Who me lurk! never. Busted...I have followed this thread for some time now
I believe it was I making you a little jumpy,but I have never been one to make folks paranoid...that Must be another lurker, For I am harmless(said the spider to the fly)...
lol...I imagine sometimes we are like watching a trainwreck...but you probably aren't the only one lurker...between ginger's cool pictures and upbeat sense of humor, my continuous string of innuendos, vadap's struck by the same illness, pepper giving Kell a hard time, Red posting pictures of her kids...and she's pretty funny too, and Lhasa stopping in with cool pics every now and then...it's one of the more colorful threads on DG. safe, laid back, I guess
now I feel like I need to watch what I say more carefully though...lol
I doubt that I am the only lurker. to give credit where credit is due,Ya'll sure run a good thread.When a "lurker" feels like they can just drop in from the Middle of S.W. Georgia and feel right at home you must be doing something right.
Hmm! I quess I had better introduce us before I go much further,Hmm thats a hard one to answer,I feel that I am the one giving you the chills but I am certain it was DH who was making you paranoid.(lol only kidding dear) he ONLY reads he NEVER posts if he has a questions he waits till I post. Hes the muscle behind my madness,and the digger of my holes.And he designed our GH garden(with my help)we garden year around,when old man winter kicks in we just move in the greenhouse,complete with pond.
And you can't forget the mood lighting,the hanging baskets also have those small nite-light bulbs at the top and the pond has 2 colored floating lights,all that and a waterfall to ease you into paradise.
I will only comment that all of you make a great group of friends,Ok one of you is a little creepy with the critters(LOl)and one of you strike me as well theres just no other way to say this so... Nuts(but in a good way)and I have even seen a calm sorta reassureing poster that kinda keep ya"ll in-line..LOL now that I have effectively gotten myself in trouble.I will say no more of my observations...
georgia, beautiful pond, I am jealous of your set-up
So you're saying Kell is too into animals and I'm the one who's nuts? lol, thanks a lot georgia, and these are the people who are lurking...lol...now if you could just define "in a good way" there's still time to save face here :)
I think I will slowly retreat toward the door,and claim a mental defect that makes me read things in a backwards sense,Because we all know that NO-ONE is nuts.
Hmm I wonder where the ringleader is? I could really use that door now...LOL
nice way to duck and evade..lol..I know I'm nuts, just wanted to know how you knew
oohh, georgia, was that a hint of innuendo I detected? lol...I checked out my GH, it's new, so no chance of an extension anytime soon, but I suppose if I ever felt like it I could always take my sleeping bag out there. Durn futon won't fit
Oh georgia, love that greenhouse!!! And your canna pics! Trop, we need your wild side. That is what keeps the rest of us from becoming to straightlaced and square! And I'll claim the nuts, as my pshrink will second that note.
Kell, are roos nocturnal at all. That would stink, having them trying to get into bed with you all night. If you camp in the mountains around here, your nights will always be cold. First time I came to Colorado, brother drove me up Mt Evans(highest paved road in N America, 2nd highest peak in US- I think), and it was snowing halfway up, in the middle of July!
No Paul , Not nocturnal .
As you can see in all 3 Pics .
They are out in the middle of the day trying to get a free feed .
When ever and whever they can .
Because of their weight , when they Hop around at night it can sound very loud .
Quoting:There are other reasons for nocturnality as well, such as keeping out of the heat of the day. This is especially true in deserts, where many animals' nocturnal behavior prevents it from losing precious water during the hot, dry daytime
The Pic of my tent was At Base camp .
3 nights I slept out amongst the Wilderness .
It's too far to come back each night .
Only down side is carrying 23 kilos of gear .
Spare Camera , Food , Water , Bedding etc .
No kidding...yeah I like camping and hiking, but I think you're more hardcore than I'll ever be...once I haul my stuff that's where I'm staying. Taking DD to camp for my friend's birthday first weekend in October. Supposed to be the biggest peak in VA? NC has the tallest peak on the east coast, so it will be not as high as Mt. Mitchell, but still nice.
never can get those conversions right, I wish we had just learned metric, it's too confusing and I feel like I'm too old now to learn anything new
WOW ! That was alot to catch up on ! Kell thanks for the pics, the one of the lady kangaroo staring you down made me laugh, she looked very determined.
Welcome Georgia, glad to see Trop gave you a warm if not nutty welcome. That green house is to die for, how gorgeous ... my dh may go for something like that, esp with the bed - hmmmmmm. ...love your pink canna as well. I don't have any that color and regret it.
Trop, your pics are fantastic (lol at trying to make Kell dizzy) .. and I loved seeing your Crinum, funny - I just ordered some last week after getting the latest Horticulture magazine, they had an article entitled "Plant This: Crinums" and well I'm planning on doing just that. There are alot of gorgeous colors.
Paul - I do think that is penstemon in the picture - I have some in the "drier" part of my garden as well, no probs with them, but this was the first year... so we'll see if they hate the sogginess.
Kell, did you catch up on your sleep yet? Are you ready to shimmy up that palm tree?
Obviously Kell has not caught up on his sleep...lol...why so mean
Red, crinums are so cool, I got lots of them this year, so hopefully they end up doing well for you, I hear they multiply pretty quickly too. Thanks for the compliments on the pictures, I feel like I need to get as many as I can before winter
Trop, when I was little(back in early 70's) we took a trip up to Shenandoah National Park. Pretty cool. Still miss the Appalachians, and it has been a lifelong dream to hike the Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Have ridden through most of the Blue Ridge Parkway and hiked a little of the trail but not much. Where I went to college (Western Carolina University) was not far from the Parkway, but there were so many cool waterfalls and lakes and rock faces...tubing...I've been wanting to move back for a long time
I'm rather proud of Dick myself...weird...the person I pull for never wins on those shows. He inparticular could not have been a bigger if he tried, but he made the show entertaining, so I liked him. Gotta say though, he looks like a different person when he's being all sweet and smiley, cute for an older man...maybe it's just the ink :)
Red, lol,,,not sure why I didn't think of this at first, but where did the E.D. thing come from anyhow? I must have missed that show...personally I don't think those two words should ever really go together
Kell, it's Wed. afternoon here...we're all gettin over the hump
Red, I got laundry started, trash to the road and plants watered today when I got home. All this during Oprah breaks. lol. I am a HUGE fan of Reba and Justin Timberlake. I also like Kelly Clarkson but she hasn't been around long enough to reach my HUGE status. lol
pepper, did you see Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live around Christmas? Have to give credit where it's due, that was one of the funniest episodes I've ever seen. I was surprised at how funny he was.
Worked set crew for a Reba concert once...boy does she travel with a ton of stuff--16 of the huge tractor-trailers full of stuff. We worked all night in the snow on that one. Saw the last few minutes of her concert before we started breaking everything down, so I could imagine if you were a big fan that it was really a show
I actually watched the Oprah (tivo'd) - I was impressed, he seemed like a very nice boy. I did get some cleaning and laundry done afterall, I like the commercial break idea!
Yes, I saw Justin special song, about a special present, very very funny! If you ever need a good laugh, go to youtube and watch an old episode of "Whose Line is It Anyway? with guest Richard Simmons. It is a riot!!!
hey all, it is quiet - busy day, Just sat down with the kids to watch Freaky Friday. James is picking up a pizza and I am enjoying a glass of cabarnet. Aaaaaah, just as it should be well, except maybe with a different movie choice ! :)
What is everyone else doing??? and what are you drinking?
had mom duties tonight while BF is out of town. Watched The Muppets Movie with DD and I almost fell asleep there with her on the couch. She's getting too big to try and carry back to her room...lol...funny but sad a little.
Cccrrreeeeaaakk! Hello. Helloo. Heellloooo. Anybody here? 3 days with nothing? You guys are really dropping the ball. Or did you all get booted? Hope you all had a good weekend. Denver botanic get together, and plantswap were pretty fun. It was a beautiful day, with temps in mid 80s (28-9*c) and sunny. Today, we topped 66*(19*c) and overcast. Back to sun tomorrow.
BP is heading south, so memory is for schnit right now; but, did get some flowering rudbekia(finally). I can't see paying $15 for a pot of it, so was starting some from seed and that takes a couple of years for flowers(I think). Also got some cuttings of viburnum to get started. These came from mtnmama, who hosted the lunch and swap at her house. I have to go look at everything, and refresh the memory but got some groundcovers from JamesCo, and some seeds from greenjay. Got some lambs ear seeds from the mama plant, so the OH can be happy next year. I don't particularly care for them, but...
ps- the getting booted was just a joke. ; )
Nope, just sitting around chatting, eating, then digging in mtnmamas garden. Greenjay got covered in goatsbeard seeds while chopping it down. There was only like 8 or 9 of us. That covered New Mexico and Colorado. It's a 4+ hour drive across the mountains, and about 5 or 6 from Los Alamos. No one from Montana made that drive! LOL
Don't blame the Montana people one bit!! I have a RU next month going on. Trying to get a couple of coworkers to go too. One will if she can get the day off.
Things have been pretty slow around here. I took some new pics at work but they are just up front around the Visitor's Center. Didn't walk around much cause the sun was really bearing down on us late Friday morning.
Will post next commercial break. lol. Not missing this show for nothing!!!!!
I can't even get those stupid things to grow!! I put them in a spot that is mostly shade, some sun, where nothing lasts beyond the first season. Astible about made it but then we got the *freeze*. That killed it. Pentas aren't happy there either. My next goal is one hosta. If that won't survive nothing will. lol. Ok, done ranting.
oooooh, I love the first bed ! Pepper, do you get to design beds??
I keep plunking things into the parking strip bed, I'm anxious for it to fill in, and I need to just cool my jets and wait for spring growth... DH took the camera with him (business trip to nyc,) I'll take pics when he gets back. *I managed to take the pool down today... big mess.
Tropicanna, A CHUNK ? that sounds serious - is her hair straight?? The preschool bang cut is always my favorite lol !
*the crinums, I think I want the one called 'Sangria' (have to check the name) but the bids keep skyrocketing at the end grrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Yep, a chunk, did it really fast, too when we weren't looking , the center of the back of her head...we're kinda doing a combover on it. It was the first time she's done anything like that, and I think when she saw how much hair she cut she scared herself. It seems most parents I've told has similar stories, so it's nice to hear it's pretty normal to do.
Red, I'm not a gardener there. I wish I was though. lol. I could be a 9 month one but I need full time and to be a full time gardener there you have to have a hort degree. I don't have one. That's why pics are limited. lol. Too busy doing other things and don't make it into the heart of the gardens often.
Here is another pic. Different angle on the same coleus bed.
oh well, hort degree schmort degree well, the beds are gorgeous. You sound very busy at work - I'm hoping I can work at a nursery when Vincent goes off to school - but don't know how qualified I am ?? !!
Trop, yes my daughter did it too; took out alot but her hair is curly, so it kinda didn't show so much. kids and scissors!
Red, if you know plants well, you're probably more qualified than basically every person I've ever run into that worked at a nursery (around here...I'm not a plant snob or anything, but I can never get the correct ID for anything)...definitely worth filling out applications
The combover is working for the hair, it was just funny. Yesterday I went to pick her up from after school and she was making some kind of sign for her little boyfriend. I was ready to go, so I asked her where he was so she could go ahead and give him the thing. She said he'd already left, so I asked "You mean, he's not over here making signs for you?"...she told me, "No...but I have to finish anyway., but I still love Travis, too" (lol...her preschool boyfriend, sometimes they talk) She took forever, and then left the sign here this morning before school.
how cute is that !! and everyone knows, boys love signs lol
just waiting for the oven repair guy - oven won't hold the correct temperature. No cooking over the summer was fine - but the fall weather puts me in the mood for roasted veggies. (and the kids are missing homemade cookies for sure)
maybe we'll have baked potatoes for dinner.
Can't tell you how many times I've been asked to make a sign for a man..lol
The FIL makes a big deal about our oven temperature every time his wife takes over my kitchen...if it needs to be cooked a little longer than the package states, then clearly there is a problem with our oven--everything I make is just fine
course I don't cook meat, so like I really care how their ham or turkey or whatever turned out...which reminds me, I really should find one of those hotels with the kitchenette to stay in when they come here...Red do you have those problems with your MIL, you know , "That woman"
you know, I really did when we first had a baby - their first grandchild. OMg, they lived about 3 miles from us and stopped by ALL THE TIME - like every DAY. It really drove me crazy, I hate when people come over and my house is a mess, or there is laundry out. Or, if I've just put the baby to bed and am watching Big Brother with a humongous glass of wine and a bowl of cheese puffs!!! ha ha ha, thats MY business. But as time went on, I think we both mellowed, and they call now. Plus, we don't live just down the street. ** She's great now (except when she tells me what to cook - that still irritates the sheep out of me ) I usually just do what I want anyway. They are coming over Sun (along with my ma & pa) for dinner. So far, no one has told me what to cook :)
My oven works again !!! the temperature gauge was wonky, it would say it had preheated, but was barely warm.
Crazy, crazy day at work. From 10am on I had to clean the Visitor's Center because the guy called in sick with the stomach flu. Our other helper could only work til 10 then she had to go work the cafe. 5 field trips, several meetings, plant sale set-ups, plus visitors makes for a really messy building. I would dump trash, come back in a few and it would be full again. Tomorrow it is me and the other girl and we have 4 set-ups in the morning plus 2 other buildings and the VC to clean. lol. No quitting til 6pm for her and possibly me. I am tired and sore. lol
Well, have a sore finger now. I was out clearing a bed of weeds and wildflowers to ready for hosta and ferns and one had those spines or thorns or whatever they are on its stem and even thru the gloves one got thru to my finger. Not all of it is willing to come out but a little did. Not without pain though!! Still shuddering over it!
OUCH! darn, after a busy day you get a thorn - no fair!
Where do you work??? Wherever it is, it is Bizzzzzzeeeeeeeee!
I tried to pull one vine/branch from the passionflower vine last week (it was way overtaking the maple sapling next to it) without gloves, the next day I regretted that! Blisters on two fingers for a full week, I guess I should pay more attention when they say "parts of this plant are poisoness" !!
Yep, it is a gorgeous place!! It's making my place more gorgeous too. I can get cuttings and free plants when I want or need to. We also have a plant sale going on this weekend and yesterday I bought 6 hosta-Island Charm, Carolina Jasmine-Margaurite, and a coreospise- Black Knight. Oh and a Ghost Fern. Might get a few tulips today if I find ones I like.
pep, that's funny. I got 2 'black knights' at the DBG sale last weekend. Also got 3 phygelius capensis ; http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/product/77610/
Also got Eustoma grandiflorum, symphyandra hofmannii, and digitalis yutenica (perennial foxglove). Had to get hemerocallis 'highland lord'. That fits in well with my scott-irish ego! LOL Got some scottish broom and some kind of veronica from jamesco at the plant swap. And also, rose campion, rudbeckia 'yard queen', euphorbia 'summer icicle', and white yarrow seeds from greenjay. Just got all my allium and narcissus bulbs, so will be quite busy in the garden. All my nicotania are in full bloom glory, and the cannas are doing great. Time for the first killer freeze any day now! This is most of what I posted the other day.
Pep, great pics. How cool to work in the gardens. Do you get to take some of the classes that they offer? Would think they would let you do that for free. That would be to cool. Just have to squeeze into an already busy schedule, eh? Do you guys get 'bull thorn' weeds. My cat is always dragging those into the house in his fur, and I'm always stepping on theose brutal little buggers!!!
Red, that tree pic is hilariuos! I've heard of hair of the dog, but that kitty pic brings to mind things that aren't printable here.
LOL, my cats bring home all kinds of funky seeds in their fur this time of year. Yesterday morning I guess a mouse ran into the leaving room and my male cat caught it. I tried to open the door so he'd take it out, but he's skittish so he dropped it and ran off...shudder...I hate dealing with that stuff
Classes aren't free but they are discounted. I take several a year. Always fun.
I bought a shade grass today and some tulips also. Will post names tomorrow. I was tempted to buy a pincushion but didn't know where to put it. I have to see what the sunny bed looks like next year before adding more plants to it.
My other sunny bed is just daylilies and peonies cause they don't need much water to thrive. They are in an old culvert well away from the house so I can't reach with the hose and don't water much. Still need daylilies for there and maybe another kind of peony. I have bowl of beauty there now.
Off for the night. Got home a little after 6 after working 11 hrs, went out to eat, and have been home 30 minutes. I am beat. lol
Hope you survived another day Pep, it does sound like a great place to work - despite the loooong hours. Paul, you are going to be spending alot of time in your garden, you got alot of great things - it's pouring rain here, really mushy out.
Trop, our cat tried to bring a bird in this morning, my dd screamed and when Tiger looked over at her, the bird flew away (kinda wonky crooked flying, so I hope its ok). I hate all the dead feathers and wings left by the back door, I know he's trying to impress us, but yuck! I've got 3 bells on the little rascal - is there anything else you can do, if you have any ideas let me know ... besides keeping him in lol - he howls like crazy to go out. At least he's never brought a mice inside - gross, was it still alive?
It was alive, but not for long. Yesterday my daughter was playing outside and came running to me all freaked out --there was a little black snake up in the tree where she was playing around. I have pictures, just haven't loaded them yet...he wasn't too scary
Don't think there's anything you can do to keep the cats away from other critters, it's just nature. Mine would never tolerate a collar, much less bells.
Good job Pepper, do you have any days off? It seems like you are always working! Oh, Trop I hate snakes, I don't blame your daughter. I've never seen one in the yard (but since there was a dead one in the street, I assume they are around). Maybe your cat will catch it.
My DH struggled with his fescue yard this summer but the heat just about did it in. We watered constantly also. Normally his grass is really pretty but not this year. He resowed today and it has cooled off lately so maybe he can resurrect it. What kind of grass do you have in your yard Red tootsiepop?
Nice job red! That'l be worth all that hard work to enjoy that sight. I just read that Lake Superior is at its lowest level ever recorded. Expecting our first freeze this weekend, and trees are rapidly turning colors.
We could use that rain too and are supposed to get it tomorrow. Yeah!!! Our grass is brown but probably will turn green again with the cooler weather. But only if we get rain. Last year we were mowing in Nov.
Yes Red, I am always working. LOL. Especially this month. Have carpets to clean, a coworker out sick since Thurs, details that need attention and not getting it, tractor show this weekend, next weekend I am off for a RU, 2 weeks from now I will be working all day and night Fri, and all night Sat for Spooktacular, then the last weekend I have to come in and clean carpets in one of my buildings.
Did I mention I was busy? I also have a concert to go to, family coming down this weekend, and starting this weekend we are fixing my grandma's basement. Have to dig it out, bring it out, brace it and whatever else needs done.
My back hurts, my feet hurt, my arms hurt. I am so tired I can barely think straight.
We had so many field trips coming thru, kids lost and found, classes, receptions, and weddings to deal with too.
It will get better once my coworker gets better. I have another coworker who helps when she cans but she also runs the grill in the cafe so can only work 3 hrs most days.
Thanks for the nice comments - wow I can't believe how cold everyone is getting (I thought it was cold here - lol not even close)
PEPPER ! I hope they know how lucky they are to have you, I got tired just reading that laundry list of things to do !!!
2Vernes, You know - I should know what my grass is,but I have no idea, it was the only thing here when we moved in, lots and lots of grass. I didn't put it in, I just take it out! I hope your DH's fescue springs back to life, I bet it will.
LOL. I live in the country and the grass never gets watered. It hasn't been arieated the whole 10 yrs we have been here. It is still alive and thriving. We only add seed every year because we have lots of trees and we want to fill in the thin spots.
I found out my coworker basically has an infection in the stomach. He had a sinus infection last week and it drained into his stomach and got infected. He was out again today and we think he might be out tomorrow too. My other coworker told him to eat yogurt so hopefully he is and will be back soon.
We have bigger snakes here. lol. I avoid them whenever possible. My mom has killed one that was the length of the width of the road. Scared her so bad she ran it over and over and over in her little car that she had at the time. lol.
I haven't talked to him but I assume he is on antibiotics.
Aerating will help make the grass thicker. At work it was just done recently. Spring time I think works too.
Gross me out !!!!! go for it, I heard a disturbing story on the radio this morning... they were talking about a lady who had a hole in her arm and she put "worms" in it... she ended up in the E.R , and they had to sedate her to take her "friends - the worms" out of her body. Could this possibly be true? and I am sooooo grossed out about it... thank god the girls weren't in the car to hear it. Lay the pic on me!
lol...kinda freaked me out with the semi-psychic "worm" allusion--not sure what this is, but you can see where the head was
just so you all know, I was getting it up with a shovel and whatever those gross things are started moving. I then decided it was a situation where playing "Oh, poor, weak little ol me can't do it" was perfectly fine
...ditto for what the cat threw up afterwards too...too gross for me to deal with
Whoa, Red, quite a storm! Hail is so freaky..ever been caught outside in a storm?...ouch!
And yep, that's Alice, she's a really pretty black cat, her coat is crazy shiny :)
SO I tried to play it off yesterday like I didn't see the dead thing (so I wouldn't have to deal with it)...it worked too well, cause he didn't see it either...gross...now I'll have to deal with it today
We went to the fair tonight with the daughter, it was lots of fun ...but of course at the end she decided she had to have something "fluffy"---and then it had to be big, and you guys know about carnival games, we already have the $50 giant Stitch from 2 years ago. So when we couldn't successfully win the big prize she got all upset...little girl freakout upset
So her dad took her home (we were both coming from work)...I played a couple of those guess your birth month deals so I could bring her a prize...meanwhile I don't know she is causing a scene in the parking lot and dad finally breaks down and spanks and publicly. People staring and all. Awesome. So when I'm walking back to the car I see them and give it to her...at least it calmed her down, I didn't get the full story until I got home. It wasn't what she wanted, but she wanted to sleep with the basketball I won for her tonight
Oh Trop! Just read your post - sorry she had such a hard time - that really sucks! ... but it's really cute she slept with the basketball. She just had that thought stuck in her head that she was going home with something - disappointment is hard when your little (and grown up!)
Pepper, I've always wanted to do those molds - I need to get my hand on a big leaf, I wonder if Al;s Garden center would let me have one ???
I WILL NOT LET THIS THREAD DIE, JUST BECAUSE KELL DOESN'T LIKE US ANYMORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol I'm going to start posting a picture of me and my breakfast every morning - uh no, wait - maybe just my breakfast
I'm still around. Nice to know I'm missed. AAaawwww! LOL 56 hours, and work tomorrow. Happy Columbus Day everyone! ps awesome pumpkin pics. Already ate my first Costco p pie! Let the season begin. Goodnight Gracie!
Work has been really busy even though my coworker is back. Trying to catch up on my end but in some buildings it is proving impossible. Today I work down up front because we have a tractor show going on. Might be there til the bitter end. lol.
BUT I have next weekend off!! My one and only weekend off this month.
classic geminis are easy...they're like the guy hanging out at a bar with a big gold chain or something (lol) telling the ladies, "Hey, I'm a gemini!"--I know you have a sense of humor...boyfriend's best pal is the classic Gemini to the letter
I just got back from a big wholesale "open to the public sale" at Loen's Nursery. I had to drive around in my car to see everything, that place is humongous! I'm going to think it over and go back tomorrow.
Pepper - what do you have planned for your weekend? Lots of relaxing? - you and Paul do work a ton!
LOL. Worked from a quarter to 7am to 6pm today and am just catching up a bit here. The good thing is I'm not limping like I was last weekend when I got home. My dad wanted to know why I was "gimping" around. lol. He asked my mom what was wrong with Gimpy and she was like she's tired and sore. She got worked to death!! lol
Off to see Wild Hogs again here in a bit. My dad hasn't seen it yet. Awesome movie, highly recommend it!!!
Tomorrow out of town family coming in. If not raining I hope to take them to PG since they have never been there before. Plus we have an Antique tractor show going on and we have some really neat ones. I want a better look at them and tomorrow is my only day off til next weekend.
Off for tonight. Hope to be back on again tomorrow night.
The daughter had a friend over and the parent was extremely late getting back in touch with us, of course the little girl was getting scared. We were able to get in touch with them but had to kind of find them, weird
And my boy cat got ran over tonight, we have to tell her about it in the morning :(
pep, hope you had fun with the family today.
trop, sorry to hear about the kitty. that's my biggest fear with my boy-o', getting hit by a car or tagged by a fox or coyote. He's big enough now(3 yr/o) to take care of the neighboring cats. Oh yeah, I'm the big, silent type, until I get to know you. Then watch out. And I don't any wear jewelry. Have to be able to laugh at yourself before you can laugh at others, and I certainly have no problem with either. LOL
red, 'money,money, money, moneeey'-poof, there it all went! LOL
Trop - I'm sorry about your cat, I know your daughter will be upset, darn it.
*we've had friends picked up late, you have to wonder what are those parents thinking?... once for Sophia's bday party, a girl was dropped off late WITH HER LITTLE BROTHER they didn't pick them up until 2 hours after the party was over, when I finally contacted them. How strange!
lol @ Costco, totally true, we have one about 5 minutes from our house, If I get out of there under $100 I feel like celebrating!
Pepper, you are spending your day off at work - your employers must adore you !!!! Nah, just teasing if I worked there I'd be tempted to go take a look-see myself.
We're still chickening out at the moment ---been waiting on the OH all day...we've been through this before, it's so sad.
Red, never shopped at Costco, but I hear people talk about it a lot, there's one not far from here. We had a similar situation at my daughter's birthday party this year with a parent " forgetting something" and managing to show at the last 5 minutes of the party. I felt bad for the little girl yesterday, she was really worried.
pepper, hope you're enjoying family and tractor shows on your day off :)
vadap, I have been known to be a bit of a bad influence..lol
No tractor show today. They went to visit an uncle of mine and he gave them directions for the long way around. A normal route is an hour or so. It took them 5 hours this way. lol. I asked when was he gonna learn to quit following his directions. Not the first time he has gotten them lost.
We only had a few hours with my neice but my mom enjoyed it. My dad and I fell asleep in our chairs cause we were so tired. lol. I woke up when the phone rang. lol. We had fun while they were here and we will go up and see them hopefully next month.
Here is a new picture of Curly. He was chewing on some of my new grass I planted. lol. And standing in a hole. He is a weird cat sometimes.
I can tell Alice Cooper is restless, and I don't suspect that will get better any time soon, but for now it's all fine. We had never made a marker for his sister so we did that too. My daughter lives for holidays so of course she was ready to invent National Cat Day for everyone to memorialize their cats...lol
it means that you're from out west...lol...I noticed there weren'y hardly any answers specific to your region--I guess it was simply a yankee-southerner thing...I think I was 76% southern..funny, I'm not a redneck but sure can't see the quarter yankee anywhere, must be the self-hating part. I'll make you an honorary southerner though, wouldn't want to put you in the other category ever...no offense to anyone..lol
no offense taken, of course - I can live with barely a Yankee, I say bag instead of sack, and cot and caught are pronounced the same to me. How do you say crawfish? (we have an annual crawfish festival in Tualatin, btw)
I've got some plants to put in today - took advantage of a wholesale "open to the public" sale at Loen's - echinacea "summer sky" for $4 was a good deal, plus a few other things. It's foggy still (it's noon here)
Sorry Trop, I was lucky enough to get some crinums from ebay, while one seller's bulbs (seedman?) were totally beautiful, the other seller was not so great, I have no idea if any of those bulbs will come up - we'll see. They weren't totally mush, but seemed a bit shriveled. oh well, thats what you get with ebay, I didn't pay much, so I won't complain further.
I put the echinacea in, plus some more sedum and a beautiful penstemon 'ruby red'
I'm a 7th generation Texan, and my family has been southern since befor 1800, That pos said I'm only 65% southern. Good thing I'm a Texan. My mom is from Patchague , NY (Upper Long Island-dad met her while in Air Force, and she WAS pretty hot). She used to say that she was an 'honorary' Texan, but I always had to tell her there isn't such a thing- either you are, or you aren't! LOL
Crawfish (pronounced like crawl) are known as mudbugs in Louisiana and Texas, and they are tasty!!!! Festivals all over the south, with barrels cooking them everywhere. Oh my! What the heck do you think a lobster looks like!?!? And soda for moi'. A coke is coca-cola, and I prefer pepsi or the Dr.
Trop, I don't claim that wacked out side of the family! Not in a million years. I look exactly like my great uncle Eston Arledge, who went down on the Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Our baby pics, and early 20s pics are so much alike, it's scary. He is part of the Louisiana clan that lives right on the Tex/La border. No yankee me. No way, no how!!!
Pep, Curly sure is a cute kitty. Looks rambunctious!
Starting a journal showing progress of last 2 years in this house/yard. Only have the first pics showing what I inherited. More to come.
oh, can't wait to see the photo journal. ... I wish I had done a better job taking before pictures, instead of just afters! and yes, I think lobsters look like big bugs, too. I love to cook, but that is something I order at a restaurant, don't want to deal with that.
Pepper, Curly is so cute, did he take a bite out of it? The bed from the visitors center is lovely - how inspiring!
Well, I'm feeling lucky everyone lets me visit this forum, being barely a Yankee and all ! Paul, that is eery isn't it to look so much like a relative past. My brother looks so much like a great grandfather (Brunelle is my maiden name) my Great Grandma only spoke French, she was very stubborn and never learned English after she came to America. My Dad always loved her food.
Click my name, go to second box, click on garden diary. We have a new person in the Rky Mtn group, and she had already done this. I was trying to figure out how to show so many pics without starting a whole new thread. Rather conceited, I was thinking.
Trop, no self hate here. I'm too darn proud and stubborn. I may get down, but everyone else can darn well deal with it. LOL And that side of the family is wacked.
Red, what is even more eerie, is that I never really knew what he did in the navy. After I got promoted to signalman petty officer second class, did I find out that is what he was at Pearl, and was awaiting orders for 1st class PO. Same rate/job without even knowing it! And Californians are yankees, but the NW isn't really considered anything. They were still wilderness.
Pep, that is to funny. Hold it in tight. I'm rooting for 'ya!
I have been giving you all a hard time about the Yankee deal, but it must not have taken any of you over, you're all fine.
Alice Cooper has been my shadow since her 'brother' is no longer with us, she's been sleeping with me like he did
Paul, checked out your diary (hopefully you don't think I'm nosy, I have an incomplete journal I'm working on..lol). Looks like a cool place and you have a lot of yard. I'm sure you've done lots to it by now.
Everyone's OK-the boyfriend came home yesterday talking about it was weird, it seemed like we all were moving on and hadn't mourned..etc...what can you do? Skillet (the kitty) had a heart murmur so we always knew he might not become an old man. I do miss him though
more crinums Trop !!! I'm so jealous, I'm going to spend this winter researching gingers, so you can help me - near spring time ??? I'm thinking really only 2 of those crinums I planted will probably make it.
My mother was a real Betty Crocker when I was growing up... (she's totally a health nut now) so we had alot of homemade stuff growing up - my fav was always the bread and cinnamon rolls. I only make them 1x per year - Sophia is going to freak out. Okay, I'll start talking about plants again !!
wow - I know, I have spent alot of time today looking at plants! I have two things I really want to do next year... redo right below our front window - there are some big rhodies there (that were here b4 us) that need to be OUT! and I'm thinking no grass at all in the backyard, so I have more room for plants lol... it will be nice to not drag the mower back there... I really don't know if I can afford to do both, so may have to pick one. sigh
I am determined to create a new bed in one corner of our yard because I have too many tropicals that want more sun. I figure now's the time to start--bring on the grass clippings and newspaper, and really try and get an idea on existing beds I want to expand.
When I did a lot of pathways, I ended up in many cases making the paths wider than the gardens because of trees roots (the gardens were all mounded) --so I want to widen the gardens. Just wish we had a truck so we could get fill dirt and mulch easier
oh I know, I wish we had an old pick up, too. Did you mound up the beds because of the tree roots? ... or because of the lasagna gardening ?? I actually like that idea, we have a long backyard, but not very deep - the mounded beds might add depth for me... and add some pathways, and continue the river rock bed and and and and lol
oh, yes there is that darn erosion - maybe I'll harvest some more rocks from the construction site around the corner - I could use a bunch of those to help hold the soil in ??? they are soooooo darn heavy, but it would work and look nice.
That would be nice, I wish there was somewhere around here you could get big rocks. I mean, find them, not buy them..in western NC by the time you dug a little bed you had plenty of rocks for the border when you were done. I just put lanscaping fabric on top and overall it's done pretty well. But really watch the watering thing.
This year's drought has been unreal. When I was digging things today (in places I watered nearly everyday) the dirt was bone dry several inches deep, it's amazing any of the tropicals survived..lol
Plans for weekend: Wake up early to go to Roundup tomorrow. I had to work late tonight so I was loading my truck with a flashlight. lol. My begonias are smashed by lettuce but they will survive. lol. Be at friend's house by 8:30am and make sure to put up signs if needed.
nerine? hmmm god, don't get me started bidding on ebay again, I get all wrapped up in it ! Bad enough I'm looking at the stacks of garden & seed catalogs next to the bed... DH calls it "your plant porn"
Got about 6pm my time and it was a blast!! It did pour the whole time though. So we were all crammed into our host's house (leaflady) and there were about 15 of us. The most we have had since I started.
I got to see some regulars and some newcomers and a few were shocked when they saw me cause they thought I was older than them. LOL.
We had a ton of plants to swap and more food than we could eat. Plus door prizes. One of our member's wife loves doing crafts and she made a DG candle and I won that. She also made 2 scented wax teddy bears that were really cute. My grandma got one of those. A few other neat things too.
Plants I got were blackberry lily, a hosta, dinner plate dahlia, some seeds, mimosa tree, and a couple other things. I kept it small. lol. I did a trade where I have alot of plants coming in so I made sure to only get things I have room for. lol. Oh, a couple of hardy mums. I need to figure where to put those since they are hardy and I know they will get big. lol
Food, we had pumpkin muffins which were awesome, sweet potatoe thing with caramel and pecan glaze on top, pumpkin pie, cakes, brownies, green bean casserole, another casserole, alligator, jello, ice cream cake, brats, hot dogs, chicken, and other foods. Lots and lots of food!! LOL
Pics coming tomorrow and there not many because it POURED ALL DAY LONG.
alligator? lol, sounds like you had a blast pepper! It's so fun to meet soe of these folks. I love lackberry lilies and who can't love a mimosa tree (gee, if I knew pep they grow wild here). That's cool y'all did a drawing for prizes, fun...can't wait to see pics
Red did you say you bought crinums from seedman? how were they?
the crinums from seedman were really nice - big, and freshly dug, with foilage still attached, I planted them the day after I received them and they look good. Also, his shipping was nice and quick. - packaged really nice as well. I got some dried out bulbs from a lady in FL - but I have read that they should be ok - we'll see.
Pepper - that sounds like a blast! Wow, alot alot of food - alligator? I love mimosa trees, and those new chocolate colored ones I've seen are pretty . I forget you are young too, you work so much and have a certain maturity I certainly didn't have !! lol Your group sounds fantastic, I have yet to meet up with the Pacific NW group - I will have to try, tho.
LOL. I wondered if you guys would notice the alligator in there. Yes, we were all talking about that, pole dancing, baked water dogs, armadillos and a bunch other crazy stuff on our little forum and tetelytuna couldn't resist bringing some alligator. It is pretty good. Tastes like spicy chicken in cornmeal.
My grandma has a mimosa that is really big and I think about 20 yrs old though I could be wrong. I got a tree from her a couple years ago but didn't have anyway of planting it in the ground and killed it. So I got this one and have a place to put it.
Pics still coming today. just have to restart comp to download them.
yeah, what in the world is a baked water dog? hmmm
the pole dancing I think I know what that is :) I don't think the gardeners in my area participate in pole dancing, but you never know !
*tropicanna, what are you ordering from seedman? were you debating - I hope I didn't push you over the edge of your limit on something!
Headed off to the Apple Festival at Portland Nursery today, should be fun... there are pears, too. We always come home with crazy balloon hats and huge bags of apples! They have live music, fresh cider that they press there, popcorn and the kids get to pick and paint a pumpkin.
well, I wanted a menehune crinum, and figured I'd bid on the sangrias since they weren't expensive and they're so cool. Ended up losing on the menehune and getting the sangrias, can't complain, though...no limits to worry about, I'm being pretty good
well, I'm trying again, the vendor's going to hold it. I did end up with some great new ones though...actually 5 new ones..teehee...wallet feels a little lighter today. But they're all pretty small and it will take a year or two before they flower
yooo hooooo Paul - he's probably been working alot.
Is Ginger ever going to come back here or what! - Who will start the new thread? I know he must miss us!
Pepper, can't wait for those pictures from your crazy group lol.
I'm having a dilemma with the backyard, I would like to kill all the grass (our back is wide, but not too deep). My DH thinks not (whatever that means) but I'm not positive of the layout. Still, if I go ahead and start the lasagna process, I'm sure I can spend the winter drawing out different ideas. I won't be sorry I took it out, right? I'm currently having second thoughts because I just mowed the grass yesterday, and it does look nice as is. But some paths and more plants would look nice, too. We have a small play area for the kids as well.
lol, yes, Paul is very sad at work today waiting to come home and post us a message, I know it!!
I like the idea of expanding the beds until the grass is gone (hadn't thought of that!) only problem is the stuff in the front of the bed is little tiny things I'd rather put a path there and then a couple of raised areas for new beds? I think I'm hesitating because #1 it's raining cats and dogs this week and #2 I don't have a "vision" of what it will look like. I find I have more enthusiasm if I have at least a general idea. I think I may have to draw a little bit... also, look through some books until I get some ideas of what would work.
Sounds like a fun night! Trop, I sincerely wish you were my neighbor so you could walk over and give me some advice. I usually am quite driven, but having a little pause with this one. Plus - you would be fun to drink with.
I'd love to help on a project like that...like I said it's easier when an outsider looks at things---provided they have similar taste to yours, I'm sure you could help get my place in order, no matter how hard I try they heights never are right. Something that says it's supposed to get 7 feet will grow three and something that's supposed to be 2 feet tall will grow to 5...lol...hidden blooms everywhere in the garden
oh - I know !!! I have some gorgeous plants in one corner that are buried by the Japanese Maple and Eucalyptus, maybe when the trees get taller, you can see back there? I don't know, but I'm not going back there to move anything. The cat skulks back there all the time, I think there are alot of dead things I'd rather not know about.
and of course the grass looks nice right now, as it's raining 5 days out of 7 - and I put organic fertilizer on it a month ago. darn it, so thats making me wonder. I'm going to wait until I have a plan, I work much better that way.
Gotta run and get Vincent to preschool. He's building a fort in the middle of our living room - it's called "ME WORLD" ha ha ha - isn't that what being a 4 year old is all about? lol When I crawled in the fort he said with his arms spread wide "Welcome to Me World!" like I had just arrived at Disneyland.
MMmmmm, candy corn! Hey, some of us have to work extensive hours in a job they really despise, so give me a break, eh. And if you sick red on me, just give me enough notice that I can send the OH away! LOL
Red, I'd go with trops idea of just expand the beds out. Are you guys planning on staying there for a long while? Always plan for the time when you have to sell. IF it's your forever home with the kids, tear out the grass! LOL
Trop, don't all REAL gardeners have uneven gardens? I got my zinnias backwards, putting the button ones in back and the zowies in front. Oops! Nicotiana is blocking most of the dahlias.
Pep, you better behave yourself, and don't do anything I wouldn't do.
Oh yeah, leave Vincent alone. When he grows up, he can be like me and call the whole world "me world"! I used to build forts in the middle of the living room, too. Gotta start small, baby steps! LOL
Hey ! Sorry about the long hours. I'm wondering what our Pepper is up to tonight, hope her voice is strong to yell for boys!!
Paul, I promise not to stalk you - lol. hmmm, I don't think we will be here forever, I bet we'll move (in the area) when the kids are more high school age - like 7,8 years? We have a nice sized house, but because of the 3 kids, no bonus / play/ pool table room... which would be so great. Although - I hate to think about leaving all my plants!!!
So for now I will make a bed in front of the play area (which I can plant in later, kindof secret gardeny area) so I'll try to keep things mid-high in the bed in front of it.. I came to this fabulous idea when I was looking down at the yard from our bedroom window today. And thank you Trop, you saved me ripping all the grass out!
and regarding the candy corn (or waxy sugar) no, I'm just now drinking at a respectable 6:07 p.m.
lol...you know I was so kidding, I rarely drink anymore, pretty much a lightweight these days. We're going to the mountains to visit friends this weekend (without the daughter--love her, but woohoo) and we do plan to have a good time :)
Concert was great last night!! We had a blast and knew the words to most of the songs. And yes both of us were screaming our heads off!! LOL. The singer was a fave of his mom and the whole family so it really brought memories back for him.
There was also a guy who did a little stand up comedy and he was great. We had tears in our eyes from laughing so hard.
pepper I'm glad to hear you had a a good time, was it the kind of thing you dance to?
Red, the grandparents (outlaws) are taking her for the weekend, although we'll basically be in the same place, so I know we'll still see them lots. The old man's brother lives there-we'll be staying there and they are in a hotel
does anyone get along with their outlaws?---she's not my favorite, he's okay, we disagree about a lot of things politically so there's always debate there, which actually breaks up the numbing boredom I feel when they are around.
today was gorgeous!!!!! I got in one of my fall bulbs orders...mmmm...lycoris...arums...lol I had so much fun planting them, now that I made some plant markers (out of old blinds), I feel kinda organized :)
That's lycoris--never seen a real flower so hopefully these work out. The only problem I have with arum is I don't have enough, I'm not sure where they can get invasive, I imagine it would take many years. The bulbs are kind of slow growing.
Yeah, first snow! Expecting 2-4", but we will see. The bad part, high of 40, with a low in the low 20s! :-0 Not to worry though, we still have plenty of warm weather yet before January. 60s for the rest of the week, which is VERY nice indeed around here.
Pep, sounds like you had fun. Didn't even know Ronny Milsap was still runnin' around out there.
I know there is tons of things that people call invasive, that wouldn't even survive a year around here! And don't even get me started on "full sun"! What a joke!
It's so rainy here, we went to Olivia's soccer game yesterday am and the other team didn't show - the girls were only out to warm up for 15 minutes and were completely covered in mud and wet. They were all smiles, tho.
How fun that must have been. I can remember, that we used to kick the ball into all the puddles on purpose. Then a major scrum would ensue, and just like your little one, all wet and muddy and huge smiles. Ah, the good ole days.
lol Paul, I remember loving that, too - the muddier the better! Way more fun to play (than watch) in that weather tho, my fingers were numb inside my gloves... because I was sitting down. Next time I'll bring an extra ball and play with Vincent to stay warm.
Oh! I got the coolest rock today, I'll go take a picture. I swear if it had weighed 1 oz. more I couldn't have lifted it up to the back of the van. I rolled it to the car.
Sigh, I realized when downloading this I shouldn't be so excited about a rock. I'm a rock nerd.
you can't tell cause its in the wheelbarrow (and not leaving it until it's put in the ground) but its rounded on the bottom, and "sliced " on top. I'll trying chipping some away for a bird bath. It's the rock I've always wanted!! lol
Thanks Trop, flipping the grass is waaay easier than hauling it out - you are so right!!!!
and while I'm posting, heres a pic of the kids at the Halloween Festival at Vincen't school last night. Candy Corn (groovy style), Southern belle (who spent most of the time driving a tractor and playing basketball ha ha ha), and my little hobo (he carried a crumpled paper sack with a juice box inside)!
Trop - is your daughter dressing up? ** oh wait, you're still having your romantic weekend, hope you had a blast!!
Boy, I am sore. lol. I had to work today because my coworker's dad died and I live closer to work than my other coworker. This is on top of Friday and Fri nite, Sat night which I spent running, and today. Got off a couple of hours ago. My legs don't want to move anymore. lol. Back at it tomorrow too.
Red your kids are too cute! My girl wants to be some High school Musical character? I think that show has too mature themes, "but everyone watches it"...
where did you flip the grass, I can't tell? It looks great, really...my yard is a disaster, I've got everything upturned, rearranging cannas...lol
vadap...snow is something I wish we had more of, just ice round here. Of course if we get snow a frenzy ensues and people forget how to act right...drive...hoard all the bread and milk from the grocery stores...lol
pepper, you're a really hard worker, it sounds like
Trop !!! How was your weekend getaway ? Hope you had fun.
*okay, I did flip the grass, but it seems strange that the grass wouldn't continue to grow? I guess when I did it last time, I didn't even pull it up and flip it - just covered it with newspaper, and it didn't grow back. Calm Down Tracy!
Is your daughter going to be Shar-pei? lol - my 7 year old loves HS Musical.
Beautiful day today, supposed to be 70 tomorrow! **Pepper, hope you're recovered!
Darn Whiskers - get your butt outside! lol Glad you grabbed a nap, you don't want to get sick.
**** I love that rock wall - even more so that he collected all the rocks, so much work. Fantastic!
I know, Trop - my girls also love Hannah Montana right now... sick of the Disney channel - oh well, they don't watch tv that much. We'll see if this works with the grass, I can just see it sprouting like crazy in the Spring, I'll be soo ****ed off!
The trees look beautiful, how long are you going to have visitors all up in your panties? Glad you had a good weekend, sounds like a blast.
I like it quiet in the morning, too. I usually whisper until I have my coffee.
I'm feeling better about the grass, just seemed weird to have big lumps of unside down grass. On the Pacific NW forum, there is a lady who has done this ALOT and had no problem, except when she had some real nasty stoloniferous grass.
... just had to look at that wall again, really nice!
We leave for NYC on Tuesday. Hopefully Vincent will be better... He has to have alot of abuterol when his asthma is this bad - makes him waaaay energetic ; can't imagine a 4 year old on the plane with "zippy drugs" in him. Makes me stress out just thinking about it. .. He should be fine by then.
Aww... why is it that whenever you want to go on a trip that they have to be sick? I feel bad for the lil guy, my girl was getting alllergic rashes and has to take Zyrtec at night for the next month or so
we are mainly there for the marathon (James is running it, not mois!) on Friday we are going to Washington DC via the train. We got tickets to go into the Capitol Bldg and The White House. **The children have been instructed to not repeat what they've heard at our house about the President while we are there -lol. But it will be pretty cool to go inside the White House - and they'll always remember it.
James (DH) has a brother who lives in Manhatten, so we'll spend time with him and his wife & 2 year-old. We'll spend a day at the Museum of Natural History and probably MOMA. **I spend most of the time there saying "I could paint that" or "My kid could paint that" orrrr even "the cat could paint that"
wow, have you ever been to either place? well, sounds like you've been to New York ... that's gonna be a long trip for you guys. One of my best friends just moved to DC, I have to go visit her sometime
it's still raining! gonna sleep nice and sound tonite
I've been to NYC only 2x. We'll be gone a week; I love traveling, but hate flying :(
aaah, I'm with you, I sleep nice when its rainy (and cold). I left our window open last night since James was stuck in Atlanta (delayed flight from Orlando) . The house was COLD this morning, lol - the kids didn't even complain. He would've hated it!!
I've been to NYC only once...can't say I feel like I have to get back into that madness, too claustrophobic about the traffic...we got lost on the subway and went alllllllll the way thru the city..lol. Wasn't all bad, just wow, it would be cooler if you knew someone that lived there. I think I mentioned once a friend and I went to see Geprge Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars at the Apollo years ago, great show and really nice people there
I've bee to DC several times though, it can be a really fun place
It got chilly today, it's time for me to get a heater for the GH, and consider turning on the heat in here, too..lol
lol, not so juicy but important all the same, so what's everyone's plan for the weekend? So far I'm not sure, but a dger may come by to bring plants (yay!) and I still have a ton to do in the yard. I was taking advantage of the nice weather to transplant and work on building the soil before it rained, and maybe I'll get to keep working on it (can't say finish as I don't now if I'll ever be done)--digging newspaper, coffee grounds, compost, etc into the dirt
and I new to start the next lasagna bed for next year, I need another sunny spot and need to expand some existing beds. When I made my walkways I assume I was trying to make them wheelchair accessible, but they are too wide and get weedy.
I am thinking in the corner of the immediate fenced yard (we have the big outer fence too--I plan to make it as big as I can without the BF squabbling too much. It's one of the only pretty sunny spots we have that isn't in total sun and really dry
I wish I could help "dry" is not something we have much of here... some spots get a bit dry, but not like you were saying - that there were "cracks" under the surface. I'm quite certain you'll find something, you are very creative!
I think this may work, maybe some tall varigated grass (I have arundo and zebra grass...decisions)...I have banana cannas and red presidents there already, with the castor beans and a couple crinums...some morning glories on the fence (if I can get the seeds to grow) ...
That sounds really pretty Trop (I dreamt about castor beans, thank you very much). I had some morning glories on a trellis (to hide the garbage & recycling cans) this year, they grew like crazy. They were beautiful - I did take them all down just recently, was afraid I'd have 100,000 vines next year.
I'd like to see a pic of that in the Spring, those colors together will be stunning.
Trying to figure out how to go about dividing 8 foot tall by 3 foot wide zebra grass...lol. I think I have to plant the castor bean seeds in spring, but if I have enough I might put out a few cause I know they 'volunteer' here. I feel like the crinums will do well, I dug some big holes and letting them kinda dry since we've had rain
I killed so many MG seeds it was pathetic...couldn't grow a seed for anything this year--hopefully it was just a bad spring (not my fault..lol) and I'll have better luck. The regular ones have reseeded from seeds I planted 3 years ago
Well the zebra grass is 2 or 3 years old, can't remember, I usually cut it back when it gets all brown. I have to say that is the most brutal stuff I've ever divided...had to use a saw and I'm totally cut up all over my arms, shoulders, etc. I thought I was getting itchy but when I saw my hands were bleeding...lol. I only got a couple of small pieces..that thing can get as big as it wants
bloody hands! you crazy girl - I'm glad you decided to just leave it.
which crinum - that is a good question! The only info I got was that the bloom is a dark pink. but I have to say it is a huge bulb with a bit of foliage and only cost $4.00 - so I'll try to ID it after it blooms next year. I dont think I've seen an ugly crinum, so I was ok with the little info/low cost thing.
Red, chances are it's Ellen Bosanquet, a crinum guy I talked to ran down the 5 main passalong varieties (EB, JC Harvey, Powelli, Herbertii and maybe zeylandicum)...Ellen's the only dark pink one, and a great crinum, but before you bid anymore on crinums talk to me (you did get a good deal), cause I have quite a few that should offest quickly.
Zebra grass...well, I have a healthy respect for it's will to survive now...my shoulders are killing me, I look like I've been whipped. The little pieces I got for all the trouble are so funny, they better grow next year. I could see the diesel fuel thing, bamboo runners are easier to deal with.
pepper, that sounds like fun, horses are so awesome, mind if I ask how much lessons are costing?
Sounds like a good gig, a friend and former co-worker does therapeutic horseback riding and breaks wild horses...she made better money doing that than social work, and I know it's hard work but maybe more relaxing
We lived in a house that had cows and horses in the field behind the place (it was on major acreage). The day my daughter was born this white horse showed up (he'd never been there before), he stayed around for awhile when she was little...it was cool, he was fun to watch.
Thats fantastic Pepper, have you always rode horses? I have never, not even a pony when I was little. The kids love to take carrots down to the "neigborhood horse" there is a farm just down the street with llamas, cows and a sweet horse. And, now that I'm thinking about it, a family that lives on the main road that has chickens, and darn it if they let those chickens run around with no fence - what are they thinking??? several times they have been run over - feathers everywhere ! Thats so cool about the white horse.
Thank you for the crinum help Trop (you always have the background on everything - is there anything you haven't grown?) In the Spring I'm going to try some of the gingers you recommended. My zebra grass has not gotten than large yet - but is in a difficult (really wet clay) part of our yard, maybe it isn't entirely happy there. Oh well, I like the stripes of it so much.
I'm going to mow today (hopefully the last time) and put those last plants into the ground - a viburnum, strawberry tree and a couple of ground covers, crinum (EB, ty to Trop) and check on a nandina (heavenly bamboo) that keeps popping himself out of the ground ?! it's not cold enough for that kind of behaviour!
Sounds like you are busy, I just got some EB 's in a trade ( I love them and can't have enough) and I'm planting them on the back fence with the little zebra grass, etc ...dug some huge holes and had to dig more this morning---I feel like I'm getting arthritis...lol
well, not too busy - the plants & bulbs I'm putting in are mostly teeny-tiny... I don't have to dig any huge holes like you have been doing ---- what are you digging huge holes for? Thats alot of work, definitely wear you out - have a good lunch when you're done!!!
*I had some delicious mushroom ravioli for dinner last night in the most excellent cream sauce - yum. Very rich, tho I could only eat 3 (they were big)!
the big holes are for the crinums, they don't like winter wetness so I have to dig really deep to amend and add sand so it will drain well. I got a little cariied away with how wide I made some them but I don't think I could go too deep to improve drainage here
oh those raviolis were pillows of pasta goodness!!!
wow, I hope I'm not drowning some of those crinums I planted earlier ? One area was a new bed, so it's completely amended and on the upper end of a slope so it will be ok, but some in the parking strip I just plunked in. UH OH - live and learn!
It's impossible to dig a hole deep without digging wide, isn't it? Unless you're digging in fantastic soil.
I did the same with my first ones, just threw them in kinda slackly, but the yard is kinda sloped so I'm hoping...and I'll mulch them really good.
well, it really is kinda like carving a planter out of brick here, so I can dig a pretty deep hole without it being 2 foot wide like I did a couple of these. I wish I had gotten the tiller involved when I started all this
You guys have been a chatty bunch!
Red, your kiddos are as cute as ever. I always used to be either a hobo or a ghost when I was little. Had my stick with a stuffed red bandana, and te same make up beard as Vincent.
Trop, glad you survived the outlaws. That stone wall is to awesome. Especially love the hammock near the river. My idea of retirement!
pep, you have my empathy with all that work. Hope you got to relax some, or at least get to soon. To cool abt the horse lessons. I haven't been on a horse since '91. Got to ride an ex-champion pacer down in Perth in the outback. Horse nearly threw me once, but stayed up front of abt dozen others, so kept me clean(very dusty). Had an ex-gf when I was a teen that had horses, got to ride alot. Someday...
Seems to have been a digging weekend for everyone. I dug up the crab apple tree stump and rootball. Abt 2' down and 8' in dia. Planted some bulbs and seperated some others. Now I'm exhausted.
Well finally got around to putting up Halloween decorations--I love getting out the big box cause there's lots of masks and costumes..etc. We have some presidential and vice-presidential masks that we didn't think would be useful this long..lol...my daughter did not like it when I put those things on. I did a drag version of our VP---lol
Paul, I'm so proud of you for wading thru our chat to join us for a bit...just in time before I started making wisecracks. And so are you flexing your hole-digging capabilities, now? glad to hear you had to dig more than me (I could say something else here)--8 feet wide? I bet you are tired
Whew, just popping in quick before work. lol. Had to work yesterday doing carpets. Ugh. They have waaaaaay too much stuff. Had to pick all of them up and move them around plus the furniture that could be moved. Then after I started on carpets the carpets started wrinkling really, really badly. My coworker for the weekend came in and her eyes got huge when she saw how bad it was. The carpet needs to be stretched again.
Today I was so hyper I was crazy. lol. Sugar high from all the chocolate. A coworker brought in marshmallow fudge brownies and I had a piece plus a nutty bar right afterwards. Crazy thoughts, dreams and songs in my head all day long. LOL.
I don't need help being crazy thank you very much. LOL
No, we have volunteers who feed us all the time and sometimes staff will too. I did my part last week when i took $40 worth of candy in for my mechanic who is gonna change my oil. lol. The look on his face was priceless.
pepper, one day, you'll have kids and realize that the only way you can get your kid not to be some awful sold-out commercial TV character...is to wait till the last minute so all those costumes have been sold to the masses
I bet you did have fun, I always enjoyed going with clients to therapeutic horseback
Trop, your just to smart. So I guess she doesn't get to dress like the little trollop from TV that you and Red were talking about?
To cool for you, pep, Hope you get to have tons of fun with the horses! Jeez, playing with horses and getting to work in a botanic garden. Where did I go wrong. Did get to pour concrete for some guys new house up in the foothills just west of Boulder(which is right up against the mountains already). What a view! About 1500-2000' above Boulder itself, and can see all across the plains, with Denver in the background. Had a dusting of snow of snow up there this morning, so was very pretty. Plus, it took half the day driving up there and getting back!! Easy money.
vadap, I agree with pepper that you should show us some CO. Mountain pictures..never been out there and would love to see it. And yes, my daughter was the cutest Dark Empress ever, I was the trollop, thank you..lol
pep, for you I got out a pic of our first frost (yesterday)
It was like that this morning. It was in the 20s and I had to borrow mom's scraper again so I could see out the windows. lol. I have tomorrow off so I am gonna try to find my scraper and all my winter stuff and gather them together. Plus clean up my room which is a major mess and feed the guys at work lunch, and get rid of clothes and donate them.
It will get cold again starting on Tues. Highs only gonna be high 40s and lows in the low 20s. I am better prepared this time. Got my cold weather clothes out and still have to buy a few more but otherwise am ready. Closet has even been cleaned out and summer clothes put away. Winter is here or close on our heels anyways.
This is a pic of a sunset on the lake at work. That is the Chapel that you can just barely see there in the shadows. You can see the rock shining there.
Wow that is so pretty, what a great picture! Beautiful, really
I have to go through my closet you reminded me, I have been getting a piece out at a time like it's gonna get warmer. It was nice today, kind of windy. I'm still planting perennials and bulbs that are really big and hardy, so I got a lot done today
not sure what kind you have but most types grown here both are really cold sensitive. I've killed a couple gardenias...they smell so good but...aphid bait. I planted heucheras yesterday and I have some toad lilies I'm hoping will be okay if I plant them
pe, done for the season? Heck, I'm just getting warmed up! LOL Ton of bulbs to put into ground; cannas, glads and dahlias to pull out; rose to put in; penstomens to put in...
Trop, is that you with the clown? Not looking to scared. Yeah, I know i should bring a camera along, but it gets dusty in the truck and bounces around a good bit. There is one place we deliver on the S Platte River. There is a 9 hole golf course, the the city drops a bit showing all the changing leaves, and the foothills in the background, with some snow capped mountains. It would be an awesome pic. I drive along a portion of the SPR, that winds through the city, everyday. Ducks and geese galore. Got to watch a couple of families goslings grow up.
Hey, we are at 380 something posts. Go for 400, then begin anew? Guess Ginger isn't coming back. Always thought Aussies were made with thicker skin. Oh well...
I think it makes me feel better to hear about other folks still planting stuff...cold makes me a chicken sometimes
vadap, no, lol, that's not me. I wasn't about to cozy up to that guy after he scared me...he still didn't talk after his initial growl...clowns are kinda creepy, makes me think of Pennywise. I'm actually shy (believe it) so no posting pics for me, thanks, lol
yeah sometimes it occurs to me that everyday stuff I don't even notice anymore might be interesting to other people but sounds like you've got some nice scenes.
I will ask our hort director at work when to bring them in. They both look great right now and we have been in the 20s at night a few times. But then I should probably be safe and bring them in tomorrow. Highs in the 40s this week with lows in the 20s. A bit extreme. When it warms up I will take them back out.
I meant to get fall color pics this weekend but was too busy. Plus low on gas and I have to drive 10 min to get gas. lol
The gardenia I have supposedly can only handle going to the 60s. lol. I never bother following the tags advice and do things my way. This one has been in the 20s and done just fine. I did bring it in today though. I didn't want to chance losing it and the jasmine.
Safely back from NYC, great trip (not really relaxing, tho lol) - Great pictures everyone, I'll try to post some whenever I find the camera. Lots of laundry to do, and raking. Wow, we are close to 400 posts!
**Trop, Pennywise was SO creepy! Clowns are weird.
Thank you ! I've been buried in laundry (5 people, 7 days - phew!) Getting the kids off to school, we're still getting up a little early, need to adjust to Pacific time. Taking the in-laws to the airport today - I'll try to post some pics later, I haven't even looked at them yet.
Washington DC was a blast, we toured the Capitol (which was beautiful inside - especially the dome). Went to the top of the Washington Monument (Olivia bumped the elevator panel for a second and turned the thing off!) Kids went trick or treating in Queens with their cousin - door to door to the stores is how the kids trick or treat, very fun and hectic.
.. I'll check back later!
Glad everyone had a great Halloween - what does everyone do for Thanksgiving? I'd like to hear the side dishes Pepper's family has - alligator casserole with fried onions? lol
That sounds cool, haven't been to the Monument since I was a kid myself...what a fun sounding trip.
Well, ...sigh...no wait for this one, I may need to go into deep meditative breathing...lol...for Thanksgiving this year, we are having his family at our house. How fun. We try and alternate holidays with each other's family every year...sooo...I can cook but I didn't come from a family where there was big hoo-rah over holiday meals and I'm not that into it. I tried to cook a turkey once for kids when I was working in a group home (out of pure love), but luckily there was someone that knew what they were doing to take over.
Never did like Thanksgiving much after quitting eating meat though. I do cook some things, I'm just whining. Welcome Back Red...lol
ah Trop, it's ok - do you have to cook the turkey or does your mil? Since DH is veggie (and the rest of us are not big meat eaters) I make alot of vegetarian items. However, this year my sister in law is cooking YEAH! I'm always the dedicated pie maker (pumpkin & bourbon & maple pecan). Vincent's 5th birthday is on Thanksgiving this year, so that will be fun.
My kids just like eating piecrust scraps (cooked w/cinnamon and sugar) and the mashed potatoes - they could give a hoot about any of the other things.
She cooks the turkey..pretty much takes over my kitchen cause then how can I get anything in the oven with the stupid bird in there? don't want to talk about it...trying to forget
My daughter came home with her first broken heart. :(
ok, I just heard everyone go "awww" in unison...I picked her up and asked her if she had a good day, she goes, "Well, if you call Tanner dumping me a good day!" then burst into tears...it killed me. What can you do?...told her we loved her and tried to make her feel better , let her know my heart had been broken before too and all that. But it was so sad...those little tears...dang ol' Y chromosomes and what they do to us...
And I blame High School Musical for making it worse and more dramatic too--lol. But seriously this is only the first time of many I'm sure for her, and witnessing her hurt is harder on me than I remember going through it myself being.
No alligator in my house!! LOL. Just sweet potatoes with marshmallows, homemade stuffing, turkey, deviled eggs which an uncle, my dad and I fight over, pies that usually come from Tippens, and a few other dishes. Nothing fancy since none of us like to slave over the stove.
we don't have green beans or biscuits - wild rice stuffing I've seen. I think my favorite Thxgiving food is butternut squash soup (actually any time of the year!) My mom is quite an amazing cook, she usually makes homemade bread or rolls for dinner - how in the world she has time to make bread the same day I have no idea.
Oh Trop, sorry about your daughter - totally agree, terrible to see them hurt. What grade is she in? I hope she feels better this morning. My girls don't talk about having crushes or boyfriends yet. Olivia had a music program last night. I told her before to "have fun" she replied, "I'd have more fun if I didn't have to stand in between two boys!" ha ha ha - That Tanner will regret this for sure - he's a fool!
hmmmm, Pepper - what's in those eggs? We always add some tobasco and a little Colman's dry mustard so they are creamy with a little kick.
tabasco in deviled eggs? hmm..doesn't sound bad, just not real Southern..lol, may have to try it.
daughter is in first grade, too young but they have beenlil boyfriend/girlfriend since last year...it's way too grown and dramatic and I think the solution is #1---ban high school musical and #2---ban boys
lol good luck banning boys ! But I agree on the HS Musical, those Disney shows are just too "romantic" - the girl characters need a different focus besides just boys - a sport or something. I'm sorry she got her feelings hurt, tho - he'll figure it out in a couple of years. I hope she had a better day.
Just a few drops of tabasco is great (even if its not southern!)
Uh, tabasco not southern?!?! It's made in southern Louisiana! That's the south, or did I miss something in geography and history. I'm with pep- turkey, stuffing, giblet gravy, sweet potatoes with mm's(my specialty), cranberry sauce, green beans, biscuits, and of course- pumpkin pie with whip cream! And if anyone feels up to making deviled eggs, well by golly, I wouldn't complain a lick! We do those pretty regular, like when me, my girl and my brother all go shopping on our way home from work, and we all bring home eggs. Pretty much same for christmas, but a honey baked ham instead of turkey.
RTP, glad you guys had a fun and safe trip. Like trop, I haven't been to DC in many a year. When my Navy ship visited NYC, got to see 'Oh, Calcutta'! Not what I was expecting, for sure. Then spent a couple of days up in Patchague, Long Island, visiting my grandmother(turned out to be the last time).
I remember my first girlfriend was Kimberly Moss, in Chesterfield County, Va. I was in 1st and 2nd grade, and she was a couple of years younger. We moved to another neighborhood that was to far away. Heartbroken.
beautiful day today - for some reason I'm craving deviled eggs hmmmm.
I guess I was afraid of boys, Matt Bordeaux used to chase me in the first grade during recess, he kissed me once. I probably turned 8 shades of red. going to go enjoy the sunshine, I believe there is a 100% chance of rain tomorrow!
The sauce is made on Avery Island, LA. It is very much a Southern thing!! lol
Deviled eggs in my family have mayo, mustard, and sometimes paprika on top. That's it. No tabby sauce sine majority of us hate that stuff. My dad loves it though and will put it on just about anything if he is in the mood for it.
Here is a link for the history of the sauce. www.tabasco.com/tabasco_history/index.cfm#targ
Yup! My computer is choking on this, and I have a T1 line. Seeing as how our previous benefactor, Ginger749, has been absent since Sept 19 (to this thread), we must begin anew, for those of us who wish to continue the rapport and friendship. This is where I am starting it: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/789318/ If any wish to follow along, please do, especially including Kell.
I notice Tracy aka Red,
Kara aka Trop,
Paul aka Vadap have not been on DG for many years.
I myself spent the last 8 months doing voluntary work after our greatest floods ever.
I was at Tully Qld. The Banana Capital of Australia.
I am not even sure where I got it from.
I went through a stage of hunting them down from all over the place.
Then we had those severe Floods at the start of this year.
A lot of my better Cannas died. (probably drowned)
I know how you feel, I just moved from Canada to Alabama in July and had to leave all my roots behind.. I only brought the seeds. I don't have alot of garden space, so I'm mostly using pots, but it's hard when you go from a huge garden of tones of plants. It will just take some time.
I lived in Windsor Ontario, it's right across from Detroit. Canada has its ups and downs, as anyplace does. I miss our friends and family, but not the town so much. Change was nice, now almost everything we do is somehing new to us. Plus gardening is a whole new world down here. Less time digging up my cannas leaves for more time digging up more tropicals. Well not so much last year, as I didn't move until July. I did get a great collection of elephant ears again, and added 2 basjoo bananas, next year hoping to expand the cannas, since the only ones I have are from seeds, and maybe give gingers a try.. Always wanted to grow those but never attempted it.
k its not either of the above.. looks like it with the leaves but there both rather tall.. not sure of any that are miniature with dark leaves.. Could it be planted in shade sometimes that makes it stay shorter??
I have a few that I wanted specifically Tama Tulipa, Panache, Ehemanii, En Avant. The rest are from seed. I just got some seeds from Alice, I want to grow some really tall ones this year. I got Costa Rica, Argentina, Flame, Red Stripe. I like the smaller flowers.