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JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

June 1, 2008
11:42 PM

Post #5037839

Sorry, I just made new forum for June 2008 ...

I just got feel better from the trip... I just lucky got home before storm kick in...I made it home then an hour later here coming more raining and flooding!

Pepper, I never leave any drinks or some creatures near my keybroad or laptop get fried! As I was little, my mom warning me to not bring any food in my bedroom so alot of ants crawling all over my bed! Never leave any crumbs for that... Learn the lesson!

I took this early this morning I was in just between the state line Iowa and Missouri...

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 1, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #5037886

I normally keep my drink on a nightstand next to my desk. But my nightstand is directly in front of my window so it's more attractive. But my desk is off to the side and I rarely see ants on it and never in my drink. lol. So far anyways.
dave719
Humansville, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #5043462

The soil in the front of this picture is the best we had in that garden spot 12 years ago now it is the worst so never give up at building soil of course there is 62,400 pounds of rabbit balls on there . The little barn used about 500 pounds of feed a week figure that gives you at least 300 pounds of manure times 52 weeks times 4 years and it all went on that garden The first time we tilled that area it took me 2 hr a day for three weeks at least and never did get it really tilled i did most of it the last Thursday in about 3 hr and got my tomatoes ,peppers,eggplant,squash, and cucumber all in Friday still have more squash, beens, and corn to plant it will be a few days now we had 2 inches this afternoon in about 30 minutes

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JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2008
1:16 AM

Post #5043512

I got message from Pepper:

Pepper having problem with her computer on and off and brought new wireless keybroad and mouse won't work, too! She will be out of touch...
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2008
1:05 AM

Post #5048882

Thanks, Rusty. I have her cell and house phone #s so can keep in touch with her that way. We have had wireless and it worked ok for some time then the sensors started not working consistantly. We went back to corded equipment.

Dave, that is a lot of bunny poo. It should grow wonderful produce this season. Do you plan to market garden this summer or is it all just for yourselves and family?
dave719
Humansville, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 4, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #5052671

Just for us and family If there is any left over will give to the senior center
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2008
3:42 AM

Post #5055881

Everyone must be out in the gardens! LOL...not much traffic on this message list.
Can someone tell me how to catch a snake in my garden room. DH is terrified of them, I don't want to touch it but would like to put him back outside. Any help appreciated. Is there a snake trap?
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2008
12:33 PM

Post #5056757

Can you open the door and just shoo it with a broom? How large is it? How about animal control if you are inside the city limits? I had a small black snake in the yarden the other day that I managed to push across the yarden to a bucket all the time yelling for Kyle. He finally came and took it way away. I told him I had been kind to it. Usually I just kill them.
ozarkian
Gravois Mills, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2008
1:40 PM

Post #5057073

Snakes do not bother me. Just be sure it is not dangerous and wack it with something. We have had a rattler in the garden hose stand. A small rattler is more leathalk than a large one by the way. The venom is very strong in them.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2008
5:15 PM

Post #5058077

Lived in Texas for awhile so I know about rattlers...LOL. Lived in a townhouse in the city and had one curled up on the side walk one Sunday morning by the newspaper.

I tried hearding him with the broom, but he did surprise me by striking at it. He is very dark with a cream colored belly. He needs to leave but I haven't seen him now for two days.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 9, 2008
5:15 PM

Post #5077227

Hi guys!! Am at library for now. Will be 2 weeks before I get everything fixed or figured out. That's when my cousin will be in town to work on it. Just thought I would let you all know I am doing well.

No major storm damage at home either. Lots of uprooted trees at work though.

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2008
1:35 AM

Post #5079862

I doing fine but it still sore on my hip so I will be okay for while...

As today, I notice baby hawk just sit on the chain link fence so I was hurry up to get my camera's len change to 75-300mm and sure it just perfect pic... As hawks saw me that I took pic both of it then on right flew away...

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leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2008
2:29 AM

Post #5080250

Good to hear from you, Pepper. I'm so sorry you are having such computer woes. I remember being without one for periods of time. We have become so dependant on these things to keep in touch with friends and family.

Good picture of the hawks, Rusty.

I spent some time in the hospital Friday & Saturday with respiratory problems. My local doctor thought it might be a heart attack so he sent me by ambulance to the University of MO hospital for a more experienced team of specialists to look at me and decide. They decided in the end it wasn't my heart but I am now scheduled for a stress test on Wednesday. I have ended up losing my job over this but the doctors don't really want me in the heat and humidity of the cafe' kitchen.

I'm so sorry to hear of the trees being uprooted at PG, Pepper. What areas are they in?I really miss being able to come up but it seems every week I am either sick, have appointments I cannot miss or don't have the fuel money. Getting tired of it.

I finally got my green beans planted a couple days ago. The asparagus beans(about 1 5 - 20 seeds)will be quite late bearing so I planted 6 Blue Lake seeds in containers to help me thru. I wonder how long the rest of the seeds in each package will last.

Must close and check out other forums. GOD bless and keep each of you.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

June 10, 2008
2:14 PM

Post #5082105

hi
sorry about you being sick
i wish we did not live so far apart
here is a picture of dave new baby
out of 10 egg one hatch and one could not get out
we can not get the egg to stand up right
any idea
elle

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leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2008
6:38 PM

Post #5083308

Elle, the egg isn't suppose to stand upright. In the nest eggs always lie on the side and the hen rolls them daily.

Something is killing my ducks and geese. Our 6 year old Indian Runner hen came up missing 2 nights ago and something killed our 9 year old Marsha goose this morning while Holly and I were both gone. We wonder if 2 of our 'good' dogs have teamed up to be 'bad' dogs in that way. Tho none of them act guilty like they usually do when we find something they had done & should not have. One more part of Jack gone. He loved her so much. We got her when she was 3 days old and hand raised her to be a pet. She was so loving and gentle.The only plant she ever bothered was Holly's strawberrys. She was easily stopped from that each spring. I is like losing one of our children.

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

June 11, 2008
3:15 AM

Post #5085633

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Unless one has had pets, one can not begin to understand how they become part of the family. I hope you figure out soon what's killing the ducks and geese. Poor things!
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #5092882

We think we know what happened. My little dog Nita likes to chase the birds just to make them run, flap their wings, and sqauk. Their Sheltie Zoie has started killing vermin. Nita got the birds running and Zoie moved in for the kill. Whether or not Nita got in on the mauling we will never know. But I no longer allow her outside when the 2 remaining waterfowl are outside the pen unless I am outside too. I know better than to expect anything to be done about Zoie since no one saw anything happen.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

June 12, 2008
5:01 PM

Post #5093136

well
we got only 1 little chickern out of all the egg
when we broken open the rest of the egg there was 3 form they just did not make out of the egg
dave think the chick kept moving the egg so the other brid die he said they drown
here the only one left
dave built a brooder
we are hoping to get more when we go to the auction
satuday

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 13, 2008
12:50 AM

Post #5095314

Am back online again. Finally went ahead and got a standard board to tide me over.

The trees that were uprooted were around the VEC landscape, the nature trail, and in front of the daycare. Those are the ones I know of. There were only a few trees but it was noticeable.

Bad storms coming so everyone stay safe.

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2008
3:31 AM

Post #5096324

I having a big T-storm on way here after 11 pm or later on...

I just did plant some seeds of sweet corns, 2 kinds of squash Black Beauty ( I brought zucchini from store) and yellow crockneck also it will be nice to have watermelons, too... I just put all of this for 3 earthboxes already today... Tomatoes getting bigger and got some tiny or small tomatoes and I got some purple peppers from Central Midwest RU last April and sure it alot of purple peppers some tiny, too...

Rusty is doing okay but he get tried of jumping off the deck and jump back to the deck and lying down then watch! When flies picky on his hind legs and he just hate it bark and pull his hair huge spot bald! Ouch!

I better stop and storm get ready to kick in... Good Night and keep stay inside safe...

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2008
11:40 AM

Post #5097122

It just start T-storm now and got to shut my laptop sooner...
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2008
6:48 PM

Post #5099079

Rusty, I use insect repellent/killer from Avon on my Penny who is so sensitive to flies, gnats, etc. There are also products like FrontLine, Advantic(?), and Bronco(concentrate or ready to use in the horse section of animal supplies)which will last for a few hours.

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

June 14, 2008
12:09 AM

Post #5100455

Well, Bad New! I just got home from Food Mart andI smell something wrong and Rusty was scared and went outside quickly I almost lose my home which lightning hit pretty hard and got my ice box quit working and I look and smell something burning in my kitchen that it was on wall burn black with plug in and sure I am lucky but my ice box is working now Sheesh, I call for help and here's come ambulance and fire truck to check it out at my home and everything is okay for now This is my first time never has like this! It's really scared of me... I call my insurance on my home and it will be hopefully get my kitchen wall and electric wire repair for sure (I pray for it)...

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 14, 2008
12:20 AM

Post #5100488

Glad to hear it wasn't worse!!
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2008
1:34 AM

Post #5100853

That was a close call, Rusty. I'm thankful you came home in time to keep it from going up in flames.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

June 14, 2008
1:38 PM

Post #5102603

thankful you are save
elle
ozarkian
Gravois Mills, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 14, 2008
8:41 PM

Post #5104170

We got a giant oak in the yard that acts like a lighting rod. It hits the oak and travels up the yard lightin g wires and does all kinds of silly things. we been hit 3 times.

Rusty---- My bet is the lightening came up the ground wire I wqould not be surprised if you no longer have a ground wire in that plug and maybe some others in the house.
McGlory
Southeast, NE
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2008
9:50 PM

Post #5104411

That's scary, Rusty. I'm glad you and your dog are okay. Whew!
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2008
10:08 PM

Post #5104473

Good point, Oz. Rusty, if you know an electrician I think I would have him/her check that out.

I finally have all of the cabinet doors washed off. Next step is to take the handles and hinges off one set at a time and paint them, then replace the hardware and get Kyle to rehang them for me. I may be able to do some of them myself but that left shoulder still limits my movements of that arm. I want to do the hardware one set at a time as the sections of the cabinets are color coded by handle color so I want to know which door goes where. The number and placement of the panel nails in the doors tells me a lot about where it goes too. I hang a lot of items on panel nails on the outside of the doors for easy access. I know, not too nice looking to some, but handy and keeps me from having to search for things when I need them. Of course I can wait until all the doors are painted and rehardwared before asking him to help rehang them. But I feel a surge of excitment having gotten this part of the task finally done.

I need to get a gallon of gasoline tomorrow for the Stihl weedeater and other tools that use that mixture. There is one bed out there that has huge weeds. I want Kyle to use the Stihl with the steele blade to cut off everything and then help me to cover it with black plastic to prevent the return of the weeds. If we use really heavy plastic it will last for 2 or 3 years if we weight it down properly.

My very late planted caladiums are popping thru the ground. One has enough leaves for me to be sure it is probably White Christmas. One of my favorites. I know there are others much like it with other names. This was a bag of mixed cultivars from WM.

The lime grean EEs from PG are coming up and growing nicely too. Considering they were buried in spent potting soil for weeks I'm pleased they are doing anything. I found them by accident last week when I was taking soil from the container. At that point they were totally white.

It is still nice enough in here that I have left the windows open all day. Probably will until tomorrow. The news if finally taking precidence over sports so maybe I'll find out what the weather will be like for the next 48 hours or so. I love it when I can air out the house like this.

Still can't bring myself to take Nita to the shelter. I wish someone would do it for me but I know no one will. If they do and it turns out to not be her doing it they will be afraid I will blame them for losing a beloved pet. Kris says I should have Penny euthanized(?)becaise of her allergy problems. I have thought about it. But how much of myself - and my pets are a huge part of me - can I lose or give up before I am nothing but an empty shell who no longer cares about life? I don't think they think about that.

Listening to news & weather. GOD bless and keep each of you.

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

June 14, 2008
10:15 PM

Post #5104512

Pepper,

All the plants that you gave me from PG are doing nicely. I can't believe that all survived, but they did.

Thanks again,

Betty : )

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

June 14, 2008
11:59 PM

Post #5104905

I have 10 ft. rod in ground somehow got hit the next door big old oak tree got tree's skin just peel off pretty long one about 12 ft. so I has insurance take care of it...
ozarkian
Gravois Mills, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2008
9:30 PM

Post #5108576

Rusty----Yes it would be best to leave it up to your insurance and a qualified electrician unless you have had experience with wiring. what happened was the lightening hit that tree traveled under the ground and came into your house thru some outside wiring you have like yard lights.
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2008
3:09 AM

Post #5109887

Hi to all my fellow gardeners, June is speeding by so fast! The girly pumpkins are practicing their snapping on the snapdragons, when it's not raining!

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leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2008
2:15 AM

Post #5114777

Do any of you know how to get Thia basil to grow? I bought some plants at the spring plant sale PG had the first weekend of May. They aren't much larger today than they were the day I planted them. About 3" tall. The sweet basil I bought at the same time are growing well and look great. They are all planted in the same raised bed and have recieved the same care. What can I do to make the Thia grow? I love the smell of it but have to get really low to even get a slight whiff. I'v raised it before with no growth problems. I have bunny poo in the bed.

I found 2 more volunteer tomato plants a while ago and got them into the row. For someone who thought she would only have about 5 or 6 plants it has expanded to 13 so far. lol. I think I counted 16 asparagus bean plants coming up and only 2 of the bush beans I planted in containers. I replaced the seeds in 3 of the containers the other day. And the replacement squash are coming up fine now.

Lots of the cabinet doors got painted today. But the paint is still too wet to put the hardware back on. And the bottom edge the doors were setting on still have to be painted. I ran out of the paint I mixed up so I'll have to mix more for the rest of the doors. I decided the paint I had mixed up at the store was too light so I mixed in some of what we have left from painting the house. I think some of the hinges are rusty enough to need replacing. I pray that hinge is still available.

The weather is still so nice. No rain in sight that I know of and not to hot. I still have the windows open in some of rooms.

GOD bless and keep each of you.

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

June 17, 2008
3:25 AM

Post #5115118

See this link. Be prepared to respond if you're in IL or MO.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/864156/
annshaus
Central City, NE
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2008
12:46 PM

Post #5116165

Good Morning!...

Sending positive thoughts to the flooded areas...we had a flooded basement from high groundwater, but that's it...can't imagine the problems they're having.

My purple (black opal) basil isn't thriving either leaflady...I don't know why but hope someone has a clue or advice.

The rains were really hard on the vegie garden weren't they?...Everything that was seeded was washed down to wherever the puddles took them...found the peas flourishing in the creeping phlox, the lettuce is in the carrot bed, shallots stayed in place and made a fence to keep the carrots from washing away...thinned them out and the combination of top leaves is kind of pretty.

Hid the one surviving squash plant between some meadow rue and ditch lilies...so far no beetles have found them and they're growing fine.





JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

June 17, 2008
1:12 PM

Post #5116297

About Basil I use potting soil and seed starting soil mix it up good then when sun coming up from east which basil need sun light but not full just partial shade (direct sun) and see basil like to stay in pot or ground ( I don't put in ground which it soil is not good) I got mine is still growing in pot...

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garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2008
3:35 PM

Post #5117009

Good morning too! Thanks for sharing the hints about growing basil, my seeds didn't even germinate..so I'll try again.
fsrstarr
Norwood, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2008
5:01 AM

Post #5145495

I have been absent for far too long and have missed all of you very much.

So much has been going on that it would take a small book to cover it all... suffice it to say that I once again have flooring, painted walls, a refrigerator and a microwave that is not on a rickety stand outside my bedroom door... I no longer have to eat outside and air conditioning is working again... YAY and PTL!!! (Praise The Lord) ... My house is still a wreck and no complaints are coming from me, that is only a matter of time now... the major stuff is over with.

My DD moved into her new home and I spent a couple of days helping them unpack and decorate. Those kids are growing up so fast and surprise me often with their wit and sometimes wisdom...

We are safe from any flood waters here as we are on a hill, the creeks/rivers get up high ... we have flash flooding... but that is temporary and we stay put until the water flows on down... I pray for any and all that are in harms way or near it... I saw a link to a thread for flood check ins' above,so I will go there tomorrow.

I have not had time yet to read and catch up on this thread, but will try to do so tomorrow so I know how everyone is ...

I am so blessed and grateful for those blessings... I hope all of you are well ...

Starr
garden6
Lansing, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2008
2:45 PM

Post #5146754

Starr~ it's good to hear all is well with you and yours!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2008
12:26 AM

Post #5149594

Hi Starr!

Did anyone hear about the flea market burning down in Oak Grove? It was a local landmark and a favorite store of mine and many others. It is totally destroyed. What is left is being torn down as we talk due to the fact it's not safe anymore. :~(

www.kctv5.com/news/16687526/detail.html
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2008
3:03 AM

Post #5150472

Welcome back,Starr. I'm glad your house is coming along well.

Yes, Pepper I heard about the flea market fire. Such a sad thing to happen. Isn't that the building that has been there since the turn of the century? Or am I mixing it up with another story on TV news.

I have always planted basil in the ground in my yarden and never had problems. The sweet basil is doing fine at this time. It's just the Thai Queen & just this year. Green beans are growing slowly too. Our nights are still cool tho so that may have somethng to do with it. Winter squash are so so. I think they need more night heat too. They need such long growing seasons. The lettuce is getting bitter so I'm pulling a plant a day & sharing it with the degus. They don't like it very much any more tho since it has changed flavors.

Several of my hosta aren't doing well at all this year. In fact, one that use to be a huge monster was just about what you might get in 2 gallon size pots. So I dug it up and was horrified to see it doesn't have hardly any roots left and some of the main part of the root was pithy. So I cut off the bad part and planted the 4 small parts that were left in a very different location. Then I decided some others weren't doing very well either. They got dug and moved too.

The wild Spiderwort is taking over in some places so I dug out some and just thru them out on the lawn. I'll see if a neighbor wants them. One clump of iris was so infested with roots from the spiderwort I had to take it up and break it apart to get the stuff and its roots out. I love the wild spiderwort and have had it for years but it has gone crazy the past couple years.

Must get ready for bed. GOD bless and keep each of you.
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

June 24, 2008
3:27 PM

Post #5152277

hi all
our gardern is not growing well to wet
we got beet which are good
well i on 2pm to 10 pm
now to get a scharld
wrong spelling i trying to said i need to know what day i got on and off
we ship last night and dave is resting to day
it hard on him
elle
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #5152469

Elle, I think you meant to to say schedule. Spelling is hard for many people so don't worry about it. Most of us understood what you meant.

Sometimes I long for a pet dwarf bunny but it would be just one more animal for the kids to take care of when I am going. And for me to take of. It would be an indoor/outdoor pet so I wouldn't have to fool with frozen water bottle, keeping it cool in the summer, etc. And sometimes I have allergic reactions to them for periods of time.

The roosters didn't get killed last night. But the 6 + new baby chicks I found this morning reminded me that it just must be done. No more roosters for some time. I hate gathering eggs and not knowing if I'm going to find a partially developed chick in one. Banty hens are notorieous for sitting on nest. Other hens come to the nest and lay eggs so I never know which eggs I can take. As a result I just don't gather banty eggs very often and we end up with lots of baby chicks. It will also end winter chicks in the house which I am sick and tired of.

Green beans are finally jumping. Almost ready to grab the chainlink fence and start climbing. Time to plant a new bunch of seeds to carry me thru the season. Asparagus beans only do one good crop. So I need a second set of plants. Not sure where to plant them. I have a couple sites in mind. I'll probably try both of them and see what happens. The bush beans are finally sprouting and doing as well as can be expected I guess. Some of the seeds have been very slow to germinate. The eggplants are finally taking off too. Except for Turkish Orange which has grown faster than any of the others from the beginning. It even has bloom buds on it. I need to trim off the mint in the same pot with one of the other eggplants. The dryer tub has several plants in it and will be packed when they finally get grown. I should have eggplant a plenty and some to give away.

GOD bless and keep each of you.
fsrstarr
Norwood, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 27, 2008
9:37 PM

Post #5169607

Hi Y'all!

Gosh life has been hectic to say the least... But Oh My! It looks a lot better and the water damage is gone... (not flood damage from rivers... old pipes, etc) this old house is starting to get fixed up and will soon be cozy... will post pics soon as I can...

Just wanted to say HI ...

Love All Y'all, Starr

ps... watch soon for the updated pond saga... Good News Forthcoming!!!!!!!!!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2008
12:15 AM

Post #5170318

Been busy here also. Still taking my riding lessons and enjoying them alot. I went and watched an Arab show in Sedalia yesterday for a few hours though I didn't get to see my trainer or fellow students compete. It was fun and I am looking forwards to seeing another one.

Am busy working alot too. Lots of weekends to help out and I will be working next Sat night for Booms and Blooms too. Won't get out of there til around 11pm or so.

I have been busy picking tomatoes here in the last few days also. Lots of pea sized ones and I just picked a Beefmaster today. Some of my Black Beauty peppers should start turning soon also and I look forwards to watching others eat those. lol.
fsrstarr
Norwood, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2008
4:19 AM

Post #5171359

I have tomatoes and peppers, too... I have waited a long time to get fresh tomatoes...lol.. I usually take the first ones for fried green tomatoes, but I am watching the fat intake, so I am trying to be brave and watch them turn red ;) ...

I need to catch up on the weeding... amongst so many other things... I do not have enough time in the day...

Hopr everyone is safe and well tonight,

Starr
ozarkian
Gravois Mills, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2008
3:19 PM

Post #5172774

Pepper---- My son in law swears by Tennessee Walkers. A woman here has a Arabian Stalion and he is tempermental. Put her in the hospital one time.
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2008
6:17 PM

Post #5173547

I love TWs too. Like riding on a magic carpet.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2008
12:37 AM

Post #5175063

The Arabs that I ride don't have the famous Arab tempers. Liz refuses to have horses like that. They are better behaved than alot of other horses I have ridden. Well trained and great temperments. And I love TWH too. And I hope to get to ride a Fresian one day too. :~)
ellesgh
Humansville, MO

June 29, 2008
4:02 PM

Post #5177582

our garden is so so
love horse
our baby chickern are getting bigger
dave is making chickern ran for them to be outside
hurry
elle

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ellesgh
Humansville, MO

June 29, 2008
4:08 PM

Post #5177606

and enother
pee wee is the little black one by the water

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fsrstarr
Norwood, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2008
4:34 AM

Post #5180783

Hello, Elle, nice to see your pictures..

I have never spent enough time on a gaited horse to know if I like a gaited ride or not ... I have always had quarters and paints...

Can y'all believe it is the end of June so fast? ... We will soon be into July ... hot weather ahead.. ;) ...

My dl's are so pretty and the oriental lilies are sooo fragrant... ahhhh , just to breathe the air on patio is a treat.. I do need to finish weeding, though...

Hope y'all had a nice weekend... s
ozarkian
Gravois Mills, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2008
2:53 PM

Post #5182107

Pepper and other horse lovers you would like the guy up the road from me. He keeps a few horses for people but most of them belong to him. In additoion to regual type riding horse he has several dwarf horse ponies and a couple donkeys. He also has 3-4 jet black perchions ( not spelled right) that are giant draft horses. He also had a brown and white draft horse that I do not remember the type of. He has wagons and buggies that will knock your eyes out. In addition to the horse stuff he has 2 camels some lamas and a few other odds and ends. He also has a riding ring and a private rodeo setup. This might lead you to wonder if he might have a little bit of money to spend. YES HE DOES. He owns a nation wide religious radio brodcasting company called Bott Communications. I think he has 13 or 14 radio stations.
fsrstarr
Norwood, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2008
4:35 PM

Post #5182594

Ozarkian, He sounds very interesting... It would be fun to see his place. Percherons are said to be gentle giants. I have always thought it would be neat to have one. When I was young I dreamed of riding Friesians and never got the opportunity...

It is so hot out there today... I tried weedeating for awhile and finally decided I needed to do some stuff indoors... There is plenty to keep me busy as I am still trying to reorganize the house. It is coming together but will take a long time to get done at this rate.. ;)

ozarkian
Gravois Mills, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2008
8:00 PM

Post #5183565

Well fsrstarr if you ever coming to lake of the ozarks let me know.
AuntB
NE, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2008
9:01 PM

Post #5183844

Hello everyone! Just stopping in to say Hi. I can't believe the month is over... still have things to plant. Elle, I'm loving those chicken pics. EvaMae, don't envy you working on your cabinet doors... My house looks like one of those tornadoes (we're so famous for) went through it... but my yarden is FINALLY starting to shape up. Oz, had my young man out diggin holes for me, I put in more hosta bed last week, Guacamole, Plantiginea and White Feather... and some coral bells mixed in. I'm just about out of shade around the border of my property, but I have plenty other places to stick them here and there, too. I love them so, they are so low-maintenance. With Spring being late, I'm very far behind, but I figure whatever it is, it'll wait for me...(like the house)... It's summer and I'm an outside kinda gal. When it gets too hot to work or play outside, I can do h-o-u-s-e-w-o-r-k, then... (or find a chaise lounge and some iced tea and set myself up under a shade tree). Star, I wanted to tell you fixing up old houses is a lot of work, money and time.. but I think it's worth it, they just don't make em' like they used to. I'm glad you are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. The pic: Lady in Red Hydrangea, planted 2 years ago, my first bloom!

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leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2008
9:14 PM

Post #5183929

I listen to Bott Radio a lot when I'm in the van. Good variety of programing. Mostly talk shows and preaching. I didn't know about his farm and animals tho.

Still having cool nights and nice warm days. The temps are suppose to be going up as the week progresses. The soil must still be cool tho because most crops thought of as warm weather plants are behind in growth.

I was able to get several bags of finely shredded paper at the recycling place today. I went to deposit plastic and spied the bags of paper. I got permission from a couple people who were around the business to be sure it would be ok with the owners of the recycling place if I took them for the bird house so I wasn't stealing it. All won't go into the bird house immediately but I have old cages & large trash cans I can put it into. I may use some of it in some beds for mulch to help keep the moisture in when it stops raining all the time. I think that time is rapidly approaching. I've been using grass from the yarden for mulch in some large pots, etc. and it is helping a lot. I can tell the difference in the plants easily.

Starr, if you ever ride a good Tennesse Walker you will never want to ride anything else. Foxtrotters & Single Footers are suppose to be nice too tho I have never riden one. Same with PasoFino which is from S. America and not too common yet. Single Footers aren't too common either. Some TWers pace which isn't bad if you don't have a problem with motion sickness. In my mind anything is better than a trot. Oh yes, A TWs 'trot' is called a rib breaker with good reason. Don't ever buy one.

The hosta I transplanted last week hardly act as tho they know they have been moved. That thrills me. I was concerned they might go into shock since I divided some of them and had to trim the roots on another one a lot. Only one more that I think I really need to move. Red October seems to be doing ok where it is. I would like to leave it there because it is right next to where I buried Mary, the goose who liked to eat hosta. Daylilies galore in bloom and the variety of hollyhocks is amazing.

GOD bless and keep each of you.

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AuntB
NE, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2008
10:04 PM

Post #5184129

EvaMae, hollyhocks are bi-annual, so do you have some plants that grow and don't bloom until next year? Is that how that works? My mom had them years ago. The more I see them lately the more I like them, again. I've never planted any. I think they would make a nice tall cover for my chain link, and may even provide some privacy. I got Red October last Fall, I really like the red stems and how it kinda grows more upright, how fitting you planted one next to Mary.
I have a succulent, (I think) it's called Rabbit ears, kinda fuzzy.. I bought it for 1/2 price at Ace.. anyway, weekend before last, my niece and DD, (Mel) caught my cat with a baby bunny... I told them to let nature take it's course, but they got it away from the cat. It was so cute and adorable, but it died. They buried it out by the pine trees where they found the cat with it. So I guess I'm going to plant the plant, Rabbit Ears back in that area.. here's a pic of the poor little thing when he was still with us, (Mel would scream if she knew I was showing her ragged manicure, lol)

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leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2008
10:53 PM

Post #5184336

B, it is sad that we try so hard to save the baby bunnies and lose them 99% of the time. I think most die of the shock of captivity and being handled by we monstrous humans. We are just so big and they are so tiny. And already have internal injuries we can't see most of the time.

My hollyhocks seem to be perennials. No plants that don't bloom that I have noticed. I can send you seeds if you want them. No color promised as they are pollinated by the bees and other insects.
fsrstarr
Norwood, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 1, 2008
5:28 AM

Post #5186185

Thank You, Ozarkian, I will do that...

Waving hello to Aunt B, Eva Mae, Amanda.. and everyone else...

Another long day draws to a close, and it feels good to know the progress made today... The baseboards are stained and most are cut and ready to put up tomorrow... the bathroom is almost finished... I actually hung a picture and a metal Iris wall art thingy... Outlet covers are up and switch plate covers coming soon... my friend, Sharon, is helping me and we worked til midnight then called it quits for today... tomorrow always comes early and we plan to run to town for supplies before we start again...

DH enjoyed feeding the catfish tonight... the pond slowly returns to normal... I did an update on my pond thread... Mother Nature really is wonderful...

I spent a few minutes on the patio after Sharon went home and enjoyed the aroma of Veranda, Socrates, Nymph, and Stargazer wafting around on the breeze... surely Heaven smells like that...

Night Y'all...

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2008
11:42 AM

Post #5186597

I made new July 2008 forum...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/870972/

Have a safe on holiday coming up! Avoid noises fireworks and Keep your pets inside cause of they really hurt their ears from the fireworks...

ozarkian
Gravois Mills, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2008
6:27 AM

Post #5191670

AuntB I have several types of Coral Bells (heuchera), foam flowers (Tiarrilas), and the foam flower Coral bell cross called Foamy Bells(Heucherella) and I can tell you they can be heart breakers. They can flurish and be beatiful in the morning and be totally dead by noon. The reason is a lot of the parent stock that they were developed from come from a high mountain enviorment were humidity and heat are not a factor but were crossed with other strains from other places and those things that a mountain plant enjoys in some cases were passed down to the present plant. I am very careful about hybreds. I usually keep them in pots and watch them pretty closely. I have lost a lot of them. In some cases the Coral Bells were developed within its strain. I like those a lot better. About the best for us around here are those plant that are developed within the Villosa strain because they tolerate both heat and humidity well. Here is a list of some of those plants I have that have done well for me, Villose and otherwise.

Palace Purple. Nothing but tough tough tough and can be made into a nice big mound by cutting it back every couple of years.
Carmel- It is a very nice plant with a carmel colorings. I keep mine in a pot to move it around for show are to adjust the light for color.
Frosted Violet- This is a beauty and I would recommend it to anyone. It is compact yet large. Really stands out in a 20 inch pot in a couple of years.
Dolce Licorice.- This one loves more than the average amount of sun. This is the darkest Coral Bells I have. It is nearly black at times.
Orbistan.- Another real dark plant but just do not let much sun get to it.
Crimson curls- A nice compact small coral bells that fills in well in Hosta beds boarders. Color will vary depending on light.

In most cases I keep my Coral Bells in pots. Same way with the Foamy Bells. I just have learned from experience that they will git picky about the enviorment awful fast so I am always ready to change it. Foam flowers however are tough. But it might take a couple of years for them to take off. Outside of Hosta these plants are my favorite group. I guess all together we got about 20 different kinds. My wife came back from a trip to St Louis this spring with one called Canyon Duet. It is almost like a midget. biggest leaf on there is not as large a a 1/2 dollar coin and it is as thick as a well kept boxwood.




greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

July 2, 2008
11:05 AM

Post #5191862

Speaking of Bott Radio, I listen to the FM programs on the way to work and all day while I'm there. Sometimes I listen to a program that I especially liked again on the internet because the programs are archived. I'm even listening while in the garden.

Not into horses, but wouldn't mind having some of their manure.
AuntB
NE, KS
(Zone 5b)

July 2, 2008
3:13 PM

Post #5192790

Oz, Thank You, that is vauable info. And a list! I put a brownish colored one in a plastic seagull pot on my deck 3 years ago, it does the best I've seen them.. some I've put in the ground died, I thought it was probably water neglect.. Dah, Bonnie!!! That seagull pot stays on the deck year round... Maybe I should get them out of the ground an pot up... then I'd have extra holes already there for more hosta! I'm going to look those names up, I know I found Carmel this spring in one of my greenhouse tours.. and Green Spice. There was a maroonish one with bright hot pink splashes, I hope I find that one on your tried and liked list! Greenbrain, I'd like some of that manure, too! But, that's too far for me to justify a trip... for manure.
ozarkian
Gravois Mills, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2008
4:03 PM

Post #5193130

AuntB- I have some in the ground but most are in pots Licorice is one of them. That thing stands out there in the hot afternoon sun and it does not bother it a bit. I guess the best thing is if you see one you like put it in a pot and hope for the best. Some of them just will not survive around here. If your successful in the pot and you have a place thet matches the light conditions then you MIGHT be safe putting it in the ground.

Greenbrain- Bott family owns about 60 acres up the road from me outside of Laurie Mo.

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