I think I have poison ivy :(
I have three raised itchy dots on one finger (right above my wedding ring) and a single dot on my neck so far. I have no clue where/how I got it, either. I haven't spotted any growing around our house this year, but I have had to clear some out in past years. It's driving me nuts and now I can't hold my newborn nephew (I won't even go see him with this.) Luckily I did get to see him the day he was born (Tuesday.)
On a brighter note; I just ordered a Wedgwood Blue lilac (I spotted one locally in STL and HAD to have one, the bloom color is so unique), dwarf echinacea 'After Midnight' and dwarf monarda 'Petite Wonder' for the front yard flower beds. Since we extended the beds I have some spaces to fill in :) I can't wait for them to arrive.
I almost stopped at the house where I saw the lilac to ask for cuttings, but chickened out. I drive past it every day to and from work, it's fairly near the street and sometimes I can just barely smell it. It's HUGE and absolutely gorgeous, just full of blooms! I like lilacs anyway, but the blue color is breathtaking!
(Obviously I am partial to pink, purple and blue flowers, though!)
Thanks, pepper! I read earlier online that poison ivy blisters (or the resulting liquid when scratched) are not contagious, even when broken. By the time the blisters are formed, the contagious sap is gone/already bonded to the skin. That's not what I was led to believe all of my life, but I'll take it! :) Gross and fascinating little tidbit I learned today. I work in a tech-support call center for a major brokerage firm, so I get paid to surf the internet (and read DG all day) in between phone calls :)
So now I can see my nephew, but I'll wait a day or so, just to make sure. It's not gardening related, so forgive me, but I am estactic about my new nephew! And Spring was already my favorite time of year!
Just put on some gloves and hold him all day : ). I got a few patches of posion ivy while out morel hunting , My sister uses straight vinegar on her posion ivy that she gets bad, burns but heals it pretty fast. I just let mine go , scratch once in awhile then its gone.
Be mindful of the storms here in MO w/ tornados : (
I've had my share of poison ivy too. My co-worker gets it from her dogs. They run through it outdoors & rub against her & she breaks out. Your nephew is darling. Give him another year & he'll be into everything. Maybe he'll be your lil' gardening buddy. The huge lilac that I park by each day @ my gr-d's daycare has tempted me many times to help myself to some blooms. My lilac (just planted last spring) has one small bloom this year. Maybe next year, I'll have more.
Hi all, I hope that everyone is safe & sound & without much power interruption, if any. I hope to plant some of veggies this weekend. Happy gardening! : )
I am tired but no damage here. I was up late worrying about a couple coworkers cause they live in the areas where the tornados were hitting.
We had to set up for our plant sale today. That didn't go as planned though because the tent got tore up big time by the wind when getting set up so now all the plants are sitting on the ground. Alot harder to see everything but it's the only option right now with the wind. No shade and no protection of any kind. Oh well. Can't be helped.
The soil temp is only 55F, so I'm holding off on planting anything until the ground warms a bit more. Last weekend, the temp was 50F. Seems to be averaging about 5F per week. Soil thermometer was a worthwhile investment.
The 3 azaleas and 8 rosebushes that I planted last weekend are doing well. All that rain surely helped.
Rusty, sorry you couldn't attend the RU. I'm sure you were missed.
Today I took my grandma to Farmehier's Greenhouse in Wellington. It's not a big operation really but it is nicely set up. It is family owned and run and you can tell in the way the interact. The son who runs it was telling his mom she missed watering a section of plants even though she just watered. lol. Plants were probably root bound. They are also getting ready to open a winery this summer. That will bring in more people.
Oh and if you go looking for them be prepared to go into the boonies. They are several miles off the highway and then you have to go up a steep driveway. But the view from there is breathtaking.
We also went to PG and checked out the plant sale. I got a Mona Lisa oriental lily and grandma got a Red Hot Poker. We had EvaMae set them aside for us. I picked on our perennial gardener there too which was loads of fun. He couldn't believe my grandma would admit that we're related. LOL. I love being onery sometimes. I told him he was only an average gardener. That got a good laugh out of our Hort director, Alan.
I final got home at 1/2 hour ago and Rusty did jump and down zoom to his yard! Rusty just feel better now! Phew! It's really scared of me that he don't like in Cedar Rapid, IA... which it very eerie windy bother him and scared him too...
EvaMae and I went and saw Dave and Elle on Sunday. Had a great visit and enjoyed playing with the goats and dogs and checking out the rabbits. We walked away with 17 big bags of black gold. EvaMae took 9 and I took 8. Gave 2 to my grandma to help out in her yard. :~)
As I did post thread scroll up where I had be told...
I just got tick bit me between fingers and felt it pretty hurt so I was lucky for tick again ( I hate it) so tick bit and stay least after 4 hrs you will get sick so I m okay at least it not after 4 hrs! So, tick have white dot on it that is very toxic...So, as this morning, it got swollen up little bit and pour some wound first then itch stuff too! Very darn itch ( I don't scratch it but it real bad!) I will be okay for that it nothing got me sick yet...
Well my hosta are going great guns and I do not know if you would call it a bloom but this is a hosta called St. Elmos Fire. It comes out this color and will turn green with white boarders about the begining of june depending on the light and heat I subject it to.
Here is another one that is still a baby. In the photo the real color is a bit subduded. It comes out a orangeish yellow then turns to darker centers later in the year. It about glows is is so bright. It is called Orange Marmelade. Will be very pretty when is reaches its mature size of about 20 in by 48 inches. Since it is a fast grower it should be getting there in about 3-4 yrs.
And last but not least the crappie are doing pretty well ( but they have not started to spawn and it is spotty) in Lake of the Ozarks this year. I have the freeze pretty well full and cught these 2 larger ones last evening. Both are 15 inches long.
Sis and I went fishin in a little flat bottom boat on Moms pond Monday and caught a whole bunch of large Bluegill. We freeze them in water and they taste like fresh caught. yum. We were hopin the Bass whould hit but just the Bluegill. We'll get them next time
We plan on a fish fry with fried taters & onions, cornbread, and dandelion greens , topped off with strawberry shortcake from strawberries from the garden if I can beat the box turtle from geting them.
We just dug up earthworms for our bait, they strike fast and put up a good fight, and steal the bait too!!!!!
It's Oz's fault that I bought dwarf hostas to use as a border last year. All but 2 or 3 came back. Not a bad amount since down the road I can divide the others and place them where the dead ones are. The ones I got are Island Charm.
We are rebuilding our garden album so I will be posting some photos. Waiting now for the peonies to bust into bloom we have 4 plants I think. They are not for from our bedroom window either. If weather permits I like to ope n the window at night. Go to sleep and wake up with the fragrance from them.
Rusty----- You want to avoid hosta addiction. I have about 100 different types they can be a lot of work but easy to grow. It can also be expensive and a lot of Hosta resmeble each other but true hosta nuts (I am not one) will have to have every named and registared species they can. Very expensive. And really a bit foolish. I was about hooked into it for awhile.
I do have to confess ozarkian I had to check, (walkabout hangs her head down )
I did see tho , that they were different and seen those stripes on one and the blotches on the other and notice that bigger dorsal fin , so I did know they were a different.
You made me look and study and learn something, thats the good thing.
Now I can fish all day and catch bass and bluegill , but I have always had a hard time catching crappie, they are fast buggers. And would think they would put up a good fight too. When I do catch one I'll know which one I have on the line and puttin in the fryin pan too ^_^
On my question about fish tea, do you use on your plants? I made some a couple of years ago and just about lost my lunch , PEEEUUUU
but it sure is good on the plants.
BTW, do you morel mushroom hunt and / or heard of any great finds in the Ozark area ?
Never heard of fish tea. Those plants are part of my hosta collection. There is no way I would make anything of any part of them they are purely for display. I have not b een out looking even as much as I like them. My legs have been bothering me and I have two horsedhoe leagues to play in plus a tournament this Saturday and I am trying real hard to conserve.
Best to you OZ on your horseshoe tournament, great game.
Fish tea, after you clean your fish you put all the guts and stuff in a gunny sack or the like and sit in bucket of water for a couple of days, and just use the fishy water. Whahoooo does it sink but it is so good for your plants.
My irises are also in bloom (not as fancy), but it's too rainy/windy to take any photos. Maybe tomorrow.
Hey Linda, my dog chewed up my vernal witch hazel that I just planted last summer. I've got it inside in a pot trying to recouperate. Just in case it doesn't make it, I have another one on order, but it's the common witch hazel; not vernal. Did you ever get one?
I have one one iris that should open here in a day or two and others will quickly follow. The first one looks like Jesse's Song. I hope it is cause I got it from Doc Henderson at work and it would be one of the first ones from him to bloom.
Rusty ----- You have your Hosta planted pretty close. If they like your soil and grow well they will croud out each other. It might be best I suppose to wait and see how they do. But Sagae is a strong Hosta and it is not small. Here is a picture of one of my Sagae that is about 6 yrs old. It was taken just a few minutes ago and the piece of metal laying on the ground in front is a yard stick. Remember this is early spring and it will get larger and higher. It usually gets to be about 5 ft wide. Se be ready to move them around as they grow. You also mentioned Blue Angels. They are one of my favorites and they get even bigger than a Sagae. Sagae was hosta of the year in 2000. Blue mouse ears is the current 2008 Hosta of the year. You will not need to worry about Blue mouse ears getting big. It is rated as a Mini and most are grown in pots.
Pepper----- There is one that will beat that. I have a young one and it will be a few years yet before I can say for certain but the name is Northern Exposure. The margins on the leave are wider and it is heart shaped leaves. It is also rated a bit larger.
Great looking hosta and landscaping. Do you have a photo that shows more of your landscaping?
Rusty if you have blue mouse ears maybe Pepper and I can car pool to you house to borrow some sugar or maybe a hosta.
BTW - Who was saying they had poison ivy rash. I just got my first case in 10 years and I keep getting more spots even though I haven't been in it in two weeks. I've washed all the clothing, bedding, and finally the dog today. And I finally gave up and got something from the doctor to take care of it.
Linda--- That is the smallest stone wall and box we have. It was there when we bought the house. The man that built this house built the one next door and the one next to that. He had to blast for the other two. that is where most of that stone came from. That is why it apears to be a bit like flag stone. It is in fact shattered. I have another stone wall planter box just accross the walk from that one about 1/3 larger. We also have one that goes accross the lake side of the house that reaches up to about 7 ft high in places. It is about 50 ft long counting the 3/4 circle it makes in one spot. The top of those walls is just cement. That does not count the 75 ft Sea Wall on the lake made from heavy creek stones and another like it accorss the back of the house 40 ft long. Plus I have a couple stack stone walls here and there. All I did was the stack stone and some tiny rough walls for the rock garden. My son would come out if he had time and build and true stone walls I would need. He is a pool contractor and builds all kinds of water features and does all kinds of stone work.
SJ----- We have to update our garden book every couple of years and we will be doing that this year. I will try to take a couple of pictures today but it is still spring and plants have not really come into there own yet. That box behind the hosta is a example. We have not gotten the Begonias in there yet. wife has not decided exactly what color she wants in there. That small tree in the box is a Red Bark Jap Maple and she tends to believe very strongly in color coordination with things like that. So we are behind a bit right now.
I just learned something about Blue Mouse Ears. I understand even though they call it a mini it will get a little larger. I do not know where you all would put any mini's but I would suggest in pots. They tend to be pretty tender for hosta and do not react well to in the ground type planting a lot of the time. We have a very good Hosta grower here in Missouri near Ash Grove by the name of Hilltop Farm. But they are not cheap.
I just joined and am very excited about this group. We currently live 30 miles south of Chicago, and will be moving to KC as soon as the house sells. We'll be renting while we build a house, probably in Shawnee, KS. But I'm already planning the garden since I don't know what grows well there and doesn't.
Starting with trees - How would you compare Stewartia to Franklinia? Just learned about Evodia - do they really attract tons of bees, or only if you have a pollinator?
We're buying 1/2 acre and are retired, so lots of room for gardening.
Do camellia really grow there? Crape myrtle?
My biggest "loves" are peonies, including Chinese tree peonies, roses, daylilies, and if I can ever get them to grow, iris. Would love to plant a wildflower meadow.
Also, how about evergreens that grow no higher than 4' to 12'?
I have sooo many questions! I've read the area is zone 6a - I can get 6z to grow here, and we're 5b. Any and all ideas/suggestions welcome.
I have a number of 'mini' hostas growing well in the garden in the St Louis area.
In fact, many of them multiply and fill in beatufilly as an interesting ground cover.
I have to protect them with a wire cage the first year or two to keep the critters at bay.
My Blue Mouse Ears have done fine, again in the yard.
I put them close to the walkway so they don't get lost.
They're doing really well. And of course, they're awfully adorable.
Rusty----- You be careful with those hosta urges. Some people start liking hosta and it gets like taking drugs. I have over 100 types of hosta and I am very small as far as hosta growing goes. Many hosta closely resemble each other and people get caught up in owning every plant that is new are has a different name. Also most of the catalog pictures are shot thru camera filters. Since your a camera bug I am sure you know why filters will make flowers and plants look a lot more colarful than they actually are. I really am not looking for any new hosta myself unless they are truly different or they are the hosta of the year. I also will replace some in my garden with others from time to time mostly because I want a change in appearance.
Weerobin---- I like the minis but have all mine in pots. I tend to lean towards the large hosta and giants.
An early welcome to Kansas. I usually plan on a 5a for the area with anything less than that closer in to the house. Daylilies, roses, irises, and peonies do well here. Roses with cover through the winter although I have not covered the ones that are next to the house and they have done well. Hardy crape myrtle does well but I do not have one myself. There is an evergreen garden club in town. You might check into them when you get here to see what grows here. One of the members was just featured in a national gardening club magazine.
Bannister Garden Center specializes in peonies.
Here are some favorite places for gardening supplies and information:
Gardening in the Heartland by Rachel Snyder
Missouri Gardener's guide by Mike Miller
Effective Landscaping, Woody Ornamentals - Kansas Landscape Plants
The Kansas City Gardener - A Monthly Guide to Successful Gardening (free at local gardening centers. Has a listing of the local garden club meetings)
I finally got my winter squash seeds, the rest of the basils, the nicotiana, and eggplant plants planted today. Used some of the bunny poo from elle & dave719 mixed with spent potting soil from PG in all the planting places mixed with the soil from the hole. The only veggies left to plant are swiss chard, green beans, & parsley. Maybe tomorrow. I have 2008 seeds for the chard and parsley. I'll need to check the year of the asparagus bean seeds to have some idea of their viability. Finding new ones may prove difficult. I haven't seen any of them in stores or most catalogs at all for the past 2 years. I'll just plant what I have and pray for the best. I may have saved some last year. I'm sure I can Google and find them. May have to.
I've so enjoyed seeing the pictures of everyones yard. So much beauty. I love walking thru my yarden and seeing all those iris, wild sweet rocket, wild false garlic, bright red and pink dianthus, clematis, & columbines. Peonies are growing large buds ready to open the end of this month.
I'm tired. Need to go to bed earlier tonight. GOD bless each of you.
I'm back!!! Provider finally sent his technician here this evening because 3 of us within a mile stretch are going to dump them when our bill comes due the first of the month. My reciever is now attached to the living room chimney to get it high enough to get the signal in spite of the trees. I have an old elm tree in the yard much taller than the chimney. lol. The poor technician just left about 15 min. ago.
I told my boss Renee' that I need to only work 3 days a week from now on. I've been doing 4 days for the past 3 weeks & I am near exhaustion. I didn't go to PG last week but will probably go tomorrow. I need to get my lunch fixed and get to bed. I'm quite tired. Spent most of the day gone going to therapy for my shoulder, getting my hair cut( I had to wait over 30 mintes for someone to cut it), and other little things. I will get to stay home on Thursday. Friday is more therapy and an appointment with the ortho specialist.
Hello Everyone, I wanted to say Hi in May. I so enjoyed everyones pics. May is a busy month for me.. 2 birthdays, mothers day, my niece graduated from high school, and a family reunion this Sunday. I yearn to have more playing outside time. We've had nice rains lately and the hosta are loving it. I started the beds about 9 years ago, and add more almost every year, so the established ones are glorious and most of the new ones we planted last fall are doing great. Paridigm only has 4 or 5 leaves, but they are pretty and well marked. My wintered over plants are slowing "migrating" from under a shade tree, into my growing area.. I'm also working to get containers created with plants from my nursery visits, and I fashioned an old oval livestock tank into a water garden. Soon, I hope to have things as much in order as possible.. I will be moving alliums, iris, lirope, some grasses, daffodils and a small blue spruce tree from around my foundation... we'll be adding soil for drainage problems I'm having on 2 sides of my house. That is a task I'm not looking forward to, but it will be fun to incorporate the bulbs into other areas of the yard and I hope to salvage the spruce and replant it, it will be the last thing dug and the first thing planted. The iris needed to be moved to more sun, anyway. I will replant some of the alliums back, and I may just toss some 4-o'clock and marigold seeds on it this year and plan something more permanent for next Spring. I am going to use some of the dirt hauled in to make a mound or berm for planting.. I really needed more sun area. It will be on the edge of the "living/relaxing" area.. It will offer full sun, part sun and some shade so it should be fun to design with perennials, annuals and tropicals. Nice to stop in and see how everyone is doing. Enjoy the Season!
Rusty, you are one traveling person. Your vehicle must be very fuel efficient. Have a wonderful time. Is Rusty going with you or being kenneled somewhere?
I have had to practically give up PG due to fuel prices. Between therapy, doctor appointments, church, and going to work I just can't afford long unnecessary trips. I paid $3.22 a gallon for E85 yesterday. My van is fairly fuel efficient but it still costs a lot to do a lot of driving. If it weren't for the extra trips to pt & dr. appointments I probably could do it every other week. I still have at least a month left of pt. I will still refuse surgery if at all possible. I may just have to live with some limitations with that arm. I don't understand why GOD isn't manifesting the healing in this one the way HE did with the first one. HE knows tho.
I think since it is chilly outside I'll try to clean cabinet doors today. That will boost my morale considerably. When I started this project 2 months ago I was only working 6 hours on Fridays. Lots of time at home. Now I have been working 4 days a week and will continue to work 3 days a week from now on + the stuff mentioned above so time at home and energy while here are much less. There is just so much to do and so little time and energy to do it. Almost depressing sometimes. So a day spend in the house doing what needs to be done here for 2 days in a row will be very good for me. I spent my days home last week working outside and did little inside. Not that one can tell I did much with all the rain we have had. Weeds are growing like crazy. I have to get the ones with seeds on them out first. Then worry about the rest as they develop seeds if I don't get to them before then. I did weed yesterday evening while there was daylight. Found 2 mums that I thought I had lost. If I had had gloves on I would not have felt them and pulled them out as weeds. I need more marker flags for small perennial or reseeding plants in areas where the ground covers and weeds are thickest in spring. I also need to put down news papers and stuff to weight them down to keep the weeds down in the first place. I have so many spring bulbs tho that I have to be careful to not cover them up. I cost myself my snow crocus this spring because they were under cardboard laid later in the year when the foliage was gone.
Must go and get something done since I will be home. GOD bless and keep each of you.
Garden6, did you direct sow or start indoor? I have lots of returned dianthus. Holly does too but hers are much taller. I think they have less sunlight than mine. I have some older seeds I am going to direct seed in a day or so to see what they will do. If nothing at least it is one less pkg of seeds to wonder about.
Hi Leaflady! I wintersowed the dianthus seeds in a cleaned, cut milk jug with 4 inches of moistened soil, replaced the top and stuck the jug outside in Jan. 2007. Then planted out the seedlings early Spring with some blooms late Spring. This year, there are more blooms, and you're right my plants are taller this year than last. They smell wonderful and the girly pumpkins love to cut them for bouquets.
I love to travel, too. I really enjoy when Rusty takes a trip, cause she's so good to post pics, kinda makes me feel like I got away! Thanks Rusty. I love those dianthus, I've never winter sowed before. Is there a lot of monitoring, Garden6? I saw another DG'ers set-up, but I wonder if you have to monitor temps or something. Elle, that is a great office window to look out! All I see is I-70. EvaMae, don't work too hard inside. It's very cool today... So much to do at home and here I sit at work. I paid 3.84 on my last fill up... came to $60, I do that usually 2X a week, food prices increase from week to week. My boss has no intention of giving me a raise this year... I need to find work closer to home (impossible, such a small town) or move closer to work, which means no more quiet peaceful (established) backyard... My meager salary is about tapped out. Me and the gal that keeps books are the only ones in the company that aren't living comfortably on our salaries and everyone else has company vehicles with unlimited credit card usage for gas. Is just doesn't seem fair. I am going to have to change something, gas prices will only continue to sky rocket. 1/2 my salary goes to taxes and transportation costs. It's very depressing at this time in my life, I thought it should be easier to make ends meet, by now. (there I go, thinking again!) So I just grab my waterbottle and my visor and play in the dirt- I call it dirt therapy :)
AuntB~ There's very little monitoring done until Spring, basically to keep the soil moisten after the heat increases, observe for germination of the seeds and planting out the seedlings when the conditions are right. Some pot up their seedlings before planting out.,I don't,unless I'm making containers.Some plants are bettersuited for wintersowing than others, but wintersowing allows me tohave loads of flowers to plant out than if I bought loads of bedding flats. It's a great process for growing perennials, summer annuals are sown mid to late Spring for blooms later in the season. Wintersowing is very easy and economical. Last year I lost some seedlings to the late Spring freeze, but this year I covered my half hardy seedling when frost was predicted. This year about 11 of the jugs did not germinate, however 76 jugs had healthy seedlings and are happily planted out in the gardens. Another wintersown bloom...sea thrift from 2007.
Elle, you and Dave are going to have a blast with those baby birds. Most birds think the first thing they see is MOMMY for a few weeks at least. So be ready for some frantic cheeping when you leave them alone. I have had some that were afraid of the dark. I used a small heater to keep them warm instead of a light bulb which I think is totally unnatural. There is no light bulb under momma hen. Those chicks need some dark time to sleep well.
I got some of my roses fed with a cornmeal, bunny poo, ground egg shells, and coffee/tea grounds today. Found a volunteer squash of some kind while weeding around one of them and a poor peony that is stuggling to keep up with the grasses and weeds around it. I'll put down lots of paper & cardboard & pile whatever I can find on top of it to help control the weeds. I'll only wipe on herbicide out there. Too many plants I don't want killed to risk spraying at all. Even then I'll cover the wanted plants with cans, etc. first.
I have hundreds of a stonecrop popping up all over some of the beds and yard. I know one of the stonecrops I move last year is going to have to be moved again because it has gotten so large. That has been a shock because I've had it for years and it never got very big. But I have other sedums that are small that I want to take over there. I may have to enlarge another flower bed. lol. I have a peony and some lamb's ear that are stuggling in their bed and need some babying. I'll do that maybe tomorrow.
Now back to more weeding and digging out of deep rooted weeds. GOD bless and keep each of you.
Thank you for your concern, Elle. Short spirts of outside work, then inside for equal or longer period. My breathing is bad today as well as the chronic fatigue of Fibro. Channel 5 showed very high grass pollen levels. Maybe that is the problem. Maybe I just need to clean my bedroom really well so it will be a safe haven for my lungs. I have several air cleaners running all over the house.
I know what you mean leaflady. I've been fighting a cold all month that went into a sinus infection. I'm on 2 allergy meds year round anyway. I just visited the doctor's office & I've been put on a steriod & z-pac & told to stay indoors in the AC. WAAAAH!!!! I asked if gardening was a bad idea & the answer was not the one that I was hoping for.
Been busy here. Lots of visitors at work so I am busy there, then I come home and try to figure out where to plant some more plants. lol. I have a hosta to plant still, cordylasis, and a couple heuchereas. Plus a few more annuals.
Chapungu is very popular already at work. Lots of rave reviews. I will be working lots of weekends here pretty soon. I have to help out our weekend person so she can get stuff done. It's usually 11-12 hour days. Very long and very busy.
I am still taking riding lessons. They are going great and I ride different horses at different times. It depends on if they are feeling well or if they have swelling on their legs. Lots of fun and I look forwards to it every week.
EvaMae, I have petunias here for you. Grandma is done with them and wants you to have them. :~)
GB, I've been on Prednisone for 15 years. Staying at 10 mg. a day lately. I'm thinking about using some Claritin as well to see if that will help. Right now my chest is so tight I feel as tho I can't get a deep breath. Makes me lightheaded and dizzy feeling sometimes. Too confused to think straight even. Just go lie down for a while to let my body catch up. I have masks I may have to start wearing when I go outside. I'm vaccuming in spirts now to get rid of cat/dog hair. Putting all but 2 old cats and one older Jack/Rat terrier dog outside to give my system a change to clear out. If the house doesn't have so many irritants in it maybe I'll feel better by tomorrow. The Jack/Rat(Penny)is allergic to many plants as well as nearly all the outside insects like noseeums, ants, etc. that she seems to attract like crazy. She is on Benadryl all the time and sometimes Prednisone. FrontLine is the only flea/tick stuff that works on her very well and even then I have to use an insect repellent on her if she is to be outside very long.
Pepper, why don't you go ahead and plant the petunias. I don't really know where I would put them right now. My beds are filling up as perennials spread and expand. I need to get more beds weeded too and mulch or something put down to keep the weeds down somewhat. I have pots but don't know where I want to put them and other pots in place but don't know what I want in them just yet. Like the ones by the breezeway that have good trellises. Morning Glories, Cardinal & Cypress vines all need morning sun and they will only get afternoon sun & and evening light there. I have thought about Moon Vines but they may be too large a vine for that area. It is only 2' wide but is 8' tall. No cukes. Blight and bugs always kill them before they ever bear. I want something with flowers. I may try some MGs and see if they will do ok in reverse. I've wondered about annual sweet peas too. They are suppose to be fragrant and that would be nice to open the door to.
Must go vaccum more. GOD bless and keep each of you.
My perennials are odorless. Check the ones in the perennial gardens at PG. Unless there has been a change they came from me. And no one has ever mentioned mine being fragrant. I'd love some fragrant perennial ones. Or do yours really just reseed themselves?
Thanks for the crash course, Garden6, that's a lot of jugs! I should consider it, with what I spend on flowers in spring. I love your bed pic, very elegant. Elle, I think the "convoy" of man, goat and chicken would make a great photo. How adorable. I had baby chicks about 20 years ago. They were fun, Drew was a baby and he'd move his little walker out to the back porch where I had them in a big box. We cut little flaps so he could peek in at them (nice memory)... and Leaflady, I DID wonder how those peepers slept with a light bulb on all night, but that's what my Mom told me to do. (Yep, I finally learned to listen to Mom) I hope you find some relief, my allergies have been worse lately. And Fibro is not a fun thing, my best friend from high school suffers so with it. Rusty is way up north, how's the weather up there? Really windy around here today and this evening... I'm like Pepper, run home from work and try to plant something, I potted up a couple impatiens pots tonight, Ace hardware had nice ones for $1 for a 4-pack, pretty ones with markings. Tried to pot some other stuff, but couldn't figure out what, with what or which pot, so I decided to call it a day and relax for a couple hours and then to bed.
Well, I gonna go to Mt. Rushmore sooner as I drive from Spearfish, SD to Keystone (72 miles) for an hour and half... Also If I have alot of time to see Crazy Horse, too... I hope to avoid the T-storm later on in the afternoon...
Hi everyone, looks like we can get some rain today.
Everyone is busy in the gardens I bet.
Rusty56 have a great time on your trip and a safe one, looking forward to some cool pictures : )
AuntB I'm getting 100 Plymouth Barred Rock next week, Oh my , I have not found a big box yet either. May have to rig some smaller boxes up.
I got them for a Mothers Day gift, a surprise ^_^, flowers would have been easier , LOL but I sure love to raise chicks. On my 10th B-day, many moons ago I also got a 100 chicks. I got only three ol hens left after having a flock for many years and lots of big brown eggs, it will be nice to get fresh homestead eggs again. Alto those ol gals pop out an egg once an awhile.
We had a nasty storm last night. I finally went to bed when the tornado warning was cancelled at 12:30 in the morning. Handsome Man went to bed at 2:30. Everything in the garden looks okay this morning. My plants enjoyed the rain and weren't too upset by the wind evidently. Hope you all are safe.
here i am
the weather here is wet then hot then wet
we are hoping to put thing in the garden
have to work today
i guess i got to get going about a new job
i hape changing job
every one have a good day
Last night I ruined my keyboard by spilling tea on it. I normally don't keep drinks on my desk but it's the only place I won't find ants at right now. So today I went and got a wireless keyboard and mouse and am now back online. At least I hope it stays that way. lol. Had trouble setting up but I think I found out all the secrets on keeping it running. lol
Trust me, Pepper, if you eat or drink at your computer the ants will find you. Living with that sad but true fact at this time.
I worked days at the cafe' this weekend. I learned that starting next weekend we will be closing at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The employers have really missed going to church due to business hours so have come to this decision. I'm thrilled. Been praying about it for some time.
It has suddenly turned HOT and DRY. None of the predicted rain of the past few days has showed up. I'll need to water the plants and bulbs I just planted. What a switch. lol.
Need a rest before even thinking about church tonight. Also need to call someone and make sure we are even having regular services. I think I remember something about something different on June 1st. If it is what I think it is I don't know if I have the energy. Tho if it is what I think it is I need it. Does that make sense?