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The first photo is a red (looks dark purple) hellebore--a couple of my other hellebores have buds on them, too. I brought all of them with me from Cabot when I moved last March so I was pleased that they are doing well and even blooming this season!
the 2nd photo shows some of the sedum which I also brought with me. Kathy Ann originally gave this to me. It is either Autumn Joy or Autumn Fire--I have both but won't know which one this is until it blooms.
the 3rd photo shows a larger view of the Japonica (flowering quince) shrub which I posted on the previous thread.
Oh, wow, Sandra! I just read the excerpt from the book you just finished reading! I can see why you are calling it the best book you ever read. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all doctors had that kind of faith and would pray with and for their patients? I know my cardiologist is a good Christian man but even he has never offered to pray with me or for me. I have no doubt, however, that he does pray for his patients in private.
While reading the story of Maria, I could not help but think that it was an aneurysm that caused Buddy's death. His "official" cause of death was listed as an "intracranial hemorrhage" but I now believe that it was caused by an aneurysm.
Okay, now on to more pleasant things. Speaking of spring blooms, this is a photo of Gentle Giant--a daffodil. I took this photo back in 2008. This has become one of my all-time personal favorite photos of flowers which I have grown and photographed.
Ok, started this message and got interrupted, and when I finally posted, Marilyn had the new link up - so just reposting it here! ^_^ Beautiful daffodil Marilyn!! Love that hellebore too. I don't have any of those but I am thinking I might need to try a few. They are shade plants, correct?
Trying to catch up with everyone! Jeri - God is great! So glad He is blessing you with whatever is going on!
Elaine, so sorry to hear about your friend's father. I know that it is such a shock for them, and it will be difficult for them for a long time! What a shame that he was just getting ready to enjoy his retirement years!
Charlotte, congratulations! Doesn't surprise me a bit, but I know it is nice to be recognized for all your hard work! So sorry that things are deteriorating rapidly. Prayers for you and Jeff for strength during this trying time. It is a very hard time both emotionally and physically.
I don't have time to do much reading, but I will try to check out that book Sandra.
I have a couple of old home places that I am trying to get to - want to dig up some more daffodils and get them out. I know technically they should put done in the fall, but I have put out several this way, and they seem to be doing better than the expensive bulbs! :)
Hope everyone has a great day! Wish I was home working in my yard! There is SO much that needs to be done. Every bed is in BAD shape!
Oh, and one more cooking related question... the banana nut cake that I made was "way too heavy" according to my sister. and I agree. It had three bananas in it. Is THAT what made it heavy? or would it have been something else? I am trying to search for an alternative recipe and I don't know what to look for different than the first one because I am not sure what the cause of the heaviness was, but I am assuming it was the bananas.
Genna I have Virginia's banana cake recipe, I will post later, getting breakfast ready now, I just wanted to say one more thing about the book, Levy is a Jewish name, he goes into great detail about his calling to be a Christian in it.
My grandmother Black used to make Jam cakes. I bet they were something like your banana nut cake. She used jam in the cake batter and then she put a filling between the layers and then poured a glaze of some sort over the cake. One of my cousins posted a picture of a cake she had made on FB recently. My first thought was it looked just like Grandmother's jam cakes. It wasn't but she thought the same thing - it was just a recipe she had decided to try. Then my cousin that has all her families recipes looked to see if she could find Grandmother's jam cake recipe - but she couldn't find it. They were always ugly cakes but delicious. They would usually crack open they were so moist. My daddy loved them!
Genna, I make a banana nut bread that had 2-3 bananas in it but it is totally different from a cake batter and it has buttermilk & oil in it and the batter itself is very heavy and totally different from a cake batter. So I doubt it is the bananas that make it heavy. Probably the proportion of eggs and flour and liquid ingredients as well as the type of flour used too. I always use cake flour when I'm baking a cake from 'scratch'.
Jeri I am sore today mostly my hands from pulling weeds. I got a long bed clean today and about 15 bales of straw put out. My caladiums came in yesterday too. I got a big box of end of season clearance amaryllis and 100 daffs today. I will have to get busy potting the caladiums , amaryllis and putting out the daffs. I still don't have everything to mix my dirt for my caladiums. You know you wait for all this stuff and it comes in all at once. Are you going to pot your caladiums or put them straight in the ground?
I am bad to jump around too but I am trying to discipline myself this year so at least some of it looks finished. Usually when I am cleaning up a bed I think I need to thin something then I'm off to another bed to put it somewhere. I transplanted some mondo grass today but that's all I allowed myself to move.
Charlotte hope things were bearable for Jeff today. I hope his dad is comfortable with the morphine. Bless you for all that you are doing too.
Elaine remembering your friend and her family.
Sandra hope I can find that book in audio.
Marilyn I love you pictures especially the daff. I had a couple different ones blooming today but the wind was blowing and I couldn't get a very good photo.
The last photo I have forgotten the name of this bush but this is the first time it has bloomed and has been in the ground about 5 years. Very slow grower. See all the winter weeds in my lawn. My husband actually used a lawn service this year that was supposed to help prevent all these weeds. So much for that.
Cindy you got a lot done today!! I don't seem to be making much progress. I had some things I needed to get ready for my booth this morning and by the time I took them down to the antique mall and ran a couple of other errands I only had 30 minutes or so of daylight!
I should be getting my caladiums any day now also. The only other thing I've ordered is some astible. Cindy I will put my caladiums bulbs in pots when they get here. I also have some in the garage I saved from last year. I need to go ahead and get those in some pots as well. If I don't put them in pots it will take forever to get them going. I can't put them in the ground until late April. You've reminded me I need to make a run to Lowe's or somewhere and get some ingredients for my pots. I'm like you, I mix up several things for my pots.
I love that first daff picture. I have some solid yellow ones similar to that but really love the multi color combination.
I think I mentioned before we're going to have a community garden for my neighborhood POA members. We have the area all cleared and now we're going to build raised beds. Several guys built the first one last week. We're supposed to build more one the 17th. I'm going to do one for some vegetables. One think I want to do is asparagus. I know it will take a couple of years before I can harvest anything but want to give it a try. Gardeners Supply Co. has 25 crowns of Jersey Supreme for 19.95. Anybody have any other suggestions as to where I might find some??
Things seemed to be pretty calm for Jeff today. I did feel sorry for him when he came over to pick up food this afternoon - he comes every day at 5:30. I could just tell he really would have liked to just sit down and talk for awhile. He keeps bringing personal stuff of his dad's he wants to keep over here (pictures, etc). That has to be sad too. He will get through it somehow! It's something we have all faced or will face. I just hope that when my time comes it will be fast. Don't want to have to put him through this again. That's one of the problems of being an only child.
I think I am going to wait awhile on the Ipad, Sandra although I can't get near Jimbo's anymore. He is on it everynight. I am having a few eyesight problems again and reading a novel is not easy on the eyes. My eyesight should be better in a few weeks so maybe then..
More sad news! I know Debra doesn't post here anymore but thought you would want to know what is going on with her. Debra and her family needs lots of prayers right now. David's oldest son Matt took his life yesterday. He is the one with the little boy Debra has been keeping. He recently went through a divorce but she said he seemed very optimistic about his future and they had no idea he was contemplating anything like this. She sent me an email this morning and I called her this afternoon. She and David were in the car when I got her and we just visited briefly so don't know any other details. They had just left the funeral home. But I just thought you all would want to know. This has to be one of the hardest things a parent could ever face.
They have been having a lot of problems with Pops too. He had a mild stroke about a month ago. It didn't leave any damage. However they don't feel he is steady enough on his feet to shower alone. He lives in an apartment in an assisted living facility. So they have a sitter come in for a couple of hours in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. His dementia is getting really bad. David stops by to see him every day on his way home. Pops is 97 now.
Got weeds? want some of mine. I'm dreading cleaning this one. Ever since it went under water the weeds in it have been awful. There are so many weeds in the grass around this bed you can't see where the beds start. I was hoping it would be dry enough to mow tomorrow but it rained this afternoon so probably not. I am so sick of rain.
I plan to get out and get some work done in at least my front beds tomorrow.
A couple of places in the back I had put a thick layer of pine needles to protect some things this winter. I decided I had better pull I off. I found a piece of fire spike (at least that what it looks like) that is just as green as can be!!
It was 80 today. Stuff is just popping out like crazy. My astible is sprouting up.
I told you all on leap day it had been 4 years since my last back surgery-it also snowed the week after that. They were forecasting it and we called my doc about getting the staples out a day early before it hit. I sent Pat home when we got back, she had been staying with me and the next morning we had a pretty good snow. I am really afraid to pull all the leaves out of my beds just yet.
Cindy your beds look just like some of mine - I call mine the re-forestation project because it seems like the forest is determined to take my yard back over. This year I am pulling everything out of the two worst offenders in my yard - one of them I am turning into part of the yard and letting DH mow it and the other one I am going to plant trees or bushes in and cover the ground with weedblock and then mulch to try and contain the grass.
I've just decided to surrender these two beds and hope that helps with the rest of them:)
Sandra I raked leaves out of my beds today and I'm steady telling myself it is too early but it is too beautiful outdoors to stay inside and wait for spring. I'm sure I am going to pay for it though.
Karen I took everything out of that bed in 2010 and redid it. I put herbicide down in it all summer and covered it in pine straw. That bed and my daylily pen have been the worst to deal with the weeds after being under water for nearly six weeks in 2009. I am going to fight it one more year but if it looks like this next year it's going back to grass. That has always been my prettiest bed during the summer. I think it is because where it it situated with the river in the background. I am abandoning the daylily pen which is huge. I had more than 350 different daylilies in there. I am moving what survived the flood out to beds. I am tired of fighting weeds in there. I have some tall weeds in there that have long tap roots. I have dug them and roundup-ed them but it's like they just move over to another spot. I think if I get everything out of there I can eradicate the weeds in there. My sister and I dug up about 25 clumps today after cleaning and mulching another bed. Now I've got to dig holes for them to go in down my driveway. I'll get it all done one bite at a time if it will just stop raining. I know you have some big beds like I do and it gets old trying to fight the weeds in all of them.
So sorry to hear about Debra and David's loss... it is rough on everyone when a suicide is involved! It is such a waste! Prayers for strength for all of them...
The daffodil photos are lovely! I have seen that scilla before but didnt know what it was called...
Oh, and I totally understand weeds! All my beds are in a total mess - one is completely covered with bermuda grass and I have NO idea how I am going to get it under control ...it is so hard to RU effectively because of the thin blades and it spreads like wildfire. at least I think it is bermuda. I am not good on grass/weed ID. After being unable to work outside from June on last year - every bed is in pitiful shape. Not sure there is any way I will get them all cleaned up.
Headed to LR again for more work today. Hope the weather is nice! Prayers for everyone who was in the path of that storm yesterday! It looked like a monster on tv and apparently it did tremendous damage. Hope that everyone is safe!
Sandra I know it can snow in march. I remember a number of times it has. This has been such a strange winter. I just have a feeling it is going to continue to be fairly warm. Plants are so confused. My tulip tree has fully bloomed and the flowers are starting to fall off. Bradford pears are blooming everywhere here - and they are everywhere!!! I even have a few azaleas that have opened. I just looked out my den window and noticed a few blooms on the one in front of the window and I saw some on a bush in the back yesterday. I noticed that SAMs has a really good price on a big bag of miracle grow potting mix. I was in a hurry and didn't want to fool with it when I saw it but think I'll go back today and get some.
Charlotte, so sorry to hear about Debra and David's loss of his son. That is so shocking and sad and will be praying for them their families.
Cindy, I know what you mean about the weeds! I cleaned out one bed last year and it was pristine...or so I thought. This spring, the darn campion sprung up everywhere even though I thought I had cleaned almost all of it out! I knew I left a few clumps in one spot but it must have reseeded and little ones came up all over the bed. I spent last Sunday afternoon pulling almost all of them up again. I think I'm just going to get rid of it because it's such trouble. I love it but it's just not worth it. And I had mulch on that bed too. Got to decide what else I want to do with that bed. I was planning to keep perennials (deer proof) but now I'm not sure.
Genna (and all) we survived once again another round of bad weather. But some folks in north Madison county got hit again. Some had just moved in a month or 2 ago after rebuilding from last April's storms. There was one tornado warning about 14 miles from us that was headed our way but it dissipated and was called off, thankfully. They say the terrain you live in is a factor and I think it is. Thankfully, no one was killed or severely injured yesterday in this area.
My Encore azaleas have buds all over them and I think I can see one bloom this morning, but yes it can snow in March around here! We'll see what happens.
I really hope spring is here, but we have also had snow in April, with the crazy winter we have had who really knows what to think?? Jeri, is the pecan tree coming out yet? Those storms yesterday should have awakened all the trees. We have a couple of blooms on one of the peach trees here.
Elaine, I think you would be better off to just enjoy the campion as trying to eradicate it. They have millions of seeds every year and you will probably be trying to fight it the rest of your life in a nice mulched bed.
I would just pull up the rosettes that looked out of place as they came up and enjoy the rest.
Elaine you might try putting a pre-emergent like preen or treflan (cheaper and very effective) in that bed so the seeds won't germinate. Of course it will stop other seeds to if you count on them in that bed.
Here are a few spring blooms from my neck of the woods 1st is a purple anemone, then tete a tete daffodils, quince, periwinkle and finally not a bloom but just a good picture of variegated something or another (why is it that the name always escapes you when you need it most?)
OH I lied one more photo - today I started digging up the iris in a bed I put in 4-5 years ago that has been over run with weeds and the iris no longer bloom - I think that it is a combination of not enough sun, too many weeds, too much soil over their roots and waaaaay too much overcrowding. I spent about 2-3 hours digging today and honestly you can't tell I even dug up anything I had a whole cart full so I counted them before I came in and I have dug 270 tubers of iris today. There are at least that many more out there so if you guys know of anyone starting out who'd like some iris please let me know.
Most of them are old fashioned iris - there are a few new varieties in there - or at least there used to be. This picture is from 2009 when they were in full bloom. Obviously I have no idea what tuber is what iris so if anyone wants them they'll just be getting whatever they get. I do know there were quite a few Portrait of Larrie in there originally and a cranberry Ice one as well.
Sandra, I have so many rosettes it was impossible to leave them. The whole bed was covered in them, so I left a few of the larger clumps and dug up all the others. I love campion, but I'm thinking I will just move it out of this bed.
Cindy, I did put out Preen in the paths between this bed and the other, but I wanted the gallardia to re-seed and I also have some other perennials in this bed. The campion was like a carpet!
I was going to post some photos, but have tried twice DG won't let them load! I'm going to try just 3 and see what happens. I've typed this 3 times and am about to give up!
Here we go again...wouldn't post 4, so I'll have to stick to 3. A blurry pic of a pink hellebore because it was windy, pieris, and the verbena starting to bloom. If this doesn't post, I'm giving up for a while.
Been out working in one of my pitiful beds... it has bermuda grass or whatever all thru it - some of it on top of the mulch and lot of runners all underneath the mulch!! Anyone have any suggestions. I am thinking about trying to get just out what I can and put out new mulch but I know it will just continue to spread. I feel like I am fighting a losing battle. I have just about eliminated the vast majority of the nut grass (nut sedge) and that has taken me three years! NOW THIS! Should I just give up and move everything I want to save out of the bed and roundup all summer?? Just not sure what to do!
I love the bed but it isn't pretty when it is full of grass and weeds! Will preen kill bermuda grass? I am assuming that it will not. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. thanks! I have tons of newspaper saved...should I put another layer between what is there and the new mulch? or just go on top of the old mulch...
Photos are really pretty Elaine!
Back out to the fight...
Oh, and would you suggest trying straw instead of mulch? didn't know if that might cut down on some weeds better?? I have heard it does but not sure why.
Genna I have had better luck with pine straw against bermuda, but that's just me . Select is a chemical that you can spray over most ornamentals to kill bermuda grass in your beds. You will have to get it at specialty chemical store for farms. Post is the same thing and you used to could find it in hardware stores but not sure if they still make it. It will not kill wide blade grasses. Bermuda is a tough grass to kill since it roots easily wherever it touches. It is also called wire grass because it is very thin so this doesn't give much surface for the poison to adhere to. You must add surfactant(sticker/spreader) to the grass poison . Dish soap will sometimes work in a pinch. Preen and any of this type herbicide in a powdered form is a preemergent and will only prevent seeds from germinating.
Thanks Elaine for posting your pictures. I am all tuckered out tonight. My sister, her young neighbor and I raked thirty 55 gal trash bags of pine straw. Hopefully that is all I am going to need to finish out all the beds. We dug up about 40 more daylilies I'm moving so she could get starts off them. Now I've got to get these back in the ground down the drive . It is a lot easier digging them up out of prepared beds that preparing a place for them to go. I will not be good for anything tomorrow.
Cindy your a glutton for punishment!!! LOL Your drive is going to be gorgeous when you get through!!! I got a little done today but just a very little. I hope I can find a least one full day this week I can work on the yard. I bought some stuff for my booth last night and I had to go pick it up today and get in my booth. Of course that meant moving a lot of other stuff. I have to start dinner by 4 everyday so I had a short afternoon.
Charlotte I hope it will be pretty. If we have another hot dry summer it will be bad because I can't get water down the drive. Normal rainfall will be enough for the daylilies if we get it. Glad you were able to buy some pretty things.
All that pine straw will help hold the moisture also. I put some hydrangeas that we're given to me in an open spot behind the azaleas. My sprinklers don't get back that far. I did change a sprinkler head trying to get it back as far as I could hoping they would get a little water. They kept really wilting until I finally put a really heavy layer of pine straw mulch. I had some pine straw on them but I finally just really piled it up. It worked. Between me hand watering occasionally and the little bit of water from the sprinkler they started doing ok.
Wish I knew someone who had a bunch of pine straw! We have some pines out behind our house, and Leigh thinks we can rake and bag it... but it would be a LOT easier in someone yard where it didn't have all the limbs, cones, etc in it! Guess I will need to try it and see if that helps. I have a friend who uses pine in all her beds and swears it keeps out all kinds of weeds and grass better than mulch...I know I won't be able to get enough to do all the beds! But, I might try it...just don't want to find any snakes while I am raking and loading!
We had a guy stop a couple of weeks ago because he was going to bring me a bunch of horse manure and hay combo that he was cleaning out... i got so excited because I was going to use it to do some layering for a future bed... he never showed up with it! I guess in reality I do not NEED another bed when I cant get what I have clean! I just have a spot in my back yard that I have been wanting to do... but I still have my front to finish. I was just going to start layering all the stuff and let it sit until fall or next spring - but I guess he went somewhere else with it.
I am sure your drive will look beautiful when you are thru... hopefully we will have some rain - and in your case, not too much to flood them!
I worked in my bed until about 5 yesterday, then made a trip to El Dorado to get some mulch... only 20 bags, but I will need way more than that unless I am able to get a lot of straw! I also bought some chemical - can't remember the name of it - that I am going to spray on my yard. It is SUPPOSED to kill current weeds and future weeds for up to 6 months. I think if I can get some of the weeds out of my yard, it will help keep them out of the bed. Of course, we live out in the country and stuff blows thru the air, but with weeds right outside the bed, it is hard to prevent them! I have henbit taking OVER my yard, and so I am going to try it and see what happens. Already have dandelions coming up in my beds!
Genna tell us what you are using on your lawn. Henbit is everywhere here too. Can sure sympathize with you about the country. It is a trade off. Open land lots of weeds. Is El Dorado the closest place to get mulch? How dare you come so close without coming to see me??LOL!!! I know you only have so many hours of daylight to work. It is a shame we only get to see each other at RUs.
I don't know anyone with straw either but my sister does. We raked at an elderly couples house yesterday but there was lots of limbs and cones. We had had some pretty high winds in Feb so most everyone with pinestraw has trash in it.
Well, I can buy mulch at our local walmart... but i hate the mulch they carry. I totally forgot we have an Atwoods now - not sure what type of mulch they carry, but even after driving to home depot - they did not have the no float mulch that I prefer. Oh well...the ones I got were 2.57 a bag - think I was paying 1.89 last year! So, I guess I better get out there and see what I can rake up because I would probably need 200- 300 bags to do the foundation planting out front that i have started! At that price, I won't have any money left for plants! :) I really need to just drive south one day and get back down there to see you! My weekends are just so crazy having to drive to LR every week!
Cindy, I can't remember the name of the stuff that I am going to put on the lawn... I remember it was made by Bayer and is in a blue bottle. They had 32 oz for 23.00 says it does 5000 sq ft. They had a bottle that had the sprayer nozzel that you hook to a water hose, or just a regular container without the sprayer for the same price. We ended up buying two of the ones with the sprayer to try. No idea if it will work, but we sure need something. I only have a little 2 gal pump sprayer and it would take forever to keep mixing and spraying to cover my yard... hard to tell where you stopped at , etc so we just thought we would try that. I will have to look to get the name and let you know... and I will let you know if it looks like it is working. IF the wind is not blowing I hope to get it out this evening! Of course, if it kills all the weeds, I may find that I do not have any grass !!! ^_^
And somehow SOON we have got to go prom dress shopping, plus Jessica needs some clothes for the state FBLA convention, and her trip to Atlanta. I am hoping to find some cute dresses that can pull double or triple duty... FBLA, Atlanta, and Alex's wedding... we'll see how successful we are with that! :) We are rapidly running out of weekends!! This coming weekend she has a state Quiz bowl...the next Saturday starts Spring break. We have contemplated trying to go to the Dallas area shopping a day or two of Spring break, but not sure how successful we would be since we don't know our way around there. We have also considered just hitting LR and NLR - then going to Monroe and Shreveport if we have to... Mainly just wanted to go to Dallas for a break - but since we are both trying to lose weight, I think we might do better to wait til summer to go down there. She has to leave for Atlanta on April 12 and prom is the following weekend on April 21. Since she works a lot of Saturdays - that doesn't leave us much time!
The wind blew all day long yesterday while I was outside working...my hair felt like straw after being out in it all day - and my face was chapped! Guess it has been too long since I have worked outside!!
I live in the city and I have Henpit every!!! I also don't have any weeds in my lawn. We have a guy that comes by every 3 months and treats the lawn. So so much for the theory of weeds in the lawn getting into your beds!! LOL Cindy is right about there being trash in pine straw where ever you get it. Where there is pine straw there is also pine cones! Also pine trees always have little dead limbs falling. I just leave the pine cones and small sticks. My back yard has a natural layer of pine needles and I don't have any problem with weeds back there. The only place I have weeds is between my stone on the patio area. Years ago I planted aguga between the stone and came home one day to find Richard had hired someone to clean the backyard and he had weed eated every bit of the aguga.
I have used pine straw in my beds since I was about 23 and believe me that's a long time!!! We built a house that backed up to the woods and I would go into the woods and bag up pine straw and put on my beds - especially my azaleas. Don't have any idea how I knew to do that. I guess someone must have told me. But I've used pine straw on my beds every since then.
My daughter in law dug these up and an old house place. I think the blue one may be wood hyacinth. The pink one appears to be the hybrid hyacinth gone back to native. Anybody else know for sure what they are? I guess I should put them on the ID forum.
Genna, you pretty much need to dig up the bermuda to get rid of it. You can spray Round-up or spray with a grass-killer but it also needs to be warm enough (I think it's 55 degrees but check the bottle) to kill it. And then you still need to dig up the roots or it could come back like someone else said. Our garden has run-off on one side from the fertilizer and we had a real problem with bermuda getting into the garden. I finally couldn't take it and spent one spring digging it out with a shovel and a spade thingy and made a nice edge. Now I keep it sprayed every summer but that dang stuff keeps trying to get back in. I fight it off for the most part with the spraying but occasionally have to dig a few roots again. The older roots get really deep.
I use pine straw exclusively now. It doesn't blow away or run off like the bark mulch does. Cindy that's a lot of straw y'all bagged!! No wonder you is TIRED!
Y'all need a tractor and one of those pine straw rakes behind it. DH got one last year and he can have a big trailer full raked up in no time and we just mulch the beds from the trailer in no time. If we have some left we just pile it up next to the barn or somewhere out of the way until I need more again. We don't even bag it anymore. Love your pictures!
Yes, it was almost too windy and chilly to do much work outside this weekend. Between going to soccer games, funeral service, and other things I was doing I didn't do much outside, but I did get some tomato and pepper seedlings transplanted. They look pretty good!
Hi girls! So sorry for Debra and family. My sympathy and prayers.
You all have been so busy!!! I spent the weekend trying to clean out and organize my garage!!!! No I didn't finish and now I'm sick with allergies, sneezing and runny nose. I bought 2 of the restaurant style rolling shelf units, and they are great. Makes that side of the garage look really clean. Plus, I can move them around if I need to. Why didn't I think of this sooner? Putting the first one together wasn't the easier though.
Yes, we went to the place in Minden last year... didn't find anything. But we ventured on to Bossier and got one there last year. This year will be more difficult because we need the prom dress and the other dresses. She needs dressy, but business looking... not sure exactly what that is - but she has a banquet that she has to have it for at the Coke thing.
Elaine, I didn't know they made a rake for Pine Straw!! That wouldn't do me any good in the woods though...
Genna, look at Ann Taylor dresses...they have some that are 'business looking' and would work for the banquet and for wedding luncheons and things too and don't break the bank. You can always throw a sweater, jacket or shrug over it if it's cool. Another place to look is at the on-line sales at Neiman's and Nordstroms...I'm NOT kidding either. I got one for $100 that I wore to my niece's bridesmaids luncheon. It had been almost $400!! You never know what you might find. I'm a buyer, not a shopper...know what I like and don't like so it doesn't take me long to make up my mind. And I absolutely hate to go to a mall and wander around looking for something.
If you can get a tractor thru the woods, you can get this rake thru there!
Yeah, my SIL has sent me several links to Nordstroms... for Mother of the bride dresses that she liked. I just hate having to return stuff that doesn't fit so I am hestitant to order off line unless I am familiar with the brand and sizing. Jessica found a dress on line that she loved and wanted for prom and it was really reasonable in price (MUCH cheaper than what we paid last year) but there are NO returns! Even at an inexpensive price, I am afraid to try it with a no return policy... I have tried to get her to print out a picture of it and let's take it to a local woman who makes dresses. She can make anything with or without a pattern! Wish I had that ability! I can sew, but I HAVE to have a pattern for anything important! :)
She has a black sleeveless dress that is really nice and she usually puts a sparkly cardigan over it. I am sure she will take that, but she will have to have some additional ones too. And, she needs a nice pair of slacks that FIT well!
I like the thought of raking it up with a tractor (or an impliment behind it ) so I am out of reach of the snakes! But, I just plan on making a LOT of noise!! ^_^
By the way... what type of clippers do ya'll use? I have GOT to have a new pair. Bought a pair a couple of years ago and buried them in mulch the very first day I used them! I have NEVER done anything like that before, usually just use them til they won't cut anything else, then get a new pair. But I wondered if anyone had a brand that they liked? I just need something to trim crepe myrtles, and other things that need to be trimmed back to the ground or shaped up...
Also, Marilyn, do you usually cut your salvia back to the ground? I have just left mine in years past but just wondered if it would do better if I cut it off. One of mine dies all the way back to the ground each year and I do cut it off.
What about butterfly bushes? They have kept at least a few green leaves all winter... do I trim them back or just let them go?? I guess it has been too warm for them to completely shed their leaves...???
Get yourself some Felco pruners, Genna. Best pair I have ever had. I ordered them online because I couldn't find any in town. I think they are Felco #2's. There are several types, even for lefties! I've had mine several years and never even sharpened them. They even have a handy red handle so I can find them...:~)
I always keep several pairs of clippers on hand. I have two favorite pair. The first one is a pair of racheting clippers (don't remember the brand) that I bought at Sam's several years ago. I only paid around $30 for them but I can cut HUGE branches with them with no effort. The handles also extend so I can reach things up high. My neighbor tried them and immediately went out and got him a pair. My next favorite is a pair I bought this year at Tuesday Morning. They are a small light weight pair that also rachets. I only paid $10 for them. They are Fiskars. I keep meaning to go back and see if they still have them and buy another pair I like them so well. Total effortless cutting. I do lots of trimming so I need good easy to cut clippers. My third favorite thing is a big cross saw that will cut anything! I had hired a professional trimmer from a landscape company to cut some stuff off a tree that was too far up for me to get. They were having a terrible time sawing them off until I got my saw and let them use it. Took the branches right off.
Well it is so nice to meet you and look forward to doing it in person soon!!! I need to see my buddies!!! Hopefully things will straighten out some around here this summer and if my long lost DH ever comes home long enough we may just make a big circle and visit.
Well Jeri, you are so welcome here! Hope things do get straightened out so you can come to Little Rock. Have a friend in Lafayette - she was so impressed with the hills, rivers, etc. here. She said everything there was "FLAT"!
Sarah, Jeri and her DH have one of those HUGE motor homes and travel with other folks with motor homes. Can't think of what that is called. They were here several years ago when Kim did a RU at her home.
Ok, when I get these clippers... should I cut my butterfly bushes back or just let them go...they all have green leaves on them- have kept at least some green throughout the winter I guess because it has been so warm!
I was thinking that Marilyn said she did not cut back her hot lips... it doesn't have any green on it yet so I figured if I need to trim it I better do it soon.
I spent a little more time this afternoon pulling more grass and weeds... getting closer to being done,but not there yet! It will take several more afternoons just working a little a time to get finished! Then I am going to put out some preen which i HOPE keeps new weeds from germinating,... I have disturbed the mulch so much that i am sure I am exposing more seeds to warmth and sunshine! Hope to stop them in their tracks.
Cindy I forgot to look at the name of that weed killer... got busy pulling weeds and the wind was still blowing here - but thankfully not as hard as yesterday - so i decided not to try to put it out today.
Sarah I love LR!!! We've been through there many times!!! We use to caravan with about 20 different RV'ers all over the US, Canada & Mexico. We also belong to Crusin Cajuns and rally with over 200 motor home owners around the state of La. You haven't lived until you try to keep up with them OLD people!!!! LOL!!! I age about 15 yrs. every weekend we camp with that group. We have live bands and dance and eat and play Bingo and eat and have some wild and fun thing planned for each rally.
Charlotte did you get you calidiums? Mine came last week. Now I need to really get busy with my yard so I can get them planted.
Genna, Marilyn will be along to answer what she did about the hot lips, I am ready to cut mine back now. salvia should not be cut back in the fall, but wait until spring, they have hollow stems and freezing rain could kill them in the winter.
No Jeri I haven't gotten my caladium bulbs yet. I figure you and Cindy got yours because your in a warmer zone than me. But I bet mine will be here soon.
I took a few pictures late this afternoon but didn't get a chance to upload them tonight. My white azalea in the back has a few blooms that are actually open!! My lungwort is blooming and a bunch of other things. I have some columbine that has buds just about ready to open. My clematis is really leafing out too. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow.
I just ordered 3 more trees through Entergy. They are free. Don't need any more trees but I decided to get them and put them in pots and eventually I'll find a home for them. Just can't pass up free trees!! One I ordered was a Sourwood. I had never heard of it before but it has really pretty fall leaves and is a understory tree. I may try to figure out a way to keep it. I got a red maple also. I have one of those already in a pot. I got it from Entergy back in the fall.
My cousin just posted this on FB. I thought it was worth sharing. She said it was in her church bulletin yesterday.
To let go doesn't mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off, it's the realization that I don't control another.
To let go is not to enable, but allow learning from natural consequences
To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome in not in my hands.
To let go is not to try to change or blame another, I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care, but to care about.
To let go is not to fix, but be supportive.
To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own outcomes.
To let go is not to be protective, it is to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny but to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and to cherish the moment.
To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.
Genna, I normally cut my butterfly bush back in late January-early Feb. Haven't done it this year and I'm worried that it is too late since it blooms on new growth & never lost all its leaves either and is already leafing out new ones. Unless yours is really big and needs to be cut back some, I'd probably let it go this year and cut it back to about 1/3 it's current size next year. Yes, that's right...1/3! That's what I've always heard. Mind is still relatively small and doesn't need to be cut back much anyway. If you do decide to prune, just prune some of the larger/taller branches and thin out in the middle some and let it go at that. Does that make sense?
As to Nordstrom's prom dress policy, it's because girls were ordering, wearing the dresses with the tags still on and then returning them. I can't believe people would do that (well, yes I can) but it's true.
Charlotte, I meant to say, Sourwood trees are pretty and they make the BEST honey. If you ever get a chance to buy sourwood honey buy some! There are loads of sourwood trees in Tennessee and they are famous for their honey...mostly in the Knoxville/Smoky Mountain area. Hope they do well for you.
My Butterfly bushes never lost all there leaves either. I cut mine back several weeks ago. I have a couple in my front flower bed that got so big and heavy last year they were falling over. I had to stake them with a big metal stake. So they had to be cut back this year. But like Elaine said, they don't actually have to be cut back unless they are just really big for the space.
Have you ever tried Stein Mart in Little Rock. Don't know what they have as far as prom dresses but they have a lot of dressy clothes.
Dillards also has a lot of dresses and prom dresses. Like Elaine said a I've noticed the trend in business attire now seems to be sleeveless dresses with jackets. I have a friend that works in an office that wears very traditional and conservative office attire. They do bank consulting work. She wears suits that have sleeveless dresses and a matching jacket. A dress with a jacket you can dress up or down. With the jacket it is professional attire. Without the jacket you can dress up or down according to the type accessories you choose.
I have not been in steinmart in several years... might have to venture by there since it isn't far from Alex's house!
Elaine, the prom dress she saw wasn't from Nordstrom's or any name brand place... I REALLY think it was one of those 'storefronts' from China that make the dress to your size after you order it. But we were really concerned that if it didn't fit we would be stuck with it. I am still trying to get her to at least take a picture to Ms.Jimmie and see what she says she can do with it. I have no doubt that if she can obtain the fabric, she could make the dress! She is super talented, but in extremely poor health. She is on oxygen and has a hard time breathing and it makes Jessi really uncomfortable to go there. She says it is too much of a strain on her - and that may be correct, but it is also her livlihood so I figure as long as she feels like she can still do it - it must bring her more pleasure than pain. SHe is so talented - there will be a big void in our community when she goes!
We really haven't looked anywhere for dresses yet due to a lot of conflicts in her schedule and mine. Especially her work schedule. That is one reason we will probably have to go while she is out for spring break. We just need to try to get it all done that week! She is losing weight slowly and I figure by the wedding she might need it taken up some, but either I can do that or take it to Ms Jimmie... but in order to have it for April 12 - that will be about the only chance we have to go shop! State FBLA contest actually in March sometime and she has to have at least one outfit by then for competition day.
Thanks for all the ideas ... I HATE shopping for clothes, but she loves it so hopefully we will decide soon which direction we are headed! :)
Genna I don't know if you have a Stage any where near to you. They had some absolutely gorgeous outfits the other day when we stopped by. I'm with Charlotte on Stein Mart too. My favorite store is Coldwater Creek. Joann and Terrie always picked out their outfits when we were in NO or Houston but BR has gotten some better I think.
Oh my prayers are with Debra and her family, that's horrible.
Karen LOVE all those iris! Last spring I separated mine and put some on Craigslist for $3.00 a piece, I made like $30 doing that. If you want help separating those let me know. Way cute girls!!
Elaine those are so pretty!! I love the pieris too!!!!
I have all kinds of stuff coming up too. My tulip tree bloomed and I missed it, my two peach trees are in full bloom, daffs are obviously in full bloom, the veggie garden should be starting to grow here real soon, we've already planted a bunch of stuff, and my peony's that Dave weedeated down last year are coming back. One of them is mid shin high and the other one is just breaking ground.
Genna I cut my hot lips back almost to the ground, it's stuck back in a corner that it doesn't have much room to grow, I cut it at the beginning of Feb. Bee Balm and Canna all get cut down in Dec, most of the time I wait until all the stalks are dead so all I have to do is pull lol
Yeah, I have some canna's that I need to clean up too... just haven't gotten to it! If I don't hurry they will be sending up new shoots! Everything seems so far ahead of schedule. My tulip magnolias are blooming but only on the shorter branches or trunks... The main part of the tree is probably about 7 - 8 ft tall and it appears that all the tall portion of both trees is dead ??? Anyone have any experience with this? All my blooms are within three feet of the ground!
Crissy that is a great idea maybe I'll try that - I can't stand to see them go to waste and if I sell some then I can buy more plants:)
Did you want some or you were just being nice asking if I need help? If you want some let me know but I sure don't expect you to come dig 'em up if you aren't wanting to take them with you. BTW I also found a snake in there - actually I found his head where I chopped him in half without ever seeing him. EWWWW I hate snakes
Genna out running my errands this afternoon I passed by a place called All the Rage. I've never been in but the window looks a like it has nothing but prom type dresses. It's in the Market Place shopping center on Rodney Parham on the same side as Franke's a out mid way down the center.
Oh yeah Charlotte... we know EXACTLY where that is! And it's sister shop, Buffy's, in Sheridan...
LOL... Had hoped we could go check out a few places this weekend, but Jessi has a quiz bowl contest in Monticello. So, that is where we will be...
Then, one last time, she will be in the Miss Harmony Grove Pageant Saturday evening. I HATE pageants - and she loves them. She hasn't done one since the Miss HG last year,and originally she wasn't going to be in it - but she has been in it every year since Kindergarten and she just thought she had to do it one last time! I sure wish it was at the end of March or first of April when they used to have it. She has lost 8 lbs in the last 3 weeks...and is trying hard. Oh well, it really won't matter. She will have fun (HOW I DO NOT KNOW!) and I will be miserable! :) She will be wearing the dress she wore to prom last Spring for the pageant I think.
You day lily people I need help!!! My day lilies just about all have something on them. It is real small gritty looking stuff/bug that feels sticky! Reminds me of mealy bug but is not white and is smaller. What do I need to spray on them!! I've never had this before!
I think I had whiteflies on mine one year, Charlotte. Maybe those? I can't remember what I did, but they went away...maybe on their own or with something I sprayed on them that was organic? Soap and water mixture maybe?
It does look kinda like whitefly. For now I've decided to use Bayer's all-in-one systemic. I always keep it on hand. I've checked all my beds and the only thing that it is on are the day lilies. I have day lilies in three different beds in the front and all the day lilies in all the beds have it! Now if I can just keep up with which ones I've poured it on and which ones I haven't! LOL
I am on a veggie and fruit only diet for the next week or two ... anyone have any great meal suggestions or recipes that involve fruit and veggies ONLY...no bread, no white rice, no white potatoes, etc... It is only the second night and I am already out of ideas!!! :(
Genna I have been trying some new thing trying to feed Jerry's Mom, with her swelling problems and her high cholesterol and her being on a blod thinner, it is a tricky thing. She does not care that much for meat and can't chew it very well either. on my Pinterest Page there is a recipe for Beans and Greens, I made it for us with collards and it was very good, I did not add the cheese at the end on her portion, and hers was better than ours, so if I make it again, I will just mix the two together and not put it in the oven.
I thought about that banana cake recipe today, guess you don't want it right away now??
LOL... No, don't need the banana cake recipe soon... might attempt it again for Easter for my sister. I would appreciate you getting it for me when you can though. Tonight's supper was purple hull peas, turnip greens, corn on the cob and a sweet potato. I made it much better than I thought without the cornbread! I used to have lots of meals growing up with no meat - but Leigh thinks there is supposed to be some type of meat with every meal so I have gotten used to that. But they were all sure a lot better than the salad I had for lunch! :)
How is the arm Sandra?? I hope it is getting better every day!
Anyone heard from Marilyn? Haven't seen her post in several days... haven't been on FB much so didn't know if everything was ok.
Sandra I'm glad to hear that because I have them on every day lily!! I did get some Bayer's systemic on a lot of them before it got too dark. May not work for strip but it won't hurt them. Yeah for daylight savings time next week.
Jeff's dad is going down more. He is starting to lose some kidney function and they ordered oxygen for him today. Poor jeff is staying right there with him. He sleeps on a cot right next to him.
Genna lots of ways to fix veggies and fruit. Cut up carrots, squash, onion, bell pepper, asparagus put on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil spray. Sprinkle some natures seasoning, etc and roast at 425 for about an hour. Some veggies may not need as long and can be added latter. Make vegetable soup using tomato juice as a base. Stir fry a mixture of what ever vegetables you like. Use a little bit of butter and sauté sliced apples in it. Make a big green salad and put strawberries on it and a few toasted nuts. Pineapple is also good on salad greens.
I'm kinda weird! I love veggies and fruit and eat lots of them. I love salads - could eat them almost every meal. What you have to watch is the dressing that goes on it. If you are not careful, you can use as many calories as a big cheeseburger. I could also live on stir fry. Just sir fry a little bit of chicken breast then add carrots, squash, etc. with a little seasoning.
Charlotte, sorry Jeff is having to go through this with his Dad, buthe will be glad he did when it is all over.
I have those thrips every spring, they don't hurt the plant , but I have heard people say that some of those mis formed blooms are the result of thrip damage.
Yes my arm is getting better every day, the surgeon released me yesterday, and also released me from any more PT. The therapist send him a letter with all my measurements from beginning to end. I have about 70% use of my arm now. He still wants me to wear the brace most of the time for the next 4 weeks, but assured me it was healed enough that just normal day to day actitivy would not hurt it now.
1 stick of margarine
1 cup sugar
4Tablespoons of Evaporated milk
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Nuts and dates if desired
Bake 30 minutes at 350
1 stick of oleo
2 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
3 bananas ( I mash mine)
Cook oleo, sugar, milk and vanilla until it starts to boil while stirring
Remove from heat and add bananas
Sept 26th 1997
Virginia has sold coconut and banana cakes at every fund raiser and always got lots of money for the fund.
I do know that when she makes her coconut cake she cooks the layers in an iron skillet like cornbread, but not sure if she did the banana cake like that. I was surprised to see the cake has no bananas at all, but the icing flavors it.
Sandra that is wonderful news that your surgery is over and so successful!!! After all you have been thought, 6 weeks will be no time!!! Of course, you may learn to like having people help you. Has anyone volunteered yet? Around here it's me and Mary. Jim is back on the road with the tornados hitting. But he is actually headed to Montana right now. Then he circles to a holding area near Dallas and picks up supplies for the tornado people.
Charlotte you have raised an exceptional son for him to take such good care of your ex husband. I hope that they are able to close out his remaining time with a miracle of peace and good communion between them, so that he will cherish this time afterwards.
Mary & I went to my other niece Erin's mom's funeral. She had 2 major stokes in Nov. and a heart attack last Fri. Her sugar shot up to over 500 and her kidney's failed. She was 66 and attended a lot of our family gatherings and will be missed.
Took Ashley for counseling and came home to my freezer going out. I just went shopping Sunday and lost a lot. Ashley & I just transported everything that was still frozen across the parking lot to the office freezer. I'm whooped!!!!!
Sandra, glad to hear that the arm is doing well! I know you will be glad to get rid of that brace - but so thankful they finally got the issue resolved!
Jeri, sorry to hear about your family member. 66 is young - diabetes is such a killer! How is Ashley doing? Is she still getting sick? I hope that she is doing better! Didn't know if they ever actually found anything wrong... Sorry about your freezer! So glad you caught it when you did and were able to save some of it. That is always a big shock - and usually found way too late to salvage! Mine has an alarm on it that lets you know if it gets too hot, BUT, the alarm goes off on a regular basis because there is a battery on it that needs to be changed. The battery is located on the end and it is so close a fit in the area where we have it that we can not change the battery...so, I guess I will not pay any attention to the alarm if it ever gets too warm! Not good, but I think they could have planned a little better access to that battery! And with the freezer almost full, moving it around is not really an option! Guess in my spare time, I should clean it out and defrost it and change the battery while I have it empty... but that might be a while!
Charlotte, I love veggies too - but not good at just eating them by themselves I guess. But I appreciate the ideas. I love grilled veggies too so I will get thru it. I have been looking for some decent strawberries - but none in this area. Hopefully I can get some when I make a trip back to LR. I also have some frozen sliced strawberries that I put in the freezer with no sugar, so I have pulled out a container of them to snack on as well.
Thanks for the recipe Sandra. I guess that probably won't be the right cake either since it doesn't have bananas in it... I need to do some more browsing thru the cookbooks - but it is hard for me to look a recipe and tell how it is going to turn out...and right now, I do NOT need to be browsing cookbooks! :)
Well I typed a long post and Internet Exployer lost it when Daves didn't respond. I was just trying IE again / main reason I do not use it. Anyway thinking of everyone and hope all is well. We are supposed to get 4 inche of rain between now and Sun. We do not need more rain.
Took a few pictures with my phone while I was working today. The Iris has bloomed off and on all winter.
second one is Giant Squill. I think I called it scilla before. the rest are daffs
Genna, if you need a quick and easy one for work...Ziplock has new steam bags that my DD turned me on to. She works at the hospital and doesn't like to go to the cafeteria for a meal when she's on night shift. She buys frozen shrimp (already deveined and tails off), puts 3-6 in the bag with some frozen mixed veggies of your choosing, adds a little seasoning (we like Jane's Crazy Mixed-Up Salt or Emeril's), and then you can heat a little rice with it. Microwave for 3-4 minutes and you have a hot meal in the bag for lunch or dinner. It's delicious and quick. You can also use the pre-cooked frozen chicken if you don't like shrimp.
Roasted veggies (tossed with a little olive oil like someone suggested) is one of my favorites. If I don't have time to roast in the oven, I just saute with a little olive oil and a tsp of butter for flavor and the seasoning I mentioned above and it's done. I also like rosemary roasted potatoes. Yummy! Just a bit of butter on the veggies adds the flavor you crave.
Kim, gorgeous pictures!! Love the scilla! The same thing has been happening to me...just when I get a nice long post written, I have to re-write. I try to remember to copy before I hit 'send', but I don't always remember.
Elaine if you use Modzilla Firefox it will not lose your post. Dave told us to use Modzilla. You can always go back and your post will still be there, not so with IE. He also said Modzilla was safer because less people use it. I'm not sure that is the case anymore because it is a big browser now. I was just trying to use IE Bing last night same old thing If Daves doesn't repond your post goes poof. You can't go back to retrieve it.
me too Charlotte I haven't used it for 6 years but I heard on a program how fast it was so I went over there to see. As I said first time trying to use it and my post went poof and it was a long one. I hate to type in the first place and it really hurt my hands after pulling weeds all day so I was POed a bit.
Love that Giant Squill... never heard of it, but it is really pretty! Love the others too. I just love all the daffodils blooming and the iris are about to start. I told Jess to run out and pick a bunch out front if she had time this morning because they are calling for really heavy rains here too and I figured they would just get beat down! Wish I had thought I would have done it last night... but maybe she can grab some of them. She LOVES picking daffodils so i figured that permission was all she needed to go grab an armload!
Cindy, how deep do you try to put your pine straw?? Just curious... it sure looks nice in those pictures!!!
Genna can't help you with the diet. While I love fruits and veggies, after I get through with them, there is nothing diet about them. They do taste good through!!!! LOL!!!
Ashley threw up Tues. night, but felt good enough to go the funeral. Last night was terrible. She threw up quite a bit but every 15 minutes she would raise up and say my stomach hurts!!!!! We went for counseling again yesterday and the counselor said that she seems fine but wants to continue for the rest of the month before she appraises her.
Cindy pretty pictures!!! Love that Iris!!! Which ground orchid did you decide on and how many do you want? The Bletilla? I'm going over the weekend to pick them up.
Sandra I'm hoping today is even better for you!!!!
Charlotte I also hope that things go well with Jeff and his dad today.
Me, it's Thur. I gotta get busy cleaning. Terrie will be over tonight and I want to go ahead and get started now so I can visit some with her while she is here. I potted up 18 hibiscus cuttings I got come a coop and put together a succulent wreath but still haven't made it back to the yard since last Fri.
Hope everyone has a great day and gets to spend some time in the garden.
Genna, that is the thing about the banana cake, if you use bananas in the cake then it turns out more like bread. If you want the texture of cake don't put the bananas in.
Cindy your pictures are very pretty, love that iris. I have some daffs blooming and a couple of verbena blooms and that is about it here. I worked in the kitchen window bed yesterday, which is where I fell in Sept. I just told God how thankful I was to Be able to be back there and to enjoy the sun and not be in constant pain. Sure have some sore spots today, I am not as determined as you to get things done, I am just happy to get outside for a while. I would love all the beds to be clean and pretty, but if I get them, fine and if not, fine too, some things just have to be accepted. Spring break is next week for Charity and Faith, so they are going to be here, maybe I can get them back on that rake!
Karen I might want some, need to find a place to put them, think I'm going to expand my iris bed. Hhhhmmmmmmm LOL EEWWW snakes !!!!
The professioniiials say that Iris should be separated between June and August.
I need to get out and do my canna's too, I think I'm about done with canna's, they're not giving me the look that I want now. I have red, yellow, and yellow/orange hybrid if anyone wants some.
Mozilla Firefox is the best web browser out there, in my opinion. I never use Explorer anymore.
Sandra so glad you've been released and you're healing fine. WooHoooo
Charlotte I'm so sorry Jeff has to go through all of this. Being an only child myself it is difficult yet and my time with it hasn't begun. You did raise him well!
Genna from what I know about baking, I never know how a recipe is going to turn out until I try it. If it sounds good and it's something I would like to eat, I bake it! If it turns out crappy I give it away lol
Cindy I love the look of your beds with the pine straw!! I'm like you - that's my favorite look.
I had to make a quick trip to Hot Springs today. Left early so I could get back early. It was just cloudy on the way over but just as I was leaving the bottom fell out. Bad drive home. But it's really dry here and we need the rain.
Genna like Sandra said any recipe with bananas in the batter is going to be heavy. They make banana flavoring. You could use that instead of vanilla in the recipe Sandra posted.
Made my daily trip to the grocery store on the way home. I'm marinating chicken breasts tonight. Having acorn squash and rice with it. I feel like Jeff is back in high school with all the cooking I'm doing! LOL His dad had a bad night last night. Hope things have been a little better for him during the day. We usually communicate by email since it's hard for Jeff to talk in front of his dad and he gets upset if he goes outside to talk. He will be over here at 5:30 to pick up dinner and I'll find out more.
Yes Crissy I KNOW that the experts recommend July * August but my fat butt doesn't want to get out there in that awful heat so I'm determined to do it this spring:) I have put it off for a lot longer than I should have and I am determined to get the 3 beds I am digging up and turning into lawn cleared out before it is too hot for me to do it.
Let me know if you want some - I'm going to post some of these on craigslist but after it finishes raining I'll be back out there to dig up the rest of them.
Karen didn't realize you were completely eliminating your iris beds... thought you were just cleaning them up. Wish I was closer, I would swing by and help you dig some. I surely wouldn't want hundreds, but I like Iris... of course, I really like most flowers! isn't that the problem?? ^_^
Well Genna they will hold forever ya know so if you want some just holler.This bed was just a hot mess. I put it there long ago probably one of the first beds I ever planted and I use the term bed loosely since it was more of a place in the yard where there were iris planted. There was no edging and the soil there was worse than bad nothing but rocks and weeds and now it has grown up so much that they hardly bloom. I did move a few (maybe 10) into another bed but if I decide I'm going to plant any more iris I want to order some special ones. I still have tons of iris here in a million different places but that bed just made the yard look super messy in the summer and that upset my husbands OCD about his 'yard'. Understand he doesn't have OCD about the brush piles from last spring in the yard but these three beds make him crazy. Go FIGURE!!
Anyway I dug the rest of them this afternoon - 370 more rhizomes for a total of like 640 or something like that UGGGHHH I am about to hit the whirlpool tub but I am super excited because I finished that bed and Wayne mowed over where it had been so it really looks like I accomplished something out there.
I'm actually eliminating 3 beds this spring and I got another one about 3/4 dug up so only 1 1/4 left to go. That bed has mostly daylilys and a few trumpet lily. The biggest thing in that one was moving my dad's peony that his mother planted at his house - she died when my dad was 14 so this plant means a lot to him. He killed the other one of hers so I sure hope I didn't kill mine:)
Plus I scooped out the pond today - you would think that just ONE day of cleaning leaves out of that would be enough to remind me to put the darn leaf cover on it in the fall but NO I just act like I can't remember how gross all those leaves are in there and then every spring there I am scooping out nasty disgusting leaves. But I can sorta see the fish in there now - well I saw one anyway so making some progress there. I still need to finish that project I expanded the pond last spring but I want to do some more stuff to it - add some gravel to the shelf around the edge so I can eliminate the pots that can be seen and finish the waterfall and plant some things around it. I'm planning to cut down a huge althea that grows right on the edge of it because I HATE HATE HATE digging the five millions blooms out of the pond all summer long. Ohhhh the list just goes on and on doesn't it?
I am proud of myself this spring because I have really concentrated on moving the things that need moving so far and that has helped my tendency to jump around from bed to bed and seems like I get more done when I am out there. If I can get out of bed tomorrow I am going to be forced by the rain to do some laundry and housework:( I'd really rather sit on the porch and watch it rain even than clean and do laundry!
Genna you asked about how deep I put the pinestraw. I don't remove any of the old straw or leaves and I put down a couple inches of new. I can't afford to do six inches like the books recommend. I probably end up with 3 to 4 inches of mulch. Well we got a lot done around here today too.I got 2 more beds cleaned out but no straw. Jimbo helped me winch out a large old wisteria that never bloomed. I will still have to dig up roots but glad to get rid of the trunk. He helped me winch the good wisteria back upright. It had completely pulled the old fence down. We temporally put metal supports around it till we can figure what else to do around it. Last year the gate to the fenced in area fell under the weight of vines. Actually all the post are rotting so the old fence is falling down. He winched the gate off and I cleared up all the old vines. I moved an old tarp I had laying out in the that pen that I had weeds I had pulled on top of and it had 3 pigmy rattlers under it.
Got 2 of the grandsons tonight and I am beat. I hope you all had a nice day today. Our ground was very wet so we just worked around where we could.
I don't seem to be making a lot of progress!!! I did finally get all the debris out of the biggest bed in front and raked up and bagged. This I'm throwing away rather than composting as a lot of weeds are mixed in. Plan to put some pine needles down tomorrow after I get a few more weeds out.
I went to Sam's today and found a 6 x 8 pop up greenhouse that I bought. I'm going to clean out the area behind my doors that screen junk. Maybe this will force me to finally get it done!. Sam's also had some fairly large pots at good prices. Then I stopped by Tuesday Morning and found a really interesting thing for vines to grow on. Can't remember what those things are called - yall know what I'm talking about. I'm gong to be put it in a pot and probably grow clematis on it. Also found another pot there. They have some mexican pots real cheap. The one I got was 14.95 and is coated inside with the black tar looking stuff. I've had good luck with those outside. I have some on the deck that are probably 15 years old. I only buy dark brown looking pots. I know I'm boring - but I've found that pots that color just blend in the background and they don't look like a sea of pots! I would like to have about 3 big really stunning colored pots. One of these days I may break down and get some!
I still don't have my caladium order from Caladium's 4 Less but I did get out the ones I stored this winter and they look pretty good. I have rounded up some pots and my potting mix and I'm ready to get that done tomorrow.
Last year I did not see any here, but Pat had several in her yard last year. I hope we don't have any this year. I would think you would have plenty living on the river, Cindy. I hope the armadilloes stay away from here this year!
I killed two copperheads out of the iris bed - the first one I actually cut his head off before I saw him. Just noticed something flopping around. The second one I saw when I was raking back the leaves - apparently he was either hurt already or still in hibernation because I had to walk all the way to the porch to get a shovel to kill him with and he was still just laying there when I got back. This is the story of my life I hike all the way out to the bed to rake and shovel iris and my shovel is still on the porch:) I hope I NEVER see a rattler in my beds or I may have to give up gardening!!
Some computer information I thought I would pass on. Some of you may already know this but I didn't! I had an old desk top that I have not disposed of as I didn't know how to get rid of my information on it. Jeff just took the hard drive out. He told me I could go to a local computer repair place (not a big box store) and they should have a cover for it if there was anything on it that I wanted. He said the cover should not cost more than 50.00 and it will come with a power cord and also a cable to hook it to your computer. He said you can run it as an external drive. I guess that's how computer geeks get information off your hard drive when your computer crashes.
Woooo! I am waaaaaay behind. Too much happening here for me to comment on everything but I did manage to catch a glimpse of a question from Genna about the Hot Lips. I did not cut mine back. The whole bush will look like it is dead all winter but then they will start coming out from the bottom. Then last years stems will start producing leaves, too, and before you know it the whole bush will have leaves on it. The parts that don't produce new--like at the very tips--I would just cut off after I was certain that section was not going to be putting out new leaves. After about 3 years, you might want to trim it back in the fall to keep it from getting too big. and in case I haven't already answered this--yes, the hellebores are shade plants but can take some sun. You may not have enough shade for them, though.
I had two Hot Lips bushes--Sandra gave me a start of one and I bought a larger one at Rita's in 2008. The bush that Sandra rooted for me was just little==about 3 inches tall when I got it which is why I went ahead and bought the larger one at Rita's. Well, lo and behold, the little bush that Sandra gave me outgrew the one I bought! It must have been because of the love that Sandra put into it. :o)
All of the photos are very pretty--love all the spring flowers! Karen, your twin DGD's I received a bag of daffodil bulbs as part of my door prize at the RU at Jim's in October. I did not get those bulbs planted until after Christmas and everyone of them is blooming! Hooray! I would take a picture but it is raining today. These daffodils are in addition to the 100 plus bulbs I dug up from our back yard and also re-planted.
Karen, I couldn't help but laugh when you said you "just noticed something flopping around"! The good Lord was looking after you, girl! You killed that thing and didn't even know it was there!
ROFL (or maybe it was your guardian angel that was guiding your rake)
Sandra, have fun with Faith and Charity this week! I'm going down to my "other daughter Michelle's" house in Benton, AR on the 17th and be there a week. Her aunt is in renal failure and she will be flying up north to see her aunt while she still has time. I told her I would stay with her kids while she is gone. Her son, Connor, is 13 and her two step-children also live with them. The girl, Samantha, is 14 and the younger boy, Walker, is 9. They are all like my own grand-children and they all call me "Ma Susie" just like my biological grandchildren do. :o)
Charlotte, we crossed. I have an old desk-top, too, that I haven't done anything with for the same reason. What do you mean by a "cover". Do you mean that Jeff took out the memory card or cards that have all the information on them and the cover is for the memory boards? And you can hook it up to your laptop? Oh, in case I haven't told you, Michelle and Ray said they really enjoyed meeting you when they picked up the rocking chair. I love the chair, by the way.
I keep forgetting stuff I want to tell y'all. I don't remember if I posted on this thread that my sister had a stroke on Feb. 17th. She was in the hospital for a week and in Baptist Rehab in Little Rock until this past Friday (March 9th). Her right side was affected. She lost the use of her right arm completely--she is right handed--and her right leg was not strong enough to support her although she could move it. She could talk but her speech was slow and she slurred some of her words. Well, she is now walking, Praise the Lord--although with a cane. Her speech has improved considerably, too. She still doesn't have the use of her arm--it's like dead weight to her. She will continue with physical therapy two or three times a week. Please keep her in your prayers--that she will regain the use of her arm completely. Thank you.
Oh, one more thing--I have been using Firefox for over a year and would not go back to IE. Firefox is sooooo much better.
OK, I think that's all--unless I think of something else! LOL
Marilyn I'm attaching a picture of what he took out. It's 4 x 51/2 x 1 inch and very heavy. It was in the area close to the cd drive. The computer cover is supposed to be very easy to come apart but for some reason mine was very stubborn. I was thinking it would be somewhere in the back but it was more toward the front. Yes that's what he is saying. You can buy a cover/case for the hard drive (what you see in the picture). The case/cover will have a power cord and a USB port. He is saying you can plug it into power and then connect it to your labtop/computer via a USB cable and access the information on the hard drive. There are a bunch of pins on one end of the 1 inch part that plugs in. He had to unplug it from my computer. He also said you will not be able to buy the cover from Best Buy or any type store like that. He said you will only find them at local computer repair shops.
Now let's see if it will let me upload photos. I've been having problems with that.
Charlotte and Marilyn that is the Hard drive to your computer where you store information and the 'box' is an external hard drive box which basically is just a cover and a cord. You really don't even need the box but it just protects the hard drive and makes it easier to use. The computer geeks don't bother with them. Usually the hard drive attaches with a special cord called a ribbon cable to the motherboard. This external drive box just lets you hook a cable to the hard drive where it usually would attach to the motherboard and the other end is a USB which means that you can use it just like a thumb drive or usb stick. The computer will assign it a hard drive letter like 'E' or 'F' and you can copy stuff off of it or you can use it to backup your new computer and then keep it in a safe place. Just for the record you have to have a working hard drive inside the current computer for this to work. For example you couldn't take a computer without a hard drive installed in it and use this external one thru the USB port. I have an external hard drive that I use to store pictures and tax returns so my regular hard drive doesn't get completely full. And yes this is how the computer guy gets information off your machine when something goes wrong with the machine itself. Of course hard drives can go out anytime whether they are 1 month or 10 years old so it is always smart to have a backup of your files somewhere just in case. Sometimes the computer guys can just copy or 'ghost' the information on a hard drive to a new one and walaa all your info is there when you start your new computer (that is a simplified version of how that works)
Just for the record the memory in a computer isn't where you store information it works more like a switching station where it holds some information to help the computer work faster while it is writing and reading files. SO having more memory makes a computer faster because it doesn't have to look for a place to hold information while it works but having a bigger hard drive means you can save more things permanently.
Hard drives as Charlotte said are heavy and a rectangular box - memory is usually a thin rectangle that looks like a computer board with a lot of little electrode thingys on it but it is smaller than a mother board around 1 inch by 3-4 inches depending on what kind of memory it is.
OK finished with the computer lesson girls:) Charlotte how is Jeff doing? Off to bed I go talk to you guys tomorrow:)
You guys are making me feel lazy. I haven't had time to do anything in my yard yet. But I do have things blooming everywhere.
The pictures are making me itch to get outside and work. I love your camillias, Charlotte.
How is your arm doing, Sandra? I hope it is well enough for you to work outside like you like to.
I'm trying to get caught up with everyone. My schedule is so hectic right now I barely have time to breath! lol
I made another dent in the jungle that I previously knew as my garden yesterday and I am so sore today I can hardly move, but there is a smile on my face over what I was able to accomplish. Now to pick up all my debris and haul it to the compost pile. 2 beds down and how many more to go. LOL!!!!!
Jeri that's the part I hate doing! I can fling that stuff out of the beds! LOL But it always seems harder to gather up all the debris!!
Karen his dad is not doing well at all. He had a really rough day yesterday. He was feeling nauseous and decided the morphine was causing the problem and didn't want to take it. Jeff had to call the nurse and she talked to his dad and he still wouldn't take it. Jeff finally told him he was going to have to check him into the facility if he wouldn't do what the nurse said. I got an email from him this morning and he said he taking the morphine ok today and is even talking about taking the stronger they have on hand. He hasn't eaten since noon yesterday and doesn't want anything. They brought oxygen out several days ago and he has him hooked up to it today. He had a really hard time getting him to the bath room and back. He said it's like running a race for his dad. He also said he talks ok but what he says is not very coherent. The nurse is coming out today. Don't think he will last much longer.
Charlotte and Karen: thanks for the info on the computer. What I was thinking about are the memory boards. I guess I would have to go searching for the hard drive "board" or whatever you want to call it but "I will think about that tomorrow!" ROFLOL Today, I have better things to do. :o)
Charlotte; your camellias are gorgeous! Your hellebore is huge! Mine will look like that someday, hopefully, but moving them up here to Harrison has set them back a bit although 3 of them are blooming, which was unexpected this year. My blue hellebore still has not bloomed but it is very small--maybe next year.
It certainly does sound as if Jeff's dad can't last much longer but you never know. I thought my ex would have left this earth months ago but he is actually doing a little better than he was a couple of months ago. That is not to say that he is getting well--short of a supernatural miracle from God, that is not likely to happen. Anyway, Jeff is certainly to be commended for leaving his family in CA to come to AR to care for his dad during this time! You raised him right, Charlotte!
Charlotte Poor Jeff - Waynes mom was like that the last 3 days of her life. She would talk but you couldn't understand her very well and most of it really didn't make sense. She insisted on staying on the couch - she refused to get into her bed unless it was dark outside which would have put her much closer to the bathroom but she wouldn't have it and getting to the bathroom was really like Jeff said 'like running a race' she would be out of it for hours afterward. They had ordered her oxygen the day she died but it hadn't been delivered yet.
I'm sure the end is very near and I am praying for Jeff, his dad and you. You certainly did raise him rights since what is doing is not for the faint at heart!!
Thanks you all! That's just who Jeff is. Even though he is an only child, he has always been a very caring, compassionate person. Of all his football awards the one that I thought was the most important and showed what kind of person he is was when his team mates selected him for the Sportsmanship award. As soon as he knew what was in store for his dad, he made the decision to stay here with him - never considered doing anything else.
Marilyn, I've had that hellebore for about 9, maybe 10 years. I read an article in Southern Living about them and was really intrigued. Then shortly after that I was in Glenwood (working for the US Chamber of Commerce) and stopped in a little small nursery at noon one day. They had a small plant that looked like what I could remember from the picture. It was not labeled and the owner didn't have a clue what she had and don't think she even remembered where she got it. I went ahead and bought it and it did turn out to be a hellebore! It's the one that I get so many babies from. Some of the babies I transplanted a couple of years ago are now big healthy plants that are now blooming!
It's very satisfying to see what of your plant "babies" thrive and grow into a lovely, mature plant with lots of blooms, isn't it? That is how I felt about the little "Hot Lips" that Sandra gave me and about all the other plants that my DG friends have given me over the last 5 years. I wish I could have brought them all with me to Harrison but I had to pick a few favorites and the hellebores were among those! :o) Kathy Ann gave me my first hellebore--a green one and it is blooming profusely even as I type! :D
Jeff's dad died last night around 11 pm. Jeff said he ate a few bites of a hamburger at noon and then wanted to stand up for a few minutes. After he sat back down Jeff said he went to sleep and just steadily started going down hill. It was just the way Karen said her MIL went.
Jeff will probably be here the rest of the week closing out his apartment and taking care of other business. His dad did not want any kind of service but Jeff plans to have a memorial service at his church when he gets back. He feels they need some type service so they can have closure.
Jeff is correct, Charlotte. The memorial service is not for the one who has passed on--it is for the ones who remain. Jeff has a lot on his plate right now and probably will not even realize how many emotions he has pent-up inside of him until after he gets home. The memorial service will help him to process all those feelings.
My ex has told my daughter that he didn't want a memorial service either but she has already told him that they would be having one because it is a part of the healing process for the family and friends who remain. He agreed with her and said it was okay.
Oh Charlotte I am so sorry for Jeff I guess the only good thing about AML is that the death is relatively painless and the process is so short. At least I would think that short would be easier if you had it - It probably makes it harder for the ones who are left behind in some respects. I am thinking of you guys!
Please give Jeff our condolences Charlotte. I know that the past few weeks had to be very difficult for him. The memorial service will be important to him...
Our dear friend, that had been our neighbor for almost 20 years when we lived in East Camden also passed away yesterday. They had just diagnosed him in December with a fast growing brain tumor that was inoperable. His wife has Parkinson's really bad and he had been caring for her every need for several years...she will be lost without him. He was 82 and would publicly profess his love for his wife any time he had a chance. He was a very military type guy who was pretty private, but he said he loved his wife more each day, and when he was diagnosed his only concern was that he was not supposed to go before her so that he could make sure she was taken care of! He was an awesome Christian mentor to my kids, they will miss him.
Well, CIndy, I haven't been able to attempt to rake any pine straw. We had a full day Saturday and of the weather was pretty. Then Sunday when I had hoped to get some things done outside, it rained all day!! Had several meetings last night I had to be at so nothing got done then either! I am a little concerned about raking up snakes out in the woods... but my plans are to make lots of noise and hope they head out before I get to them! Not sure how good that theory is since there isn't any livestock or anything disturbing the area. I still don't have that big bed finished... I may just end up having to finish it and put out the mulch I have there, and try to use straw in some of the smaller beds.
By the way, we stopped by Leigh's Mom's house on our way to Monticello Saturday morning and I was roaming the yard to see what type of plants I might want to take home with me on another day - because I forgot my shovel! But, I found these two plants below. The first plant was actually in a yard that was next door to Leigh's mom but his brothers purchased the house last year when it came up for sale... I have never seen anything like it that I know of. ...
The little white flower was in a bed up close to her back door. Anyway know what either of these are??
Genna, those look like some wildflowers someone has lovingly, and successfully I might add, transplanted! Lucky you!
The first one is Trillium, and if I'm not mistaken, the second one is Spring Beauty. I could be wrong about the second one as there is another similar wildflower that blooms about this same time that is very similar and the name escapes me at the moment. I'll look it up tonight. It is hard to transplant trilliums, so you might dig them up as a clump. They also like shade or partial sun only so if you have a woodland bed area, they should do nicely there. They do come up on roadsides though. Don't know if you'll be successful transplanting but it's worth a try. Get them while you still can and know where they are!!
Charlotte, so sorry, but I know Jeff is very anxious to get home to his family, I know he really needs comfort of being with them now. I am sure you will help him do what he needs to here for the rest of the week.
Give him hugs from all of us.
Well, my post to Charlotte didn't go through. Charlotte, I'm very sorry for the loss of Jeff's Dad, but we all know you and Jeff did all you could do on this earth for him.
When my friend's Dad was killed a couple of weeks ago, he had said he didn't want a big funeral, so they called it a 'non-service', but they also knew they needed to 'do something' for his friends to pay tribute to him. So they had visitors drop by the funeral home during a 2-hour period. They had photos on easels and albums of him doing what he loved to do with family and friends over the years. There were also a few framed sketches from his business and a few cute things that meant something to him...more like inside jokes than anything. The family members wore jeans and plaid shirts in his honor - his 'uniform', and a couple of people took pictures of the guests enjoying themselves in the memories. It was very nice, and I'm sure it gave many people the closure they needed.
Thanks you all! I don't know for sure what can of service they will do. But I think it will be a pretty traditional service. He plans to hold it at his church. It actually makes a lot of sense for Jeff to have the service in CA. That way the kids don't have to fly all the way here and miss school. Also Jeff's support group and friends are all in CA and they will help him through the process. They are very active in their church and have lots of friends there.
By the way, Alex has been asking me to find out a couple of things for him and I keep forgetting. Does anyone have any experience growing basil ?? Should I just try to find him some plants, or can he start it from seed? Will it live all summer and then die out when it freezes?
Also, he wants some info on mint...and what type he should grow... I told him I know that mint will need to be grown in a pot to keep it from taking over, but I didn't know which types were best to cook with... anyone??? Kathy Ann ??? He loves cooking with rosemary, basil and all types of herbs... I know NOTHING about any of them!!! I did purchase him a Rosemary plant around Christmas, and it is planted in his back yard but is not thriving... and he could probably use most of the plant for one meal !! Suggestions on how to adequately supply his rosemary cooking habit ??
one more thing... he wanted to know if there were any plants that would help erradicate mosquitoes?? He has them bad already in his back yard - he has no water in his back yard, but the neighbors have a pond / waterfall in the backyard so that may be a source.
Genna his backyard has a lot of shade so he's going to have to find someplace in the yard that gets a lot of sun. If it stays shady most of the day he will not be able to get herbs to thrive. If he plants anything in the ground the area he plants in is going to have to be amended.
There are plants that claim to keep mosquitoes away. However he would probably have to plant them every 5 feet all over his entire back yard and that may not even do it!!! LOL Ask me how I know!! LOL I've planted them! There are just lots of mosquitoes in LR. We always have them in the summer. The only thing I've found that will control them is Mosquito-B-Gone. It is a spray that you attach to the water hose. It will control them for almost 2 weeks and then I have to spray again. So if I'm going to have company and plan to be in the backyard I spray the day before. The mosquitoes always start getting bad late in the afternoon. The other solution is to just spray yourself with something like Deep Woods. I keep a can of spray at my back door. I doubt the pond and waterfall next door have anything to do with it. The water is moving and they probably have fish in the pond and they eat mosquito larvae.
Genna, Charlotte is right. The basil will need sun to do well. It can tolerate a little shade in the afternoon. But it will do very well in a pot provided you can put it where it can get some morning and midday sun. Just tell him to pinch the flowers off when it takes off. Then, when the plant is at it's healthiest, take the leaves and freeze them in ice cube trays with water to use for cooking. There are numerous ways to do this but unless he wants to make pesto with them, they are best harvested and frozen at their peak. The plant WILL re-grow leaves well into fall. I'd buy a plant at Lowe's or someplace rather than start from seed. I buy the Genovese basil plants and they do very well. Usually I find one that has 2-3 or more little plants in a cup and get more than my money's worth in case one dies when I pot it up. Use a big pot because it will get big.
As to the mosquitos, the pond next door, if it has moving water, actually is beneficial to the mosquito population. You'll just have to deal with the ones in your own yard like Charlotte says.
I think the most recommended plant to keep mosquitoes away is lemon balm, but I think it needs sun too.
There is a tutorial on my Pinterest board on Gardening that shows you how to prune basil to get the most out of the plant. I think I have one on drying it too, but think it is on the food idea board
If he grows the lemon balm and the mosquitoes are attacking, you can rub the plant on your arms and not smell like bug killer, you will smell lemony
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. His front yard does get sun, but I think it is afternoon sun, so the plants may not like that! Is this lemon balm something that is readily available in the nurseries? I have never heard of it...
He does like to make pesto, and I suspect he is planning on doing a lot more of that this summer while he isn't having to study so much! But I will tell him the suggestion about freezing in ice cubes as well. I am sure he does use it in things other than pesto because he loves basil and cilantro and rosemary!
Elaine... what are you calling a big pot? 8" 12" larger ?? The only basil I have ever attempted was last year (while he was home last spring) and I promptly killed it ! :(
They also have it in all the nurseries around here. Feet and legs are what the mosquitoes attack around here. If he plans to be outside very much he will need LOTS of it! Also he needs to look around the yard for any standing water. Bird baths, containers,etc. He can put mosquito rings in those places and they are not harmful to birds etc. Mosquitoes are just a way of life here.
I must have typed the above on my ipad and auto-correct can come up with something entirely different that what you attended!!! Didn't even make any sense!
Charlotte, I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I knew something must be wrong when you didn't show up for Wildwood. My sympathies to Jeff. My thoughts with you too, as you have seen Jeff go through this with his father. It's not easy on anyone.
Regarding the basil: I have always grown it in a pot with other herbs. It does like some afternoon shade though. I was even able to grow it in bright indirect sun when I lived in my townhome.
Genna, my basil always gets very tall, so I put it in a 10-12" pot.
There is another plant, citronella, that is supposed to repel mosquitos. I tried a couple once, but I don't think they did any good. I think the candles would probably work as well as anything if you were having a party but spraying the yard ahead of time would work best.
My dad is always lecturing me about the 'good' snakes and I keep telling him in my yard the only 'good' snake is a DEAD snake. If they want to live in harmony - or even out of harmony with me they better not let me see 'em!! I use to be terrified of them - now I just get irritated because I always have to walk a mile to find something to chop off their darn heads with:) I still don't like even seeing them but years ago if I saw one across the yard I was done for the day I just couldn't get past it - I think it was like that therapy for anxiety/panic where they expose you to whatever you are afraid of and then you get past it. Seeing them every spring and chopping off their heads has helped me get past the fear.
I had a plant years ago before I ever joined DG that was advertised to keep mosquitoes away. It was a lemony-smelling plant and I really liked the fragrance. I learned the hard way, however, that it made millions of babies which would quite literally take over your flower bed. I wish I could remember the name of it--it might have been that lemon balm but I'm not sure.
Charlotte I am soooo sorry about Jeff's dad. Funny you said that about only children, I'm an only child and know quite a few others, the stereotype of only children is horrible and it's not true at all.
Genna I just went to Wal Mart and bought a Chia Herb Garden, it has complete instructions lol
I just use the candles to keep mosquitoes away.
I'm with you on the snakes Karen, even though I do let the non poisonous ones live sometimes.
Well I had a wonderful day with Jeri and Jim's niece Mary and Busybee Mary. Dolly Cannagirl met us long enough to get plants and visit for a short time. We bought lots of stuff naturally. I am afraid my eyes have overloaded my butt again. LOL I bought a lot of pot stuff and annuals so hopefully I won't be digging but 3 or 4 big holes. I bought some Pink Muhly Grass , 2 bottle brush trees, 1 red yucca, and 1 dogwood tree that will require digging the bigger holes. We all bought a Chenille plant hanging basket(beautiful) and Jeri and I bought a unique portulactica hanging basket. I also bought some ferns for my shaded areas.I got some Osteospermum Zion Copper Amethyst to add some color to my beds this summer. the picture on line just does not do it justice. I couldn't find that special petunia anywhere we got at Rita's a couple years ago that was green and pink. I'm tired and headed to soak. Hope to get a photo of my stash tomorrow. Wish you all could have been there to defend yourself while we talked about you. Just kidding did miss y"all though.
Yes I did make it Sandra. I was determined I was going this year. Jeri I only took the 2 pictures and you were talking in both of them . LOL Jeri I forgot to buy the Mexican Heather at Halberts that was 3.00 for a full gal. I stopped at Lowes and a skimpy 4 inch pot was 3.99. Needless to say I did not buy it. Looks like I will be digging up my clumps I have and separating them.
I know you all had a great time and bought lots go goodies!! Sure wish I could have been there!!
Jeff is leaving tomorrow. He is driving back but plans to take about four days going back. He said Kristi does,t like to drive and he does. Seems he actually wanted to drive out when they moved from Dallas out to CA but his job timing wouldn't allow it so he shipped his car then. We made that drive when he was about 16. Guess he wants to do it again.
I think I'm gong to take a few of my brugs out today. What are you all doing about your plants you have been overwintering?? I checked the 10 day forecast and it not going to drop below about 58 for the next 10 days. The high is between 75 and low eighties. It has been HOT here all week. I had to break down and turn on the A/C. It's the earliest I've done that in a long time!!!
Charlotte, I guess Jeff may want to just decompress and think about things while he drives back. My husband likes to drive too. I don't always understand it, especially when there's not much to see between point A and point B, but that's the way they roll!
I hear you about the A/C!! I've had mine on for 2or 3 days straight now and it's the earliest I can remember. We turned it on for a little while a few weeks ago too but not for long.
Looks like y'all had a grand time! I need (well, want really but same thing) a nursery run, but my favorite nursery is clear across the county. Maybe tomorrow...
Lovely flower pic, Cindy! Jeri, Mary and Mary, y'all look great! Sounds like a fun time was had by all. I am certain all of you brought home tons of plants...we are gardeners, its what we do ;o) I wish we all could have been there! btw, Cindy, I don't see a picture of you...
Oh look at y'all, you all look really good! Love the flowers! I want to change my beds, grow something different, bored with what I got.
All my plants that were in the garage are all outside now, I think that we're done with freezing for the year.
Dave always drives rather than flies, he's too hyper and gets too giddy when flying, he's always got to be doing something. It takes 4-5 days to get back there when you drive, so that's about right. We always spend the night in Amarillo, Albuquerque, maybe Flagstaff, and there's another but I don't remember the name of the town. Oh well. Gallup has an excellent Denny's that's ran by local American Indians, we love that Denny's, it's the best one we've ever found.
I've had my ac on every day lately. I wish it would stay 80* forever!
Cindy, looks like ya'll had a great time! I know that you did!! I love that Osteospermum, it looks beautiful! I really wish I could get back to Forrest Hills... I forget Cindy, how long a drive is it from your house to there??
Forgot to say I saw a dogwood in FULL bloom this morning! Hadn't noticed any others blooming yet, but this one was covered in blooms! Mid March...boy does that seem early! But, like you , I had to turn on the AC last night - turned it back off this morning...
I'm doing a lot of cleanup this year seems like- maybe because it was so hot last summer and I did almost no cleaning up. I finished cleaning everything out of the second bed I'm taking out and cutting down all the vines and all the small trees that had somehow managed to grow up in that bed so now the hubby can mow that part of the yard as well. Made a little headway on the overgrown used-to-be rose bed but that'll take another couple of hours to finish. But I'm starting to think I may get it done after all.
My son came over on Wednesday and cut down a bunch of small trees for us so we have been busy cleaning all that up. I had him cut down my double red althea that grew right at the edge of the pond. I sorta feel bad about cuting it down but those flowers just made a MESS of the pond all summer long. Plus I have a lot of daylilies planted around where it was and they really need more light. It is weird how different it looks out there now. I'll have to post a picture this weekend when I get a chance to take one. I have a seedling from it so I'm going to plant it somewhere else in the yard where I don't have to scoop the flowers out of the water every day.
Just an FYI I went into Lowes in Bryant on Tuesday and they already had racks of clearance stuff. They had some lilacs for 7.50 a pot and some Armeria for 1.50 each and of course the same person who said she was NOT going to be buying new stuff bought 10 Armerias and 1 Euphorbia plant. However, I am happy to report that said person planted all 11 of those plants as of yesterday! I am determined to keep from having a million pots on my deck this summer full of stuff I don't know where to plant. We'll see how well that determination holds up in the face of the clearance rack at Lowes:)
I'm doing lots of clean up myself. I've been out all morning taking some stuff out of the workshop. It's hot and humid and it's really needing to come out or I'm going to have to turn the a/c on for it! LOL I have lots of repotting of brugs and other stuff that going to take me a month or so to finish!
My pink dogwood over my koi pond has started blooming. Hosta are popping up everywhere. Although I'm taking a lot of my brugs out I can't really place them until more stuff finishes coming up. Don't want to sit a big huge pot of brug on top of something.
Tomorrow I'm going to work on raised beds for our neighborhood community garden. A couple of guys have already built a few beds and we're going to build more tomorrow and then fill them. They already have compost and dirt to fill with.
Now I'm going to have to decide what I'm going to plant in my space.
I have been doing lots of cleaning too---inside the house, Amanda came and got the girls last night and stayed until 11pm, so I did nothing last night but plop down in this recliner. Got the kitchen done all but mopping, now for the living room. I make them sit at the bar to eat, but somehow I still wind up,with crumbs everywhere when they are here. We had some rain earlier today.
Karen, I have planted a few euphorbia the last couple of years and have lost them all. I hope you have better luck with them than I did.
It is time to put out your fertilize if you want to broadcast it. March is the month to store fertilize in the beds!
I have mine ready, but need to get more leaves out of the beds before trying to fertilize them.
Whew Charlotte it is humid isn't it. I think I notice that more than the temp. Last night even as it was getting dark it was still so humid I was sweating like crazy. I didn't know you had ANYWHERE where there wasn't a plant growing!! HA HA! I love the look of your backyard and I have no idea how you keep up with where things are planted but don't you love walking out there and noticing something coming up and the remembering oh yeah that is the ???? I bought last year. I think I am always surprised that things come up again because I look out there in winter and think everything must have died as bleak as it looks and then spring comes and wow I forget all the things I have gotten planted.
Sandra we cross posted but I hope this one works out I had never seen one before and this one was on the clearance rack (looked like the pot had been knocked over) but was in really good shape so we'll see. If it is fussy I'm sure it'll die:(
Karen I'll take some of those off of your hands, I have places for them.
Charlotte which brugs are you taking up? I wish I had a good place for them. I want a brug garden, one plant of every color. Is that community raised bed in full sun and does it get water every day during the summer?
Christine I'm not taking up my brugs. I'm moving them from the workshop to the outside. After I get them out then I have to figure out spots I can put them in!!
Yes our community garden gets full sun and we have water running to it. We have a neighborhood pool and tennis courts and we just happened to have some space next to the tennis courts. There were several trees on it but they were all cut down this fall and we also cleared a bunch of shrubs. We will each have our own bed (that is the folks that want one). We also have a pavilion that is getting a refurbishing and we can use it to get out of the sun and take a break. The person drawing it up is an architect and he has really done a nice job laying everything out. Our beds are really professional looking. I'll take a picture tomorrow and post.
Took a few pics in my yard this morning. Mostly my mid-season daffs blooming. It's hard to call mid-March 'mid-season' isn't it? Supposed to be in the 80's again the next few days. A/C still running because it's so hot and humid outside. I'm off for a run and then dig some hellebores at my neighbors. This afternoon will watch DGD play soccer...always fun!
These first 2 daffs were a couple of new ones I planted last fall.
Cindy and Jeri:--sounds like y'all had a great time together. It is good to see the smiling (and talking) faces! LOL
I suppose I will have to get out and do some clean-up in my flower beds when I get back to Harrison in a week. In the meantime, I will be in central AR helping out with the kids at MIchelle#2's house while she is away. Her aunt is terminally ill and she is flying up to visit her for a few days in Ohio.
We are having unseasonably warm weather already--in the mid 80's! I wanted it to stay around 75F for a while! LOL
Elaine, the photos are lovely! Spring has sprung for sure!
I'm pooped tonight! I spent a big part of the day working on the community garden project. I screwed together 4 or 5 raised bed boxes, spread dirt in them after we finished building them. It was hot today - it's summertime - spring has already passed!!
After that project I went to Home Depot and bought eight 50 lb bags of sand (400 lbs). I loaded all 8 bags on my cart at the store but had someone load them in my truck for me. Then I took up a section of bricks in my brickwalk. I've got to relay a section as tree roots from the huge pine tree in front of it have gotten into the walkway. I'll do some more work on it tomorrow.
Here's are some pictures of what we are doing a the park. It was me and the guys!! No other women were brave enough to show up! But they've figured out I can keep up with them!! LOL
Wow Charlotte those are nice blooms you have going there. I have peonies that are budding, guess I need to keep an eye on them. I have some iris that have some nice buds on them too. Your raised beds are exactly like Dave's raised beds for his veggies. Now I know for sure that he did it right!
Karen I can stop by one day after work or come up there on a weekend if you want, or I can come to your work and get them, or we can meet in the middle at lunch one day, whatever works best for you.
I work over by the Heart Hospital on Monday and by the Baptist North Hospital on Tuesday. However, my busy gardening for others season is quickly approaching. So, Christine may end up with mine ;o) However, I will try to make it whenever y'all say...
I work in downtown Little Rock, in the Catlett Prien Building on the corner of 4th and Center (323 Center St. Little Rock, AR 72201) where Downtown Deli was. Karen I can meet you whenever you want and Kim I can run yours by your house and leave them on your porch if that's easier.
Sandra, It's both keeping me busy. We've hired some more help in the store and the trophy shop but it;s still crazy. plus with it getting warmer we will be open more hours.
I cut back my hours this week though. Just getting over a bad flare that I know was just from stress and overdo.
I did get a little edging and weeding this weekend but I had two of my grandsons so didn't get too much done. My youngest DD and SIL were in the mountains for their anniversary. The boys stayed with us but I had to send them to daycare one day so I could work. (I am a terrible grandmother!) Not doing that again. The store will just have to do without next time.
Cindy, love that flower! The colors are beautiful.
I can't wait to get started on my pots and annuals. I have't let myself look too much yet. I've got to get some Promix this afternoon though so I'll won't be able to resist looking at the nursery.
Terrye so glad you chimed in! My goodness you are a busy girl! Makes me tired just thinking of it. No you're not a terrible grandmother, just have a lot on your plate. Glad you've hired some extra help at the store and trophy shop. Don't overwork yourself, it's easy to do.
Charlotte love all your blooms. Sure glad Jeff didn't get caught up in all that bad weather. Being detoured is no fun either.
Terrye so glad to see you posting. Sorry you are having a flare. I'm sure your wonderful place is beginning to wakeup.
I hate it when Spring jumps on you like this year. I can't get the old cut out before the new is jumping up. I put out fertilizer this morn with the help of 2 year old Audrey. Now to get that rain. We have had way too much rain in the last 4 weeks. All my daylilies have rust. I cut the tops out of most of them yesterday ,also transplanted about 15 clumps to the driveway.
This is my stash I got at Forrest Hill . I have planted about half. Some of it is for pots but I won't let myself do the pots till I get the yard stuff behind me.
Terrye good to see you posting! Girl you got to slow down! Too many businesses going! By the way the Tiny Tiers hydrangea you gave me is still living. I plan to plant it in the groung this spring. I had left it in the pot and sunk the pot in the ground in a spot where I wouldn't lose it. It's frown and is really healthy looking.
Cindy love Your stash especially the chenille plants.
I just got back from visiting a friend and took her a few things and she gave me several things. Got to go out and get them in pots until I can get them in the ground. Got my Cajun hibiscus from a coop today and also got to get thm potted up. My caladium bulbs are supposed to be here tomorrow so I'm going to be busy potting!
Jeff called me a couple of hours ago and he was in CA going through the desert. He has been really good to keep me posted on where he is. He should be home by 7 his time. I know he will really be glad to be home.
Goodness, that is quite a stash Cindy, I too love those chenille plants. Charlotte. I put out alot of stuff this past weekend, I hope I didn't jump the gun.
I went to hopes and dreams last friday and bought 80.00 worth of stuff. she just doesn't have the stuff like she did that first year though, nothing in the area of where her mobile home is, just a few things for the shade, the greenhouse was full and around the outside. I did manage to spend alot lol I'm looking forward to going to Rita's as I'm not sure I'll get to spend any money on plants other than right there.
Crissy, that would be delightful! But I don't want you to go out of your way..too much...I know it is out of your way. Just let me know...or I will see them on the porch and know who brought them ;o)) I can probably be home by the time you head this way...maybe. LOL
Terrye, you take care. Those flare-ups can be awful!
Charlotte, I hope Jeff enjoyed his drive back to Cali.
Wow Cindy! That's a lot of stuff! I hope I have that much when I return from Rita's!
KA, if it makes you feel any better, I took out all house plants this weekend. So you know we will have a freeze now! Do you happen to know if Dian is getting in more stuff? I don't want to make the drive if I cannot spend a lot of money...oh I laughed out loud when I typed that sentence. hahahaha
I took everything out of the workshop!! It really needed to come out. I can't buy any more tropical plants!!!!!!!!!!! I've got to figure out where in the world I'm going to pit the ones I have. My caladium bulbs came late this afternoon. I'm going to put them in pots for now and will give them a permanent summer home later.
Seems like hopes and dreams may be going more toward annuals. I loved her stuff the first year we went!
All the lovely spring blossoms are wonderful! ~~enjoying all your photos.
Charlotte, you will enjoy those fresh veggies come harvest-time!
Can't remember if I told ya'll or not and too lazy to go back through the thread so I'll say it here: I'm being temporary mom to two teens and an 8 yr. old this week while their mother (Michelle #2) is visiting her aunt in Ohio, who is terminally ill. The kids are on spring break this week. They are all good kids, but busy with activities, etc. I am being "taxi-mom", which brings back memories! They are still sleeping this norning, which gives me some time to get online and keep up with things. The dogwoods, redbuds, azaleas, etc. are in full bloom here in central AR and are just beautiful! LOTS of pollen floating around, too! We are expecting rain today so hopefully, it will wash the pollen out of the air. My car is yellow and it is supposed to be burgundy! LOL
Ya'll have a blessed and peaceful day! Hugs all around!
Here's a link to some photos I took along I-40 on Saturday and here in the Benton, Bryant AR area on Sunday. You will see the dogwoods, redbuds, azaleas and the pollen!
Marilyn those are great pictures. I saw a lot of dogwoods on the way to Forrest Hill Thurs but not nearly what it usually is. I don't know why except the forrest had leafed out already and I couldn't see thought the woods as I usually would this time of year.
Charlotte, love the raised beds! I have threatened to do that because they say it is a lot easier to keep the grasses and weeds out with them elevated... but I hate the thought of having to purchase all the dirt to fill them up. I spend a fortune on mulch as it is... so I have avoided trying that. Wonder how long the wood will hold up for them until it has to be replaced? Doesn't look like it is treated ...but then not sure you would want treated lumber next to where you are growing things to eat ???
Some of the dogwoods are in full bloom around here- others seem to be barely budding out... must have to do with the amount of sun they received or something?
I spent sunday afternoon working in my big round bed again... and got new mulch in about 1/4 of it. Took almost all the 20 bags I had purchased a few weeks back!! I had almost half of it cleaned out, but I didn't get the mulch out last weekend and now I have to reclean that other 1/4 !! I was NOT a happy camper about that... couldn't believe how fast it came back! I may never get this bed done much less on to any of the others. I have yet to get out to the woods to try my luck with the pine straw. I have another bed where I hope to use all pinestraw to avoid having to buy even more mulch! I have some big bare areas in this big round bed that I wanted to get some plants back into before mulching, but since I can't keep up with the weeds and grass I figured I better just go ahead and get the mulch in what I had clean.
It is pouring rain here currently, but we had a grass fire at the house this morning! Thankfully the wind was blowing away from the house...apparently started when someone threw out a cigarette? not sure... but a neighbor saw it and called the FD and then called the house and woke Kyle up who would have never known what was going on otherwise. Jessi and I were both at work. Sent him out to wet down the pasture closest to the house because I knew it would spread quickly... the FD is all volunteer and I wasn't sure how fast they would get there during working hours. They got there quickly and got it put out with no problems. I had Kyle watching for it to possibly flare back up, but it rained briefly about 11 so that helped. Kyle was amazed at how quickly it spread...
Pretty pictures Marilyn! I have my share of pollen too! My car looks green - or at least it did - it's pouring down rain here now so maybe a lot of it will get washed away. The dogwoods and redbuds have really been pretty here too. We have a lot of them in the neighborhood. I wish they would just last a little longer. I have two big redbud trees in my back yard, a huge pink dogwood and a white dogwood and all my azaleas that are just about to totally pop open. I love to just sit and look out outside!!! As I am sitting now I can see the dogwoods and azaleas out my back and then can see the dogwoods and azaleas in my neighbors front. Here's my pink dogwood. The picture doesn't do it justice. It's too big to get it all in the picture. I planted it as a little tree about 6 feet tall.
I'm really surprised out how everything has leafed out. My fig tree has even leafed out.
Thanks Charlotte I didn't know about it but since gas is 4 dollars a gallon and that is 100 miles away I would not attend. I have a wedding that day at 2:00 anyway. The rising gas price is going to limit a lot that I do this year since I still drive a 10 yr old suburban. I don't want to trade it for anything smaller because I couldn't haul the things I want to haul and it only has 80,000 miles on it.
I usually drive the truck if I go anywhere, so it is rough filling it up too. I stopped it on 40 this afternoon and it only added a half a tank.
Of course the plants will be higher too, because of the fuel going up, it affects everything.
For some reason Jeff's dad had kept a box of bank statements that went from 1968 to 1971. We were married at the time. Jeff brought them over to me to dispose of. I just looked at a couple of them but it was amazing how cheap things were then! I'm going to look through them some more before I burn them. $15 utility bills. A day care picked jeff up after school and kept him for an hour or so every day. I had written checks to them for $2 and $3 and I would imagine that I would have paid for a week at a time. Checks to the grocery store were around $25 and I shopped about once a week. Now you can't hardly get food for one day for that!
Sandra it costs $50 the last time I filled my Honda and with the prices shooting up this week it's going to be more the next fill up. Makes you stop and think about where you go.
I feel all of your pains for the price of fuel these days!!!! That is exactly why I run my HHR. I had a suburan until 2006 and I think it was costing me $90.00 back then per fill-up. Yesterday I fueled my HHR and it took $53.00 at $3.699 a gallon but I'm good to go for about 390 miles so I'm averaging a little over 27 miles to a gallon vs around 18 miles to a gallon in the suburan. Jim said he likes the HHR because not only does it save him in fuel, but the limited room cuts down on my plant buying. Of course, he doesn't know about my secret weapons...Cindy's expert packing and a friend like Mary D. that will haul extra for me in her vehicle.
I used to drive a surburan too Jeri and got rid of it in 2002 for the same reason. But I sure missed being able to haul stuff and that's why kept my dad's truck even through I drive it very little. Now that I'm doing my antiques again I have to have a truck to haul furniture.
My son posted a really long story on FB about his dad's illness and the three weeks he spent with him. A really touching story and he has gotten a lot of good comments that I think will mean a lot to him. He also included a picture he drew of his when his dad was 18. He drew the picture while he was spending time with his dad. He made some comments in his story about being an only child and several friends that are also only children shared their experiences when one of their parents died. I'm glad that he was able to share his feelings. I think he has an easier time writing it than verbalizing it.
Kim you're not out of my way at all because I'm in North Little Rock every day, usually in the shopping center where Stein Mart is or McCain Mall.
I took my tropicals out too and put them in the rain, they looked good this morning when I left for work!
Dave just bought himself a new Civic Coupe, that thing is so cool and it has an Econo button that shuts off one of the 4 cylinders and raises the gas mileage way up. We have a 2005 Toyota Tundra that gets about 19mpg that he was driving back and forth to work, a 30 mile trip one way, and it was getting too expensive, pretty bad when it's cheaper to get another car and pay the payments than to pay for gas for something that's paid off.
I don't know Kim if she's going to be getting any more perennials or not, I didn't see her when I went over there but every time I ask her she says yes she'll be getting some more stuff in. I'll keep checking back with her but her greenhouse is full of annuals nothing even remotely interesting as far as perennials and NO elephant ears at all. go figure.
yeah she did. Not sure why she's gone this route, people plainly like perennials. it's still early, so I'll keep an eye out . I have the itch to buy plants, ug!! I guess i'm gonna just have to be happy with what i get at Rita's this year, I won't have much time to plant anything else. I spent all weekend last weekend weeding all the winter weeds out of the gardens that i do have, and still have 2 gardens left to weed. And We don't even want to talk about the veggie garden that danny is dreamin up. It' sbeen so wet, we 've not started on it yet. but, he is going to build me another raised bed just like the other one for Kiwi gold raspberries and maybe a currant bush and I'm going to try a couple of honeyberries this year in large pots. Someone else will have to take care of them and pick all the fruit ha ha.
I think I've just about filled my yard up!! I've also been trying to plant things in some of my pots that are perennial. I planted some kind of grass in one of my big planters under the pergola and it is coming back this year. Really didn't know whether it would or not. I also have a vine in the same pot that I've had for a couple of years now. I don't know the actual name but I call it an alligator vine because of the markings. I really like it and it is really hardy but unlike some vines is very slow growing. I got it at Rita's or Homestead - don't remember which. My major purchase this year is going to be for the big pots on my front porch. I want some tall and evergreen and then may underplant it. Need to be giving some serious thought to my plan.
So do I!!! One thing I love about old established neighborhoods - lots of dogwoods! Seems almost every house in my neighborhood has at least one. They are soon gong to be fading!!! I'm already seeing lots of leaves on my pink one.
Guys I have a special prayer request today. My son has a deposition for his custody hearing today at noon. He is suing his ex-wife for custody and his court date is set for next week maybe? His three precious little girls' lives hang on what is decided in the next few weeks. Please pray that he will have strength and wisdom for today's questioning. and that the court and the judge will be able to see the truth and make a wise decision. I really appreciate it - obviously it is a very long story but the story line is familiar - she is much more interested in partying and in her own desires than in being a mother, so while you are praying you could send one up that she would see the error of her ways and make some changes so their girls will have the kind of mother they deserve.
I agree Karen!!! It's a shame that so many people miss out on the most important part of their lives until it is too late. Ashley(DGD) is in counseling now and it is turning out to be mostly about her mother. Joann died and their was no choice for us!!! I pray that this woman's eyes are opened to the truth of life before someone passes and she sends a bad message to her 3 girls.
Yes definitely praying . Their lives are molded at a very young age. So many times the same behaviors are repeated unless they can get out of the bad environment. God bless your son for standing up and being a man, Karen. Love your photos
Jeri I hope Ashley can work through her issues too. God bless you for always being the rock to anchor her when she feels things are unsteady.
Thanks guys - what really stinks is that her Mom went down this same path. Got started partying, sleeping around, left her Dad and the kids to play her own games and finally lost custody of her kids, so she knows the pain she is inflicting on her own kids and yet she seems totally unable to stop herself. The girls are still too young to really have it figured out but they will soon 'get it' and that is going to be hard for them cause every little girl needs a good strong woman to guide her. But in this case at least there is a good guy who loves them and is willing to sacrifice for them and I guess that will have to do:)
Amen, to what Cindy and Jeri said, too! I totally agree! Hugs all around! I am being temporary mom this week to a little boy, age 8, who is a prime example of what ya'll are talking about. His dad got custody of him, thank goodness, when he was about 3 and he is in a stable environment now and getting the help he needs.
Karen I really thing that the who and what we are is in our genes. I talked with a niece that had been given away at birth for adoption. She couldn't understand why she was so different from her adoptive family until they told her she was adopted and a lot of her feelings and actions were family traits to our family.
Ashley was 8 days old when Joann died. She never knew her but she has the exact same mannerisms and actions as Joann. It's in the genes.
Jeri I'm glad that Ashley is talking about the problems, that's tough. It is absolutely in the genes. I take after my dad and love doing the stupid things he loves doing and its hard to hold back sometimes. In my opinion just from knowing myself and the person that I am, I chose to not have kids at a young age because I am selfish and I like partying and doing what I want to do. If I had kids I would be hurting them and myself and I didn't want to put anyone through that.
My DIL is adopted and so is her sister. They came from different families so they are not biologically related. They are day and night different in their personality. My DIL is very responsible, plans everything out (does spread sheets for Christmas presents if that tells you anything). On the other hand her sister is happy go lucky with no real thought or plans. For example she exposed a whole group of kids to some highly contagious childhood disease when she took her kid to a birthday party knowing it was likely they were coming down with something. I happened to be with my DIL when she was talking to her sister on the phone and she was telling her what happened. My DIL was saying YOU DID WHAT??? My DIL just has a hard time understanding some of the things her sister does and sometimes causes problems between the two of them. I think we all have different personalities but I understand what Jeri is saying. There are some things that just seem to be in our genes.
Yes Jeri and the problem is that a child only gets 2 biological parents and no matter how great someone else in their life is NOTHING takes the place of 2 bio parents who both love them and have it together. These girls are going to pay the price for their mother's immaturity and selfishness - I'm not saying other people can't make up for a lot of the issues but it just never quite goes away that they don't have what it seems like everyone else gets without even trying.
Crissy there is no reason why someone without kids shouldn't do whatever they enjoy - trouble is when you have kids parenting is inconsistent with some kinds of lifestyles etc. You are smart to wait until you are ready to put your children first because they need it so badly. In this case she didn't get pg accidentally she chose to have kids and then I guess it wasn't what she thought it would be and she is 30 so not like she's too young to figure it out:(
I know Charlotte it really makes me sad to think that for the next umpteen years they are going to have a hole there where knowing that you are loved and cherished should be. The can't really verbalize that yet but you see it there in the way they cling to any adult female who shows the slightest interest in them. Of course they don't know anything else but she is just so unemotionally attached to them that it is a little bit scary. And you know how a kid can take any slight and believe that there must be something wrong with them to cause that person to treat them that way. I worry that they will grow up wondering what was so wrong with them that she couldn't be there for them.
Karen sadly there is nothing you or anyone else can do to change their mother. It's going to have to come from within her. The only thing you can do is to be there for them and show them that unconditional love that she it seems she cannot. You are going to be so important in their lives! It certainly doesn't replace a loving mother but they are lucky to have a father and a grandmother like you. I know it just breaks your heart for them!! It's hard to understand that all mother's don't have that love for their children.
Oops, well, I hate to tell you that I have had one every couple days or so for the last 2 weeks! Mine has been around flowers, too. Jeff saw him once close to feeder but is not certain if he ate. I leave my feeders out year round for the rufous hummers that come this way during the winter.
I just posted on Facebook about Dian's openhouse on the 31st, (Hopes & Dreams Greenhouse) if you guys are interested. I'm working on finding out if she's going to get another shipment in before then. I'm almost possitive she is because she's not got alot of shade perennials in her back yard. but lots and lots in the full sun area and in her greenhouse. I'll be going to help support her. let me know if you guys want to meet up there and visit like we did last time. We can go to that other nursery in Bald knob also.
Thanks for the prayers guys - seems things went OK it is hard to tell in these things and we haven't had a real conversation about the details b/c the girls are out of school on spring break and they don't need to hear these things. But I do appreciate your support.
Just trying to catch up... Karen, sorry to hear about the problems with your former DIL, but I hope the hearing went well and that things turn out well for your son and the girls! Jeri, sorry to hear about Ashley's difficulties - but hope that the counseling is helping! Do they think this is related to her being sick all the time? or did they ever figure anything out on that?
I spent the day in LR yesterday with Leigh having a nuclear stress test and some other things to check out his heart. He got a great report and the doctor told him that he didn't have any sign of any heart disease! Kyle and Jessica went with us and we did a little shopping... still looking for that elusive prom dress! :) We have haven't even seen anything we really like yet! But I do think we have all her clothes for the Atlanta trip...so that is good! Alex and Natalie went to eat dinner with us so we had a nice, brief visit. Jessica has a good friend coming down from Dover today for a weekend visit. Her Dad is flying her down around 10 - and I may take off the rest of the day and go to Shreveport to a shop there and see if we can locate a dress. What I REALLY want to do is go to David Roach's or somewhere and get some more plants for my foundation planting that I really need to be working on!!!
By the way... does anyone use the cedar mulch? I know it is more expensive, but I have considered using it or topdressing with it up next to my house because someone told me a long time ago that it would help prevent termites and roaches. I am always finding termites out in my beds where they are eating on my mulch and since we have a pier and beam foundation, I don't really want to promote termites near the house. Just wondered if the cedar mulch would really help with that... Guess I could also try the pine straw at the house - but not sure I could ever come up with enough of it !!
Genna I used the cedar mulch until I found out they were cutting down our cedar trees to make it. No, I'm not stupid!!! I thought they were using the fallen trees and limbs, but NO they are cutting them down. I do not recommend cedar mulch!!!!
I've never used the cedar mulch. I've always like the pine bark better. Knew there was a reason!!!
If you have big areas between your plants that need to be mulched, put down thick layers of newspaper (at least 10 pages thick) and then put a thin layer of mulch on that to cover up the newspaper. Will keep the weeds out and want take as much mulch. I would actually do that whether I was using a heavy layer or thin layer of mulch. It keeps the weeds out and will also break down and help enhance your soil.
Hi everyone, I've been scanning all your posts, but it's been an awfully busy week at work and also in the evenings, so I haven't had time to post anything.
Karen, I hope things will work out with your son. Have been thinking about him and praying things will go in his favor so the girls will get the supportive parent they need.
DH had a sinus infection last weekend, so he has nursed that for several days and stayed in because of all the pollen, which aggravated things. I had hoped to get the garden tilled before the rains but he just couldn't do it. I did get 2 more beds weeded and mulched last weekend and transplanted some things into those beds. I also dug some hellebores from my neighbors beds and put them in the shade bed. I still need to dead-head some daffs but haven't had time in the afternoons to do that yet. I'm calling someone today I hope to come look at re-doing a few things around the house. I never got it done last year and it looks like it may be too late this year to transplant my JM. One day...
A coworker had a motorcycle accident last Sunday. She and her husband were riding Sunday with her following. They were making a left turn and it was sharper than anticipated. He made it but she laid her bike down and broke her right wrist and shattered her left humerus and broke her left shoulder. She had surgery on all on Monday and is still in the hospital. They pinned her upper arm and put a plate in her wrist. Imagine having both arms immobile and useless!! I think they are moving her to a rehab facility today but she will not be able to work for a couple of weeks. We are keeping her in our prayers for speedy recovery and healing. Her boss is looking into voice-activated software she can use to work on her computer, which I think is nice of her to do.
Thanks for the heads-up about the feeders. I plan to get mine out this weekend.
So sorry that would be horrible. I hope she is not claustrophobic because that usually includes holding down ones arms/hands. I hope she recovers quickly. She probably has lots of road burn too. I can't imagine not being able to scratch. Did you ever notice when you can't scratch you have hundreds of itches, probably imaginary. Elaine that is really nice of your boss. I'm sure she would rather work since it makes the recovery time go faster.
My bum is dragging today. Yesterday I started early, cleaned cobwebs off porch, this is a hard job 10 ft overhead and thousands since we are on water. It seems to happen over night too. I potted up all my containers for which I had plants ready and moved out all the tropicals . Made a wreck of the glass room so at 10 last night I was finishing the cleaning out there. I have a suburban full of trash to haul off today. My house is a wreck since I have really neglected it spending all my time outdoors. I will have to get something done since I have family visiting from out of town tomorrow. It may be one of those fast just hide it cleanups though since I still have so much cleanup still to do on the porch and under the house. Everytime I get all that cleaned and looking neat the wind howls and trashes it all. It is too wet to do anything in the yard. My beds look good but the grass looks awful with all those quick growing weeds. So nothing looks real neat like it does when the grass is fresh cut. Why is it when everything looks great no body sees it but you?
All that rain we got ruined the wisteria blooms. I hate that because I didn't get to enjoy the full effect. I have quite a few of those early purple irises blooming. Some are bearded but most are much like the La iris. Never have know what they are exactly. My snow ball bush is almost in full bloom. Azaleas are blooming but not putting on much of a show since they were all mixed up this year.
Yes, her boss (not mine) is our security support staff, and they are small and understaffed anyway. But she is trying to get her a laptop to work from home some with the voice-activated SW. I hope she can do that to at least pass the time part of the day. It would sure help if she can do some of her work there. There isn't a lot she can do outside the office, but some.
I hear you Cindy! We were dragging on Sunday but I was sure glad to get things cleaned up outside and pollen washed off the porches. DH wore a mask and mowed and sprayed weed killer on the grass closest to the house. Of course some of the pollen is probably back by now but maybe this rain has washed it off. I think I need an Ark today!
The trees have really leafed out since the rain yesterday. And the lilac bush was blooming out yesterday too but everything has been in full bloom...dogwood, azaleas, etc. I made a few pics from the car, lol! Will post tonight or tomorrow!
Well I thought I'd post an update since you guys were nice enough to hold my hand for my Thursday bout of panic/stress/worry. I did get to talk to my son today and he said his lawyer thought he did very well - actually his lawyer is out on vacation so this was her partner. He said he has been in the ex-wife's lawyers shoes where you really don't have much going for you so you go with what you have.
Their strategy is to prove that he 'lives to inflict pain on others' which would be a strange enough strategy for anyone else but this is my 'calm child' the one who thinks before he speaks the 'brainy' boy who has never even been in a fistfight in his life. Very quiet guy with a very soft voice. He is also super intelligent and it seems that at one point he got her lawyer so upset he had to take a break. Her lawyer has only been out of law school about 18 months so Josh said he would ask a question Josh would answer and then he say 'so you are telling me xxxxx' and Josh would say 'no that wasn't the question you asked' then he'd have to have the court reporter read the question back out of her records and it would be what Josh said it was and not the question the lawyer thought he asked.
Wow I almost kinda feel for this guy because having raised this boy I know EXACTLY how good he is a arguing a point. He was smarter than me around oh age 7 and I always felt like I was running to keep up with his analytical brain so this guy is probably feeling pretty low. But at any rate he didn't like the whole thing (I guess really who does) but he did really well and his lawyer says she is confident about the outcome. I'll be confident when I hear the judge order it:) Next Wednesday is our '2nd out court date' which apparently means we show up wait around all day to see if they have time to hear our case and if not then we will come back on May 21 for the ' 1st out court date' when we will for sure be heard. I really really hope we get in next week or I may really need some medication:)
Anyway thanks for all the prayers and thoughts it means way more than you know!!
On a happier note I took today off work and had a great day - got a LOT of little things accomplished - went to Lowe's and bought some clearance stuff - most of which I put in my daughters beds but I did buy some annuals for my tippy pots and a couple of other containers. The sky here this afternoon was gorgeous - about as blue as you could imagine. Here's a couple of pictures of it.
Karen, I personally love it (being a sorta nerdy, brainy person myself) when a person like your son can out-argue a lawyer, especially on the stand!! Love it, love it!! Especially that he had the ability to call him out on the questions the lawyer asked!! I've heard these things can take time, so hang in there. And best of luck to you all!
I know Elaine it was a little bit of subtle justice for all the crappola she has put him thru in the last 10 months. I won't go into details but ever since HER dad and step-mom tried to get her to agree to him having custody for 18 months to give her a chance to get her act together she has seriously accused him of every vile thing you can imagine. So yes I loved it as well that this guy who thought he was going to question him and confuse him and make him say something that he could use against him couldn't even keep up with his own questions. Apparently she forgot to mention that this boy is mensa smart, thinks on his feet like nobody's business and is very cool under any kind of pressure, but the proof is in the court order and I'm waiting on that. Josh says she kept interrupting her lawyer and Josh until he finally told her to 'shut up' WOW!!
Well I just made a long post and lost it!!! Will try again!
Karen I'm glad everything went well in court!!! I know you all will be glad to get the final order!!! Waiting is no fun!!
I had you all over in Feb when everything was absolutely dead!!!! Why didn't I wait until now when the azaleas are in all their glory!!! They are absolutely beautiful. Nothing but color all around the backyard. Pictures can't do it justice but I'll try a few. I tried uploading 5 and it timed me out and I lost everything so I'll just just a few at a time.
Kenny or any one else - do you know the name of this EE. My first plant purchase of the season! I stopped at Good Earth this afternoon to just look around and they had two of these up by the outside checkout. One was already sold. Their prices are really high so I thought it was going to be more than I was willing to pay. Turned out to be 29.00 and then I got an MG discount so I bought it!! Going to need a machet to get through my backyard before the summer is over!!! LOL
I keep the one I got at Rita's in a pot and it over wintered but it never got very tall last year and the leaves were about a 1/4 the size of the one I got today. I like it too! Hope I can keep this one going!
Karen, enjoyed your story about your son's court appearance. Glad to hear that they think it went well, but I know you will be glad to get the judge's opinion on it...praying that it all goes well.
Charlotte, the azaleas are gorgeous!
Can anyone tell me if the azaleas (or some types of them) are evergreen?? I had thought i was going to put lorepedulum (sp) in front of my long porches, but I have just about decided that I don't want that because they look so dead in the winter... but I was thinking the azaleas would lose their leaves too... just not sure what to use there! I sure love the azaleas but I don't want the entire front of the porch looking dead all winter!
It was a beautiful day...wish I had been home working in the yard, instead I was in the yard at Alex's painting some things. Oh well, maybe someday we will finish this project !!
All azaleas are evergreen. That's why I planted mine years ago. They serve as a screen year round. Well I take that back - native azaleas lose their leaves - but they are not the kind you see in nurseries. Native azaleas are very hard to find in most nurseries.
I bought this thing about 6 months ago at a yard sale and i was wanting to plant in it, I'm going to get some moss from Dian but I keep forgetting, I'm not sure what to plant in it. do you think low growing sedums in all the parts would look good? I didn't want to put annuals in it. cause I don't want to fill it every year, what do you all think I could put in it or should I just put it in the bathroom and put towels and wash clothes in it lol
Think some taller varieties in the bottom would look good? i have a bunch of sedums in pots and so far they've done well but the last week we had major storms and I have noticed aphids on alot of the sedums out there, and lots of lady bugs or else i would have put seven dust all over the sedums to kill out the aphids, I hope the full sun this next week will help bring them back to life again, and kill out the aphids. I don't have too many low growing sedums, I'll have to buy every one of them lol good thing I'm heading to Rita's soon. I don' think i've seen alot of low growing sedums over there though.
I have one that I have growing in a hanging basket and also have the same thing growing on the ground.. I also have some of it in a hyper tufa pot and it creeped out of the pot and is now growing in the ground along with my ajuga. I'll bring some with me at Dian's.
That's a gorgeous container, Kathy-Ann. Hen-and-chicks would look great and they begin to trail slightly. You could put different varieties of sedums on each level too. Lots of good choices out there. You might try planting something taller in the middle that would add a little more height and interest.
Charlotte, your azaleas are gorgeous. I haven't had time to post pics here, but posted some barn pics over on the farm life thread where there are some fun things. The dogwoods have been just beautiful this year all around our property. I'll try to get to it tonight. I don't have many azaleas...lost some a few years ago in that late freeze and in '07 when DH turned off the sprinkler system and then forgot to water while I was gone for a month. I was really hot over that one...he thinks a little rain here and there takes care of things. Yeah right, in the middle of August, right? I'm still not over it losing 3 mature azaleas can you tell?
Yes I can tell Elaine!!!!LOL
Azaleas do need a lot of water. I've raised them since 1966. Before I had my sprinkler system put in I had a soaker hose running through all of them. My next door neighbor lost a bunch of mature azaleas in his back yard last year. I kept telling them they needed water but he would just put out an oscillating sprinkler for his grass and expect it to be enough water for his azaleas.! I haven't gotten over that one yet either and they weren't even my azaleas. The roots have to be thoroughly soaked as soon as they so any signs of wilt. I also have a really thick layer on pine straw on mine.
Yes I can tell Elaine!!!!LOL
Azaleas do need a lot of water. I've raised them since 1966. Before I had my sprinkler system put in I had a soaker hose running through all of them. My next door neighbor lost a bunch of mature azaleas in his back yard last year. I kept telling them they needed water but he would just put out an oscillating sprinkler for his grass and expect it to be enough water for his azaleas.! I haven't gotten over that one yet either and they weren't even my azaleas. The roots have to be thoroughly soaked as soon as they so any signs of wilt. I also have a really thick layer on pine straw on mine.
Oh... well, I didn't know azeleas needed a large amount of water...so that might not work for me with all that sand! I am trying hard to get the soil amended but it sure takes a LOT of something to alter that sand effect !!
KA - that is a cute piece... I am sure it will look great when you get finished!
I have lost more azaleas over the years than I wan to think about, but I have some I have had for thirty years. They are a dwarf variety but are over my head now.
I can't believe how everything is blooming at the same time right now. I have daffodils and redbuds blooming with iris and clematis, and roses in between. lol This early warm weather has everything off schedule. Including me! Everything is going to be up in my beds before I can get amy mulching done. I have seeds up everywhere already, Jap. morningglories, zinnias, poppies.
Wish you guys were close. I am digging up that huge bed in front of the building and doing away with it. It is full of daylilies, iris, penstomens, mums and a little of everything else. Hate to loose this bed as it is one of my good full sun beds but it has to go, along with some more later on.
Oh my...sure wish I was closer. I need some sun plants ! I went to look locally yesterday and they only had annuals and a couple of things that I already have, and azealeas! That is it !! I was so disappointed... annuals everywhere but I really don't want just annuals!
Genna you need to go over to Magnolia to Pittman's. They also have a big wholesale growing area (not at the retail site) and furnish plants to nurseries all over the state. I've driven all the way from Little Rock just to go to it. I've always found their plants very healthy and they have some different things. Not that far from Camden. If I was as close as you I'd be over there every week.
I may be biting off more than I can chew but I worked on my garden plot today. I wanted to add some amendments to the soil although the soil we have is some we bought and looks pretty good. I bought 35, 40 lb bags of humus peat and 2 huge sacks of perlite. So I got my exercise carrying the 40 lb bags from my truck to the plot. I was able to drive my truck down close to my plot. I still have a few things I plan to add to it. Now comes the fun part of trying to mix it up some and get it smoothed out. I bought me the neatest hoe - one of those triangle things with a super sharp point. It does the work!
Already planning what I'm going to plant!!
I may be feeding everyone on my cul de sac!!! LOL
I got some of the caladium bulbs I saved from last year potted up and put them in the mini green house. Still have a lot more of those to pot and then I also ordered a bunch this year.
Terrye wish we were closer! Hate to see all those homeless plants!!! Guess that's what happens - we just plant and plant and then realize we just have way too much to take care of!!! LOL Then dig it all up!
Genna, I just happened to think about a nursery that used to be in Camden. I worked Camden when I was with the US Chamber of Commerce. I always looked up the nurseries in every town I was in. I remember a really neat nursery close to the downtown area. There is a shopping center with a grocery store, large office supply store, and a number of other stores. There is a bank or something that sits sort of to one side in the middle. I'm remembering the nursery being not too far from that on the street that runs into downtown. I may not be quite right on the location. It was close to the street and maybe on a corner. I spend several weeks in Camden and went in there a number of times. Is that nursery still there???
Yes, the one with the roses. The roses on the fence will stay along with the crape myrtles, but just about everything else goes. We'll leave a small border along the fence but take the rest back in the lawn to mow. I dug a few things out of it and tucked them in the other beds.
Jeri, I lost my red twig dogwood several years ago or I would root you one. I have a rose in it's place now.
Yes, Charlotte, Four Seasons is still there...at least I think that is the one you are referring to. They have a lot of shrubs - and some annuals but not a lot else. Seems like everyone in camden is just going to annuals - guess they make more money that way! Although I think the nurseries are having a hard time this year because their merchandise should really just be arriving and people have already been planting for weeks! The azeleas that some places have are already past bloom stage because I assume they were shipped from the deep south and probably bloomed weeks ago! I really wanted to pick them out while they were blooming so I could be sure of the color. In fact, I really wanted to plant the encore, but man they are expensive!!
Charlotte how big is your raised bed?? I would love to do a raised garden, but I know filling it would cost a small fortune...
Just have to share some good news - Jessica found out last night that she received the Governor's scholarship for our county...one per county based on the county you live in - not where you go to school. One of her classmates also received it for an adjoining county. We were super excited... 4 thousand per year!! 16 total... With God's blessing, we are slowly chipping away at that huge college bill !! So thankful for that tremendous blessing!! Everything she has received so far is renewable which means it will help reduce each years' bill and not just the first one! We have 5K per year to go... nothing to sneeze at, but a long way from almost 28K per year!! Of course, we also realize tuition and fees will go up each year but at least this will make a major dent!
This is a beautiful day...sure wish I was home working in my yard... instead, I better end my break and get back to work here! :) Have a great day everyone!!
Shanna has gotten some of them and one of the girls that works for us, so I can visit them! I still have a huge amsonia I have to get out plus a GoldenSpirit Smoke tree to move.
Sandra, do you have Ida's Magic? I have lost mine and that is one daylily I would love to keep.
Since you can't go that weekend to Memphis, you and I need to go to Rita's one day on our own. I'd love to see her annuals and get some of my pots ready.
Genna that is so good for Jessie!!! I know there will be more!!! Have you checked with different clubs like Lions, Rotary, etc. Our electric company is a coop and they offer a scholarship for college. Our MG group is offering a scholarship to an Ag student. It's amazing the companies that do offer assistants.
Terrye I'm sorry that you lost that red twig dogwood. It was beautiful and looked happy where it was.
Oh Jeri, believe me when I say we have tried to check with everyone and spent hours searching on the internet etc. We applied to a state DAR (Daughters of the AMerican Revolution) because my MIL was REALLY into that , but we found out a few weeks ago that we didn't receive it. We have applied or are applying to a location Jr Leadership, BPW, Rotary,Jaycees, and also to a state American Legion - missed out on one from the American Legion Auxiliary that I actually received as a senior, but I searched the wrong thing and didnt realize the auxiliary was different than the AL. We applied to an AT&T that is only available to employees - but they only offer a small number nation wide - neither boy ever received it, but since Jess has over a 4.0 and a good ACT she might have a shot. Then the "Women of AT&T" have one in Arkansas - it is 500 - one time only, but we have applied to it too! We have applications out on over 15 scholarships that haven't been awarded yet - 3 more going out at least by THursday, and several that will be going out next week !! Plus, she goes to Atlanta on April 12 and has a chance to double that Coca-cola scholarship. She has a 10K now - 2,500 per year, but 52 of the 252 people will get a 20K scholarship! But, after she got that one last night, Leigh and I both told her not to stress over the additional money at the Coke thing, but to just try to go and enjoy the moment and have a great time. If it is meant to be, she will get it, if not, we have faith there will be something else to help out. We just feel truly blessed that she has gotten as much help as she has!
By the way, the one thing that has seemed to thrive and multiply like crazy in my beds is the double phlox that we got from Jim. Does anyone need any of it... I have some plants that are coming up outside my bed even, and I thought I would try to pot them up before Leigh mows if anyone is interested. Of course, I realize if I have tons of it - probably everyone else does too, but I thought I would ask. If no one wants it, I think I am just going to relocate the new babies to a different bed! It was so beautiful last year and bloomed almost the entire summer!
That great new about Jessie's scholarship!!! Know you are proud of her!
I worked out at Wildwood this morning and then we walked around and looked at things for a while. Just had my iphone but took a few pictures. \
This afternoon I worked down at my garden plot and have it all ready to plant. Need to figure out where I'm going to plant what. My space is 30 ft long and 12 ft wide - the actual bed width is 4 ft. So I have over 60 ft of 4 ft wide planting space. I say over 60 ft because I have the 12 ft ends and the corners are actually deeper. It's shaped like a C. I'm posting a picture.
The first picture is my raised bed ready for planting. The next ones are at Wildwood. We have some beautiful Native Azaleas.
Here is my actual project at Wildwood. We are getting ready to plant around this walkway that was just built. It is a bog area. There is a natural spring in the area. We do lots of manual work with our project. This morning we shoveled and spread lots of mulch and raked up and dumped a bunch of leaves. We have an area we dump all the leaves in.
My raised bed is very close to my house. It is actually directly behind the house across the street from me. There is a creek that runs behind the houses across the street and we have a bridge that goes over the creek. The pathway for it is between two houses two doors down from me. I can even easily take my wheel barrow over there through the path. I think it is really going to bring our neighborhood closer together and we are already a pretty close neighborhood. I've already met a number of people I didn't know before. One is a young stand at home mom with two kids under 7. Her mom is a plant person (lives in Kentucky) and she has her mother's love of plants. She is probably in her early 30's and keeps asking me to go plant places with her. But I just haven't been able to work it in my schedule. Then at the other end of the spectrum I've met some folks in their eighties. Good mixture of ages all working together!
Cindy sorry I missed you tonight but I wanted to let you know that the NO Botanical sale is April 14 & 15. Let me know and you are more than welcome to come stay and go with us. I usually meet up with Emily but she has been tax crazy lately so I haven't even talked to her.
OK guys just letting you know that we found out yesterday at 5:45 that we will be the 1st case heard in court today for my son's custody hearing. If you could just pray for strength for us and wisdom for the judge that would be so appreciated.
Today is a very big day because whoever wins custody picks up the girls from school and has them until whatever the 1st visitation ordered by the judge is set for. So should we lose we will not see the girls for probably 2 weeks - no goodbye and no opportunity to explain the situation to them:(
Yes it is 4 am and yes I should be sleeping:) Thanks guys!!! I'll post when I know something.
Just getting a chance to catch up Karen, but I am saying prayers as I type... and will continue to do so until we hear an update! May God open the judges eyes and may he see the truth
May God give you all strength today... I am sure it is going to be hard on everyone!
Charlotte, that sounds great about the gardening area! It will be a fun time by all I am sure, and you are right in that by getting to know everyone around the neighborhood, it will bring everyone closer! I grew up in a rural community where everyone knew everyone and we could all call on each other for help when we needed it, borrowed sugar or a stick of butter many times because we only went to "town" once a week! :) Nowadays, when you really need some assistance you have to really stop and think about who might be willing to come!
Looks like another gorgeous day! ...well, back to work... :(
Charlotte, those raised beds are going to be really nice. So is this a neighborhood vegetable garden project? I may have missed that but that will be so much fun!
Wildwood is beautiful and it looks like you have tackled quite a project. What do you plan to put around the path? Is this a Master Gardener project or just something you enjoy doing?
Genna, so wonderful to hear about Jessie's scholarships! I know y'all have worked hard to get to this point and are so proud of her! Even if she got nothing else at this point, she is well on her way!!
Yes Elaine this is a neighborhood vegetable garden project. Our POA paid for the lumber, dirt, water line, etc. A lot of us volunteered and got the area cleared and the beds built. the guy that initiated it is an architect and drew up the plans. Very professional. We even have a color layout on a permanent sign. We rent the plot we want for a very nominal fee which helps defray some of the cost. My plot is $50 for the year. Smaller ones are $25.
The area I showed with the board walk is my MG project. One of the ladies in my group is an artist and is very good at designing. So she has drawn up a plan with all the plants in it. It will take us a while to complete the project. Some of the things we will initially put in are EE's, rice paper plant, liqualara (sp), butter burr, LA iris, reeds.
OK I am back and thankful for your prayers WE WON!!! He got primary custody - she did get a pretty good amount of visitation so we will see how that goes. One of the hardest days of my life but thankfully it is over - we picked up the girls after school and it was strange since we were all reeling still and they were oblivious (thankfully) their only concern was why Gran, Dad and Aunt Kate were picking them up:) I am exhausted! Again thanks for your support.
Karen, that is wonderful, and an answer to everyone's prayers! I know it is truly a joyful day for you all, but hard to truly 'celebrate' too much as well. It will still be difficult I'm sure but that is one hurdle you've jumped.
Karen that is wonderful news! I know it is such a relief!!
Kathy Ann those are what they call native azaleas. They are not easy to find. All the leaves fall off during the winter and look pretty barren but they are sure pretty in the spring and they have a wonderful smell.
Here is a picture of our sign for the garden which shows what it's supposed to end up looking like. The C shaped raised bed that I have was not on his original design but he decided to do a couple in place of the small beds. We will have our water hooked up by Friday. I planted some onion sets this afternoon. The blue you see on each side is a creek. The piece of land is a pie with a creek running on both sides.
Charlotte, that looks like a wonderfully thought-out design. I know it's exciting to be part of a new effort. Huntsville's Botanical Garden started out that way. Nothing much but a piece of raw ground that has turned into something spectacular over the years thanks to a lot of hard work (and donations) along it's now 25 year history. It now boasts wildflower gardens, trillium beds, and other unusual features in addition to hardscape areas you can rent and a butterfly house and childrens garden.
Thanks guys I'm not quite feeling victorious yet as I am still a little frustrated by the things that were said yesterday. The sting of it is beginning to fade and the excitement about moving on is starting. Wanted to share a picture of my boys with their 5 kids after the victory supper at Chick-fil-a last night. We also had victory snowcones when they got out of school:)
Just got word that a dear DG friend has had a reoccurrence of bladder cancer. They have found 2 tumors for sure and possibly a 3rd tumor, but won't know for sure until they do surgery on Fri. The 13th. Please lift her up in prayer that God will give her the strength to make it thru this trial.
I was talking to someone about plant caddies - don't remember who. But Tuesday Morning has a great plant dolly now. It is very sturdy metal and the base sits right to the ground so you can just slide the plant over on to it and the back is curved to fit the pot and there is an adjustable holder that you can slide to hold the pot in place. It has "finger" that go inside the pot. It is $29 and is in a box. You have to assemble it. It's small enough to get around easy but yet sturdy.
Is it too early to plant tomatoes? I bought some plants from a friend. She grew them from seed and told me I would need to bump them up to a little larger pot soon. I've had them about a week and half and was going to bump them up today and my goodness they have grown!! Another week and they will be huge! I've had them sitting in the shade back in the back.
Charlotte, kim , Loretta, Sarah & Kim's husband Geoff (spelling) met up in Bald knob today to support Dian's open house at Hopes & Dreams Nursery and to spend alittle money lol had a great time!! and yep, I spent alittle money.
came home and worked in the garden this evening, got the tomatoes planted, along with 2 rows of purple hull peas and the peppers. tomorrow we're going to plant more purple hull peas and squash thinking that will be it for a few weeks, then we'll plant the dill and the cucumbers and we'll just see what else we can get in the veggie garden, also going to plant sweet potatoes.
I did get a chance to put the spagum moss all around the edges and bottom of this three tier planter today. I am going to fill it with low growing sedums and rock garden type plants, like Ice plants and i got a couple euphorbias to put in there, I don't have many low growing sedums right now so it will have to be an on going process, hopefully I'll find some when we go to Rita's
here's the planter Ready for the dirt . A few other pics too since i can post more than one at atime. ;0) that second pic, I forget what it's called, variegated yellow rose of texas? I forgot. i also forgot the third picture, some sort of beauty plant? first time it's bloomed.
That container is going to look so pretty when it is all planted!!! Sarah and I stopped by BJ's and bought more plants on the way home!!!!! We were maxed by the time we got home. I showed her my garden plot on the way home. Then I changed clothes and went back and planted strawberries Kathy Ann brought me. Also got my tomatoes, some herbs, carrot seed, squash, cantaloupe and a watermelon planted. I have some other seed I'm going back to plant tomorrow. It's beginning to look like a garden!!! I already have sweet yellow and purple onions planted and broccoli and Brussels sprouts planted.
I hope it will look good, we might have to move it to more sun for the sedums. i hope to leave it out all winter too.
If any body knows what those two plants are, let me know . I think Terrye use to have one of those beauty bushes at one time, just wasn't sure that is what that thing is. I keep it in a pot all the time.
Don't know what those plants are but they are pretty!
Need to work on getting some more order in my yard tomorrow!! Love my stuff I got at Hopes and Dreams. Since I have a raised bed in my garden plot I think I'm going to buy some small pots of petunias and let them trail over the sides!! That way I'll add a little color!!
UUUUGGGGGGHHHH I just a post typed and LOST it ! So frustrating !!
Sounds like ya'll had a fun day plant shopping! I have to be in Searcy for a wedding shower on April 15... how far is it to Bald Knob from there??? :) Might need to check this place out...
Jeri, so sorry to hear about your friend, but I hope she is able to hold tight to her faith. I know it must be disappointing for it to reoccur, but tell her we are all praying for her!
I need some HELP! Alex's neighbors' bamboo is taking over his yard!! Leigh cut down one last week and the stalk was back to 4' today! It is spreading like wildfire and I need to know if there is any way to eradicate it - preferably without killing the neighbor's bamboo too! Next weekend it looks like we will be working to tame the jungle instead of working on the house! Any suggestions appreciated! Anyone with bamboo experience???
Thanks! HOPEFULLY this will post this time.. been a long day and i am headed to bed!
Oh yeah, Home Depot has their cypress mulch on sale for a 1.27 a bag if ya'll need any. So far, I have 140 bags and hope to get more tomorrow!! The 20 bags I bought a couple of weeks ago cost me 2.97 each! Maybe I will get to finish my foundation planting after all... well, IF I can find some TIME! :)
Glad Yall had so much fun and ONLY spent a little!!! LOL!!!
Beautiful KA!!! That is gonna look great when you finish it.
Genna the only way to stop bamboo is to dig down and place a metal barrier. I just cut mine below the soil surface and usually that will get it. Right now the new shoots are coming up but in a little while they will stop for the season and that is when I just whack off what I don't want around. That is what I did yesterday. I cut the small canes out to make room for the bigger ones. It was quiet a job!!!!
You would think the rock would be a barrier, but I guess not.
Here is a quote from google.
"To prevent a running bamboo from spreading, a “rhizome barrier” is essential. A barrier two or three feet deep is effective. It should be slanted outward at the top so that when the rhizomes hit the barrier they will bend upwards. A barrier does not stop a running rhizome; it only deflects it. The barrier should project an inch or two above ground level. Check the barrier once a year, and cut off rhizomes that arch over the top.
Barriers can be concrete, or metal, or plastic. The usual recommendation is high-density polypropylene, 40 mil or heavier, glued or taped at junctions, or clamped with stainless-steel clamps. This material comes in rolls, or as hinged sections, and is available from some landscape suppliers and bamboo nurseries, frequently termed root barrier. More elaborate barriers with corner posts that hold the material at the proper angle are also available.
Root barrier is available from some bamboo growers. Look for “Rhizome barriers” in the Plant and Product Suppliers’ List.
A pond or stream can also act as an effective barrier."
I don't know if any of you use the Gardening by the moon, but since Charlotte asked about planting tomatoes I though I would post a link. looks like Thursday is the first good day for tomatoes this month.
My next door neighbor has a small patch of bamboo in his back yard and he wants to keep it contained to a small area and I want him to keep it in his yard!!!. Jeri you or someone told me to put down the metal barrier and I told him to do that. It is working. But it is just a small area and he is young and strong and he worked like crazy to get the barrier down but it seems to be working. He keeps a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't escape his barrier.
Jeri the bamboo Genna is talking about has been there for years and I would guess to be 20 ft tall or more and probably runs 150 ft or so in length. I bet it has developed such a tight tough root system it will be almost impossible to cut through! What seems like rock could actually be root.
Genna almost every yard in LR is full of rock. Out at Wildwood we dig a hole with a pick. We have to loosen rock and remove as we dig. For some reason my own yard doesn't have rock. A gardener lived here before me and I think she had topsoil brought in and I think she also probably got rid of a lot of the rock in the yard. Down at our garden area where Randy shoved things around with the tractor you can see all kind of rock. One reason we did raised bed.
Sandra we did a cross post. One of my MG friends does a big garden and she told me about the moon phase gardening. I had never heard of it before. She told me where to go to find it (one of local nurseries has a link on their website). That's actually why I planted my stuff Fri and Sat. I figured it sure couldn't hurt anything!! I bought my tomato plants from her. She grows them from seed and sells her surplus. I bought 10 plants from her - all different varieties. Thought I would see which one I liked the best. She sells them for $1 each which is a lot less than what I would pay at a nursery and they are nice healthy plants. She said the seed for the tomato plants were planted by the moon.
Like the chart says - today I plan to work on getting a mulch path down in front and behind my bed.
I never put out tomatoes before the 15th of April until last year. Older folks did their gardens on Good Friday, and called Sat-rotten Sat, said any seeds planted on the Sat before Easter would rot in the ground. I do believe this is an old wives tale as no one really knows for sure the date of Easter, also when the women of the family had to start working in public, that was a holiday--LOL !
It seems our climate is changing and planting tomatoes a little earlier really made a difference in ours. They tasted great. my brother in law put his out later, as he was watching for a certain kind he wanted to plant and it had gotten so hot by the time he put his out they had NO taste, you could not tell them from cold storage tomatoes. Of course mine had been out for a while, but when it got so hot they quit bearing.
I have to go to town tomorrow. We finally bit the bullet and got a new car yesterday. Jerry drives an hour each way to work so we got him a Mazda 3. I have not even driven it yet, but I will drive it tomorrow to do the fun stuff, tag and insurance. I will probably get my plants tomorrow if they have any I want in Ripley, usually the co-op has some good plants.
gardening by the Moon is a forum here, you can go to the forum, but I only posted the April link. The girl that does it, posts each month.
Sandra know Jerry will enjoy his new car! I know what you mean about shopping for one. I hate having to buy a new car!!! It's always such an ordeal for me. The last car I bought the salesman probably thought I was a real loon! I walked into the dealership and within 10 minutes found the car I wanted and we were able to get a price negotiated that I was willing to pay. I drove off the lot with a new car! LOL
What he didn't know was I had been doing a lot of research on line for several months and knew exactly what I wanted and what I thought I should have to pay for it and how much my old car was worth. Now it has a 120,000 miles on it but I plan to drive it as long as I can!!!
KathyAnn, the beauty bush, Kolkwitzia amabilis, is Dreamcatcher. I think we bought ours the same day in Memphis. Mine has not bloomed yet though. I moved it last year and shocked it bad. But it has leafed out already this spring and is doing okay. Love the blooms.
I put out a few tomatoes and they have already doubled in size. They are loving the weather.
Good morning all
Jeri so sorry to hear about our friend prayers being said.
Genna this was an interesting comment on getting rid of bamboo. After 3 years of fighting it on his land and a common area he says it is all but gone. I also wanted to suggest renting a trencher to dig down as deep as you can to put out that bearer. I didn't read the article so I don't know if they suggested that. I don't know exactly how deep a trencher will dig but it should help to get it started. We rented a trencher to bury an electrical line when we couldn't break the ground with a pickax.
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The reason herbicide fails with bamboo is that a grove is one plant with interconnected root system. The herbicide will kill the roots locally but the plant will survive elsewhere and regenerate. Try this. Cut off all bamboo stalks 4 to six inches from the ground. Fill a large oil can with round-up (12 TBS of 51 % concentrate/gal). Split each stalk once with a machete, to expose more cambium surface area, and apply one squirt of round-up to each split stump. Repeat this twice a year for 2 to 3 years. The grove will die, but you must not leave any shoots that are part of the colony untreated. The city dumped an entire load of ready-mix concrete (Don't ask why.)down a hillside near my garden. The hillside was covered with bamboo. Mulching it with 6 inches of concrete did not phase it!, but the treatment above has nearly eliminated the bamboo. The last bit is headed for bamboo heaven as I write this. Now, how do I get rid of the concrete?
Sandra so glad for you and Jerry about the new car. I am sure the newer ones get better gas mileage and as far as Jerry has to drive each day the saving will probably help pay the note. Last weekend our 22 year old suburban that we use at the camp motor burned up. Jimbo said he was going to have to put a new motor in it. I suggested since my suburban was almost 11 years old that he take it over there and buy me a newer one. It has less than 90,000 miles on it and it is 4 wheel drive. The reason we bought a four wheel drive was to be able to take it back and forth to the Island. Although my reasoning was good he looked at me like I was crazy. Oh well I guess I will be driving my suburban until it is 22 years old although I would be 72. I'm not sure I would still be able to pull myself up in it. Just hoping I outlive it. LOL
Kathy Ann Love your container I am sure it will look awesome when you get it planted. A nice excuse to buy more plants.
Charlotte the planters look amazing. I can't wait to see pictures when they are all planted and green. Glad y'all had such a good time getting together. Well I said I wasn't going anywhere because of the price of gas but I have always wanted to go to the NO botanical gardens. I have always heard it is so beautiful. I am going to go down and spend the night at Jeri's and go with her and Mary to NO. At least we can share the gas and no hotel rooms to pay for since it is a day trip. Hopefully Emily will be able to go too. Jeri says she always finds unusual plants too. This trip is not about buying plants for me. I just want to see the gardens. I am not getting any younger so I better go while I can still drive there.
I have really been working around here. All the daylilies in the pen have been dug up but not all put back in the ground.
We had a terrible log jam on our stairs to the water. We put the boat in and spent 3 hours yesterday removing those dead trees that had floated down river and been trapped. It was tough wrangling those large trees since all we had was rope. I wish we had a grappling hook to make it easier. Some of those logs had been trapped for a couple years. When the river is up it brings down more trash and it really looked nasty. We even had someone's rotted floating dock trapped in there. Any way nothing could flow through there so the pileup was getting worse everyday. It really looks nice now. I don't know how long it will stay unjammed but at least it is free flowing right now and that current is fast when the river is this high. It is not anywhere near flooding but much higher than normal right now.
first picture is the pen with all the daylilies removed. second is my snowball bush, third is Byzantine glads
Boy does the pen look different!!! That was a real job getting all those day lilies out of there!!
Love your blooms! My clematis are really blooming like crazy too. I took some pictures this morning but don't have time to upload them right now.
Cindy, Alex's problem with the bamboo is that it belongs to the neighbor and has crossed the fence and gotten into his yard. Trenching is probably about the only thing he can do. If he killed the neighbors bamboo I think he will have one mad neighbor. This neighbor has surrounded his entire house and lot on all sides with bamboo. This is a regular city lot and the only thing you can see of the house is a small amount of the roof from one angle. They have an opening just around their garage door. They pull into the garage and disappear!! The garage is close to the street. There is a house on the other side and I bet they do something to keep it out of their yard. Whoever lived in Alex's house before allowed the bamboo to come into his yard. Hence the problem!
Sandra, congratulations on the new car! I am sure that will help out on the commuting expenses! Kyle looked at some mazda when he was car shopping but I can't remember which one. I remember it drove well.
Cindy, I love the broom bush - is it a tropical? Love that yellow~ I have several clematis blooming as well... one on about a 5" vine! Not sure why it is so short, but the bloom is pretty - just on the ground almost!
Yes, Alex's bamboo is coming from the neighbors who have a large established grove! His yard is extremely rocky... I don't even know if a trencher could cut it...??? Never tried using a trencher in rock before... His back yard is a mess with all that rock, and his privacy fence needs some repair in places which we can easily do ourselves IF we could figure out how to dig post holes in ROCK! He needs to landscape a large area of the back yard so he doesn't have to attempt to mow it - the "mowing" back there will need to be done with a weedeater. But, I know he won't have the money to landscape any time soon...
Charlotte, do you know if LR allows you to purchase a burn permit? to burn limbs, etc? He has several limbs and leaves in his back yard that we will attempt to clean up this weekend and it would be a lot easier and faster if we were allowed to burn, but I didn't figure that was legal...
Once again, I had a large post typed and lost it, so I don't remember if I covered everything again or not!
Worked over 12 hrs in my yard yesterday trying to play catch up...I was exhausted and sore but I did make some progress - although I doubt anyone would notice as they drive by!!!
LR does allow some limited burn permits but I doubt seriously they would allow him to have one being adjacent to commercial property. I can tell you it is also not a way to win a popularity contest with your neighbors!! My crazy neighbor behind me got one and burned his leaves. All the smoke came into my backyard and my neighbors backyard and stayed right out our back door. We couldn't even go outside and the smell came into our house. I called to report him is how I found out he got a permit!!! He did it another year without a permit and flames were shooting up above the fence after dark. I couldn't tell what was on fire so I called the fire department afraid the neighbor was about to catch on fire.
The city here picks up yard waste every week. You just need to drag the limbs out by the street - not in the street but in your yard next to the street. If they are huge limbs they may tag it for later pickup. The leaves will need to be bagged and also put out by the street. I had two huge piles of debris for the last 2 weeks and they picked them up both times. It ran almost the length of my front yard and about 4 ft tall!
Cindy, love the pics! My clematis are going strong with several of my late ones putting on buds. I have some new ones I can't wait to see. Even when I quit buying plants last year I couldn't resist the clematis. I have a few more I want this year.
Do ya'll use a hand auger? Or one on the back of a tractor? We have a tractor, and a post hole digger for it, but no way to get it into his yard unless we take down fence first... plus, hauling it to LR and back and getting it unloaded up there would be a pain, but guess it could be done! I will save that project for a later date! Got my hands full as it is for now. He had carpet put down today in his master bedroom, which except for re-installing part of the stair case railing, and installing a light above the bathroom vanity in the new bathroom , the upstairs is done!! :)
I just wasn't looking forward to dragging all that stuff to the front... his yard is so rocky and uneven it makes it hard to walk, but we will get it done. Might attempt to take a wheel barrow and see if that helps or hurts the situation.
Do you have to call for them to pick up the limbs etc or do they just come by periodically?? Thanks for the info!
Cindy, we got a really heavy rain here too, but Leigh said it was a lot worse in Magnolia. knocked a lot of the blooms off my Lady Banks rose that had been loaded. But, believe it or not, we really needed the rain ... that we got 2 weeks ago must have all ran off because the river is still out of its banks but when we were planting some trees yesterday our ground was still like concrete in places because it was so dry! hard to believe after we got so much rain, but guess it just fell too fast...??
Genna the yard waste people come by every week and pick up limbs, leaves, etc. They come by here every Tues. Not sure what day they would come by his house. No you don't have to call they just come by every week. That is part of his water bill fee. Really big things they will sometime put a green tag on it that means it is too big for them to pick up and another truck will pick it up later. He needs to meet some of his neighbors and they will tell him how things work. Natalie will probably have more time to meet them after she moves in. They will figure it all out!!
If you will look around lots of and lots of people have huge piles of yard waste in the front of their house this time of year. When you live in a mature neighborhood it requires a lot of pruning every year. I put a huge pile out in front of my house today. This is the third week I've done that and have lots more to go.
Just have to remember that he is in the city and we do things different here than in small towns or out in the country!! LOL
Yes Cindy that's what we use. Forgot to tell her that. We also use a heavy duty cordless drill with a really long bit on it to drill holes to plant bulbs, etc. I'm also serious about using a pick to dig a hole. We can't just dig a hole with a shovel. We have to start the hole with a heavy pick and then remove rock...use the pick some more...remove more rock...until we finally get a hole big enough to plant in. We do lots of manual work at our project. Not for the faint of heart!! LOL
Please be careful using augers as I know a girl who got her shirt tail in one and died, she worked for the phone company. It was one of my sisters in-laws.
We just got back from the hospital, Heather went in late this afternoon for a scheduled stress test and her blood pressure was so high, they put her in. They got it down some and they are planning on delivering Justin Case Geyer at 7:30am. If it goes back out of control through the night they will go ahead with the section. She is right at 36 weeks, but they are saying he is a big baby. Please say prayers for them both.
Praying for them Sandra!!! Hope they can keep her blood pressure down! One of my grandson's is named Justin.
Genna it just occurred to me that you may be talking about small dead sticks and limbs that fall out of trees. If that is what you are talking about they need to be put in a large lawn waste bag (like you would use for leaves) or in a large garbage container. I'm talking about big limbs or branches to just put by the street. Or big things you prune. The city furnishes a trash can for garbage and a container for recycling but you have to buy your own container for yard waste. Just the big plastic garbage cans like to can buy at Wal Mart. I always keep two or three. Stuff is always falling out of the trees and I just put it in a garbage can and put it by the street on yard waste day. I can also just take it in the back yard and fill it up as I move it around the yard.
Charlotte I have the same problem here. This used to be the company my husband works for rock unloading site. They make asphalt. They boat the rock from states like Kentucky and Arkansas and off load it from the river. They had spread rock around the land so the dump trucks that were loaded with thousands of lbs of rock didn't get stuck. So I have small rock that has been pounded in the ground by dump trucks for years. When you have small rock compressed it makes a barrier like concrete except you can dig it out once you get 10 or 12 rocks started out. Just time consuming and tedious work. I used to have to start every hole around here with an steel auger on a corded drill. I still have to in certain areas. When we moved here we had someone plant trees with those gigantic tree spade. He said this was the hardest ground he had ever tried to to drill. Like you I am sure these areas will not hold water. I have to water the rocky areas every day to keep things alive during the summer.
Cindy, I too love your combo of yellow knockouts, clematis and iris. All your blooms are beautiful!
Sandra, praying for you all this morning. Hope all goes well and that Justin comes into this world peacefully and Heather has no problems.
Genna, DH has a gas-powered auger and he has used it on occasion to dig planting holes for me as well as fence post holes when he didn't want to drag the tractor out with the auger on it. It works well, but as Sandra said, be careful with a big one. The one he has is made for one person but there are larger ones that require 2 people to operate. And yes, keep loose clothing away, and if you are trying to dig thru suspected rock, I'd be very careful. It might not work at all.
Note: by the time I got this posted, Justin is already here!! Congratulations!!
Got some of my azaleas trimmed and remains hauled to the street before the yard waste people came this morning.
Then got my Easter "basket" stuff mailed to the boys. Making chocolate chip cookies now to mail to the family. I'll pack each one of them a container so I'm making them small so I can pack them better. I just use those Glad containers. Takes more time though!! Need to get them to the PO by 5!
Cindy it's been cloudy and overcast all day. A few drops of rain fell - not enough to even wet anything. You must be getting the after math of the Dallas storm. Hope it doesn't head this way. Stay safe!!
We actually need rain. I need to get out and water some stuff in the front in pots before they die!!
We are getting some rain (and thunder and lightning) right now and boy did we need the rain. I could do without the storms though. We got the garden tilled and raked this afternoon and I fertilized some things before the rains started coming in and I quit. I put out Osmocote granules on almost all my perennials (DLs, coneflowers, etc) but I didn't get to everything yet. Maybe tomorrow I'll finish.
Has anyone heard from Sandra about Heather? I saw Justin's pic on FB. He looks long!
We have made it home again, it is so good to know all of you will pray for me in time of need. I was so scared on the way back to the hospital. The doc never really gave us any explanation about why that happened, but they think she will be fine now, thanks again for being my good friends and praying for us today, love you all.
When we left Heather still had not got to see him, they had a little tiny baby that they were waiting on a helicopter to take to a bigger hospital in the nursery, they promised he when they finished with that she could go see him, no matter what time. She kept dozing off and on and every time she woke up, she was wanting to go see him.