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billyporter, sure looks like from the picture of your garden that you live in a beautiful place (where it rains! Wow!!) Do you all have grackles there too?!
PrissyJo, sorry to hear you have fire ants. They sure can mess a garden up (especially eat the blossoms on okra, beans and peas.) The new baits with spinosad seem to help. I use the one called "Come and Get It".
64°/75° Rain showers developing around mid-morning. Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
New thread! Thanks Bernie, I love the ''ghost'' in the window :o) I agree with Celia about yellow on blue. Very pretty!
Celia, only good thing about hot, is the wind...
Evelyn, there's nothing good about that!
Pepper, did you ever dry out from all the earlier rains?
Ladypearl, I do try to keep my little spot on earth pretty :o)
I have grackles and starlings. They don't bother much, but they do have homely babies, LOL, and they drop poop bombs from the nest in my birdbath, :o(
We had another good meal at Pizza Ranch and Dad got a coupon for a free pizza :o)
I came home and potted up plants for my neighbor. A friend stopped by and brought me two new iris for those I shared with him. One has yellow standards with maroon falls and the other is all deep purple. Both are tall and strong. I don't know if they are old ones or not, but I'm happy with them!
The Rock Garden. Now I'll need blooms for June thru October.
Wow! I feel like a brand new person with this brand new thread. It was an absolutely perfect morning for gardening! We actually had 48% humidity and I could breathe! just a slight breeze and only 84; much better than the 105 we had been having. I was in total heaven! I got so much planted. It was fantastic!
98 out now and the winds are up and humidity 13 but what a great morning.
This creature is 12" long and really creepy looking, on my front porch on the last day of May. A perfect example of how May was for me. The next picture is of June! I've got so much to say I'm going to have to take up two posts!
billyporter, I just wanted to thank you so much for the sympathy :) and for always responding to everyone. It's great the way you tie everything together. Your yard is so fantastic. I'm like LadyPearl--WOW !! And those lady's mantle in your rock garden are beautiful, too.
Bernie, thank you for the thread and for the good wishes for rain. We actually have a 10% chance of 1/10th of an inch today so I've got fingers and toes crossed. I'd cross every joint if I could! And I want to know who that ghost is, too! Love those irises, too.
Pepper, you have such a beautiful variety of flowers! Gorgeous
LadyPearl, I have the very best variety of okra growing. Those ants had better not get it! I've also got lots of different kinds of beans. I've heard of spinosad and understand it's organic but they don't have it around here. Is there a place you know of on the internet to get it?
This little sunflower is my example of June and I feel like it's a new start with this new thread. It's a Solar Baby Sunflower, only 2 ft high and has 9 buds already.
Kwanjin and TropicalNut- Love that Tanager!! I can't believe you're just north and a tiny bit west and our weather has been SO completely different! During May all I had were grackles and doves but this morning I had hummers, robins, western bluejay, 3 kinds of wrens and no grackles at all!
LadyPearl, can you believe the difference in my weather and my birds in just one day! By the way, if the ants get my stuff, I'll do a search for Come and Get It. Thanks for the info. Are you having a good month, too??????
billyporter, I just really can't get over your beautiful yard!!
Bernie, I can't get over ALL of your beautiful plants. I know you'll have a great market season.
No rain here for 5 days now! Finally got the whole yard mowed again. The weather the past few days has been delightful--highs in the low 70's, breezy and low humidity. The rainiest May on record has me way behind though.
Ours are about gone here now.
We added about a 1/2 dozen from the Spring RU.
Many of them are Dwarf Iris... we're FINALLY learning.
We are switching most of our standard ones to containers.
They love growing in pots and after blooming we can move them out of the way to allow room for other plants.
68°/92° Partly cloudy. Stinking hot and humid :o) Winds S at 20 to 30 mph.
Thank goodness we'll have wind!
Prissy Jo, that's what makes June worth it!
Awww, thanks :o)
Smiling, that was not a very nice May was it?
I just love close-up pictures of Sunflowers. I don't think people realize how beautiful they really are.
Awesome on the birds, especially three kinds of wrens :o)
Thanks, it's the shade that makes all the difference and we're going to need it today!
I'm glad your weather has improved. I hope it goes well for everyone else too. We've all been waiting for so long!
Pepper, that IS cool! I don't care for abstract sculpture. I want it to look like something and he does! I'd put him in my yard :o)
Howdy Early!! It's always nice to get the yard mowed. If we have rain, I mow every 4 to 5 days.
Wow, picture perfect sunrise!
Ric, my iris are a good show this year because they've been divided for three years. I really need to get on the ladder and try to get the whole bed in. 80' is a long shot, but the back is lined with Iris :o)
I adore the dwarf and intermediates! The Lilliputs from Schreiners are pretty, and scented. Win win :o)
The driveway man is coming and we can pin him down on a date to tear out the rock and pour concrete!!
PrissyJo, That is one big centipede! I hope those don't come in the house!! That;s a cute sunflower! Sunflowers are able, thankfully, to take the hot dry weather better than some kinds of flowers. Around here the birds eat up the seeds before I realize it though. I should put a bag over them since I want to collect them for my parrot.
I get the "Come and Get It" at the local farm and ranch store (we used to call them feed stores but they have so much more stuff now). I have not tried to order it online.
Glad to hear your birds showed up! Hope they eat up your "bad bugs" in the garden.
What kind of okra are you growing?
Billyporter, do you discourage the grackles and starlings from nesting near your bird bath? When a flock of grackles comes around to take over the territory in the spring, I use the kind of fire crackers that make a loud "bang" to scare them off. Of course sometimes one has to get out the pellet gun to add some teeth to the bark so they will go away and not come back. They are very persistent however - but so am I since I've caught them eating other bird's babies and also getting into the chicken's food.
What kind of trees are those to the right of your driveway? Beautiful lawn you have there.
Pepper23, love that cowboy art sculpture!
Early bloomer, that sunrise is so peaceful looking - it must have been the start of a great day,
I thank you for the sympathy, ladypearl, Even worse than those terrible birds, we are now confronted with coyotes and armadillos. Those are both new here. We just need to hang in there cause I fear that fire ants will be next. Even alligators have apparently gotten as far as Memphis. Darned if I would want to have any of my family swimming in the rivers now.
I out out one lone tomato plant a few weeks ago. It's looking a little sad but it has flowers on it now. I put in green onions, corn, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and a white pumpkin into my raised bed. Small yeild but going to be fun!
My weather echoes, TN's.
I found a gigantic growth on our Isis yesterday. I took her to the vet and it's been IDed as a fatty tumor. Having it removed on Wednesday.
77°/85° Mostly cloudy this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. A few storms may be severe. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Ladypearl, the neighbors have a long line of pine trees so there is no stopping them, LOL! I tend to let nature take it's course anyway. But I've never seen another bird fly over and let go with such aim. They can really put a layer in the bottom and it's terrible to clean out :o(~
Those are walnut trees. There is another to the right, and down the sidewalk. The south property line has two more young ones. The neighbors are going to take them out one of these days.
Do you have any pictures of your parrot? How long have you had one?
Elena, that is so sad! I keep hopng a robin will nest in my apple tree.
Ladypearl, we never had blackbirds nesting here before the neighbors planted the trees. They always showed up in the Spring, but now they stay :o(
Pepper, laughing, spackled mushrooms! Aren't they pretty? Is that a rain lily?
ROTFL!!! Not a one you could eat!
Elena, we have coyotes, but no one has any livestock to bother. I hear they will take dogs and cats when hungry. The armadillos are on the move just as the African Bee is. I hope none of the southern pests ever make it to zone 5!
Bernie, ROTFL!!! Twice!!
Tropical, I'll bet the tomatoes could go out.
Celia, small yield this year leads to more next year :o)
I'm glad Isis only has that, and it can be removed.
Have a good day everyone. Good luck at the market Bernie. I wish I had several dozen of those good fresh eggs. Yes, those pesky critters will eat Fifi and any other little critter they can catch. Not good!
Well, I let you all know that I won't be here cause of expire on the 10th this month so I will be happy if you want be in Facebook... If you want to get my Facebook and I will be happy to d-mail me for private...
Anna, Rusty and JuJu is taller than Rusty's height...
Take care, Rusty. Come back if you can. I'm sure you guys in Joplin have you're hands full unfortunately. I hear mortgages on the newly unemployed can be a headache for some now, something like mortgage payments are coming due before insurance can pay in some cases. Ins. co's. are setting up temporary stands to help on that problem.
Good photo there, Bernie. That is some vegetables! I bet you see quite a few vegetarians in a farmer's market. It looks like decent weather there in Minn. Here, it is hot (high around 92° F lately every day) and humid. I bet the weather is about perfect in MN now. I went to
The House On The Rock last July in WI. and the highs were about low 80's, which was nice. Then, we started driving back to KCMO and it was getting warmer and warmer!
66°/86° Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms mainly during the morning. A few storms may be severe. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Bernie, people are going to be glad to see you. I had a radish sandwich for supper last night :o)
Wow! The produce looks great!!
Elena, those eggs do sound good!
Ric, what beautiful detail on the Hackberry. That's the best close-up I've seen!
Anna, I'll miss you here on Dave's! JuJu really grew up and is just beautiful! I love Rusty too!
Will, can't stop the computers from kicking out those notices. It would be a real mess there. I did learn something tho. When severe weather comes around, I put my meds in my purse along with my best yard cap. If I have to run, I'm covered for a while, medically.
The driveway guy made it yesterday and stayed an hour. There was a lot of detail to go over. His brother will take up the railroad ties and rock. The rock goes to my Dad in the other end of town. At the hourly price to use the truck, short hauls are what we need! I can't wait!
Good luck on them getting it done soon. My kitchen has been torn up since February as our guy works on much bigger jobs (huge houses for very wealthy people including several country music stars) and just can't ever seem to get time to finish mine. I get fed up to the gills when I have almost anything done as nobody seems to ever think enough of our little jobs to complete them. Our carpenter came well recommended but he just never seems to think that we are important enough to complete my kitchen. Boo hoo.
70°/94° Sunshine and clouds mixed. Hot. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.
Elena, that is just wrong. Maybe I don't understand the ''code'' of these people, but you have a right to get your job done. I would be calling and pinning him dow to a date to finish. I do and don't understand the three jobs at once. It just delays everyone. And why can't they call you? We have to do all the calling when we want to know what is going on. GRRRR!
DH took the small sidewalk blocks out around the porch and gave them to my Dad. We had to keep a couple to add since the driveway will be moved over 4'. I mowed and am glad I did. We're in for a hot one today!
Eeek! You are warming up, there in IA! Here it is 75°/95° SSW 14 mph, it says all sunny here. I try only to water every 2 days, today is definitely water day! A couple plants droop after 1 day of no watering!
A radish sandwich?! I hope you had mayo on that!
I know what you mean about having to contract work, Elena. Last year we had some stuff done, a disabled ramp built, a screened in deck and a bathroom remodeled.
It all went well enuff, but some of the work seemed substandard and they'd even make they're own decisions on what to do. For example, I offered that they could put a little tearout debris in my trailer when they walked by if they wanted, they ended up filling up my trailer with nearly all the tearout, then charging us for "debris removal".
We told them about that and I think they reduced it, but they were peeved. I offered that because our city here offers free landfill drop-off for residents, but I didn't think they would fill up my trailer with 2,000 lbs. of demolition tearout trash! I just told my friend here, (the homeowner) yesterday that the main sub-contractor guy was likely smoking marijuana on his lunch break. They had to work in the house on the bathroom remodel and when he'd walk by several times I could smell it, (she was at work). The elderly gentleman that my friend contracted with is a nice guy, he may not even know that his main subcontractor was getting high on weed, then doing the work and making the man look bad. I told my friend that I felt like anonymously emailing the man and telling him, "this guy is making you look bad". Overall, they did decent work and everything turned out good enuff, except for a few bad decisions on work, and a few shoddy things. My friend was satisfied enuff with everything. I didn't want to say anything earlier that mighta stopped work and caused a big mess. My friend didn't contract with this weed smoker subcontractor guy, we'd never seen him before. I wanted to wait until the 1 year warranty was over before I told her. I know how she is, if I had told her sooner, if something went wrong, she wouldn't have had them back out to fix anything during the warranty period, she woulda been like, "I don't want them back in my house". My friends told me I should stay mum about it back then. But, I felt like it was my duty to tell her eventually.
Oh well, when work has to be done, what can you do? I like those Angieslist commercials, like the one where the guy does the work but he tracks paint all through the house!
Yeah, I'd see if they'd agree to amending the contract to finish by Jan 1st, 2012 or something. A new agreement has to be in writing, an amendment to a contract is only enforceable if it's written. In short, a verbal agreement doesn't trump an original written agreement. Everything in writing, I learned that by watching judge shows. Well, you have to do something when you're unemployed!
Our guy called two days ago and said he would be over sometime Sat. or Sun. to look things over. Yeah Right!!!!! Surely he can remember all of the cabinet stuff showing because there are no doors and all of the stuff I have to store on the den floor because the sliding trays in the under cabinets that he built don't slide well. We were going to buy and install our own but he insisted he could do it cheaper. Yeah, but let's get the sliding. We don't have a contract and don't pay ahead of the finished job so there is nothing to call him on. Oh yes, my kitchen sink hot and cold water faucets are reversed and have been for over three months.
Hubby refinished the new fronts the guy built for the drawers and cabinets because we were afraid to trust him on that. Those and the drawers are all sitting in my den and have been for months. We begged him to finish that anyway because we are expecting out of town company for my granddaughter's wedding the 25th. There will be lots of people in and about. I know now that it will be a miracle if he does them by then. All I know to do is make sure things that show look ok, hide everything else Lord only knows where, get sick over how bad it looks and try to be good sports.
Elena, I think I'd casually send him emails stating deadline dates and costs etc. From what I've seen on tv, even text messages and emails that discuss the job will work in Small Claims Court if it should come to that. When its just you're word against theirs, I don't think the outcome is very good for the customer. Thats a good thing that you haven't paid a big sum in advance. Small Claims Court only costs $35 here, (depending on how you choose to have the lawsuit served, can be more). There is also a limit of $3,000 or $5,000, depending on the state. I once sued a mobile home park because they wouldn't give back my security deposit after I left, but I had to use the bathroom that morning and didn't make it to court, so I lost because of my absence. In any case, if you have to finish it yourselves, I hope he didn't mess it up for you. Reversing you're hot and cold sounds like something this guy over here would do, smoke some weed, then work on our plumbing. He got the hot and cold right but it dripped after he put in a new vanity and faucets, it didn't drip before, we found out later that he chose to omit the right washer. They say theres a small percentage of subcontractors and contractors that plain don't know what they're doing. But by and large, I'm sure they mostly know they're business and are quite good when everything is done or they don't stay in business long.
The Weather Channel says 94° F here tomorrow. The end of the week is cooling way down here, they say mid to lower 80's with chances of rain!
Colorful flowers there, Pepper.
Since we didn't do a contract with him we will just have to be patient and hope for the best. Hubby finally got him to commit to coming sometime tomorrow to start putting on the new fronts. Fingers crossed here...This guy is a neighbor and friend of a friend of ours. Our friend was a well known architect around here and we hope that if we exert a bit of pressure the contractor won't want to get in bad with us or him since our friend, his neighbor, recommended him. We have gently nagged him and don't know if it will get us anywhere. The contractor finished a BIG job today for a very wealthy family in a really ritzy area of Nashville. I can see why keeping those guys happy is important but we would like to get back to normal around here. We had discussed with him and were planning to give this guy another job renovating our main bathroom but I don't think so now. I would go mad if I had to live with a bathroom torn up for months.
I furnish a written contract to my customers. It contains exactly what I am going to give them. Then I require ½ of job amount as a down payment. I need that to buy the raw materials. Both of us sign it at the time of down payment. At completion of the job, I collect the rest of the money. This has worked for years for me & would hold up in court.
Hot here all night. We've had the air on since yesterday, so staying cool.
76°/94° Plentiful sunshine. Hot. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.
Elena, I almost think I'd try and find someone else if he won't finish. I would feel sick over all the waiting too.
Pepper, love the color combination! Is that perovskia?
Bernie, that is quite a trip!
Will, I think a lot of workers are hire-on's and most likely don't know what they are doing.
Elena, neighbor and friend does make a difference in how you ask him. We had a bad roofing guy. Since we paid half down, we had to keep him. We were happy to just get it done, but we would never have him do anything else.
Bernie, that's because you are an honest, decent person! There aren't too many craftsmen around. That's the difference between you and all the others.
My husband has always done everything because of the problems involved with hiring anyone we have ever hired. He has reached the age where he would really like to have someone else do it but it just isn't worth the hassle. We have added all kinds of stuff to our home over time and it is the same old story no matter who we get. The only guy who ever didn't keep us in limbo was an elderly black guy who did our brick work on an addition we built. He came and did the job and didn't hold us in limbo at all. We always get the others who get one half the money, come and work a little and then it takes an act of congress to get them back. We have gutter we can't get fixed because of the roofing folks months ago. They fixed the roof but one of the workers fell and messed the gutter up when he fell. Looks like we are going to have to sue him before it is over. That all happened because of the damage done to the roof during that first storm that got huge tree. We have converted the garage to a room, and built two additions over the years and the story is always the same around here.
You wouldn't believe how long we waited each time to get the job finished. I think I am about finished dealing with anyone even though we still need a vent fan and a wall plug plus a new sink in the bathroom. I am not going to do anything but that. Phooey on a new bathroom. I couldn't stand it. Hubby says he will wait till it is cooler and try to do the wiring. We have a son-in-law in Knoxville who might be able to help him. Concerning the sink, since the guy we are using now isn't going to do it, I am going to try to figure some way to not take out the sink but instead somehow knock out a hole in the bottom and frame and put in a pedestal sink. Then do mosaic tile around it. Anything like taking out the sink will tear up the tile on the counter and then we will have to do all new tiling in the entire bathroom. I JUST can't handle that either. This guy would probably take the rest of my life doing the job. I can't DO that.
The guy we got to do the roofing one time was a friend. He was without a job at the time and was quite eager to do it. Midway in the job, he got another job. That left my hubby to do it alone in the hundred degree temperatures of July. It almost ruined his knees carrying those shingles up the ladder. Took him several years for them to stop bothering him. He was almost 70 years old to boot. He will be 80 this September and looks like he is still the only one I can trust to do a good job.
Bernie, you must be one in a million cause we don't ever get anyone like you. I hope your customers appreciate you.
sort of feeling like summer here..
sunday was High of yr so far 85F provo utah..
last couple days high 70s F
yesterday geesh.. had high winds 40mph..some microbursts..not in my neighbourhood though
nites low 50sF
i see the extreme temps u all are having in other parts of the country..
it'll feel like summer left when...if when... temps go more to "normals"...
Fortunately, Tennessee is really at the higher end I saw after I Googled the maximum settlement in Small Claims Court in TN. There are only 2 other states as high, TN's is $15,000 and in Shelby and Anderson counties there it's $25,000, the highest of all I think. I'm not trying to encourage you to get litigious on the carpenter guy, Elena. I just wanted you to know people have options when contracted work goes bad, if need be. Something else to be wary of in suing if you need to, is Statutes of Limitations on the different scenarios of damages. For example, it's 6 years for a written contract as well as for an oral contract in Tenn., but 3 years for property damage and only 1 year for personal injury.
Contractors I'm sure know just how long to put you off then it's, "do I know you?" if they answer the phone! Heres a link I found by Googling the words - small claims how much does it cost tennessee statute of limitations - http://www.smallclaims.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89&Itemid=60 I'd start with the threat of a lawsuit, they even encourage it, it's called a Demand Letter, (I don't know if you have to have had already paid for the lawsuit) from what I read those work pretty good. Remember in Small Claims it's just you, no attorney, the burden of proof is up to the plaintiff (bring lots of evidence, even the smallest thing could be important to the judge), you, don't tell the defendant (contractor) anything, what evidence you do have or don't have, let him guess up to and on court day, so he don't know what to defend against! I still can't find how much it costs, but I'm sure they'd tell you if you call you're small claims court there in you're town. I can't imagine it'd be more than $100 with all the bells and whistles on suing!
I hope it works out though and you don't need to do that, going to court looks like a pain, but money is money!
On another note, the weather here is still hot for one more day! They forecast 95°F and sunny tomorrow! It's still 81° now at 12:18 Central Time.
Hi Everyone. We're having both of our porches screened in and it's taking forever, too, haven't seen them in a week but fortunately, we've used these guys before for many things and they always complete and do a great job.
High today 105, winds to 45, humidity 24 right now but it will drop, no doubt. Eleven months and counting of not a drop of moisture. We've now set a record from 1892 when they started keeping records. But as this picture shows, new mexico can be pretty in it's own way.
I can't complain though because we have still have city water with no restrictions so I'm eating tomatoes (I grew them out in my greenhouse and planted them about a month ago) cabbage, chinese cabbage, onions, radishes. Corn is tasseling. and everything else seems to be doing fine.
Well, quite a day here in Minnesota yesterday. New record high for the day in every town. Mankato & Minneapolis, 103º. But we also had winds up to 40MPH.
My TB Iris took quite a beating. They were in full bloom & now a lot a flat on the ground.
A little damage on greenhouse plastic, but it did stay on, thank goodness.
Today we are going to plant out the remainder of the muskmelon plants, third planting of Gladiolus, take the row covers off the muskmelon & zucchini plants.
I already pruned & tied up tomatoes in the large hoophouse this morning. 5 rows in there & I do one row a day. Early morning works before it gets hot in there.
You're welcome, Elena. I think that site http://www.smallclaims.com might be incorrect about something, they say max 25k, unless it's changed, it's only 15k except Shelby and Anderson counties, they're 25k - http://www.creditworthy.com/3jm/articles/cw051806.html . I think I'd ask to be sure, if it affects you. I think I'd wait a year tho, in case the guy who fell off you're roof while working can sue you for his injuries.
PrissyJo, thats a nice photo of you're sunset! On the news they say now the smoke from the wildfires in Arizona makes sunsets orange in many states. They even showed the smoke on radar over Kansas. About half the state of KS. was covered in smoke and it was coming to Kansas City! Maybe thats the lower orange in you're photo, they said NM is covered.
Eeek! 103° in Minneapolis, that'd be unusual.
We have Peaches coming on the 'Red Haven' Dwarf Peach Tree. I just bought that tree last Sept. or October from Lowes.
Don't mind all that rubbish in the background of this photo, I am in the process of cleaning all that up.
edited to fix that link, it wouldn't work with that period in it, sorry : )
Still hot but the humidity is down so it actually feels kinda nice out there.
Tomorrow we hopefully start working on my truck. I have a broken arch spring in the back and we bought replacements but are trying to get the right sized bolts to fit. If they come in my brother and dad will fix it tomorrow. Will be nice to drive a truck that's whole for awhile!! lol
'Prairie Gyspy' Monarda blooming. I like this one. Not too tall so it doesn't flop over.
Temp is slowly dropping from a high of 90º today. Highs are forecast mostly in the mid- 70's for the next 10 days with scattered thunder showers here and there.
103º in Minn. the first week of June! Doesn't look like a Canadian Summer for Bernie this year!
PrissyJo...I'm glad things are still growing well for you despite the drought.
I do everything myself too. At least if it's not done right or on time I know who to blame! :-)
Photo: My peonies are blooming their hearts out this year.
What crazy weather we've all been having!! We are going into day 14 of temps above 90!!! This is NOT usual for us at this time of year! We also desperatley need rain!! If this is a precedence (sp?) for what's to come we are in a lotta trouble!!
I've been busy watering the garden every other day & that is going to hike up our water usage cost a lot!!! yikes!
Just celebrated my 50th birthday ( June 5th) & had a wonderful party on the 4th!! I am also celebrating my 5th year of remission from ovarian cancer too!! PRAISE GOD!
90s here again, with tornado watches all over the place. There was a tornado touchdown up north by Trenton, MO at point earlier. Right now just heat and clear skies here. Waiting for it to pour so I don't have to water for a few days. lol
54°/77° Scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Wow, I can't believe how far behind I got!!
Elena, what a sad story on hiring people. DH has always done everything himself and self taught when he wasn't sure of what to do. His Dad was a big help with questions.
I would sue.
Those are all sad stories. What a shame there isn't one decent person you can hire. I don't blame you for saying ''I can't DO that.
Tropical, it's amazing to me how many times all of us are having the same weather. I think it's only going to get more erratic. Now that we have flowers and gardens, it seems all the more disappointing :o(
Thanks Celia :o) I feel good about sitting out and looking over the whole place. I survey all I own :o)
Awww, on the beautiful Black Chin! I have a Ruby Throat and he's beautiful too!
Pepper, Catmint was my second guess. I have quite a bit of it that I intended to move around while it was small. That didn't happen! The bees love it and I love that it blooms early! It sure works with almost any plant.
Will, good information, and I agree with ''they know just how long to put you off.''
It makes me tired just thinking of putting together all the proof needed, but I watch Judge Judy, so I know it's all important :o)
Prissy Jo, new porch screen, yayyy! DH does ours. It's hard to find decent screen too. A contractor might have better quality.
Wow, that is a beautiful picture! I can't believe how dry you are. You are lucky to have unlimited city water!
What a beautiful plum! Yum yum!
Bernie, that is amazing! We've hardly been in the 90's here. What IS going on with the world?
I'm so sorry about your Iris. That is a shame :o(
Will, good advice on the guy possibly suing for his injuries.
Our sunrise and sunset was an amplified orangy red yesterday.
Pepper, your poor truck!!
I adore Monarda! Prairie Gypsy is so pretty! Love those little mushrooms too! I just got a purple start from a friend last year and hope to see it take off pretty soon. Monarda was another thing I wanted to spread around, that didn't happen :o(
Early, the heat made my peonies drop their petals early. They sure smelled good this year tho.
Oh my, those ARE gorgeous!
Cindylove, I missed your birhday, but caught you with a belated. I'll make it official :o) Happy belated Birthday!! I'm glad it was wonderful!!
I sure hope the Southern states aren't the next desert :o(
May God continue to watch over you. Prayers will be sent for continued good health. 5 years is amazing!
Well it poured yesterday morning, rained all day, and poured and this morning. We're up to 2''. The sun is out, but boy, was it cold at 4:00 am. It's still chilly.
We watered the other day, but the seedlings needed it. We've eaten almost all the radish and are just waiting for the peas. The beans came up but I don't see any of the spinach I reseeded. Old old seed. Out it goes.
It's 7:30am and the first Grandchild is out of bed. One to go :o)
We got a little rain yesterday afternoon & evening. Didn't have a gauge out, but puddles are full. Sure made up for what the heat & wind took out Monday & Tuesday.
We are now done planting. Yesterday the winter squash was seeded. We still have open spots for cabbage, kohlrabi & beans. They all go in later to spread out the harvest. All the transplants look great. hardly lost any. Must have put in around 3000, but who's counting!
Tunnels came off the zucchini & summer squash yesterday. They were pushing against the plastic. Saw a blossom on the muskmelon, too, so those tunnels will be off shortly.
66°/75° Morning clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine. High around 75F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Bernie, AWESOME amount of produce! Things are looking good!
Smiling over the kittie :o)
I love petunias!
Celia, I LOVE that bloom! How beautiful! Is it a pink centaurea?
Pepper, I hope we're rained out pretty soon, altho I should have wonderful daylily blooms coming on.
I have a peony just a bit bigger than that one. They take forever to get big! LOL!
Love the lamium. It sure brightens up an area!
I have eunonymus too :o)
Will, ''Herford'' is a prettier version of my Petey :o)
The lily tip looks big and healthy! Can't wait to see them bloom!
I think our rain is done for at least today. We have had 2 1/2'' over the last couple of days. It's enough!There are a few mosquitos already :o(
55°/74° A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Celia, I love those. I have the montana with the electric blue color. I think I have seed for a swhite one. I've not seen the pink, but it's sure pretty!
Bernie, you set a beautiful table!
Pepper, you have a bit of growing left. I'd pick when they are as big as your thumb. I always plant my eating onions deeper and closer together than the keepers. Onions for keepers like their shoulders in the sun.
The sun is out, but that isn't going to last. I hate to complain, but it's cold!!
Sally, these came in a wildflower mix I put out a few years ago. Only one pink one grew out of it. I transplanted it to the back and let it go to seed. Every Spring, I weed out the blue ones and now have a lot of pinks. I love them!
Cool-ish here now. 68º with high, thin clouds. Possible rain coming.
This Iris came in a package from HD marked 'Pink Attraction.' I like it much more than the pale pink it would have been but I wish I knew it's true name!
Billy, Our forecast is for hot and dry into the next week (temps 103 or higher). Even though we are watering everything, some plants, like the blackberries, are dieing anyway -they just can't take this heat without some good rains. Your high in the 70's is what we have for lows. Wonder why there isn't some balance in the temps for both of us...
Do you grow blackberries (or any other berries)? How are they doing in the weather we've had lately? I'm wondering if watering with well water would help them cope with it (although we do not have a well). Do you have a well?
Kawanjin, Wow, that's wonderful! Quail babies! We let our kids raise bobwhite quail and chukars a few years while we were living in Alabama. When they got too big for the pens we let them loose in the yard. They were a lot of fun.
I would love to claim these as our own but they're wild CA quail. The babes were not afraid of us and neither were mom and dad. They were trying to get into the bushes across the street but the curb was way too high for them. Mom stayed in the bush and peeped while DH put a small block of wood there as a step for them.
Y'all been so busy while I was workin' in the yard. It's warm now and the soil is dry enough to work. It was 75° yesterday, with some high thin clouds, just about perfect, with a cool breeze to boot. The low was 48°, so now I will plant out some tomatoes. It will be warm and dry, then hot and dry, so I am rushing around to get so much done before it is sweltering.
We have many different kinds of ants, but luckily, no fire ants.
New "hot bed" for DH. They are not my favorite colors with which to work, but for him by special request. Many things planted not up yet. Probably too many things in there already. I started it on April 11th...in between storms...
58°/71° Thunderstorms likely this morning. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Yep, it's raining. It started around 2:00 am and there's a lot more to come.
Will, Petey's a GOOD boy :o) Well, most of the time. He will pull the stuffing from the sides of the air conditioner and they both peel off the weather stripping from thje doors.
Cool! I can't wait to see it bloom. I wonder how many it will have it's first year?
Pepper, you are sooo lucky!! I love that salvia, but I'm too cold for it to come back. I don't like to pay for annuals if I can't grow them myself.
I had to carry the 4 year old back to his bed around 10:30 last night. He needed another blanket :o) Then I slept on his cot around 2:30 am because the lightning was too bright. It was. We don't have room darkening shades out in the Red Room. He fell back asleep and I went back to bed.
It's thundering again! The 6 year old might not be playing ball tonight :o(
Hello Everyone! Oh, how I long for double digits again! It’s forecast between 105-110 all week. Low’s 75. Smoke from the Arizona fires.
Just to catch up:
Ric - Absolutely love your Hackberry Emperor and what a GREAT photograph
Bernie - I wish I could come to your market!! All of that scrumptious fresh and beautiful bounty!
Lady Pearl - I’m completely positive what variety of okra I saved. I planted three kinds last year and saved the best one. Long, thin pods, I mean at least 12” and tender all the way down! I’m saying it’s Zeebest from Baker Creek. I’ve got some seeds I can send you if you like! Didn’t know you were from Alabama…. I moved here from Georgia. The southeast gardening surely is different from out here!!!!!!!!! So sad about your blackberries, they grow wild there, must need a lot of humidity. I’ve got one raspberry that’s hanging on. I soak it.
Will - you were RIGHT., We’re getting that smoke from the Arizona fires. We’ve got had our share, too. Sometimes it seems if the landscape around here isn’t desolate, it’s black from fires. I’m trying to keep my chin up. 11-½ months now with no moisture and severely hot temps.
Early_Bloomer - LOVE your peonies!
Bp - LOVE your hostas!! It's so hard to believe what cold and rainy weather you're having. Wish we could share and each get half of each other's weather. Now that would be perfect!
Celia - LOVE your quail!
Pepper - What a beautiful salvia and it’s acting like a perennial! That’s one of the flowers that does really well out here. They’re not perennial but they reseed themselves plentifully.
billyporter - Shade - wow. If my whole yard was shaded, it would be nice and things would be happier. Sounds crazy I know because when I lived in the SE, sun was hard to get! But I put in six trees in the back yard, where most of my veggies are, three years ago when we moved here. One purple plum, an ornamental, a burgundy plum, fruit, a chatalpa, a white blooming redbud, an ash and a vitex. We already had one tree, a giant pecan. They're all doing really well except the ash died. Several other trees died out front and at the other little house we've got but I've got 11 fruit trees down there that are good so far. They don't provide much shade yet because they're only about 15-20 ft tall so I built a shade house over my raised beds. Draped it with 80% shade cloth and I was one of very few who had any veggies last year around here. I took it down in the winter because I was trying to have a winter garden andhaven't gotten it back up yet. I can't really do it by myself and it has to be done before 8 am or I just can't go out, heart condition and light skin... that's never stopped me before but THIS place has slowed me down for sure! Here's a picture of when we bought the house and then I'll put one of now. I had put in a beautiful Rose of Sharon shrub two years ago but it just died all of a sudden last year; one day it was beautiful, next day it was dead. Weird.
The Weather Channel says 88° and 67° tonite, my rainbarrel is full!
I hope you just get the smoke PrissyJo, not the fire! Unfortunately, they say the fire is close to the NM border, and CO.
Here is Hereford the cat in the Catnip pot I brought in yesterday for them, with Grubworm looking with interest and Bucky looking in the front. All those cats were strays that were brought in! I thought I'd get a photo it looked so silly! My housemate saw me taking the photo this morning and she says "awww.. ain't that cute?!". I'm thinking, "kinda I guess, but look what she's laying in, a potted plant"! That can't be good for houseplants! The Catnip plants were off to one side so her laying in there didn't hurt them. It was when she chewed one of the big plant's stems in two that isn't so good! She likes to eat the leaves and rub on them, so thats kind of neat I guess! I didn't think the Catnip would be back from the seeds I planted in it last year, but back they are.
The first year for the Lily Trees on blooming won't be too spectacular, but according to Brecks they do a little blooming even the first year, I'll wait and see! I know it's growing fast.
Prissy Jo Thanks for the comment on the Hackberry.
They are VERY friendly Butterflies and LOVE to ride on people.
Hope you get some relief soon!!!
They yard looks GREAT considering the lack of rain down there.
Bernie we have trees down everywhere at least once a week it seems.
Lightning whacked one just up the street from us Friday night.
Three huge ones are down on the next street from the wind.
We already have almost as much rain this year as we should have ALL year.
Here's a Zebra Swallowtail shot Saturday while on the tour.
Rainy this morning, then cloudy rest of day. A cool front moved in with the rain and dropped the temps down quite a bit. Feels great out there now!!
One of my weedy looking beds. lol. Astilibe. butterfly bushes, lamium, and a groundcover. Gonna rip out the butterfly bushes and put in hydrangas. Vienna and Rio cultivars. They stay small and like shade so they should do better than the butterfly bushes.
63°/84° Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon hours. A few storms may be severe. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Prissy Jo, thanks! No, not identical and Carly was first, but Callun weighed more.
Laughing! Those babies will just have to go out with me!
Oh my gosh! How do you handle that heat?
Love your babies!
Pepper, love the astilbe! Mine is just starting to bloom. Rheinland is always the first. The neighbor kids are going to take out the two walnut trees on the propery line and the astilbe will have to be moved. Eeek. I have close to 15 of them and no bed ready!
We didn't get rain overnight, but have a chance today. Someone else can have it. I need to be outside!
You can always replace the trees with tall bushes, tall grass or just tall plants. lol. They will provide shade for them.
Stormy this morning then, cloudy all day. Temps stayed nice til late afternoon then the humidity shot up.
I'm waiting on this black walnut tree to get taken out and moved. Waiting on another one too. If my dad doesn't hurry up, they will overtake my beds or I will just kill them. lol. I want the trees, just somewhere else.
68°/83° Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe.Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
PrissyJo, I''m catching up now :o)
A lot of shade IS nice, except all mine is with walnut trees, and I prefer sun loving plants.
I like the trees you put in. It's a shame about the Ash and the Rose of Sharon dying. The Ash is a good tree. I love fruit and the 11 fruit trees made me sigh. I have two apple trees and only one is old enough to bear.
What a transformation!! Having green grass is the first thing that makes a yard a yard.
Love the shade house! The veggies look good! I'd say you do a pretty good job despite the heat and lack of rain.
Will, if one catnip plant grows, many will pop up everywhere! You need to sow a grass box for them to lay in!
Those are nice throw away cats, and it is cute! They are so funny when catnip is around!
Pepper, tornado watch, sheesh! Lets get on with June!
Oooh, love the coleus!! It really whitens up the petunias!
Bernie, it's a shame the Market was washed out.
The reason for all the weird weather is this:
One culprit was La Niña, a cyclical system of trade winds that cools the waters of the equatorial Pacific. (El Niño is La Niña's warm-water counterpart.)
La Niña (Spanish for "the little girl") can muck with global weather patterns, recurring every few years and lingering for as long as two years. [Weirdo Weather: 7 Rare Weather Events].
La Niña is gone now, but her slow exit — along with a lingering reversal of atmospheric pressure patterns and wind direction in the North Atlantic, called the North Atlantic Oscillation — appears to have been the big driver behind all the wild weather.
"The effects of La Niña were sort of muddled together with the effects of the enhanced North Atlantic Oscillation," said Ed O'Lenic of the Climate Prediction Center.
Ric, I look forward to your butterfly pics and the Zebra is beautiful!!
Pepper, ROTFL!! The neighbor kids are to take out two walnuts on the property line and I can't wait either! I'm really going to miss the shade, but not the sticks and nuts in my flower bed directly under both!
ROTFL, just opened the picture expecting a large tree. You could dig that out easy!! LOL! Let your Dad see you take the shovel out and ask him whare he wants the tree. That may get him going :o)
These are the one's the kids are taking. That's their house and line of Arborvitaes.
Hot and muggy!! Expecting another round of storms tonight. There was some wind damage in the city from last night's storm. Trees uprooted and some other damage. Not widespread though which is good. Storm was noisy too. Kept waking me up and normally I sleep thru storms.
My herb pot. I need to stick my peppermint in there so my nephew can eat that. He didn't like the other herbs. LOL
Vic's Husband Hank took the pic of the ladies and me.
Beep Beep! LOVE that shot!
You have Mail! lol!
Raining here AGAIN!
Here's another one of our female Fragile Forktail Damselflies staring down a Naiad (Nymph).
I got shots of one of them laying eggs last year. We have at least 3 pairs continuously now.
They spend a year underwater (Naiad) and a few weeks to a month above as Adults.
This one is about 1 1/4" long and about the thickness of Angel Hair Pasta.
sure feels more like spring than summer here.. really mild temps..ok nites..but wow..we got a big rain storm this morning..
i ran to shed to put lawn fertilizer on lawn.. lol.. im sure my neighbours think..?? there he goes again.. its pouring..dumping rain..
and im running around lawns putting down summer fertilizer.. :) but..i do have the most green lawn in area.. so there..LOL
seems like a big bird population this yr.. to me.. lots of robins,finches,sparrows,starlings,tanangers,hummers,woodpeckers,even
i love watching robins show their young how to seek out worms,, great fun..
hope this week brings some warmer weather !!!!
billyporter, we Texans don't like that La Nina character one bit - messes the weather up! She should be fired. : D
PrissyJo, We had temp of 111 degrees yesterday - uuuuggghh! The chickens and guineas were miserable. I put the sprinkler on them and it cooled things off a little (until I turned it off and the water evaporated.) A robin hopped right up like I wasn't even there. Probably wanted to hunt for worms in the wet soil as well as cool off. Like there in NM, today it's a lot windier here (and a little cooler thankfully.)
I'm hoping they ban fireworks in our part of the country this 4th of July.
102 degrees with 48% humidity. Yesterday was only 17% and there were grass fires everywhere.
No rain for over 6 weeks and none in the forecast. This is usually our late July weather. Hate to see what that will be. Seems this entire planet is either on fire or flooded.
I'm glad I don't live any closer to the Missouri River than I do right now. I don't have to worry about it reaching me over here. Due to record snowmelt in the Dakotas, they are releasing the waters and the dams are running at full speed. Here in Missouri, Kansas and in Iowa there are breeched levees everywhere and some are on the verge of being breeched. Some towns will be under water for several months. It's only supposed to get worse.
Right now temps are in the low 90s and very humid. Storms hit again last night, did minor damage to trees and plants and they could be just as intense tonight. Tomorrow it will be hot then temps start going down. Yeah!!!
Next door neighbor's flower bed. Blooming like crazy!!
Not to make too much light of the flooding and I
Hate to say this but ...they call them 'Flood Plains' for a reason.
Hint...if your lender makes you buy Flood Insurance... don't buy there.
We have a bunch of areas here where people are flooded out every couple of years.
Their reason for staying... we've been here for generations!
Well guess what? The people who raised smart kids...
69°F this evening with scattered thundershowers in the area but dry here so far. What a great week! Mostly moderate temps with low humidity and plenty of sunshine. I've managed to get a lot done. Chance of thunderstorms here all next week.
Ric...You're the proverbial rose between 2 thorns...or is that a thorn between 2 roses? I forget how that goes... ;-)
Bernie...you have some of the nicest looking produce I've ever seen. Wish you were closer... :-)
billyporter...You hit the grandmother jackpot! Great looking babies!
Photo: I bought this old porch post at an auction and made a flower-pot post out of it.
We have 4 kittens here. Mother cat had them in a box in our shed. They've been around there their whole life, so are tame.
Yesterday the mother brought in a baby striped gopher. One of the kittens had it & the others wanted to check it out. Lots of running & hiding going on. Finally the kitten was left alone & then figured out how to eat it.
Bernie, ROTFL!! In another thread I had one more ''rain'' than you put down!!
It started around 1:30am and stopped briefly after sun up. Then it got black. Our power blipped out and we've had some close strikes. I keep checking my neighbor's houses for fire. A house in Muscatine did get struck and they had a fire. It's going to rain most of the day now. We're still hearing thunder.
Laughing over the kitten's antics. I'll bet it was so much fun to watch them!
I found a dead mouse the outdoor cat left me :o(
I put on gloves and grabbed his tail. His side was bulged and he was going to blow soon! I got rid of him!!
Hey , everyone! It's been so busy here with weeding , but the garden looks great with all the roses blooming. And we have another mole...arrrghhhh! But she only dug in the flower bed, not in the lawn. It's funny we have the molechasers we bought last year, but the batteries were dead and we forgot to replace them...then, last week I ran into one with the lawn mower and the next day the mole appeared...isn't it ironic? I replaced teh batteries for only one molechaser, but the mole was still digging, so I moved it closer to the flower bed until I can fix the broken one. It's really broken, but I hope it can be repaired. The lid was broken but I stuck it with superglue and the electronic device is broken too with one wire disconnected. I'll take it to th eoffice where a colleague will try to fix it.
It's been hot in week-end, but we had a T-storm last night. Today has cooled off to 70F.
68°/82° Windy... variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms, especially this morning... a few storms possibly severe. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Adina, it's a shame you have moles again, and ran into the molechaser! I hope it can be fixed. Those lawn mowers just get to going don't they?
Your Roses are just beautiful!
Bernie, we love kitty pictures! Those are adorable!! I love calicos, but they are all so cute :o
Beautiful Hosta bed! I'm really starting to love the green and yellow ones.
Love the pond area! I'm a sucker for birdbaths and would have about 10 more if I had good places to put them, LOL! Are those Primrose, (Oenothera fructosa?) If so I love their bright faces!
Another nice Hosta bed! Nice looking dirt too! (I know it's soil, but I grew up on dirt and I like the word :o)
Elena, me too on the birdbath, except mine is a three tier. It's lightweight plastic tho and we have to anchor it down, but I do love the birds on the top!
The sun JUST popped out! We didn't get any rain overnight and have a chance later today. I'm hopeful it wil stay to the West and continue North. Bernie, when it gets to you, you can keep it or send it on, LOL!
Butterfly Weed. The picture doesn't do it justice. The color is the prettiest bright orange.
Sally, what a beautiful plant never saw it before! I've killed the mole this morning...I was lucky again! I'm so sorry for her, but more sorry for my garden. She was just coming closer and closer to the molechaser...arrrghhh!
Bernie, wonderful pics! Those kitties are so cute!
Sally,would you save me some seeds of the butterfly weed? I am going to start saving seeds for trading and planting of anything that is past its blooming time. Eventually we might be able to do some trading at some thread or even start one somewhere. I got Bernie's morning glory seeds from him last year and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am letting them come up voluntarily this year and they aren't disappointing me. I still have some cypress vine seeds if anyone wants some. I wound up sending plants instead for the last person who wanted seeds. Cost a bit more but I had put off sending them to the embarrassing stage. Have a good day everyone. It is getting hot but they say wit won't be as hot as previously. It is 81 now and going to 87. At least that isn't in the 90s. No rain due today thankfully so maybe we can get some weeds conquered.
Adina, it has a very long taproot and will grow by water, or in the hot and dry. I'll bet you could grow it. It's Asclepias tuberosa. They have included it in the wildflower plantings they are sowing in our ditches now. The first time I ever saw it was in a ditch in Missouri :o)
The pods are just like Milkweed as it's in the same family. This never spreads a lot, even tho the pods open and the seeds blow. Dang, I can't find the picture I have of the seeds blowing. I'll look for it later.
Temps reached low 80s and was breezy. A perfect day all in all.
We just got an update on the Missouri River a couple of hours ago. At Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota they are releasing water at 150,000 cubic feet per second. Tomorrow that will be upped to 155,00 cfs and on Thursday up to 160,000 cfs. They have never released that much at once before. Places north of me are severely flooded due to the Missouri River flooding and levees failing. Now tributaries are also starting to flood. I'm glad the waters can't reach me. Too many bluffs in the way. I may only be 12 miles from the Mighty Mo but I have alot of bluffs in the way. lol
Those of you in the path of the river I hope you all are safe!!
LadyPearl - I agree! The exact same thing is happening in China, too. The north is drought and the south is flooding. They are building a huge pipeline to send water north because the north is considered their breadbasket; it's where they grow their wheat and the crops are just dying. They're the largest wheat consumer in the world.
Still not a drop of moisture. 107 today.
The commercial chile pepper farmers here in NM are really struggling. Even though they have "irrigation water" allotted to them, the crops are failing. Some have already planted twice and lost both crops. I only know of one other person trying to garden this year. No flowers. No veggies. Trees are dying.
Same here PrissyJo, still hot and dry. We had a cold front come through which brought temps down into the 90' s yesterday. I got out and took care of some yard chores. We have irrigation in this area too but plants are still struggling. It is really sad for the farmers, be they Chinese or American. It takes so much hard work to farm, and then to loose it because of this heat (and drought).
Yep, I like that ditch idea !! : ) Bring the water where it's needed! If only it would be/could be done...
Witness the Alaska oil pipeline. Anything can be done if there is enough money in it for certain people.
After 2 months, we had rain the last two nights. Temps in mid 90's instead of 102-103. What a difference rain makes from city water. My bill will probably be over $300. and that just barely kept things alive. We live frugally for the most part and our garden is our passion. Our city doesn't ration, just bumps the rate up if you use x amount of water. The higher rate starts with the first gallon.
Have mentioned this before but it is still true. Half the planet is on fire and the other half is flooded. Because of the low humidity and high temps the last two weeks there have been fires everywhere. A piece of glass laying in the sun can start a fire.
Well we got 3" of rain in under an hour yesterday afternoon.
Many roads are still closed near us due to washout and sink holes forming.
I had 'just' gotten off the Hwy when it hit.
2 guys I work w/, who live in KY, had to wait for 3 hours just to get over to KY.
At one point, just after I got home, all the roads around us were 6" deep or more in running flood water.
Today and tomorrow they will be checking all the minor bridges around here for damage.
I walked thru 8" of water from the truck to the house.
This before the worst hit...LOL!
We've had ENOUGH!
Sally, I would appreciate it and I will get with you when the time comes to see if either of us has other seeds that might be of interest to trade. Some years I save a lot of seeds and other years I don't. This year will be a saving year if I think they will be seeds someone will want. I don't intent to buy very many plants at the store any longer as they are sky high in price these days. I am going back to my days of making every single penny count as far as spending for high cost plants. Much of my plant collection came from trades anyway, both seeds and plants.
63°/64° Rain showers early becoming more intermittent for the afternoon. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Ric, you HAVE had enough and to think I complain about a little intermittent rain.
Pepper, glad no rain for you :o)
I just love Dahlias! Those are beautiful!!
Elena, I seem to save seeds every year. I still have larkspur and a few others from a few years ago, LOL! Eventually I will sow a ditch or tree line in the hopes they will grow. So far I haven't had much luck, but I keep trying.
I buy two, maybe three plants now. I try to divide what I have or learn to plant seed. Shipping is what stopped me, but I did get a plant stand made by DH and now grow nice garden veggies and flowers to transplant :o)
Rusty, that is very sad and I am so glad you aren't counted among them.
We have a better chance for rain today. I need to get out and walk before it does move in. I just got back into walking, having been to busy all Spring.
Busy day as we will be picking & washing for market. Lots of things ready now.
Kids Flavor Fest at market tomorrow. Nice weather, should be huge crowd.
Our first special event of the year.
At the moment, 5:36 pm, it's 114.6 degrees IN THE SHADE. If you step into the sun, it's fatal. The humidity is so low that it's not registering. How can it be below zero? Unbelievable. They're supposed to get a "thunderstorm" about 100 miles north of us... That literally translates as Lightning with severely high winds... no rainfall expected. They should call it a fire starter instead of a thunderstorm.
I left one of my sprinklers on by mistake today so I'm sure the corn is soaked, but I couldn't step outside to shut it off. The squash is devastated and dead even though I had a timer on it watering it three hours at night and three hours in the morning.
The yarrow is even turning brown. Sunflowers seem okay, and zinnias. Tomatoes and peppers are wilted.
59°/76° Partly cloudy early followed by scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. A few storms may be severe. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Bernie, I love the ''Kids Flavor Fest!" Neat idea!
Celia, LOL! Yeah, I'd like to go :o)
OH. MY! How awesome is THAT!
Oh Prissy, that sounds terrible! What a disappointment in the garden too :o(
I don't know how you can deal with the heat.
Ric, drowning isn't much better, LOL!
LOVE the mystery plant!
It was a good day with the boys yesterday. We got each of them a bouncy ball and a four pack of Play-Doh. We played with both most of the day. When it got dark, we lit all the sparklers we bought too :o) It was the first they ever had and were so excited!
Of course it rained at the market. Not much, but it thinned the crowd.
We decided a way to stimulate the economy. Fire all the weather people. We don't need them because they are never right anyhow! Was supposed to be 80º & Sunny. It is cloudy, rainy, & 70º. How much more wrong can you be ?
It's hard to believe, again, the flooding some of you have, the cool and rainy weather some of you have, and the drought and heat that some of us have. I think flooding would be the worst, or the tornadoes, because people are losing everything, including their lives in some cases.
My county has been officially named a disaster by the US Dept of Agriculture. But, what does that mean? I don't really think they know how to make rain clouds. One year without a drop of moisture. Does it mean they will pay the commercial farmers that couldn't grow anything? They named it a disaster area because of the drought, high winds and wildfires. But the heat itself is debilitating. It was 85 degrees this morning at 3 am. It's already 90 at 5am. Yesterday was 114.7. UV index still off the charts at 12+.
One of the worst things is the older and younger people, and the animals. The vets have reported being swamped with dogs and cats with burned paws and heat stroke and are warning people not to walk their dogs on any pavement or sidewalk. Luckily I have a fenced yard so my little guys can sneak outside and do their business on the grass. The people are experiencing dizziness, headaches and weakness before the heat strokes. I'm having to wear one of those cooling bandanas around my neck and on my forehead INSIDE even though we have central heat/air. It's the people that don't have it who are suffering the most. Some of them aren't making it, some are just suffering and doing the best they can. But when it's 114 in the shade and the dry ground is bouncing the heat back up to you, you can't get much relief. The people who have to go out in the sun are being severely warned not to. It's like stepping into an open fire.
July is our "monsoon" season. We usually get five inches of rain, used to be 10, in that month, but the drought has been going on for so long now that people say, yeah, we got 10 inches... one drop here and one drop ten inches over here... but this year, there's no rain at all predicted so far, just the continuing heat.
I've been out watering this morning with a flashlight. Again, I'm so surprised and grateful that we still have city water.
Our front and back screened porches were completed yesterday and they're beautiful. I haven't been able to go outside and clean them like I want to though... maybe today.
It's harsh. The river flowing through the town is dried up. The nature preserve lake is dried up. The other lake we have is being fed by a well, pumping water in to try to keep the stocked fish alive.
That is some heat and drought there, PrissyJo. The temperature is okay here, but the flooding is pretty bad not far away. Its only 86° F here right now, according to weather.com - http://www.weather.com/weather/today/64054:4:US Eek, good thing cactuses don't need much water!
Back from float trip and had a great time!! Weather was perfect for being in the water. Hot during the day and cold at night. Late yesterday afternoon it got really hot and really humid there for awhile. The air was so still that the leaves weren't even moving. So we drove down to the river and cooled off til dark. Would have been back sooner but there were some drunk kids down there and one unclipped his keys from his shorts in the water and they floated off. We stayed and tried to help. He finally found them this morning under the truck on the beach. He got lucky.
Today was hot but not too bad. Especially when driving with the windows down!! LOL
70°/82° Occasional thunderstorms - possibly severe during the afternoon hours. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds.
Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Bernie, I like how you would save the economy! Sorry the market got rained out.
Prissy Jo, no fun being named a disaster :o(
Wow, that paints a pretty bleak picture for animals and people. I pray you get relief. That's more than a person can take.
I think it would be cruel to not provide your town with water. I hope you get something to eat from youir garden.
Wow, someone worked on your porches in the heat? I hope you get to enjoy them one of these days.
That is one bleak picture!
Pepper, I'm glad your tubing trip was perfect!!
That kid got very lucky!!
I spent all day yesterday outside trying to get things done before it rained again. My spinach is officially over. The peas are picked and I don't care for them. I won't buy them again. Some of the pods only have one pea in them. That's a waste of shelling time!
I potted up plants for friends and the fre pile and we're crossing our fingers over getting a driveway this week or next. It just keeps raining :o(
We had big winds, plenty of lightning, loooong rumbly thunder, but not a heavy downpour. I see a few sticks and a branch in the yard, but my plants aren't flattened. I think the wind stayed high.
Yes the heat is a serious problem by itself. But without rain, our bushes and trees are beginning to die. We hope/pray the weather patterns do change soon.
Thankfully there is a ban on fireworks this year with a penalty of fines. It's just too easy for fires to start and get out of control.
61°/80° Plentiful sunshine. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Bernie, how wonderful to sell out! People are going to have a healthy summer with all that natural food!
Pepper, we had rain early and were done!!
Ladypearl, I sure hope you don't lose anything. Last year Kentucky had a serious drought and they are getting the rain this year. Hang in there!!
The fires have amazed me. How terrible to have so much burn with out stopping.
It's gong to be cool and sunny. We haven't had much sun lately, but I need to mow already. If the driveway guys don't show up we're going for a load of mulch. The grapes are almost bare. We have the weed barrier down, so they need covered.
Decent with temps in the low 80s today and sunny. Tomorrow temps shoot up to the 90s and we will have at least 2 days in the 100s. Gonna be a scorcher!!
The town I work in is now preparing to go without water service. The wells are in the Missouri River and from what I have heard are already submerged to a point but still working. They are trying to find ways to keep them running but the options are limited. Once the pumps quit it could be anywhere from a few days to a couple months that we have no water there. Where I live and other towns around us have alternative sources of water so are ok but not Odessa. Gonna be interesting.
What a gorgeous daylily, billyporter! Glad the winds spared your plants.
Cute little mantis looks like it's on the hunt.
PrissyJo, you mentioned in your June 26 post that you didn't think they can make rain clouds. Well I don't know if they can make enough to help our drought situation, but check out this video about what NASA can do. I don't think it would it would be much fun to hear that loud noise, but having the clouds would be wonderful. http://gatewaytoheaven.ning.com/video/nasa-weather-modification
58°/84° Abundant sunshine. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Rusty, I am glad to be cooler this week. You are going to bake!
I mowed yesterday and am glad I did! I took a lot of breaks for popsicles and drinks.
Love the Praying Mantis picture!!
Oh Pepper, no water. That's scary! It's scarier thinking about drinking from the river. How do they ever get it clean? The town noth-west of us used to and it was clorinated so bad. They finally upgraded and are drinking groundwater now.
Ladypearl, it has been gorgeous, even tho the mosquitos and biting flies are bad. They finally drove me in last night and I had mosquito spray on. Twice!
Wow, I've never heard of that before. They've come a long way from seeding clouds. I bookmarked the link to read up on it later. Thanks!
We had a puzzler this morning.
The last two nights we've set out the live trap for what we thought were racoons leaving their piles in the yard.
This morning DH found the trap drug to the sidewalk and I noticed a lot of prints in the yard. They tried to dig under the trap, but the egg and marshmallow inside weren't disturbed. The trap was sprung. Coyote or racoon?
There is an aquafier under the river and that is where our drinking water comes from. But the wells are situated on the river itself. The Missouri is called the Big Muddy so it would be too expensive to make that water clean enough to drink. I'd be afraid to anyways. lol
HOT!! Excessive heat warnings in place til Friday night. Temps reached around 90 for a high but heat indexes were in the low 100s.
Hi Everybody. Still experiencing averages of 108 but it seems so cool compared to the 115! The winds are calmer.
Ok. I admit it. I did a rain dance... and even though it wasn't forecast, I got a couple of drops on my arm, but 5 miles away, they had a downpour! Nobody could believe it. Next time I'll be more selfish and say, hey, right HERE!
Fire raging a couple of hours north is scary around Los Alamos. Still not contained. The governor said she can only ban fireworks on state property. So if any crazies try to use them around here, the rest of us will be in trouble as the houses are very close together.
LadyPearl - LOVED that video!! I also watched the original BBC version and it took billions of gallons of fuel to produce that rain cloud... wish they had faced it our way!!!!!
I see your entire state is now a disaster area, too. Apparently it only means that commercial growers and ranchers can borrow money at lower interest rates.
Will - hope your flooding is easing off.
Pepper any word on water for Odessa?
Bernie - I'm still longing for your veggies and eggs. Will a state government shut down tomorrow have any effect on you???
Sally - Can't wait to find out if that was a coyote. They usually work in packs around here and really are very wiley. Raccoons are smart, but are they that strong? Do you have any big skunks? That daylily is so gorgeous and so is your whole yard!!!!!
Beautiful roses, Prissy! Doing the rain dance for you too...I'll be happy to send some rain over to your place...it's been raining all day here...grrr!
Sally, why did you set the trap? Glad they didn't damaged the lawn.