Pow Wow and the Yarrow are very pretty. I only have the regular Purple Coneflowers so far. They are getting more purple, they started out pale, almost white. There's that Royal Sunset clump you gave me at the RU in Fall 09', Pepper, it has a lot of flowers on it already. It's funny, one of the Redlily flowers is poking thru the leaves of that Persimmon tree, it looks like the Persimmon has a red flower..lol Those rocks aren't touching any of the plants, not laying on any of the leaves, I placed them down with care not to smash anything. Those Hollyhocks back there haven't flowered yet, they are "Black Hollyhocks" from seedrack.com, black should be interesting, altho, they could mean very dark maroon, we'll see hopefully. The 'Mini Penny' Hydrangea is trying to put on 3 whitish flowers. The flowers on it are supposed to be light blue eventually.
That dark red Rose seems to be doing good to me, happ, it has only gotten bigger, it has really shot up recently, the flowers on it WERE dark! I have one pink climbing Rose, it is called 'Pink Fountains', it says it only grows 8 - 12 feet, the label doesn't mention hardiness so I had to wait until I got home and Googled it to find out it's minimum zone 6b, thanks Kmart! Maybe the semblance of a microclimate here will help it live.
The 3 'Satisfaction' Lily Trees on the clothesline post/trellis are getting ready to put out some flowers. I hope they are more like the pictures from Brecks, unlike the 3 'Purple Prince's that I got from them last year, which have way more white on them than purple, maybe they'll be more purple this year. Oh well, I can't complain, I kinda bamboozled them on coupons, I only paid $2.97 for each package of three bulbs, hey, they offered the coupons so I took them! The 3 Purple princes came in one and the 3 Satisfactions came in the other. They gave me 2 completely free $25 coupons so who am I to turn them down! I told them on the phone "sorry, but I can't afford to buy anything else!" I haven't given up on the 3 Purple Princes or anything, they are doing well on the other side of the yard this year.
Here is my Chinese Wisteria chainlink fence planting again. I had to show off my Porsche in the photo! Haha! That's not a Porsche and my car is a jalopy!
Here is a big Mimosa in all of it's flowering glory in the backyard.
For anybody that remembers my lizard, Lenny, he musta ate some sand or something. I scooped him out of the terrarium today, he is deceased. He ate real well recently, and was active, on 3 dozen crickets, then just sat around for a couple days, then stopped moving, that's when I knew something was wrong with him/her. He/she is going to that big lizard heaven in the sky, I got him out of there before he decomposed or the last 3 crickets ate on him, crickets will eat anything I found out. I don't know what to do with the terrarium now. Do I get another lizard or just take my lone cactus out of there and put it in a smaller glass container? Decisions, decisions!
Here's my pink climbing Rose that I planted the other day. That's the pink Rose on the right side of the photo, on the other side of the former futon frame is a red Honeysuckle. That was the last climbing Rose they had so it looks pretty ragged still! -
Last but not least, I'd like to show off my concrete succulent planter. The evening sun kinda shines on this photo funny but you can still see the 3 succulents in there and even a rock. They seem to be doing alright, one of them (on the left in the photo) has even sprouted another little sprout on it.
Sorry to hear about the lizard... ;( You could always make it into a planter terrarium or a minature garden, they are fun. I really like the concrete planter, I have a couple of those I did that with. One the plants kept getting yanked out and I couldn't figure out what was happening, until, I realized with the high winds it was blowing a branch down from the tree every once in a while and knocking the plants out...it sure messed up a couple but I am guessing they will recover.
I've been following a thread for papercrete containers that I want to try. I need to go back and find them again so I can give them a try.
happ, weren't you the one who was making stepping stones from big leaves? I have been wanting to give that a try to, but need to find instructions on how to do it.
Will, if you have fish in your pond they will eat the skeeter larvae. There is also a product called DUNK that are round tablets that kill the larvae but doesn't hurt the fish or plants. You can also add a bit of bleach to the water. It won't hurt plants or fish either. I put it in a big deep bird bath I have. Doesn't take much.
Isolated thunderstorms during the morning hours, then skies turning partly cloudy during the afternoon. High 82F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
I have one more picture that I took the other day. When they first bloom they are dark and so pretty.
I think it's an Asiatic.
You really do well with seeds that grow into giants :o)
Looks like you'll see rose blooms soon.
Queen Elizabeth climber?
Pretty combo. I have the rose yarrow and when I planted pastel seed I got blah. I like your's.
Will, Sorry about Lenny. Captivity must not agree with them. I'd do something else with it. Add more cactus. They seem to do well.
Our chance of rain today is next to nothing. I watered yesterday and can water today too. I'm still trying to save the astilbes. The 1 and 1/2'' we got over the last two weeks were God sent. I pray and he delivers just in time. Might just be a coincidence, but he never lets us go drought stricken.
Thanks happ. I might add the cactus in there to my concrete planter outside with the succulents in it. I really only wanted succulents in that though. I might make a small terrarium out of a small mason jar we have and put it in it, I do want to keep the cactus. I like how I only need to water it once a month for one thing!
I got the idea of a concrete succulent planter from you happ, I think you said you have one made outside in an old birdbath maybe.
Thanks billy, seeds have done me well. I hope some Roses bloom sometime soon. Besides the dark red one from happ that's already bloomed, I think the other 3 Roses might be too small to bloom this year.
Asiatic Lilies are nice, maybe I'll get some of those. I don't know what I'll do with the lizard's old terrarium. It needs cleaning for one thing, there is lizard poop everywhere and I believe 3 crickets still in there skulking around. I should do something before cats get in there and rearrange everything for me, they watch the crickets. If the Hollyhocks start shooting up then maybe I'll see flowers on them this year!
Thanks Crit, I've seen Dunks at the stores. I'm still kinda undecided on what I'll do about a pond or raingarden. I might get out some bleach though, the pond doesn't want to empty all the way out and there is mosquito larvae in the water. There is also footprints in the mud going down to the water, raccoons could be getting a drink. The neighbor said he has seen 3 raccoons go in our chimney up on the roof. They can't get in the house because the fireplaces are closed off, but I can hear them in there breathing and huffing around, the cats are always sniffing around by the fireplace up here! There is a fireplace down in the basement but we don't live down there, there is birds in that one. I plan to go up on the roof this Fall and put a cap on the chimney before they tear everything up. Trouble is, I don't like to go on the roof! It takes me about 15 minutes to go up the ladder and then when I get up there I scoot around because I'm afraid if I stand up I'm going to fall off the roof, my ankles aren't that good. Papercrete containers sound interesting. That Rose-Of-Sharon is really greening up Crit, are you sure I can't interest you in it? It's in this pic in the front right of the shade garden the other day. -
I can mail you a smaller ROS cutting/stick in an envelope for a stamp, I got stamps. The postage on that would be no problem for me. I learned patience is key on a ROS cutting, it never got a leaf for about 9 months after I put it in dirt. It remained outside all Winter as just a stick then greened up in the Spring, I started that cutting way back last early August. Actually, if one were to do a cutting nice, unlike the way I did, just sticking it in yard dirt, it would probably sprout up faster if it was in potting soil and notched and your not supposed to jab them down in dirt like I do.
The 'Blue Nanho' Butterfly Bush is shooting up. That's a Dwarf Mugo Pine above it. You have to keep DMP watered good after buying them from Lowes, it's one of those plants that I learned will die if you don't water it all the time after getting it from Lowes and their frequent watering schedule, otherwise have the receipt ready!
Crit see if this will open for you, I used this methold from the Garden Gate magazine http://www.gardengatestore.com/gardengatesample.pdf it is really simple to do and fun. Come on up I am going to have a class with the master gardeners sometime in August...rofl.
Will, I like the hosta garden it is really coming in nicely. I have about 6 more hostas to get planted, but right now I am running drip hoses all thru there, we are too dry, the driest I have seen it in years and years, my astillbes are crunchy BillyP, that isn't so unusual but it doesn't happen until August...so they are going to get a drip hose also.
We got another 2" of rain last night, Praise God!!!! We needed it so bad, maybe we will catch up what we lacked in May in June! We finished the new flowerbed and I am ready to start planting in it. Have several Hosta's I need to get in the front flower bed, too.
Glad you got some rain Crit, nothing at my house. It was foggy this morning so I was happy about that, maybe the poor plants collected some water from the fog. I just hate driving in it tho...yuck.
I have 3 ros trees/bushes that my neighbor dug and gave me, not very big. I have had them in a pot in the ground waiting for dh to stop messing around with the pergola since he is a bit dangerous to plants, children, and animals when he is working...rofl. I bought some really really long screws and DH screwed down the boards from the top so you couldn't see it. These boards aren't going anywhere. I believe he is D.O.N.E. and I can finally start planting and finishing my potting bench.
Looks really windy outside...suppose to be 90 today...warm!
Yeah, really warm outside, wearing a sombrero doesn't help the heat on my head! I'd rather protect my skin from melanomas first tho. Sweat started getting in my eyes, I'm gonna have to locate my sweatband.
Great Crit! 2 cuttings are going in the mail today, the flag is up and the mail-lady hasn't came yet, so expect the 2 cuttings soon. Anybody else want one, they ARE pretty when they flower? I drew a little arrow which way to plant them Crit, I don't mean to suggest that you'd plant them upside down but that's really easy to do, (I've done it before), I want them to live for you, it is really a pretty shrub. They are in a padded envelope, I hope they make it there unbroken.
Thanks happ, I need to clear away some of that clutter by the shade garden. That's neat how the Ligularias are doing so good, they have big leaves, the leaves are even bigger than the Blue Angel Hosta's leaves in front of it. I tried to relocate my succulent planter, but it's too heavy and awkward, I should just leave it. At first I thought I'd try putting it in a bucket to carry it, that didn't work because the handle on the bucket didn't even clear the side of the succulent planter! THEN, it wouldn't come out of the bucket so now I have to ask for help for someone to grab the bucket while I lift the planter, there's no way I could do it by myself. I got to be careful or I'm gonna end up tipping it over and uprooting everything. I found the photo of yours today happ, sorry but mine is strikingly similar to yours! lol - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=8800341
A class with the Master Gardeners does sound interesting! I looked at your link to Gardengate happ, there is some incredible articles and pictures there. I have one of Adrian Bloom's books Gardening With Conifers
Here is the parent Rose Of Sharon, it's still unruly but it's smaller than before after I pruned the dickens out of it last year.
Left work on time today so I had another 2 hours in the garden. I weeded and weeded and put another side to the potting bench.
I think I am making progress, maybe. The ground is rock hard, guess no rain in site either.
I will try tomorrow to take a pic of the concrete planter as it looks this year. I have added things and changed things. Course now I have 3 pots of succulants...rofl. One is very small tho.
Crit I also made these birdbaths and I did post how to make them. Need a pumpkin or something round for these.
On the water garden tour one year there was a guy who made stepping stones out of cast elephant ears and also managed to make bird baths, and water falls out off ee's. I will try to figure out where those pictures are also.
I saw those custom casts at gardengate happ, very cool, I'd mess something up if I tried it, maybe I will tho. I got some Elephant Ears too, that's a good idea to do Elephant Ears. I even took a photo of my Elephant Ears yesterday. There is 4 big EE bulbs in that pot, only 2 bulbs sprouted so far, I'm not sure what's up with the other two, their not with the program.
I try to tell my friend that too, "just because your on salary doesn't mean you have to work 12 hours a day and then work on Sunday and then from home the rest of the time". I bet alot of people on salary get bamboozled on their spare time.
Crit, if your out there, as soon as those cuttings get there I'd plant them, they should be well on their way to dried out when they arrive. I didn't think until after they were mailed that I shoulda somehow got the ends of the cuttings moist.
Here is my shade garden yesterday, I took that pot of Hosta June out of there, it was hiding the Ghost Fern behind it.
The Blue Fortune Hyssop sure flowered fast, it sprouted from the base this Spring.
I hope your potting bench works out happ, I plan to eventually make this thing into one on one end, the rest of it will be covered for a lawnmower and a wheelbarrow etc. is the plan.
I couldn't find a photo of just the wood structure thing that I want to use but in this photo with the Peach Tree is the end of it that I want to make into a potting bench.
That slab behind the peach tree looks perfect for a potting bench.
Is this an old photo, did you tear the water fountain all apart? Surely not, it was looking so nice...
The elelphant ears and cannas and stuff work well in a rain garden...course we haven't had any rain and you would probably have to water them...rofl...
Some ee's are slow to wake up, but I would dig around and check the bulbs, that is a little too slow me thinks. unless you just potted them.
Pepper have you had the coneflower for a long time? I haven't had any luck with any of the coneflowers except double decker. I purchased a couple of tiki torch, they died, then white swan bloomed ok for a few years but never spread much, and not sure it made it. I did read an article that said where folks make a mistake about hybrid cone flowers is they treat them like cone flowers and the hybrids are not that sturdy...
I am thinking my potting bench will be about 14 feet long, just guessing as it stands right now. I have to put some additional supports for the sink it weighs a ton, cast iron and big (I will be so happy to get that in place, I am sick of seeing it on my wagon), then a section for a metal trash can to catch dirt thru the furnance grate, and the rest just room to move around! Bottom will have doors to hide the plastic pots and to keep them from blowing all over the yard...I can't seem to recycle them cause I am afraid I will need them...rofl.
I just bought the white ones a couple weeks ago. I do have some other hybrids and they have lasted longer than I expected. But they haven't spread out and taken over like the normal ones do. That I really like.
I added the big TropiCanna to the shade garden, I hope it looks okay, I never thought about that, thanks happ. That Canna is 4 feet 2 inches from soil to the tip of the tallest leaf, it is getting big! That's okay, I like that, and there is little sprouts still coming up from that big Canna bulb. I sure would like to plant it somewhere, but I'm afraid it would get too cold over the Winter and not come back.
Eek! I see you said Cannas work in a raingarden I was thinking shade garden..oops... I'll take it back out tomorrow, I should probably get it back in the sun.
Elephant Ears is a great idea for a raingarden, thanks happ. I just love to use stuff that's already here, in the house and out, thanks for suggesting Elephant Ears for a raingarden.
Rofl.. oh, happ, it's still there, that big birdbath/fountain is just in pieces, I want to move it to another spot about 20 feet away sometime soon when I get some help. I just want it to be more visible from the street side for the lawn police!
I gotta water my Purple Coneflowers every day, they droop like they're really suffering, I wish they'd hurry up and get established! There's my 'Mini-Penny' Hydrangea trying to get in on some blooming action, in the front. That Hydrangea is supposed to be light blue!
Here's my Peppermint plant, hanging on the fence. -
Here's what I plan to make the potting bench out of. This old bridge, it washed into this yard in 1998 from the neighbor's yard. There is a very small stream in the back yard but on that day in 1998 it became quite a rushing river! Back in the day, the elderly lady didn't get along with the neighbor and when that bridge washed in, she wouldn't give it back, it has been here ever since. Anyway, the left 2/3's of it I plan to have covered for the lawnmower and the wheelbarrow and shovels and stuff, the right third I plan to have a small table for a potting bench. Back to that little stream, it's usually dry even. Then, it was an unusually rainy day, eleven people even drowned, unfortunately, in the flash flooding. I was friends with my friend then but I wasn't living here, she said that was the only time the water came up to the house, but not in it. She said there was all kinds of stuff just swirling in the water that day.
You plan yours to be 14 feet, happ? That's a big potting bench, that would be nice, I can't wait to see a photo of it.
Here is that Rose-Of-Sharon in flower last year. It's quite a bit smaller now. It was rubbing on that window at nite sometimes and it sounded like somebody was breaking in!
I can get cuttings if anybody wants one, a stamp is no problem, it's on me, I got plenty of stamps. Here it is. -
Thanks Pepper, I'll keep that in mind. I need to get it tied to a pole or something, it hit me today that a brisk wind will break the Canna's stalks. Just curious Pepper, when you had the TropiCannas did you have them planted outside with protection or did you bring them inside for the Winter?
Will, you might put the ee in a bigger pot so it can hold more water if you are watering everyday, they are heavy water users and feeders. The canna looks good in the shade garden against the wall. I have never had a canna bend over from the wind. If the wind got strong enough I would think it would blow the pot over more than likely. I don't think blue Hydrangea will stay blue unless you have the soil just right...I have given up and just let them stay pink. Too much work trying to keep them blue.
Your bridge will make a great potting bench, you just need to stick some legs under it. Yeap the my potting bench will be 14 feet, I think the sink alone is almost 4 feet. It is the old kind with the built in drain board and sink. Tried to get it up on the potting bench by myself, but it was a no go, DH is gonna have to help. I didn't work on it last night except to try and lift the sink, I was busy weeding, watering and watching the ducks run around.
I am with you pepper I sure which the hybrids spread even a tenth as much as the regular cone flowers.
The wind won't break the cannas. It might bend them over but the wind has to be ferocious for that to happen. Also I would dig up most of the cannas but leave 1q or 2 in their spot to overwinter. I have had them come back before. So I would do both and see what happens. If the ones left out don't come back you still have the ones you brought in.
Oh, it has happened to me before, the wind broke my Canna last year, I remember I was bummed right out! From my experience the wind can break a Canna. See my posts from last Summer around Aug. 14th - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1204534/ I'm not trying to be nasty Pepper, you know I love my gardening friends! : )
Speaking of the Canna, I tied it up loosely to my former glider frame. That pot must weigh 40 or 50 lbs, I don't think the wind can take it even with those big leaves.
I only have 1 bulb tho Pepper, I better try to keep it alive. I guess I could have 5 now since there are 5 sprouts, when I planted it tho it was just one great big bulb.
I went to my bank today and I saw a genuine mulch volcano in their parking lot!
The 'Satisfaction' Lily Trees are blooming, they are kinda pretty!
Here is my Elephant Ears today, the leaves are getting more abundant and bigger too. I don't think you can see it in the photo but there is a new sprout coming up from another bulb. I think they're just gonna take their sweet time coming up! But, thats 3 of the 4 EE bulbs that are in there now I'll be watching for the last one. Thanks happ, but my record of emptying out big pots like that hasn't been so good lately, I tried that with a big pot of Coneflower seedlings and everything fell apart in my hands, the seedlings all perished. I might have to cut that pot off when the Elephant Ears get big.
I might try to get feet under that bridge also to slow it down on rotting. That bridge thing weighs a ton though, it has a metal angle iron frame under it. That thing is in that spot to stay unless I got about 3 or 4 people to help me move it, I'd guess it weighs about 500 lbs. The potting bench and stuff there is definitely on my list of things to do someday. Some non-windy day soon I'd really like to get that dark red shed spraygun painted before it falls apart!
My rainbarrel is almost emptied out, it just got filled up about a week ago!
There is gonna be a ton of blackberries this year! I just hope I get to some before the birds get them. The Missouri Dep't of Conservation bundle of 25 of them worked out well, they spread FAST! -
The P. Bissettii Bamboo is really sprouting up in the kitty litter jugs. -
Here's a shot of the whole 'Satisfaction' Lily Trees from Brecks. -
Here's my striped Wandering Jew and my Asparagas Fern, a couple of my houseplants. -
I'm gonna have to whack a few of those Blackberries, they are creating a sort of thicket, it is incredible how they've multiplied. That area right there started out as 3 plants, now it looks like there is 30 in there.
I'll get a photo of them soon, it is quite a sight.
Boy, these Lily Trees are really putting on a show. The flowers are huge! I'd guess they are roughly twice the size as regular Lily flowers. In this photo, that is my hand for scale and my hand isn't that big, maybe average.
Today, at Lowes, I bought a whopper of a planter for my hardy waterlilies to float in, (it is 24" wide at the top) and a soil tester for $3.47. I aim to find out what the deal is with the area in the front yard that is giving my plants such a hard time. Those waterliles were without a home since I drained the waterpond, this planter should do the job for a while. The new planter is the one on the right, the waterlilies are in that white trash barrel on the left.
The Purple Prince Lily Tree is about to bloom incredibly too, a little behind their brethren, the Satisfaction Lily Trees.
The Luna Red Hibiscus is about to put on a flower show too.
Will, if you cut your blackberries will you stick them in some dirt for me? I would love to have starts. I will make it to Independence honest...rofl.
It is so darn hot out there now. I have dug a huge hosta and now I have no where to put it...guess I will split it and put it in pots for a plant swap//sale. I believe it is blue angel or one of the biggies. I am redoing the strip by the driveway and it was too big and too close to the hydragna. I have planted empress wu in that bed now and it will get 4ft...so excited but I have moved it away from everything else so it has lots of room to spread out.
We need rain so bad...I havent mowed in weeks and now the weeds are dying. I am spreading 2 more soaker hoses thru the hosta beds tomorrow. All the astillbe are now crispy and some of the hostas leaves are looking burnt.
Sure happ, I'd be glad to do that. Actually, I've tried that and they died. If you'd like to try a fresh cutting, I'd even give you the pruners when you come. There is plenty to try on, more pops up all the time.
I have some photos, the Blackberry thicket is THICK! In the first photo you can see some of the sprouts all over the place. I have to move some other plants now, the blackberries are in them.
For example, that's a Hydrangea in that photo to the right, in that photo, it is swamped by Blackberries. In the second photo is the cluster itself, it is in the background, that's all a Blackberry bush cluster!
The birds oughta love it. I'd dig up a plant for you happ but it's nearly all root suckers.
I also have a SpiderPlant and a striped Wandering Jew for you when you come happ, those 2 have grown nicely.
I know the feeling about not mowing in weeks! I haven't mowed here in a month.
Hey everybody, come back!
I guess I'm gonna have a light pink Hydrangea myself. There is no sign of the blue. Hey, check this out, we got our mailbox told what's what last nite. It was smashed flatter than a pancake, I've already replaced it, coincidentally, there was another one just like it already here, it was even new. Ironically, I was even up last nite when it happened, at 2am. I told my friend, she was asleep, that I heard voices and some noise outside, but she said it's probably nothing, so I didn't go out there, well, it was our mailbox being told what's up! A neighbor also got their's bent over, but not smashed like ours, theirs is reusable, they just need to straighten the support back up. Our support didn't budge but the mailbox itself got beat up bad. I changed the mailbox this morning around 10:30am, the mail had already came and was in the mailbox! The only day the mail has ever came before Noon and it's in our smashed up mailbox! I took a photo of it before I changed it, here it is. See the neighbor's bent? You can't really tell it in the photo because it's bent the going down the street way. -
I plan to erect this trellis divider thing that we have here for the Purple Prince Lily Trees to climb on, here it is. -
Here is the Purple Princes, they are some shining stars, wish I had this done in time for their blooms. I plan to put the support for that divider in concrete so it doesn't budge for the Purple Princes. -
I want to get them tied loosely to the divider after I get it there, hopefully tomorrow.
I haven't heard from Crit, I hope the Rose-Of-Sharon cuttings got there okay and they got planted soon after they arrived at her house, they had to be getting dried out.
It is nice to have my rainbarrel filled back up! -
See my new big planter for the waterlilies? And there's those light pink Hydrangea blooms. -
I had that wrong about not mowing in a month. That was since I tried mowing last, when I bent the blade. Actually, it's been over 2 months likely since I last mowed, what grass there is is pretty tall.
I'm still here!! Just been busy keeping up with spam on this site. I've had to report several in the past week.
Also have catapillars in the garden and have been taking a few pics of them. And now my grandma has a sick rose so I have to go over there tomorrow to take pics so we know what to do with it. On top of that I've been working, dealing with flat tires, and trying to catch up with certain friends who it seems like I can never catch up with. lol
I have a few pics to post, I thought I had posted a pic of the gazebo but I don't see it, maybe I posted on another site...who knows...rofl.
Here is the potting bench with my furnace grate in it and a pic of the top of the pergola.
Walked up to the water garden last night and big huge bull frog jumped in, he about scared me to death!
Bull frogs and my little fish are not a good combination. DH and I went out about 11pm and tried to net him but DH missed him...I am so worried about my fish... DH is suppose to be trying to net him today but I bet he doesn't get him, so think of me tonight around 10pm trying to catch this frog to release down at the big lake...
Your Pergola is really coming along happ! Hope you caught the Bullfrog!
I got a few pics to show again.
Here is a butterfly on my 'Nanho' Butterfly bush that I got from Pepper last year. It already has a flower on it. That butterfly wasn't even on there when I walked over to get a photo of that bush, it just landed before I took the photo, I guess to be in the photo.
Here is the post that I put in concrete today and I'm gonna attach that divider to it for the 'Purple Prince' Lily Trees, hopefully tomorrow.
Here is my 'TropiCanna' getting big and my pot of Elephant Ears. -
Here is my regular Lilac growing along in the red pot.- Left of it is a big pot of Blue Flag Iris that I got from Imames. It looks so nice in the pot maybe I'll leave it there. In the back left is a Witch Hazel by the fence.
I'll probably take that black plastic landscape edging out of there, that was just busy work, it doesn't look right.
A wooky internet!! Better than spooky!! Let's see the gorgeous Lily, Pepper!
I finished up a little on that divider trellis thing for the Purple Prince Lily Trees! Their just tied losely with twine, so the wind doesn't blow them down. That's a Hollyhock down at the end by itself, it's been bad! Just kidding, It's a 'Summer Carnival' Hollyhock that I grew from a seed packet last year. Here's a photo of the packet from last year. - There's another plant of it on the other side of the backyard from that packet. I got some "black" Hollyhocks with them, this should be interesting. I wonder if any of them will actually be those colors they said or just flower in time for them to have reverted back to the regular maroon Hollyhock color?! Oh well, the joys of being a novice! The old maroon color Hollyhocks are pretty too.
I've spent some time over at my Grandparent's putting down some red mulch for them in their front yard. I couldn't take the sight of it all neglected anymore, they have some decent plants in there and it was starting to look so downtrodden. I put in 7 bags of that mulch, ideally it would've had one more bag, but it's way better than before. Here is a couple photos of that job. -
Will that looks a million times better at your DGP. I have never tied my lilies up and some are over 5 feet tall, they take all the horrible winds up here fine. The only problem I have are trumpet lillies bending toward the sun if they decided to start growing in the shade. Wish the asiatics and orential lilies spread like the big trumpets do...
No rain yet, I was sure hoping. Well better get out and start playing before it gets too hot.
BillyP must be one busy person right now. Miss her.
Thanks happ, it does look much better there.
I'll probably get rid of the ties holding up the Lilies and stuff eventually, I just have this thing about the wind blowing them down and that's it, no more plant. I have a bad habit of not putting the bulbs deep enuff in the ground initially. I believe I read that the Lily Tree bulbs should be 5 or 6 inches deep, I have them like a half inch deep. The Purple Prince Lilies can't be too sturdy with the bulb that close to the surface. Next year I plan to have dug them up and planted them deeper. I also need to dig up a Satisfaction bulb this Fall and replant it back in line with the other two.
I was in my car earlier and it sprinkled enuff to run the windshield wiper one time and the sun was out so I figured we weren't getting much rain, and we didn't.
We got torrential rains here. I drove thru it coming home. Saw one tree down and leaves all over the roads but no damage other than that. Just heavy rain for a few minutes. No complaints here!!! lol
Here is Red Dutch lily. It is a Oriepet or Trumpet lily. Something like that. I haven't checked for scent. Keep forgetting too. My Royal Sunset is STILL blooming it's head off. It's almost done though I think. That thing has been blooming for several weeks. Definintely a keeper!!
Pretty pics pepper. I love lillies. I have been digging up some pink trumphet lillies. They spread like crazy. I have so many things that need to be moved. As soon as everything gets in the ground I'll worry about moving them...I know that sounds stupid but first things first. The lillies I dug up I am saving those for our plant sale next year. Boy it was hot today.
Sorry I have been MIA for quite a while! Been a busy month and I wasn't able to get to read my threads. I did receive the starts from you Will. I haven't planted them yet, I have them in water. I will try to get them planted pretty quick.
Glad to hear they made it, Crit. In a few years they will be big and nice! I can cut some more for you if those don't take. I know they grow from a cutting because I did it too.
Man, go out of town for 3 days and my Elephant Ears have shrivelled up for lack of watering. I watered everything before I left, it didn't occur to me that the Elephant Ears must be watered every single freaking day.
I think they woulda been alright if they were planted, mine are just in a big pot, there isn't much soil in the pot either. I got a photo, be warned it is pretty pathetic looking! -
I too know about digging and moving plants, it seems like it's never done!
We went to Bennett Spring State Park here in Missouri, this weekend, it's a neat place. One unique attraction in Missouri is the nice, big springs. I've seen four springs I believe now. Technically, only 3 of those Springs were in MO., Mammoth Spring is right across the border in Arkansas, it is real nice too. Spring water is beautiful, crystal clear water that comes out very cool and stays cool. Canoeing a spring-fed river is the ultimate.
On a scorching hot day you can still get in 60ish degree water if you want. Several of the great canoeing rivers in Missouri are spring-fed or partially spring-fed. For example, Bennett Spring drains into the Niangua River like a tributary. The Current River I think is entirely spring-fed, there are several rivers like that. Anyway, flyfishing at Bennett Spring is a big thing. I think alot of that fishing is catch and release but Rainbow Trout with a few (or many..lol) drops of lemon juice is a delicacy! Here is a photo of Bennett Spring, that fisherman is standing out in the Spring! I saw a rendering of the spring in the nature center, the spring water comes out at an angle or something, I don't think you can stand in the spring's hole.
Here is that divider I erected for the Purple Prince Lily Trees. The Summer Carnival Hollyhock down at the end has turned a little nice while I was gone, it has a pink flower. So far it is living up to the multi-colored picture on the seed packet! I see there is quite a few more buds so maybe those other colors will show themselves this year. I expect next year they will have reverted back to the normal maroon color, we'll see. I'll try to remember to get the seedpods pinched off and put down at the ground, if it doesn't come back in any form that would be the worst! I got the divider screen up just in time for the Lilies to stop flowering, boohoo! Oh well, there's always next year. - Here is a better photo with the Purple Princes at the other end. - Haha! You can even see my bent lawnmower blade on that green cart! I'd like to get some other climber or two going on the divider also, it looks a little too big for the plants on it now.
Here is my other single Purple Coneflower plant. -
Sounds like you've been busy. I also hate to say this but it looks like your purple coneflower may have aster yellows by looking at the lower blooms. Are they really leafy and green looking?
Ack, I hope they don't have that. I'll get a close-up shot of the Coneflowers. They are pretty well isolated, I hope they didn't get an infection from somewhere around here. I don't think there is any other Coneflowers around here, maybe in somebody's backyard. I guess if birds and bees can pollinate plants miles apart, bugs can spread disease too, dangit. I'll go get those photos right now. I know they also balk but not as much as the Elephant Ears on lack of water lately. Here is my other Coneflower plant, it even had a visitor on a flower when I took it's picture! The 2 after that are the Coneflower plant up there. Here is that Elephant Ears, it's gonna hafta regenerate some new leaves because I think these are done now.
I need to take a roadtrip soon and see if my vacant lot in Kansas needs mowing.
You can really tell on the second picture, the lower flowers toward the right of the picture have the green or abnormal (extra) leafy growth. That is a sure sign of aster yellows. Sorry:( I'm getting pretty good at recognizing it, I've had to chop out about 7 plants so far this year and still waiting to tell on about 15 more:( It's been a rough year for coneflowers. i still haven't had the heart to tell my sister in law that all her coneflowers on infected. I'm hoping she'll look it up on her own since I've mentioned all mine had it and what the infected ones looked like :S It looked like her whole bed, about 30 coneflowers had it about a week ago when I stopped by (just shocked she hasn't connected the dots especially since she lives about two blocks away.) I'm probably not going to give her to long before telling her, I don't want it to keep spreading elsewhere.
Hmm.. well, that stinks. I only have 2 plants, I can't really spare any yet. Maybe it'll go away or something. I'll just water them regularly so they can keep their strength and defenses up, maybe they can ward it off.
Wow, your SIL has a big bed of them sick with it, that would really stink.
Are the seeds okay to spread to have plants the next year or maybe they'll also be infected?
Thanks for the heads up mclowdis.
This 'Nanho' Butterfly Bush started out small and is it ever growing up quick! When I got it from Pepper it was quite a small plant, even small plants grow up eventually!
Here's that Purple Coneflower plant, I think it's a different photo. -
The seeds wouldn't be infected but I'm pretty sure aster yellows is suppose to make a plant sterile, unfortunately it won't go away the only way to deal with aster yellows (what the extension agent told me that came to look at my plants) is to completely dispose of the plant (do not compost it), there is no cure:( Its carried by leaf hoppers so if only one of the coneflowers has it, spray for bugs asap to at least prevent the spread.
I officially don't like Aster Yellows! I'll see if I can locate some spray to treat them.
Wow, Penny Lane has a pretty flower, maybe it'll turn more Apricot color like the photos. It's a nice shape and white though. I wish mine hadn't expired, but stuff happens.
Is that the same Penny Lane that came in the mail this Spring, Pepper? If it is, that was fast for blooming already.
It sure is!! Yeah, it isn't tall but apparently very happy since it is blooming. lol. Westerland isn't showing life but I'm leaving it for now just in case it's working on roots. I'll order another one this fall if I need too. Penny has a nice scent too. Almost fruity. I have salvia all around them to act as companion plants. They just need a trellis now but I doubt I will need it this year. Just gotta have it up before next year.
Wow, that was fast for it to bloom already, Pepper! A fruity smell would be good. Salvia around them sounds nice to complement them. I bet Pickering would replace the Westerland if you have the rec't.
Yeah, I know what you mean about needing trellises. I have several plants that would be much happier climbing on something.
Here is my 'Luna Red' Hibiscus with a big flower. Something has been chomping on it's leaves I think, they have those round ate parts. I saw some Luna Reds at Lowes and they were all red, even the leaves, I wonder what is going on, my Luna Red foliage isn't red. I hope mine is a Luna Red, the label is still on it. Maybe it's those Leaf Hoppers hopping all over, some Hostas also look like they have bites out of them.
Haha! Well, the wind took off the tallest big leaf of my TropiCanna, but NO stalks this time! lol
I had to dig up my Colorado Blue Spruce Globosa, I could not keep it straight. The top is bigger than the rootball and I'm guessing the wind kept pushing it over, so I'll just put it in a planter for awhile.
I don't know what that stick in there is, some plant stick that was used before, maybe to help keep it straight, well, it doesn't work anymore!
I am gonna try to rehabilitate this James Montgomery Lilac. Things I do that with perk back up, it is usually just a lack of water I've learned. Where it was planted wasn't exactly a water-every-day spot.
I also did that with the Mini Penny Hydrangea in the photo, it was bumming too, a couple weeks ago, it's to the right of the Lilac in the photo. -
Well, my Elephant Ears are losing some leaves, it looks like 5 or 6 are going away, but big new ones are coming back in other parts, so hope it's not a total loss.
I am on the lookout for a place to plant this Dogwood on the remembrance of my friend's mother in Dec.
Some wild critter dragged my bulb of hardy waterlilies out of the big planter of water they were in last nite! When I discovered them on the ground today I immediately put them back in the water, hope they'll be ok, I think they will, we'll see.
Hi happ, if your still out there, I did four cuttings of Blackberry plants. That is a thorny proposition! They want to come right out if you get clothes or anything dragged over them, the thorns catch every time I found out.
I'll try to get them to grow, they are supposed to grow by cuttings, so I don't know why I've never had any luck with them by cuttings.
Ot oh, I read now that it is root cuttings not regular cuttings. When I go back out in a bit I'll dig a sprout up for it's roots and see if that works. I'll also try growing them from a berry when they turn black, there is some red ones on them now. I can easily spare one or two for root cuttings, they are all over back there, I'd say 1/5th of the backyard has got Blackberry sprouts in it.
I'll try all 3, I'm not sure which way works now, different sites say different stuff.
I am out here Will..rofl. I have a black berry and a raspberry starts. They both have/had berries. One is thornless and one has thorns...rofl. Mine have not grown any at all for some reason. I know about the thorns catching everything...rofl. I plan on running them on metal farmer fence post and keeping them tied. Yeah everytime you look up something you find 20 ways to do it and never know which is right, guess which ever works is right...rofl. You are a sweetie for doing this.
I am always leary of saying thank you due to the old wives tale about receiving plants and saying thank you and they will die...LOL So just in case you all haven't heard of the wives tale...
We actually have had some light showers this morning and I am so happy even if it is my day to play in the garden. I can't find any more soaker hoses, everyone is sold out...
Been working out in the garden and thought I would post a few pictures. Everything seems so early this year but last year was my first year gardening so a lot of the garden was already established a bit this year.
Awww.. thanks happ, it's no trouble. I hope at least one Blackberry start sprouts. Very nice flower beds there, mclowdis.
I went to a baseball game here in Kansas City tonite. Actually, Kansas City, Kansas, it's not the Kansas City Royals, it was the Kansas City T-bones, the minor league team here in KC. They were playing Amarillo, Texas.
That Amarillo team is terrible, the score was 16-4 T-bones. I don't mean to be nasty on them because it isn't the home team but they couldn't catch popup balls, for example, they'd just stand under a popup ball and let it fall to the ground, (thinking somebody else had it I guess), things like that.
Here is another pic of the Blackberry cluster. I hope the neighbors like Blackberries! For the first time, today, I noticed a few Blackberry bushes on the other side of the fence, with red blackberries even.
See the red berries down low in this pic on the other side of the fence? If you look at some of the other plants you can see more Blackberry bushes, three leaved. lol! The birds are gonna love that area! That's mainly what it's for is the birds, we got it for wildlife food. I'm sure we'll eat some if there's any left.
In this pic you can see the holes that are left where other stuff used to be and I've dug them up and relocated them or just put them in pots, they were getting overrun by Blackberry sprouts. From left to right, the first hole was a Hydrangea, the second hole a Goldflame Spirea and the third hole a regular Lilac.
Here is my Luna Red Hibiscus doing a red flower. -
That's an old wives tale eh?!
Dangit, the showers your way happ, never made it here!
You all do have some of the nicest pic's and cottage garden displays on this thread . good conversation too!
We have had 3 one -hundredths of an inch of rain here since May 31st. How dry it is! How dry it is!
Wow juhur, that's pretty dry. It has rained a decent amount here lately, probably up to average or near it for this time of year. I say that, now it won't rain until August! They said on the news lately that even the place around here that got the LEAST amount of rain was nearly an inch. Thanks juhur, lots of nice pics, not mine so much, my stuff in general is still kinda small, I just need to wait until it all fills in or I get more plants. I also have a ton of clutter to find places for, it makes the landscaping look bad but I am reluctant to get on it. There is just so much to do! That's not conducive to someone that only wants to do hard labor for 10 minutes a day! By the end of the nice weather I plan to get it all sorted out. Haha, just kidding about the labor, I can usually eek out an hour or 2 if there's something that just has to be done, like getting free rocks, my car is full as I speak, of 7 kitty litter buckets full of them!
Nice pic of your Coneflowers, juhur. That's one plant that I'll be waiting to get big because now it is quite small and the other Coneflower plant of the same size has Aster Yellows
Oh, something else that I wanted to mention about the nincomepoops from Amarillo, Texas that came to play the Kansas City T-bones. This one Amarillo player actually accidently threw his bat into the stands!
I mean it went up high, you could see it against the blue sky. I guess he just swung and couldn't hold on, hope nobody was hurt, they didn't say, but I saw security and other game people over there.
I have a pic of the divider screen that my 3 Purple Prince Lily Trees and a Hollyhock down at the end! That's my shade garden behind it.
Mclowdis, you have beautiful gardens and I can tell you everything in my garden is fast forward a good month. Thank goodness for the hosta garden and tropicals because that is the only part of the garden that will be decent to look at by July, everything else will have been bloomed out.
Juhur7, you can't beat cone flowers, I have been potting them up for the garden sale next year because they have spread into areas I don't need them. But they sure stand up to the heat and dry. Wish the hybrids did half as well. I just haven't had any luck with those.
Green Mountain Hosta is having a hosta sale and I have ordered from them and the hostas were beautiful and even before the sale really reasonable, now 20 percent off.
I have been very good and not buying much and not participating in plant swaps...told myself everything I have in pots need to be planted before I buy any more and for me I have done great, but our little home town store had a sale I couldn't resist, gallon perennials for 50 cents! I got 3 munster lavenders, 5 hardy salvias, and 3 of something else and for the life of me can't remember what they are...rofl. Actually should of bought more, they did have columbine. Problem with columbine is like the hybrid coneflowers they throw seeds back to their native state which annoys me...rofl.
Sunday was so hot and the wind did die down at my house and the ducks were even panting it was so hot. When I am home I sprend the majority of the day outside in the garden, by majority I mean from about 7am to 5pm or later...rofl but yesterday it was hot enough it kept running me back in. I did plant in the shade garden, ran some more soaker hose, mulched, played with the ducks, cleaned some stuff up and tore some stuff up...rofl. I don't know if I ever make any progress.
Will, try putting some moisture crystals in the soil of things that need watered daily. They swell up and are gel like when they absorb the water and will help keep the soil moist longer. I put them in my tomatoe plants soil so I can water them when I water the other plants. Ususally every other day. I have some potted plants and plants in my new garden I am going to do that to as well. Anything to cut down on the watering and still have/enjoy my plants!
I bought 2 hardy hibiscus at Lowe's last fall on reduced price. One had a Luna Red tag and the other had the Luna Swirl (I think that's the name) on it. Well, the one I had the red tag on bloomed and was the Pink Swirl, so I thought I got the tags mixed up. So I switched the tags and when the other one bloomed, it was a pink swirl too. Although they are pretty, and are on opposite sides of the yard, I was very disappointed that I didn't have the red. Where I planted it I wanted a red flower. Oh well, need to check my stash of seeds. I may have some there.
I'm with you happ on not saying TY for plants. My mom told me that some 35 years ago when she gave me something. Soooooooooo, I say much appreciated or something like that.
mclowdis ... everything was early this year. I think it was because of the unusually warm winter we had. A lot of people have talked about having so many things early this year, and wondered if they would last the normal season for them.
Pictures of more progress on the pond. DH thinks he can have it ready to go by next weekend. It has been so hot here, by the time he gets off work (the building he works in has no AC or exhaust fans), he is a front end alignment specialist and Service Technician for a Chevy dealer here, he doesn't want to be out in the heat any longer, and I don't blame him. Now when he gets off work, the pond is in the shade so not so bad, except for 104* temps!
Then we had some laying hens given to us, so I had yet another project for him. (We were given 4. One diappeared and one I caught my rat terrier with dead. So now I am down to 2, but want 12 so we are working on things for them. He hung up the nests for me. Then we got to thinking they needed something to keep the weather off them. Here is a picture of the 'roof' he built for them with a pully for me to lift it up to check for eggs. Now we are going to have to build a chicken wire enclosure for them at night about 10 x 10, they are free range during the day, and in bad weather and at night. I just KEEP getting projects for that poor man to do for me. And he does them all without any complaining. He's a keeper!!!
The new flower bed is done and I am getting the plants planted as I can. It is in the sun until about 5 o'clock everyday when I start to get some shade on it. I'll have to post pics of it in the next post as I don't have enough room on here. I'll do that next post.
Here is the new flower bed. The lighthouse I wanted to plant low growing blue flowers to make 'the ocean with a few white flowers to immulate white caps. lol I used blue and white lobelia, but think I spent a lot of money for something that isn't going to grow there. :-( When I first got them planted, DH took a broken flower and wrote "LOOKING GOOD" on it, before he left for work. lol I don't know if they are in too much sun or what, but they are dying off one by one. Anyone have a suggestion as to what I might use that likes full sun?
The humidity was unbearable today!! I went to a coworker's house after work and hung out in her pool and cooled off. By the time we got out the humidity had gone and the breeze had picked up. Not good when you're wet!! LOL
I'm having issues with my tomatoes. Does anyone know what the problem is here?
I got a hitchhiker Elephant Ear in this pot with a Hazelnut plant it appears.
In the foreground is a big pot of a Blackberry plant that I'm trying to start. That one is the roots and plant from a sprout, hopefully it will do like a root cutting and take off is the idea.
The other ones behind it are above-ground cuttings, not sure how they're going to do, they seem to be shrivelling up pretty good. Although, the one over to the left still has a green stalk so maybe it's gonna take.
The first big one up front I did yesterday, the others I did 2 days before that.
Well, I put yet some more rocks to use in the yard. -
I don't have a single steenking Peach on my Peach tree now! A squirrel has relieved me of them all!
I always thought Hibiscus was a nice tropical looking plant for a sunny spot. I was gonna do something like a beach looking spot complete with a couple bags of seashells even, I was gonna run a little pump to look like waves and water in the ocean. A while back I saw a big lighthouse of lkozarksgarden's - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=7827112
I have a Luna Red Hibiscus, it's in flower up in that June 24th post, it's not flowering right now. Actually, I had 2 of them but one didn't come back after Winter for some reason, it wasn't that cold, it probably just wasn't gonna make it anyway. It came from Lowes too, one thing about Lowes, after you buy something from them you must follow they're very frequent watering schedule for a long while, or stuff dies I found out.
I attributed my tomatoes not doing well last year because of the heat and dry spell myself.
Hi ya pepper; Those look like normal stress for high humidity and heat . Mine do that I mulch up where those root stubs are and water when cooler when using any plant food. That can sometimes be a mild onset of powder mildew in high humidity and heat stresses.The tomato plants can actually outgrow that though without much trouble.Almost all tomato plants will get some leaf curl in high heat and direct sun.
We've been on the run, had the kids, all four, a lot, and I've been out to DD'd a lot. Then there were birthdays, anniversaries and a late graduation party.
We are still watering. The bit of rain we got didn't last long. I have one more nice day today to move more plants. I have some I potted for myself to be set back when I make room and more for the free pile. I brought everything and the sign back over so the property owners can mow. I hope they do pretty soon!
My garden is really looking good. The potatoes now have flowers, and the tomatoes and peppers have fruit set on. My Dad dug a few onions already. I got one last picking off the spinach and pulled it up. I foundas bag of very loooong sprouted potatoes in a cupboard. I planted them and a couple actually put up leaves, LOL! One was already growing tiny potatoes. All shriveled, but I keep them waterd so we'll see. These will be Russets. I'm eating beets and their greens and am watching the Brussels sprouts get bigger, LOL! Oh, and the peas put on a second crop, but I let the Grandsons pick and eat them.
We live trapped and relocated three large raccoons over the last couple of weeks. Luckily we have nice creeks in three directions so they should be able to relocate with no problem. A person really needs to take them 12 - 15 miles away so they don't return. I think once trapped tho they will not come back around.
It's been hot a few times, but mostly beautiful out. I'm moving plants and watering every day. Today is our last good day and then it's the 90's.
Hi billyp, welcome back. Your up early too! I'm going to the motor vehicle office as soon as they open at 9a, (if there's alot of cars there usually I'd tend to keep on driving other times..lol) as soon as they open.
Wow, 3 large raccoons eh? We need to get 3 of them too, they are going in the fireplace and rooting around in there for months every year. I dislike going on the roof tho, I have a fear of falling off!
I finally got around to painting the decrepit shed today. I called my friend at work and told her, "this color is appalling, do you want me to continue, wait till you see it, it's pink". Thank goodness she said don't finish!
I just had to share 2 photos of it, it's disgusting! We came across 2 gallons of red deck latex, I think we better just go with that instead of trying to match the house colors! Man, I used an electric paint sprayer, that is nice, you can do a 10 foot square section in like 10 minutes. Just be sure to run water (if latex) thru the sprayer right after you use it. It was the first time I used it, the water to thin needs to be plenty or it sprays out too thick.
See that Hollyhock flower, it is roughly the same color as that!
The curling of the leaves and whatever else it's doing has been going on since they were only about a foot tall. Indirect sun, mostly southern exposure thru some trees. I'll just keep watering everyday and miracle grow when I remember. lol.
Yes happy belated birthday happ! Hey, I think POSSIBLY my Blackberry starts might be taking off! I'll know more in a few days when these little wisp-of-leaves looking things either get bigger and look like leaves or they were just whatchacoms to deceive me! I know you don't see the full size photos but maybe you can still see the little nub looking things about halfway up the stems? Maybe this crazy heat made a big difference this time, maybe they really love it or something. I water them every day too. It is now 98° - http://www.kshb.com/subindex/weather/forecast/7_day_forecast It is forecast to be in the low hundreds all week except one day and that day 99.
My Grandparents are such misers, I called my Mom and told her it is real hot in their house, I was over there yesterday taking them some groceries, even at 7p I was sweating in there. They have 2 air conditioners but they are so frugal (cheap) that they keep them off! I told them to turn them on all the time, it is going to be stifling hot. My Mom was over there this morning, she got my message. I'm going to have to keep going over there this Summer and make sure it's on. They both have Alzheimers, my Grandfather pretty bad. He doesn't even realize it's real hot I don't think, and my Grandmother is the person that keeps the ac off. She says he turns it off but I don't think so. They aren't broke or anything, their just frugal as heck! They are from the day when everything cost a nickel.
Oh, the life of a Grandchild!
Mainly clear. Warm. Low 76F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
Grinning over your sweat band. Where did you find it?
YUCK on the color! Someone didn't mix their colors very well at the store.
Oh dear. You know, tke fresh, or cold air. My Grandma who was very sharp keept the windows closed and seemed just fine. Were your grandparents sweating? I would go orun the air twice a day for them at least. You really hate to think of their bodies suffering even if their mind is not.
Oh, HAPPY BELATED HAPP!!
It was hot today! I finally dug all the wilted, drying up and dried up astilbes, and transplanted them to the shade. They got a lot of water and I expect to see perky leaves tomorrow. This should have been done a lot earlier. I found one more I need to get.
Sunday we had a family reunion for DH's side. We always take my Dad :o)
We had the boys the night before, kept them after the reunion and took them home Monday. I stayed all day so DD could get the swimming pool set up without too many boys around to ''help.''
June is almost over. Boo hoo hoo. It's my favorite month.
Hi Sally, 76? That's a pretty high low there! It is getting real hot here too! Tomorrow they are forecasting 107°! I don't recall if they were sweating, they may have just had a sweaty sheen on them.
I went over there this late afternoon and their air was off and they weren't answering the door or the phone so I didn't know what to think. I guessed they were gone out to eat with one of their kids which they do several times a week, that's what they did come to find out. I'll ask my Mom to tell me when they do that so I don't have to worry, nevermind, she called while I was writing this, she says she won't call me to let me know when their out. I said, "oh I see, just let me burn my gas and use my minutes up calling them and going over there". I think Grandchildren kinda get the short end of the deal when it comes to helping Grandparents. Oh, it's okay to do stuff for them but don't ask for anything or any help! What am I going to do when I'm old, I don't have any kids!
I dropped the memory card to my camera that day, when I was looking for it I found my sweatband under this computer cart, just in time for some real sweat on the brow. When you wear glasses like I do, sweat getting on them is a big thing, it's like, "dangit, I can't see!".
Yeah, isn't that paint color on the shed putrid?! Pepper had it right, it is ugly with a capital U! Yeah, that paint mixer at Walmart should be ashamed of themself, how can they knowingly sell that to somebody?! I had already gone back to Walmart once to have them try to make it less pink, I think they made it more pink!
I'm not a fan of family reunions myself. I think my cousins like to see me to remind them how much worse they could be! My cousins are doing well, I even have one cousin, younger than me, who is a doctor!
Their all going bald though, I got that on them, I got a big head of hair!
June is your favorite month? June is a good month, I agree, maybe it's mine too!
Do they lock their doors when they leave? It would worry me too, now that the days are getting so hot, but how nice to get to go out with family for a meal!
Laughing, why won't your Mom tell you?
Laughing again. Isn't it funny how a person can find things?
I'd take the paint back and ask for my money, or has the time run out to do that?
I wish my family would do reuinions, but most of the older one's have passed and the younger don't come anyway. I don't care who does what. I just like to see everyone.
Big hair, LOL! Yep, you have a nice head of hair!
So, could you use the putrid paint as a base coat and go over it with another color?
We ran to town this morning and got home early. It's 103° on the screened in porch, but only 95° outside right now. I watered a few things and came in. I needed to catch up on recording the plants I've moved around so I don't forget to water them. Now I have to water one I forgot! I knew I'd be going out even if it is hot. I can't waste a day with sunshine and a breeze.
Will, the starts are beginning to put on roots in the water. I have them on the sill by my kitchen sink, so I watch them pretty closely. I was tickled to see roots!
Yes, the temps in Tulsa have been pretty miserable. We've already had a stretch of 100+ days with it continuing on the 7 day forecast. 106* is the highest predicted so far. And NO RAIN! Another summer like last year? I pray not! I spend my days watering and trying to get plants I have into the ground. I've been adding Moisture Crystals to everything I plant, pots AND inground! I would LOVE some low 90* temps!!!
I hate this dry weather. I don't mind watering, but I can't catch everything I'd like to help along. I only hope the plants next to those that get water can't tell, but I think plants can sense things like that.
The astilbes I moved have perked up and I see a couple blooms I didn't see yesterday. Yayyy!
Haha! Do they lock their doors when they leave? No. And they leave their valuables such as money and jewelry on the nightstand by the bed. They live at 4268 Canterbury Drive, Fairbanks, AK. I'm just kidding billyp!
That just looked funny! Yes, they do. I was over there tonight playing Chess and eating dinner. My Mom, an Aunt and an Uncle were there for dinner too. The big air conditioner was on today. My Grandpa was playing some good Chess today, he beat me fair and square 2 out of 3 games. My Grandma and Grandpa are pretty funny. My Grandma asks my Grandpa why he has such a big stack of books over there to be knocked off. My Grandpa says, "I see you pointing and your lips are moving, now what's that?". Oh, she probably wouldn't tell me because she isn't right in the head. That's probably where I get it! Just kidding, but I don't know, she is a funny sort, like myself!
Yeah, that's usually the way I find stuff, looking for something else I lost..lol
I don't think you can get a refund on custom paint, your either happy with it or too bad.
Awww.. I have a nice head of hair? Thanks, you do too!
A base color, maybe. I don't know how this is gonna work out, my friend don't really want that old deck red on her shed. What's left of the pink will probably end up being mixed with the red.
Great to hear that, Crit. That's quite a trip for some small cuttings in an envelope. Here's their Mommy Rose-Of-Sharon shrub, it's a big one. -
Thunderstorms likely this evening. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms overnight. A few storms may be severe. Low near 70F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
LOL! I'm sure they live on Canterbury Drive :o)
I think your Grandparents are pretty cool.
Hey, mixing the paint might work well enough.
Nice tall Rose of Sharon!
DD called yesterday in the heat of the day. She had a chance to go on a semi run with her DH. Could we take the kids overnight? All of them? So, the twins had their first over-nighter and did very well. I must say two small babies take up as much room as the two older boys when they were two and four! They will be spending another night in a week or so. I think DD got over any ''fear'' that they would wake up and miss her, LOL!
Glad yopu had a good birthday in spite of working. It should be a paid holiday...
Yesterday and this morning we finally got almost 8/10'' of badly needed rain. The field corn was standing straight up trying to conserve moisture and in some fields, have yellowed. Some of the beans are the same.
You got rain, Sally?! Shame on you! It is SO hot outside. I'm glad my friend likes it so cold in the house, my nose runs in the morning. I think just the heat is taking a toll on some plants, like this one 'Mini Penny' Hydrangea is always wilted and in some areas brown, I water it daily. I kinda don't really want to put a pitcher of ice-water on it several times everyday. It says it's 101° right now. - http://www.kshb.com/subindex/weather/forecast/7_day_forecast
Here is that Rose-Of-Sharon today, I trimmed it seriously last year. It hasn't phased it though, it is fuller and has really grown and really putting on buds, they are all over it, I can tell they are about to burst some lavender on me.
My Grandparents are cool. Next Summer will be their 70th wedding anniv. My only guess on their longevity is pretty stress-free lives, a good sense of humor and little to no sugar, oh, and definitely not smoking.
They are pretty deeply religious, that kinda makes for a worry-free and stress-free life I think.
I think the one Blackberry start that is a root sprout might be the only one that gonna take at this point. That's still kinda uncertain though. Happ, I hope your ready for a Blackberry plant cluster if this start takes!
You wanna hear something funny?! I say to my friend, since you had to put all those oddball microwave dishes back up there, it is harder to find the Rubbermaid ones now. She looks at me and says, "maybe I like rescuing oddballs", she was talking about me! I am glad I am odd! If you hafta to be something why not be odd?!
I thought I'd try some 12 foot tall Sunflowers out in the front for people to look at when they drive by, that'll be a sight! Here they are popping up from a seedpacket. Birds like sunflower seeds I think.
If those grow well you will most likely have every goldfinch in your state visiting. They ate all mine this year before they had even gotten started.
Six or seven years ago I grew one that was 32 inches across the seed cone,it had trunk not a stalk!
And odd is fun,, more fun than many things anyway,IT is the old of today that everybody has to be a documented as something that is more odd than odd.
Oh, I like Goldfinches! I think I've seen them before, it is a pretty bird. 32 inches across is big. I hope the description on the seed packet is accurate, they are called 'Mammoth' Sunflowers that get 12 feet tall.
Yeah, being odd is good most of the time! It thundered here but no rain yet! I don't know if it is actually going to rain, I kinda doubt it.
Okay, Black-Eyed Susans from seeds get over that half inch tall stage! I've had them before but they never get big! That other pot is empty, I hit it with a spray of water about a week ago that was too hard and I think it beat all the little sprouts in that pot too much.
Eeeek, time for a new thread already!
Systems being that way this morning. second try: #2 #3 Blue oat grass, you know the others .Going for more dry land plants lately ,of course that too may change after a while. Soggy outside this morning, makes me feel that way too ,when working with the garden.
Lightening thunder horrible high winds and not one drop of rain! ughhhh!
Drip hoses are going everywhere. I ate my first ripe tomatoes yesterday...June 30! Earliest ever.
Never thought of daylilies being a plant that needed alot of water and I haven't watered my but they are horrible dry, leaves turning brown, hope they are going dormant and not dead.
Beautiful pics everyone.
Corn around us is curling up in some of the fields. Gonna be a bad year.
Nice photos, juhur, very colorful. Is your camera set on email size, they are pretty small. Not that it's a bad thing, I bet the upload time on DG is real good. Mine take a while to upload to DG, sometimes I'll go to the refridgerator or something while they upload..lol
Glad to hear Coneflowers like the dry, but they always seemed to wilt before they were planted but come to think of it they never look wilted anymore since their planted. The one is still yellow with Aster Yellows but I just don't have the heart to dispose of it.
My Sunflowers just say Mammoth, it could be the same thing, they just left off the Russian part maybe. Here they are in their glory, those right of the seed packet I just threw in a bigger pot, surprised they haven't gotten ate yet. -
Here is the big pot of the root sprout Blackberry plant that I hope does like a root cutting, it seems to be taking off, the big leaves that were already there seem to be drying up and smaller leaves coming in. -
I think the soil here must be too acidic or something, several plants just get yellowed leaves like this Blue Angel Hosta. -
This Bumblebee sure likes some Hyssop, it landed like a foot in front of me when I was getting the next photo! -
Here is that next photo. I just wanted to give my 2 cents about something, just setting plants in a bucket of water seems to be a sure way for them to flourish, like this! -
I noticed at Walmart that they had a Rudbeckia, which is Black-Eyed Susan, I wonder why they don't say Black-Eyed Susan? Also, it was only hardy to 40 degrees, it was like a houseplant, but it sure was pretty.
I like Black-Eyed Susans though that overwinter outside.
I wanted to show my Butterfly Bush 'Blue Nanho' with a white butterfly on it! -
My DitchLilies from you happ are the same way, about half of the leaves are brown. My DitchLilies are just in a big planter.
I hope it isn't dying, maybe they are conserving energy by losing some leaves. I love a DitchLily!