potting medium. Walmart often carries the right stuff for this job. If you replace the pot the best ones have extra large holes at the bottom for water to drain off.
Sorry if you already know all this.
Okay, Terry, I will do that. I have not been to Woodland Park in Tulsa...sounds like I need to take a mini-vacation ;o)
No worries, Molly, I can always use advice when it comes to orchids. I already have 2 dendrobiums...which just finished blooming. I have a friend that has over 200 varieties of orchids...I don't plan on ever becoming that nutty for orchids...hostas, that is a different story ;o)) Thanks for the info.
I was going to ask where you got your orchids Kim but you answered my question! I got a huge pot of mother in law tongue last week at Lowe's for 5.00 and a couple of other smaller plants for a 1.00 each. I have a spot in my den I keep a live plant but it doesn't get a lot of light so I end up having to replace the plant every couple of years. So I just sliced off a piece of the mother in law tongue and put the rest in another pot. I know that make silk plants, but I just have an aversion to those in certain places.
I could spend the whole spring traveling to different gardens. Thanks for sharing that Terry, my dad lives in Joplin MO so that would be a great vacation sometime!
I've never owned an orchid and wouldn't know where to start. This house does not get much sunlight inside at all, and I don't have anywhere to put any plants, and Dave won't let me put up hangers for baskets, so that's out. pptttthhhh.
Crissy, I could do the same thing, but then I'd never get my own gardens in shape or planted, LOL.
I hope all of you have had this gorgeous weather this weekend. We've been out in the yard both days doing stuff we should have done in Nov/Dec/Jan, but it was always too wet and rainy, snowy, or too cold to get out and do it. Gotta go take some Aleve so I won't be sore!
Hello everyone - just a quick note to let you know that I received a text from Trish earlier today that Caleb is to have surgery tomorrow. He is doing good and has been moved to the burn unit, I assume to prepare him for surgery... and will return to there after surgery. I received another text a few minutes ago that the surgery is scheduled for 8 in the morning. They are going to work on his hand and upper arm, and also evaluate a place on his lower leg to see if it needs a skin graft since it is burned deeper than they originally thought.
I told her we would be praying. I will let you know as soon as I hear something.
Just got a text from Trish that Caleb is just now going into surgery. They had an emergency come in so it pushed his surgery back on the schedule. She asked me to thank everyone in advance for their prayers!
Sorry to be so late getting a chance to post the update. I had to take Jessica to the doctor in El Dorado this afternoon and I was on my way there when I received Trish's last text. Caleb came thru surgery well, but has grafts on both hands instead of one as they were expecting. They did not do a graft on place on his arm or leg - just scrapped the place out on his arm. He is on a pump for pain and is expected to be in the hospital 7 days after surgery.
I know tonight and tomorrow will be rough on them so please continue to lift up prayers.
I have Marigold's, lupine, rain lily, zinna, sweet williams and many more, some have started developing second leaves. I winter sowed in milk jugs. I also had some plastic containers that bed linen was packaged in that zipped, so, I sowed in cut off plastic cups and milk jugs that I cut the top off and placed the containers in the plastic and zipped, this has worked well. I have yet to transplant in containers from the jugs, I hope it goes well, I also started some holly hock they are easy to start.
Cedar, I have started several varieties of morning glories and several other things in plastic milk jugs. I haven't noticed any seedings yet. Hopefully the seed will germinate. This is my first year to do this.
Cedar Welcome did you sow those outside or inside? I am surprised the hot weather plants like zinnas are sprouting outside already. Good to have someone nearer to me on here. Keep hanging around alot of good info here.
Some are inside, but most are outside. What has worked for inside: wet paper towel, place seeds in the center then wrap and place in small ziplock bag then refrigerate for a short while then remove from refrig and place in a warm location ( I have a small oven we use for toast so I put the seeds on top of the oven) when seeds sprout I plant in containers. This is the easy method and the one I'll use entirely next year. How do yo start yor seeds?
Yes, I have had one out for years...first it said Mother Less...then Mother Duck...the Mother Goose...then Mother Hubbard...but since I am getting so many kinds of animals...I just changed it to read...Mother Nature! LOLOLOLOL
duckmother wrote:Yes, I have had one out for years...first it said Mother Less...then Mother Duck...the Mother Goose...then Mother Hubbard...but since I am getting so many kinds of animals...I just changed it to read...Mother Nature! LOLOLOLOL
Kim be sure to take some pictures of the Old Mill when it is in Spring bloom so we can see what it looks like in another season.
You need to have someone paint you a sign for your back yard with all those names with each previous name crossed out. If I could paint anymore I would do it for you. Since arthur moved in my painting resembles the ones the elephants do.
Well, Mrs. Bunny did not dig a hole yesterday. She pulled back the grass and stayed in the same spot until dark, then disappeared. I don't know if she will be back or if she decided to move because of all the noise yesterday. All of my neighbors were home...one was moving stuff, the other was getting a new roof, another was working outside...then there was me...I kept looking out the window to see if all was well. We shall see what happens...
I just texted Trish to see how things were going and she said things are going great. They checked Caleb's grafts yesterday and everything seems to look good. He walked 2 laps around the hall this morning and is about ready to take a bath and walk again. She hopes he gets to go home early next week.
I've been out walking my yard and am thrilled to see signs of some stuff starting to come up. A lot of my stuff from Oct RU I can see is gong to make it. Still to early to tell about some of it. The next pretty day I've got to get out and start doing some (a lot) of clean up. I have debris all over the yard from stuff breaking off the trees during the snow. I'm getting excited now really can't wait for spring!!!!
I made a walk around the yard today and was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of stuff showing signs of coming up. Like my impatiens I guess I'll never get rid of kawanzo lilies. I was surprised to see a very big area of the compost pile sprouting lilies! I don't remember throwing a lot of them in there. I took a huge amount out to my MG project. I took some to RU in Oct and gave some to some neighbors and now they are all over my compost pile. Coming up better than anything in the yard!!
Hellebores are doing good - I think this is a really pretty one.
I won't hold out hope since it has been in the glass room all winter. I couldn't water in there except by hauling it from a picture inside so a lot of things didn't make it. All my hellebores drowned except one small one.
I'll give you some more hellebore. My oldest plant keeps putting out babies. It has lots of little babies all around it. I moved a bunch of them last year and they are all doing great. I got a red hellebore from someone at the Oct RU and it was looking really piteful and I thought I had probably lost it and in my walk around today, I noticed some new sprouts and a flower bud. So it made it!!! Did I get that from you Cindy?
I've lost a bunch of stuff I put in my little mini greenhouses. It just got too cold this winter!
Kim if I wasn't stuck at work I'd come see you, your only 3 or 4 blocks from my building.
I am always accepting visitors here at my work, I'm in the same building that Downtown Deli is in, the Old Tower Building, or Catlett Prien Building, 7th floor Ste 750, corner of 4th and Center. Hint Hint Hint LOL!!!
I have a hair appt in Benton at 5pm today for a cut and dye, I'm going 2 shades lighter...
A new Christine the next time we see you. I think I'm going to change hairdressers. I've been going to the same guy for at least 30 years and I think he is getting in a rut. One of my neighbors wears her hair similar to mine and I love the way her hair looks. So I think I'm going to try her hairdresser. If I don't like it, it will grow and I can go back to Michael and beg forgiveness!!
Me and Dave was fired from the guy we used to go to in Hot Springs. I guess he's too rich which is fine, the gal I have in Benton is awesome and it's right on the way home from work, and Dave found a great barber in Benton too. I can't wait to get these split ends cut off! I think it will be a nice change, I've never done this sort of thing before, I'm pretty boring.
I had lunch yesterday with an old friend from high school and her husband. They are both Master Gardeners and we had a great time talking about gardening more than old times. They live in El Dorado and for those of you in that neck of the woods, they said their favorite nursery is Thompson (of could it have been Thomas) in Farmerville, LA. Not but a few blocks from the Courthouse. It is a feed store, nursery, etc. This may be the place Genna mentioned that had cheap camellias. Need to confirm the name of the place. But I know it was either Thompson or Thomas. I told them about Dave's and and she checked it out and thought it looked interesting, so you may end up seeing her here. Her name is also Charlotte.
Back from F & G Show and I only bought two things! I spent a total of 8 dollars on a Remote Wood Fern and a very small bird feeder (for meal worms.) I saw Karen and Janie just as I was walking out the door to go home. We will see how much they spend...
Kim got your message that you didn't see my message until you got home. No problem! I'm going with my friend from Arkadelphia tomorrow and I'll find out then.
I hope the weatIher is fairly warm next week. I beginning to realize all the things that need to be done!! I'm pleased to see that a lot of stuff in my hypertufa bathtub herb garden are coming back. My parsley has stayed nice and green all winter long and now new growth is starting. The oregano and lemon balm are coming back and the candytuft I had spilling over the edges made it.
WE had Trixie euthenized this morning. Something new had developed with her and required more attention than I could give. I feel horrible about having to do this. I also feel guilty, that I gave up on her so soon. I know that I should'nt feel this way and it will pass, but the feeling is here now. I guess I'll deal with that tomorrow.
Danny took her down and we will bury her in a litttle while.
Oh KA, I am so very sorry. I know that Trixie was very loved family member! There is never a good time to give up an animal. My heart aches so much for you and your family. I am sending the biggest warmest hugs!!!
Kathy Ann I'm so sorry! It is so difficult to lose a pet. Like Kim said, they are part of the family! It is such a hard decision to make and it is easy to question that decision, but from what you have said poop Trixie just didn't have any quality of life left!!!
I too am sorry. I know all of you are grieving for her. I hope the burial goes well, and remember her as a pup, not poor old Trixie she had become, but the wonderful happy squirming pup that brought you so much happiness.
(((((to you all))))))
Kim I see your $8 dollars and I'm multiplying that by TEN. I spent a whopping $80 at the show. Got some bareroot bleeding hearts including TWO white ones, some hostas, a climbing hydrangea, windflowers, veronica, May night salvia, a red columbine and two of those cool cord keepers they were selling for my hubby's fathers day gift. Oh and some praline pecans - to eat while I was planting all that stuff.
Got everything I bought in the ground today - what a great day!!! Charlotte I was amazed myself at some of what is coming up out there - it seems awfully cold but I see buds and green tips on lots of things. I know what you mean about those Kwanzo daylilies. I had pulled up about a million last summer. Looks like I left a few scattered around just on the ground and guess what is greening up out there. YEP Ditch daylilies!!! right there in below freezing temps on top of the ground with zero protection.
I also had a few daylilies from the Fall RU that I never got planted - they were in a cardboard box out on the deck - after that spell where it got down to 16 I went out there to throw that away and they didn't really look dead so I just moved the box onto the porch and guess what several of them are also putting out green. But you can bet some of the things I worked so hard to get in the ground and baby will have died from the cold. It is really weird how things like that work huh?
The flower show was good as always - I liked the little booth selling bare root stuff for $1.39 - gotta love those bargains. I've never bought plants quite that way before but we'll see how it goes. I am super excited about my climbing hydrangea that is about as big as a paper clip (no kidding)
Genna - glad to hear about Caleb - I am praying for his full recovery and hoping he gets to go home soon. KA sorry about your dog - one of ours died over the winter and although she was waaaay past her prime for a dog it was still sad. I'm sure she had a great life there with you and that is better than anything else you could have given her.
I just got back from the Flower and Garden Show and I only spent $5. I brought a really neat birdhouse. The guy sells them super cheap.
Karen where did you get the climbing hydrangea? I am going back tomorrow to work and I sure would like to get a climbing hydrangea while I'm there.
I am so sorry KA that you had to make that decision for her. She is much better off, but I know you won't feel like that for along time. It is the worst decision to have to make - but you did right by her. And don't say you didn't give it your all --- you almost lost her along time ago. She had a very good life with you.
Charlotte it was in that very first booth on the left side as you come in the door. They are from some nursery at Mississippi & Ohio - their stuff is VERY small this one was in just a starter pot like impatiens come in but it was only $3 I just looked at my paper and the name is Grand Designs. I didn't even know they existed but the have a website www.granddesigns.us it is under construction but their printed list is quite long. They seem to have a lot of native plants as well as loads of hostas.
You were a great mom to her and she lived knowing she was loved by all of you. I know it is a horrible decision you had to make , especially after I just had to make this same decision to have Isis, my rottweiler of ten years.. euthanized this past year .. it is only natural to feel a little guilty for a while but you have got to know that it was the right thing to do for her.
Grand Designs is a nursery in Little Rock. They are at the flower show every year.
It is one of the first booths that I go to because they have so many things. I spent
about $20 there this year. They had some wonderful, huge, bareroot pink Astilbes
for $3. In the past they have only been a landscape nursery and not open to the public.
At White Wagon Farms booth I bought a cute little Ranunculus called Brazen Hussey.
Hope everyone visited my friend Doug's booth called The Earth Station. He has a
nursery in Batesville at an old gas station on main street.
I was bummed that the daylily people who are usually there were not there this year - I don't NEED another daylily period but you know how that is. Loretta I have NEVER been able to get astilibes to grow for me - I think they are beautiful but so far I've had no luck. Do you grow them?
KA... bless your heart! You loved that pup and she loved you back for many years!! Many!! Such treasured memories that will never fade from your memory. Try to concentrate on those! You did the right thing.
So well said Beck. To each has a season and Trixie's was a long pampered one. She was blessed to have been brought into your home Kathy Ann and you were blessed to have her. No regrets I'm sure you made a wise decision for Trixie.
Hello everyone - trying to catch up. No internet service at home from Thursday until yesterday... can you say WITHDRAWAL ??? ^_^
Kathy Ann, I am so sorry to hear about Trixie. I hate that you had to experience that - it is so difficult, because they are so much a part of our family, and our heart grieves for them. You were so kind and loving to her and so faithful to keep her for as long as possible- and I am sure she was thankful to have such a great Mom! Sending you lots of hugs - wish there was more we could do!
Talked to Trish again today and she is going with Caleb to dressing changes today so she can learn what to do at home. She HOPES they go home by the end of the week... said the grafts are still a little wet but otherwise things are going well.
I have sure MISSED you all... been wondering what all my buddies were up to!! Went to LR this past Saturday and forgot all about the F&G show! and Leigh had showed me an article about it the week before!! Oh well, we didn't get to all the places we needed to go anyway so I guess I didn't need another distraction!
Good, good dirt!!!!! Now what are you going to do with it??? I've been out a little today just walking around and looking at stuff. Still to cold to stay long. We're supposed to be above 60 this weekend!!!!! I plan to get out and work some then!!
Got a new haircut today from the new hairdresser. Think I'm going to like it a lot. It's definitely more updated looking!
I have lots of places to put it, the new lasagna bed I started last fall will get a lot of it, then just throw it around in the beds, it is good dark rich compost, a dump truck load full.
I use it in pots too when I root stuff
OK here is the new hairdo. You really can't tell a lot about it in the photo, but she added some layering in it and it gives a little lift to my hair. I went to Dillard's after I got my haircut to get the new Clinic free gift and got a compliment on my hair while I was there. I'm going to community group tonight. We'll see if they notice. My church has lots of small groups that meet (10 to 14 people). We meet once a week for 6 weeks and then take a few weeks break and then back again. We just have fellowship, snacks, bible study and prayer.
Thanks Cindy! It is shorter. She stacked it in the back which you can't see in photo and on the right side she didn't give me bangs but has a section that is shorter and brushes back. rather than coming toward my face. It kind of does that naturally. I think I'm going to really like it.
One of the things I bought at the Flower and Garden Show was an African Iris. I just have it sitting in my sun room right now and this afternoon discovered a bloom that had just opened. I'm going to keep it in a pot and bring it in the garage this fall. It is supposed to be hardy tlo zone 7 but someone who has one told me I should bring it in as they lost theirs this winter.
Charlotte I love the new do. You need to use that. That is a good length on you. It looks about at least an inch shorter than your old do. Maybe you were long when I saw you. An inch on shorter hair can make a big difference.
Love the new cut Charlotte, and the half price sounds even better!! ^_^
Kim - those camellias are lovely. I haven't had any blooms on the ones I planted last year because the deer have eaten all the leaves and buds off of them! The vet says the local deer are on the verge of starving because they have eaten up all the acorns and the buds and new grass are not out yet because of the cold weather... I don't want them to starve - but I don't want them eating my camellias either!
WOW Sandra ... I WOULD LOVE to find a source for compost like that!! I desperately need some and haven't had any luck finding a good source without having to drive 2 hours or so. Which really makes the cost prohibitive... I wish I could get a BIG dumptruck load delivered...
I know--it is like Heaven, having all the dirt I need to play with. For the first time in my life I think I have enough--LOL
I wish everyone else could have a great big pile of compost too !!!
I will share--come and get it
Do you have somewhere local that you get it from?? I WISH they would do that at our local landfill but they don't ... I have been told that Texarkana has a landfill site that does a lot of composting. A landscaper in Magnolia told me that she used to get tractor trailer loads of it, but when diesel got so expensive, she couldn't continue to pay them to haul it to her - and she is an hour closer than I am !! I can't imagine how much it would cost to have a load delivered to me!
I did pay a guy about 4 yrs ago to bring me a VERY small load of stuff from his feedlot - but it had a LOT of weeds in it and LOTS of foreign objects so I have decided I am better to buy manure by the bag - it is cheaper I think than what I paid him AND I don't have to deal with eartags and needle covers!
Just got a note from Trish that Caleb got to go home yesterday. They will do dressing changes at home and return to burn clinic for a check up next week... Maybe she will get a chance to get outside and enjoy this sunshine some!
Sandra - love the dirt ! Just wish it was at my house :-( I just told DH that I was gonna start driving the truck next week, so I can start hauling my mulch and dirt on the way home from work. As much work as it sounds like - it sure is fun ! lol.
Charlotte - love the new cut. Very cute on you, but you look like you have a "good head of hair" to work with.
So glad to hear the news of Trish coming home with son. I know it probably feels like they've been at hospital forever. Now "let the healing begin"!!!
I chatted with Betty (Picabo) the other day on dmail and she said she is still around... just very busy right now. Doing pottery and stuff and still taking care of everyone !
Bonnie I'm getting my truck ready to haul also. I had not started it in several weeks (just kept forgetting) and had to have it jump started this morning so I'm getting ready to go drive around for a while and get it charged back up. It has a really good fairly new battery, I just neglected it!
That is funny Charlotte - we just had to replace my battery too... only because I had forgotten to turn the overhead lamp off back when I was driving it... bad, bad, bonnie ! But my DH knows the importance of having that baby ready when I start buying my dirt and stuff... and I bought my first bags of potting soil yesterday.
Genna, we can go to the compost yard at Corinth and get a load, but all we have to haul it on is the little 4 wheeler trailer. We are about 45 minutes from Corinth, so a round trip to Corinth for a small load will cost about 30 bucks in gas, as high as it is now.
I saw this ad in the papers--Dump truck load of compost 85.00--I called and told him where I am (he was hauling from Tupelo compost yard) and he said he would have to charge a 10.00 delivery fee coming that far--I said Done Deal !
So I spent 95.00 and have enough compost to do the whole summer !!!!!!!!!!
Jerry will not let me put it in the back of his pick-up, he is afraid they might make a boo-boo with the loader bucket and mess up his truck, so all we were getting was like one scoop with the front end loader when we would go.
Got my last shot today--it is not gone, but I am not in as much pain as I have been, so Terrye told me it might take 2 more weeks after the shots, I am going to be patient and have good thoughts that they are going to work !!
Thanks outside playing!!! Thanks exactly what I've been doing today. Got the front yard cleaned up and made it to the back. Major stuff needs to be done back there. I dug up some monkey grass (I'm keeping it , just gone beyond the bounds) and did a lot of dead heading and got the big pine branch out of the back yard. That didn't even make a dent in what needs to be done!!!
Now time to cook supper!
I finally developed a disposable camera I had here. There is a winter shot of that shrub I've been trying to id. Does anyone recognize it? It's about 4' tall, rounded, evergreen. Leaves pucker a bit when it's cold but smooth out when temps warm up. Leaves are soft. I shot this picture through the window after a snowfall. Normally the shrub has a soft rounded appearance.
Jackson TN--I am not sure where Columbia is, I need to look you up-LOL
She has the best greenhouses around the area http://www.randolphsgreenhouses.com/
There will be several that post here on Mid South there that day.
Oh I am sorry to hear that. It is a fun day. Right now we have plans (we--Terrye, Cindy and I ) to go to Memphis on Friday to bum around with Bonnie and Kenny and Jim and Kathy Ann and Kim, maybe Ruth and Lamar will be there-lol. Then we are going to go on to Jackson and spend the night.
We will meet up with Terry (admin) and Melody (admin) and a few more coming from the north--at Ritas. We usually swap out a few plants from the trunk of our cars-LOL--then we will go to the Casey Jones Museum to have lunch.
I enjoy these get togethers so much. I am ready to see all my gardening buddies !!!
Oh and miss the fun at Bonnies ??? You need to rethink that one--LOL
Bonnie has a beautiful yard and home too ! She always has a great place to take us to see, one of them is a metal place where they import stuff from Mexico--vanilla flavoring there too----I think I will sit in the car at that place !!
Yea!! Gotta watch that vanilla! I've bought enough metal this year!!! Found those great bargains from the place going out of business! Would love to see Bonnie's but will need to make that on another trip!
Sandra, sounds like you got a great deal to me on the compost. When I bought that manure from that guy - it was a tiny dumptruck and it has been at least 4 yrs ago and it cost me 65. I thought it was a good deal at the time, but AFTER he delivered it and I saw how small his load was I didn't think so anymore... then by the time I got thru picking all the stuff out of it I knew I wouldn't do that again! I would gladly pay 95 for a load of compost - since I need so much of it... but I suspect the delivery charge would be a little more than 10 dollars to me ^_^
I need some creative suggestions from some of you creative ones... I have 2 place settings of stainless coming in for a wedding shower gift - the pieces are new and in plastic wrappers but not in the individual place setting boxes. They are supposed to be new, first quality pieces, just without the boxes ... and I got both place settings for less than what I would have paid for one here in town. Anyway, I need a creative way to "present" these at the shower... anyone have any ideas? I have considered tying the matching spoons, matching forks, matching knifes etc in pairs and putting a ribbon around them and placing in a gift bag ... then I have considered grouping them by place settings and trying a ribbon around them and placing in a gift bag. I will also be doing a set of pillowcases monogrammed with Mr. Foster and Mrs. Foster on them... so I could incorporate that somehow... thought about wrapping a pillow case around each place setting... it is a couples shower - both the bride to be and groom to be will be there... but I am just not sure. Then - not sure if it really matters either. It is just the shower will probably be all that most of the local people attend since the wedding is out of town and had a limited seating capacity. Also, it is the groom that is from our area. He graduated with Alex - and his family has been friends of ours for several years.
LOL... picked my pastor's daughter's gift up at Pottery Barn and they wrapped it (also 2 place settings) but at least the package looks nice! :)
Elaine there is no red or pink but someone suggested lorapetalum and when I looked I found there is a white flowering version that has no pink or red to the leaves so that may be it. I won't know for sure till it flowers.
Molly.. is the leaf on your shrub more of a tender leaf? Lorapetalum leaves are thicker, tougher leaves. Also do the leaves turn darker during the winter, and brighten up in the spring? Lighter green leaves? Are there any neighbors close by, that you could ask if they bloom and when?
Beck I just went outside and took a good look at them. They are not as tough as say a rhodie or an azalea but they aren't as thin as a maple leaf either. The color has stayed the same medium shade of green since I got here late December. Close inspection revealed seed pods that hang from slim stems. Right now I spotted new growth (or flower buds, can't tell which) at most of the leaf joints. They're very tightly curled and pointed looking. There is a hint of pink in this new growth.
My project for the week!!! A house in the neighborhood burned down 6 or 7 months ago and they just torn it completed down and sold the lot. There was a lot of bamboo planted at the back of the lot and someone is now building a house on the lot and cut down all the bamboo. My community group leader lives just a few houses away and he told me about the bamboo so I went down this morning and got a couple of loads. There is still tons of it on the lot so I may go back and get some more if I can get back before they haul it away.
It's good big tall stuff. I loaded the truck way too full to begin with and didn't tie it down since I only had about 3/4 a mile to go and all in the neighborhood. I only had to turn left and then turn right about a half a block later to be on my street. Well I had to stop to wait for a car and when I started up to make the right, the entire load fell off the truck and ended up part way in the intersection. A nice man stopped and helped me get it back on the truck. The big stuff in this picture I had to leave on the side of the street and go back and get it. I tied it when I went back and picked it up.
So your going to build your privacy fence back there after all ha? that's some neat stuff.
Did they dig up the roots too ? or did they just want it all cut down. I wish my bamboo would take off like that, it's suppose to be a good 3 to 4 inches around and it's now 4 years old and still about l l/2 inches and no runners yet. They say that stuff is hard to get rid of once it gets started, but mine has never really took off yet.
I bet you'll have it thick enough now!! I sure wish mine would take off like that. I have that huge stuff that Rita has back behind a couple of her greenhouses, she has a nice little pond and bamboo growing all around it. I got the same kind she has. it's suppose to be 4 inches around, but I guess i'm not holding my mouth right.
That reminds me Charlotte, when we were there for Kim's plant swap, we drove around looking for a nursery, and saw a bunch of that growing all along someone's property. We turned around and contemplated stopping and asking them if we could dig some up. lol. Now I wonder if it was in your neighborhood. lol.
KA - how is your black bamboo doing? Mine is still very small and in the greenhouse in a pot.
I have one large pot of bamboo and I'm keeping it in the pot (even keep a saucer under it so the roots want escape). It is some I dug up and put in the pot. My plan is to be able to move it around where I want it. I do have a friend that lives on several hundred acres and they have tons of bamboo and even have a canal they dug with the bamboo all along the canal. She has tried to talk me into letting her husband dig some up with the back hoe and put it in pots for me to use as a screen. Way more than I want to deal with and way more bamboo than I want - she even offered to haul it for me!!
I've never grown bamboo but my friend Joyce did and was she ever sorry. She had it in a pot on the ground and it managed to jump the rim and root in the soil before she spotted it. Took over the whole garden! She and her husband are an elderly couple and they had to work really hard over several years getting every last bit of it out of their garden. This was in upstate NY south of Buffalo so I shudder to think what it could do in a milder climate!
The one she had was suppose to be the kind that clumped and did not run but apparently no one asked the plant!
Bonnie, I never got it into the ground, still in a pot in the garage, but it has multiplied but they are tiny. I'm goin g to put it in the ground this spring, along withthat green zebra bamboo, I thinkit's called green zebra, I'll have to look at the tag, suppose to be hard to find.
Hello everyone - I have been missing in action again - busy busy and can't seem to catch up... but I have an urgent prayer request . A man in our church was involved in a serious wreck late this afternoon and was severely burned in the process. The LOCAL hospital is saying he is burned 99% of his body - but that is NOT an official report from the burn unit. He was not transported until close to 7 p.m because they had to try to stabilize him and get him ready to be airlifted. They hospital told them the mortality rate is 100% for people sustaining these types of burns. His wife is our church secretary... This accident happened about 5 p.m. this afternoon, and I couldn't help but think of the irony. Alex was burned on a Wednesday evening around 5:15 and we requested prayer from the church from the ER at the hospital beginning that night. They did the same thing tonight. The youth went to the sanctuary to pray with the adults for him during church. I know that man says the prognosis is not good, but I know what God can do if He so desires - so could you please lift up a prayer on their behalf. Unfortunately, when Alex was in children's - there was a woman beside him that was burned on 100% of her body - and on more than one occasion we saw her thru the glass walls in the burn unit ICU. She was in the burn unit for over 6 months going thru debreedings and wound cleanings EVERY day - she passed away while we were there. I said then, if I was ever burned that severely that I wasn't going to make it that I prayed God would just take me out of my misery and not let me experience that pain for 6 mos. So, because I have seen that first hand, I am praying for God to be merciful and IF HE will not heal Jesse, that he take him home quickly so that he does not have to suffer for a long time. I know that may sound cruel - and I say that with a heavy heart... but I am praying for God to show His mighty power and prove our local hospital wrong again! They told me Alex's lungs were burned, etc and they were wrong, so I am praying that once Jesse is evaluated by the burn unit that it will not be as bad as expected.
I know that they will be grateful for ANY prayers that are lifted on their behalf.
Gen Many thanks for keeping every one updated on Caleb while we were in the hosp. Many Thanks to all of you for all your prayers...We went back for a follow up yesterday and Caleb is doing very well..His Rt hand and Rt ear are the only 2 area still needing much attention...Many prayers lifted up for Jesse..
I hope the weather didnt get to bad last night for you all..We had a beautiful day for our trip to LR..It sure is good to be home.. I came home to find a couple muscari bulbs a few daffs blooming..I had some bulbs in the fridge it had been to wet to plant during the winter, felt so good to get out side and dig in the dirt..Hard to believe when I went inside the Hospital there was ice on the ground, when I came out it was warm and spring flowers were showing there faces..
Im so excited spring is here or near.. Do you think we will have another frost? I have some tender babies im dying to get set out lol...
Hey Trish - so glad the visit to clinic went well. Sounds like he is mending well. We used to go to clinic on Thursdays... so I had planned to check with you today. Guess they have changed their schedules...
I would say we are due for at least one more and maybe several more frosts... I know someone was talking about it thundering in Feb - I never heard any down here, but my parents always used to mark it on the calendar if it thundered in February because supposedly it would frost in April on that same day. It wasn't 100% accurate - but it was very close - and if it didn't frost it usually got really low temps. Odd huh??
Jesse made it thru the night. He is NOT at Children's burn unit - they airlifted him to UAMS because Children's couldn't or wouldn't take him under the circumstances. IF he continues to remain stable, then they MIGHT move him to children's. They said they are concerned he may have internal injuries in addition to the severe burns. ... they have not been able to do CTs or anything to find out. I assume because he is not stable enough - but no one seems to know for sure WHY they can't do them now. Maybe some of you nurses happen to know ??? He pulled out in front of a loaded semi - so he sustained a major impact and then burns. Please pray for his family and him... it has been a long night for them.
If he is not able to be scanned it has got to be because he is what is called hemodynamically unstable, blood pressure, heart rate , etc.
The fluids in the body immediately start shifting into the external tissues that are burned and it leaves the cardiovascular system with not enough circulating blood volume to perfuse the essential heart , lungs and brain, So the first 24 hours will be focused on fluid resuscitation and loading the patient with huge amounts of IV fluids and colloids to replace what is lost, and meds to decrease the pressure and stress on the heart.
Remember , The number one cause of death in the first 48 hours of a major burn (< 60%) is cardiovascular collapse and hypovolemic ( low volume ) shock. If he has other internal injuries he may require surgery, which they will have try to get him stable enough to operate. How old is he and how is his health otherwise? Young people can withstand a bad burn much ,much better than an older person .
If it is anywhere around 99% burns ..it is certainly not good news... but as we all know God is the Great Physician and can heal all if it is in his plan. I will be praying for you and your church family and of course , Jesse, his wife and family.
By the way , I am a RN and worked in Trauma ICU at the Med in Memphis , TN. for several years so this kind of critical injury is something I have seen way , way too much of. I have seen lots of death and tragedy , but have also seen "miracles". I am definately praying for a miracle here.
Thanks for the info. After our experience with Alex, I have some knowledge of burn victims, knew they swole really bad, etc... never thought about all that fluid leaving vital organs to go to extremities though. My boss said he came upon the accident yesterday and it was REALLY bad... said the truck he was in was unidentifiable - Jesse is in the heat and air business and drives a work type truck with one of the large beds with tool boxes or whatever built on it. He said the bed was completely gone off the truck and that the truck, part of the semi and a 50' area around the truck was burned. There was another person in the truck with Jesse that is expected to be ok, but I have not heard the extent of his injuries. They must be fairly minor because he is just being treated at our local hospital.
I would suspect that Jesse is in his mid 50s... his wife has been the secretary at our church for the past 25+ yrs. Really don't know HOW long she has been working there - but I know at least that long.
Thank you for your prayers. I know the family covets them.
Oh, and I forgot to say that our pastor's daughter's wedding is scheduled for Saturday... so the entire church is focused on two extremes - the wedding and the tragedy. Prayers for our entire church family are greatly appreciated.
We were without power till 2am this morning. There are about 8 trees down in one little area just a few houses away one of which was across the power line. Seems like a tornado may have come across our road here but wasn't on the ground. We of course were in town eating at Dixie Cafe but I nearly freaked out when I couldn't get either my parents or sister to answer their phones. They live between my house and the damage but of course their phones weren't ringing due to not having power. Finally did reach them and we are all a-okay.
Oh Charlotte it wasn't too bad I just finally went to bed - what else can you do waaaaay out here in the butt-crack of the earth as my daughter calls it - especially when it is so dark you can't see your hand in front of your face. Course I woke up when the lights came on and had a heck of a time getting back to sleep. Hasn't it been great seeing sunshine every day? Even with the storms last night it feels like spring might really be coming.
I forgot to say that I cleaned out the iris bed and my poor ignored rose bed last weekend. And for all that hard work I won a blistering case of posion ivy:(
I wore gloves so it isn't on my hands but it is all over my forearms - I should have known better but of course I always forget how awful that stuff is. Here is a picture of the rose bed from last year. I know it is hard to recognize as a rose bed but don't you see those tiny red roses up in there? I asked my DH how long he supposed it took to grow a tree from a seed because that is how long I have let that bed go. I managed to get all the brush cleaned out on Sunday now all I have to do is talk my man into firing up the chain saw to cut down the saplings and then MULCH like crazy to try and hold this ground throughout the summer.
Last year when that picture was taken I noticed a big bloom up in the top of one of those saplings and low and behold it was a climbing peace rose waaaaay up there and big around as a desert plate. Who'd have thunk? and here's the picture to prove it - if you look carefully you can see the leaves of those saplings and the yard way out there.
I feel for you Poison Ivy is terrible stuff..I'd never had it until I started growing flowers in the yard a couple of years ago...Poor Caleb gets it several times a year..Just cant keep that young man out of the woods...
We went to my Dads last night and had a big cooking.. We met my brother and his kids (23 and 18) and grandkids(5 and 4) there.. We fried catfish, froglegs, fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, french fries, fried biscuits...OMG its was all so good..I was hard not to eat all I wanted.. I have lost 28 pounds since starting my eating changes, so im trying to continue with what im doing and I knew all that fried food would kill me during the night but I did eat my share of boiled shrimp mmmm..In fact I think im going to have whats left over for breakfast lol ...Then going outside to do some work on this beautiful day...Hope you guys have a great day.. Trish
Pretty roses Karen! It's amazing how fast those little seedlings become saplings! I had a pin oak that had come up in my azaleas and I've been letting it grow trying decided whether or not to keep it. This weekend I finally said to myself "what are you thinking, you certainly don't need more trees". So I got my handy crossbow type saw out and in no time it was down. I've had this saw for years and it is as sharp as alll get out and easily takes off big limbs. I hired some guys to trim some limbs off a tree in the front yard and they were having a time getting the limbs off until I let them borrow my saw. Know what you mean about poison ivy. I've highly allergic to that stuff.
Trish what a feast you all had. I don't know if I could have been as good as you! Love frog legs and don't get them very often!
lots of rain, thunder and lightening all night long and into this morning. No wind though. Looked outside and found my just cleaned out flower beds under water with my just planted seedlings doing a backstroke there :-(
Still raining (8:25am central) but no sound of thunder or lightening now.
Just watched the noon weather. Sound like we may get some more rain this afternoon. My soil is now a thick clay mud! Even if I felt like it I wouldn't be able to dig that stuff!! I have got to add tons of compost to my soil or it will be a disaster every year!!!
I've been busy showing houses this afternoon, but yesterday I worked in the yard all day. Got the rest of the bamboo up and got a start on my new little seating area. I have finally gotten up enough bamboo I think.
This is my new little sitting area. I plan to put mondo grass is the cracks. I have some mondo left over from last year. It's in a big pot and is so root bound it is just a pot of roots. I have a clematis I got from Debra planted on one side of the arbor and I'm going to plant another one on the other side. This is a before picture and will send an after picture in a few weeks, after I get the mondo in and some pots of flowers.
Sorry!! This is a bird house obviously not a sitting area!! Right picture posted below.
Wow Charlotte, where do you get all your energy ? Love the new sitting area - and love all the iron work. How in the world did you get all that bamboo to stay there ? Is it up against your fence ?
I just can't seem to get much done outside yet. Guess when I get started, maybe I'll keep it up. Did repot some begonias tonite. Took me all day to clean out my turtle tank.
Yes the bamboo is attached to a fence. I used wire to attach it. I found some wire that is used to tie rebar together when pouring concrete. It is very strong, yet very flexible and was very easy to bend.
Charlotte I agree with Bonnie. Your energy and ability amazes me. I love what you are doing and I am not just saying it to comment on the post. You really have a talent for living arrangements. I hope to see it one day.
Bonnie I can't wait to see your place. I think I am going to let my place go wild this year. I need to make some decisions about which beds to keep and which ones to let go back to grass. All of it is pretty devastated right now. I will have to wait and see what has made it through the flood and the unusual cold.
I do have some bulbs peeking out.
I love any rock... we don't even have sandstone on our property here. I so wish over the years that I had hauled limestone from TN, but that wasn't ever on my mind! Love the daffs!!! Charlotte is the solid yellow narsiccus VanSion? The ones I have are more pale yellow but was thought to be those. Can you believe they've been around since 1620?? I was amazed! Not a good pic, but these are mine
Hey Charlotte what did you put down under those stones? I need to redo an area under my swing because the stones are all crazy and I hear that is because I sat them directly on the ground instead of putting something under them
Cedar so sorry about your sister:( My prayers are with you.
Well believe it or don't I got the hubby outside yesterday and he cut down all the saplings in my overgrown rose bed. Course he also cut down 1 of my roses but hey can't complain I did turn my back and it is hard to really gripe since the whole bed had gone back to being a forest:)
Here's a new picture of it now - course it looks awful really but we gardeners can see the potential right? Charlotte that trellis is made up of three pieces I got from that iron place you told us about that went out of business. It really turned out exactly like I planned (for once)
And just so we don't forget here's a picture of it last spring. Man what a difference I'm always telling Janie that this bed and a few others in my yard are my 'reforestation' project gone wild - Janie if you are reading this you can see just the edge of the 'grill graveyard' in the left hand side of this photo.
Here's a picture of my tete-a-tete daffodiles. I moved them last summer out of the big rock bed in the front to out beside the pond. They are so tiny that they need to be somewhere I walk around plus I can see them from the dining room window. I love these little guys.
And here's one of my favorites - they are planted at the end of the driveway - the cup is more yellow and the petals are almost white. These were one of the very first things I ever bought for my garden - I think they came from Michigan bulb but I really do love them.
Well, my internet has been down AGAIN! Before leaving yesterday morning to work at the church for the wedding, my husband pointed out some beautiful little birds on my feeders. They almost looked like tiny canaries... they were a pale yellow on their chest, and some even appeared to have yellow on their upper backs... but their wings were dark black with white lines. Tiny little birds... smaller than most sparrows. I couldn't get a photo. Anyone have any ideas?
The wedding was beautiful but exhausting! I was at the church from 9 am until 9pm last night... and our secretary's husband passed away during the afternoon.
Karen I just use sand to level them with. I would also put sand in the crevices but since I want to plant there, I going to put some dirt in the cracks. The brick under the trellis I will just pour sand over the top and sweep into the cracks and it will stabilize them. Tree roots and things cause them to shift over time also. I have a number of flagstone right outside my back door that need to be taken up and leveled. I know tree roots are the problem with them. I'm not sure how I'm going to fix the problem. May take DH reciprocal saw and cut some root out.
Genna sorry to hear that your church secretary's husband passed away.
Cedar, I am so sorry for your loss! Same with you Genna!! Hugs and prayers are coming at both of you!
Things definitely happen in 3's, DH Dave lost one of his good friends last night to Lung Cancer.
Love the pics everyone!!! Dave planted this bush last summer and it didn't really do anything, but look at it now!!! Does anyone know what it is???
I'm glad everyone is safe from the tornadoes by the way. One hit just about 20 minutes North of me in my county. The news said that Saline County really didn't get hit by any tornadoes until about 3 years ago, which is when we moved here. I lived in CA, so I shouldn't have brought them with me! LOL
Cedar, so sorry for your loss.
Genna, it's terrible about your secretary's husband and his wreck. You do have Goldfinches! I feed them all winter. The males lose a lot of their golden color in the winter but it comes back to it's vivid yellow in the spring.
Yep, Crissy, you have a forsythia. I have bulbs blooming all over the place but it's been such rotten weather this weekend I haven't been out much.
Well, I thought about goldfinches - but I was basing it on pictures i had seen on here and I didn't think they were bright enough... or large enough - but guess the photos I had seen were closeups and it makes it hard to tell how large!! Thanks for the info! I am excited... will they stay year round or are they just passing thru??? i am so thankful to have something smaller that it NOT a sparrow!! Hard to have all those bluebirds and sparrows too!
Cedar - I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain of losing a sibling... my prayers will be with you!
Cedar my heart goes out to you. Only time can change the feelings from sorrow of passing to the joys of remembering the good times with your sister. Her being a younger sister makes it doubly hard to accept. May God grant you peace of heart and comfort in spirit. Cindy
There is no way I can comment on everything but I am so sorry about your friend who was in the accident and badly burned, Genna.
Also, Cedar, I am sorry about the loss of your younger sister.
Prayers going up for all the needs.
Everybody take care. I guess I need to check in here more often!
Kim at first I didn't think I wanted to go to Pine Ridge but I'm think I'm changing my mind. I don't need to buy a lot of stuff there - saving my money for Rita's and don't have the room. But I think I would like to ride up just to check her stuff out again. I've been there a number of times and have bought a lot of stuff from her . I've been happy with everything I've bought from her. So are you planning to go? I don't mind driving.
My hand is up--I'll go along for the ride. I'm mainly saving my money for Rita's but I'd like to go along for the fellowship with whoever else is going. I've never been to Pine Ridge and I don't have a clue where London, AR is but I am going to check it out on google maps right now. Whoever is driving let me know, please, if you will have room for me. Thanks!!
Okay, I just googled London, AR and discovered that it is up past Russellville so it will be about a 2 hour plus trip from North Little Rock?
ya'll I have been saving my money for Rita's and look what I want to get at pineridge
I have a list for pineridge I want to get, have been checking out their web site.
I'm going too, but I won't get your plants potted up that soon, (charlotte & marilyn) I have to sew all day tomorrow and work thursday. I'll get them to you though promise. one way or another. Before we go to Rita's
I can take my truck. It will hold 4. Could squeeze 5 in but the 5th person would have their feet on a hump. From my house it is about a hour and a half drive. Interstate all but the very last part. Four would be me, Kim, Marilyn and Kathy Ann. This is a MG trip but others are welcome to come. She holds open houses on certain weekend. This Friday will be before any of her open houses and will mean she should be well stocked.
The group going to Pine Ridge is going to meet at the commuter parking lot at Crystal Hill at 9:00 am. We don't need to go to the commuter parking lot. I know how to get there and we are not going to be picking up other people, so if we just leave my house at 9:00 we will get there about the same time as the group. If you all had rather have me meet you all at the commuter parking lot, I could also do that. Just tell me what you prefer.
Yeah, that would be great, Kathy Ann. I do know how to get to Charlotte's. It might be easier if we meet you, Charlotte, at the commuter parking lot, though. It would keep you from having to drive out of your way to Kim's and keep us from having to come across the river to get to your house.
Kathy Ann, we are going to have to get up early if we are going to meet Charlotte at 9 p.m. That won't bother me, though, because I am usually up by 5:20 a.m. anyway--at least I was before we switched to DST. This week I have been sleeping in till about 7:30!! Don't worry if you don't get any plants potted up for me--I don't remember what I have asked you for, anyway! LOL I will get yours and Charlotte's Jacob Cline monardas potted up. It will be easier to do it now than it will be when they get bigger, anyway.
I'm glad to know that Pine Ridge has the butterfly host plants because I need to plant some in my garden.
It's like moving Patton's Army!LOL Yes it would be easier for me to meet at the commuter parking lot. I do have Kathy Ann's plants from Debra's. They would probably be alright to leave in Kathy Ann's car while we are gone.
Marilyn all the plants she has at Pine Ridge are native plants. Lots and lots of butterfly plants! We are also going to the middle of the woods. This is not a traditional nursery. You need to wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes that you can walk in and not worry about getting them dirty.
We can meet at the lot or we can meet here. I don't know how warm it is going to be...I don't want anything to happen to those plants the we had to dig, Charlotte ;o) Are you certain that you will have enough room in your SUV? If not, we can caravan 2 in yours and 2 in my truck. Just let me know...
Why don't I just come to your house Kim and I can bring Kathy Ann's plants and we can just leave them in your driveway or garage. I will be in my extended cab truck. I think it will hold all of us, but we can make a final decision when I get there. Hey it may take two trucks!LOL
LOL, Sandra. Hang in there--we'll all be meeting at Rita's in a few weeks!
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Jeri-and the rest of you!
Kathy Ann, 8:30 will be fine or earlier if we need to allow time for transferring plants, etc. I've already been to Pine Ridge's website and have made my list and printed it off. I stopped when I got to $50.00. Had to keep my budget in mind and save some for Rita's! LOL I'm concentrating mainly on plants for my new shade garden plus one or two host plants for the butterfly caterpillars.
I'm going to lunch with my friend Mary Nell today so I have to go get ready.
Happy St Patrick's Day everyone! What a week... turn around trip to Bentonville and back on Friday, pastor's daughter got married Saturday so I was there working from 9 - 9, kept the 3 -4 yr olds in nursery Sunday and came home and collapsed afterward!!, softball game in Monticello Monday night, trip to LR for medical appts back just in time to catch the softball game last night, church tonight, track meet in Gurdon tomorrow and another softball game at home on Friday!! We are to leave Saturday on a trip to Colorado so I will be missing in action for a few days! PLEASE pray we don't kill each other on the way there - or way home... will have 7 crammed in the suburban for the trip and we have NEVER traveled at full capacity before...so not sure how that is going to go!
Are there pictures on the Pine Ridge website or just lists? All I am finding are the lists...and most of these I don't have a CLUE what they are!! Definitely looks like an interesting nursery to visit... wish I had known about them when I came back from Bentonville last Friday!! I was thinking on the way home that I could stop at whatever I wanted because i was by myself and wouldn't have to listen to any complaints! And I was so deaddog tired I couldn't think of a single interesting place to go !! ^_^ About Russellville, I was wishing for something interesting to stop at... just didn't know...
Ya'll have fun. Sounds like a great trip! I would love to add more butterfly plants to my yard...
Genna hope you all have a great time on your trip to Colorado. Girl I don't want to be traveling in your shoes!!! How in the world do you remember where you are supposed to be when???!!!
Pine Ridge only has a list on their website and also in their catalog. It is not a traditional type nursery. It is literally in the middle of the woods. It is not open for the public to just drop in and shop. She has open houses on certain weekends (she publishes it on her website and in the catalog). If you want to go up and pick some things up, you have to call ahead and make an appointment. I have gone several times not during her open houses. It can be difficult to just get an appointment.
Sandra how big was the quake? I can't find it online at all.
That's crazy Charlotte, she must be doing good though or I guess she wouldn't do it that way.
Unless you pay attention to the news, usually on weather websites, you don't realize that AR always has earthquakes, 2.0 to 3.0, you'll never feel those. Normally you won't feel an earthquake until it a 5.0 or bigger. Don't worry about it, they've been saying that CA is going to fall off into the Pacific Ocean for over 100 years, and living in CA and being in earthquakes, including the 1989 Loma Prieta 6.9 - 7.1 quake, I don't worry about these small ones.
Earthquake? What earthquake? LOL Actually, we have them quite often but most of them are never felt except perhaps in the immediate area. There is the New Madrid fault line that comes down from Missouri and runs down into Arkansas over on the eastern side of the state. "They" say the New Madrid is due for a major earthquake any time. There was a really big one way back in the early 1880's but there was very little population in the area at that time so not much damage to man-made structures. This article says that it is estimated that particular earthquake was an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_New_Madrid_earthquake
Kathy Ann and Charlotte, I got you each a Jacob Cline Monarda potted up today. If you want anything else of mine, let me know.
Charlotte, yes, I did want a pan red monarda. Thank you.
I just bought this house recently and the insurance agent tried to sell me earthquake insurance. I turned it down. Should I have bought it? I didn't think there was a good enough chance of a strong enough quake to justify the added expense.
Back in NY we occassionally had quakes. I can remember 3 that were felt. All were in the 3.0 range and none did more damage (where I lived) than dishes falling off shelves. They all felt like a really big truck rumbling down the street. On one occassion I actually yelled upstairs to the kids to knock off jumping around like that LOL. Of course they both swore it wasn't them!
Molly - the closer you live to the Mississippi River (Memphis area) the bigger the chance of you needing it. We are on the New Madrid fault. Google it - it should show you the area the fault line is on.
The rest is out in the big shop. but man I was like a kid in a candy store there. it was very unorganized but the lady was moving and had little time to put all the yardsale to getther. I know cause the lady having the sale was my sis in law's sister. and My sis in law called me tonight and said come early. gave me good bargains, I probably wouldn't have done so well if it was n't for her giving me good buys. I need ed the blue bowls and got another deep dish pie plate, and a brand new red chip and dip plate and brand new red salad bowl or any kind of bowl.
Well we "girls" did have a great time plant shopping. Left Kim's house about 9:30 a.m. and didn't get back till about 6 p.m., if that tells you anything. We managed to visit 4 nurseries and squeezed in a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant, too! (You know we plant shoppers always have to include a meal with our shopping!) I spent twice as much as I had allowed myself so it's peanut butter "sammiches" for the rest of the month for me! biggrin
I didn't take my camera, for once, but Kathy Ann and Charlotte took pictures so they will have to post them.
Whoo, I'm pooped! Plant shopping is hard work!!!