Well, we made it to Fall, drought, heat and all. Harvest from garden quite thin. Plenty of acorns. Falling leaves all have assorted holes and nibbles in them. So, I pause with you in our planetary journey as the light and dark have equal sway and remember a song from years ago to take with me on the journey ahead and hope we will all stay low to the ground and close to the earth in the days ahead.
LOW TO THE GROUND
Words and music by Libby Roderick
c Libby Roderick Music 1991
BMI. All rights reserved
From Thinking Like a Mountain
We stand on the edge of a cliff in the deepest night I've ever seen
People looking for light, people who cherish a dream
But the light's shining out from our eyes and the dream's resting deep in our souls
If it's magic we're needing to keep us from falling, it's magic we already know
It's music that keeps us alive, it's dancing that sets our hearts free
It's children remember the laughter in life, it's animals teach us to see
Stay low to the ground, live close to the earth, don't stray very far from your soul
It's simple things show us the reason we're here and it's simple things keeping us whole.
Tell me the place you were born, the lives your ancestors led
The ground that surrounded the people you love, the streams from which you were fed
It's the wind that carries the seed, and the seed that carries the song
The food that we're eating is rooted in soil, and it's soil that is keeping us strong
The temples are falling around us, we stand strong and fierce where they've been
I never have seen a holier sight than a person who sings in the wind
Our blood is the river of life, our joy is the sun on the land
All of the love that is inside this heart is more than one person can stand
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I am always glad for fall , will miss summer ,rarely looking forward to winter, and too impatient for spring and a chance to play outside without having to shovel snow. Still tomatoes and a few vegies coming in from the garden.
Takoma Park Municipal Leaf Compost - Going west on MD 410 - East-West Hwy, turn right on Maple at the light at the bottom of the hill. Go a few blocks and turn left on Ritchie Ave. Go up the hill, make a jog and Oswego is on your left. Turn onto Oswego and go to the end, about a block or so. Self-serve leaf compost is on the right. (At least this is how it was the last time I was there, which has been a number of years.)
SS. How did you manage to keep those aggressive dogs at bay until your fence was installed? In any event, good work! Since the dogs can no longer see you or your cat, have they calmed down some?
So, what plants, shrubs or trees might you be interested in for greening up that area? I'd be so tempted to do a quick and dirty 'raised bed" or two by just dumping whatever amendments, etc I could gather on top of compacted clay without working it in and all. 6-8 inches of good stuff can grow many a green thing!
Alternatively. I've been known to pile up fall leaves, run a mower over them once or twice and then plant my containers of plants where I might eventually dig them in. With enough leaves, they actually look like they are planted there! And the leaves over the compacted soil for the winter will loosen it up some by spring and they area will appear somewhat 'finished' while nature does its thing.
But that is just me, the lazy gardener before lazy gardening was cool. Have fun and let us know what plants we can bring for you at the next swap or sooner!
PS, Happy, LOVE your Mom's BDay gift to you! She sounds like a kindred spirit, too. Did she inspire your love of gardening?
For my 18th BDay My parents surprised me with a delivery of long stem red roses to my dorm with a card attached that said "One for every year we've loved you" There were only 17 roses! I know because my room mate and I both counted them as we placed them in the accompanying vase!
I took it in stride, but 17/18 did contribute to that nagging reservoir of "unlovability" we all wrestle with in our own ways. Not having high expectations is, I suppose, a learned behavior. Or, does one 'missing rose' discount the presence of 17 other fragrant beauties even if it wasn't intended? Which it wasn't. My parents were livid that the florist messed up once I finally told them about the mistake. Yeah, I finally told them after I couldn't figure out which year I wasn't loved!
See you all at the next swap. Sensitive extraordinaire, Judy
Thanks, Jan! I was *very* angry with the neighbors, but actually felt sorry for the dogs. The adults would chase the dogs around with branches/switches and threaten and yell at them. :(
Coleup, I hardy went outside this summer. Paul saw the backyard a few weeks ago, and he'd be able to tell you that it was very neglected, especially by the fence line. Most of the shade plants I got at the spring swap died from this neglect. :( Strawberry begonias, ferns, turtlehead, etc., all died.
Right now, I'm piling on the organic materials and waiting for more leaves to fall! I still need a ton of mulch, though.
And I was always told that flowers should be given in odd numbers. ;)
Funny you mention that--ss---I also remember that saying...Wow--this is digging deep into my past life.
Don't remember who said it or why...
coleup--I had a whole different perspective on the 17 roses and loving you one for every year...
Here WHY I had a different "take"...
You were in college (you mentioned a dorm) and as we all know--kids in 1st year college can
do many other things besides studying. Like partying--drinking--messing around, etc...
In other words--giving their parents gray hair--as college costs a lot of $$$$. And--many students
waste away a year flunking out of classes because of the above mentioned activities.
SO! I thought--your parents have loved you for 17 years-but were leaving the 18th year as a
"we will see...we will see...if we will still love you". Kind of a tongue-in-cheek reprimand...behave! Or else...
Anyway--that is what i thought...I always think psychology first...
Terri (ss) so glad you now have the comfort factor with that fence, and now a new gardening area opportunity as well! You'll have fun creating those beds.
My favorite presents received have always been "slightly" untraditional for what women usually wish for. One year I received rainbow trout for stocking the pond - pretty funny story about that (my birthday is in February) but I'll tell it later. On other occasions I received a 12' step ladder, a great new wheel barrow, a canadian hemlock, etc.. LOL
Yesterday, Mike called me at work to tell me that he had been sitting at the basement computer working on invoices, and he had an odd feeling that he was being watched. He had the door wide open because of the nice weather, and when he turned around to look, a deer was standing there in the door frame looking in. When he got up, the deer casually turned and started grazing on the plants in the garden. He finally called out to the deer "are you full yet?". The deer lifted its head, swiveled its neck around to look at him with those innocent doe eyes, and had a mouthful of my fine plants hanging from its mouth. The audacity of these deer LOL. I fear it will be a never ending battle...
The audacity of those innocent-looking creatures!! That was too funny. Guess it just wanted to share in the chores. Guess you better go to the sale to stock up on some new and tasty treats for them. Heehee
Your opening post was just lovely. Thank you so much.
Like SSgardener, I let a lot of areas go this past summer. Now I am trying to at least get things improved for the next season. I'm going to post on the Gardening Ethics thread about a choice I have made in the face of (1) age[ing] and (2) ever-new weeds/grasses.
Critter, I wanted to thank you for the heirloom phlox that you shared with us this spring. I have several different varieties, and they all got very bad mildew except for Felicia's phlox, even though they were all planted right next to each other. I just had to cut all of my phlox down, dig them up, and dispose of them (along with the soil), but Felicia's phlox is still blooming and looking beautiful.
Btw, this is a good reminder for myself to start being diligent about labeling.
SSg - In your post from Sept 28 you said that all the plants you recieved at the spring swap had died from neglect. Many plants go dormant and disappear at times of drought and neglect, only to re-appear later, perhaps the next spring. Do not presume your plants are all dead and dispose of them.
Greenthumb, it was mostly the plants by the fence line that were neglected. I'm hoping the cinnamon fern reappears. That was a really pretty fern. Some of the plants got "eaten up" by the aggressive ivy that was covering the chain link.
Which weather is right? We have predictions ranging from 28*F and 42*F for nighttime through just this weekend. Wish I could get a job as a forecaster, LOL I wonder if they get incentives if they get it right?
Maybe you could work for 2 stations and spread the forecast to insure at least one was right!
Anywho, we started migrating our tropicals to the greenhouse today. We have a few more to dig and pot before we get a killer frost. I also started to take cuttings of some of the more tender and expensive plants I'd like to have for next year. I probably have a dozen Persian Shields and some Lantana. We also potted the banana pups and placed the parents by the south-side of the compost to make heavy mulching easier.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Have you rooted a Lantana before? or are you just digging it up to keep in the GH?
I love lantanas--and they cost a bundle in a 4" pot in the spring.
I have 3 Lantana plants in my :YUK" bed. They never do much until about this time.
They seem to like the colder weather.
IF you are propagating these--[lease tell me what you are doing?
Nice weather today! As always--i was outside about 5 hrs. straight working away.
It is amazing how small chores can take hours to accomplish. Some were NOT so small!
Gita, Most commercial Lantana are raised from cutting, we used to stick cuttings in sand beds that were misted regularly. I try to include a leaf node and use root-tone. I'm trying them in Oasis under a dome with my Persian Shield. I may try some more in peat/sand mix if I have time, using a seed starter heat mat. That should produce a sturdy 2" that can be upsized to 4" before last frost (Mother's Day). Sorry for rambling. Ric
My Persian Shield cuttings rooted just as fast as the Coleus. I was amazed! I have 2 six-packs of them.
I do not think you need a dome for them. No harm--just that they will root fine just under some lights.
Oasis may be a good idea for the Lantana. Still not sure I have room to try more rooting things.
Both shelves in my small light set-up are now taken. I put my baby AV's under there too.
Donner has given me quite a few--and they were just languishing on my dim LR windowsill.
Also several pots of Blushing Suzy bunches--the leaf-bunches that grow along the vines-like every 6"-8".
This is an experiment. Just cutious if they will root. So far--they look good.
I am also almost done with collecting all the seeds that there are. Still a few straggler Zinnias,
but the seeds don't seem to be setting a well in this colder weather.
Now to sort them all out and organize them in the little baggies.
Holly, Did you see these pictures I posted on another Thread here? I am at a loss what kind of a Lily they came from
I saw the pods growing on this clump all summer--but I did not see any blooms.
However--it is behind my bird bath and a short stump in the back of my :YUK" bed corner. I may have missed it.
The leaves are shorter and more upright than the day Lilies right next to them.
I have a long ago memory that I planted these there. I thought they were Tiger Lilies growing from seed.
I remember how long it took--so when they got a semi-presentable size--I planted them in this tight spot.
Any guesses what kind of a "Lily" it may be??? They are NOT Tiger Lilies!!
Here are a few pictures:
1--Here is a pod and all the seeds. They are the size of a med. sized pea.
2-Here is the pod close-up. There were about 6 pods.
3--Here is the clump. You can see how tight they are--and also the leaves--thinner and upright.
Gita that is surely some kind of Lily but does NOT look quite like Belamcanda /Candy lily that I have. I think John was offering some sort of blackberry lily/ Belamcanda...I wonder .. Blackberry lily seeds turn black, I don't think they would stay red...but I could be mistaken of course.
Not sure about your seeds Gita. You are right about seeds not quite getting finished. I have tons of seeds on the Hyacinth Bean Vine and they sure don't look ready. I wonder if I take them now if they will mature.
Have to check the Castor Bean and see how those seeds look. Very frustrating to see so many seeds but not be able to harvest them for next year.
Sally, Funny story for you. A few weeks ago I found a loose bulb laying in a corner. I'm pretty sure it is one of the Gloriosa bulbs you gave me that I must have knocked down and it didn't get planted. So I potted it up and they are just starting to grow, I wonder if I will have Gloriosa Lilies growing in the GH this winter. Wouldn't that be fun?
Planting these "lilies" back in that corner pre-dates me knowing Ruby and John.
It really has been a long time ago. Do not know exactly when.
I know one thing! I will be keeping an eye on this little clump next year.
Better throw a handful of Bulb Food on it. it is in such a deprived, crowded in spot.
There are a few black Seed-balls on the plate. Look again. And--many of the red seeds are starting to shrivel up.
I am wondering what the seed inside there looks like...May have to peel one...The red is just a cover..I think.
I may also have to plant a couple of them and see what grows out of it. Yes! I shall do that...
Cold again! Supposed to be more cold nights coming up--I think Friday...42*.
May just have to turn on the heat...hate to--but there DOES come a time...
Lantana are easy to root. In fact, some of the spreaders will begin to root where they touch the ground, or can be bent down and covered with soil to create more. We always had one or two nodes for sticking cuttings. Best done before temps fall below 60, but, Ric, that bottom heat should help. "Confetti" was always easy, but I liked 'Tangerine' alot fragrance wise. Again, we grew them in a cool greenhouse over winter rather than keep them in active growth.
Gita, don't you overwinter your mandaville? Cut back to 12 inches and then put with brugs in basement?
Or are you over that? Sounds like you would enjoy an expanded lighting et up for your indoor winter gardening!
As I recall, Donner's AVs are gorgeous!
Holly and Ric I love your pics and how thoughtful of you to take your tropicals on a tour before reaching their winter digs! Remember many of us want to see before and after pics as the (heated!) greenhouse fills up. Would also be interested to hear of any plants you decide not to overwinter!
My Mandevilla is in a huge pot--maybe 18 diam. I have heard that they can be overwintered--
but it just seems too big an effort.
Here is one time "el cheapo me" will spend the 420 to get a good-sized, already growing plant.
About 3 or 4 years ago, I tried to overwinter it outside. It grows on the east side of my house.
So--NO blustery NW winds will get to it. I cut it back and wrapped burlap all around it and filled all
the space with dried leaves. Nothing came of it the next year.
Sadly--I ONLY have room for the 3' light set-up. It is in front of my BR window which also gets full sun.
Wish I had room for a 4-footer set-up...That would have also cost me a fraction of the 3-footer cost me.
I like it where it is--as i can always keep an eye on it, water when needed, turn thje trays around, etc...
Again--just to remind you all what it looks like...As you can see--there is no more room on either side.
This was taken a few years ago...
Gita those lily seeds might then be something like blackberry lily. My blackberry lily have their fans of leaves up on about five inches of stem. The flowers are much smaller than reg lily - like only two inches across, and so could be missed in bloom. Did you say you did not see or recall them in bloom?
I tried to overwinter a mandevilla with poor results- but mine probably not as hearty going in as gita's
This clump does not have any "fans". The leaves radiate out from the base.
Just went out again to see. The leaves are fairly stiff and and a bit sharp along the edges.
Like--I would not want to run my fingers up the edges too fast--might get a cut.
There are NO teeth or serration--they just feel a bit sharp.
I parted the clump a bit and took a picture of the base. Seems the leaves all radiate
from a central base. Seemed that this clump may be quite old---as I thought, since
I said I remember planting it a long time ago.
And--the mystery continues...but we shall see next year...
Here is the picture...plus one seed that has fallen down.
Hello all. I'm enjoying all the discussion on plant id's and cuttings - both are areas that I know absolutely nothing about. I don't think I'll ever have the knowledge that you guys have on plant id, but I actually tried taking cuttings from two scented geraniums (organge and rose). I picked them up in Berkley Springs, WV on a spring iris adventure with critter and my neighbor friend Cheryl. One of the things that I love when working with plants is that usually they are associated with good friends and good times, brings to mind many fond memories in the process. Well anyway, it was one of the easier chores that I tackled last weekend. If they take off, I'll be pretty excited. Nothing like hands on trial and error to start feeling comfortable with things that you don't have any experience with.
Tonight--37 degrees predicted here in East Baltimore County.
Get those plants in! Highs today--in the lower 60's. Another beautiful day, but the evenings
and mornings are pretty chilly. May just have to turn on the heat tonight...
I just got up--it is 55* in my house. BRRRRRRRRRRR...Hot coffee tastes good!
This is good weather to make a big pot of soup...
I suppose i will have to bring in my Spider plants HB's and some other stuff.
The brugs will have to wait. The Dr. is full of buds---again.
Will leave the CC's out for a bit yet. Saw a small flower bud forming on one of my babies
by the front door. Must be time...
Where, oh where, will I put all the25 pots of my baby CC's??? They are in 4" pots now
and will no longer fit on my window sashes...:o( Anxious to see some of the different colors...
Pinks and whites--as I gathered a lot of broken off sections last winter from the racks of CC's at Lowes.
The birds are so ravenous! Been feeding them for over a month already.
Been seeing a new one (to me)--a White Breasted Nuthatch. They are SO fast!
On that matter----Costco has a 40lb. bag of Audubon Bird seed for $19.99.
Full of both kinds of Sunflower seeds and hearts, Millet and Safflower seed. No Milo...
Compared to other places--I think this is an amazing deal. I have 2 bags waiting...
Have not opened them yet.
[quote="UMD_Terp"]Freeze warning tonight![/quote]
ACK! What to do with that huge pot of the Dr Seuss brug. And the Strelitzia- keep forgetting its over there. It looks great right now and the pot is not very big.
But considering myself lucky I am home today and might do something about it. Still, the trees are well leafy and giving some cover to potted plants underneath. . Its the sunny areas that will go first.
I planted several kinds of radish and winter type greens seeds yesterday. We'll see. No idea what they'll do.
Here they only said that actual freezing temps may be in the Northern and western Counties.
As I said--they have called for 37* here. Then tomorrow--we may have 70* again during the day.
I sure don't trust Mother Nature all the time...
As far as your Brugs--they will probably not be too affected, but i would throw and old sheet over them.
Use cloth pins to hold it on--clamp them on to a few branches.
I am not sure if I want to bring my 3 pots of Epis in yet. I believe they can take a snap.
They are SOOOO heavy. If I bring them in now--I do not want to take them outside again.
I shudder every time I hang those heavy pots on the ceiling hook. I can just see it come crashing down.
Then I will cuss a bit--but root up a bunch of new cuttings...:o)
Question, Sally----or anyone else...
If I sprinkle some leaves over some of my beds, could I dig off the top layer of my raised bed and
put that soil on top--keeping in mind that this layer has all the spores of the early blight from my tomatoes in it????
Would these affect other plants? Like DL's, Asters, Lenten Roses, Columbines, etc...
Carolyn said I should, deeply, dig up my raised bed and turn the top layer over to the bottom
so the Blight spores are down below. That will be a very hard chore!
My raised bed is already full of feeder roots from my Maple--in just 2 years. I cannot even dig
my trowel in there without a bit of a struggle. I am SOOOOO upset!!!
My neighbor has offered me his Mantis tiller. I may just use it--the heck with the spores...
Not everything can be done as directed by someone else, at least not by a more elderly person.
I knew this would happen! How I hate the thought of this nice raised bed becoming my "YUK" bed #2.
Well--gonna go outside and start assessing the situation...
At this point, I would think its impossible to accurately say what disease, if any, that the tomatoes had. Verticillium for example can only really be confirmed with lab testing. No home gardener wants to go to that expense, and besides the sick plants are long gone.
My current philosophy is to be as healthy as possible for the plants and let them ward off what they can. Healthy fertile soil, good water, good practices (yeah me too don't often practice what I preach)
Columbines, Daylilies have never had a disease that I see, except Columbines getting their own leaf miners. My personal philosophy is that putting leaves in the bed and topping with any soil will help you cultivate a really nice crop of good soil fungus and that net effect is good. I think all the baddies and all the goodies are always there and our care helps determine what predominates. But- as part of CARE I include NOT replanting similar plants, where one got sick.
I love coming on here and pretending I am smart and pretending I know just what to do... Now back to real life...
Well--I exhausted myself today again--as always...hauling inside and out.
Then came in and made 3 jars of pickles...At least that was partially a sit-down job.
I am exhausted because, first of all--I had to make space in my Shop for the plants coming in.
A lot of re-arranging of pots and "junk"...That took many seguays--not planned...
Brought into the Shop all my Clivias and 5 Amaryllis. Also my 2 pots of Pineapple Lily. 1st go at these---
any advice is welcome..please! The print out I Googled said they need a dormancy period. They will get that--
on the floor in my Shop. As will my one Calla Lily--also a first for me. They need to be inside--right?
Golly! The Clivias have grown taller again. Now they are touching the Shop Light sitting on the small tables.
I have 6 now--and still will sell any of them--now for $30 as they have grown so much. Also--all have bloomed.
D-mail me if you are interested. They bloom in early spring. VERY carefree plants!
Then--I brought in all my other plants into the LR and DR--all except the CC's. They are still outside.
Did put them all on my picnic table in a close bunch. Will throw a towel over my Babies by the front door...
The Epis are now hanging in their usual spots by my LR window and the Spider Plant HB's by my DR window.
Actually--feels like I have a few less plants that usual. probably due to Plant Swaps...YES!!!
Whatever is in my beds or containers (annuals) are now at the mercy of the weather.
Do not care! I have taken the cuttings that I wanted. Seeds collected--Coleus still looking nice outside.
Tempted to take more...NOPE!!!!
Will see how well the Dr. Seuss does--as it is full of buds again...
If you have room why not? I think next year im going to try more coleus and caladiums instead of inpatiens. I took as many coleus cuttings as I could last night and put them in old Welch jelly jam jars we use as glassware.
in my garden this year. They did well for me even though I have little sun. Mostly, I like how well they tolerated the heat! They are not wimpy plants by and means and they get huge! The two colors I chose 'Compact coral' and 'Compact blush' went very well with my many coleus, elephant ears and bananas.
I have some coleus rooting in my (Welch's?) glass, with blue tulips on it. It was my orange juice glass as a kid.
What does the virus do to Impatiens? Can you share a picture?
This fall--more than ever before, my Imps. all lost their leaves and there were just bare stems sticking up.
This happened in all my plantings of impatiens.
I know others had the same thing happen. WHY does this happen?
Are "Sunpatiens" sold in 6-packs like regular ones?
If not--are they in the "premium Annuals" category?
I love Impatiens--but they sure lost their pizzaz early this year. Heat?
Gita, Holly has all the cameras @ the beach, so I can't send a pic. The leaves turn yellow and drop. the flowers persist, then the plant just looks naked, bare stems. Take no cuttings! I replaced all ours with begonias before our garden tour for our greenhouse group. At Holly's mom's house they did fine, this year but next year I'm moving to begonias and vinca till they (the growers) release a virus-free variety. According to Judy the Sunpatiens are alright, but I'll wait a season or so, besides, I love begonias!
We had a hard freeze last night that devastated anything left out. I wish I had a camera to show y'all, but alas Holly has them at the beach. Looking out the window it appears the Grim Reaper passed this way. Just to start, the Alacasias look like they melted and the gazebo looks naked Ric
Wow Ric, a naked gazeebo. Yikes! Pretty abrubt change. Hopefully you can locate all those alocasia tubers underneathe the melted mush. And with some warmer weather there is the issue of them really trying to re-grow rather than accept early dormancy. Hope it isn't too hard to dry them out a bit and keep them cool enough...Sorry those mounds of mush are so hard to transfer to compost pile, too.
Have you gotten the greenhouse heater installed yet? Am assuming that you and Holly already brought in any of the really tenders that you'll do as houseplants.
Here, the temps got down to 47 and windy, but well above frost and freeze. Usually I end up triming my Elephant ears, etc instead of letting the frost take them. This week, my multiple containers of tropicals are dry enough to bring in, but the forecast is mid to upper 50's nite and 70 day. so I feel I have time for the big move to my unheated enclosed porch. (Wanted to paint the porch before the bring in but that can wait.
Maybe Onewish and Flowajen can loan you some Halloween decor so things don't look so bare!
Paul and Ric---
Thanks for the info. Sure sound like mine. I have seen this in other years--but not to this extent.
Will mention it to Bell Nursery--wonder if they know--or care?
Ric---Sorry you lost whatever was still in your garden. That sucks! Did the brugs make it through?
Or--had you, already. brought them in?
We did not get a freeze last night--as my Coleus and Wandering Jew all look OK.
They would be the first to go if we had had a frost. There was a dusting of frost on my lawn this morning though.
Just sent a good sized package of W.J. cuttings to someone in Ohio.
She was desperately pleading for some--so I jumped in and sent her a bunch. Why not? They will die soon anyway.
The better part of today will be spend chopping and dicing. My favorite pastime--while I watch TV.
Making my HUGE pot of Chili on Monday. It is that time of year--Soup or Chili.
My Chili rocks!!! And NOT because it will burn your mouth. I do not do that! It is moderately
spicy, but full of meat and beans and a lot of tomato products. Awesome!!!!
I can say that EVERY person that ever tasted it loved it. Including Moi... Gita
Gita could your unidentified plant be Agapanthus and there is another I am thinking of only it only grows as far as your zone ,so it has been a time since I have seen it. I look around awhile anyway, it is kinda fun to look up plants.
Wellllllll... Number 10 is HERE! Got a call about 2pm. DIL having some contractions. Son is at a weekend class north of Philly. Told her I'd be right over. Only 2 blocks away. Thought about washing my hair before I went. LOL. She called back within 2 min. Her water broke. Needless to say hair didn't get washed. Got on my bike cuz DIL had my car told hubby to follow me so he could get the kids. Felt like the witch in Wizard of Oz peddling as fast as my legs could go. Got her in the car, kids with pop pop, drove her to the hospital in Delaware praying she hung on especially on the bridge, went a little fast especially when she was in midst contraction, got there, dropped her off, parked the car, ran inside, my son made it from north of Philly in Langhorne down to Newark, De in record time. Once he arrived I came on home to take care of the kiddos. C section a little after 4. Grandson ? Name not decided yet. 7# 5oz. Don't know any other details yet. I'll be taking the kids home soon for bed. Will get to see him tomorrow. Very excited. He arrived a little early. She has been early with all the others, too. Due date Nov 8. Scheduled c section was going to be Nov.1. God had other plans. Whew! I'm exhausted and thankful I'm not the one giving birth today. Heehee
Wow!! Jan, I think you win the prize for the most exciting Saturday. Congratuations on the new arrival and on your excellent pedal work. Glad all involved are doing well and that your son got there in time. This will make for a wonderful family story to tell when baby is older.
The impatiens I got from HD turned yellow and died in the heat. Not sure if that was the virus or just from neglect. I hardly ever watered it. But the white and red impatiens I got at the swap are blooming their heads off! Definitely looking much better now than they did during the summer heat.
I don't think I got frost last night, either. The tender succulents, coleus, and others left out by mistake are all doing very well. Right now, my container plants look better than they did all summer, except for the caladiums which need to be dug up pretty soon.
Btw, I think I know the identity of the mystery animal that I saw a few weeks ago. I'm 90% sure that it was a mole. I saw a video of a mole recently, and that's exactly how it looked. It was just so odd to see it moving above ground in the middle of a sunny day. I heard that a neighbor two doors down found two snakes in his yard, and this mole was running in the opposite directions. I wonder if he was running away? I heard the neighbor relocated the snakes to a nearby park. I wish he'd give them to me instead! I'd love a couple of (non-venomous) snakes in my yard!
Jan--congratulations to your daughter--and you too. #!0 ???????? Wow!
She could just sneeze and have a baby!
Went looking today if I had any more naked impatiens anywhere in the yard , but the only
one I found was in a HB by my front door---just as naked as all the rest were.
1--Is this what you are all describing???
2--And right next to it is this amazing Ivy HB. It started years ago as a small, starter plant in a
2 1/2" pot. I got it to put in my container. Of course--it grew, and every year, I would dig it out
and pot it up and bring it in the house. Then pull it apart and put it in my containers..etc...etc...every year.
Now it is so big an beautiful! What a nice hanging basket!!! It hangs about 3' down.
It is like the Iceberg Ivies--small, variegated leaves. VERY hardy!
Heehee! That is grandybaby #10 from 4 sons and their wives. This baby is #4 for this son. Apparently he is adorable. As for pics, I don't do them with a camera and am not able to do it anymore with the iPad. Icabmobile changed something, so sorry about lack of pics.
I had started to dig up an area late this morning to dig out some awful bittersweet and then put in some shrubberies when I got the call. So things got put on the back burner. I am eager to know this baby's name. I know Jeff is rooting for a Jeffrey. We shall see. He told the siblings it should be Clem Cadiddlehopper. They thought that was hysterical!
Jan, congrats on the grandbaby. Can't get that image of wizard of oz witch peddling away on the bike. I am chuckling at the great visual of you making the mad dash. Wow, ten grandkids - what fun family gatherings you must have. On my mother's side, I am one of 19 grandkids. Some of my fondest memories are the family gatherings that we had at my grandparent's huge old home in Pittsburgh. I still keep in touch with most of them thru Facebook, where they all post pictures of the 28 kids from the next generation.
I wanted to pass along that Wal-mart has some amaryllis bulb kits in a Susan G. Komen collection. There were about 7 or 8 different varieties - more than the standards usually seen at the box stores at Christmast time. I picked up 'Amigo', 'Pink Diamond', and 'Princess'. Price is $7.97, and includes a white pot, soil, bulb, and spanish moss. Also, 50 cents from each package sold is donated to the cause.
As our chatting away dwindle along with the necessary garden talk and chores---
the leaves will be all raked and our gardens will e put to sleep--
I would like to extend a "challenge" to everyone...
WE NEED SOME NEW THREADS HERE! How about it? Anyone?
Something we can all gather around--as if by a bonfire on a cold fall day.
My "watched" list grows smaller and smaller every week. I am starting to feel a withdrawal
cause there is nothing new to chat about. May have to venture into other Regional Posts...
NOT my comfort level, though. Would not know too many people...
Surely, with the upcoming, busy Holiday season, someone could come up with a new topic...
Thanks. Been thinking to post this for a while now. Gita
It is odd that Termites would be swarming this time of year. Could they be ants?
If I ever find any termites in my rotting tree stump or RR- ties around my bed--
I just grab my Ant and Roach spray and blast them all. GONE in seconds...
Do you know how to tell an ant from a termite????
Ants have a very thin thorax (waist). Termites have no waist--they look like a grain of rice.
Besides--termites are VERY seldom seen in daylight--they are sleazy darkness creatures...
that is why they always build tunnels to cruise around in.
Also, if you find the shed wings- termite wings are all the same size but ant wings are in pairs of different sizes. (Google that and make sure I got it the right way around)
Don't call Terminix, I personally have very little faith in exterminators. They might tell you if you had termites, but if you really HAVE them now you don't need an expert to figure it out.
I have also heard/or read that Termites exist, naturally, around gardens anyway.
In mulches, in dead tree stumps, in rotting landscape ties, stacked firewood, scrap lumber, etc...
It is part of nature. Just be aware of that. Do not freak out if you find some in any of these places.
Deal with it in any way you can to get rid of them. Like I mentioned--Ant and Roach spray will do the trick.
The thing to remember is to keep all these kind of things away from the base of
your house. Same reason----they cannot navigate over light-exposed areas to get inside your house.
One fall I removed some yucca plants from a friend's yard at their request. I placed the plant material in a heavy black plastic construction clean-up bag and took it to my sister's. Intending to plant it, I left the tightly closed bag in the weeds at the edge of the property and promptly forgot about it. The next spring I found that the plant had sprouted through the bag and set roots through it too. While it was not variegated like yours, I think that yuccas are pretty hard to kill. From what I've read since, your division likely has sufficient roots to survive. Even cuttings of the stalk can be set in rooting mix and they will sprout.
GH gas heater was hooked up yesterday. So we will see how heating the GH over winter will work out. One of the Trop Hibs is blooming. Should have taken the pic yesterday as it is gone today. Looks like more coming on. Here is the Mandellivia and Ric taking his morning coffee in the GH on a rainy day.
This is to all who got those massive roots of the red canna that jen brought to Holly's Swap.
If you did not notice----the spent flower spikes have these BIG, black seeds in every spent bloom capsule.
These seeds are the size of a large pea.
Do not just cut these spent bloom spikes off and discard them!
My other cannas, I have grown for years, never had any obvious seeds on them.
Jen---I LOVED the blooms on your Canna! I got the last 2 root chunks that no one
else wanted. These are massive growers! The shiny, maroon roots are starting to come
above the ground. I can see them at the base of the plants.
Have you ever tried (just for fun) to grow out these seeds?
I always learn a lot reading about everyone's experimenting with different ways to tend to their plants. Lots of info gathered here today. Had this thread marked, but never ready until today. As always, very informative and it is always great to hear how others do things and their outcomes.
Jan, what great news about the grand baby boy. How exciting...ten grand children is a very good number. I have two that I absolutely adore. So glad that you shared about his birth with us. Sending lots of good and healthy thoughts your way.
Sally, my 6 yo grandson just called me so excited that it wasn't raining in Vermont for trick or treat. He is Jabba the Hut this year and little bro is Brave Knight. He also told me that no one in Vermont lost any of their power but he was hoping that they could just use flashlights in their house for one night. He also thinks that the freddie kruger costume of one friend is too scary.
I love the innocent perspective on what's scary. And his tip for tonight? "Don't trick or treat on an empty stomach or you might throw up"
Frost and freeze warnings here and all around on this Election Day.
Sally, are you working the polls again?
Thinking of Holly in the islands on her dive trip. Hope to see some pics of same when she returns safely. Hello to Ric if he is baching it again. How's that green house heater? Those pics of flooding and creeks become racing torrents in your neck of the woods, make me want to investigate flood insurance and wish my vehicles had better tires and much more clearance.
Heehee. For some reason I had a vision of you, coleup, sittin the driver's seat of a monster truck
Also looking forward to Holly's pics. Being underwater and breathing is such a surreal experience. Very freeing, but for some reason I can't relax and enjoy it as much as I would like. Guess the experience with a barracuda and my perceived danger (whether real or imagined) has imprinted on my brain.
lol Jan...That's it, I need a monster truck for my newspaper route! Wonder if my feet could reach the pedals or if my arms are strong enough to steer or I could see over the dashboard! Best start eating wheaties right away and bulkup alot!
That mind imprint thing is really powerful. I'm glad as winter approaches that I have a different rout from the one I had skid off the road and into ditches three times. Now I just have a lot of apprehension about snow slick hills! Mostly, I don't attempt them but park at the top and walk the papers down. I know, 'wimpy, wimpy, wimpy' but me and vehicle safe to deliver another day!
Jeff tells a story of delivering papers as a kid in a town outside of Syracuse, NY -so there was always lots of snow- and he had to jump off the sidewalk as a car came skidding down the hill and jumped the curb. Talk about mind imprint.
It's been years since I've been there, but my family and I used to love the Fish Market, http://www.fishmarketva.com/. We'd bike there and have peel-your-own-shrimp and beer... But there are gazillion restaurants to choose from.
I still have a bunch of Daff. bulbs in my basement from the ones I dug up this spring.
If you remember--i took many to Holly's swap and gave them away.
I kept some bigger bulbs of the reg. Daffs and also the tete-a-tete ones. Just a few.
I kind of would not want to give ALL of them away. I will not be planting them at this time.
What would be the best way to tide them over the winter and not have them dry up and die????
Would putting them in the fridge help????
Maybe--throwing them all in a big pot and putting some soil/peat moss over them????
I put the tete-a-tete bulbs that Sally gave me at our get-together last week in a pot, covered them with dirt, and stuck the pot out on the front porch to over winter. Took all of 10 minutes, and I've read that this method works pretty well. We shall see...
Yeah, I'm baching it again. I had Dr's appointments to keep. They gave me a tens unit and changed a couple of scripts to try and put off the knife. Bette Davis had it right, "Getting old isn't for sissies". I agree most heartily. Ric
Ric, hope dear Holly will return soon. Also hope that adjustments bring much relief and time to heal what ails and aches.
Did you hear about the experiment that was done with elderly men? They were told to pretend that they wereliving back in the 50 s and did the nursing home decor, foods, dress, music and old tv. magazines, etc for a week. At the end of a week blood pressure, and most other measurements of health status were improved and the men stood up straighter and had better balance and range of movements. etc.
Wonder if a trip back to the 60's would have a similar effect? Of course, some of us haven't much left that era!
Don't think I'm a sissy but I am more 'risk averse'. How's that greenhouse doing? Snow load rating?
Please note, I do windows and floors too. LOL
I take that as a compliment Sally. I spent a lot of time in my Grandmothers kitchen as well as her gardens, I learned a lot from her and my Grandfather. Ric
Ric, you are awesome - windows??? Alas, my windows have not been cleaned in years.
I am watching Scruffy this weekend. He is a West Highland Terrier, aka Westie. I have watched him many times over the years. Definitely a cutie pie. He is sitting here watching TV with me, literally - I've never seen another dog do this in my life. I thought dogs couldn't see the images on a TV, but this dog does. He gets all huffy when any animal is shown LOL.
Terri, You've seen our place, with 128sq' of windows in the great room alone we gotta' do windows. Since we retired even Holly does them. LOL
You've also seen Alfie so you know how I feel about my terrible terriers. He's a Cairn Terrier, pretty much the same dog only caramel colored with some darker coloring about the face. He doesn't watch TV, He's a bird watcher/chaser/barker, if it flies through his airspace, he's off like a rocket. Scruffy looks like a sweetie and terriers can be such company. Ric
Attention my neck of the woods Home Depot has become a clearance center for a number of area HDs that have already closed their outside garden areas and shipped their remaining trees and shrubs to Annapolis store.
This morning they were having a final clearance on Japanese Maples, I came home with an assortment including:
These were in 2 - 10 gal pots retailing from $40 to $180 per tree. I got almost $900 worth for just under $80!!!
There were some nice Bloodgoods and Ruths Reds available if anyone would like me to be your 'shopper' for these and I'll overwinter them , too.
Or, how about a Hydangea paniculata 'Winky Pinky" 10 gal pot for $5?
Just let me know asap as they may be clearing them as soon as tomorrow.
No blueberries Sally. I thought you weren't going to enlarge your patch so I didn't bring my homeless waifs to the swap. Let me know and we can work out something.
Also, let me know if you or your kids want to earn some cash money helping Wayne and I deliver papers in the wee hours of Thanksgiving Day or late Wed pm or afternoon, too (muscle power and/or independent delivery to our condo buildings.) The papers are rumered to be 'the largest ever' and are in three parts.
I am thankful for my customers and job
I am thankful for my customers and job
I am thankful for my customers and job
My mind is willing but my body is tired
I am thankful for my customers and job
PS Did I mention that I havepersonally delivered over 3.000.000 (yes Billion) papers?
Coleup, that's exactly what I was thinking! I need shrubs and trees along that back fence. It's mostly bright, open shade, protected from the wind. I think JMs and hydrangeas would do really well there.
I wonder what marathon runners go through? Like the "Virtual Game " of tennis or golf or, what ever task or goal we set ourselves to...there are lots of ways I can 'psych myself out rather than psych myself up'. They say the mind can't easily distinguis between reality and imagined reality, so the more I dread this delivery, the more I can be wearing myself out before I start! I do that with the Holidays, too. My "expectations" are off the charts so my prep has to be in part about reining them in...like that Que sera sera song, What will be will be. Thinking now that if I visualize that last paper being served and how good I will feel when I'm done will serve me better now.
Anybody watch that Ken Burns special on "The Dust Bowl" last night? Part 2 is tonight. Interesting comments on the role of hope in our lives as that which both 'keeps us going' and keeps us stuck repeating the same actions but expecting a different result.
I have seen read some things about that time a very long time ago. I found it very interesting. Have you seen the picks a few months ago out West there was a big dust storm. Can't remember either New Mex or Ariz. Reminded me very much of the pics I had seen from the Dust Bowl Pics.
Dang...must have been one day last week while outside I noticed that our Japanese Maple was in beautiful colors too. Meant to get the camera and go out and snap a shot or two. Didn't do it, just got up to look and see what it looked like today and I didn't see the tree at all!!! What?...upon further inspection...every single leaf is now off and laying under the naked branches...what a let down.
Coleup, you will need to bring two vans to the next swap.
Well guys, I had another acrobatic fall last night. I had a 12 pack of soda in one hand and a 12 pack of water in the other. I was punching in the code to open the garage door, and as soon as it started making noise, this wild black blur of an animal came flying out of the dog door. It startled me so much that I jumped. When I jumped, I fell against the generator still sitting outside the garage door from super storm Sandy. When I fell against the generator, I lost my balance, hit my right shoulder on the generator, kept falling, hit the back of my head on the cement apron, and somewhere in the mix I lost hold of the 12 pack of soda which went flying up in the air and came crashing down on my left knee. Too bad it wasn't caught on camera - I'm sure it was really graceful, deserving of a perfect 10 LOL. Other than a few very minor bruises, I am fine.
Anyhow, in the process of the fall, I saw that the wild black blur was a feral cat. When I think about it, I bet it has been taking shelter in my garage off and on for months by going in and out of the dog door. I have seen occasional holes in the trash bags - and I haven't seen any signs of mice this fall, so I like the idea of it hanging out. It obviously is doing fine on its own, but should I actually get cat food to leave out for it?
Geeze Teri! I am so glad you aren't more banged up!
You could leave some food out for sure. I am no pro at that. I'd think small amounts . If you don't know its habits, you might end up feeding some other critters too.
Ruby, mine too is dropping leaves very fast now.
Wow that dust storm. Now imagine living with that for years.
The posters on that thread were helpful and supportive to me in a similar feral cat appearance at my place in Jan.
Maybe I'll revive the tread or start a continuation as my last years feral kittens have become this years feral cats!
Teri, Glad you were not injured. They (ferals) can be as bad as rabbits, as Jan said. However, if it's a Tom and isn't spraying scent about (you'd know) a bit of dry cat food would probably not hurt. A semi-hungry cat is a better mouser and having a dry place to sleep is always welcome. I have a couple that sleep in the barn and I know the neighbors feed them. I like that arrangement, we have very few mice and I occasionally find a dead vole. LOL Ric
coleup, Judy did you figure out what JMs you may have and what I owe you? Drop me a Dmail. Thanks, Ric
Terri, Pat and I are glad that you are ok, but regret the lack of surveillance footage to post on U-tube. ;-)
I would suggest that you catch the cat and have it fixed/neutered so you keep the population under control. Go ahead and feed the cat some every day. Our cat gets all the food he wants and still catches any mouse/vole that he encounters. It is so ingrained that he is powerless not to.
I'd rather be gardening! Holiday house cleaning and shopping yesterday. Strictly house cleaning and baking today. I've finished all the windows and I'm just waiting for the freshly waxed wood and vinyl floors to dry now. I need to scrub all the painted floors yet, dust the great room, and vacuum the carpets, walls and ceilings. These things sort of fall off the TO DO list during the spring and summer.LOL Catching the darn dust rabbits is the hardest part. You gardeners know what I mean, the dust bunnies are all grown up and you know how rabbits multiply. I heard Noah had a problem convincing them, "Only two".
I'm planing to bake a pumpkin roll and two pies, using my gingersnap crust for one of them. Holly has her job timing almost perfected, she gets to miss all this fun. LOL Ric
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving all. I'm sure each and everyone of us can find plenty to be thankful for!
Oh dear, I think I deserve a **bonk** on the head, I'm such an old-fashioned chauvanist, but as I was reading Ric's post, I was sitting here, imagining Holly sitting there typing it, then was surprised when he talked about the pumpkin roll and pies, and Holly's job timing.. I had to go back and re-read, I was like WHAT!? Haahahahahaaa, shame on me!!! < =/ I know at least one thing Holly's thankful for!!!!!! < =D
You are right though Ric, many things to be thankful for, foremost is for a God who loves us all soooo much!! What would we do without our Daddy in Heaven, eh?
Another one of which is that, even though it's just DH and me today, I **am** Blessed with my wonderful Beloved DH, and we're going to have fun starting on that master bath renovation today! =) OK, well, we can only get so far as the first layer of mudding the walls (pre-paint), and doing a dry-run of laying the tiles out and cutting them...but it'll be fun to learn TOGETHER how to lay tile since we've never done this before. I'm thankful that my beautiful DH loves me enough (and LIKES me) to include me in this fun and want to 'hang out' with me like this.
I'm thankful for our beautiful son, and even though he's not with us (he's at college, his last year), I'm thankful that the last college bill IS PAID OFF!!! =) This wonderful son (John) is loving and giving and smart, a real Blessing.
And I am more thankful than I could ever say for the WEALTH of friends I have met and made here at Dave's Garden. THANK JESUS for all of you!!!!! < ='D
Oh yeah, and P.S. I'm also thankful for DH's co-worker's daughter, who's a chef at a high-end restaurant in DC, who baked us a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!! Now I have all the fixin's for pie-baking ... for another time! =)
Ric, thank you for validating the whole house cleaning priority thing - I can put that nagging guilty feeling to rest about how long and how often I neglect house cleaning in favor of gardening pursuits. I always manage to finally get to it, but usually after the dust bunnies have grown up to become rabbits - love how you put it LOL. Now, do you think you can have a chat with our husbands and convince them how "fun" cooking and house cleaning chores are HA HA HA. For that, I would be really THANKFUL! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
I am thankful for these wonderful, sunny days so late in the year so I can work on the remaining
garden chores today. Well--at least start on them. Won't get all of it done--I know...
As we all know though--once you start--there is no end...;o)
Not doing dinner this year...my daughter and her DH wanted to spend this day with her Dad.
OK with me---it is only fair to share...
Wishing you all the blessings of being together with your families...
We had such a nice day. Not quite all the family together, Jen and Jamie's family spent the day with the in-laws. We had a nice group of 9 for diner. It sure was yummy even if I did cook most of it myself. I am very grateful for Ric. He is just so great about jumping in and doing anything that needs done. He did all the cleaning, baked pies and did all the clean up.
Yes those gadget's sure are a comfort! Happy Thanksgiving..
I gave to the Red Cross while being thankful ...
Took a wire staple out of granny's little finger, didn't even bleed!!! My good deeds for this Holiday! see ya
Just got a call from my 6 and 3/4 year old grandson. Even though I wasn't there in Vermont, I was a big part of the day and celebration at the grandparents and cousins that live locally.
I just sent a package of winter boots for his little brother and included a few things for him, too. One was a baking soda/vinegar rocket that they set off in the backyard today. Big success! Went real high and then landed and rolled off the roof. Launched a second time by uncle who is a chemical engineer , almost got caught in a tree and just missed landing in the pool.
Thanks, Jan. It is rather like a marathon and I won't have to do it again for 365 days! My body did quite well praise the Lord! Will also make the rest of the huge holiday buy buy papers seem easier in comparision!
Also, on Wed three of my customers went out of their way to hand me a card and a tip and one gave me a hug! "Thankyou for all the hard work you do" is a blessing to me and all others who work hard in our world.
My same grandson said that he liked the rocket I sent, but even more he loved loved loved the book on Dragons! He told me that dragons used to be good and did important things and people used to thank them and bring them things, And then people stopped thanking them and bringing things and some of the dragons got mean.
Suspect that Holiday good deeds leeds to less meaness and more tame dragons!
Cold, overcast and windy today, it's enough to make you SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) if you are so inclined. I have to split some wood and then I'll go to the greenhouse and work, the perfect pick-me-up for a grey day. Ric
Doing some fall sowing. Some plants germinate better if sown in the fall rather than if winter sown. Starting some Frostweed, Jewelweed, Bunch Flower, Blue Flag and a number of other native wildflowers. We'll see how this works out.
On Thursday and Friday I too took advantage of the beautiful days and did a bit of garden maintence. I now have two large trash bags of debris to add to the compost bin. I have decided that nothing else gets done before spring, that is okay too. If there are more beautiful days and I have a few hours here and there, I will get back outside and take my pick of many of the beds which need attention. I stay indoors most of the time and the lack of garden maintenance falls in the area of out of sight, out of mind. Thankfully, the sights I see from the inside windows are good views and not too many ragged gardens without stretching to see them.
David, I am sure the seeds you have sown will do great and produce some more beauties for you to enjoy and share. hint, hint...I collected several sorts of seeds while out and about in the yard and now need to find the time at some point to clean them up and put away until next spring. I find it interesting that just a few years ago I had gads of some seeds and shared with many others and now find myself coming up short on them. The two that come to mind are Castor Bean seeds and Cleome. I may put out a request at some point if any of you have these particulars and have enough to share. Guess I should leave this topic until closer to the Seed Swap that will hopefully occur this winter at some point.
Speediebean, I always get a kick out of your posts. You are so full of life, on line and in person. So glad that you are enjoying your membership of our little gardening group. I know personally that this particular group has played a very major part in my social life for some years now and I love each and every one of you. i don't have to look very far around my house or in my yarden to be reminded of the goodness that comes from each of you. So many of my house plants and garden plants have come from you folks and I always think very kindly of you when seeing them. Thank you to all who have added to my plant enjoyment over these years.
I too am feeling particularly grateful these days. I need to remind myself of all of my blessing as we enter a time when I tend to get stressed very easily. I find that if I can keep an attitude of gratitude there isn't a lot of room for any negative thoughts and emotions. It isn't always easy to do but the pay off is good.
Gita...for some odd reason, the one that others find invasive...I have a hard time getting to live. There have been summers in the past when I had plenty of them, but for some reason I didn't have many this year. None to reproduce it would seem unless a seed or two has fallen and will surprise me next year. I got a tray from Pat and David but planted them in a large pot and they didn't so as great as if they had been planted in a garden.
If you don't mind, put my name on a small baggie of your Cleome seeds for me Gita. I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Will do, Ruby...There will be plenty of these seeds in my seed-box.
All the huge amount of seeds (over a cup-full) I have came from 3 plants in 2010.
Each pod holds about 40-50 seeds--so I do not understand why you never had any???
Did you try to collect them off the plant? There are zillions of the seed-pods up and down the stems.
When those skinny, long pods are ready--all you have to do is touch them and the seeds fall in your hands.
Sort of like shelling peas. ...in a miniature version.
As for growing from seed--I am thinking they may like the winter's striation to germinate.
Maybe I am wrong on that...I just know that mine were coming up in cracks all over the bed
the next year.
Cleome seedlings are easy to ID. The leaves look exactly like the ones on the adult plant.
I am familiar with the seeds and how to gather them. I think where I went wrong last year is that I didn't know they needed the cold temperatures in order to grow the next year, so ended up with lots of useless seeds that had spent the winter in my bedroom closet. Two years ago I had a beautiful stand of them in my front bed and this year only one or two popped up. I am not sure if during one of my spring clean ups if I pulled the seedlings out by mistakes or if they washed away during some heavy rains or snow melting or what...I just didn't have them as I wanted this year.
Anyway...that is the way it sometimes goes with gardening...one patch does great one year only to struggle the next and so forth and so on. Always a surprise to see what our beds will look like from year to year.
Anyway...hopefully I will be able to have much better looking Cleome to enjoy next summer.
We had a blast! She wore her princess dress for the day and most everybody we encountered commented to her how pretty she looked. She then informed them that it was her birthday. She got a lot of birthday wishes. She kept saying that the fish, etc were saying Hapy Birthday to her as they moved their mouths. In the big tank we saw a scuba Santa and an elf. She put her hand on the glass wall and Santa matched up with his own hand. Very cute.
Just finished the finale of DWTS. WOW A great season and great ending. I will not disclose the winner so those who have DVR get a chance to get caught up. Holly is one of those since she had to work tonight. LOL
I have most of the insulation done in the GH and will now pursue other means of conserving heat. To date I'm using a bit more fuel than planned. Ric
I too have watched every episode since DWTS started...It is amazing what these people can achieve!
As for last night--I keep wondering WHY the #2 winner couple decided to "break the rules" on purpose
knowing that there will be points deducted...
Was it, maybe, to give the winning couple a better chance to go home with the trophy?
It was always pointed out that he had never won the trophy. So--when he did--the whole house came down.
Not naming names here---as suggested.
Now what do I watch on Monday and Tuesday nights????? Gita
Gita, I don't think Shawn and Derek were trying to throw it as much as they were playing to the audience, a good response from fans (call in votes) would negate a few judges point very easily. Ric
Let's see Monday and Tuesday nights, hmmmm, Turner Classics, Nova, Discovery, Geographic, I think there should be something of interest, just not as entertaining! DWTS is probably one of my favs, I can move just like they do.
Well--I thought this season was one of the best--quality wise. What with it consisting of previous winners...
and no "klutzes"...Loved it!
I COULD NOT deal with Pamela Anderson from the first minute---Those faces she made!
The clenched teeth! The hair all over her face! The 4" heels--no one can dance in those--and she could not!!!!
She was so far from audience appeal--as she had to much of self-appeal. No signs of having fun!
Glad they threw her out the first week...
I also wished that Kristy Alley would have been the slim her as she was in the months
after the last DWTS episodes. Man! She was all over the media with her new, slim bod!
How fleeting that can be!!!!
Dieting does not work long term. It has to be a total life style change commitment.
What to watch Monday and Tuesday nights? Record Sunday and Monday night football and watch them on Monday and Tuesday nights, Tah-Dah! < =D GO STEELERS!! < =D (no, sorry, I'm not a DWTS fan, I'm a football fan... don't get me started...) ;)
Oh my gosh, "Do you need a new plant?".. that had me laughing out loud to the point where DH had to ask me "You having fun Dear?" heeheeheee, YES I WAS having fun with that! LOL!! "Get a plant and bribe the policeman with it, works every time!" Haahaahahahaaa!!! Darn that was good, thank you!!
You would not believe how long I spent in the post office today.
A box posted and two books of stamps bought. Wow I feel so lucky! Usually I am last minute with my box to send.
There were two 'new people' working today, maybe they got extra help for the season.
Did you know the mail was once delivered by missle? Yep, and by camel? Postal service is in the Constitution . NPR had an interesting segment on the history of the postal service on Sat, Check it out here. You can listen to it while you bake cookies!
A couple of Charles Goodyear's attempts of inventing were stories I always enjoyed , The rubber coated mail bag was one of Charlie's first fails because the bags were to heavy when coated,kept the mail dry in the wagon deliveries area's though.
Failed at rubber tires for wagons and their suspensions also,His family did all right with his failures later ,Let us all hope the postal service "fares?" better for the new year... poor Charlie,
Can't do cookies ,I am plain too fat already!!! goodness me and food!!
Funny thing about baking cookies (for me anyway), Juhur. I get so sick of tasting the first ones and smelling all the rest for all the days that I'm baking, that I really don't feel like eating them. If I had gotten them by purchasing at the bakery, I'd have a difficult time staying away from them at all!!
I was in Wallgreens today--and they had big Amaryllis bulbs in a glass "vase" of sorts.
Reminded me of something you would put over a candle--about 4"-5" across.
I believe they were $12.95 (??). Looked very classy!
Please do not buy the boxed gift sets--they are c--p!
I just tried looking up Wallgreens--no luck with the Amaryllis. G.
If you like--I can go pick one up for you. Then--when you come by, you will have it. Problem solved...
I don't mind--it is only a couple miles from my house, right next to the Safeway I go to all the time.
Not sure on the price--I know II said-$12.95--but it may be $14.95.
If you don't like it--I can return it tomorrow. LMK---Gita
Have you been watching the news. We had the TV/Radio off most of the day listening to Christmas music while we cleaned. Got a call from my older daughter about an hour ago asking if we had heard what had happened. All I can think about right now are my Grands and DD (teacher). I see the school bus going by in the development next to us. What a sad, sad thing, I keep thinking back to Columbine and wondering what is wrong with our society.
We have our GS JR for the weekend. Just came back from getting our Christmas Tree. While Ric and I get the tree up and lighted we sent him back to the neighbors behind us to play with their children. So I am not sure if I will have a couple of hours of peace while they all play in their woods or if he will come back with a gang to build with the marble maze in our living room. Either way it will be nice having him to help decorate the tree later. Holly
Absolutely NOTHING going on, Holiday, gardening, or otherwise around this house. I've caught the creeping crud that's been going around and I've been flat on my face for what feels like aeons.. but HollyAnn, DH came home from work the other day crying, and told me about what had happened. He had the hardest time getting the words out, we were both just utterly speechless. What an unspeakable tragedy. We have cried and prayed, and prayed some more for those families and that community, our hearts just absolutely break for them. So so so sad.
I hear you! It is unfathomable. Lots of prayers being said and lots of hugging of children. Hit my DIL especially hard when labels are being bantered about since our grandy is on the autism spectrum.
Praying you get to feeling better, speedie!!! Our company has been sick. Their flight here from TX was not very pleasant. Praying their return flight tomorrow is better. Grandy is feeling better, but her parents aren't.
Our Christmas choral presentation was last night. The kid's choir, adult choir and some kids on instruments shared. Methinks I will need to be a listener next year, cuz it was very difficult to sing after and with my grandies. Hard to see through teary eyes. And the words of another song teared me up and made my chin quiver. I'm sure it is distracting when my tissue comes out and I'm wiping my eyes. Several friends came and hugged me afterward, cuz they saw my emotions.
I'm not watching any of the news programs.
Well here is a little something to brighten up your days. My Hellebores are starting to put out blooms. I also have about 3 clumps of Italian Arum that are really looking good.
UMD_Terp, Do you have Hellebore in your woodland garden? If not they would be a great addition.
I need to go out and look at mine, Holly. Never occurred to me to look for buds now. I did notice that some of my hostas are starting to peek out of the ground!!
That tragedy in Sandy Hook took place while we had gotten together with another couple to bake cookies. Needless to say, our festive mood changed and we put it off for another day. Donna and I cried and the guys were speechless for a LONG time. I'm sure that it has found a permanent place in everyone's conscious and subconscious. The only slight relief comes when a prayer is raised up.
Jan, Yes just what I was thinking. There will be a lot of talk about gun control (not taking this conservation in that direction) but what we really need is some talk about how we treat those with mental illnesses. Good help is hard to find and paying for it is next to impossible. Insurance companies pay very little toward that type of care and those with the illnesses are quite often cash strapped. Not to mention the environmental questions on why are these type of illness on the rise? Or the social issues that makes violence a form of entertainment for our children. Really so many issues contribute to this type of incident.
Amen, HollyAnn, Amen. I guess before any of that gets started, it wouldn't hurt for more prayer to be started. LOTS more prayers. We gotta start somewhere, and in my mind, God's the best place to start, including (especially?) for those policy-makers.
[quote="HollyAnnS"]I'm not watching any of the news programs.
Well here is a little something to brighten up your days. My Hellebores are starting to put out blooms. I also have about 3 clumps of Italian Arum that are really looking good.
UMD_Terp, Do you have Hellebore in your woodland garden? If not they would be a great addition. [/quote]
I have a little seedling I got this year. I have no idea when it will bloom. I have heard hellebores are pretty, I honestly have never seen them in person though. And the flowers/blooms face down not up correct?
I have about 6 hellebores...These pictures are all from march--different years...
They are a welcome sight early in the spring.
You are right--the blooms all hang down--so it is hard to take a picture.
Here are some of them--the pictures being what they are...
Get some anywhere you can. It is worth it.
Yes mostly face down some have a more upright growth but mostly they face down. I still have a ton of seedlings so next spring I can share plenty of my little ones. They are pretty pricey to buy full size, they take about 3 years to flower so if you have the time or patience to grow them from seedlings you will save a good bit. They are really nice for a woodland garden and look good pretty much all year round. I get a bit of snow damage on the older bigger leaves but quite often the younger leaves and blooms are sticking out of the snow looking so pretty. They bloom for a very long time. I had flowers for half of last summer, too.
I have been thinking of dividing some of the bigger plants next spring so I might have some of those to share, also. I'll post some pics for you when I can.
I get tons of seedlings growing under the older ones. Gave quite a few away this past year. Haven't tried dividing the big ones yet. Did dig up a couple of the big ones and transplanted them at my DD house. They did very well.
Quick question about the Hellebores (pardon me Paul, please forgive my interruption): Have any of you started them from seed? How do you collect the seeds? Is there a link here one of you could direct me to, please? I'm PLENTY patient to do it, and if they're relatively easily collectible, I can nab some from the plants at work! Thank you! =)
Sorry Paul, tip-toe'ing back out again. < =/ Oh, but please let me say, I'm sure your amaryllis' will be fine. We've sold the "inexpensive" kits at work and they grow like mad, really really nicely! I think you'll be suprisingly pleased with your outcome... just don't plant them too deeply. =)
I haven't tried collecting seed or starting them by seed. My first ones were very small plants bought thru a co-op. But my plants drop seeds and new young seedlings are growing under the older plants. I should have plenty to share again this spring at the plant swap.
I have 8 amaryllis to give away as gifts this year. I ordered mine earlier this fall but I have bought the cheap ones at stores and they always do well.
Another bit of bright news, "Comfort Dogs" from all over the country have been arriving to Newtown to help in their very special way. And a quote from Mr Rogers:
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my motherís words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." -- Mister Rogers
Thanks Holly, and a belated Happy Birthday to you, too.
I had the incredible priviledge of being a Day Care Center teacher, a large center for 2 1/2 thru Kindergarden. One Fall, as new groups and attendees were forming, one little boy seemed particularly "lost". I watched as he wandered from one area to another in the large room, He began to sing softly, the Mr Rogers "Won't You Be My Neighbor" song.
From way across the room another little boy began to sing it too. And, they worked their way towards each other, untill by the final chorus they were at the same table and sat down and played together. They became fast friends and are still close after 27 years!
May we all keep singing out (Jan) and finding our neighbors and fast friends!
"It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...
It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...
I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we're together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?
Won't you please,
Won't you please?
Please won't you be my neighbor"
Happy birthday, Paul. My 50 year old son just loved Mr. Rogers. That program would calm and sooth him if he was upset about anything. It was a rare find on tv that was filled with mostly Astro Boy and all the other fast past programs.