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Ahhh, very pretty! My cannas are not doing as well here.. probably too dry. :(
I need to take more pics.. the backyard was completely dirt & empty when we moved in - and I have filled it up. So now, I am busy moving my mistakes! So glad to see/hear from the old gang - Hey Pepper !
Soooo!! I heard on that same low quality TV program that a BIRD stole the show.
Apparently M.I.A. Stole The Fruit Bowl Half-time Show From Madonna and Nicki Minaj.
She had bought a Bird into the Fruit Bowl with her.
During the half time show she 'Flipping The Bird' out of the cage.
I'm not sure what all this means, but it sounded like everyone was having fun.
Perhaps this should have been posted on the Bird Forum ???
Yes, the ladies or "chooks" are laying, we have 8 total now, 3 lay brown eggs, 3 lay white, and 2 are Easter Eggers and lay pale green eggs. They love to supply fertilizer, constantly adding more and more. One of the chicks ended up being a rooster, had to give him away - can't have them in the city.
Can't wait for it to warm up so we can swim in the pool again, it is salt water - nicer on the skin. Ooops - gotta run to pick up the kids from school
wow, skipped a couple of days ! It has been in the 70's here, we're east of San Francisco so usually warmer/drier here. We are expected to drop to 60's and a few days of much needed rain... we'll see how much we get.
I love the multiple pictures! Cool.
I'm going to try to work on some paths outside today, will take my camera out. Hey Pepper!
day old chicks, and Vincent picking an artichoke last year, when the yard was mud & vegetables (a VERY popular combination, I know!)
Is your multiple picture thingy working ?
It says I can add 5 pictures.
But it only gives me one place to put one ???? Another screw up by admin.
I think they need a broom through them.
Then get some YOUNG people in who know the Computer.
These old fogies can't even fix your 'Blue Ribbon'.
I'm usually a lurker on the canna list as I only have a couple so far. Just ordered three more, so I should have a better display soon.
Lovely pool and children! Nice start on the landscaping too.
ginger749, when i was moving from Chicago to Texas my your son and I drove down together. We followed a flatbed truck with an All Blacks fan scarf in the back window. We stopped at the same station for gas and the driver told us we were some of the very few people he met in his travels who knew who the All Blacks are! =) Congrats on the big win and I missed the Fruit Bowl as I was watching Downton Abbey instead. Shockingly, DH joined me was he said the commercials weren't up to standard this year.
Well sure! This is my favorite so far, canna Thai One On. I also have Panache and Australia (I just realized I have three). I think that this is the best photo I have right now. I just ordered Ermine, Tama-Tulipa, Thai Rainbow, Musafolia, and Red Stripe from Plant Delights.
Northeast Texas is hot and very humid in the summer. We are not so dry as the western part of Texas, usually between 35" - 40" of rain per year here. We can usually grow some sort of veggies through most of the year.
However, last year we participated unwillingly in a 100 year drought with a record two and a half months of consecutive days with temps of 100 plus degree F and no rain at all. We live out in the boonies but we are lucky enough to have city water and a deep well. If it had not been for the well I would have lost many more plants than I did. I'm pretty sure I lost the canna Australia, indirectly from the drought. Our pasture was so dry and even though we had it mowed short to prevent a brush fire, some #$%@ drove by on the road and flicked a lit cigarette out of the vehicle window. So we had a small fire (we were very lucky, many in our area lost acres and acres of what little grazing was left, not to mention homes and trees, to brush fires). Our neighbor saw it happen and quickly rushed over with his bulldozer and contained the fire. Not before one bed of canna Australia w/some roses got scorched. Oddly I thought the canna would come back and I would lose the roses. But it seems you can keep Teasing Georgia and Snow goose down and they came back with quite a bit of watering. I'm fairly new to Texas and am hoping for a better gardening year this year.
As you may or may not have heard.
Queensland has just had 2 of the worst Flooding years in what they call a once in a hundred year flood ?
It has been on the News all over the world for more than a month.
My House and Studio were never threatened.
But 4 acres of my front paddocks were inundated.
I like it that way.
It brings silt down from the Mountains around me.
This is My Front Gate looking back up towards My Studio.
Wow! When not flooded I bet that is a beautiful view! I think I have seen the news reports on the floods.
And I do remember there were extensive brush fires withing the past year in Australia as well. The first year we moved here to Texas we had the floods. So we seem to have gotten the entire gamut of weather we are hoping Texas has to offer in the past five years.
Kell - Amazing front gate ! The flooding didn't hurt any plants? *No, the cat failed when she came round to the back door to meow for some crunchies - rat escaped... boo.
Terri, the Thai canna is a beauty, love the color. My only canna that is showing its face is a potted black - still too cold at night I guess. My phone won't import pictures at this particular moment, so I'll try later.
Here is from the Bay Breeze half marathon I ran yesterday, not garden related - but a good reason to have a glass of good wine last night!
LOL, my well is a modern "bore" with a pump and piping to the veg garden and parts of the ornamental beds. We purchased the section of land adjacent to our existing property mainly because it was such an eye sore. This property had listed in the disclosures at closing: well, disrepair--unusable. Nothing was mentioned of this well when we bid of the property, which was extremely overgrown and impenetrable in places. We ended up with a huge clearing job and finally finding the well with well-pump still in place. We called in electric and well people and they got it up and running in about five minutes. DH had the piping installed two years ago for Mother Day. Lucky considering the weather last year.
Love the front gate sans flooding and love lurking on this forum. Hope to have something more to contribute this summer.
Kell, the leaves look so gorgeous.. do they get full sun? Mine end up looking tattered and burnt by summers end? I took them out of our front walk. My cannas did so much better in Oregon. I'm doing something wrong here.
* I'll let you tell the joke about the egg :)
Pepper, your canna is beautiful - the flower color is gorgeous!
about 600 miles ? We moved from outside of Portland, OR to East Bay, CA - we are in a very deserty climate. The soil is different so it has been a learning curve for me.
And I was so anxious to fill our slope with plants, I didn't plan it out as well as I should've. So now I'm moving stuff around, it's all good.
The cream canna is incredible - what is the name?
Pepper - how did you end up with 3 roosters, ha ha ha. We came back from a vacation to one of our girls "cockadoodle doo-ing" at 3 am- my favorite of course, he was a total dingbat. Had to give him away.
It's been many years since I've had those chickens. I got them to have as my FFA (Future Farmers of America) project. So we went to the feed store, got I think 9 chicks and brought them home. Rhode Island Reds is the breed we got. Gorgeous chickens!! Well, we couldn't tell at the time what was what so we just got a bunch. There ended up being 2 roosters in there. Ok, 2 is fine we think. Well...my neighbors at the time had chickens also. RRRs and exotics. The RRRs were too aggressive so they asked us to take them off their hands. They had a rooster. So we ended up with 3 roosters. lol. We killed one later that year, kept 2 for several years then 2nd one got killed off. The last one got killed when a little Banny rooster from next door got out and came over to take over as head of the hens I had left. LOL.
I am soooo glad those chickens are gone! No more trying to run them out of my gardens and no more chasing dogs out of the yard. Snakes don't hang around as much either. The yard is all mine again!! LOL
ah, Zorro seems sweet - he's got a nice little spot there on the rug.
Thanks to Kell I have ordered a cream colored canna from Brent & Beckys... Creamsicle? I'm going to pot it, tho - I think I'll have better luck than putting it in the ground.
Pepper - love your chicken story, I don't think I'd enjoy them much if they were on the loose ! We have a coop with a large run, so they are confined. We have a fair amount of hawks here (not to mentions raccoons) I'm sure they'd be somebody's lunch quickly. Also, I wouldn't want their poop on my patio !!
I'd scream like a little girl if that 5 ft. dragon came into my house, or even if I saw him outside! We have the tiny lizards which are great and toads which take a dip in the pool every now and again... I would think the salt water would bother them?
Ours went out this past weekend, then ones in the ground were starting to come up, so out came my potted ones, and I started a bunch of seeds.. Were moving soon, so they will be potted for a bit until we get them to the new place.. I will for sure take pics of mine, as they were all started from seed, so who knows what they will look like