dahtzu, thank you, it took us 7 years to complete a 2 1/2 acre garden, then we had to move.. this place is smaller (1 acre) so I dont' have so much work as I used to.
schickenlady, what a wonderful stash... I love it.. we have one embedded into the rockwall.. I'll take a photo of it when I go out there.. it was already on the wall, it was the only rockwall here when we moved, and we added rockwalls all around the rest of the property and made several smaller patios and courtyards.. It seems that they are easier to keep clean.
Gourd please show pictures of your gardens. From what I've seen, everything about your property is beautiful. I love your walls. Wish I could see the 2 1/2 acre garden you left behind. Did you take some of the plants with you when you moved?
Oh, I was trying to find photos of the CA yard, and I have to figure out how to get them out of the Picasa program.. I'll take photos of this yard, it is still a work in progress so not all is accomplished yet..
We did bring several cacti plants and (two trailer loads) but most of them froze,, I had to leave them in ABQ at my daughter's house till we found a house here, by then winter had hit and then we brought them here, but some still didn't make it., so I'm kind of starting over with hardier agaves and cactus.. I'll take some photos for you guys after these winds die down.
Yes, I've got some thank you for offering.. I have several echinopsis and they have been blooming on and off for months.. I am still trying to figure out what survives here.. I put in 500 tulips and not ONE bloomed..lol. so, back to the drawing board.. I've put in several Iris, Daylillies and started several xeriplants for this area.. it will take me a couple of years to weed out what needs to go anyway I guess. I'm on the hunt for oxalis wood sorrel , I ordered a couple but they send such tiny bulbs, so I guess I'll have to wait till they multiply to see some good flowering. Other than that, we have raised veggie beds out back and about 20 trees out front (small orchard, 10 fruit trees and 10 pecan trees).
In a couple of years everything will fill in, right now almost all the plants are new or one year old on some.
here is one area the yellow flowers (Prairie coreopsis) I started hundreds of plants under lights, too bad they are annuals, but they have been blooming like crazy and I put some in pots too, and some rudbeckia, mexican hats, etc.. next year I'll start more in Jan.. Maybe in deeper flats so that they can stay longer in them, till they stablize enough to into the ground.
Darn if it hasn't been raining the past couple of days (I'm not complaining, we really need it, but I can't take photos) it looks like it is just drizzling. Don't know if you can see a Dove walking the fence, I see these guys all day long, and those humming bird feeders are usually full in the mornings. I have about 15 feeders out and another 5 huge wildbird seed feeders, I love these guys.
Here is the other one on the other side, the plants are growing and the area looks really scarey, just the way I like it..lol As I type this, there is a golden almost orange hummer that is back... some times they just pass thru.. and there is a nest in front of my computer with two barn swallows (barney's) that have laid their eggs and are sitting on them, they returned from last year.. I love my yard friends..
I am so sorry I never replied, it was at the time we had to move and I was off DG for months, please forgive my bad manners, I would not have thought to look at this thread until now that it was brought up... Thank you for the comments.
Thank you Mazda and Dahztu (you guys sound like a couple of cool cars)
The barney's hatched four eggs and they are haning out of their nests, they are almost ready to fly.. I can't believe how quickly they hatched and grew from my last post here.
Well, now we are working on the inside of the house, it will be tiled in everyroom this coming month, so I'll be busy moving things from room to room. We also need two new toilets, etc.. then come the appliances.. we just had a water softener installed and that makes me so happy!!! even my hair is soft today.. the dishwasher and all the appliances got rust from the well water and it damaged all the toilets too.. lots of work for us to try to repair, but, we keep trucking along.
Gourd when I saw your name at the beginning of this thread, I was so glad to see you back here...then the bubble burst, I saw the date. Please come back and show your many talents. I still and always will miss you.
Always Your Friend, Faye
Hey girlfriend , I was in your neighborhood in June but tied up with my new Great grandson . Two days with him and first time to meet him . Thought about calling , but it would have been on the spur of the minute .Was at Raleigh and Chapel Hill .
Hi guys!, I miss you all too.. I've been learning a couple of crafty embossing on metal projects and making the old type Spaniard saints, etc.. and today I gave a class at the senior center on doing this. I think it took me a couple of days to get all the kits ready, and took everything but the kitchen sink to class. I hope I did this craft justice. Everyone went home with a completed saint or pattern of their choice. It lasted all day and I'm surprised we actually got finished from start to end.
I will try to get photos of some things I've been making, the time seems to fly lately and sometimes the computer doesn't agree with anything and won't run as fast as I would like it to.
Faye, you and digger have made some neat stuff. I am wishing there was more time to do all of this. The Day of The Dead is being celebrated here and I am taking some oil painting classes here, and this is my version of All Souls Day Day of The Dead celebration: (Saint of Death) something like that. They hung this up in a Gallery at the downtown area where they have a whole exhibit with these types of paintings..
I've been working on making my Totem poles with Clear Vases and Clear Plates for the birdfeeders.. when I finish one I'll post a photo. The glue is not agreeing with this project at all. I need to find something that will dry faster.
Hello Gourd, You have made my day/night. Thank you so much for being here. I really haven't made anything that I liked since you've been gone. A very special friend sent me some glass paint, and I tried that, love doing it and am going to send my "Master Piece" to that special friend...very soon.
Digger, sure wish you could have called me, I would have driven many miles just to hug your sweet neck. Gourd, both you and digger are very special to me. Love you ladies.
PS, Gourd, when will you start classes on something else that "your followers" can do?
Wrote a long letter of explainnation about why I didn't contact you ,Dahtzu and didn't post it .Hate that . We was on my D I L 's time . I couldn't count on being anywhere cuz she was there with her daughter and baby for her niece's wedding. We went to see and meet the baby . Gourd , do you live where they have the Hatch peppers ?
Ha ha , datsu , I'll tell . Am enjoying that picture more than you could ever know . Be sure and keep the glass clean with alcohol where you are painting or it will rub off . Hugs , and send the D H my thoughts for him . Always ,
Dahtzu, if you are out there, I've been tin smithing with coffee cans, bean cans, and any tin I can find. The little light covers are from flashing, the two frames I used coffee can, the butterflies some are tin and some are out of flashing.
Oh no, you guys are just as talented, or more! I can't quilt as good and never will either, like Pat, or mosaic as beautiful as Faye does. You are two of the most wonderful DG friends a person could have!
Now, good to see you here Datzu, I don't come here often anymore but miss all of you and all the neat things everyone here comes up with. Between gardening and health issues, time seems to slip on by.
"Time slips by" is sure right!!! With everything going on with Ben right now, THIS is my only social outlet!! time for me to get back to work. I'm going to try and finish up at least a couple of more rooms today and load up the pick up and take a load tomorrow to storage. I hope I can shoe horn in this last load in to the storage unit!!
Pretty much everything left in the house currently will go to our "next home" immediately, when we are in a position to find one that is! With Ben in nursing care, me staying at my sister's, commuting back and forth part of the weekend, there is no point or rush, (or money!) for me to out looking at housing in Tri-Cities.
Health issues, we have had our share. Ray was in the Hospital 8 times last year and praise God, he hasn't had to stay overnight this year. Those "Arthur Boys" are trying to take over our bodies. Think most everything hurts.
I don't come to Dave's as much as I use to, flowers have taken my craft time.
Gourd please continue posting , you have been an inspiration to so many here at Dave's. We learn from you..and Wuvie, where is she?
Faye, gosh you have had your hands full! Pat too. My problems seem minute compared to you guys. I did manage to mess up my ankle after being in a boot for six months and on crutches. I put in 12 large ocotillos I the front of my house on the outside of the rock wall whilst on crutches. I actually had the tips replaced four times. I thought DH was going to strangle me for using shovels, falling... I can't sit still. Now because of my own stupidity I have to have those awful cortisone injections on the bottom of my foot and they hurt like you know what! Ill take a photo of my ocotillos .. This is the only photo I have on this iPad. This is the front of our house...
If I were asked right this minute what my 1 wish would be, my answer would be : To see Gourds home. I cannot imagine how you do so much HARD work even when you should be pampering your foot. So sorry you had a few ,(meant in a very loving way, as I would tell my children) brain lacking thoughts when the desire to do put in 12 large ocotillos became a must do. Hope you will get well really fast. Please!
Oh, no, you should wish for the lottery!, lol, thank you, I took a couple of photos for you Faye. Not the best but It will give you an idea of the outdoors areas. Thank you or being so kind to this crazy lady here.
Digger, sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself, pulling hoses all summer, we are trying to get it done before we get MORE disabled.. Lol so we can eventually sit down and read a book, if we,don't go blind by then.. if it's not one thing its another..
Well , I've paid two youngsters two times in my life to help out with outside work , two days ago and today . D H isn't an outside worker and I , like you , trying to catch up . That isn't going to happen . ( He isn't an inside worker either .lol )The only way I know to catch up is rent an apt. (Ain't gonna do that . ) Hugs , my dear and we all will just keep on keeping on .
OMGosh Gord, do you know how to tease! Now you know those wonderful pictures just made me want to see your home even more, and from the first pic. I ever saw of your hard "Home" work, I've always wanted to see it. You amaze me but no longer surprise me. Lady, you can't be to old, or to disabled or you couldn't continue the hard and unusual work that you do.
Oh those epis are gorgeous !! I used to grow some a long time ago. Look at those Lillie's. just beautiful. I never thought about keeping epis indoors. They are beautiful. Great job Faye. You can come and visit if you ever get the desire to, you are welcome here...
Digger, We have hired a man with a tractor to take care of the orchard every few months, but all the rest belongs to me. Once the plants we want are in place, it will insulate us jut a little bit from the winds here. It will get easier hopefully soon..
I have 25 clematis plants to put in Monday , and some strawberry pots to seal, some to grout.. Etc.. I make work for myself.
I'm been struggling with whether to live in an apartment or mobile home park for a year or so while getting ready finacially to buy a house again or whether to try to qualify for a home loan again as soon as this house sells. I'm not sure I can stand to not be outside planting and maintaining a beautiful flower garden.
Yesterday was not a good day. I checked my husband out of the nursing facility with the intent of taking him home for a couple of hours and he could not make it up the 2 stairs into our home. I feel like such a spiritual/ emotional weakling, he was able to shake it off and say "well, 3 weeks ago I couldn't think about trying that, in another week I'll probably be able to do it."
My heart goes out to you. I'm sad that you are going through this.
I have a suggestion that might cheer you up and keep you gardening. Get a good size pot and either throw some seeds in there or pot up an indoor plant. Just do one so that you span still feel like if you are gardening. It is amazing what a little pot can do for you. And I don't mean Mary Jane wither. Lol. Excuse the pun..