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.
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:
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
Hope you're enjoying the unseasonably warm December.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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~
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
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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??
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 .
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! ^_^
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
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.