Because I had shoulder surgery, I kinda let my gardens go. My iris were covered up with weeds and I am working on them now. They look pretty pitiful. Since it is normal to add a little fertilizer when planting iris at this time of year, should I add a little fertilizer to the existing ones now? They need a boost but I don't want to overdo it.
I ferted all my iris when I planted the new ones in late Aug. I use Ozmacoat the slow release brand.
We had an awful spring and many iris didnt bloom so I figured a little fert would be a nice treat to hold them until next year.
The stuff I value the most I learned here. My world has shrunk since I retired and I must say I am much more relaxed and happy. I will mix up the stuff for my iris. We had a heavy frost and 30-32F last night. Time to cut down peonies.
Yes. I think that is it. Not having to do things except as you perceive the priorities (for the most part.) The thought of having to make a meeting just sets up my hackles. I know it is from so many years of not controlling my own personal life; always putting work above all else. Stupid. But in a time when the only way to be acknowledged in the workplace was by being "super woman" it seemed the right thing. The craving for approval is a terrible driver. I still get a little tweak when someone I know gets a promotion or I by pass a really good job I know I could do well - better than well. But I now realize what the cost would be. I could not resist the call to excel, give more than required, all in the name of (whether I knew it or not -- and I do NOW) being admired. Sad. So I am happy to shut it all out, enjoy my garden and pond, my daughter and husband. I really don't miss that world.
I agree.I was self employed artist for 30 years.Its necessary to have high standards and always push yourself to create new work.
The whole lifestyle was great with the exception of commissions.I gave up doing them because there are so many people who didnt really want what they ordered,some just liked pulling my chain.
I learned how to state the terms in such a way that they didnt walk all over me for anything.
The part I dont miss is the outdoor art festivals especially in bad weather.
Wow. What a life. Can't imagine that. I was an accountant, controller level. About the antithesis of what you did. I don't have a creative bone in my body except for designing databases and spreadsheets. For me, that is like working cross word puzzles. I could so it as a hobby. But don't ask me to match colors or patterns. I do counted cross stitch but can't do crewel work. Just can't get the feel for it.
I believe my ground could use some lime.I pklan to fert. also, but this is for sure, I will need to dig, and replant.
Glad to know I wasn't alone this spring. I thought the thickness of growth was the reason for lack of blooms. Mike
that's what I have heard from a lot of different places. If we are still talking iris, if the clumps get too big the flowers get sparser. I get sort of tired of digging up the clumps and breaking them apart. I think come spring I will do the fertilizer thing and if I don't get good results I will plan to break them up in the fall.
Good point. Too late for this year by a bunch. We now have about 2-3" of snow. And I still have to climb into the pond to do cleanup and pull pumps. Yuk. that same would also apply to dividing up daylilies? I have the same problem with them. The fans are triple in some cases. Well, I will give them the same shot in the 'roots' as the iris next spring and then if no obvious results, out comes the knife.
I have tried a few times without much success. But then I didn't try very hard. A friend here has sent me a few to try again. One bloomed and it was just gorgeous. I have planted in them a variety of spots all over the yard to see where they like it the best. Next spring will be the answer. I have hopes as I really like them and the bearded iris are really iffy here. I have had them bloom and even returned and have huge fans but no flowers this summer. I suspect, lack of fertilizer, lack of sun, too much rain -- pick any one, while we had all three. Next summer I will fertilize in the spring, then again when they bloom and again in the fall. I think that's right.
200 to 300 feet of snow?? Holy Cow. I know you guys get hammered but my gosh. Sounds like Valdez. When you drive by houses down there you will see doors on the second floor with no steps to them. They are there because they get so much snow that they end up using the upstairs doors to get out on the snow as the ones down below are snowed in a good part of the winter.
No, inches. Sorry. Good grief, no. However, we do have houses from here up to the Adirondacks with the upper doors. But we haven't had to use that for many, many years. I can remember in my childhood we used to get much more snow. We had an upstairs door, and I remember Dad going out it just once. The logistics of the upper door just amaze me. Like where do you start to shovel something like that?
I looked it up as I wasn't really sure. The average is 87" here in Anchorage. Less in Fairbanks as they get colder and it gets too cold to snow. But over the last 20 years it has gotten warmer in Fairbanks. Rarely below -15 here in Anchorage. they still see -50 up there more times than they would like. It usually corresponds to our Christmas visit up there. lol
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
Okay, I admit it. I copied this. All I could remember was the first line and snippets of other lines. lol
So the change in temp is about the same for you as for us. I agree. I lived and worked in -40 and times -50 to -55 but didn't like it one bit. You can get used to it yourself, but your car never seems to. I was less concerned for me and my kids as we dressed for the weather and didn't take chances. But the poor car would just freeze into a cube, tires and all. Miserable. We preferred to walk if we could rather than take the car.