Mine has a serious lean to the south, but it's hard to even see the mail box because it's nearly completely encased in compacted ice/snow/sand. I suspect that all that is actually holding it up at all is the surrounding ice/snow/sand.
True. I don't like anything to disrupt the world as it is when I'm outside. Birds, dogs, cats, frogs and even boats out on the lake...the sounds that should be there. Of course I prefer no boats, but I don't own the lake.
The person below me is anticipating a beautiful weekend with warmer temps and No New Snow.
The bright spot of winter (and why I like the north, besides my parents being here) is Spring. Everything coming back more beautiful than what it was when it left. I think it reteaches me hope and patience every year.
...on a more cynical note, my first answer was rock salt.
Tpbm has this weekend free and is going to enjoy it with a good book or garden catalogs.
False, my one day off will be a shopping trip to the city to order new cabinets for the kitchen. On the cynic side of bright spots...as I was looking out my south window there were no 'grave markers' the snow has covered all of them :-)
True...sort of. I have inherited the crab apple trees on my property, and they only are fit for the deer to eat. Unfortunately, once the deer have their fruit...they continue onto a little salad, which is my HOSTAS !
False: I'm not sure what a hellebores forum might consist of.
Some of you might remember me from last year's round-up.
I am growing peppers in the basement and will be giving 75% of them to friends, but EQ's gift is still growing like mad. I will most likely not be able to come to the UP-MW-Roundup, but I will continue to watch the tree that EQ hates, plant the flowers that Wanda loves and enjoy BigCityAl's contributions to my landscape. Mikekilhoffer is still around trolling the boards :)
The next poster will know what plant I am trying to identify, a nine foot tall tropical, that has leaves larger than a tobacco plant, with vigorous growth, and a seedpod that resembles a sweetgum. It's stalks are a vibrant red, and the whole plant can reach 15 feet in a zone 5b area. It's leaves are waxy and have a staggered pattern of veins.
True :) Spring is the very best season- except I could do with a little less mud at the moment. Sort of missing the snow some days when the dogs come running in and start smearing their paws all over my kitchen, at least snow is clean.
TPBM has been out to do at least 1 gardening chore this year already (other than picking up poop) Like planting bulbs, or taking off winter mulch, unwrapping roses
Lilyfan, how did your bulb planter work? I planted 25 the other day and now have a slug of hyacinths and more lily bulbs coming.
Somebody slap my hands so I don't order any more flowers. Running out of room and the DH says you aren't digging up any more weedy lawn.
Yes, I am looking forward to the RU where ever it is.
Maxine are your DH and mine brothers? LOL That is what mine is always saying to me as I am digging away.
Last week I planted some Landini Asiatic lilies and just happened to walk by there and some animal dug them up and left them lay. Grrrrrrrrrrr. Never had that happen before because I always sprinkle cayenne pepper in the hole and around the area on top. Now I'll be on critter watch and make the little critter pay!
I am looking forward to the round-up also. 2008 one was my first time and will definitely not be my last.
HEE! HEE! HEE! TPAM is messing with hubby's lawn! Yeah! Will you come to my house next and plant bulbs in my front lawn...please?! I'm seriously smiling (and, ok 'lol', too). Just do the front lawn only tho cause we have three 4-footed baby-girls that use the backyard for their 'potty' and sometimes that 'brown thing' that looks like a brown dried-up leaf isn't a leaf...and I've cleaned enuff of my own shoes, ain't gonna do nobody elses shoes - LOL!!!
[quote]but I will continue to watch the tree that EQ hates[/quote] I suggest we consider a UMW RU in Chatham IL so we can take care of the little nasty that mikekilhoffer is so lovingly tending to that he has protected from stray cats with a gazillion toothpicks. Men!
Ha ha ha, it took me a while but I just figured out what TPAM meant.
JanLyn! I happen to have acquired a very nice bulb auger that just appeared on the day of the last RU underneath the jacket I was wearing. It spoke to me and told me it had my name on it and that I needed to take it home with me instead of letting that OTHER woman and her husband take it home. How could I resist, I let it come home with me and we've been living happily ever after since. I only live about 45 minutes from you max. If you're really serious and need help with bulbs, I could bring my shiny new "buddy" over to help you. It attaches to a mortar mixer so it's got some oomph to it.
TPBM is gearing up for winter and beginning to create lists of seeds to buy based on last year's catalog stash and is itching for current catalogs to come in to get going on orders.
Oh Lauren, you know me so well!! LOL
Yes, I already have a list of seeds that I want to try, all perennials, but gazooks, I am running out of room and DH will NOT, I repeat not let me dig up any more of our weedy lawn.
TPBM Is conniving on what to bring to the RU.
And yes, I would like to see it moved down towards Laurens and Mikes!!
I was just teasing mikekilhoffer by suggesting we have the UMW RU down in Chatham. He knows if we had it down there I'd natually want to use his toothpick protected mimosa seedlings as kindling to start a fire to keep us all warm. They will have grown considerably by next year and would make really good firewood. Here's his Mimosa shring- http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=2361015
When the pepper loving protector of mimosa seedlings comes back to post, I'm sure he'll have a comeback for me... just you wait and see.
Say Jody, will you do the honors of starting a thread to determine where the UMW RU will be held this year? Al had a few great suggestions and one of them was somewhere up near Green Bay. We should revisit that suggestion as well as his suggestion for doings in Oshkosh. I think Oshkosh was another site he suggested? Been a while.
[quote]Oh Lauren, you know me so well!! LOL[/quote] You and me are seedaholics or something. I don't even have space to plant all the prairie species I'm ordering but I'm still ordering them.
False, I haven't begun to connive... yet. I do plan on contacting Ev to find out where she bought her Panax quinquefolius seed though and I'm sure I'll be looking to hit my Maxine up for something sweet.
I've (gasp) frozen some pumpkin pies. Shhh, we won't tell anyone the Thanksiving pies were made in September. TPBM is baking and canning like a fiend to preserve the last of the garden goodies before the holidays hit us.
Lilyfan, are you watching me! Of course I'm still planting bulbs!
How 'bout we have the RU at my house then I be sure to have my gardens presentable when EQ's spy shows up?!!! (Seriously, tell you DH I'm sorry I didn't get to meet him; I was getting ready for a wedding and they left before I came out - all dressed up of course! Had I been digging in the dirt or mucking goat stuff it would have been a different story. Also, tell him I'm really sorry my yard was overgrown with a whole season of weeds and the pond was nearly hidden!) I'll get an RU thread started this week.
Some of mine are trimmed back but still have some of lilacs and apple trees to do plus clean up gardens and flower beds.
OH yes, I am planting lily bulbs that I recd. in todays mail along with 5 peony bushes. I would hate to bore you with how many lilies and peony's I have. I couldn't believe it. Some one point me in flowers anomnoyous. Boy the spelling on that last word is weird. Fibro is bad today because of stress and cold weather. Think right now it is 40 and cloudy with a N. wind.
And yes, I will be making out a seed order for some new rudbeckia's. Just can't resist, but oh my, so many seeds in one little pack.
Welcome to our new member, Hope you don't get lost in all the guff going on here.
Jody, would love to go to the RU at your place. Marie and I just drove in and drove right back out last yr.
[quote] How 'bout we have the RU at my house then I be sure to have my gardens presentable when EQ's spy shows up?!!! [/quote] Fair enough, me and meezers6 can witness the battle between the Jets and the Rockets in person. Get some popcorn ready, we're easily amused and we can camp out at the base of your stairs. Say, did all the "boys" stop in at your place with my husband on the way up to MN? If so, you didn't miss much. He isn't exactly social like your husband or Roger. I can tell you he would have enjoyed seeing a pretty lady all dressed up though. Mostly I'm a dirtball until I take a bath at night at which point I turn into a bathrobe momma. I'm not exactly a vision of loveliness these days. Say, next time "spy" shows up at your place would you send Pillsbury home with big bags of that goat poop for my composter please? Tell him to stash it in their canoes or something but to find a way to get it back to me. Speaking of ponds, I've been out there draining mine left and right bucket by bucket and relocating frogs to the big natural pond where they'll be able to survive the winter. Just say the word pond to my husband right about now and he'll go hide. I've only got one more to drain. I'm sure he'll disappear when I go to start emptying it since we lost our pond pumps when the basement flooded and somebody didn't replace them.
Roses, eh. Do you by any chance use those styrofoam protector cones? I've given up on roses. I kill them quite well but I do have 5 jumbo styrofoam rose cones and 10 medium sized cones if you want them and I'm up by Gurnee Mills. If you're ever in that area you (midwest_tyro) would be welcome to them. They're all in good condition and most were never used and still have the price tags on them. No way am I going to grow roses again so they're yours for the taking if you want them. Let me know if you want them otherwise I can bring them to the RU next June and I'm sure somebody will cart them off.
Oh new blood, what Jody said. Everybody loves fresh blood... er uh... new gardening buddies. Thank you for jumping in to spice up our threads a little bit!
False, I've got mine all trimmed back.
TPBM moved plants inside and is desperately trying to find "safe" spots for them so they don't get used as a dietary supplement by pets.
You guys have cameras at my place don't you? DP (that's 'Dear Puppy') tries to take a bite out of my lemon verbena every time he walks by. At least his breath smells nice!
I stopped treating my roses nicely and they do much better now. I love the old fashioned roses and will never try to grow a hybrid again. I'm planning to order some shrubs for next year (money permitting). My 'Foxi Pavement' does very well here and always throws up a couple of new plants each year. Does everyone who attends RU have one now? If not, I should have three for next RU.