Sally -- I don't know anything about the video I linked to (on our prior thread) -- or the video you referred to. The only reason I saw the link I posted to is that someone on a local garden list-serve send out the link. I did think it was lovely.
Yep, sinus congestion here, but on the way out. Thankful it wasn't the flu. I just want to throw open windows to air things out.
I love do overs!!!
Our grandson skunked us this morning in a game of Memory. My DH would have done better, but I just seemed to set up the grandy so well.(not intentionally either). It kinda concerned me cuz I really didn't remember the placements. Anyone try Lumosity? Maybe I need to watch Jeopardy again.
My son showed me Lumosity but I didn't want to get into a paid for site. I use Spider Solitaire for training in attention and memory, ahem...
happy- couple years ago, Pagancat showed a link to a video made by a guy...he let people all over the world submit pieces of video of themselves singing the song he had chosen, then put them together into a chorus. Hard to describe but fascinating.
Yes! I cannot believe you found that. Although the TED stuck in my head , I wasn't crazy there.
Phew! TED played a couple more talks while I listened and did other stuff. Now I feel pretty stupid and lazy, compared to the really incredible imaginative stuff goin on out there. THis one is about Duolingo, a language learning program that my kids have started using
Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration
Now that I know whats going on, I am kinda more excited to go do the intermediate French and make a contribution- maybe.
I can't say I "grow" strawberries--but I planted some early last summer. Gor a few to eat--not much.
I know they need to 'propagate" (by runners) for a year so there are more new new plants.
I do not know a lot about their culture--but I think I have read that the new plants are the ones that
I also "know" that they do not like to lay on soil, as the fruit would rot. You need to put a layer of
straw under the plants (dah! STRAW berries!!)...Many people never make the association.
You will also need to invest in some bird netting--unless you want to feed all the birds and other critters.
I believe many ground insects and pests also munch on berries.
Mine are green all winter long (so far). Looking forward to this summer to see if I get more yummies...
**IF your HD has the "Bonnie Vegetables" stand in outside garden--(They should! Look for tables under a green canopy)
they carry the best line of all kinds of vegetable plants, herbs, and even Onion Sets.
Everything is very healthy and they have an amazing assortment.
They are all potted in peat pots
I planted the strawberries that a friend of mine gave me at the beginning of March if not earlier .They produced the same year on and off all summer. I did not have any straws so I used shredded leaves and this worked out fine. I was not aware of strawberries having certain diseases. The only disease that you are going to have are the slugs who love them, the birds and the squirrels. The slugs do not kike wood ashes, and you can keep the other critters out with netting. If you are interested I have a friend of mine who has strawberry plants for sale , she sells them for 50 cents each, they are a fruiting size just let me know if you are interested. Bonnie plants are nice but overpriced for what they are .
I checked the U MD recommendations and then bought at local farmers store. But they are packed in 25 plants per pack I think it is- way too many (unless your container is a bathtub)
. So orchidfancy's friend sounds like the best choice for your containers, Terry
Orchidfancy, powdery mildew is a huge issue in my garden, and I know some strawberry cultivars are really susceptible. I've heard fungal disease is generally what kills them, but UMD says there are cultivars that are more resistant.
I would love to get some strawberry starts from your friend. I'm really close to College Park, and you can't beat 50 cents! I only need 8, so I'm happy about not needing to buy a whole 25 pack.
Gita, I've heard the same thing. It's not something I've tried yet, because to be honest, I'm kind of grossed out by the thought of the milk sticking to the leaves and getting spoiled in the summer heat. :P
Some cultivars that are pretty resistant to powdery mildew are Cruz, Earliglow, Lateglow, and Ranier. We sell Earliglow, Lateglow, and Ranier where I work, but I'm not sure where you'd find Cruz in this area. Then again, I have never looked. ;)
One of my projects this summer is going to be to get better containers for our patio.
So my question to you bargain-hunters: What is the best (read "cheap") local-ish source for large containers? I don't want to get anything that can't be left outside all winter, so that probably means some kind of plastic that is manufactured to not look like plastic - I know terra cotta will break. I've bought them at Costco before - maybe that is the best. I want to get a few large shrubs or dwarf trees... I'd love to get some dwarf cherry blossoms or other spring-flowering plants if such a thing exists.
Of course, if i get anything too big I won't be able to move it...
I've been down and out with the flue - hit me fast and hard Tue afternoon at work, and I felt so miserable that I took off Wed and Thu. Today was my regular Fri off, so I'm hoping with the days off and the weekend, I'll feel back to normal by Mon. I get an hour or so of energy, and then lay back down for a few hours to recoup. Anyway, I've been tackling the basement clutter during those bursts of energy, I found my bags of amaryllis bulbs - about 12 of them. They look like they have shrunk a lot, but still feel pretty firm. I re-read Jill's article on Amaryllis 101 to refresh my memory on how to pot them up. If they actually start growing I'll move them outside for the summer. Worth a try anyway. I like winter, but I am starting to go stir crazy looking at all the gardening catalogs and on-line vendor sites LOL.
Happy, I love the Wal-Mart for cheap stuff like that. I just bought 12 small (6") grey plastic pots for $1.27 each for potting up those amaryllis bulbs. The light grey with a little decorative flair will look nice in the conservatory (I've gotten tired of waiting for Mike to work on it, so I'm starting to use it with just the plywood floor and no electricity LOL). They had all sizes and a lot of colors. I've used the larger containers for herbs and they have held up well being left outside and neglected for a few seasons.
I am so sorry to hear about your Camelia it might have passed on this happen. Mine are doing well, the squirrels are starting to pick the buds and eat them I guess it is their version of tea, eating the buds. My pink camelia is also ready to bloom. Are you going to the seed swap? I will be going I live in College park and maybe we can ride together.
First side finished. Up to you to find my two mistakes lol.
Thank you. I am amazed that i seem to have got it all together nicely. All my individual selections playing together. There might be hope for the rest of the house.
Wow, Sally! I can't even hang a picture straight. :P
Orchid, squirrels eat camellia buds! Yikes! O_o
The squirrels in my yard have an abundance of acorns, so hopefully they'll leave the buds alone. I'm so envious of large established camellias in my neighborhood. I was hoping for something similar but it looks like that's not going to happen.
Hi Happy - The plastic ones I got for the herbs from Wal-mart a few years ago are probably 18" across, and they have bigger. I have also found some more decorative light-weight large pots at HD, but a little more $s.
The best deal I ever got was at at Nalls, a mom and pop nursery on Rt 7 near Berryville. They are heavy ceramic glazed pots for outdoor or indoor use, were not that expensive to start with compared to what I've seen at other nurseries, and were 50% off at their annual Christmas Eve clearance sale. They serve country ham biscuits and coffee to all the customers during the sale, very homey, and then shut down for the winter. Everything in the entire place is 50% off. Cheryl was getting a balled Christmas tree for her son Mark, and I made out with a bench, lots of pots, local honey and jams. Cheryl's van was packed to the roof! The biggest pots are really heavy, even more so full of soil, but I roll them around on plant coasters and somehow have manged to get them over the door threshold into the house for the winter by myself without too much trouble.
Happy, I always take the glazed pots inside for the winter. It is a lot of work to wash them, dry them, and move them inside, especially when some of them are big and heavy. You can use fiberglass pots like the one in the photo below. They are good looking and very light. You can leave them outside, but they do get damaged after several winters.
Costco has some very big pots in early spring each year. They are less expensive than what you get from nurseries.
PS. I just tried to click on the link I posted here, and the first thing I saw was the first photo in that post - a pile of compost. You have to click on "next photo" above the upper right corner of the photo to see the photo of my flower pots.
Would a serious, black, heavy duty plastic (nursery pot trees come in-long ago) be up your alley?
It is close to 2' diam. Have not measured. If you want it--you can have it.
Not pretty to look at--just black. maybe you can paint it to suit yourself?
It sits squat--so will not blow over. Tapered pots with leafy things in them can blow over easily.
I cannot tell you how many times my big Brugs have gone flat on the ground.
Gita, your so right about the shape of the pot. I finally put my Brugs in pots that were wide and not more narrow at the bottom. Much better results.
Terri, sorry you're under the weather. I was in the same shape when Flowajen mentioned getting the Cold and Flu Sambucol from Amazon.com. I was desperate, so I tried them with rush shipment. They actually work!!! Read about them on WebMd.com also.
Just wondering if a few people would like to split Eyeliner Lily Bulbs, Pink Pendula Begonia Bulbs, and Orange Picotee Begonia Bulbs. We get free shipping on orders over $99.00 and I would bring them to Jan's swap. I would take one order of 5 of the pink pendula myself. I left my bulbs in the pot and they froze. Never had such good looking pendulas before.
For the past two months I have been in the spring spirit , at least since I put my green house together at the other end of the yard. The part of the yard with a weird shape that you really do not know what to do with. Since the first picture of the green house standing , the whole area was cleared of the raspberries, they were either given away or put in a buckets waiting for me to make them a home. The vegetable beds were moved from the front yard to the official vegetable garden, the strawberries were dug and put aside in a container until I was ready to plant them, raspberries were transplanted and trimmed. When I moved the raised beds from the front yard I filled the base of the beds at their new location with composts with a lots of leaves, a layer of horse manure, another layer of compost and then the soil that was in the raised bed at the first place then I dusted the whole work with some wood ashes for a good measure. My future veggies should be happy there . . one bed is covered and I scattered some aurigula seeds, they are starting to come out so are the lettuce in the greenhouse. The strawberries were planted a month ago at the same time as I planted the Raspberries, the strawberries seem to be happy in their new home. now I am waiting for spring...
You really did some planning, Orchid. Should be some great veggies coming out of the new bed. The only veggies I grow are tomatoes and arugula. Can't find either really good ones at the market. Years ago we could get the soft leaved very spice arugala in the supermarkets, but now all they have are the bags of the sharp scallop edged ones that are not as flavorful.
SSGARDENER the squirrels last year gave up after 5 or 6 flower buds there were too many on the magnolia, they were overwhelmed, they could not eat that many... LOL they ate the bird seeds , or bread , or acorns... I did not ask
Sally, the tall brug behind the blooming one was of a different variety called "Xena" (see the photo below). I bought quite a few cuttings from online and unfortunately "Xena" was the only variety that rooted. The cutting was taken toward the tip of the branch and as a result the plant was lanky. I gave it a severe cut before bringing it in for the winter. We will see if I get a bushier plant this year.
Good luck for this year then. Incidentally, Gita has found that fat stem cuttings do much better than tips. It makes sense when you look at a brug in storage. THe tips get all shriveled up. I only mention this for those who might shop for cuttings.
THe one you gave me, is Dr Seuss correct? I guess in another month or so I'll start watering them and get them growing.
About brug cuttings, yes, cuttings from slightly older branches do root better as Gita always tells us. The 3 Dr Seuss cuttings I got from Gita were twice as thick as what I got from online and they all rooted beautifully. Very generous of Gita.
ROSES ARE RED:The Aurigula seeds that I have are from Europe they have a nice tangy taste .The Aurigula do relatively well but as soon as it get's hot they start bolting and reseed themselves which is fine with me , I have a second crop in the fall.They are cold weather plants like radishes. I also started some Mache but it is not doing much I think that the seedswere too old. The area where I have my vegetable garden get sun and shade alternatively all day which keep the plants from getting over heated and I use less water , it is also an area that is protected from the wind and my tomatoes produce longer. Gorgeous Brugmansia.
Ric and I are still not well and we really missed out on a great fun day with the kids and Grands. Here is my family at the local ski resort for a day of tubing. Besides Ric and I we are missing Jamie's wife Deb (sick) and Julies SO Ron (working). What a fun day they all had together. So nice to see my adult children spending a day together and all the cousins bonding.
So that would be youngest son Jamie with GS JR (9) on the left, oldest Daughter Julie with SO's daughter Marissia (8) then my twins Josh with SO Courtney and Jen with family husband Matt Lily (5) and Lucas (4). They had a great day took lots of pictures and Josh & Courtney stopped by to tell us all about it and download their pictures into my computer. They all have such busy lives so it is really nice to see them get a day to get together.
I get inexpensive smaller roses at Chamblees, really nice roses at Palatine, Heirloom and Regans (all online). Whenever I see a rose in a big box store I buy them. If I cultivate and feed them correctly they usually survive.
I have no sources of roses but just wanted to note a general Be Aware caution of ongoing reports of rose rosette disease around the country and in the Mid Atlantic area. So, buyer beware and learn what to look for to decrease the likelihood that you will introduce this disease to your roses.
Last year I spotted seven different diseased roses on seven difeerent properties on my paper route and some infected plants being sold at a big box store. Ignorance is not bliss in this situation. Thanks for listening and to all of you who read my posts and don't just skip over them because they might be a bummer! I know it is hard to hear about devastating diseases of hosta, coleus, impatiens, roses and even stink bugs! Judy
I will keep an eye out for these roses and how they look at my HD.
Is this Virus mostly seen on Knock Out Roses?
You truly are the "Garden Watchdog" for us all. Thank you!
Now--gonna ask you to remember if it was YOU who first alerted us to the
horrible Virus that was devastating all the Impatiens around the country/World??
I had had my Imps die a slow death for 2 years already and had no idea why!
I took some pictures and I copied out the information and took it to work and gave it to
Sue--my favorite Bell Nursery lady, and asked to pass it on to her higher-ups. She did.
I do not know the route this information took after that--but let me tell you this:
BELL NURSERY WILL NOT BE CARRYING ANY IMPATIENS THIS SEASON BECAUSE OF
THIS INFORMATION! I can already hear the ruckus from customers! The impatiens is almost the
#1 favorite garden plant in the USA>
Perhaps they looked further into this? Perhaps someone else already had this information?
Perhaps--they have me to thank--and I have YOU to thank. Who knows>????
Keep up the good work--and, I am sure, most of us eagerly read all you post.
Gita: That is horrible news about impatiens -- no matter how over-used they may be, I love them!
Aspen and Donner: I'm responding very late on the container question I posed. I didn't realize that the fiberglass containers don't last long -- and I really don't want to deal with taking care of ceramic or terracotta ones.
Gita: Thanks for the offer of the plastic pot. I have a lot of those -- my goal is to move to better-looking pots this year, for at least some plants.
Question to all: What is the best bet for long-lasting containers for outside? I know terracotta is out, and I now know that fiberglass doesn't last long...
I have a couple large pots that look just like stone/concrete that have been sitting
outside for years and still look good. They are NOT the ones made from "foam"--
but really a solid kind of material.
I would say--look for these "stone" looking pots. They are quite decorative and long lasting.
Gonna go out and take a couple pictures to show you. Hold on...
1--I have 2 of these. Got them at HD several years ago on clearance. I plant my Brugs in these...
2--This one is a real heavy duty something...Not the 'foam"--not Plastic...don't know what it is made of.
This is my big pot I always use for a BIG combo planter
3--Combo planter--July 2012
Yes, Gita, I did alert us here to this disease of impatiens but the horticulture/bedding plant industry has been aware of its presence in this country since at least 2004. There is no cure, only preventative measures, mostly applicable only by commercial growers and suppliers, and, as I understand it, can mask any identifiable symptoms of diseased plants until after sold and planted by the consumer whose growing conditions cannot be as controlled for Impatiens Downey Mildew growth as in a commercial green house, Spores live, overwinter for two or more years in the soil and can be splashed up onto a healthy plant when watering, etc. Anywway, thanks for getting the word out and see you over on new thread! Judy
I've just spent the last hour reading all the provided posts you shared Judy, (and their accompanying sub-posts), and WOW, I am floored!!! I've never grown roses, I've only cared for them at work, and I had never heard of this before. This will stay at the very tip-top of my mind when I return to work in a few weeks!! My first day I'm going to walk through all the rose beds with an eagle eye and share my findings with BossLady.. and pray that I *have* no findings to report!
Thank you a TON for sharing this Judy!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX
How dreadful. I looked at the rose pictures , heart breaking. Is there anything that can be done about it .Several years ago fire blight killed my roses, my Amalanchier the Pyracantha all that in less than eight weeks. One of the roses was New Dawn, the rose was huge and wrapped around my porch and bloomed at the same time as my clematis Jackmanii. it was horrible. Would copper sulfate work?
My roses bloomed all the way to the first big frost non stop. they bloom most of the summer, they are in an area that get full sun and shade at different time of the day. They are the David Austin roses . I like his roses for their fragrance.
Picture taken in January of one of my roses. Rose with seeding anemones . Anyone want anemones seeds?
It is beautiful out there today and pretty warm as well. We had a nice light wet snow last night and left everything looking so pretty this morning. It is all pretty much gone now. Only a bit in the shady areas.
I love to watch the snow fall sitting by the fireplace with some friends and sip on some hot buttered rum. The only time that I really enjoy it never touch it otherwise... Since we seldom have snow well I do enjoy the fireplace on but no hot buttered rum LOL . I got up with a cold and I am so upset I cant go to the seeds swap because i would be swapping more than seeds. That i do not want to do... snifff sniff
President's Holiday, so I am off. Having a great time potting up more seeds, figuring out a timer for my plant shelf lights, and potting up dried up things that I found when cleaning out the garden "stuff" pile in the basement. I found a paper bag of 3 begonia picotee bridesmaid and a paper bag of 15 oxalis brigit. I got them from a coop a few years back, and never planted them. It didn't take much effort to pot them up, and it is kind of a fun experiment to see if anything grows. There are a few other orphan bags of things to try planting out next fall. The 10 amaryllis bulbs that I found and potted up two weeks ago are not doing anything other than sprouting morning glory seeds that must have been in the soil I reused from last years' seed starting effort LOL. Jill told me to try a heat mat under them, so I just finished setting that up. Hope that does the trick. I love these days off - time for a nap...
My cat eats everything, so i have to keep overwintering tropicals in the room over the garage. But the few plants I keep in the kitchen the cat considers as fair game. That being said, I bought a lemon grass and a cat grass when Jill took us to Dutch Farms (or whatever it is called) following the swap. The cat grass was advertised as something good for cats that would help with hairballs, and we thought it might deter the cat from the few remaining indoor plants. The cat headed straight for the lemon grass before we could hide it, ate a lot, and threw up. We put the lemon grass in the room over the garage. The cat steadfastly ignores the cat grass.
Happy--et al with cats---(PS--I done have any at the time)
If you sprayed the cat(s) with water every time they went to eat your plants,
would he/she not, eventually, learn to leave that plant alone???
Thinking along the lines of Behavior Modification. Cats hate water...
What is that show on TV where the man comes into your home and teaches you
how to change the wild behaviors of the client's cats and dogs???
Random cat observations here. I have no indoor house plants aand haven't for many years.
In the Spring, my mostly indoor cats can't wait to get outside...like some primal force is driving them (Yes, they are 'fixed') they make a beeline for early clumps of grass or chives, long green and tender or, they chew on liriope leaves but don't eat them. My theory is that the grass/chive munchies are a spring tonic kind of intestinal cleanse (few hair balls) The chewing of the liriope leaves, biting them over and over, I think may have to do with dental cleansing or flossing with plant fibers. Cats are carnivores after all so I have found mine to be quite selective when it comes to plants ie, not just any plant will do.
Happy, there is not a window in my house that will support the kinds of house plants I love and have grown before. Instead of keeping my tropicals, etc limping through the winter, we all mercifully go into semi-dormancy and my plants all stay on my unheated enclosed porch until it is safe to go outside again. Only one room to clean up dropped leaves from! Most winters I don't even go in to check on them.
I know it sounds weird, but remember that by my having worked for various greenhouse growers and years as a plant merchandizer, etc, I have more growing plant exposure than most people over a life time. I suppose this camels' hump of greeness and blooms helps me span the desert of winter blahs or cabin fever. And winter here really is so so short. More like a nap than a long sleep.
Do love those years I can get an early start on the Monas...that blue is just so special.
Hey Paul, with your interest in rhodies, have you ever run into a couple from Gambrills, MD who are big time into the rhodie societies at their local level and at the national level? Gambrills is near Severnal Park, Millersville, etc... Rosa was a coworker of mine for many years, and is now retired. She and her husband have the most fantastic 2 acre display garden at their home that they open to the public every year. When we worked together, I went several years but haven't made it over there since her retirement.
I haven't come across them. But there is more than one chapter in Maryland. Also believe it or not the Rhodo people don't consider themselves Azalea people and vice-versa. Is a square always a rectangle? The Rectangle is not always a square!
With the Mason-Dixon chapter of ARS. I have only been to one meeting to join, I do participate in work days and lend a hand at their plant sale around mothers day. With only a handful of meetings a year it is easy to miss most. It's possible they could be members of the chapter and I have not come across them, I believe M-D has over 100. Of course I could be mistaken. I'd love to see their plants as well.
If anybody is interested I can direct you to a member in Columbia who is very open to visitors. He has planted his rhodos across a few of his neighbors yards and the shared public land. He can name most of them without looking and loves giving tours. DM me if interested.
I've just Dmailed Paul to see if he'd like to start a Rhod/Azalea thread for us. Sounds like there is interest and maybe some mini trips to set up as well as propagation tips and results to be shared. Yipeeeee
I don't think it is necessary to always start a new thread, just because someone expresses an
interest in something.
These new Threads tend to just waste away...with about 12-15 posts...
It also becomes confusing to always have to go to this thread and that--which basically covers
nothing all that different than can be discussed in a "neck of the woods" Thread.
Holly, Thank you, my vote has been posted! < =) Aaawww, they're so cute!!
And Paul, yes (to answer your question), a square is always a rectangle, quadrilaterals with all 4 angles being right angles. AKA: An Azalea is always a Rhododendron is an Ericaceae... I don't care what those snobs say. =P
Thanks everyone for voting.
Yeah, I just don't understand the Azalea - Rhodie issue. But they sure are very pretty. Since we limbed up a few of the trees out front I have been able to plant a few more Azaleas, Rhodies and several other shade loving plants and shrubs.
Terp, I think the Potomac Valley chapter of ARS is actually closest to me. The president of that chapter has a beautiful garden in McLean that I'm going to try to visit as well. He has a gorgeous rhodo called Caroline that I want.
My neighbor has a beautiful Rhodo. it is not uncommon--one of the more upright-growing ones.
Gorgeous purple/blue/pink blooms.
If I had room--I would root a cutting from it. She just bends down a branch, puts a brick on it--and in a
couple of years has a new bush. That was several years ago. She does not garden much any more.
She has back and hip problems. She also needs to lose about 50lbs so she can bend and move.
In one of Devon's posts, she was jokingly talking about changing her DG name to shady_macomb or clay_macomb. It got me wondering about our DG names and how we came up with them.
I can figure out the ones that are based on your first name - like HollyAnnS, sallyg, Gitagal, Chantell, Jan23, flowAjen, rubyw, Bec_No_Va, JBerger
And I can guess that others came from hobbies or interests - like Roses_R_Red, orchidfancy, UMD_Terp, greenthumb99 (99 cuz the lower sequential numbers were taken and David was tired of trying to find the next available one LOL), ssgardener (ss - silver springs?), critterologist (I think cuz of her background education as a biologist? and interest in animals of all kinds)
But others, hmmmmmm...
Others I know, because I asked:
ecnalg - backward glance, isn't that creative?
donnerville - her family home in England
And last - mine, aspenhill - the name of my place in Lucketts. Many properties in Loudoun County are named, and I came up with Aspen Hill in memory of Aspen, an American Eskimo dog who was my constant companion during the house building years. My DG profile pic is of Aspen as a pup and is used for the "Aspen Hill" logo.
Aspen Hill, I thought had an unusual for this area stand of Aspen trees as a name origin!
I am guessing that 'Buttoneer" is for the collecting and selling of antique buttons.
I'm sure most of us know that sallg resides in castle anne arundel...but no she has moved again!!!!
Thought Happy's name could be "SSS"macomb" for Steep Shady Slope.
Me? Coleup? Coleup is a typo of Coleus the reason I found Daves to talk with other coleus lovers and then MAF because maybe some lived close enough to trade stories and plants.! I had 102 named varieties when I joined and have grown almost 300 lifetime, Don't know why, but coleus make me happy!
LOL, I tried to get him his on screen name but he won't go. LOL
I do know that Happy's name is her Stripper Name. For those that don't know what your stripper name would be. It is a mix of your first pet and the street you lived on when a child. So my SN would be Tammy Park. Like gee Tammy you can Park it here...(wink wink). That gives us a whole other discussion.
I tried to get DG to give me some kind of family discount for Ric to have his own acct but they wouldn't /couldn't give me a discount and Ric won't pay full price just to have his own separate postings. So we just confuse you all instead. LOL
Oh, this is getting good. Judy's wit is too funny, and I like Paul's "Holly Annd Sometimes Ric" interpretation.
Stripper names??? First heard of that one. I guess mine would sound very very haughty... (haughty said with an English accent). How does Winchester Abbington grab you? Not very va va va voom I'm afraid.
When I was trying to choose a "user name"--(back in 2003)--I went through a pile of garden-related names..
The first I wanted was "gardengal"--but that was taken--of course! So--after 15 minutes of trying to come up with
something I liked--I decided to insert my real name. How many Gitas can there be? hence--"gitagal".
Not to give up on gardengal--it became the first part of my e-mail address...gardengalgita--------
Wish I could come up with a Stripper name--just for laughs--but i did not grow up in the USA and never
had a pet as a child.
LOL---When i first read about "Happy" having a Stripper name--I, immediately, thought that maybe
she had been a stripper in her younger days...
coleup--I always figured that your name was connected to Coleus...
Re "onewish"--at Holly's first Swap--I asked her--"So! What is your ONE wish"????
Her reply was--"I'll never tell!"...
"greenthunmb" had a name twin on GW, where i spent my first 2 years as a member of a gardening website.
Except--his name was "TNgreenthumb". He helped me learn a lot about Brugs. His were trees!!!
Yes! This is a neat topic!!! Hm...maybe I will start a new Thread...;o}...just kidding...smile!.
My name-catbird423- came about because I had a cat (only 1 at the time) and my name is Robin, hence the bird part, the numbers are me birthday. Now that you all know that I shall expect wonderful birthday wishes from all of you, lol.
"Pud Hardwood"!?!?!? Haahahahahaaa!!!!!!!!! Hmmm... I guess my SN would be "Bugsy Muscatine". Sounds more like a cheap 1930's thug!
My username.. well, a long time ago, when I was "into" NASCAR, I was visiting my Mom. We went shopping and ... y'all remember those "beanie babies"? Well, we found these "beanie" cars, like NASCAR cars.. and on the tag was the name "Speediebeanie"... I just HAD to have it. Bought a #6 car, for my favourite driver at the time (Mark Martin), and "borrowed" the name on the tag while I was at it. ;)
That's Powerful Pud Hardwood to you, Speediebean (aka covers a lot of ground quickly).
Bugsy Muscadine used to hang out at Mickey's Inn near the small town of Bootsville, especially after a big auto race. One night because of a dispute about racey postings in the town, Sheriff "Tramp" Hardwood, younger brother of "Puddin", under color of typographic legacy, deputized Queenie Main and Tammy Park to immediately change all of the town welcome signs to " Bootyville Estates" and Bootsville was no more .
Because of this name change Marquette Jandy, famous for his debates on "When is a square a rectangle?"and Winchester Abbington, developer of the "Endless Pond" for dogs who love to swim, driving back from college that night never did find their way back home and ended up in Maryland with The Tigger Plymouth Band, originally from England, who often appear in swap concerts with Happy Macomb and the Gitagal Volleyballers.
Tammy and Mickey eventually got together and in a nod to the letter of the law changed the Inn's neon sign to Booty Mickeys Inn as that's all there was room for although rumor has it that one of Mickey's projects is to build a better sign as soon as he finishes his mapping (Sorry, typo legacy again) napping.
Sadly, with "bootsy"" already taken, my SN second choice is 78 Mittens. Sigh. In my cabin fever delirium I may change it to third choice Maxie (typo) Free Delivery.
Hillarious--Judy!!! Your mind works like a well oiled turbine...
Well--my daughters got their first kittens when they were about 7 and 10??
They were brother and sister--all black and white. The girls named them Tina and Taffy.
Of course--they were my first pets as well. The kids bring them home--and the parents take care of them.
Now--The street in Latvia that i grew up on (til age 7) was called Prince Street. (translating from "Princu" here).
So--I suppose I could be Tina Prince or Taffy Prince. Take your pick! I like Taffy Prince better, as I have a sweet tooth.
OMG so you are the Taffy Prince (originally of Candyland) who started The Taffy Prince National HousePlant Arboretum and YUK Beds half way between Mickey's Inn and Castle Arundel? Wow. No wonder Bootyville Estates is so lovely!
I have heard about your plans to establish fig growing in the area along with the Brugmansia and cc campaigns. Your on-line advice and tutorials are priceless! Is it true that you have been nominated to receive the N Diamond Prolific Plant Propagator Award? You are a household name in Bootyville Estates!
ROFLOL, I just knew this would get hysterical.
So I am working this weekend just 2 days Fri and Sat for 6 hours each day. I am working at the local Garden Expo this time so much more interesting than the last job at the Car Show. LOL I went in a little early so I could look around for a little bit, didn't take more than 15 minutes before I bought a plant.
Glad you said that Queenie as a newcomer to town I am fascinated by the history embodied in this place. For instance...
Did you know that a reality show pilot was done called "The Real Gardeners of Bootyville Estates"?
It first aired just over seven years ago, Feb 10, 2006 to be exact. Unfortunately most of the footage is no longer available for airing, but many posts and story lines have been preserved giving a good glimpse into the outline of the town and its gardeners.
Taffy, Taffy, taffy I'm afraid you will have to get your stunt double Tina to concoct such a roster as my well-oiled turban is in for, well, re-oiling and I'm ever so busy procuring replacement mittens for those I lost in the high winds this week.
Thank you for thinking about me when I was sick. I had some sort of cold that kept me down for several days . I have not been on the computer until today and let my husband sort all my mail for me . He is so sweet. Other issues have come up that are more than a cold , Can't win all the time. I have been thinking about doing some gardening and starting some seeds but only thinking.
One good thing all my Orchids are in various blooming state and this is good I cant wait for the weather to break so I can outside regardless of what , wing, little rain I just go into the greenhouse and start something.
You are so good at looking up things...
Could you try to find, and post, a listing of what diseases which tomatoes
are resistant to? Please!
Because of my blight last 2 years--I want to try one, regular tomato (hybrid)
but would like to choose the one that will make it...Maybe Celebrity?
Won't grow the heirloom ones---they don't seem to have any disease resistance...
I have THREE seeds someone sent me that will try to grow. it is called Black Cherry.
Want to grow that as my cherry d'jour. However--it IS an heirloom.
[quote="orchidfancy"]Thank you for thinking about me when I was sick. I had some sort of cold that kept me down for several days . I have not been on the computer until today and let my husband sort all my mail for me . He is so sweet. Other issues have come up that are more than a cold , Can't win all the time. I have been thinking about doing some gardening and starting some seeds but only thinking.
One good thing all my Orchids are in various blooming state and this is good I cant wait for the weather to break so I can outside regardless of what , wing, little rain I just go into the greenhouse and start something. [/quote]
Orchid, sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Here's hoping you'll be able to get outside and into your greenhouse for some r and r. And share some pictures on our houseplant thread http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1299412/ so we can all drool over your blooming orchids!
Fellow MAGers I have these small sample beer glasses I need to be rid of. They hold about 5 ounces of fluid and are as a tall as a $1 bill, as pictured. They might be good for holding small cuttings, they are slender so they don't take up that much space. LMK. I'll be at the spring swap so I can bring them there or arrange something else. Glasses read "heavy seas brewery". Picture enclosed.
I have a bag of moisture crystals and shrub fertilizer tablets from Becky. There are other items from her garden that I'll be bringing to the spring swap, but I wanted to post these now, just in case anyone wanted to pick them up to use right away. Please DM me if you're interested!
What a great new adventure for Becky, I sure am going to miss her.
Ric has been seed starting the last few days and is down in the GH working. Besides the seed starting he is diving a small pot of Mondo Grass. He wants to get enough to plant around the edge of one of the water features. I'm going down to see how many little starts he divided it into. While I was down there looking around this morning I found this Mini Amaryllis getting ready to bloom. The Orchid that is going to bloom soon is still down there I will wait till it is further along before I bring it up to the house. I must say that all Ric's hard work getting the GH up and $$ heating it was very well worth it. We are both getting so much enjoyment from it. Heading out side to check out the crocus and check on Ric. Might have more pics later.
Home Depot has just gotten in the packaged Roses. They look SO nice and sturdy--
as no one has pawed all over then and broken the stems yet.
They are $7.99 each. There are Hybrids,climbers and Knock-out Roses in this rack.
Such nice fat stems--all waxed and healthy.
Maybe i should buy me a red "Mr. Lincoln"--or a "Queen Elizabeth"--a lovely pink.
Yeah---maybe...which one of my old ones will I be willing to dig up and get rid of????
I was there yesterday--and the only thing I saw was the early fruit trees and ornamentals.
Will look when we get Forsythias in. should be soon.
I am only at work for 2 or 3 days and may miss it. I work Sunday--8:30-5:30. Lunch-12:30-1:30. Will check.
What should I do if one of those comes in??? You can call my HD at: 410-78-9200.
I will be answering the phone except for my lunch. They can page me--I will pick up in the break room.
There's a HD in Silver Spring... also in Bowie. May be even more...
I know there are 2 HD's in/around Annapolis. One is South Annapolis-.the other is somewhere IN Annapolis. .
Judy (coleup) could check for you. She lives right IN Annapolis.
NO burden! Pick it out--pay for it--and take it home.
Then--figure out a way to get it to you.
If i wait until the Swap--they will be done blooming. That is why I thought you could call and check
some of the HD's around you.
Of course--finding someone who actually knows what a Forsythia looks like may be a miracle.
They are all hiring now for the season. Heaven help the customers !
I just got home from clothes shopping and a hair cut. Clothes shopping is one of my least favorite things to do. I actually hate it and rarely go. When I do need something, I procrastinate as long as possible. I have a work event at the Navy Yard Museum tomorrow evening and need to dress up. I haven't worn or even owned a dress in at least 15 or 20 years. Fashion queen I am not. I bought a slightly above knee length skirt, a nice top, black tights, high heels, and something similar to "spanks" to contain/hide all my fat rolls LOL. I usually wear slacks, a sweater or blouse, and flat shoes (even sneakers) to work. I can't concentrate if I'm not comfortable - if I could get away with wearing sweats I would. As it is, I'm usually dressed more casually than anyone else. I'm a little nervous, but my sense of humor is kicking in thinking how shocked my coworkers are going to be when I show up in that get-up. If I somehow attempted to wear makeup, it would put them over the edge. Wish me luck that I don't topple off those high heels...
Forsythia over the years have had many varieties so happy is smart to choose a selection and not take cuttings The hedge I inherited shows mixed kinds and i hate it, as much as one can hate a classic suburbanite " first bloom of spring shrub". Its almost buddleia-like in its yearly growth and the neighbor and I spar over chopping off hedgelike or thinning more naturalistic!
Terri, any chance you got a pic of yourself all dressed up and with somewhere to go? =) We won't poke fun at you, honest! < =D I bet you looked WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! (and I hope your little piggies aren't too sore from those shoes!)
The event last evening at the Navy Yard Museum was really nice. The event was to honor Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. She was an amazing woman, and the namesake behind our IT Directorate. She was an inspiration on many levels - founder of significant IT advances and a pioneer for women in the Navy. She was featured on 60 minutes, and received awards from presidents. She is credited with the term "bug" and "debugging" which came from a moth that had gotten in to a relay switch causing computer malfunction. The actual moth is in the Smithsonian. If you are interested, you can read about her on Wikipedia and check out photos.
I have been a mentor on my area of subject matter expertise to a younger co-worker for about a year now. She is a fast learner, proactive, and always goes the extra mile. She has been a much needed relief for taking on half of my work load, and has become a friend. When our new CAPT came on board a few months ago, he wanted someone to head up a "Heritage" committe to gather memorabilia on ADM Hopper. Jennifer volunteered, and did a fantastic job tracking things down - photos, articles, video clips from numerous inspirational speeches, awards, honorary degrees, and even her Vassar year book. The event last evening was timed for the first day of Women's History Month and was the unveiling of the memorabilia. All ranks of USN officers, enlisted, and civilian men and women were there.
Photos are of Jennifer and I, Jennifer with her son, Jennifer's husband, and last but not least a group of women civilian coworkers.
Thank you for the story of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. I am very familiar with the terms "bug" and "debugging". One of my professors in grad school loved telling stories about computer technologies in the early days, and he was one who told us where the term "debugging" came from :-).
Just got this on the "Patch" newsletter tonight,
Seems we are in for a nasty storm and lots of snow later this week.
Here is a c/p of what was sent:
The following is a message from BGE regarding a significant winter storm in the forecast for later this week:
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Prepares for Significant Winter Storm; Encourages Customers to Prepare Families and Homes In Advance
Customers reminded they may now report power outages from mobile phones and devices through company's new mobile website at bge.com or by calling 877.778.2222
BGE is initially requesting up to 500 out-of-state utility workers through the mutual assistance networks
BALTIMORE, March 4, 2013 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it is closely monitoring an approaching weather front that will likely bring heavy, wet snow and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour across the majority of its central Maryland service area on Wednesday. Snow accumulations are forecasted to reach between six to 15 inches. Coupled with high wind gusts, heavy, wet snow can cover tree limbs, electric delivery equipment and power lines, and cause power outages. BGE is making an initial request for up to 500 out-of-state utility workers through the mutual assistance networks. Just as the company is preparing field crews and employees to respond to potential power outages resulting from the forecasted weather, the company reminds its customers to take the time now to make preparations.
It is important to note that customers may now report power outages from mobile phones and devices through the company's new mobile website at bge.com or by calling 877.778.2222. An enhanced power outage map is also available through the mobile and full websites, and provides the general location and status of current electric power outages in BGE's service area. Customers can view affected area(s), the number of customers affected by an outage, estimated time of restoration if available, and the status of the field crew assigned to repair the issue.
"While the forecast for Monday and Tuesday remains mild, we expect conditions to drastically change with the approaching winter storm that will likely impact BGE's service area on Wednesday and Thursday," said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. "Heavy, wet snow combined with high wind and wind gusts can weaken trees, bringing whole trees and tree limbs down onto power lines and other electric delivery equipment, and cause outages. The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, and in periods of sustained high wind, it may be unsafe to operate bucket trucks. Customers should prepare for the possibility of extended power outages in the event that the snowfall causes treacherous road conditions, which may delay crew travel and restoration times. We appreciate our customers' efforts to prepare in advance for adverse weather and to assist BGE in identifying and reporting outages and downed wires through our recently introduced mobile website at bge.com or our automated phone system at 877.778.2222."
As a reminder, BGE customers who may be elderly, disabled or dependent on electricity for medical or life-sustaining equipment (Customers with Special Needs), should always have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage.
BGE encourages its customers and employees to proactively prepare for severe weather and the possibility of power outages and to take steps to ensure the safety of their families and property during service interruptions by taking the following steps:
Stay informed – Be aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.
Make a plan – Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop a family emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, you are encouraged to seek alternate arrangements in the event that your electric service is interrupted.
Make a list of emergency phone numbers (including 877.778.2222 to report an outage or a downed wire to BGE) and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.
Build an emergency kit – Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets.
Keep the following items readily available:
Flashlights – not candles
Battery-operated clock radio
Fully charged cell phone
Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
First aid kit
Customers also should consider filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles in the event a power outage affects service to neighborhood gas stations. For customers who rely on well water, filling a bathtub with water in advance of severe weather is strongly encouraged.
In addition to monitoring current and approaching weather conditions that could result in service interruptions, BGE regularly conducts emergency training drills during which all aspects of storm-related service restoration are tested. BGE's most recent drill occurred last October, and involved a detailed review of BGE's Electric Delivery Emergency Response Plan to ensure that storm response procedures are up-to-date and in line with industry standards.
Customers can find information on preparing for natural disasters and other emergency events at bge.com, as well as storm preparation information and restoration progress via BGE's social media sites on Twitter and Facebook.
I'm excited about the snow, too. I just love snow. Sitting here in the warm looking out the big windows at the beautiful scene outside is just wonderful. Ric's view of the snow is just a bit different, bundled up with several layers of clothes, with hat and mittens,behind the snow plow, behind the shovel. I just don't think he quite has the same appreciation of snow that I do.
Ric pulled a Judy a few days ago. He fell when he was picking up our plants and dislocated his shoulder and he is going in for carpal tunnel surgery on Monday so I don't think shoveling is exactly what he wants to do. Jamie will be working cleaning up the snow at work, he did come yesterday and carried up buckets of coal enough to hold us for a few days.
Well Ric, what a bummer :( You need to take it easy.
I'm over run with stink bugs again. Every time the temp rises, they crawl out from wherever they've been hiding. Bouncing off the computer, landing on me, they are everywhere. With the snow and cold temps coming maybe I'll have a reprieve. UGH... Somebody needs to figure out how to exterminate them once and for all.
have you heard/read about the traps you can make out of 2L soda bottles?
You cut the top third of the bottle off. Put a small LED light in the bottom of the bottle and then
replace the top INVERTED (open cap side down) into the bottle and tape it to the cut rim
so there are no openings left.
Tape some rough tape to the outside to make it easier for the Stink Bugs to crawl up the sides.
They are attracted to the light and will crawl up and drop into the bottle, but will not be able to
get back out (the inverted top).
Put these anywhere in the dark corners of your house, your attic or basement.
You will have loads of them in the bottles the next day.
How you dispose of them is up to you. Freeze them in a baggie---flush them down the toilet---
drown them all in a bucket of soapy water---etc...
You got it Gita, They work very well. If you put the light under the bottle instead of in it you can put a little bit of water and dish detergent in the bottom that will kill them as well as trap them.
Well, It sure was a lovely day. Both Ric and I spent some time outside today. It was 36* when I went outside this morning about 42* when I came back inside, it was blue skies and sun shinning. It felt so good that I stayed out there. Did a bit of yard clean up cut back some dead stalks, burned off that small patch of Ornamental Grass and took down the Christmas Greens that were still hanging around. Ric had plenty of his own projects going, one was to prune the Apple Tree in Alfie's fenced yard. Did a bit of work inside as well, carried up a few plants from the GH that are going to bloom soon, potted up an Orchid and did a bit of house plant rearranging.
SallyG: you got the right idea stock up on firewood and hunker down . Ronnie chopped enough firewood for couple days, stored it by the fireplace, we are set and in case of power outage at least we will be warm. We are just going to do nothing other enjoy the fireplace and do relax and enjoy the snow , so far not much just some mixed with rain not much more. Anyway good excuse to stay inside and start all the vegetable seeds. Happy snow day
DIL is out of surgery. Went well, surgeon said there were no surprises when he got inside. However, he suffered a torn ACL on the weekend and is walking around in a brace and on crutches. Standing for 4 hours for the surgery must have hurt. Now for the recovery.
Thank you for reminding me, dear. Got word yesterday the sweat test came back negative for cystic fibrosis and the sleep study showed no major issues, but they are still going over the whole thing.Praising God.
Okay, thanks. Learning my way around. DDIL is in a lot of pain, but it is surgical pain, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My REAL work will begin when she comes home.
The oldest grandson is leaving this afternoon with his granddad for the NASCAR race in Las Vegas. Nick is a huge Carl Edwards fan. Last year granddad took Nick's cousin to St. Louis for a cardinals game. Wonder what trip the granddaughters will get. Guess we'll find out on Christmas. My DDIL's father loves to travel and is trying to pack in as many adventures as he can. Bill has Parkinson's and seems to be deteriorating pretty quickly.
Am at the hospital now. DDIL had a rough night and is having LOTS of pain and spasms that shoot down her legs. Combos of painkillers don't seem to be touching it. May do an MRI to see if there is a hematoma. They got her turned a bit ago and this position seems to be pretty good for the moment. She isn't crying anyway. Please pray for comfort for her and relief from pain.
Thank you all for the prayers and support. The zoo was great fun. It's that time of year, hehehe! We met the new baby elephant, Lily. She was born the end of November. Very cute. Markus's favorite were the giraffes. Glad he didn't realize what the male had on his mind.
Got a call from DS that surgery went well. The surgeon put a drain in cuz apparently she is very juicy for lack of a better term and the void kept filling up as the surgical team watched after looking for spinal fluid. Turns out it was some blood and just tissue fluid that was filling the cavity causing all the pressure on the spinal fluid which in turn was putting pressure on the nerves. He wants to keep her in until Monday when he gets back from a conference in Phoenix. Best place for her. Can't imagine dealing with this just yet.
We went to Antietem Battlefield Nat'l Park today, out near Hagerstown. Too cold to walk around but we did get out to walk down the hill and see the Witness Tree at the famous stone bridge over Antietem Creek. IT's a beautiful peaceful wide stream, for a place of such sad events.
Battle was in 1862; here is a drawing of the battle. Look for the same tree at the end of the bridge- mid left of the sketch as the sketch is from the opposite side of the bridge. In the skecth it is maybe thirty feet tall? Now the diameter must be over six feet. THe sycamore now towers way over the bridge.
In one planting area, I've lost several shrubs (Japanese pieris, rhododendron, camellia, azalea). And heuchera and begonias planted nearby did not do very well, where they did beautifully just several feet away.
All this time I thought it was the voles/squirrels disturbing the roots, until yesterday when I realized that the entire planting area is likely infected with phytophthora root rot fungus. I've looked up the symptoms and I have them all!
Unfortunately, I didn't come to this realization until I planted another camellia in the same spot yesterday.
The area had compacted clay so it was very heavily amended with compost, pine bark, and leaf mold.
I've researched on line, and the only option seems to be using fungicides, besides cultural practices.
Has anyone else dealt with phytophthora? What's worked for you?
Wow -- I had never heard of phytophthora root rot fungus. Good detective work. From what I read, poor drainage is often a culprit, but I don't recall that being an issue in your yard (other than that you have heavy clay-- but you amended it). So that makes me wonder.
Phytophthora root rot fungus is supposed to be triggered by warm soil temperatures -- I see it described in North Carolina and California. We have a slightly cooler climate. Have you called the Maryland Extension Service or a local nursery to see if it is common here? It could be that even though the symptoms are the same, you might have something different. What level of watering did the plants get? Is it possible they were overwatered or underwatered? Maybe a bug?
Also -- I remember that you got compost from Takoma. Is it possible there was some kind of herbicide in what you were given?
But I know the frustration -- I have an area in my yard where i have never been able to grow perennials -- though some azaleas are doing ok there. (The main thing I've tried to goown in that spot is Begonia grandis). I've long wondered if something might be wrong with the soil, and no idea how to figure it out. (I've had the soil tested, but that didn't reveal anything. I think there is something odd going on, like maybe Black Walnut nearby, except there isn't. Maybe this summer I'll try to put more plants in there to see if I am imagining it.
SSG, I have no experience with that either.
Really over did it at the Orchid Show yesterday but the house smells just wonderful.
Gita, I thought the show was smaller also. And not near as interesting plant material but the water features were really good. I will say that Ric and I were rushed for time as we needed to get back home in time for Lily's Judo competition. We spent a good bit of time at the Orchid Show so we really only did a quick one hour tour around the landscaped displays at the Garden Show. Didn't look at anything else
Lily had 2 matches both were with the same girl, she was bigger than Lily but not as experienced as Lily is. She won both matches. Here she is pinning her opponent.
I started planting in that area before I kew anything at all about gardening, so the pieris went straight into the compacted clay.
After it died (most likely of phytophthora), I amended it pretty heavily and raised the bed a few inches. This was before I started getting the free Takoma Park mulch, so that's an unlikely culprit. But everything else in that general area kept dying.
Happy, I think you saw the unhappy rhododendron and azaleas in that spot before they finally died. And the camellia I got from the group purchase last year died. I just pulled out the plant, and the roots had all the hallmark signs of phytophthora.
Apparently, after the phytophthora takes over an area, it lives in the soil until fungicide is applied. I'm actually pretty bad about watering, so my plants are more likely to die of thirst than to die of overwatering. This is the highest spot in my yard, so it dries out pretty well, even though it's in the shade.
I just *knew* there was something weird going on when the Dragon Wing begonias next to the rhododendron looked half dead, whereas the other DWs were so lush and full that they were crowding each other out. Apparently, begonias are susceptible to this fungus, as well.
Holly, that is too cute - her little face shows so much determination LOL. I always forget to tell you, but I absolutely love the name Lily for a little girl. What orchids did you end up getting? Post pics if you get a chance.
DDIL is doing well today. Surgeon removed the drain this afternoon, will be able to take a shower this evening. We have been very impressed with the care she has received and the staff. When she wants her meals she calls room service and orders and it arrives within a half hour and is freshly made. She is moving much better. Probably will come home tomorrow. I had some time today, so went home and took a shower.
Jan, Such good news. She will be up and running in no time.
Lily is such a sweet child, very gentle and caring. But... She is a real competitor. In practice you kind of take turns each partner lets themselves be thrown at some point giving way to the other person. Each practicing throwing and getting thrown as well as the holds. So many of the other parents were a bit surprised during the practice for the tournament, they told Jen that was the most aggressive they have ever seen Lily. Of course they have never seen her play soccer. LOL She is just a little peanut usually smaller than the other kids in her age group. But she is fast and determined. This picture is very fuzzy but I just love the look on her face. This was taken just as the call to engage and this one receiving her medal. You can really see the satisfaction on her face. Matt says Judo is called the gentle way you don't hit or kick. Just grab, trip, use your body weight and balance. Then hold them down. Watching those kids I will say that it isn't like Karate hitting and kicking but I'm not sure I would call it gentle.
Great news -- I just got a note from DOC! (docgipe) He's still kickin', or as he says "still looking down to see grass."
Since his gardening efforts are so limited now, he's turned more & more to photography.. and to his delight, his grandson has become interested as well. That's the grandson who is the talented wrestler, and who has been accepted at an excellent private college in PA.
Sounds like he's taking good care of himself and doing as much as he can, when he can. I told him he's missed here and thought of often, especially when we start discussing Christmas cactus or giant pumpkins! He said I should pass along greetings to everybody here. :-)
Yep, love it, especially for breaking a tough weed out of clay. The head isn't really big enough for digging planting holes, but it's a first rate weeding tool and also useful for getting a "start" into clumps of hosta or DL so you can get in there with your soil knife to pry them apart. The feel and balance of it are terrific; I can even use it pretty well with my "off" hand. If I'd spotted their booth among the vendors, I'd probably have picked up another one.
Oh Jill, So nice that you talked to him. He really is much missed. I think of him often.
Jen is (maybe) running in the Washington Marathon this weekend. I know that I have mentioned it before. A few weeks ago she was in top training form running 20 miles and very confident about the run. Then her big dog Louie ran right into her at top speed and hit his very hard head into her knee. Now she isn't too sure about the run. Right now she says she is going to at least try the run but she is in pain and isn't sure how long she can run. I will let you all know how it goes. It is truly a shame as she has been saying that this will probably be her first and last full Marathon. The training schedule just takes up too much of her time. She has been training for this for the last 6 months.
Yes, I was talking to Mark at the Seed Swap about him. Jen had started training for a half triathlon but got interrupted when she changed jobs and it interfered with her time in the pool. That's when she set her sights on the Marathon.
I received a beautiful Christmas Cactus from Doc when he came to the swap that I hosted. He said that he was so impressed with the roses and that he was looking forward to coming again. I was hoping that some day he would. Please give him my fondest regards if you are in touch with him again, Jill.
Great news, you are right now the fun begins. LOL What a treasure you are Jan. So glad I have gotten to meet you.
Ric is doing very well, he is back to work, came home this morning to find he had run the vac and steamed the floors. Then while I was at the Drs I came home to find him fixing the office style chair that he uses all the time. LOL
The marathon is on Sat and yes we are going and she will run. At least as much as she can. She was at the Dr's today, just her GP and they said she can run, he felt the knee is stable enough to run on as long as she can deal with whatever pain there is. I have been telling her that she really needs to find a Sports Dr and she did ask for a referral.
Prayers for a lot of healing for Jen's knee between now & Sat! Hopefully it's "just" a bruise or a wrench, not anything pulled or torn... bruised from a hard doggie head seems more likely anyway.
Drop in on your way back if you want... we'll give you a snack & a drink, although that tricky little leprechaun will probably try to slip his finger into it and turn it green. He hasn't shown up yet this year, but it's only a matter of time.
We just might do that. We are taking the Metro from the Shady Grove Station. I guess it depends on how late we are coming home. Jen's original plan was to take the kids on a tour of D.C. after the run. Not sure how that will work out.
Oh, my(she said sheepishly). I am the blessed one by all of you. Holly, I feel the same way.
I have an ulterior motive. Hehehe. I told her she will have to take are of me when I get old and need help. Bless her heart, she tried to do too much by moving some flower vases around. She just doesn't get it. The only thing required of her is to walk. She wants it to be fixed right now. Instant fix!! Methinks I need to set my alarm for every three hours, so she keeps her pain meds on track. Happy happy happy.
Big exciting things happening at our house. Well at least I am excited.
I picked up a couple of Sarracenia a few weeks ago from the York Flower Show they were part of a water garden feature. I have them down in the GH till the weather warms up and I can decide where to plant them. So I was excited with this new plant and now I see that they are both going to flower. No actual flower yet but they each have a bud one is up a few inches and the other is just barely coming on.