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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8922541

Here is a new thread!

This is the place to chat and hang out and share with friends - new and old...

Any links you want to add to this let us know!

We came from here... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1196031/#top

Direction for free seeds for newbies here...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1160896/

Newbies that get lost and found here...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1010521/

Lasagna Beds for newbies here...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1037637/



I must disclose that the photo is a random photo I found in my files which I saved recently from a blog somewhere - I think perhaps the university of Virginia at Richmond (and therefore perhaps in the public domain)(?)(trying to remember the url...) to remind me to find this plant! The plant is a globe thistle and apparently a butterfly magnet.

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locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
8:24 AM

Post #8922548

Thanks Amanda! It's a pain to try and go it on my phone and I'm not near the computer for a while today!
Is everyone ready for Christmas?? Gonna get a tree probably tomorrow.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8922555

Kelly - I have high speed internet and it was becoming troublesome for ME to load. Thanks for the encouragement as I was going to post the same request.

I put up my tabletop tree this past week for the first time in years. Our cats are maybe old enough now to know they will be beaten severely if they get into my ornaments or do-dads. Ha ha. Some of you may have seen this photo before, but he is always the primary suspect:

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locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8922559

Lol! And a sneaky suspect at that!

You know, the thread loads fast as lightning on my iPhone but sure lags on the high speed on the computer. Phone us just a pain since Dave's is not optimized for mobile so I can't upload pics straight from my phone. I know many have requested apps but so far nada.

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
8:32 AM

Post #8922562

If it's not Willie, above, then it could be Rita, below:

She's my free-range green iguana. Fortunately for her (and me!) I don't think she can get to the tree where it is sitting. Oh the joys of having a pet family. :)

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
8:32 AM

Post #8922564

Wow - you mean there's NOT an APP for THAT?! ha ha ha.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8922565

Wow Rita is huge! I pet sat a friends iguana once and the bugger (Paco was his name) liked to try and bite me when I would feed him. Lol.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8922566

There is NOT an app for that boo!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8922569

Ok last post I swear before I shut this thing down and get into the real world for a spell:

This picture was taken in 2009. She's a tad bigger now. Methinks I hear her calling for breakfast (yes I am a mean iguana mommy). Thankfully, she has never bitten us.

Gotta run - and perhaps you get back to work too! ;)

Have a great day!

lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 9, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8922601

Yahoo - We needed the new thread, thanks.

My Christmas Amaryllis popped a little early this year. This plant is three years old stored in our cool basement.

Al

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2011
10:30 AM

Post #8922708

Has she ever hit you with that tail??? I had one and she could use it like a weapon on the dogs.
But she never bite me. I loved her...Iguana heaven now. Waiting on the Bridge...

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
12:02 PM

Post #8922822

Beautiful Al!

RRM those tails are scary lol!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8922848

They can leave a welp on you like a bullwhip. Ask me how I know????☺

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8922916

Ha ha - yes she swings it at me, but it's always blocked by something else, so I don't get the full brunt of it. It's comical to me. :D

Like I said - we have been very lucky with Rita! She's just the right amount of crabby.

mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2011
8:23 PM

Post #8925694

Jeremiah had the surgery and is doing better. he is still in the hospital in greenville and will be till Tuesday or wednesday. But seems to be doing much better. Thanks everyone for the prayers. Al, I love the Amaryllis. I finally got seeds for the BLUE Amaryllis that is SO RARE! I just hope I can grow it now.
Don't you guys think this kitty looks like the Grinch when he was a baby?LOL

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2011
5:12 AM

Post #8925890

I love it and those eyes are so pretty.
So glad baby boy is better. Still prayers are being said...
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2011
9:24 AM

Post #8926231

Here is Kaylee's picture we had done for Christmas.

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mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2011
9:25 AM

Post #8926233

another pose

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mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2011
9:27 AM

Post #8926238

Here she is at K Mart looking at decorations.

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mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2011
9:30 AM

Post #8926243

And enough already. Hope everyone is staying warm and having a great day! Hugs and love to all.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2011
10:11 AM

Post #8926287

Very nice, Jan.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
3:59 PM

Post #8926806

She's a Cutie, ready for Christmas I'm sure!

Al
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

December 14, 2011
5:34 PM

Post #8929855

Hey all ... Here is the link to a new swap I am hosting. (I'm having some help from some of the best hostess' in it!) It is the Sock, Sniff and Sip swap. Please check it out and share it with other threads you visit if you want to. Thanks!
Crit

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1233609/
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1233609/
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1233609/

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 15, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8930588

She's a sweet baby, Jan. Thanks for sharing. :)

Now - for me - going to get out and enjoy this almost 70 degree day and do what any gardener in their right mind would do - plant tulips!!!

Enjoy yours!

A.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

December 15, 2011
9:05 AM

Post #8930600

LOL A. It was 64 here yesterday. I kept thinking I needed to do the same thing. I have a bunch of bulbs I need to plant or put in pots. My body just isn't cooperating, and now I have the crud! UGH!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 15, 2011
11:17 AM

Post #8930729

Patti - you can plant yours in February on some 80 degree day like I did this past spring. :D

They bloomed very nicely!!!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

December 15, 2011
2:01 PM

Post #8930924

Actually, I only have a few tulips. The rest are lilies and amarylis. I just hope the bulbs stay fresh and don't dry out. What is the best way to keep them? Right now they are in small paper sacks.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 15, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8930949

Paper sacks and cool and dry area is my guess. Jan will know:o)
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

December 15, 2011
2:31 PM

Post #8930964

Thanks!!!!!

Oooooooo-ooooooooh Jaaaa-nnnnn. ^_^
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 15, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8931009

Our tulips and asian lilies stay outside in the garden all year round Crit, but we're in a little bit cooler than you folks. They can be separated and moved in the Fall. They need a freeze-thaw period as part of their life cycle, otherwise they won't bloom in the Spring. You could take a chance and plant them outside right now before you have a hard freeze. I don't think keeping them inside will do much good, they'll be pretty much spent by Spring no matter how you store them.

Amaryllis are different and not freeze hardy at all, in fact mine are blooming inside right now. We will hold the strappy looking plant (minus flowers) until Spring, then store bulbs in a bucket of peat moss in our basement until fall to replant again.

Al
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

December 16, 2011
8:51 AM

Post #8931956

Amarilys will live in the ground through the winters here. We are suppose to have warmer temps in the next 7 days (high 50's and a 60), so maybe I can convince my body we need to go out and plant theses bulbs. ^_^ Thanks, Al.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 17, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8932930

Patt - how is your hand? I was reminded recently going thru a thread and saw your gruesome photos. :P


I did not take up my tulips over the summer - the ones I planted in February (HA!) bloomed very nicely and I left them die down where they were. I'd forgotten when during the summer I was trying to plant something else in that bed and accidentally struck up a bulb. We had hyacinths at home - not many - in our small yard. We had/have raw land in the "country" where mom planted hundreds of daffodils around the pond. I just fell in love with the colors of some pastel tulips I bought last season, and do love the sight of yellow tulips. Would love grape hyacinth, crocus always cheer me in the spring, but they are so dainty and not sure I have anyplace I would put them.

My mom and brothers always loved amaryllis and I gave them as Christmas presents for many years. Mom always planted hers out back in the yard along with her Easter lilies. I do believe they still come up and bloom, though I haven't been to the house in a few years now.

They are so pretty - maybe if we buy this house and we become stable home owners I may feel comfortable enough (?!) having a spot for flowers like orchids and indoor blooming bulbs like amaryllis, but for now I leave that to you old fart homeowners. :D

LOVEYA!
Hope you're enjoying the unseasonably warm December.

A.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 17, 2011
7:03 AM

Post #8932939

What'd you just call me!?! LOL

Al

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 17, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8932949

:D

LOL!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

December 17, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8932998

A. ... you may be a stable homeowner but not sure you will ever be stable. LOL

Finger is still numb and somewhat swollen, but Dr. is confident that eventually I will get feeling back in it. I go back to see him again 5/30/12. He seems pleased with the healing. Thanks for asking.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 17, 2011
8:07 AM

Post #8933008

Sorry, I don't actually own a stable.. just a home.

Al
Mitt
Philadelphia, PA

December 18, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8934405

Happy Birthday Jan
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 18, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8934412

Happy Birthday, Have a great day, Jan!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2011
12:03 PM

Post #8934425

Happy Birthday, Girlfriend...
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 19, 2011
10:33 AM

Post #8935590

Hi everyone. Thanks for the birthday wishes. As for my bulbs I leave them in ground all year. Just mulch over them to help protect them a little. What survive the squirrels, do well. You can also keep the bulbs dark n dry till spring and then plant. Either way is good. If you want early blooms you can plant in pots inside and get an early start. I sometimes do this also. Some Amaryllis are not cold hardy. You may have those and they will not survive outside. They need to be in pots inside. You should check on yours to see which you have. Good luck.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 22, 2011
9:15 AM

Post #8939289

We're getting into the Christmas spirit a little. Livy is helping Grandma build a batch of cookies, I think "testing" a few of them for quality control, too.

Al

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 22, 2011
9:22 AM

Post #8939306

Our old ceramic Christmas tree sits on the new windowsill. We've had it nearly since we were married 40 years ago.

Al

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 22, 2011
9:26 AM

Post #8939312

We're going to be gone for a few days, everybody have a great Christmas and Happy Holiday!!

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 22, 2011
10:38 AM

Post #8939371

Have a good time Al. Charley sends you love nuzzles...Merry Christmas and a safe Happy New Year...
Char and Charley
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 22, 2011
11:59 AM

Post #8939455

Beautiful Al! Love the little cookie tester. :-)
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! For those of you traveling, be safe and enjoy the trip.
For those sick, stay warm and get well soon.
May you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 22, 2011
3:41 PM

Post #8939666

Likewise - thanks! :)

Trying to stay off this machine and stay busy. Since I don't have travel plans there's so much to do right here at home. :D

A.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 24, 2011
9:11 PM

Post #8941997

Merry Christmas to All
And to All a Good Night!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8942488

But who wants to do housework. It's Christmas, Enjoy the day...
huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 26, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8943268

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas and that your stockings were filled with blessings.. Kaylee is sure growing I know she must have loved Christmas this year..Such a beautiful lil girl..Al livy is just the right age to start helping to bake those cookies and test them too, im sure..She looks so cute in her apron.. I hope everyone is doing ok, staying warm and dry...Raining here today.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2011
11:47 AM

Post #8943297

We had our rain yesterday, but was still a great day!!!
The kids all want to say they had a great Christmas too!!!!

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 26, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8943358

Charlie, you're such a handsome dude with your stable friends and all!

Hope everyone had a great holiday. I'm trying out my new Gateway laptop received for Christmas. Also got a new travel case to put it in and a neat place for our "Charlie" to ride along in real cushy comfort. This one is designed to go places, which I didn't have before. I can take tons of pictures and send them back, too.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8943374

WE will be looking for the pictures Al.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 26, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8943566

Congrats, Al. :)

Also want to comment on the picture of Charley and friends - very rough looking crowd! :D

Enjoyed poking around in the garden here. Passed a neighbor's house around the block walking with the dog and noticed she'd pulled out a bunch of "weeds" which happen to be native wildflowers that I cultivate in my own yard. Had fun asking her if she would mind me taking her weeds with me.

Feeling much like a nap.

Have a good night.

A.
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 27, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8944287

Hahhahaha Great find Amanda! I always love those kind of finds. LOL
Hope everyone had a great Christmas and almost rested back up from it.
Now just get ready for the new year get togethers.
I figure we all need lots of prayers for the new year! I know I do. I'm thankful God gave me another Christmas with my babies and grand babies and especially my gardening friends. I love you guys and miss not hearing from you . If I make it to gardening time again this year I am really going to do my best to make the flowers bloom and look their best ever. I'M hoping all our flower gardens bloom the best this year!

~The Warrior's Prayer~

Heavenly Father,
Your warrior prepares for battle.
Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God!

I put on the Girdle of Truth!
May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word
so I will not be a victim of Satan's
and his demons' lies.

I put on the breastplate of Righteousness!
May it guard my heart from evil
so I will remain pure and holy,
protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.

I put on the Shoes of Peace!
May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel
so Your peace will shine through me
and be a light to all I encounter.

I take the Shield of Faith!
May I be ready for Satan's fiery darts of
doubt, denial and deceit
so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.

I put on the Helmet of Salvation!
May I keep my mind focused on You
so Satan will not have a stronghold on my
thoughts.

I take the Sword of the Spirit!
May the two edged sword of Your Word
be ready in my hands
so I can expose the tempting words of Satan.

By faith your warrior has put on
the whole armor of God!

I am prepared to live this day, in spiritual victory!
In His most Holy Name!!!

Amen




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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8947140

Okay, here it is my trusted tomato friends - my very first attempt to ferment tomato seeds. My germination test last week, resulted in 9 out of 10 seeds popping up alive. I thought they would work, but didn't expect 90%.

These were from an Italian heirloom "Costoluto Genovese" grown from original seed imported from Italy by Pagano. Yes I have lots of seeds available if any of you Southern folks want to try.

Al


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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2011
8:03 PM

Post #8947155

Here is a mature pix of the Costoluto. They are medium size with heavily ribbed shoulders, some would say kind of lumpy looking. Certainly an eye opener in the garden compared to others. Grew on tall indeterminate plants. Original package said 80 days from transplant, but mine came a bit early. Most thought they had a pretty good taste.

Al

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2011
8:13 PM

Post #8947163

Just one more - everybody thought they were great just to look at! Send me a D-mail if you want to try some seeds.

Al

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 29, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8947176

Wow Al! Growing up in PA my grandfather started his seeds early, but this is ridiculous! What are you going to do with all those poor tomato seedlings?!
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8947184

Like I said Amanda, this was a germination "Test". I do demonstrations for the local 4-H groups too, but most of them are far too early to practically plant around here. Unfortunately most end up in the trash, but a few go to a friend that has a tunnel greenhouse, even then it's hard to keep them alive.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8947402

AL, what's a "tunnel greenhouse" ???
I'll take a half dozen seed. give it a try...
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 30, 2011
6:56 AM

Post #8947459

Tunnel greenhouses are popular around here and even further north into Ontario. They are huge plastic structures with a semi-circle shape for growing indoor crops. Many are heated and lighted for winter production. Driving above Niagara there are thousands of acres of tunnel farms that grow local produce for the northeast region. Sorry, I don't have any photos, but I'll try to get some when I'm up that way.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8947490

That would be great AL. I know Charley has seen them, he just didn't educate his mama...
Hugs and mule nuzzles,
Charleen and Charley

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2011
6:50 PM

Post #8948404

I've seen them in use at nurseries. They just call 'em a cold frame, I think. Unless it's heated! :D
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

December 31, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8949418

hi everyone ive been sick for a while, but give me a couple weeks and ill be better. hope you all had a good christmas things were good here. love and hugs nettie
Mitt
Philadelphia, PA

December 31, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8949435

Happy New Year Nettie!

Hope you're feeling better soon
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2011
8:03 PM

Post #8949510

Have a great New Year everyone!!

Al
Mitt
Philadelphia, PA

December 31, 2011
9:08 PM

Post #8949550

Happy New Year Al. see if this link works for you

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/live-video/
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 1, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #8949817

Okay - Time to start seed shopping.. Spring's only three months away, I'll start my tomatoes and peppers around March 15th. Lots of catalogs in the mail already, just have to pick some out. Local stores don't quite have their seed racks up yet, but likely will in the next couple of weeks. Maybe I'll start a few winter sows this year, weather has been nice outside for January.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #8950026

Where's Lil Nettie? Anyone heard from her????
Our winter freeze is coming in the next couple of days. I'm not looking forward to it at all.
huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

January 1, 2012
3:25 PM

Post #8950383

Hi Nettie hope your feeling better soon...Hi Mitt hope you are doing well..
Al I would love to try a few of those tomato seeds also, if you still have them available...Hope you all have a great new year..

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2012
3:31 PM

Post #8950397

NETTIE!!!! i missed you , so glad you are getting better...Hugs girl...
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 1, 2012
9:17 PM

Post #8950875

Hi everyone, Nettie you take care of yourself and stay warm and get over that stuff. Hope you feel better soon. Little seedlings look good Al. You did great with that experiment.
Hi Mitt and Hope you all are having a GREAT NEW YEAR.

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skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

January 3, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #8952662

Nice job Al! And the grandsons absolutely love the snowman glasses that someone sent me last year at Christmas. I think it was you Al?? Anyway, whoever sent them, they were a huge hit still, and several family members are going online and ordering some for themselves, lol!

I need some suggestions from you all. We need to plant some bushes or shrubs this spring to block wind and snow from the west. We have chain link fence, to keep the dogs in, and the fence is about 20 ft from the road on that side, and ideally, I would love to plant something on the outside of the yard between the fence and the road. Dirt is really bad there, but it is everywhere in our yard, so would be amended. The city doesn't have a problem with us planting there and look at any plantings as improving the looks of the town. But, when the city plows snow in the winter, they tend to pile it there, between our fence and the road, so anything planted there will need to be extra hardy and tough, and not mind snow on it all winter, along with sand and such. I'd like it to be something that grows at least 3-4 feet tall, but it they grow taller that's ok too, and evergreen would be awesome, but as long as it grows thick enough so the branches will cut down the wind, deciduous would be okay too. Of course, for a bonus, if it had some kind of berries, or flowers, or something for eye candy, that would be wonderful. So, any ideas??
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 3, 2012
12:33 PM

Post #8952979

Hello all. Been really busy last week cooking and cleaning for my DH families Christmas here at our house on Dec. 31st. Was a great day but I am still worn out!

Happy New Year to everyone. Hope it is healthy and prosperous!

I have been getting seed catelogs and am trying to hide them from myself. lol I need to keep watered the plants I brought in, THEN think about seeds.

If anyone is interested in the Sock, Sniff and Sip swap I am hosting in January, please go to this link and check it out. Sign up is until January 15th. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1233609/#new
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2012
4:22 PM

Post #8953391

Yep, seed catalogs are out - ready to dream about the new year. For tomatoes this year I'm going to stick with my usual Big Boys and Better Boys, and throw in Jung's Grandaddy and a large Roma type called Marianna. I'm also trying an old herloom called Amish Paste that seems to be getting good reviews from local friends. We don't start seeds here until mid-March to transplant in late May.

For flowers I have tons of marigolds, zinnias, and of course sunflowers for annuals.

We got our first taste of winter last night, about a 2" dusting of fairly dry snow, with more expected tonight.
Our temps right now are about 2 degrees with howling winds, it's a good time to be inside. Since we live in "ski country" the businesses around here needed it badly.

Al
huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2012
12:45 PM

Post #8954403

Tempting as they are I love those seed catalogs..I just dream of all the beautiful flowers I could be growing in my yard come spring..I make a big wish list but seldom do I get around to ordering them.. Gas and food are priorities around here and seem to gooble up all extra cash on hand before I make it to the order sheets...
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #8956086

Trying out my new Gateway tonight wi-fi ing at the Rochester Comfort Inn 70 miles north of home. So far seems to be working okay. We'll be here for two nights while visiting daughter Becky, sil Jason, and of course Livy. We get to do some winter shopping in our favorite big city, too. So far weather has been cold but not too messy for driving.

Al
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #8956200

Sandi would pretty Cedar trees not be good along your fence line? I love the smell of cedar and they love the cold snow and grow in almost any soil. I have some awesome blue ice cedars, they are gorgeous blue color and smell so good even a few feet before you get to them. You can see some in this arrangement I made for my table.

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AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
8:35 PM

Post #8956213

Cedar is a good idea - good for wind break and provide ample protective cover for birds as well as berries.

How about wax myrtle/Myrica pennsylvanica? It's a native - at least on the east coast - and has berries which also provide food for birdies in the winter. NPIN database says it's distribution is thru OK and Texas.

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=MOCE2

Hmm. Maybe not the one for you, perhaps another species? I'm just bonkers about natives. ;)

A.
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

January 6, 2012
5:10 AM

Post #8956388

Jan, like the idea of cedars! I think I have one out front that was here when we bought the house, but it could be a juniper too. I have a terrible time telling them apart. We actually have 2 trees out there, and for the first couple of years we were here, I thought they were both the same. Then I went out a cut some branches off of them for decorations, and found out they were totally different, lol! So, I'm thinking that one is a juniper maybe and one a cedar maybe?? I'm guessing that one of the previous owners just dug some trees when small from the wild, and planted them. Regardless, I'll do some checking and see if I can find some cedar that wouldn't get too fat and broad.
Al, have a wonderful visit! And of course, we'd love to see pictures, especially of that little one!
huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2012
12:08 PM

Post #8958211

Jan thats a really pretty arrangement...I love cedar trees also..The ones around here do grow large tho, but arent real fast growers. I assume you could trim them every couple of years to keep them at the stage you want them once they get that large
huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #8958219

Awww someone so kindly renewed my subscription to Daves, what a really sweet thing to do.I havent a clue who did it, but I sure want to say thank you...There is so many wonderful people here...Love you guys...

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2012
1:13 PM

Post #8958290

Honey congratulations - someone did that for me a week or so ago and it felt like Christmas. :)
huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #8958635

I agree Amanda..Now maybe I can pay it forward for someone else one day soon..
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #8959286

Good Sandi, and like Trish said, you can trip cedar anytime at all. Some trees you can only trim at certain times but with cedars you can trim and keep them at any size you want. Hemlock trees are ever green also and should also be great. Those you can trim like a hedge and keep shaped at a particular size. They have very tiny pine cone looking seed pods too that are Soooo cute.That would be nice. But I am partial to cedars. The smell is awesome. Birds love em and they are always green and pretty all year round. If you choose cedar let it get as tall as you want before trimming the top off it wont get any taller. You can trim all the other places and it bushes more and gets thicker, and you can shape it like you want, then take off the top tip and it will stop getting taller. So you really can control them. I trim mine sometimes. I can find you many small seedlings to start off with if you want some. This is the best time for transplanting them while it is cold.
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

January 11, 2012
2:00 PM

Post #8963722

Thanks for all that info! I had no clue that you could control the height of them by trimming the top! Wow! Now that brings all kinds of ideas into my head, lol!
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2012
4:36 PM

Post #8963889

Yes , my Dad and I use to go get a tree for Christmas in the woods and he told me a story af when he was a kid and his Mom would send him and his brother out to get a tree. Really was funny. BUT they had a large place and woods mixed kinds of trees, and they would find the size tree they needed but not filled out good or too thin or a hole in one side etc. , well Uncle Walker didnt want to go deeper in the woods and decided to get one of the huge trees close to beginning of the woods. Daddy told him no because they were told not to cut those, they were so pretty Papa and Granny didnt want them cut.Well Uncle Walker says well they will grow back fast and no one will notice so He climbed the tree and cut that top out. It was awesome! Perfect tree. Drug that baby home and a next day or so Papa asked where they got it because it was so pretty, and Daddy said in the woods. Well just happened Papa went walking and saw the gorgeous tree with no top and really got eel. He took them out the next day and told them to show him where they got it, so they had to confess. Papa spanked them both and told them you cannot top a cedar because it will stop growing. It will spread more or bottom limbs will keep growing but it will never get any taller. So they understood then why not to top a cedar. You can actually trim them like a hedge and they look good. But always leave the top tip if you want it taller.
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

January 11, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #8964240

hi all just a note to say hi hope you are all well im still trying to get better. just takes time i just hate to wait. i may do a book about this last visit to the dr. and i may not could get into trouble could always run off to oklahoma and stay with enid, help her steal all her neighbors flowers . love and hugs nettie.
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2012
8:51 PM

Post #8965582

HAHAHHAHA I HEAR YOU LITTLE NETTIE. LOL
hope you feel better soon. snowing around here, blowing off the mountains.rained all day mixed. now winds sound like a tornado they so strong and it 22 degrees but feel low teens. Hope the power don't go off. everyone stay warm and dream of the spring flowers. Thought this was cute and same goes for DG.

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Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2012
8:55 PM

Post #8965591

ok now think spring. LOL

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2012
10:56 AM

Post #8966210

Cute! Thanks Mekos. ;)
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 14, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #8967482

Wow, people are getting really generous around here! Folks sending me all kinds of stuff in the mail.

We're taking a drive south for a couple of weeks, eventually to Sarasota and later the Florida Keys. Trying to stay warm for a little while and search out all the lovely seed racks as we go. They just don't have them ready to browse here yet. I've got my new computer to keep up on stuff, and a new kite to soar on the beach.

Al
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2012
9:38 AM

Post #8968547

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all having a good weekend. Have fun Al and find some really pretty flower seeds. Warming up a little here, the weather people say, BUT I can't feel it.

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huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2012
5:01 AM

Post #8969550

Hello all.. Al hope you and the wife have a nice drive up towards the East coast. Thanks for the seeds you sent me they arrived safely. The weather hear cant decide what it wants to do. It will be cold for a few days then warms back up. Last two days its been nearly sixty degrees. I went out and raked the last of the leaves that had fallen. I found baby lilies and baby petunias coming up all over..I raked leaves over them hoping they will survive the rest of the cold to come..I sure do love these warm days tho..Nettie hope you are feeling better soon..Hugs all..
Mitt
Philadelphia, PA

January 19, 2012
4:31 PM

Post #8974752

Happy Birthday Trish
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #8974767

Happy Birthday huneybunch!!!! Hope it was a great one!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #8974830

♫ Happy Birthday to♪ you Trish.
Charley sends you mule nuzzles..
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #8974839

Hey all ... if you are interested in being in a Valentine's Swap, here is a link to the interest thread:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1238335/
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

January 20, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #8975469

hi mekos thanks for the card im feeling better have to go back this week and go again don,t cARE ANYTHING ABOUT THAT BUT I SAID I WOULD DO IT THE FIRST TIME DID SHRINK SOME LYMPH NODES THAT IS GOOD LOVE TO EVERY ONE HAVE A GOOD DAY EVERYONE NETTIE.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 20, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #8975888

Feel better Nettie!
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2012
6:59 AM

Post #8977445

Hi Ya'all, we're in downtown Savannah, GA as we speak. Having a great time on the city square, lots of good ole food here. Everything to see and do, but just a touch of rain. Grass is a lot greener than NY. Charlie is with us, having a good ride and so far behaving himself. We're keeping the apples in the trunk.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
11:22 AM

Post #8977704

Bribery will help with that mule. Glad you are lovin it..
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #8977783

Happy birthday Trish, Sorry I remembered on FB but forgot it here. Hope it was as nice as you.

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mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #8977794

Hope you all are having a great weekend.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #8980433

We're now in Orlando FL enjoying the definately warmer weather, I'm into shorts and short sleeves today for the first time in months! Nice 73 degree temp this morning, everything is green here! We're just lazin' in and reorganizing for a day before hitting the big parks later this week. We'll be here for 6 days before heading south to Sarasota and Keys.

Al
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2012
8:22 AM

Post #8980444

So jealous of you and Charlie. Would you pack me in your bag one of these times?

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #8980538

Al, so glad you found a warm place to thaw out. I know you are enjoying your trip.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2012
3:58 PM

Post #8980987

Found these beautiful transplants at Lowes in Orlando. Wanted to take them home to NY but they wouldn't fit in the moonroof of my Lincoln.

Al

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #8981603

Durn Al. I bet they'd have their tops blown off before you got home...
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2012
10:24 AM

Post #8982974

Here's Charlie sniffing the beautiful flowers ar Epcot Park.

Al

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2012
10:27 AM

Post #8982975

We're riding high on the park monorail.

Al

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #8982980

Charley is flying high now. I know he loves it...
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2012
10:45 AM

Post #8982991

We even got a chance to chat with the GM Crashtest Dummy at the GM Racetrack

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mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2012
8:02 PM

Post #8983652

Wow Al! That is awesome. Love the pictures and I also want to get tucked into a bag on a trip to a warm climate soon. More storms headed here again and possible tornadoes again. Enjoy your trip and love Charley's adventures.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #8985312

We found a nine pound lemon growing in the greenhouse at Epcot!

Al

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #8985316

Or an upside down waterfall!

Al

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2012
8:20 AM

Post #8985325

Beautiful landscapes and gardening everywhere.

Al

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 28, 2012
8:24 AM

Post #8985330

wow!! I hope Charley can explain that waterfall to me. Beautiful...
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2012
11:33 AM

Post #8985510

Heading south to Sarasota tomarrow to visit friends

Al

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 28, 2012
8:11 PM

Post #8986121

Thanks, Al. You're trips with Charley are so much fun. :)

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 29, 2012
5:56 AM

Post #8986337

That's a "high stepping mule" Al. So happy you are enjoying yourselves and thawing out.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2012
4:12 PM

Post #8989855

Awesome pictures Al. If I change my name to Charley, can I go too??????

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 31, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #8989864

How about if Charley sends you a daffodil????

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #8989945

^_^ Is that growing in your yard now?

I have easter lily, tulips and daffodils coming up. Hope they can recoup after the cold snap we always get late March early April.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
6:16 AM

Post #8990486

Yes, and this one too.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2012
12:24 PM

Post #8993443

We made it home safely, visited a few good friends, even stopped by to see Charleen and Charley along the way! Beautiful trip with lots of flowers in bloom, enjoyed eating some "real" tomatoes.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 3, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #8993590

We did have a nice visit and Charley loved the apples from New York, He and his wife, Ellen are wonderful Friends. We had a wonderful time...
Mitt
Philadelphia, PA

February 3, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #8993601

Look what I found
http://www.wvec.com/eaglecam
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 6, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #8996545

Good Morning All - beautiful day here in NY, think I'll stay home for a while! I'm still shopping for seeds, not planting anything just yet - though I did bring back an indoor lemon tree from Florida to pot up. I don't see it putting the grocery store out of business anytime soon, and the lemonade stand idea looks a long way off.

Al
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

February 7, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #8998081

We have several eaglecams around my area. They close off the area below the dam from November to March to let the eagles hatch their eggs. There are quite a few here. You see them setting high in the trees, on telephone posts or in flight. They are just beautiful!!!!! Here is a link that shows 2 eagles nests 'live' where you can watch them.

http://www.newson6.com/category/163029/sutton-eagle-camera

One of the parents is feeding 3 newly hatched chicks right now!

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huneybunch_2000
Montrose, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 10, 2012
1:30 PM

Post #9002003

Hi all hope you are all doing well.. The temps are up and down here and the daffodils and narcissus are blooming along with the hyacinths..I love to see things starting to bloom it lets me know spring is just around the corner.. I have even seen some white irises blooming here but none of mine are ready to bloom yet but I know it wont be long...
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 10, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9002165

Hi Gang - sorry, been off for a while visiting daughter Becky in Rochester. She's still doing well while expecting triplets in April. Will probably need lots of gramma help soon after delivery, so we'll likely be traveling back and forth.

Still picking over the seed racks, lots of tomatoes in store for spring .

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 10, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9002235

Al, don't forget Charley wants pictures when the triplets are born. This is his first Triplets...
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

February 11, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9002900

Can't wait to see pictures of the triplets!! And yes, I am sure she will want Grandma help! I know how busy I was helping when our daughter had the twins! I can't imagine triplets!!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9006354

WOW Al...triplets! She probably will need Grandpa help too!!!

I have jonquils coming up, but they are not blooming yet. I am going to make a new iris bed when the weather and my body permits. I have lots of iris I collected last year and have in pots to put in it. I can't wait to get them planted. They are doing GREAT in the pots! I wish I had some crocus planted throughout the yard. They are so pretty and dainty, especially when you see the colors peeking up through the snow.

I wanted to share a picture where I am 'growing a dog'. lol Bobbi likes to lie in the sun, but the ground was too cold, so she gets up in the planter. lol DH made the trellis for me and spelled 'peace' that way intentionally, because our yard is so peaceful. It is our haven. In the summer I plant cypress vine in the pot and it grows onto the trellis.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 14, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9006970

Here she is, daughter Becky looking almost as big as the rest of us! She's small to begin with now only on month #5. I wanted to show the sonograms, but the file wouldn't unzip from my email. They're clearly labled A, B, And C. A is a boy about 1.5 lbs, B is a girl about 2.0 lbs and C is also a boy about 2.0 lbs.

Al

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 15, 2012
5:55 AM

Post #9007368

Bless her hearts. there is four , you know. Charley and I sending Becky lots of blessings...
Hugs and nuzzles...

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9007400

We did get a chance to meet the REAL Charley, and the REAL Charleen, too! Had a great day visiting with friends in Georgia.

Al

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skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

February 15, 2012
10:33 AM

Post #9007705

So glad that you are enjoying your retirement! That's how it should be, meeting great friends and seeing new places, and just enjoying life! We so love all your pictures and stories of your adventures. It lets us all experience the things we are missing! Thanks Al!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

February 17, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9009927

That's great Al and Charleen!!! I bet you had a great time!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 17, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #9009953

Oh, Crit, Al and his wife were wonderful. Charley and I really enjoyed their visit...
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 19, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9012033

Happy Sunday All - sorting out my seeds today, will start planting tomatoes and peppers next month. Found my favorite Tumbler tomato seed while in the city last week, I use this one only for large containers and baskets but it's very prolific and tastes good, too

Have a great week!

Al
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

February 24, 2012
9:54 PM

Post #9019073

just had to say hi and send love and hugs to everyone better days are on the way i hope and pray love nettie
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 25, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9019174

Hi Nettie - good to hear from you! Hope you're feeling better.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 25, 2012
6:52 AM

Post #9019320

Yea, Nettie is back. So glad to see you Nettie. Always glad when you doing better.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 25, 2012
10:04 AM

Post #9019497

It's been so windy around here all the church pigeons are flying backwards...

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

February 25, 2012
1:02 PM

Post #9019666

I'd like to see that AL, I can hear that big red mule Laughing at the poor pigeons...☺
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9019773

Hugs nettie ... I was just thinking of you earlier and was going to send a dmail to check up on you!
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

February 26, 2012
10:49 PM

Post #9021412

hi crit thanks for the hugs that was good im better just need to get away from the dr.s they will make you sicker if you don,t watch them i don,t trust any of them. im getting away as soon as i can.lm bad sometimes love and hugs to all. nettie
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 28, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9024109

Do plants really grow taller when planted on Leap Day?? Have a great one all!

Al
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

February 29, 2012
8:15 PM

Post #9025340

crit how are your iris doing myne would love to go outside but it is still to earley. i should have already done the roses but the wind is my undoing it may stay for awhile longer. just can,t stand it im a wimp love nettie
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 2, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9026862

My iris have been outside in pots all winter and look GREAT! I need DH to help me move some rocks around for the new bed so I can get them planted. Guess I could go ahead and plant and then put the rocks around. LOL
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 4, 2012
9:32 PM

Post #9030232

crit i was talking about the walking iris i sent you. the house plants for the hanging basket. all my iris are in the ground and growing like crazy.and im glad they are. love and hugs nettie.
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 4, 2012
9:52 PM

Post #9030240

al i don,t know about that ive never herd that before your guess as good as myne.good luck with the new grand children. they will always fight over who is the oldest and who is the youngest .you could keep up with that for them. as for me ive just got to get back in the grove of things will be glad when this wind lays so i can get outside again. love nettie.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9030573

We had Livy over the weekend to give Becky a couple of days of much needed rest. Dear Lord she's getting huge! We're hopefully in the home stretch, maybe make it until April 1st. Dr. wants her to eat lots of food and drink milkshakes for calcium and extra fat (never told ME that!). I could taste a Shamrock shake right now.

Al
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 5, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9030712

nettie, the walking iris are doing great! I have them in a pot and am trying to decide what to do with them. I have forgotten. They are for hanging baskets? I didn't remember whether to put them in the ground or what! LOL Glad you mentioned them.

Hey Al, get me one of those milkshakes too, would ya????

There are a lot of people who are awaiting the arrival of new grandbabies. Must of been something in the water nationwide! lol
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 5, 2012
11:01 PM

Post #9031741

hi all i went out side today put my skul sap on bown over my ears should be ok. bill helped me play in the dirt ror awhile sure felt good. if the dr, knew he would have a strock but i just had to go outside. im an outside person love and hugs to all. nettie
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 5, 2012
11:06 PM

Post #9031744

mekos how can i get to the newest thread without goiing through all the old threads. thank you love nettie
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9031978

I think you're on the newest thread Nettie, it just hasn't been updated in a while. Glad to hear you're feeling bettter, I think we'll all be digging in the dirt in a little while. We're supposed to get 60 d. temps on Wed and Thursday, Hurrah!

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2012
7:08 AM

Post #9032005

I'm ready for Spring. It hasn't been that bad here except for the storms going thru.
Netti, so glad to see you getting around...

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2012
4:17 AM

Post #9032979

Yes Netti - glad to have you back - I know you're a rebel, but don't disregard the dear doctor's orders too much. :)

A.
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 7, 2012
10:13 PM

Post #9034166

amanda im trying to be good but its so hard. my dh makes me be good he thinks. i love him all the same he has put up with me for a long time knows me to good. can,t get by with much but i try im going to have jace in the morning he is up to 15lbs a heavy little boy . a good baby have to do this day care is shut down in the mornlng. can do this im not as weak as i was.kaci will be home by 3:30. we will be fine.im going to bed love and hugs to all. nettie
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 9, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #9036455

hi all i braved the wind today had to clean some flower beds out shure hope it doesn,t make me feel bad. if it does it was worth it mekos rarm do you have seed for the bug pink cornflower i have the big purple one but can,t find the pink one.would love to have some seed or a plant. ley me know love and hugs nettie
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 9, 2012
8:47 PM

Post #9036459

i eorgot could we have a new thread this one is getting long. thanks nettie
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
2:33 PM

Post #9038378

nettie, I have asked another friend about those for you. Maybe we can find you some. I don't have any cone flower. Tried to ws some last year, but they didn't live. A lot of things didn't survive our summer.
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 11, 2012
9:27 PM

Post #9038925

my purple corn flower made it and is comming up fine they have come back for the last 5or6 years i just love themthey make a good cut flower ajso.they are easy once you get them going.if you come up with some let me know love nettie.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
10:11 PM

Post #9038954

I have both the standard white and purple coneflowers, the generic type, easy to grow from seed. I have plenty to send off if you want. I'm looking for some of the fancier ones in bright pink and orange-yellow colors, may buy some later in pots.

Al

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 12, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9039448

Nettie - by corn flower do you mean also straw flower?

Corey is getting them mixed up, perhaps Al too.

A.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 12, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9039501

You are absolutely right Amanda, I'm not exactly sure what she was refering to. I do have some coneflower seeds though.

Al
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 12, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #9040304

al im talking about the big cornflowers.they have large blooms they are perrnnial come back every year centaurea montana. i use them alot i flower arrangements they last a long time. that is the best i can do might be a picture in the plant files. love nettie
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 12, 2012
7:33 PM

Post #9040334

This is my purple corn flower. The others are the same they are just different colors. They have them in pink and black.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 12, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9040454

They're beautiful Nettie. Sorry for the confusion everybody! I was thinking of coneflowers (Echinacea), something entirely different

Al
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 12, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9040462

i hope the picture helps this is the best i can do love nettie
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 12, 2012
8:52 PM

Post #9040471

sorry al that was my fault. should have posted the picture first, butterflies and bees love them as much as i do. i will find someone who likes them as much as i do.the black one with white iris would be so up town. the pink would also be great im not going to whine all night about them. need to go to bed ive been sotside alot today and need to do more.ill do as much as i can until its all done love and hugs to all. nettie

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2012
6:14 AM

Post #9040756

Take care of yourself Nettie! The garden isn't going anywhere. ;)
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 13, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #9041895

amanda you were wright those flower beds are still in the yard today i did get another one cleaned todaymy body is turning on me tonight. going to go take something see if that will help. i have big bearded iris up everywhere. alot of them are no names thats ok mitt will know some of them im sure if not i will love them anyway. oh me ifound the pink cornflower today im getting three of them that should do me found some black also but they were sold out may have more later ill be happy with what im getting. love and hugs nettie.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 14, 2012
5:48 AM

Post #9042137

We'll have to find you some seed so you can grow them to your heart's content, Nettie. Stay outta trouble, willya?!
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 14, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #9043199

ill try to stay out of trouble but it won,t be easy my dh turnes 71 this week and im going in a few months not looking fowaed to that. time will tell on you every time. love and hugs nettie

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 15, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9043692

Maybe some rootlets, cuttings.
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 15, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9044531

more things to put in the ground in the morning should be fun hard to wait for spring ill make it i hope love to all of you where is mekos on vacation not this time of year or mabe she is sick i was sure she would have some of those plants i need she always does well im sure she will be around sooner or later, rrm do you know where she is im going to bed.love and hugs nettie.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 17, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9045902

Happy St. Particks's Day All!! We're all thinking Green with this early warm weather. Have a great day everyone!

Al
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

March 17, 2012
6:59 PM

Post #9046634

IT SURE HAS BEEN NICE TO GET TO KNOW YOU ALL BUT MY TIME HERE IS UP. I HAVE ENJOYED MEETING YOU ALL AND IF YOU EVER GO TO FACE BOOK LOOK ME UP. LOVE YOU GUYS. HAVE GREAT GARDENS THIS SUMMER AND GROW THE BEST GARDENS EVER... HUGS TO YOU ALL.

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littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 17, 2012
10:29 PM

Post #9046892

mekos where are you going i will miss you wish you were staying i like you. love and hugs nettie.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 18, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9047115

Hate to see you go, Jan. Please keep in touch!

Al
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 20, 2012
9:53 PM

Post #9050907

hi mekos love the flowers hard work going on at your place i think love and hugs nettie. al ill save you some seed from that big corn rlower this fall and send to you they are nice plants. easy to care for. nettie
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9053112

According to mekos home page, she is no longer subscribed! :-(

Thought I would show you a couple pics of my cow ...er Burro???... girls. The little one is 5 and the big one is 7. They just love little Jake and have to ride him whenever they come down. They have spent the week with me for spring break. I'll take them back tomorrow night or Sat. morning.

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littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 22, 2012
8:42 PM

Post #9053505

crit goodlooking kids you have, bet you enjoyed the week. love the ghildren, i always took a week off and kept my grandchildren for spring break. im eat up with all the leftover craft things.need to give some things away but the kids have a fit if i say that where they catch it guess my house is a storage building. they will not take any of it home with them.just go with the flow or get my name on the bad girl list. ill go huts one of these days and clean house if its not myne it goes to the boys and girls club. they will never know.nettie

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2012
10:40 AM

Post #9054037

Patti - a few days ago she posted as much. I sent her a dmail and asked for her contact information. Haven't heard back.

A.
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 25, 2012
7:28 PM

Post #9056953

First Iris of the year.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 25, 2012
7:52 PM

Post #9056971

WOW nettie ... and it isn't even April!!!!!!!!!! Mine are HUGE. I have looked for swelling on them but haven't seen anything. Now I'm encouraged they may bloom early, just hesitant because of the common April freezes or snowstorms!

littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 25, 2012
8:39 PM

Post #9057000

have alot of them getting ready to bloom more will probly bloom this week its going to be very warm this weekt should have lots of bloom by the weekend.roses are full of buds, im thinking to just go with whatever and enjoy it can,t change the weather i hope it just goes on being warm is better than cold. love and hugs nettie

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9057317

Here is a few blooms from my yard.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 26, 2012
1:27 PM

Post #9057897

Well, my blooms came in the hospital last weekend! Daughter Becky and SIL Jason delivered the awaited triplets late Sunday night. Two boys and a girl, all are small but seem to be doing well. Babies are in natal intensive care at our regional hospital in Rochester, Becky is holding up great after surgery. Big sister Livy was thrilled with all the action going on!

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2012
4:26 PM

Post #9058162

Yay!!!!! what are their names??? Where's the pictures??? So happy for you and your Wife. I know you are proud. How is daughter doing????
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 27, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #9058998

Okay - Here's the baby news, folks... All three were born Sunday night about 11:00 PM. Because the triplets were born early they're all premature, but seem to be thriving

Names:
Landon Alan, (boy) after me
Emerson Robert (boy) after Grandpa Bob Black
Sydney Elise (girl) after favorite cousin

Landon and Sydney were about 4 lbs each, Emerson is a little smaller around 3lbs.

Sorry I couldn't take many pictures because they were all covered up in their cosy "Incupods", little spaceship type vehicles that did not allow much to see.

Becky, Jason, and Big Sister Olivia are doing great, along with Grandma and Grandpa!



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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2012
1:11 PM

Post #9059385

Triple congratulations AL!!!!! I'm sure we will enjoy the triple amount of pics when they are ready for their debut. Aren't you glad you can now put 5 pictures to one post????

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9059605

Yea!!!! What a wonderful bunch of information... Glad everyone is well.
So happy for all of you...
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9059690

Hi Char. Haven't seen you around in a while, or I've just missed you!

Here are some pics of the DGD's with their new cowgirl hats and dear little Jake. They love that little guy so much! They even talked about Powder Keg, who we had sold, and were glad he had gone to 2 little girls who just wanted to make a pet out of him. He's living the Kings life. Sweet feed, brushing, petting ...

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littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 27, 2012
8:26 PM

Post #9059870

rrm what can you tell me about moon flower bush. arejay sent them to me i don,t think ive ever seen one these were in my free seed pack. i know nothing about them.im thinkihg this can be done ill just be vsry patient. ive grown the vine should be the same don,t you thinknettie.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9060189

Yes Netti, Except the bush will grow into a little bush. You will enjoy it. The scent of the blooms happen at night. Yes, dear be patient Plant them Saturday or Sunday, Today and tomarrow are bad days. I like to plant by the moon.
Crit I saw those pictures and love them. That little donkey and those girls are just so adorable. i want to kiss them all. I know those little girls will forever remember the good times had with him...
Here is my Jake.
I've been planting my brugs this week getting the soil ready and pots too, re-potting some.
Been a busy week.
The third picture is part of area I am planting them, I believe they will love it Will be so much easier to drag that hose to one area instead of all over.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 28, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9060277

We loved your place when we last visited, real country living. Your free range chicks are absolutely beautiful, how do you keep them out of the garden? Son Richie wants to get a half dozen for his farmette, but he's worried that they will destroy everything that grows in the garden.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9060406

DON'T LET THEM FREERANGE . I love my Abigail but I have to put up fences and screens over the top of things. The little chick Abigail hatched out last October I named Kaitlin. Guess what??? Kaitlin is a rooster but I'm not going to change his name.
Isn't he gorgeous?? Al you are welcome to come back down anytime, you and your wonderful sweet wife.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #9060790

Nettie, I know you didn't ask me, but here are some pics of my moonflower from last year. I also had double yellow and triple purple/white. The seeds are VERY SLOW to germinate, so do not get discouraged.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9061052

You are right Crit. Slowwwwww!!! If you need any I'll dig thru my seed bucket and find you some Datura seed. I don't plant them but I do think they are beautiful...

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 29, 2012
1:30 AM

Post #9061398

Someone gave me my first moonflower/datura last year at my first Round up. It got to be quite a monster with 20 blooms at a time! I am not going to grow it this year. It took up too much room and I have other giant plants that can use that space for more productive things like letting some butterfly come and lay eggs on them so their offspring can eat eat eat the giant plants. That's the Cassia alata/Senna plant(s) anyway. They are host to sulfur butterfly larvae - I planted in the wrong place last year and it didn't get enough sun to bloom at the end of the season SO into the datura's space it will go.

Arejay sent me several packets of moonflower seed too. Any takers? :D

Al - what lovely tribute to you and your family to have those sweet babies named after you. I hope they get big and strong and come out of the hospital real soon. :)

Patti - I can never get over you and your grand baby pictures.

And such pretty flowers Nettie and Charley. Thanks for sharing - I received some Iris in trade last year - one of which is white which I planted in my doggy's memorial garden. FOTV sent it to me - it's called 'Immortality' and I am so looking forward to its bloom.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 29, 2012
7:20 AM

Post #9061639

Amanda, thank you.
Here is a squirrel that decided he wanted to go to the oak tree, didn't seem as frightened as I thought he should be. He stopped and looked at me long enough to get this picture. those chickens are underfoot when I go dig in the yard, The black one, Abigail is fearless. She does lover her grubs and worms...

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AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 29, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9061950

Squirrels are happy when there are ground feeders in the yard. :D

Cute pic - makes me feel right at home.
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 29, 2012
10:12 PM

Post #9062754

hi everyone ive spent half the day on the porch butterfly watching they have been on everything thats blooming. i love it hope to do the same in the morning. love and hugs nettie good night love and hugs to you all

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 30, 2012
8:53 AM

Post #9063103

Dear Mitt, Red rider is blooming and I love it.
The others I don't know names, Tag monster ate them...
4 th is dog on left-Tag Monster, AKA Dufess

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littlenettie
Booneville, AR

March 30, 2012
8:19 PM

Post #9063867

rrm your flowers are so pretty i love them love you nettie.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2012
9:38 AM

Post #9064291

I have iris blooming in the pots I put them in "temporarily while the new bed got set up" and they are still there! Overwintered great with very little soil as I was expecting to plant last fall. DH is bringing up rock for me to set up the new bed as we speak, so am hoping to get to start setting in the ground soon. Other than that, I do not have any blooming.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

March 31, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9064440

Thank you Dear Nettie. I noticed I have a couple of Peony blooming. I got to go get a picture for you all.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 1, 2012
6:31 PM

Post #9066012

My first rose bloomed yesterday. Too early for peonies here, but they are growing!
Mitt
Philadelphia, PA

April 1, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9066126

Some how I knew you would love the iris "Red Rider" Charle, I'm glad you're enjoying it !!!

No irises here. I see a few stalks. Usually I start to see the SDB irises the end of April & beginning of May.

Has anyone heard from Locakelly ? Are you feeling better Nettie? Crit how are your irises doing ? I think Amanda needs irises ;-)

Al, congratulations on those triplets !!! Tulips are starting to wake up here. Thank you again.

Mit
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

April 1, 2012
7:59 PM

Post #9066144

crit peony are blooming here yours should be blooming also i think tou need to go look again. my tree peony should be blooming soon its got big buds on it and the red one is blooming i cut some for the house today.to much cleaning and rakeing im done for the day love and hugs nettie.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2012
8:32 PM

Post #9066181

Hi Mitt - glad to hear from you. I've got your irises growing all over the place, too. So far we've only seen crocus and daffs, tulips are on the way. My tomatoes and peppers are preplanted and just popping through under the light stand.

Becky and the Trips are doing well, we got her out of the hospital last thursday. The little ones will have to stay in the incubators for a while, with visits often from everybody. They are so snuggled up in their incupods it's really hard to take photos, but they will grow up soon enough.

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 2, 2012
5:57 AM

Post #9066465

Al, please take a picture of the pod. I'd love to see what the babies are in.
Mitt, I have some more Iris blooming, but love your Red Rider...
I love iris and the Spring weather...

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 2, 2012
8:29 AM

Post #9066715

Hey mitt ... good to see you!!!!!!!! My iris are still in the pots I put them in after I received them in the fall. New iris bed still not done, but working on it! The iris are doing GREAT in their little pot homes. Some are even blooming there! I can't wait to get them planted.

I don't recall seeing Locakelly on any of the threads I've been on.

Beautiful pics of your iris!!!!

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2012
6:31 AM

Post #9067900

Mitt, is this one of yours??? I hope so, cause I'd love to know it's name.

2nd picture is another lighter orange, and a tiny little fella I don't know where "Shorty" came from.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9069504

LOVE that orange!

Got some topsoil and was going to start setting up the new iris bed, and wouldn't you know it ... it's only 60* today! Suppose to get up to 71* this afternoon. After 80's and a 90 this is too cold to work outside! ^_^
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

April 4, 2012
9:13 PM

Post #9070338

ive taken alot of pictures but can,t take time to put them on. may have kaci the gd do that for me she does a good job alot better than i do.im still hard at it will be caught up soon.rrm if you talk to mekos tell her i foung some stevia plants at parks in vanburen they are real healthy i hope they do good for me.love and hugs to all.nettie
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 5, 2012
7:04 AM

Post #9070581

Charleen, your irises look gorgeous! I bet Charlie is one happy mule in Springtime. My tulips are just now starting to pop, I'll have more later. Daffs are out just in time for Easter.

We're traveling north to be with Becky and Jason for a couple of weeks over the holidays

Al

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2012
7:08 AM

Post #9070584

Nettie, I will try to remember to tell her.
Al, Charley would be even happier if he could graze in my yard. They keep the pasture nibbled down...
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 5, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9070644

Here's first up baby pictures for you ladies. First out of the pod was Sydney (girl) shown with Grandma Ellen. Second is Landon (boy) on a snooze. Third is Emerson (boy) basking in the ultraviolet light of the incupod.

That's what we've got bloomin' here!

Al

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2012
10:08 AM

Post #9070752

Best Blooms In the World. They are all So beautiful...
Charley says, "bring em down when they get old enough" and maybe by the time they get old enough, he will be too old to buck...☺
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

April 5, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9071363

al tgey look healthy thats what counts.vou couldn,t ask for anything more. love and hugs nettie
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

April 5, 2012
9:13 PM

Post #9071441

Al, they look wonderful! So glad they are all doing so well! They look great for being early and 3 of them! Beautiful, every one!
littlenettie
Booneville, AR

April 5, 2012
9:41 PM

Post #9071462

amanda could we have a new thread thank you much nettie.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2012
7:18 AM

Post #9071752

Beautiful babies Al. Triple congrats to you!
Mitt
Philadelphia, PA

April 6, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9072459

Happy Birthday Amanda !!!!
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2012
8:22 AM

Post #9072998

Have a great weekend everyone.

Happy Birthday Amanda!

Al
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2012
8:31 AM

Post #9073011

Gotta check out this site, Livy and I were having a blast with it yesterday!

http://www.incredibleeggdesigner.com/EggDesigner/EasterDesigner/index.html

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 15, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9084125

I've been asleep on the job!

Here's a new thread:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1252635/

Please check in!

And thanks for the bday wishes. :)

A.

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