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Well, for us in the south, I think summer is officially here, at least temperature-wise! It hit 100° in Phoenix today! Already? Tell us your plans for your garden, share some pictures, ask questions or just come and chat about what is going on in your life!
This is the place to chat and hang out and share with friends - new and old...
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Hi Gals - I found the new thread. Wifey and I are in Kingston on the Hudson River about halfway north from NYC to Albany. She is a judge in a piano competition there for 3 days, I'm just hanging around and sight seeing some of the old mansions and gardens in the area. It's part of the older historic NY along the Hudson River. The Roosevelt family lived here, both Teddy and FDR, along with several other wealthys including the Vanderbilts. Lots of history born here.
I think touring the old homes and gardens would be super cool! Our old in Oklahoma and the old up there are two different things. I have seen pictures of some of the historic sites and would love to see them up close and in person.
Pretty Spider! Can't wait til mine start blooming.
I have just about decided I hate irises - they seem to be multiplying right before my eyes and they are taking contol of my life!
Crit - you just lost me! Do you mean you only have 3 - 4 varieties blooming at once? Do you have several varieties in one bed? If you have early, mid and late season bloomers all in one spot chances are you won't get a full bed of blooms all at once.
Now, if your irises just suck and won't bloom, I can hook you up!
Oh, did you add bone meal when you planted them? This seems to be important in the wonderful soil here.
Good evening everyone. I new to this forum, but I have been a member of DG, since 2001.
I love growing all kinds of plants from maters to brugs, and everything in between.And this seems to be the place to talk about them all.I have noticed that a couple of my buds are hanging here, so it has to be great!
Looking forward to gabbin' with y'all and sharing pics of plants.
Edited because I was off by 10 years on how long I have been a member of DG...lol Not fun, getting old. :o(
enid my neiohbors are not all warm and cudly hope you arf not disapointed in me but i can,t stand to wake up to some nut out in the woods doing a tarzan yell the one on the other side has 3 children that fight all day i love them but not on my front porch sorry about that.i like to have my coffee in quite so i think it is going to be a good day nice.im never rude to my neighbors just a little stand offish my bad can,t help it one had a habit of barrowing bills tools the big pipe rinch bill would have to barrow it back home you did here that. some people if they barrow it its theirs. you don,t won,t my neighbors if you do ill see what i can do.
Hi Dee - I've seen you on the Brug forum and the trading Forums. Not sure if you remember but you sent me some Caladiums for postage back when I joined DG;o)
Got most of the "chores" done then we decided to take the boys to the movies. We saw Thor - God of Thunder. Now you have to understand I live in a house of 3 boys and 1 man-boy (DH), so when we all go to the movies I really don't get to choose what we see. The movie was actually pretty good for a "comic book" movie. I've sure seen some cheesy ones - Fantastic Four comes to mind, and X-Men... Thor was watchable and had some pretty funny parts as well. It was a good family outing!
Gonna check e-mails and check in on the eagles nests then hit the sack.
Enid. I mean I only have 4-5 'flowers' at any one time. I don't know what the are as 2 of the iris beds were here when I moved here. I thinned them last fall and actually are doing more than last spring. I had a total of 2 flowers last spring. The 3rd bed is iris I had bought and planted at our other house the year before we moved. So I dug up some starts and planted them here. I made the bed out of miracle grow potting mix and something else a little heavier. They just got planted last spring and the leaves look lovely this year, but no buds yet. I have some other places I want to make some iris beds. Would also like to plant some along our fenceline so it looks pretty going up to the house. I have asked on a couple different threads if there were a fertilizer I should use on the iris, and no one ever really said, except maybe to water with MG.
WELCOME DeeS. You will love it here. I agree with enid, its like just setting around and visiting with friends.
lol@nettie and her bare feet. She's from Arkansas you know. ^_^ We love her. I don't wear shoes unless I just have to when I'm home. If I do, it is usually flip flops. I can just hear her neighbor with the Tarzan yell... LMBO
I saw a review on Thor and it said for a 96 minute movie there was 96 seconds that were worth the money to see it. LOL
Oh, meant to include this in the above post. This is mid day when they are not getting a lot of sun. They get morning and afternoon sun. Am going to have DH trim some of the branches I couldn't get with my loppers
hi people another day another snake cotton mouth water mocion spelled thay wrong my bad. about 3ft long and very fat dh shot it 5 times he said it just wouldn,t go away it was in my flower bed that i cleaned out lasy night. im starting yo like weeds better all the time nettie
I am not going to deal with snakes! Cotton mouths and copper heads scare me to death..the others just scare me to near death!
Have you tried moth balls in your flower beds? That is supposed to keep them away - I know people that swear by it!
Don't get too close to those snakes Nettie - I would hate to see the headlines in the paper "Little Nettie Bites Copper Head - Snake not expected to survive" LOL Poor Nettie - at least you know when I am picking on you, I am giving someone else a break.
Good night all, I have to pack it in now, been a long, long day!!
Thanks, for the warm welcome everyone.Now, that little nettie must be a character...for some reason, I'm getting this vision of a barefooted woman, standing in the garden with a wild look on her face, hair flying in the breeze, while holding the body of the snake in one hand, and a evil grin on her face as she smiles with the snake head clenched between her teeth...lol...
locakelly, I sure do remember sending ya those caladiums.Crit you have a beautiful yard.looks like a park!
Thanks, for the mother's day flowers, locakelly, and lycodad, they are beautiful! Kelly that is an ostespermum, isn't it. I am getting ready to plant some today. It is the first time that I have grown them. I started these from seeds under the lights.
Dee, I think your mental picture of nettie is right on - lol! Yep, that is an Ostespermum - my favorite color - purple;o) They are pretty in the garden. This one is in a container I did a while back...
Anyone know what kind my babies here are? They built in my bluebird house, but I really don't think they are blue birds at all.
Beautiful here today. Light breeze blowing and sunny.
Welcome to all the newbee arrivals! Hugs and welcome. Pull up a chair and jump in when you feel froggy.
mekos love your little ones i get house rens they are so sweat love them. one makes her nest in one of the hanging baskets i don,t water that plant much don,t wont to wet the little ones down. plant gets kinda dry but i do,t mind just let them build where they build. nettie.
I have a little wren that has made a nest in my upside down tomato planter. It has gotten small holes in it so wasn't going to use it anymore. Last year she built one in my window flower box. No eggs there yet, or I didn't notice and they are already gone. I saw 2 different birds taking stuff down into it, so don't know if they were building or feeding.
I liked Debra's suggestion one time of vacuuming the carpet after doing a round robin or cleaning seed, then dumping it out in the corner of a bed and seeing what comes up. lol
Cat bird, I could not remember the name. I think they are Cat birds. They sit on the electric lines grabbing bugs in the air, and they do sing but not like the mocking birds. The Mocking birds go to the tallest place around to perch and sing. Yes, I do believe that is it. Yes I had the house built with hinges on the roof so I can open and clean it out and also I can raise it and look inside too. I was surprised at 6 babies. I love to hand feed babies and turn them loose so they are tame and hang around here. But never saw anything build inside except the bluebirds and flying squirrells. These are cute and they are about to fly off any day now.
OK Enid, you quit embarrassing Nettie. LOL You set a better example around here now. Got new people watching you.(Shaking my crippled arthritic finger at you).
See my little Mother's day angel.
Thanks everyone, I am very proud of her. These were actually made for her first birthday at a little park close to where we live. The water fall is beautiful and the huge boulder is there right in front of it. The photographer came to the park and took the pictures with her props.
enid i can still run and yell bill he says he knows my snake yell now aine that sweet of him. was the carpet good to go for seed we could use a mister bottle to spray it bown and close the air vents so the heat would come up that would get them growing real fast. love and hugs nettie
Happy Birthday Crit!!!! Wishing you a beautiful day today!
Good morning Mitt. Hope you are not getting bad storms your way. How are the Iris coming along?
Enid, he is so cute! Gonna hafta beat the girls off him a little while later.
Trish, how is Caleb doing?
Nettie you be careful with those snakes, when ya find one, there is sure to be more lurking around.
I think it is a Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)... there are annual ones and perennial ones. They like full sun - they will grow in full Phoenix summer sun;o) Tough buggers. The annual ones will reseed pretty easily.
happy birthday crit i was up earley this morning by a lady who was looking for a bill smith who works for the magazine water dept. her water meter is leaking bad told her he is a william not bill.she said oh i know him and hung up no sorry for wakeing me up i just love it. nettie
These are my new hens and chicks given by a friendly neighbor. They are absolutely rootbound and crammed in the pot so tight I'll have trouble getting them apart without breaking the ceramic pot. I'm going to try prying apart with a screwdriver and sharp putty knife.
Oh I love the smell - some friends here grow Bradford ornamental pears and they are so pretty in the spring.
LOL @ your hens and chicks... I had a Vitex tree from a swap in a pot and never got around to planting it until spring. That sucker threw roots out the bottom of the pot into the ground. I had to break the pot off with a hammer, then dig it all up and plant it in it's permanent spot. Didn't skip a beat and is about ready to flower;o)
Al those are all beautiful! I love my bradford pears and my real fruit pear trees. I have peaches, pears and a fruit coctail tree.
Nettie, people do me that way all the time. So unthoughtful! Forgive me but I just had to laugh a little up there! ;^}
Yep, Lori, it is. I can never remember real names just common names.(and sometimes mix those up)
Storms been sounding horrible for an hour here but so far NO RAIN! Just a big tease.
must be my bed yimrcan,t see whats on tv just go to show i will watch anything.i was watching hall mark chanel. got into a wild movie need to turn tv off this thing is not worth watching.oh well i need to go to bed anyeay. love and hugs to all hope you have a good night.
Do you all have anything to catch water from your downspout/roof? I started years ago at my old condo and with this house have much more water to catch.
I just started buying garbage cans - plastic - with wheels (or not - once they're full you can't move it). I have a 45, and (2) 55 gallon cans under a single spout. I detached the downspout within reach and put one of those plastic "extensions" on it so I can move it from can to can as one fills up. While the particular can is active, I have it covered with a square piece of mesh screen. I have a 2" x 4" across the edge on opposite sides and a heavy brick on each board to keep it in place.
The screen is to keep critters out, particularly birds as they like to sit on the screen and drink the water once the bucket fills up.
After it fills, though, put the lid back on. Mosquito larvae like to live in there, but they get poured out in my watering can(s).
I have another spout or two that I could gather more water from. Time and money prevent me from doing it right away.
On dry dry days, I have 100+ gallons of water at my disposal. It does help to save.
You can't find them and they grow wild here - how funny is that!
I have several little volunteer maple trees about a foot tall - I almost hate to pull them up but they can't stay where they are. Was thinking about starting my own tree nursery. I have plenty of pots and dirt, maple trees and chinaberry - bet by this time next year I would be rich if I saved them all! LOL Thats what I have been trying to tell DH, that I will get rich selling all my irises; it is my retirement plan LMAO
Jan and Enid, those younguns are adorable!
I finally got my tomatoes planted today.They were getting so tall that they were top heavy and wanting to fall over in their 16 oz. cups.In the morning, I will put out a few peppers.That's the only veggies that I grow, cause it's only me and my DH and he isn't a veggie eater.
Al, that is a nice looking rain barrel.Love those tulips, too. I don't have any tulips, yet.We just moved here last spring, and I have been busy trying to bring back, what was once a beautiful yard.An elderly lady lived here for years,who was an avid gardener, but then some non gardeners lived here about 3 years.They cut down lots of trees and the flowers were getting choked out by weeds.Everytime I go on a weeding rampage, all kinds of new plants pop up.It's a fun adventure.
Here's a pic of one of the beds that had very few blooms last year. I have been clearing out and moving around and adding other things.I have taken lots of columbine out of this bed, and looks like I will be taking more out when they get done blooming...lol Only columbine and purple iris blooming right now, but lots more things coming on.
Dee your plants are gorgeous! Nice to see you here. Thanks about my grandbaby. I bore people to death with pictures. She is my pride and joy! I babysit her a lot so lots of chances for pictures and the camera has turned me into a picture monster.
I love the idea for extra water barrells so how about a picture on how they connect? I'm thinking this might be for me. I have one but no top and skeeters are gonna be bad if I keep it this way so since my brain is dense, I need ya to splain one more time and show me a picture.
But, I bet you can grow lots of great tropical, there,Kelly.I love tropicals, too...Guess I just love about anything that grows...lol
Jan, I don't think any of us grandmas, get tired of seeing pics of other's grandbabies. We have a total of 11 grandkids, but only live very close to my youngest daughter's family. I watch them quite a bit also...the youngest is 7, and he is spoiled silly, but he is just so darn cute, the middle boy is 9, and the oldest girl, turned 13 today.Thanks, for the nice comments about the pics
Yeah Dee you're right - lol. I can grow stuff outside all year round that you eastern and northern folks can only dream about, or haul inside for the winter! I love to push zones though and see what I can make grow here. Like Delphiniums this year. Sowed the seeds a couple falls ago and I guess our colder than normal winter woke them up!
Kelly, I love that first picture! Which one is that, if you know, cuz I can grow delphs here, lol! And Dee, I love your columbines! Do you have any idea which ones they are? Are they doubles? Awesome! Gonna have to get me some of them, as I only have yellow and yellow & white. The purple ones would look great with my yellows.
I love seeing everyone's flowers all in bloom, especially since most of mine aren't even up yet, or just barely! It's great seeing all the wonderful pictures! You all have such pretty beds and gardens!
And Jan, I'm with Dee on the grandbabies pictures! I love seeing all the cuties! Don't matter whose they are!
Kelly, that's a beautiful delphenium, great color.I have never been able to grow them,so I grow larkspur. won't be long before they are blooming.
Love the daylily pics...some of my favorite flowers.There are a few here, but I think most are yellows.I have the old fashion lemon lily, the orange lilies that look like double ditch lilies...forget the name... and booocoo stellas.All very common, but beautiful in their own right. Would love to add some reds, and some ruffled ones with eyes..Oh, I forgot that I have some seedlings that a lady sent me a couple years ago.Hopefully, there will be a red or 2 in there.
I don't know the name of the columbine, but I know that it is a very old variety. I have had this variety before...tried and tried to re-seach and ID, but never was able to. It is very double, and dark purple.I'd be glad to save seeds for you, or even send some plants for postage, when they get done blooming.Here is a close up that I took last year, the day we closed on the house.You can see how overgrown with weeds the bed was.
Oh I didn't notice they were doubles in the other pic - lovely! Sandi, I have no idea what kind the Delphs are. Got the seeds from a swap couple years ago from a DGer in southern AZ. I'll see if she might know. I'm trying to save the seeds - it's tricky to get them before the pods pop - lol. I'll send you some if I can collect them!
kelly would you save me some seed from the tree peony i have a book with inst. on how to start them i have a large purple tree peony im gona try some of them this fall. would love to try pink also. i will pay postage what ever just let me know.love nettie.
dees peony and columbine ill get it wright sooner or later. sorry nettie, ive been crawling around on my hands and knees all morning just had to plant a flat of perrywinkle. it blooms from spring until fall drops seed i like them. nettie ill pay for the crawling in the morning al i also potted up my log it has two green arms and plenty of roots. hope i did it wright. still going to keep the bottom warm.
Nettie,I was wondering the same thing as Kelly. If your talking to me, I'd be glad to share with you.I know that I will have enough Columbine seeds for anyone that wants some.lol The peony makes seeds, but I don't know how many. So, nettie, the first tree peony seeds go to you! If you would rather have a clump of the columbine(instead of seeds), and want to pay the postage, that's fine too. I will be digging some out anyway. It doesn't matter to me at all.
Got mulch put down on the front bed today.This evening I went out to admire it, when what did I see, but grass thrown all over it from DH mowing.Nope, I didn't complain a bit, cause I know it will dry up and turn brown...besides, I was afraid that he might suggest that I do the mowing. When we had a small yard, I did all the mowing with the push mower, but now that we have an acre, he uses a rider and I use the pushmower around most of the beds and in the tight spots.
Mekos: I will post a picture tomorrow for your viewing pleasure.
Here's another time saving trick I learned while I was working at a native plant nursery on the Chesapeake Bay:
At set intervals the nursery tests their stored seed for germination rates and to determine how long the seed in storage remains viable.
A girl would put a number of seeds on what appeared to be a paper towel, slide it into a ziplock baggie and put water in to moisten the paper towel and seeds. She wrote on the baggie important stuff.
The seeds germinate pretty quickly this way, and there's some high math involved in figuring out the germination rate, but I have used it for 2 varieties of Asclepias this spring, and some tomatoes and large cherry peppers this past week.
The trick is to get the sprouts into soil quickly so you don't miss your window of opportunity. At least, that's my opinion, for what it's worth.
Of course, the sprouted seeds at the nursery were tossed. But this is my new secret weapon since I haven't had enough time in the garden lately. I haven't got gobs of potting soil either right now, so it saves that plant and wait and see step.
There's so much chatter about propagation on DG, I thought you might find this interesting.
Dee, I'd love some seeds or babies or whatever of your columbine! I've never seen any like that anywhere here! Thanks!
Kelly, when you get some seeds from the delph, let me know! I'd love to plant some of those with my blue one. (Yep, 1, lol!) I just keep hoping that it will reseed, and I'll have a bunch, lol!
Kelly I love the blooms. My Daylilies have skapes too and I can hardly wait for blooms to open so I can see my beauties in color! I have 1 delphinium in bloom though and will see about a picture shortly. My Jacobs ladder is trying to make seeds already and I missed the flowers! I have Kaylee quite a bit during the week now and don't have much time OR energy to go out much and it must have bloomed during the week days when I was inside. I cannot believe I waited all year to see it bloom and MISSED it! Does anyone know if it will bloom again or is that it for the whole year? This is my first one and I know nothing about it.
Dee I think your columbine is called Black Barlow, I have that as well and I love it. I have red barlow, and white barlow also, in that same thing, alomg with the other hybrids and mixes. They sure are pretty.
Here is a tiny gardenia I rooted last year and it may be 4-5 inches tall with a bloom almost as big as the whole plant. LOL
I think Mine was early because it was in the greenhouse and set buds early. Then when I planted it out , I forgot about it till it was finished. Since I never had one before, I didn't know how much they bloom, just once or maybe another round later? Sure hope it will make an effort to show me color again. I thought it would bloom later too. This weather has messed up a lot of stuff. Poor plants don't know if it's spring or winter at times. It has been in the upper 80's here and yesterday barely 70's and again today, more of the same. Course, I love this cool weather. Brrrrrrrr. ;>D
I've finally got a few flowers out, yours look just beautiful Jan!
Is that your newest pup? Looks like a real cutie, maybe the world's smallest guard dog! Gotta love them though.
We're off to another music conference in Montrose near the West Point Military Academy on the Hudson River. I'm in the driver's seat since it's about 6 hours from here. Ellen has work to do, but I'll be visiting the Rhinebeck Historical Aeroport featuring several WWI replica planes. This is a one of a kind place, they actually have flying planes used in movies, not to mention their own weekend barnstorming shows. I'm hoping the weather holds out for a couple of flying lessons.
We'll be gone most of the week, back again next Tuesday or so. Will keep in touch if I can find a hotel computer, I'm looking for a new netbook or laptop just to carry on trips.
Have fun Al and be safe. Lots of storms popping up all around. You take lots of pictures and show when you can.
Yes, that is MiloBuddy and he thinks he rules. But he scared to death of the two girls.They are a little too hyper for him being he is so much smaller than they are. He is only a week younger but half the size. LOL
He helps me garden by picking up the mulch and running off with it.
We're back into the low 80s and then 70s by Wednesday - wow. We've normally had several days over 100° by now, not just two... Al, my Tom has baby 'maters - yay!! And I still have Glads trying to bloom so you know it's cool here.
My oldest son graduates from high school Thursday - this has been a long hard road with this one and we never thought we'd see this day! So, I'll be on and off sporadically until all the hoopla is over. We are having a party for him at our house Saturday.
My "Tumbling Toms" actually survived the winter. I've been moving them inside and outside for the past three months. Mine have grown about a foot high with a few blossom clusters, but no tomatoes just yet. I think they will soon enough.
Congrats on the son graduating, Kelly. I thought ours were safe enough getting through high school...then they went on to college, Dear Lord. Thankfully they all turned out good and we're happy with all of them, two sons and one daughter.
crit walkin iris a old house plant not hardie in this zone i have a big pot of them don,t know why i keep them alot of trouble to drag them in and out of the greenhouse i could share if you like. nettie
makos have you talked to charlrne ive noticed she has not been around for a few days hope she is not sick. i love all the pretty flower pictures. my house socks have round things on the bottom of them to keep you from slipping down the things hurt my feet if i walk to much wish i could get those little nubs off.ill not get anymore of these. wonder if al got his flying lesson today. sure hope he did. bill came home with more okra seed. i don.t care he is the one who cuts it not me it eats me up alive. it burns me no mater what i do kinda like poison ivy i don,t even have to touch the mess. bill always has me go inside if he is gona pull it up i have a good husband.
HI MITT! I'm drooling! Ours has stopped blooming now so I gotta drool over the late bloomers from elsewhere. OH MY you gonna have blooms for a while now. Please post pictures for us. BEST way to keep my keyboard oiled up...
Nettie, Charleen was a little under the weather she got bit with a tick and got lyme disease and just feeling weak and lousy. But she is getting better , she had to go to the dr. for medications and is slowly getting her strength back.
Have a wonderful day everyone and AL, have fun.
The rain lilys will grow in shade but will rarely bloom. They like sun and if they are happy will mulitply like rabbits;o) I like to plant them in bunches here and there in the gardens. There are several different types and several different flower colors and sizes!
She seems to be much better now Nettie, she stays busy making her clay creations and taking care of Charley. When I talk to her I will let her know you are asking about her.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
Hey!! Nettie, I am back Nettie. i lost you all. got to stop losing my friends.
I'm feeling little better each day and now it warmed up lots better. don't worry Nettie our friends keep us in touch. Thank God for Friends.
Nettie, these are Japanese iris. they are so pretty. the white one is the largest bloom in the bog. This is my first year but I know it isn't going to be my last year if theGood Lord is willing. Love these plants.
rrm so good to have you back. i hate ticks but if you live in the country its hard to not get one ever so often. i get about 1 or 2 a week they like mr good. im so glad you are better, and i love the iris my bog is going to the garden club flower show in the morning several people think thry may do a bog garden. i think they would enjoy one i sure like mynr. ive got to go to bed earley cause i have to go in and help with things.i can.t be a night owl tonighi.love and hugs nettie.
mekos i think that is a rain lily the other one im not sure but probly what you said yhanks for checking on rrm for me love and hugs nettie.i ame run crazy almost forgot ashley graduation that would have been bad .just 2 more days of flower show ill make it. i always do.
Just get a big tub or container without bottom holes for drainage and fill 2/3 or more with soil and put a few drain holes a few inches down from the top of soil and add water to let soil soak it up and add plants. If you use CPS they have to have peat/perlite soil and only rain water but Iris or bog plants can use regular soil and water. You can make any kind you want. Fun to do. Container gardening at it's best!
lol enid! I bought a VFT a couple months ago and had it out when we were having a rain shower, when it started to HAIL! Broke off what few tiny leaves/mouths it had. I still have it, waiting to see if it will regrow. Years ago I had a larger one, don't know whatever happened to it. That was 30 yrs ago.
Well we're back on the Hudson River again, this time near Poughkepsie above NYC. This computer is awful, probably older than my Lincoln. I really need to buy a new laptop for trips. We're working through today, traveling to Albany and North Country Sunday, then home Tuesday or Wednesday. Area is beautiul this time of year around Hudson, we're near Washington Irving's "Sleepy Hollow" and " Rip Van Winkle's Bridge". Yes, they are real places right here in Hudson Valley.
Crit, don't listen to Enid. She kills everything that can't run away... Jest sayin...
Enid, I need another one of them vicks plants like you gave me afore Christmas, mine died.
:^| My brgandy hollyhock in bloom.
hi everyone im fenished with gsrden show was sure alot of work, im give out will take ne a while to rest up so i can get caught up with my stuff. if i ever do.hope you all have a good day,bill planted the pond iris for me threw one on top of a water lily said he would get the rake and make it go down he can reach it not me friend gave it to me those things grow 5or6 feet tall they will be pretty out in the pond.gona take me a little nap talk later love nettir
Hi Nettie, how did you do in the garden show? Hope it went well for you. Rest up and come back and tell us all about it. I wanna hear about them pond Iris. I'm all ears now.
Thanks Kelly. It was opened more today and looked prettier.
mekos i placed second in two classies large orental and one tiny little thing will show pictures as soon as grand daughter brings camera out and puts it in the puter i forgot to take myme, the little one almost made me crazy.it is so hard to find plant material small enough to do an arrangement with. i would grow my owne but you just can/t find anything sny where, im fine with the second place wins love nettie
mekos a friend gave me those pond iris they sell for 15.00 a piece she says they make more real fast they sure get tall. i think they will be pretty in the pond.they sure won.t hurt anything. it has alot of water lily they are whitr and smell so good. ilike to watch the frogs play on the lily pads they are so funny.
Mitt, those Iris are just amazing! I'd love to go lie down in the middle and just breath it is. They smell so good and the colors are breath taking! Thank you so much for those you sent me last year.
That is wonderful to get second place Nettie, I bet it was beautiful.
I have a bad head cold this morning with watery eyes and sore throat and stuffy sinus head and coughing so I am off to bed again. Will check back in later but wishing you all a great day!
norning all got through to joplin all my family are ok damage to roofs and windows but no one hurt . some times my days go from bad to worse i pray this one stays on track.i am glad no one was hurt hate it for the loss of life need to pray for the familys who lost love ones. love nettie
Wow - You folks are making the national news, a total mess in Joplin. Hope everybody is okay still. My Army days took me through that area some 45 years ago.
We're back home again after working and touring the Hudson area a few days. I didn't get a chance to fly because of mechanical problems with the planes and weather wasn't that great anyway. We may make one more trip through that area in mid June if things work out.
We did tour Washington Irving's home on the lower Hudson. He was well known author, statesman, and international traveler in the 1800-1850 era. Irving wrote the classics "Legends of Sleepy Hollow", "Headless Horseman", and "Rip Van Winkle" series of short stories, among many others. He lived fairly modestly in a smaller "cottage" type home and farm off the Hudson river as compared to the many huge mansions owned by the filthy rich there. He was a great entertainer, though, and had many important visitors to his retreat in the woods. I've got a few pictures to show later of the beautiful grounds and area.
Oh now Crit - I had to get over the thank you thing a long time ago. I figured out that thanking or not thanking doesn't seem to matter much on my gifts living. Watering or not watering however seems to make a major difference. LOL
we had more storm last night 4 people killed at etna i wish this mess would stop.they say we may have another week of bad weather sure hope not. nettie mekos don,t you think crit could start some walking iris , i just pen them to the ground they do just fine like that for me. ive been told they will start roots in water iv never done them in water but several people i know have. what do you think.
I do mine in water Nettie. But laying in soil is just as good. Which ever way you choose is best!
I love your arrangements Nettie. You did a great job!
Kelly, the daylily is gorgeous. I had one to open so far but it is a plain jane so to speak, orange.They are pretty but very common. I really want the gorgeous beauties to open.
Lori, Did you get all the Iris dug from your friend?
Watch out for all the storms coming through, more to pass through all week.
WOW MITT! What a rainbow of colors! Ahhhhhhhhhhh, that is amazing! I would be in heaven right there in the middle! Gotta get Charley ready to travel Charleen. My will power to stay away is getting mighty low! I'm drooling all over my puter and keyboard!
All of mine are done gone and big seed pods are popped out all over.
Wanted to stop in and say hello... You guys have posted some really pretty pictures.. First Mekos I love those picture of your Mothers day Angel in the Park!! Love the outdoor photos so precious.. I also really really love that black calla lily!! Endi that young man has the sweetest smile, I can just see the mischief wanting to come out of him.. Mitt I love those irises, as always you have out done your self again this year.. Dee glad to have you here on the forum those are nice pictures your are posting. Nettie I hope the storms didnt get to ruff on you Wed night..I only had minor limb damage, but theres 3 tree down around my Dads and Grandmothers(live right next to each other)and one forked tree that is still standing but it cracked it the way thru down to the ground. you can see where it tried to pull the roots out of the ground...Amazing Just a crack right down the middle of the tree..All are safe tho lots of light poles down just amazing how it just rip them in half like they are nothing.. Spent yesterday cleaning there yards and on my way back there now after I get my coffee drank..
Critt I love what you have done with you have done with your shaded area!! I like that daylily loca.. Love to see flowers my friends have shared with me blooming..That makes them so special..Right now with all the destruction and storms happening across the nation I think we need to stop and take time to tell our friends how special they are to us and thank God for allowing us to share our love and friendship with each other...So I stopped by to tell you all that you mean alot to me and I pray daily that God keeps us all safe from harm and the evils of the world.. This is a picture of daylily bayou bride.. I wasnt impressed by her last year but this year she has been a beauty to me and loaded with flowers..
HUGS to you my friend, Trish! That IS a beautiful Daylily. WOW! Hope Caleb's hand is doing better. You take care helping out there and don't get hurt. I am so glad all my friends are safe and made it through the storms so far. This year has been horrible with deadly storms passing through, one right after another. I think we are all blessed to be alive after what I have seen happen all around. God bless you all and have a safe and happy weekend holiday.
I thank God for all of our service people who have given their time, putting their lives on hold to serve and for all those who have put their lives on the line to protect us and all those precious soldiers who have given their lives to keep us safe. God bless them all! Happy Memorial day weekend to you all.
Congrats on the first HH! And love your lily! My HH have actually started this year, at least some of the seeds sprouted anyway! Can't wait to see what they will look like, as they will be my first ones too! Gonna have to put those tango lilies on my wish list too! They are gorgeous!
I have a few HH that are coming up from seed I put out last year. They came up last year, but didn't bloom. This year they have buds on them. Just 'patiently' waiting ...NOT. I have some more of several type, including doubles, that I am going to put out also.
Last year was the first time I've had any success at all with hollys. We bought two commercial pails full of them at a nursery and also planted lots of seeds from friends that had them, some from DG. Around here they are called "outhouse flowers" because usually that's where you'll find them growing in the wild. They can be very pretty if they are not hit with the rusty wilt. Some of the doubles are nice in yellow and pink. Seeds are easy to pick and toss in the fall when they dry off.
I have a deep burgandy red single and a gorgeous double dark purple blooming. This is the dark red and it gets very tall. This one is about a 6-7 footer. My other one , the double is a dwarf. It gets about 1-2 foot tall and covered with blooms.
WHEW! Break time. Been outside planting in the front garden. A bunch of the roots I got at HD don't seem to be doing anything. I have 1 plant coming up from oodles that I planted!!! Not happy. Will keep watching them...
Cooking onion-burgers on the grill for lunch. Well, not me, DH. He is my griller.
Pic is of my longears, Powderkey, munching down! lol
Wish we had some of that weather here, as it's cold, and rainy, again. Or maybe I should say still :-( Makes it wet and cold working out in the yard, but I did anyway some, as I just don't have time during the week, and can't wait any longer for warm dry weather.
OH! And for everyone's information, if you ever want to move an established rhubarb plant, you will need to use a tree spade. Actually, I think any trees that I have moved, have smaller roots than the rhubarb, seriously!
Sounds great Al. Have fun with the family and GGD. I bet she is having fun!
We are gonna have our cook out day tomorrow and give me more time to get over my cold. We are gonna go up in the mountains where it will be cooler and see if I can still breathe ok outside. Too hot here. We have a little friend who is about 10 years old and never been fishing since he has no dad alive, and DH gonna take him fishing and teach him how it's done. So I'll be cheering ya all on today. I'm hugging the air-ditioner!
That's really nice of your DH to 'take him under his wing' and teach him some things like that. I lost my dad when I was 6, but one of my older brothers took on me as his responsibility and made sure I knew how to do things. Plus girlscouts helped out a lot too. I was such a tomboy, was???...AM, I loved doing all that stuff.
Ahh - too cute!
Too dang windy here for a picnic - even my windmill looks like it could take flight any moment - worried about my weeping willow too, looks like it could be blown over today as well. The joys of living in Oklahoma!
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day!
Got the front flowerbed finished. Had to change the direction of the soaker hoses so it would run downhill instead of uphill. UGH. I ran it from the bottom last year, but these flat hoses don't let enough water go through I guess. Then, it wasn't wanting to run downhill either, and all those new babies I put in needed drinks, so I turned on the sprinkler. Have it clear at the south end because the wind is blowing the water so much. To quote an intellegent okie "The joys of living in Oklahoma!"
Jan, you have 2 very good looking young men there. How lucky that young man is to have you and your DH in his life to be able to teach him the important things like fishing! What a great day for you all! Did you have any trouble breathing? Hope you didn't overdo it and enjoyed the day!
Morning everyone! Hope that you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed making and experiencing great memories ;-) Just wanted to let everyone know that in a couple of days, my subscription here will be expiring, and since DH has been layed off due to the weather since March 1st, I do not plan on renewing at this time. I still plan on visiting on the free sites, to hang out and keep in touch with you all. Just wanted to say "Thanks!" to all of you that have become my great friends and have sent me some of the most wonderful gifts here over the last couple of years. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers, and will hold you all next to my heart! I've enjoyed all of you, so please, keep in touch. Most of my closest friends here know how to keep in touch with me on FB, or other gardening sites, and have my email, so please, keep in touch! This is not a goodbye, as I do plan on renewing at a later date, when money is more accessible to us, and I will still be here on the free forums :-) I just wanted to let everyone know and to thank you all for being so generous to me over time, whether it was for the great plants, seeds, or just the great info on everything, that you have so generously provided!
Hi Amanda! Hope you had a great weekend! I'm kinda aware of the angel fund, but just sort of figured it should be for people who are really "needy". With all the people who have lost so much this year with all the storms, tornadoes, etc. they have it much worse than we do, really. They have so much more to replace and should be using "angel fund" for their memberships, so they will have funds for replacing everything they have lost. With so many that have lost so much; homes, families, personal belongings, and everything, they really do need angels ;-) So far, we have still managed to keep all of that, we are just broke, lol!
Hi Sandi, Thanks for the sweet words, we went to N.C. mountains where it was very cool. We left out early with a lunch basket and they fished and toured the trout in the holding pens and even got to see the rangers turn out a whole pen of nice size trout to the stream where they were fishing from. About 1:00pm it was getting warmer even there under all the enormous trees and we packed up and came back down the mountain. Austin's Dad died when he was 2 -on his 2nd birthday actually, so he has never had a male figure to do things with. (Kinda like our step grandson whose Dad ran out on them when he was a tiny baby and he never had any positive male to influence his life till they came into our life a while back). DH likes to fish and this gives him a fishing buddy since I cannot handle the heat out there. Austin talked about his trip all evening and all day today. He had the best time! We did too.
I came home and unpacked everything and took a nap so I am fine.
I have a 3 month time off from babysitting now , (Other grandma has 3 months off work for summer and she is babysitting now for 3 months),so I am gonna try to get some house cleaning done and finally make my calendar quilt ,I have planned for a while now, for kaylee.
Hope everyone had a good weekend and rested up.
Look what I had to bloom today!