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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
10:07 AM

Post #6402505

I'm so glad everyone had a great Easter! I made a standing rib roast - it was fab! Worked on the front garden/lawn area for 3 hours before it got too hot. This lawn gets a lot of direct sunlight. I'm not used to that. The other house had a Live Oak in the front that kept the lawn about 80% shade.

We came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/969856/

66.9 F
Overcast
Humidity: 73%
Dew Point: 58 F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.06 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 3700 ft
Overcast 6000 ft

Lake Wind Advisory in effect from 11 am this morning to 7 PM EDT this evening...

Today
Partly cloudy. Windy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 76. Southeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50% percent.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
10:26 AM

Post #6402526

Dang! when I read Sharon's post I realized what time it is - and it is still dark and cold - need to redo the plastic on the north end of the porch where the wind has damaged it.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 13, 2009
11:17 AM

Post #6402607

Sharon, sounds like your settled in.
Lots of new challenges in the yard, that should be interesting, finding just the right plants for certain locations.
Of course Florida is way different than here. Here there are a lot more flowering plants for sun than for shade.

Man is coming after his horse trailer this morning. Talk about a challenge! This has living quarters & we built new cabinets for it. Did you know a trailer is a couple inches narrower at the top than the bottom. We had to custom fit each piece. Then there were a furnace, heat ducts, electric converter, battery, & other things to fit into the confined spaces. All the while trying to get as much storage as possible.

Our greenhouse frame is done. Also have the growing bed ready for the strawberries. Now all we need is a no wind day so the plastic can go on. Probably today when we are busy with other things & can't take time to do it.

Be back later, I have a cabinet job to finish plans for.

Bernie
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
11:51 AM

Post #6402678

Here is my challenge - sheesh!

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
12:03 PM

Post #6402715

Lots of weeds, weedy vines, pine cones, pine needles, magnolia debris, holly (I loathe holly). The shrubs have not been trimmed in a loooong time. One huge lantana is dead.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
12:06 PM

Post #6402727

Sharon, I honestly believe that you will meet that challenge & whup it into the pride of the area.

Bernie - what meds are you taking to have as much energy as you do? I need some.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
12:08 PM

Post #6402730

I fertilized (weed and feed) in the the morning and watered the lawn. This is after 3 hours of clean up. There is still a lot of clean up to do LOL!

There was a vine on the shrubbery on the left. The base of that vine was 1" thick. It covered the entire left side of the "garden". I got all the shrubs trimmed back. You can see the dead lantana to the left - looks like sticks.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
12:30 PM

Post #6402795

Dyson - we crossed - Thanks! It whupped me though yesterday LOL!

Remember these chairs? They were gray. I painted them on Saturday.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
12:37 PM

Post #6402819

Sharon I need to sit in one of those chairs - relax and enjoy the surroundings - can not get that far south though - maybe you can do it for me?

A gray cloudy sky Hope it warms enough to work outside as I have an unscheduled day off work, the plant is closed today from lack of business. Next weeks check will not be good.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
12:51 PM

Post #6402868

Absolutely LOL!

Something used to be here, but I don't know what it was. You can see the thingy that is laid to keep out weeds.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2009
2:15 PM

Post #6403216

Cool and Rainy here for the new few days.
45 (Wind Chill 42)
We should be in the mid 60's...
we will be in the mid 50's BUT no freezing predicted for at least 10 days!
Maybe it's finally turned the corner?

Sharon it looks as if you have some work ahead of you but the bones are good.
So it's mainly the fun stuff.
We almost got a metal chair yesterday.
It was laying just off the Hwy... no way I was stoppping!
Love the new look on those.

One of the things I love about the 'Royal Heritage' Hellebores is that they are sterile.
So the blooms don't green out very quickly and hang on for weeks and weeks.
Here's yesterday in the sun.

Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6403235

Here's the full bed.
The clump is about 6' across and 4' wide now.
The leaves in the foreground are 'standard' Hellebores from open crosses.
They may yet bloom this year.
Ric

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #6403239

Sharon, you'll do great. I can see a small difference already. The yard has a good foundation, it just needs your special touch. I hate the weed cloth we put down. I did it all around the outside of the yard when we had the sod laid. Now, I'm pulling it all out because I can't get plants in it easily and they can't expand.

I didn't know that about the trailers, Bernie.


44.9 F with 68 for today. Then, we have one more storm forecast. After that we should have nice weather for awhile.
Scattered Clouds
Windchill: 42 F
Humidity: 62%
Dew Point: 33 F
Wind: 5.3 mph from the SSE
Wind Gust: 7.7 mph
Pressure: 30.10 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 11000 ft
Scattered Clouds 15000 ft
Scattered Clouds 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #6403292

Thanks! I've got some work ahead of me with this lawn LOL! I jsut got approval to yank out the holly - anyone want holly?

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
2:30 PM

Post #6403298

I DO!!! LOL
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6403303

Bernie that sounds like a serious challenge.
The DH of a friend of mine designs and engineers yacht and tug interiors down in FL.
It's a very specialized field and a very challenging one.
Fitting all that stuff AND the mechanicals in a small space...

We worked w/ a cab maker refitting a Jet for Proctor and Gamble.
Samples of all the cookware, stemware and flatware were taken and the cabs were fitted around them.
They actually routed the drawers to fit the knives, forks and spoons.
Can't have them shooting out or sliding around in flight.
Cradles were made for the stemware then flocked.

For those not knowing Hellebores (and I'm pretty much new to them also) when they get pollenated the bloom turns green as the seeds form.
Don't know why... more energy?... taking them off the bee market?
Anyway here's one from a standard... you can see the seeds forming in the middle.
A very little of the original coral color can be seen.

Ric


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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6403334

Sharon get some welding gloves!
You'll need them! lol!

Here's some of the weird Daffs we're growing.
The regular ones bore me! LOL!
These were started from one bulb each type 3 years ago.

Ric

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
5:14 PM

Post #6404136

Howdy Do All!

The computer is running slow, so it takes too long to open pictures.

Today we have rain, had sleet and snow mixed in, but we're back to rain, up to half an inch already.

I got radish, turnip and kohlrobi planted in window boxes for the fun of it this year. The Grandsons helped me plant peas. I transplanted a clump of rhubarb that turned into four and moved a few cup plants out of the way so I could widen the compost area. The potatoes already have 4'' sprouts, so I'll plant them closer to the last frost date.

Yesterday was the first full day of working outside. I raked all my beds and put borer control on the iris. I think everything grew an inch overnight before the rain :o)

This sundog yesterday, in the early afternoon, foretold today's rain.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
5:33 PM

Post #6404225

BP I missed you!
FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
6:10 PM

Post #6404434

Spring is finally here...pollen and all LOL Here are some last pictures for us in Tidewater

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FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #6404440

Here's another one of my pansies in the front yard!

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FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6404443

One more of the pansies.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 13, 2009
6:13 PM

Post #6404445

31*F ~ snowing but becoming brighter. Highs to mid-30's low 40's.
Rise: Set:
Actual Time 6:39 AM AKDT 9:16 PM AKDT
Nice seeing what's gone on since last post~lots and lots to read/see.
Spring color is still a few weeks off, but it's coming.

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FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
6:13 PM

Post #6404447

Last one of the dogwood tree.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 13, 2009
6:15 PM

Post #6404452

FFlops~sorry for interrupting:) The dogwood is gorgeous. Dogwood blossoms hold special meaning/memories of my dad~Very nice to see them again.
FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
6:15 PM

Post #6404456

Kiska, we crossed...you are still having winter!!!! Spring will come just like it came here. Stay warm!1
kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 13, 2009
6:17 PM

Post #6404466

Yes~a few more weeks and then spring will happen in a matter of a day or two, or so it seems. The long daylight really brings a rush of growth.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #6404797

FFlops - Where have you lived besides Newport News, VA? Just wondering if I have met you?
FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
7:46 PM

Post #6404827

I have lived in Newport News the last 45 years. Do you want to go back further than that LOL I lived in Hampton for 3 years prior. Now I am really telling my age!! HA HA

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
8:14 PM

Post #6404953

Awww Dyson, I'm blushing! It's nice to be missed.

Flipflops, lovely colors! Pansies really pull thru don't they! Dogwoods are so delicate looking!

Kiska, love the picture of frozen rain! May warm spring rains come your way.

I made my own Easter Bunnies. (Ignore the 1963 peachy-brown bath tub. It keeps us humble :o)

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2009
9:13 PM

Post #6405193

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 1:51 PM PDT on April 13, 2009
78 F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 27%
Dew Point: 41 F
Wind: 4 mph Variable
Pressure: 29.92 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 5 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 23000 ft
(Above Ground Level)


a few more pictures from Saturday

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2009
9:13 PM

Post #6405197

sticky monkeyflower

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2009
9:15 PM

Post #6405204

coast morning glory - most of them are all white

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2009
9:15 PM

Post #6405208

checkerspot

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FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6405356

Billy: I love your precious Easter bunnies. That is adorable!! And you know what...peach is a spring color so it is very appropriate!! :-)
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #6405383

I was brought into the world in Newport News Spent my first years in a house off of Deep Creek. Long time ago even before FFlops got there 45yr back.

Got to rest now - 1am will arrive all to soon.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
10:43 PM

Post #6405554

Kelli, that far left rock looks like a skull.

It was beautiful today again. The clouds are blowing in, however, and it's getting chilly. We have one last storm (so 'they' say) and then we're done for the time being. I'll believe that when I see it.

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FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
10:52 PM

Post #6405594

kwanjin, is your kitty a flame point hemi??? We had one that looked very much like yours for 16 years. Her name was "Miss Scarlett".

Dyson, Deep Creek Road is only about 5 or 6 miles from where I live. Did you go to Warwick High School?? Maybe you and my DH went to school together.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
10:58 PM

Post #6405615

Celia LOL!
Ric The Hellebores are pretty! Good idea about the gloves. I just might have to invest in some. The mini daffs sell like crazy here.
Sally Weve missed you! Cool Sun Dog!
Flip Wanna do some garden designing for me? Yours is beautiful! The Dogwood is gorgeous!
Kiska That is a picture Ive never seen before LOL! Very cool!
Sally Im cracking up at your bunnies!
Kelli Love the hiking pics. Ive never seen a checkerspot. Its a beauty!
Celia Youre right! It does look like a skull!
Dyson I hope you get lots of rest before work!
Celia Awww What did Monty do to get put in the slammer?

Joey - I hope your test is going well! Keep us posted. Sending good "A grade" prayers your way :)

68.5 F
Overcast
Humidity: 84%
Dew Point: 64 F
Wind: 5.4 mph from the SSW
Wind Gust: 6.9 mph
Pressure: 29.92 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 2900 ft
Mostly Cloudy 5500 ft
Overcast 8000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Lake Wind Advisory in effect until 7 PM EDT this evening...
Tornado Watch 150 in effect until 7 PM EDT this evening...

Windy. Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening...then showers and thunderstorms likely after midnight. Some thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds and large hail. Low 63. South winds 20 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the evening. Chance of rain 70%.

We've already had some rain -which reminds me - I need to put the bunny rainmeter out. The radar is looking pretty colorful red/yellow/orange a little green.

Anyone know what these are?

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cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #6405956

Happy belated Easter everyone.. sorry i missed y'all I was busy playing in church services & had a busy holy week!!! We got much needed rain on Sunday & now it's cool. But I have more daffodils popping up!
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2009
1:03 AM

Post #6406129

Sharon my first thought was Forget-me-nots but no yellow in the center.
Then Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophilia menziesii).
Then I remembered a shot by Poppysue I liked.
Try this one

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/194/

Kelli I think that looks like a skull too! Creepy! LOL!

Well we finally got the Sewing Room Closet done... well mostly.
I came into a REALLY cool file cab at work.
They wanted me to trash it so... it's 36" wide, 27" tall and 18" deep w/ 2 full extension drawers.
Perfect for patterns and small amounts of materials or craft stuff for Robyn.
Took a little tweaking but...
Granted it's still full of construction tools at this time but...

Drizzling rain here still. Though we did see the sun for a few minutes this afternoon.
Ric

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #6406295

Hello to everyone--"old" friends and new ones alike!
I am soooo far behind--no way I can comment on everything but I enjoyed reading all the posts and looking at all the photos..
LOVE the bunny "tails", BP!! LOL
Ric and Bernie, you have both been very busy, it seems. You, too, Sharon, but I have confidence you will conquer that yard in record time!
JOEY!! So glad you found us again. I've been wondering about the St. Joseph's lily(amaryllis)--did yours survive the winter? Mine are about 4-6 inches high.

Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day in Harrison, AR where my daughter lives. We got outside and worked in their yard--accomplished quite a lot. THEN on Easter it was cold, rainy and nasty--wouldn't you know. But we celebrated anyway!! I came back home today and found my Knock-out roses blooming!! Oh, happy day. My DH must surely be smiling down from heaven because those were his "babies". He would sit outside on a stool and deadhead every spent bloom. Considering we had/have 7 knock-out bushes, it would usually take him the better part of a day to keep it all done. Guess it will be my job this season unless my house sells soon--pray that it will, please.
Speaking of houses selling--Flip-flops you will be into your new house in no time!! Congratulations to you!

Lovely weather expected here the next two days at least--I haven't looked past that. Should be a good day tomorrow to get out and do some weeding. The recent rains have really encouraged the weeds and the warm sunshine will encourage them even more but at least it will encourage the things that I really want to grow, too. I also came home to blackspot on some of the roses--drat! But with the rain we have had, I was more or less expecting it. I'll be removing those leaves in the next few days, for sure.

I have a before picture to show y'all of my daughter's back yard but it will have to wait until tomorrow--I haven't downloaded it yet. The "after" will, of course, not be posted for some time as it hasn't been accomplished yet--LOL (Sharon, I have a challenge ahead of me, too!)
Y'all have a good evening or what's left of it.
P.S. Kiska--the GS is really beating those drums! LOL

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 14, 2009
4:12 AM

Post #6407129

FF, Monty is a cream Maine Coone. He's got the tiny voice, shy manner and webbed feet of the breed and he came from the pound, of all places. He was my mom's Mother's Day present back in 1998. She put her back out, he came to live with us and he's been there ever since.

Sharon, he just had to have a check-up with the vet for his hypothyroidism. He's doing great and his levels are coming down to where they should be.

Wow, Mau. Good to see you back again and looking forward to the pics. Buddy surely is smiling at all you've accomplished and his roses.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
10:00 AM

Post #6407483

Cindylove Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great Easter week!
Ric Thats it! Thanks! The cabinet is going to be perfect for the sewing room. Does Robyn do slipcovers?
Mau Welcome back to you too! I'm glad you got to spend more time with your DD. Prayers sent your way for a quick sell on the house!
Celia Glad Monty is doing well. Give him and Isis hugs and scritches for me.

67.3 F
Overcast
Humidity: 67%
Dew Point: 56 F
Wind: 0.0 mphfrom the West
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.83 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 5000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 8000 ft
Overcast 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Lake Wind Advisory in effect from 11 am this morning to 7 PM EDT this evening...

Windy. Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning...then partly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds. High 79. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

The Oleanders are pink - YAY!

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
1:12 PM

Post #6408006

Good morning, everyone. I've gotten behind again, so I'm just going to wave. ~~~~~ :-) I've been reading, but have been so busy I haven't posted. Sorry about that!!

It's going to be a pretty day! We had quite a bit of rain over the weekend, so the flowers (and weeds!) are very happy right now.

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 6:53am CDT (61 min ago)
Temperature 46 F 8 C
Dew Point 44 F 7 C
Humidity 93%
Pressure 30.04 in 1017.3 mb
Wind Speed Calm Calm
Wind Dir - -
Ceiling Unlimited Unlimited
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Current Conditions Clear
6 hour min temperature ending 6:53am CDT : 46.0F / 7.8C
6 hour max temperature ending 6:53am CDT : 59.0F / 15.0C

Today Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2009
1:20 PM

Post #6408031

Hi, Marylyn! The "bunnies" are looking happy and lovely! What kind of yellow roses are those in the background--also, are those dianthus blooming (behind the girls)?
Sharon: The oleanders are pretty! Did you know the leaves (don't know about the blooms) are poisonous to people and pets? Please make sure your furbabies don't try to eat the leaves!!

The sun is shining here--oh, happy day! We are heading for a high in the upper 60's today and in the 70's tomorrow! I will be outside doing what I love to do--working in the flowerbeds and getting dirt under my fingernails--LOL!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 14, 2009
2:41 PM

Post #6408419

Not much happening here today. Going to rest and enjoy the rain and silence.

Mau, working the dirt is therapuedic, isn't it? Do we have a pic of those Knock Outs? My roses should be here in 2 weeks. Yay!!!

Sharon, Monty and Isis enjoyed their scritches and ear rubs. I said they were from you and Monty started to purr and closed his eyes. LOL

51.6 F heading to 59 maybe.
Overcast
Humidity: 68%
Dew Point: 41 F
Wind: 11.7 mph from the SE
Wind Gust: 23.4 mph
Pressure: 29.68 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 3500 ft
Scattered Clouds 4200 ft
Overcast 6000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

The weeping peach is almost open.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 14, 2009
2:48 PM

Post #6408450

http://www.adn.com/
Check out the front page of the Anchorage Daily News; fantastic photo of the the Northern Lights.

36*F~chance of snow.
Hi to all~seems many of us have the same difficulty in playing catch up.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 14, 2009
2:57 PM

Post #6408490

That is great! I loved the story about the lost hardhat, too.

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 14, 2009
3:44 PM

Post #6408674

Great picture of the lights, Kiska! Thanks! Still so freezing in your place. I thought of you today when I watched a movie about Alaska.
Sally, those bunnies are too cute!LOL
Marylyn, your bunnies are sweet too!
Flip, great pics! Love the pansies.
Kelli, the coast morning glory are called "turtle dove's dress" in our country. It grows all over!
It's been so cold today and raining. The temps are down to 48..brrrr! The wind has blown hard, now has slowed down to 10 miles /hour.
Here's a part of my garden with hyacinthus and mums .
Adina

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
4:26 PM

Post #6408859

Marylyn The bunnies are blooming with Spring! My weeds are happy too LOL!
Mau Thanks for the info on the Oleanders. Ill have to trim the lower branches.
Celia Aww Monty is so sweet :)
Kiska Thanks for the link. I sent it to Jeff. Someone took a beautiful picture!
Adina Stay warm! Pretty hyacinths!

71.4 F
Overcast
Humidity: 53%
Dew Point: 53 F
Wind: 6.4 mphfrom the SW
Wind Gust: 11.6 mph
Pressure: 29.80 in (Rising)
Heat Index: 77 F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 4 out of 16
Clouds: Few 4000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 13000 ft
Overcast 18000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft
kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 14, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6409095

Glad you enjoyed the photo~ the hard-hat story was amazing, too.
Gson here w/us this morning; he's 4 and is so much fun to be with.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #6409700

I'm not sure what the rose is. It came with the house. Sometimes it is a light sunny yellow, like now, and sometimes it is peach. A lot of times it blooms yellow and peach, which is really pretty. Sometimes it has both colors blooming at the same time. I have no idea why... anyone else have a better clue? :-) It's in the only full sun corner of my yard. I have another rose, but it is in a very shady spot so it blooms very infrequently - a beautiful dark red. I should move that one so it gets more sun.

And yes, those are dianthus. Here's another shot of that bed. It was actually a bad day to take photos because it was so sunny and there was too much contrast from the front strip (full sun) to the garden (part shade). All of the colors came out very muted.

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
7:25 PM

Post #6409702

None of the close up shots came out well at all. (That's probably more my fault than the light's... I don't take very good pictures.)

This one came out well, though! I should call them monkeys instead of bunnies. LOL

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se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6411691

My gosh, you guys have Spring Time. I have mud, weeds and daffodils. Thank goodness for the daffodils!!!. LOL

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
3:05 AM

Post #6411927

Hi! Everybody! We have had a cold rain all afternoon & evening. This morning it was just a light drizzle (off & on). Our temp at the moment seems cooler than 54, but maybe it's becuz I'm on the tired side. Jack is doing OK thru this quarantine period & he has only 10 more days to stay cooped up. Bless his heart he wants out so bad sometimes... LOL! The squirrels are taking over his yard! :D And we haven't seen or heard the Coyotes in a week or more. I still haven't taken my test...I will take it for sure come Saturday.
At Dublin...
Rain: 54F
Feels like: 54F
Barometer: 29.8 in
Dewpoint: 54
Humidity: 100%
Visibility: 10 miles
Precip in last hr: NA
Precip last 24 hrs: NA
Wind: 3 mph W
Sunrise: 6:49 AM
Sunset: 7:58 PM

Sharon, Your yard is gonna look great when you get it 'recreated'! And speaking of squirrels...Did you bring yours to your new house? Or did they follow you!? LOL
Dyson...LOL! Your wife's poodle? :D BTW, Do you have a new e-mail addy? Hope you got the much needed rest!
Seeds, Spring will be there before you know it! My Daff's are up & Gorgeous this year!
Kiska, Your GS is so cute! Do you have ear plugs?! :D The ice in your down spout...it won't burst anything when it thaws, will it? We had an earth quake here 2 days ago...didn't feel a thing! It only registered 2.4...the earth is movin'...
Kelli, I absolutely LOVE your shots!
Mau, I think that my Amaryllis may not make it.. I'll see (or look) after this good soaking rain for any sign, but so far (as of yesterday) nothing. Knowing my luck a squirrel got it while Jack has been 'cooped up'.
Celia, That is gonna be a really nice GH! I could only hope to have one someday! ;)
Ric, Robyn does really nice work! And What a find! Nice cabinet! And Love those Hellebores! I found a wild Rose (multiflora) that I am trying to train on a trellis. I may regret it, but I'm gonna give it a shot.
Sally, Sounds like your garden is well underway! :D But I wouldn't let those cute little bunnies in it! They are precious! :D We're sharing a garden w/ Garrett's girl friends parents. They've got lots of flat land...and her mom wants my assistance! Yippee! :D BTW, Garrett has proposed & given her a ring! :D
Marylyn, Is that the same Dianthus that you planted last year, which didn't bloom? I planted some last year that didn't bloom either...not blooming yet, but it's gowing like mad! :D I have my fingers crossed! :D
E_B? How's that little boy doin'? Also, Kiska & myself have a need for your kettle next fall! LOL :D

Good Night All!
Joey

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music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6411934

The "fix"...

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music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
3:08 AM

Post #6411943

One more...

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2009
4:13 AM

Post #6412145

Thanks for the fix, Joey!!! He's just too cute! LOL

Rann, where are you?
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
9:59 AM

Post #6412577

Joey You are going to do great on that test! We have squirrels here! We have to be careful though because this back yard isnt as deep as the other. Im working something out to keep the big boy (Sylvester) as faraway from the feeder as possible. JW is getting so big! Such a cutie!

Yes, Rann - where are you?

55.6 F
Clear
Humidity: 55%
Dew Point: 40 F
Wind: 4.8 mphfrom the WSW
Wind Gust: 6.3 mph
Pressure: 29.95 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Today
Sunny. High74. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

It's going to be a beautiful day and I'm going to be stuck inside at work :(

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2009
10:14 AM

Post #6412587

45 (Wind Chill 41) we might break 50 today but doubt it.
The warmup starts tomorrow. 70's by Friday.

Ric
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
10:35 AM

Post #6412611

Link to storm damage in Jax yesterday
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=135928&catid=3
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #6413052

Happy Birthday, billyporter and pepper23!! I hope you both have a wonderful day. :-) ^_ ^

Yes, Joey, those are the dianthus I planted over a year ago that didn't do anything at all for months and months and months. Now they are not only blooming happily, they are spreading! I'm glad I left the silly things in the bed! :-) Thanks for the JW fix. He IS getting big!! He's still really cute, though. :-) We'll be praying for you and your test on Saturday! Congratulations to Garrett! Have they set a date?

It's going to be another warm day. The big bunny and I have lots of errands to run this afternoon, so we are going to do homeschool early today. Neither of us are morning people, so it might be a rather grumpy session!

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 7:53am CDT (18 min ago)
Temperature 54 F 12 C
Dew Point 52 F 11 C
Humidity 93%
Pressure 30.07 in 1018.3 mb
Wind Speed Calm Calm
Wind Dir - -
Ceiling Unlimited Unlimited
Visibility 9 mi 14.5 km
Current Conditions Clear
6 hour min temperature ending 6:53am CDT : 51.1F / 10.6C

Today Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
1:15 PM

Post #6413060

Yikes, Sharon!!! You'd think a hurricane or tornado came through from those photos!
kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 15, 2009
2:41 PM

Post #6413477

30*F~Gray with temps up into the 40's. From the volcano site ths morning:
Observations
2009-04-15 06:25:14

The eruption of Redoubt volcano continues. Seismic and satellite data over the past day indicate continued lava dome growth. The volcano is not visible in web camera views during the night. A low-level steam and gas plume that may contain small amounts of ash is likely present.
Yesterday: gson collecting ash in the snow.
Will be back later~

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
3:03 PM

Post #6413552

Sunny and warm!!! Great weather for our birthdays today.

Have lots of new pics but the software for my camera is acting up a bit still and I haven't been able to get the pics to download yet.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2009
3:27 PM

Post #6413688

Lots of computer troubles these days. Must be sun spots.

♫ Happy Birthday to yoooooooooou!!! ♪ ♫ To BP and Pepper, have the joy and love that you deserve today and every day.

Yikes, Sharon!!! That looks like hurricane/tornado damage for sure! Wow!

Marylyn, sounds like you might need naps later. ☺ Your bunnies are getting big, too.


41.2 F with 49 for the high.
Light Rain
Windchill: 34 F
Humidity: 91%
Dew Point: 39 F
Wind: 4.5 mphfrom the South
Wind Gust: 16.8 mph
Pressure: 29.55 in(Falling)
Visibility: 8.0 miles
UV: 1 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 1900 ft
Overcast 2700 ft
(Above Ground Level)

Rain, rain and more rain. All this water all at once had revealed a leak in the roof where the swamp cooler is. It pushed Darrell over the edge. That's a good thing because we're having it removed this summer and central air being put in it's place. Yippee!

Isis shows me what time it is. (We call the white spot above her paw her watch.)

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2009
4:41 PM

Post #6414092

billyporter and pepper!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you both!

Ric

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6414518

Happy Birthday!!!!! Sally & Pepper!!!! :D Hope today is The Best! :D

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 15, 2009
6:13 PM

Post #6414521

Happy Birthday to you both & Have a Great Day!
Bernie
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
7:01 PM

Post #6414735

Oh My - I missed 2 birthdays!

Happy Birthday Pepper and Sally!

I also missed Joeys post about Garrett. Please send our congratulations his way!
FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
7:05 PM

Post #6414764

Happy Birthday Pepper and Sally!!! Glad I checked today so I wouldn't miss both of your birthdays!!!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #6414840

Now it's snowing! Grrrrr...
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #6414943

Happy birthday, Sally and Pepper.

Windy and not particulary warm. The furnace comes on a lot.

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 11:51 AM PDT on April 15, 2009
55 F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 24%
Dew Point: 19 F
Wind: 9 mph from the NNW
Pressure: 30.01 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 5 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 9000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

It got dark and windy yesterday and if it was anywhere else, it would have rain, but it didn't rain here. I guess that's the snow that Kwan is getting today.

Yes, the rock (a couple days ago) looks like a skull. I figures someone would spot that. Not much gets past my peeps.


the last of the pictures from Saturday

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #6414947

large-flowered phacelia

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
7:53 PM

Post #6414949

canyon sunflower

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
10:24 PM

Post #6415582

Celia Snow? No comprende!
Kelli Pretty blooms!

73.2 F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 34%
Dew Point: 43 F
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 6.9 mph
Pressure: 29.95 in (Rising)
Heat Index: 77 F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 2 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Tonight
Clear. Low 52. Southwest winds 5 mph shifting to the northwest after midnight.

Y'all know this is my kind of weather LOL! I think I've found the picture for the dining room. My only questions is "do I need to raise it"?

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
10:25 PM

Post #6415588

another

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #6415682

I guess that depends on how tall you are. I think that if anything, I would lower the other picture a couple inches.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #6415687

Great picture, Sharon and I would say no, you don't need to raise it because the top of it appears to be level with the top of the window. On the other hand, the picture on the other side of the table is somewhat higher but it is a larger picture, so it might not matter. It's hard to say given that I am looking at a photo of the room. Your amaryllis is gorgeous--looks like silk!o

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PEPPER AND SALLY! I'm just now getting online today--been away from home most of the day--so I hope I am not too late to add my birthday greetings to the chorus.

Kiska, I clicked on the link but I didn't see any photo of the northern lights--maybe because you posted the link yesterday and I was a day late in seeing the link.
Joey: JW is getting so big but he is cute as ever! He's "Joe Cool" in those sunglasses! LOL
Don't give up on the amaryllis yet--you are in a different zone than I am so it may take it longer to wake up in your zone.
Celia: Isis has a pretty "watch". Although he doesn't have a watch, Friday tells me what time it is at bedtime--he will let me know he is ready to go into his crate for the night--usually around 9 p.m. :o))
Kelli: those are some pretty flower pics. I'll make a wild guess on the rock photo--it looks like a giant bird getting ready to take off. The beak is in the middle and the "wings" on either side. Is that too much of a stretch?
Marylyn: the bunnies make good monkeys--LOL

It was another beautiful spring day here--sunny and warm--in the 70's--low humidity--perfect!

Celia: here's Friday checking out the Knock-out Roses

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
10:53 PM

Post #6415702

I hadn't thought about the rock picture looking like anything, though the peak on the left kind of looks like a fish, with the hole in rock being its eye.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #6415706

Kelli - Hmmmm - I think you're right. We are a tall family. I'm 5'7", the painting is 4" above my head now. Jeff is 6'3. BTW - your "peak" does look like a fish!
Mau - Thanks! I've been looking at this painting for 2 months and I kept telling my friend Judy how much I love it. She let me take it tonight to hang it and see how it works. Seems to be just the right thing!
I keep thinking the room looks a little lopsided now.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2009
1:32 AM

Post #6416477

I like pictures w/ middle at eye level.
Cool and grey here... well dark now but...

Sunny and 66 tomorrow!

Ric

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2009
3:34 AM

Post #6417075

More snow but nothing stuck. More on the way tonight and tomorrow. I'll say it again...Yuck!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
4:23 AM

Post #6417273

You can always send it back. We can usually use some more snow in the mountains. ;-)
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2009
10:58 AM

Post #6417638

Good Morning! I'm feeling very spiffy today - will not be going to work. We're having some unseasonably cool weather, but I like it!

55.9 F
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 74%
Dew Point: 48 F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.06 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Lake Wind Advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening...tis the season!

Today
Mostly sunny and windy. High 70. Northeast winds 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

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kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #6418528

Boo has the prettiest eyes. Why the day off? Something special?

We had more snow overnight. Not much but there's still a little in the gardens this morning. It's melting quickly, though. Kelli, I sent in a work-order to have this sent back to you. They're getting back to me later.

35.9 F with 41 for the high. More precipitation coming. Not sure which kind but hopefully the work-order will go through in good time.
Mostly Cloudy
Windchill: 36 F
Humidity: 91%
Dew Point: 34 F
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 8.1 mph
Pressure: 30.02 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 2000 ft
Scattered Clouds 4500 ft
Scattered Clouds 6000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 16, 2009
11:34 PM

Post #6420641

48*~
Sunrise 6:29 AM AKDT
Sunset 9:24 PM AKDT
MySharona~your dining room is beautiful. I like the pictures as they are; the new one certainly goes well there. Hope you've had a good day off.
marsue~little Friday is a cutie. The photo of the NLights was replaced later in the day; seems they change the online version during the afternoons.
Joey~congrats to Garrett. Yesterday I started the mglory seeds in a flat here in the sunny sunroom. Thanks so much.
JW fix was great~so cute.
kelli~such interesting sites to see/thanks for opening my eyes to SCalif. Very pretty.
ric~hope today was sunny and in the 60's.
kwanjin~oh so bright and beautiful.
Ice out ~yesterday.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2009
12:52 AM

Post #6421033

kiska it was in fact sunny and currently 61.
Tomorrow sunny and 73 !

Brrrr that water looks cold...
Ric

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #6421305

Today was gorgeous!!! We reached high 60s and sunny this afternoon. I spent most of the day in the greenhouse at work enjoying the weather. Course I didn't have much choice since we had a shipment of plants come in.

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 17, 2009
8:02 AM

Post #6422563

Happy Belated Birthday, Sally and Pepper! I hope you had a blast!
Celia, sorry for the snow, still the blooms look great! Isis has a watch that's too hilarious!LOL
Mau, is Friday behaving with your plants?
Kiska, your gson is too cute in the snow shovelling!LOL
Joey, why was Jack on a quarantine? He looks so cool with those glasses! Good luck at the test.
Sharon, congratulations for Garett, you must be so excited! I would put the paintings on the same height., especially those in the same room.
Kelli, love those blooms and mountains!
Ric, I also love violets, but I don't know what happened to mine this year, just grew too tall.
Join me on a tour I made in the park the other day, the tulips were blooming!
Adina

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 17, 2009
8:03 AM

Post #6422566

#2

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 17, 2009
8:04 AM

Post #6422568

#3

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 17, 2009
8:05 AM

Post #6422569

#4

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 17, 2009
8:09 AM

Post #6422570

#5

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2009
10:03 AM

Post #6422643

Celia Pretty weeping cherry?
Kiska Has the wager about when the tower sinks happened yet? I cant remember the name of the bet. The icy river does look cold!
Pepper Glad you had such a good day!
Adina - Thank you for the tulip tour! They are so beautiful!

61.8 F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 72%
Dew Point: 53 F
Wind: 8.0 mphfrom the NE
Wind Gust: 14.0 mph
Pressure: 30.16 in(Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 20 ft

Lake Wind Advisory in effect from 9 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening...

Today
Partly cloudy and windy. High 68. Northeast winds 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

I lowered the palm picture about 2" and raised the painting about 3". Looks better. Ignore the stuff on the floor, it's all going in the attic today.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2009
10:24 AM

Post #6422659

So THAT's where our white stepstool went!

Looks better now Sharon.

39 here ... going for 73

Adina... simply lovely!

Ric

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2009
11:04 AM

Post #6422731

The new hoophouse is up & the strawberries are in their new home.

Planted peas, carrots, beets & beans yesterday.
The guys started putting in Gladiolus.
Definitely a busy time.

50 now, looking for 75 this afternoon. SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

I will be traveling to Mankato today. A man called about a small cabinet problem. Also need to pick up plywood for cabinet backs.

Bernie

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2009
11:07 AM

Post #6422740

Strawberries in a trough. Summer crisp lettuce in the eve troughs in front.
Cherry tomatoes, Kohlrabi, Broccoli are also going in here.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2009
11:08 AM

Post #6422745

Planting Gladiolus.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2009
11:10 AM

Post #6422749

Inside the greenhouse, it is filling up!
My hard working son.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2009
11:12 AM

Post #6422762

This is another "high tunnel".

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2009
11:19 AM

Post #6422790

Tomatoes in another "high tunnel".

OK , I will explain, since fuel price has gotten out of hand, we changed our growing practices. We don't heat the greenhouses any more. Trying to use natural ventilation.
So trying various methods to grow vegetables. These types of growing areas are used a lot in China & Europe.
Makes for more even growing conditions than outdoors.
We have been growing tomatoes inside for years. Production is tremendous compared to field grown. Probably 20 times as much per year.

Bernie

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 17, 2009
2:51 PM

Post #6423557

34l*F Gray/cloudy
Adina~the tour is beautiful- must have been quite a sight to see in person. Thanks, too.
MySharona~nice job~
The Nenana Ice Classic is the "guessing" game you were mentioning. The clock tower is on the ice now and the waiting game is on.
ric~glad the day did do as forecast; great.
CG~I was excited to see your eave trough. That's also what I used last year, along the deck railing and filled with small flowers. Lettuce sounds good, too. Beautiful set-up you have.
My grandson's FIL is a guiness world record holder for giant veggies he's grown here. Google "Scott Robb" Palmer, Alaska; I'd think you'd find some info as to what he's grown.
Clock tower on the ice at Nenana.

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6423816

Too much to comment on right now BUT...

Sharon, that does look better.

Kiska, brrr!

40.1 F with 54 for today. The storms have moved out and the sun is making it's presence known again. Yea!
Mostly Cloudy
Windchill: 40 F
Humidity: 95%
Dew Point: 39 F
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 4.6 mph
Pressure: 30.24 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 1 out of 16
Clouds: Few 1500 ft
Scattered Clouds 3500 ft
Mostly Cloudy 8000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

Well, I was going to show a pic of my anemones but I'm having software issues.

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2009
4:29 PM

Post #6424032

Good Morning! Well, the 'day-of-testing' is tomorrow! I am so nervous! But I'll get over it! LOL (sure I laugh..it only means a $60,000+/year pay check!) We're supposed to have temps in the mid-70's today! :D WaHoo!
At Dublin...
Clear: 64F
Feels like: 64F
Barometer: 30.4 in
Dewpoint: 43
Humidity: 45%
Visibility: 10 miles
Precip in last hr: NA
Precip last 24 hrs: NA
Wind: 7 mph S
Sunrise: 6:45 AM
Sunset: 8:00 PM
UV Index: 7 High

Bernie! Love the GH! Wow! Our local GH just opened yesterday...I need to get a 'few' things. :D
Adina, Thanks, Jack killed a raccoon that was rabid & the guy from the health Dept. said he had to be in quarantine for 45 days...It's almost over. Gorgeous flowers!
Sharon, Thanks, Hope that your day off was Great! And I really like your new picture! And the dining room is superb! Very eye-catching! :D
Kiska, Thanks, I think that he's cute, but I'm supposed to! :D I hope that your MG's do really well! :D Still looks very cold up there & I know that you are anxious for spring to get there! btw...I really like Frank's Moose! He has done a Fine job! :)
Ric, My AV's are starting to pop up! I love them!
Celia, Love that Weeping Cherry! Do you have a pic of the whole tree? Sorry to hear about the leak...but central air is the way to go! ;)

Everybody have a Great Day!
Joey

(wild in the yard)

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2009
4:52 PM

Post #6424161

I do have a pic of the pink tree but I'm still having issues with uploading. Here's an old one from last year. Not a very good one and it's bigger.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2009
5:07 PM

Post #6424224

I sanded the first coat of poly on some cabinets. Then I tilled an area & planted 3 rows of radish. 6 different kinds.
Hot here now, 72. Not used to this!

I'm going to loaf latter this afternoon. Going to Mankato.

We have rain coming & I hope they are not wrong, as we need it bad.

They are talking about bullys in the schools & how to handle it. To bad they outlawed discipline in schools & by parents.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2009
9:02 PM

Post #6425130

Hot here too!! Probably upper 70s with the occasional breeze. I was outside in the greenhouse most of the day today. Had a small truckload of plants come in. Lots of people looking and drooling. LOL
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
10:25 PM

Post #6425438

Great pictures, Adina

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 2:51 PM PDT on April 17, 2009
78 F
Clear
Humidity: 19%
Dew Point: 32 F
Wind: 12 mph from the South
Pressure: 30.05 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 9 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)


They are calling for it to be 92F on Sunday and 94F on Monday. That is not necessary. Maybe Kiska could use the extra 15 degrees.

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se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2009
1:07 AM

Post #6426097

Sunny and 70 deg. First day outside and cleaning up. Ran the rotor tiller and did a 30' X 5' section to plant tomatoes next month. I feel great.
Joey - prayers for you to allow yourself to do well on your test.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2009
4:15 AM

Post #6426671

Joey, sending good vibes your way for tomorrow.

I got my computer issues fixed. This is my first anemone flower.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2009
10:32 AM

Post #6427146

brightening rapidly -

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2009
11:42 AM

Post #6427266

Checking in before everyone thinks I'm on vacation. I got knocked down with a nasty sinus infection and have been in bed all week. I'm not over it yet. I'll go back and read all my b'day wishes when I'm smarter, and thank you for them now.

I miss everyone and wish I was here :o)

MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2009
11:43 AM

Post #6427267

Good Morning!

Joey - Sending good vibes your way too! Good Luck!

Ric - LOL! I couldn't find my step stool so I borrowed yours!
Bernie - Looking good there!
Kiska - Let us know if you win the guessing game!
Bernie - I've always said I wish they'd bring the paddle back! Nothing kept my brothers striaght in school unless they were threatened with it! My borhter told me the first time he got it, he heard the wind sing then a smack! Said it only took once LOL!
Kelli - Nice flowering shrub. For some reason I can't expand it and I don't have my contacts in so I can't tell what kind it is! Send that 90* weather back where it came from. I'm not ready for it yet!
Se_eds - I know you are happy to be out and about!
Celia -Very pretty!
Dyson - I woke up and it wasn't dark out!

57.2 F
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 75%
Dew Point: 49 F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.24 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 5000 ft
Scattered Clouds 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Today
Partly cloudy. High 72. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

I woke up to Callie chasing an imaginary toy in the bath tub LOL! She's a little frisky this morning! I 'm going to mow the weeds today. I think I saw some real grass out there since I did the weed n feed.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2009
11:45 AM

Post #6427274

Feel better soon Sally!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 18, 2009
12:05 PM

Post #6427312

There were only 2 or 3 at the beginning of each year, then everybody toed the mark. Nobody wanted the next one.

Beautiful day yesterday! People were everywhere doing nice day things. Parks were full, lawns & gardens were getting lots of attention.

I have no plan for today! Another beautiful day coming. May work on flower gardens. I am up to date on veggie planting. Might even start my new pond. Lots of plants to dig out because they are where the pond will go.

Check back later,
Bernie

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2009
3:50 PM

Post #6428039

Heading to the plant nursery today. What will I find? Stay tuned...

A beautiful day started early and will continue. Sunny and warming. 57 and headed for 62.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2009
4:40 PM

Post #6428164

I want to go with you, Celia!
Pepper if I worked in a greenhouse, I would spend all my wages on plants! LOL
CG: good luck with the veggies--those are some nice greenhouses.
Ric: you are too funny--what's Sharon doing with your stepstool, indeed! LOL
Joey: good luck on your test today!
Adina: beautiful tour of the park--Thanks!
Sharon, the dining room does look better now that you have lowered and raised the pictures. Are you putting those ginger jar lamps in the attic? That's a beautiful amaryllis--which one is it?
Kelli: that's a gorgeous rose--does it have a name?
Celia: all my anemones are red--I'll trade you a red one for a purple--LOL--tell me how to save the seeds and I'll send you some.
BP: so sorry you have been sick--hope you are feeling better now.
Kiska: so we are guessing when the ice will break up? What's the prize?

I thought I had posted yesterday but I guess I forgot to hit the "send" button! LOL

Yesterday was beautiful and sunny--I got some work done in the flower beds and some Round-Up sprayed on the weeds--just in time too. It rained this morning and is overcast now although the sidewalks and streets are currently dry. Temperature is 65
Cabot is having its annual Strawberry Fest this week-end. The "rides" are set up at the local community center's parking lot--a draw for all the kids, of course. Our local strawberries (quite a cash crop for our local farmers) probably won't be ready for another couple of weeks--I don't know why they have the strawberry fest this early.

Celia: here is my anemone. There are several of these little plants in my flower bed and they are spreading :o))

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2009
4:55 PM

Post #6428221

My Celebrity Song iris is in bloom as is the Veronica "Eveline" behind it to the right. That's bee balm immediately behind the iris--it isn't blooming yet.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2009
5:00 PM

Post #6428239

Here is the Kale in bloom (yellow) and the Hot Lips Salvia (red) doing its thing. A DGer from the Mid-South Forum (Sandra) gave me both plants. She gave me the salvia the last week of April last year. It was 3 inches tall at the time but it has come a long way since then! Butterflies love this salvia and so do the bees and the hummingbirds!

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #6428247

This is a view of my butterfly/hummingbird flowerbed along the back fence. That's purple Homestead verbena blooming in the foreground.

Whoops--I forgot the photo--LOL I'll post it in the next post

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2009
5:05 PM

Post #6428250

Okay here's the photo

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2009
5:08 PM

Post #6428265

This is what that same flowerbed looked like in April, 2008

edited to add: Buddy placed every one of those rocks that outline the bed. Those rocks were picked up one-by-one by Buddy and loaded into his pickup from some property we owned 35 miles from here.. He also put down the newspapers and shoveled all of the manure and the mulch and hauled 3 or 4 loads of topsoil to put in there. He did all of it to please his blushing bride of 24 years--me! He would be very happy to know that all his hard work paid off so beautifully! In one way I will be very sad to leave this place but in another way, my leaving it will mean a new beginning. Besides, I am taking a start from most of the plants with me to my daughter's house.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #6429035

Nice pictures, Marsue. My rose bush is "Perfect Moment".

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 1:51 PM PDT on April 18, 2009
84 F
Clear
Humidity: 19%
Dew Point: 38 F
Wind: 6 mph from the South
Pressure: 30.01 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 10 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)

... Unseasonably hot weather expected across much of southwestern
California Sunday into Tuesday...

A strong upper level high in the eastern Pacific will push into
California Sunday and linger into Tuesday. Strong warming throughout
the atmosphere... combined with offshore gradients should make for a
couple of hot days Sunday and Monday... especially in the valleys...
with hot weather likely continuing inland on Tuesday.

The hot weather will continue to intensify across the region Sunday
and Monday. On Sunday... high temperatures are expected to be in the
90s in most locations in the valleys... and around 90 at lower
elevations in the mountains and in the Antelope Valley. Temperature
on Monday will actually be a few degrees warmer in most areas... and
in a few locations in the valleys... temperatures could reach 100
degrees.


hiking pictures - blue-eyed grass (obviously not really a grass)

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2009
9:05 PM

Post #6429041

Catalina mariposa lily

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2009
9:06 PM

Post #6429044

golden yarrow

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2009
9:07 PM

Post #6429047

Ric, here is some Mulholland Hwy. for you.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2009
9:08 PM

Post #6429051

crimson pitcher sage

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2009
11:17 PM

Post #6429532

All the pics are lovely, Mau. What a tribute to Buddy that the beds came out so wonderful. Bless Buddy and his big heart. I don't know how to collect the seeds. I still have some leftovers you can have. Also, some money plant seeds, if you want them.

Kelly, your tour is fantastic, as always. Love the colors.

Well, my trip to the nursery paid off in a big way. I found 2 things I HAD to have. This tree was there 2 weeks ago and it was the only one left. I really didn't think it would still be there today! Yippee!

False Hinoki Cypress. Chamaecyparis obtusa "Gracilis".

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #6429540

Black Mondo Grass. Ophiopogon planiscapis "Nigrescens".

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2009
11:23 PM

Post #6429547

I lost Isis and thought she'd gone into the garage. I was wrong.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2009
3:36 AM

Post #6430559

Celia PERFECT shot of Isis!
I love the Black Mondo... had it for years and years.
I find it does it's best in dappled to deep shade... one of the few blacks that do well there.

Thanks Kelli!
One of these days I'm going to rent an old MG and REALLY drive that road.
I've been a passenger once so I actually did get to see the road.
And driven it at least a dozen times.
Still my fav switchback road.

We went to 'Creek for another work day.
Got the bathroom gutted, framed, rocked and mudded.
Well one wall anyway... we found more old termite damage.
So next weekend we'll have to reframe the outside wall.
I rebuilt the vanity so we saved a few bucks there.
Got home about 9 PM then off to the Hot Tub we went.

3 of our old friends stopped by while we were up there.
You've seen them in years.
Great time playing catchup!
We all exchanged #'s so we can be sure to stay in touch this time.

It was in the 70's today.
Rain is moving in tonight... thru Tuesday I think.

Kelli watch yourself in that heat.

Mau I can't believe how far ahead of us you are.
Our Iris are not even showing buds yet.

Not sure if I posted this one.
Some of our redder Pulmonaria hybrids.

Ric

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2009
11:57 AM

Post #6431348

Mau Yep, the ginger lamps are in the attic. I dont have anywhere to put them. Sounds like you got a lot done on Friday. Speaking of, how is the little man? The garden looks great! I know Buddy is watching from heaven and smiling. The amaryllis is "Happiness".
Kelli Nice hiking pics! I love the mariposa so tulipy! Its a word, I just made it up!
Celia Nice finds! Isis was sunbathing LOL!
Ric - The pulmonaria are gorgeous!

58.3 F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 76%
Dew Point: 50 F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.12 in (Rising)
Visibility: 6.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Today
Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. High 77. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

I got a lot of trimming done in the back yard yesterday. We're taking the lawn back from the overgrown Lantana's. Found one lantana in the back that is dead so I'll that dug up. Had a burn bucket going for the old and new cut foliage. Will start that again today. I'm going to wash my car first, then start cutting back the holly in the front so we can dig the rest out.

This is Happiness and Faro.

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
12:56 PM

Post #6431508

Great pics, guys!
Sharon, the paintings are looking great, almost the same size! Love Happiness and Faro. How's our sweet doggies and kitties? And the future groom to be?LOL
Mau, great blooms and a lovely flower bed!
Ric, lots of work , but you will have such satisfaction when all will be done! When are you going on vacation?
Celia, Isis forgot to check her watch!LOL Great shot! Love the cypress in your garden, looks like my thuja which began growing!
Joey, what's the result?
Kelli, those wild flowers are absolutely lovely! Great pic of the Hwy!
Kiska, are any signs of snow melting yet?
Sally, get well soon!
Bernie, your GH looks great! Are you selling all those gladiolas and veggies? You are right, they are using those GH s in our country too for growing salad, green onions and garlick, cucumbers, tomatos, all in spring. We are sowing inside the house in January/February, then plant the seedlings in March . Some are ready sooner, but tomatos and cucumbers are good to eat in May. Thanks for sharing your experience!
It's our Easter today and I have a lovely resting day...finally, after all the work ! I just watered the grass ...OMG, I just remebered I forgot to tell you my grass has sprout!
First, the grass a few days ago...I danced the Happy Dance!

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
1:04 PM

Post #6431531

And now another tour, starting with last night when we went to the church to take the light of Easter.It was a new experience for me, driving to the church...when we were living in the city, the church was very near our block and we just walked...the streets were full with people coming to take the light with the candles in their hands. Here, in the village, the streets were full of cars!LOL The church is bigger and the yard is larger, so all the people were inside.
Here they are right after midnight, with the lights. They are taking the light one from each other's candle saying 'Jesus Christ has Ressurected!' and the other has to answer 'It's true He Ressurected!'

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
1:08 PM

Post #6431541

Then we came home to taste the goodies and I lit up more candles with the holly light.

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
1:11 PM

Post #6431549

First of the goodies are the colored eggs.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2009
1:11 PM

Post #6431551

Happy Easter Adina and Family!
My Family is historically Greek Orthodox and I was wondering if your Easter was today also.
I'm actually taking a vacation day tomorrow.

Bernie those tunnels are great!
I wish I had the land!

Cloudy and 57 we might hit 60 and will definitely be getting rain.
Many of the 'less tender' plants are outside now harding off.
We're taking off here in a bit to go pick up a 1/2 side of beef (about 110 pounds).
A friend raises it and it's excellent Black Angus.
Steaks tonight!

Ric

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #6431557

We knock them up, saying the same words like before.

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
1:16 PM

Post #6431569

Ric, Happy Easter to your family too! Yes, in Romania we are mostly orthodox, as many people in the Balcans.
I cooked the traditional lamb meals...sour soup with the bones...

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
1:20 PM

Post #6431581

The traditional 'drob' which is made of ground organs..all of them, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys with eggs, herbs and green onions !

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
1:22 PM

Post #6431595

Roast leggs.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2009
1:22 PM

Post #6431597

Thank You.
I LOVE those painted eggs in the background!
That's one hard craft to master.

Ric

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
1:25 PM

Post #6431611

Last, the dessert, a dough cake with walnuts cream. Those eggs are traditional painted eggs in some regions of Romania, very difficult to do, but so beautiful!

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 19, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #6431655

adinamiti, very nice pictures. Like Ric, I love those eggs. Quit a talent to get them so perfect. What do you use to color the brightly colored ones ?
I like it when one can learn about another country. Thanks for sharing.

The veggies go to the Farmers market all summer long. We also sell Gladiolus cut flowers there. I am adding Dahlias also this year. (If my tubers made it through winter storage. They look pretty good, now if they grow!)
We've been growing tomatoes inside for years. Last year was first try for other things. Maybe in a few years we will get it all right. Lots of trials with a new venture.

Happy Easter, by the way!

We got a little rain overnight. Haven't got a gauge out yet so no idea how much. It's been very dry, so anything is more than welcome.
41, which seems to go with rain in spring.
Bernie
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2009
1:37 PM

Post #6431664

Simply Beautiful!
I've seen people do them and I have neither the talent or the patience...

Could you DMail me the Dough Cake recipe if it's not a Family secret.
I collect recipes, especially breads and desserts from around the world.

Ric

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 19, 2009
1:59 PM

Post #6431750

That does it, Adina. I'm coming to your house next holiday!!! Everything looks so yummy and fun! What's in the sour soup?

Bernie, trial and error is the name of the game. Good luck!

Sharon, I love your amarylliseses-sees. (As my DD would say.) Such pretty colors. Isis can be so cute when she wants. You know what I mean. You have 3.

Ric, love the Pulmonaria. I don't remember seeing it before. Darrell and I are discussing a trip down HWY 101. It's been years since either of us has done that.

44.5 F with 68 for the hgih. The sun is shining and the grass is asking to be pulled out to make room for new plantings.
Partly Cloudy
Windchill: 42 F
Humidity: 72%
Dew Point: 36 F
Wind: 4.8 mph from the SE
Wind Gust: 5.0 mph
Pressure: 30.41 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

Darrell washed the 'Vette yesterday.

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 19, 2009
2:57 PM

Post #6431985

Celia, you are welcome, we always have these goodies, thank God for that! The Vette looks so shinny, Darrel must love it! The sour soup has lamb bones, carrots, onions dry and green , rice and herbs. I sour it with a wheat sour juice we call "bors".And of course, a beaten egg when it's done.
Bernie, you are working a lot! It's good your son helps! Thanks for the wishes!
Ric, I have the recipe, I just have to find it. It's not a secret...I maybe posted it on my Christmas article...have to check! Those eggs sure need patience and it's a special technique. They are using wax to cover the egg, then make the drawings, one by one, with a special pen which takes away the wax, revealing the egg cover. Then they dye the egg , and get on to the next design. Maybe I can find a link to a website where they are showing this so you can see better.

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2009
4:30 PM

Post #6432308

Helloo! Thanks to all for the well wishes! :D The test was a 4-part thingy. I passed 3 out if the 4 & learned that I can retake that individual test! :D The 3 parts that I passed, well 2 of them were the hardest & longest parts...after 3 hours of testing I was 'pooped'! Not to mention starved! The testing started at 12:30 pm & I wasn't out of there until nearly 4:00 pm. and I hadn't eaten anything all day...
Ric, Have you gotten any of the rain yet? We're supposed to get it starting this morning, but it hasn't gotten here yet. Love the Pulmonaria!
Adina! What fantasic eggs! And I'm w/ Celia! I'm comin' over for the next feast! ;)
Celia? Are you & Darrell traveling in the Vet? Neat-O! Have fun! Gorgeous shot of Isis!
Kelli, I'm w/ Sharon! I love the Mariposa Lily. It's my favorite! I really like the crimson pitcher sage, too. :)
Sharon...you can see the grass? I think w/ your TLC that your yard stands a good chance of being beautiful! :D

Today...it's cloudy...
Cloudy: 66F
Feels like: 66F
Barometer: 30 in
Dewpoint: 48
Humidity: 52%
Visibility: 10 miles
Precip in last hr: NA
Precip last 24 hrs: NA
Wind: 3 mph SSW
Sunrise: 6:42 AM
Sunset: 8:02 PM

I took this pic up on Peters Mountain yesterday evening. Ahuge patch of Creasy Greens!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2009
5:18 PM

Post #6432450

Cool and rainiy yesterday. Cool and cloudy now with a stiff breeze.

Went out of state to a memorial yesterday, got home late and saw 3 cop cars next door. Then to top that off, I fell down the stairs this morning. Stepped on some cat bedding, lost my balance a bit, then put foot too far out on top step and down I went. I didn't hit my head but I did get lightheaded and lost my vision for a bit but other than my eyes still being dilated am back to normal. It was only 5 steps but they are solid wood so I will have bruises for awhile. lol.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2009
7:25 PM

Post #6432956

Mariposa lilies are one of my very favorites. I have seen four species around here.

Adina, are the traditionally decorated eggs wooden or are they real eggs? If they are real, do you keep them from year to year or get new ones each year?

Sharon, your amaryllis look great. Mine will start blooming in a few days.

Pepper, I hope everything is all right.


Windy, hot, an dry - It feels like fire weather to me, though there is no warning in that regard.

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 11:51 AM PDT on April 19, 2009
90 F
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 10%
Dew Point: 27 F
Wind: 6 mph Variable
Pressure: 30.02 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 8 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 30000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

more pictures from yesterday - Could this be anywhere but "The West"? This spot is close to the coast so it is still green. Inland where I am it is well on its way to turning all brown.



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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2009
7:27 PM

Post #6432968

scarlet pimpernel

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #6432973

This one has one of the goofiest names out there - tidy tips.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #6432984

owls clover - The picture is not as sharp as I would like, but I like the color.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #6432986

purple nightshade

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2009
8:57 PM

Post #6433278

Pepper that's not good.
Dialated pupils are not a good sign.
You should be checked out to be sure.

It's been raining/drizzling all day.
We went out and picked up the 1/4 side of beef and walked the farm so it's not too bad here.

Ric

MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2009
10:11 PM

Post #6433550

Adina The children are doing great. Peanut did her first howl this morning. I laughed so hard. She threw her little head back and said arooooooooooooooooo! Shes a fierce 3.5lb doggie LOL! Joeys Garrett is getting married. Justin is waaaay too young (still16). Yay on the grass! The painted eggs are beautiful! Did you paint them? The dough bread looks very yummy! When you find the recipe would you send it to me too?
Ric Yummm steak! We grilled New York Strips last night. That is a gorgeous picture of the pulmonaria!
Celia In that pic the vette looks like a fighter jet!
Joey WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO! I knew you would do great on the test! Its wonderful that you can take that one part again. Id be exhausted too after such a long test. Heck Im exhausted just thinking about it! I can only see a little grass. I did find some grass hiding under one dang holly bush. I pulled it and replanted it LOL! Whats a creasy green? And would you mind digging up a couple of barrels of that beautiful grass and driving here? We could go to the beach!
Pepper Are you sure you are ok? That sounds like a heck of a fall. Do take care. You may want to go to the doctor. What happened at the neighbors house? Did you fall while peeking out the window blinds? LOL!
Kelli Good question about the eggs! Thanks! I love amaryllis blooms. Have you ever thought about going into horticulture? You would be great in that field.

70.7 F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 57%
Dew Point: 54 F
Wind: 0.0 mphfrom the SE
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.01 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 77 F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 5000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Tonight
Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Low 61. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

I fought the holly and I won - with a couple of scratches, but it's all good. The dining room window is on the other side of the Camelia. I cut 4 hollies out. Jeff is going to pull the roots. I'm thinking of not putting anything back in. The Camelia is such a show piece. If I put anything back in it would be azaleas and maybe some ground cover. What do y'all think?

BTW - all the hollies had a nasty looking fungus under the leaves.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2009
10:13 PM

Post #6433560

I'm definately putting azaleas here. I cut one huge holly and the dead lantana out.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2009
10:14 PM

Post #6433564

another picture of that area

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 19, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #6433731

Raining - getting cooler and more dim. Since I have to get up in six hours I think I should retire for the evening - Night to all.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2009
10:56 PM

Post #6433759

I'm mostly back to normal so not going to the doctor unless something tips me off that somethings not right. I went feet first and I went down 5 wooden stairs. My back hurts and my butt hurts. So far that's pretty much it. My eyes are back to normal and not dilated anymore.

Still cloudy and a bit cool.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2009
10:58 PM

Post #6433772

In your first picture, if you decide to put in something - I'd put in fuschias or coleus or something that would provide color all summer, but I'm a color person.

Have I thought of a career in horticulture? Well, yes, in a way. My dream job would be to have a nursery or greenhouse, but I don't have the space, money, or energy to start up something like that. I do sell some stuff on the very small scale.


Probably the high for the day.

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 2:51 PM PDT on April 19, 2009
93 F
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 11%
Dew Point: 31 F
Wind: 8 mph from the South
Pressure: 29.98 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 7 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)


more tidy tips - Supposedly they were all over the place back in the days of yore - before any of use were alive, probably - but I only know of one place to find them locally now. They are still plentiful out in the desert.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 20, 2009
12:34 AM

Post #6434315

Oh the Scarlet Pumpernickel as Daffy Duck called it.
Tidy Tips... well I guess they are.
Are there Messy Tips too? ;-)
That heat is going to get everything toasty out there fast Kelli.
But...it appears you've had a bumper blooming Spring.
Everything has looked lovely.

We did Rib Eyes for dinner.
Too wet to grill so I dry broiled them.
Robyn likes med... so I finished hers off w/ the oven heat.
Mine... bloody rare.
ABSOLUTELY the best Rib Eyes short of 3 month aged ones I have ever had.
Melted in your mouth.
My Friend can grow Beefs for sure. lol!

His property anyone here would kill for ...or at least maim .
70 acres... creeks... hills...woodlands...100 year old almost totally restored house...

The main batch of rain has moved thru.
If you look at radar for here it looks like we are in the eye of a hurricane.
But no wind just a circular moving air mass.

Joey congratulations!
Tests like that are a bit ridiculous.
They should be scheduled on a two day basis.

Pepper glad you are doing better.
My Father ended up w/ emergency brain surgery after a hit like that.
Slow bleed...
So I was a bit worried for you.

The Pulmonaria are the result of 6 years of breeding.
Just random crosses done by nature.
I love those plants.
A new surprise every Spring.
Now our neighbors are getting them.
The seeds are like dust.

Ric

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2009
1:26 AM

Post #6434593

Here you go, Ric - sloppy tips.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 20, 2009
1:32 AM

Post #6434637

LOL!

Ric
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #6434665

Everytime I see those on here I think Sloppy Lips. Don't know why. LOL

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2009
2:08 AM

Post #6434787

Because it's funny! LOL

We built an arbor today. We've halted work on the GH for now. Don't ask why. It's along story but it will be done soon. We've decided the hottub in the frame is going bye-bye. It hasn't worked in 3 years, anyway.

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kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6434807

Sharon, my mind is too wrapped upu trying to figure our yard. I wish I could give some advice on yours but...

We had some visitors today. We hear them all the time. This is the first visit where we've seen them. They were eating the seed off the fence that the finches knocked out. The doves feed off the ground.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
10:02 AM

Post #6435784

Pepper Glad you are feeling better!
Kelli I tend to kill coleus. I dont mean to it just happens! I love color too.
Celia Love the arbor! What kind of birds are those?

65.8 F
Overcast
Humidity: 66%
Dew Point: 54 F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.92 in(Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 13000 ft
Overcast 25000 ft

Today
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. High 79. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 20, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6436411

Celia are those quail in your photo? You should post a photo of Isis in the same pose as Sharon's "Boo" if you can get Isis to cooperate. That way we could compare them and see how much they look alike. Or better yet, email Sharon a photo of Isis and she can make a side by side collage of the two of them for us to see! :o)) That's a nice arbor--what are you going to plant on it--a flowering vine of some sort or a climbing rose?
Pepper: glad your eyes are no longer dilated but you should probably go to a doctor about your back. That kind of fall can cause all sorts of back trouble--a chiropractor might be able to help in that regard. Just a suggestion.
Joey: wow, what a test. So glad you can take the one part over without having to do the whole thing. Down here the test for CPA is that way--if somebody fails one part of it that is the only part they have to do over. Re: the "creasy greens"--
did you mean to say "greasy greens"? LOL
Adina: your cooking photos always make me hungry! LOL It's nice to hear about holiday traditions in other countries.
Kelli: love the tidy tips--is that considered a wildflower or a weed? Wow--it's getting hot out your way--supposed to be unseasonable warm here, too, later in the week--but not up to 90+!
Sharon, is the huge bush in your photo the Camelia? I imagine it is gorgeous when it is in full bloom. A ground cover underneath would be nice--does ajuga do well in your area?
Has anybody heard from Rann lately? I hope everything is okay with her and her family and the folks in Iceland--given the unstable conditions over there in recent months.

We are looking at lovely weather all week--thank goodness, after the rains we have had lately. The ground around my house is waterlogged and certainly needs to dry out. My roses are already getting black spot--:o(( Today we are heading for a high of 73 and on up to 80+ later in the week.
Here are some NOID iris which we dug up from Buddy's cousin's yard last year.
The Knock-Out roses in the background are literally covered with buds!

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kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #6436740

Great job on the tests, Joey. We knew you could do it! When do you plan to retake the other?

Mau, that's a great idea about the kitties. I'll see if I have one of her or take another. She likes her pic taken. I love the irises and roses. So pretty. I think I'll put roses and a clematis in the arbor boxes.

Sharon, Boo looks so regal. Or snobby, depending on her mood. LOL The birds are quail.

52.7 F with 70+ for our high. Yippee! Several days of sun and fun.
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 50%
Dew Point: 34 F
Wind: 3.0 mph from the ESE
Wind Gust: 8.0 mph
Pressure: 30.40 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 1 out of 16
Clouds: Few 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2009
6:09 PM

Post #6437540

I read all the past posts, yep, I've been sitting here for 2 hours just doing weather. There's too much to comment on, so I'll catch a few.

Joey, congrats on the tests! I don't think I could do what you are doing! I hope Jack will be OK! ((hugs for him!))

Pepper! ((Hugs)) We're not having a very good birthday year are we?

Kelli, Adina, the colors in your pictures are what I need.

Again, thanks for the birthday wishes.

My snappy Birthday comment was going to be ''I'm closer to my goal of living to be 105"... Then I felt like I was 105. I'm rethinking that now LOL!

And thanks for the well wishes. I feel I finally pulled my head out of the bear's mouth. He's been chomping on me for a week. I'm still tired and haven't grown back all my brain cells, but hope to be better soon. We get the grandkids Friday, so I better be better!!

I slept thru the rain and beautiful weather we had and the grass greened up with out me WAH!

Todays picture. It's 53* windy and chilly. I took garbage out and walked the yard breathing in the cold fresh air, and it felt GOOD!

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2009
7:24 PM

Post #6437864

Billy, hopefully the brain cells you lost contained only useless stuff like old commercial jingles. ;-)

Marsue, tidy tips is considered a wildflower. You can buy seed of it. I've tried it but never got any to grow. Maybe the problem is that I let it fend for itself and the last few years have been so dry.

Celia, it's nice to see the quail. The ones out here in the wild scare so easily.


Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 11:51 AM PDT on April 20, 2009
94 F
Clear
Humidity: 8%
Dew Point: 25 F
Wind: 9 mph from the SSE
Pressure: 29.98 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 10 out of 16
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)


silver puffs - These are the seed heads. The flower is nondescript.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2009
7:25 PM

Post #6437869

star lily

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2009
7:27 PM

Post #6437876

sticky phacelia

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #6437881

scarlet bugler

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #6437903

Enjoy it while you can. This meadow will not be green much longer. Even if we had rain it wouldn't matter. These grasses have a short life span. The grow and go to seed and die very quickly. They are not native but they are so well-suited that they have taken over grasslands all over the state - to the extent that no one knows for certain exactly what the composition of the pristine grasslands was. (One of these days I'll have a DG Article about CA grasslands.)

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 20, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #6438010

How odd to see that green and not golden brown.
Looks like an English Meadow.

As today was a rain out and of course NOW the Sun is out we went shopping.
Plant shopping. Usually we budget x dollars to spend at the Cincinnati Plant Show.
A change in venue (HORRIBLE parking problems... 45 minute drive) ... higher ticket prices...etc
we opted out this year.
So we spent the money at the vendor's store.
Some annuals.
Got one each of a bunch of different Geraniums. zonal, vining and hybrid.
We'll make cuttings.. PLENTY of time here yet.
A really cool everflowering annual Euphorbia called... 'Diamond Frost'
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/104966/

Also spent WAY too much on Perennials.
A really big Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'.
A Variegated Butterflybush called 'Santana'
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/104935/
And a Delphinium 'Black Knight'
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/88819/
to name a few.

Ric

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2009
8:34 PM

Post #6438211

Kelli, exellent idea! I'll drop the useless stuff! I've been watching a lot of nature programs while I've been sick and some are on the rainy type seasons with the come and go plants. I feel so happy when a dry area gets rain. That's a beautiful grassland!

Oh Kwanjin, I missed your picture of the quail! I love them. I collect quail statues. They're hard to find too.

Ric, sounds like a smart move. I hate crowds and so does DH. We opt out of a lot of things unless it's an old car show :o) The euphorbia looks very nice and I'm prettty sure I ordered Black Night this year. I'm loking forward to it! I love Zebrina!

It rained twice and now the sun pops in and out. It's really windy up high. They finally replaced the wind sock on the elevator across the road. I sure missed it!
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
11:02 PM

Post #6438977

Celia Quail! Wow, I never see them here.
Mau Yep, thats the camellia. Its HUGE! I keep thinking ground cover instead of shrubs in front. Im going to post in the Florida forum for some tips. Whats ajuga? LOL! The knockout roses are gorgeous!
Celia Boo is a legend in her own mind!
Sally You have much more patience than me! I miss a pretty lawn with Grass! Yes that was a whine you just heard LOL!
Kelli Thank you for the beautiful pics of your area all dressed up in green! Beautiful!
Ric Nice shopping!

76.3 F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 51%
Dew Point: 58 F
Wind: 5.9 mphfrom the South
Wind Gust: 11.0 mph
Pressure: 29.83 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 79 F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 2 out of 16
Clouds: Few 3400 ft
Scattered Clouds 8000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Tonight
Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Low 56. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2009
11:07 PM

Post #6438994

Sharon, I can send you lots and lots of monkey grass if you want some. It's not as pretty as Ajuga (http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/673/), but it's easy and doesn't care about the quantity of sun or the quality of the soil. It spreads slowly, but is pretty easy to pull up. It spreads by runners, so the clumps get bigger, but it doesn't suddenly show up yards away like some groundcovers. :-) http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/59292/
se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 21, 2009
12:04 AM

Post #6439314

Are the"creasy greens", wild mustard? Lots of people eat it in the spring when it is young and tender? Just wondering. We had a day of 80 deg this week, now back to mid and lower 40's and lots of rain. SPRINGTIME!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #6439389

Rc, I overwintered my Euporbia this year. It's my favorite annual and it will bloom it's little heart out until frost.

Today was somewhat decent. Temps in the mid 60s but it is pretty windy out today so it made it a little chillier. Had some plants blow off the rails at work so had to repot them and put them on the ground so they wouldn't blow away. And while at break today someone stole my tennis shoes that I had sitting by the hose while I wore my clogs to water. I'm still speechless over that!! LOL
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 21, 2009
12:21 AM

Post #6439404

Thanks Pepper I was going to ask if anyone had overwintered it.

Temps dropped all day...50 (Wind Chill 46) now.
The sun has popped out a few times since we got back.
Then several heavy showers.
Clear now... more rain about an hour away.
Can I pick my days off or what! lol!

We SHOULD be around 80 for Thurs-Sun.
WAY too hot for this time of year.
Our average is 66 ... our last frost date is May 10th I think.

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #6439900

How are you feeling today, Pepper? Other than the shock of someone stealing your shoes? Don't be surprised. If it isn't nailed down (and sometimes if it it), they'll steal it.

I just happened to have my camera in hand when this guy flew by. It's a tern ( I think) but I'm not sure which.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 21, 2009
1:53 AM

Post #6440003

Kwan, your bird looks like a Franklin's gull.

Pepper, you should know better than to leave your Dwyane Wade Nike Airs laying around. ;-)

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6440029

You might be right. I can't find my Audubon book.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2009
2:58 AM

Post #6440374

They were just reeboks but they weren't cheap either!! LOL. I am feeling normal today. My lower back still hurts just a bit where it took the brunt of the stairs but it's just a bruised feeling.

Ric, when you bring it in to overwinter, chop it all back to about 6 inches. Do it outside cause it's a messy job which I learned the hard way. It won't hurt the plant any and this way you don't have to worry about blossoms dropping off.

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 21, 2009
7:47 AM

Post #6441065

Kelli, those painted eggs are real, they are a piece of art here, very hard to do, it needs a special technique, like drawing with wax, then dive the egg in the dye. Mine are very old, I'm keeping them almost since me and DH got married , my MIL gave it to me. Here's a link with more painted eggs :

http://www.onlinegallery.ro/collections_oua.html

Ric, Sharon and whoever wants the recipe, here it is :

Dough roll cake - 'Cozonac'

The "cozonac" is a very good roll cake, stuffed either with jellee and raisins or with a walnuts cocoa cream .
Ingredients :
- 2 cups wheat sifted all-purpose flour
- 11/2 cup white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 8 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 (0,6 ounce) cakes compressed fresh yeast
- a bit of salt
- vanilla
- 1/4 cup raisins soaked in 1 tablespoon rhum
- mixed orange or lemon cover
- 4-5 cubs colored jellee
- Walnuts cocoa cream : 1 cup grinded walnuts, 4 tbs. white sugar, 1 tbs.cocoa and 1 or 2 whites .
For the dough : mix the yeast with a spoon of sugar, until it gets liquid, then add a spoon of flour and stir well , like beating . Cover it with a napkin-cloth and put it in a warm place to grow, until foamy, for 15 minutes.
Sift and measure the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the flour, pour the warm milk, yolks mixed with sugar and vanilla and the grown yeast into the well. With one hand, mix all, then mix dough in bowl using swinging rotary motion. Gradually form dough into smooth ball, then knead in bowl until it doesn't stick on hands anymore. Pour a bit of warm melted butter over the dough and knead well, then repeat until all butter is added . Form a dough ball, cover with a napkin-cloth and allow dough to rise at room temperature for 2 hours. Do not set bowl on radiator or in hot place. Keep away from draughts. Allow dough to rise until doubled in bulk.
Spread melted butter (or oil) on the table, put dough on the table and punch it down, until it has the form of a sheet of paper. You spread some pieces of jelee and raisins or a walnuts cocoa cream all over. Then you roll it and put it in a special 5x13 inch pan, coated with butter and flour or baking paper, so the cake wont stick. The roll must fill half of the form, because it will double its volume after rising. Youll have to let it stay another hour to rise, covered with the napkin-cloth. Spread a bit of yolk on the roll, using a paintbrush, spread white sugar on top and put it in the oven for 50 minutes, at medium heat 180 degrees. Let cool in a warm place.
If you have a making bread machine, it's easier.
After letting the yeast to grow you pour the flour in the bowl of the machine, add sugar mixed with the yolks, salt, vanilla and orange peel, the yeast after it has grown. Turn on the machine and pour the warm milk and melted butter, until it forms an elastic ball inside the bowl. I usually let the ingredients mix for 1 minute. Then you have to put the dough in a large bowl, cover it with a napkin-cloth and leave it in a warm place for 2 hours, to double its volume. And continue like above.
I hope this is understandable for you, just ask if you have any missunderstandings. I tried to write it as accurate as I could.

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 21, 2009
7:51 AM

Post #6441068

Sharon, ooops, I must have gave you a thrill!LOL Sorry! Your garden looks much better now. You definately need some irises!
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2009
10:04 AM

Post #6441152

Se_eds Finally! Spring is in your area!
Pepper May the stealer of the sneakers get wanky toe. Thats a shame.
Ric Youll have our weather.
Adina The dough cake sounds delicious! I'm putting flowers in eventually LOL!

60.8 F
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 74%
Dew Point: 52 F
Wind: 4.8 mph
Wind Gust: 7.5 mph
Pressure: 29.92 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Today
Mostly sunny. Breezy. High 77. West winds 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Jeff and Peanut! They have their evening routine. Peanut has her 2nd obedience class tonight. She has learned to "sit", we're working on "stay". She's a little timid because she is the smallest (3.5lbs) and young 6 months. The other dogs are much larger than her, except for Lulu Belle. One dog growled at Peanut, she's not used to that, so she jumped in my lap and did this brrrrf thing at the other dog. Oh Peanut howled the other day. Funniest thing I've heard in a long time!

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kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #6442131

I would give anything to hear that howl! LOL I'll bet it was the cutest thing she's ever done. What brought it on, do you remember?

Thanks for the recipe, Adina. I'm going to try it. Don't worry about your descriptions. They make sense to me.

75 and sunny.

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #6442728

It's 45*, brutally cold and very windy. I tried to look at my flowerbeds wearing a stocking cap with my hood pulled up and I couldn't finish. The wind is straight out of the north! I did bring in pots so I can transplant peppers and such after we bring in the big plant stand.

Sharon, you will have a beautiful yard before you know it. I envy you getting to make the place your own with new plants and ideas. You have done so much already!

Seeds, we get outr 80* day Friday. I can't wait!! The boys will get to play outside!! I've got the sunscreen all ready!!

Pepper, I hate a thief more than anything! That is outrageous! I will hope that someone put them somewhere and you get them back. How is your body feeling? Are you turning colors yet?

Kwanjin, the gorgeous blue sky and white bird is such a peaceful picture. I could get lost in that sky myself!

Adina, I had wondered if you did the eggs yourself. They are a treasure! Even more so since they are in the family. What a beautiful thing to have! Sounds like a delicious cake!

A wanky toe! I dropped to the floor laughing over that one! Hear hear!!

Sharon, awww, Jeff sure loves his Peanut. I can just hear her howl and see her jump in your lap and growl. Too cute!!

Kwanjin, I hate to admit that I've been gone so long, I've got all cat names all mixed up in my head from my many forums! I love how they have to be a part of anything you touch or move! We have a homeless black female hanging around and I'm always struck by how gorgeous her color is.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2009
5:21 PM

Post #6442832

BP, that's Isis. Don't feel bad. I get my own two mixed up sometimes! LOL Have you been feeding the stray? I wouldn't be able to not feed her. (Did that sentence make sense?)

The sparrows and finches like to hide from me.

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
5:29 PM

Post #6442878

Kwanjin, Isis was on the tip of my tongue! We feed all the strays. I have a folder of pictures named ''Cats We have Known." I try to get a picture of every cat that comes around. We try to catch most of them in the live trap and take them into the Humane Society. We have a very good organization. It's kinder than letting them sleep under cars and in the grain elevators across the road. There's always that special one that adopts you tho, Usually a male. Right now the neighbor's two males sleep here.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2009
5:33 PM

Post #6442896

Good for you. We haven't got any strays right now. I know where all the kitties live. They like to prowl in our yard at night. Drives Monty nuts! LOL

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
6:01 PM

Post #6443016

ROTFL. We had a furry black and white guy that would sit outside the screened in porch and meow. It was a funny meow and I imagined short sentences saying, ''Can you come out and play?" Over and over. It was almost creepy, like a lure.

Here's his picture. He just got a drink and is heading for the cafeteria for a plateful of food. LOL!

Baby Bibs

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2009
8:34 PM

Post #6443658

Partly cloudy and chilly today with a brisk wind.

I never did get my shoes back. One of my coworkers called the mall management and asked if the trash person grabbed them. He said he saw them but he didn't take them cause he knew they weren't trash. We have no clue who took them and most of us are still shaking our heads over it. I also hope the thief gets wanky toe!! LOL!!

I don't know if my back is black or blue or not. I'm thinking not but it's still a bit sore today. But it only hurts if I bend a certain way and it's not a big pain. So it's healing pretty quickly.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #6443717

BP, that's the perfect name for him! LOL Cute!

Pepper, we want you to be with us for a very long time. Take care of you.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 22, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6444866

Bit of a Hail Storm this afternoon.
I drove right thru it...
Robyn called as I was in it and had gotten this shot.

Rain and wind have been moving thru hard for the last 8 hours...
every 30 minutes or so another band.

Ric

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se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 22, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6445073

Thunderstorm here, Ric. Not a lot of rainfall though. Maybe will be pleasant tomorrow - according to the weather(people)

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2009
2:55 AM

Post #6445432

Hellooo! I've made 2 attempts to post today, but when you JW sit you really don't have much time for anything else. It was a great day until the wind picked up, rained several times & made things a little chilly. The high was 64 & the sun was nice.
Thanks everybody! for the congrats...I still haven't heard when I am to take that last test.
Se_eds, I'm glad that spring has sprung! Mustard & Creasy's aren't he same thing ... Darius wrote an article about them ... http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2352/ It's quite interesting.
Sharon, Jeff & Peanut are so funny! And she's going to school? She's too little! ;)
Mau, LOL! Greasy Greens is what DH calls them.! He grew up in La. and had never heard of them, so when I mentioned fixing them for the 1st time ... he had the most puzzled look on his face & said "What are greasy greens?" We still laugh about it after all of these years.
Celia, I'm glad that the hail was small! And you have 1 very large kitty! I hope that you don't have anything planted in that pot! :)
Pepper, Hope that you are feeling better...it may take you several days to get 'unbruised' :( Take care...
Ric, I meant to take a pic today...My wild AV's have started blooming! :D Yippee!
Adina, The recipe sounds good...I like 'yeasty' breads! :D
Kelli, Love the little Star Lily! I Do love your walks that you share !:D

Well, Gotta go to sleep...'somebody' has worn me Out! :D
Joey

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 22, 2009
4:47 AM

Post #6445853

52*F ~ these past couple of days have been beautiful. In the low 50's, sunny and so nice. We took a short drive, about 5 miles, now that the road is open we went to the lake. The ice is going out and there were over 2 dozen Trumpeter Swans that had arrived. It was awesome and noisy. In the same area, moments earlier, we'd seen 3 eagles and one Golden eagle. A memorable morning. And sunny.
The Nenana Ice Classic link will have photos and info about the lottery guessing game.
http://www.nenanaakiceclassic.com/
kelli~those extra 15*F are wonderful. Thanks.
pepper~get well soon.
hello's to all ~ will get back in the morning. Nearly 9pm and the sun is shining brightly.
Some of the 2 dozen + swans.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 22, 2009
4:49 AM

Post #6445858

One more~

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 22, 2009
9:59 AM

Post #6446205

Celia Peanut heard the dog in the yard behind us bark. She ran outside barked twice then threw back her head and howled. A small and high pitched sound. Im going to try to get it on video. Pretty Isis!
Sally Thanks! Id feed the stray too.
Celia LOL at the Finch! Cute feeder. Where did you find it?
Pepper Glad to hear you are healing. Keep your shoes on!
Ric Yikes! I hate driving in hail.
Joey Great picture! Hope you got some rest! Most of my family was from LA. I never acquired a taste for greens (turnip, mustard or creasy). I do like spinach though (does that count?).
Kiska You did have a beautiful day! Spring will be in your area soon.

57.2 F
Clear
Humidity: 61%
Dew Point: 44 F
Wind: 4.8 mphfrom the West
Wind Gust: 6.9 mph
Pressure: 30.06 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16

Today
Mostly sunny. High 76. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Not to be showed up by Boo...

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kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #6446999

Joey, there's nothing in the pot yet. Just kitty fur and soil. ☺ Pretty horses.

Kiska, thanks for the swan pics.

Sharon, that's so cute about Peanut. I got the feeder at either Lowes. It was the last one and on clearance. A silly cat who was preying on the birds last summer killed the last one we had there.

54.7 F and headed for 80 today. High, thin clouds.
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 48%
Dew Point: 36 F
Wind: 5.4 mph from the SE
Wind Gust: 7.0 mph
Pressure: 30.05 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

I'm having lunch today with my old boss from Macy's. Lunch and maybe a trip to the nursery together. It all depends on how much time she has.

Darrell is such a sport when I point the camera at him.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 22, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6447129

31*F Gray sky but with sunrise now, it could change soon. Highs from low-mid 50's.
Sunrise:6:11 AM AKDT
Sunset: 9:40 PM AKDT
MySharona~I hope you do get a video; must be so cute...
kwanjin~love the pic; he looks quite at ease there.
Golden Eagle. Same day/time as when we saw the swans.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 22, 2009
5:48 PM

Post #6448020

I am wayyyy behind! That's what I get for missing a day--LOL
Pepper: that's a shame about the shoes--"wanky toe" be upon the culprit, indeed!
BP: hope you are feeling better really fast--you'll need your energy when the g'kids get there!! LOL Baby Bibs is such a cute name for a cat (or any animal).
Celia: great bird pic--whatever kind of bird it is. Cute picture of Darrell--at least he will smile for you when you point the camera at him!
Joey: g'kids do have a way of tiring us out, don't they--especially toddlers! That's an interesting article about the creasy greens. I have a "weed" growing in my yard that looks just like that--mmmm, I wonder. . .
Sharon: what a cute picture of Jeff and Peanut! I'm posting a picture of my ajuga for you even though Marylyn posted the link on ajuga. I guess it could be invasive depending on the zone you live in--it seems to spread rapidly in more temperate climates. I currently have my two ajuga in pots--ready to take with me when I move. They were both given to me by another DGer--Kathy Ann.
Kiska: great pictures of the swans, snow-capped peaks and the eagle. We do have eagle here in Arkansas but I have never been fortunate enough to see one in the wild.
Se_eds: I hope you have a pleasantly warm day today.
Ric: I hope the hail didn't damage your vehicle!
Adina: that recipe sounds positively "scrumptious"! I'm not much of a baker but my daughter loves to cook. I'm going to print it off for her--LOL

Today: Partly cloudy. A few sprinkles possible. High 79F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low 58F. Winds light and variable.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Warm. High around 85F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Tomorrow night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 63F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.

Sharon: here is my Chocolate Chip Ajuga in a pot beneath the Angel Face rose. Angel Face is one of the most fragrant roses you would ever want to smell! Unfortunately she already has a bad case of black spot this year.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 22, 2009
5:52 PM

Post #6448037

Here is Bronze Beauty Ajuga

I have to go get ready to pickup my DGD Natalie after school. She is the 14 yr. old daughter of Buddy's oldest son. Her birthday was last Saturday and I am taking her out to eat and shopping. It's become a tradition for me to do this on her birthday and also for her younger sister on her birthday in July. In fact, I do this for all my younger grandchildren but not for the grandsons who are 21 and 24 respectively. They would just rather have a check. LOL

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2009
9:54 PM

Post #6449068

So much fun making a new garden! LOL

I brought home a rose, Sally Holmes...

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/171300/

A clematis, Dr. Ruppel...

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/154910/

And a spirea, Magic Carpet.

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kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #6449076

Here's the clematis in her new home.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #6449649

I head from Rann. She's doing all right. She's been busy with her web site (I don't know what that is) and she is rather depressed about the situation in her country. There are elections this weekend and she is anxious about that.


Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 4:51 PM PDT on April 22, 2009
71 F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 53%
Dew Point: 53 F
Wind: 9 mph from the SE
Pressure: 29.88 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Clouds: Few 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

We went to the beach today. It was cloudy down there and that made it colorless so I didn't take any landscape photos. Instead I have some pictures of the fauna.

sea anemone

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6449650

starfish

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6449652

willet

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6449654

black oystercatcher

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6449656

whimbrel

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2009
12:17 AM

Post #6449673

Thanks for letting us now about Rann. Great bird shots.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2009
12:36 AM

Post #6449748

Sunny and hot!!!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 23, 2009
1:15 AM

Post #6449960

Thanks for the update on Rann, Kelli. Nice shots of the "fauna". What is that thing with the snails?

Sunny and hot here today, too, pepper. My car said it was 87 this afternoon but that was after it had been sitting on a parking lot for about an hour. I don't know what the "official" high actually was.

My DGD and I had a good time shopping and eating this afternoon. We both "pigged-out" pretty good and then we had an ice cream afterwards. I won't need to eat anything tomorrow (but I most likely will--LOL)
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
2:53 AM

Post #6450416

It is a sea anemone.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2009
9:58 AM

Post #6451136

Celia How did your lunch go? Great pic of Darrell!
Kiska Beautiful eagle!
Mau You have dmail. That rose is gorgeous!
Celkia Excellent choices for the garden!
Kelli Glad to know youve heard from Rann. I hope she is successful with her web-site. Great beach pictures!
Mau Sounds like a fun day with your DGD!

63.0 F
Fog
Humidity: 74%
Dew Point: 54 F
Wind: 5.4 mphfrom the West
Wind Gust: 9.4 mph
Pressure: 30.12 in (Steady)
Visibility: 0.5 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Overcast 200 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 18 ft

Today
Patchy morning fog...otherwise partly cloudy. High 85. Southwest winds 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon near the coast.

Looks like Summer is here for us and Kelli. The heat is on LOL!

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2009
10:01 AM

Post #6451140

I forgot to mention that I posted on the Florida Gardening forum. I've had 43 hits and zero advise LOL! I smell a trip to the garden center at Lowes this weekend.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2009
12:44 PM

Post #6451505

It's more or less summer here, too.

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 7:07am CDT (36 min ago)
Temperature 68 F 20 C
Dew Point 64 F 18 C
Humidity 88%
Pressure 30.03 in 1017 mb
Wind Speed 7 MPH 6 kts
Wind Dir SSE 160
Ceiling 1000 ft 305 m
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Current Conditions Mostly Cloudy
6 hour min temperature ending 6:53am CDT : 66.9F / 19.4C

Today Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s. South winds 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2009
2:58 PM

Post #6452077

Definitely Spring here now. Lots of sun and rain mixed. We're supposed to get rain on and off for the next few days. It's cloudy right now but warm and pleasant. I have more work to do to get the place ready for plants being delivered tomorrow.

Sharon, lunch was fun. We went to the nursery first then lunch then the bookstore. Fun! She got some ideas for her yard, too. She is just starting out and it's kind of fun being a sort of mentor. Their house is a new construction and she is starting from zero. Well, I lied a little. They have grass in the front and, I think, one tree.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 23, 2009
3:42 PM

Post #6452270

Gee, Sharon, no advice from your fellow gardeners in Flordia? Well, I'm sure we here on the weather thread are full of advice!! LOL Ahhh, Peanut--what big ears you have!!" She's so cute!
Celia: it's such fun to have a blank slate to start with when it comes to gardening. I can see the wheels turning in your head now. . ."Now let's see, we can do this or maybe we'll do that" LOL
Marylyn: according to the folks on the Weather Channel yesterday, unseasonably warm weather has been moving from west to east. We should all have a few days of the warmer weather and then it will be back to unseasonably cooler weather. As I said: "yo-yo" weather. LOL

Today Partly Cloudy / Wind
High 85F
Precip 20%
Wind: S 17 mph
Max. Humidity: 50%
UV Index: 8 Very High
Sunrise: 6:26 AM CT
Avg. High: 74F
Record High: 86F (1980)
Tonight: Partly Cloudy
Overnight Low 63F
Precip 10%
Wind: S 13 mph
Max. Humidity: 58%
Sunset: 7:47 PM CT
Avg. Low: 50F
Record Low: 35F (1982)

Someone ("up there" somewhere in the postings) asked how Friday is doing.
Here's a side-by-shot from January to April. These were taking at the same window. See how he has grown?! He is currently sleeping in his little round bed beside my bed at night rather than in his carrier. He gets in his bed at night and he stays there until I get up in the morning. :o)) He is beginning to learn some manners but he still likes to chew on my shoes whenever he gets the chance to snatch one from my closet! :o(( I bought a "clicker" and will start some training with that just as soon as I read up on how to do it. LOL

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2009
3:48 PM

Post #6452291

How cute is that! LOL What a difference!
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 23, 2009
4:33 PM

Post #6452451

60 going for 70 and very Sunny.
Sunny Tomorrow Sat and Sunday... Drum Roll Please... 83

Ric



rannveig

(Zone 5a)

April 23, 2009
5:20 PM

Post #6452631

Hi everyone -

Just popping in to wish you all a Happy Summer! We celebrate the beginning of summer today. Ofcourse summer is still way off, but spring is here and the plants are starting to grow again.

The winter's troubles didn't melt away with the snow, but at least the days are brighter now. We have an upcoming election on Saturday and it's a HUGE deal. Seems our future depends on the outcome of this election ... or maybe it doesn't matter who'll be elected, not sure if anyone's qualified to get us out of this mess. I really dislike politicians but I guess we're stuck with them aren't we? Still, I'm feeling more pressure to make the right decision on Saturday than in previous elections ... still haven't figured out what to vote...

It's been raining for most of the day, seems like it's stopped for now, so I'm headed outside. It's about 40C, sligtly breezy. Sunrise was at 5:26 this morning and sunset will be at 9:26 pm.

Hope you're all doing well - I miss checking in with you guys. I've been so busy with my website for the past months, and I'm still not finished. Here's the link again if anyone missed it the first time around: http://www.gardaflora.is

Rann
kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 23, 2009
6:57 PM

Post #6452991

40*F highs to 50's. Gray/cloudy
Sunrise: 6:08 AM AKDT
Sunset: 9:43 PM AKDT
hi Rann~nice seeing you again; hopefully the election will help and all goes well. Thanks again the link to your site.
Marsue~love the side/side pics; what a change. Sounds like a good time you had, as well.
kwanjin~you've sure been busy, too. Looks good.
kelli~how nice to see the sea creatures/birds. Love the anenome and starfish.
MySharona~great model you've got there.
ric~ go for it~~83*F is just a bit too warm for my likes, but sounds good for plants.
Volcanic ash under glass.
I see in today's newspaper, that a man in Homer, Alaska, is selling bags of Mt. Redoubt ash on ebay.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #6453215

Sunny, bright, clear and 70. I sat in the sun at work on my last break (10:30 to 10:45 am) and enjoyed the sun on my face. Tomorrow I start late - 7:00am - I will not know how to act.

Next week, only two days work then a three day vacation and a weekend. Five days off in a row, maybe I will get something done around here.

Care to all.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2009
8:02 PM

Post #6453347

Rann, nice to hear from you again. We've missed you. I've been taking a visual tour of your site. It's beautfully laid out from what I can tell.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #6454066

How Friday has grown!

It's so much cooler today, it's like a whole other country.

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 3:51 PM PDT on April 23, 2009
69 F
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 49%
Dew Point: 49 F
Wind: 7 mph Variable
Pressure: 29.92 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 5 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 3600 ft
(Above Ground Level)


We went hiking today. It was foggy and dewy down there.

female CA quail

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
11:21 PM

Post #6454068

bush lupine

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
11:22 PM

Post #6454073

redbud - They aren't native to this area.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
11:24 PM

Post #6454084

This bridge was wet from the dew. You could hear it dripping from the trees.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
11:25 PM

Post #6454089

sticky cinquefoil

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 23, 2009
11:36 PM

Post #6454128

88 for high today, coupled with high winds. Good day for tornado drill, which they did this afternoon.

Plastic ripped on one greenhouse. It was way past it's life.

Expecting rain over the weekend. We need it bad!

Bernie
kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 23, 2009
11:49 PM

Post #6454192

45*F late this afternoon~doesn't look as if it's getting up to the promised 50's.
Dyson~how nice to see sunny and bright in your post. Have a good day tomorrow, too.
kelli~very pretty hike; you go frequently, it seems. Lucky for us, you post here afterwards. I liked the bridge pic and bet it sounded great to hear the dripping droplets.
CG~the thought of a tornado would be very worrisome. Hope you get the rain, not more winds.
For the first time, I made Mozzarella cheese today. It was good and I'd make it again.
(also made the candleholder and plate). Very easy to do and reasonably quick. The whey will become ricotta tomorrow. (with luck).

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #6454219

We try to go hiking twice a week. There are tons of places to go within 40 minutes of here.

Has anyone loaded on YouTube before? I never have. I am loading an 8-minute video and after a half hour, it still hasn't all loaded. Is that normal?


fiesta flower

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

April 24, 2009
12:27 AM

Post #6454367

kelli~nice to be going on a regular basis. Sorry, don't know about YouTube. Good luck
Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #6454385

50F and sunny skies this evening. We're looking for highs in the upper 70's to low 80's the next few days with no rain forecast until next Wednesday. Unlike Bernie, we don't need any so that's a good thing.

I've been lurking and keeping up with everyone but haven't posted for awhile. I've been keeping busy cutting locust trees and splitting them for fence rails. I've been working on this project each spring for the past 3 years and will finish it in a week or 2.

I found a rotten log that had been torn apart by a bear out by the fire ring at the edge of the woods. Bears used to be a rarity in this part of the state but are quite common now. I'll post a photo of the log with the claw marks.

Kelli...Nice group of photos--as usual. I did some backpacking along the Washington coast in Olympic NP and I found the tidal pools fascinating.

Rann...Your website looks great. Hopefully the elections will go well and the winner will be able to get things moving in a positive direction.

Kiska...It looks like spring is finally arriving there!

Joey...Congrats on the test! I'll post a photo of Casey. I have some really funny ones. I've never seen a kid that can make faces like him.

kwanjin...that clematis looks nice and healthy. I'm going to buy a couple more later this spring. I hope I can fine some that look that good.

It's prime daffodil season here in northern PA. and I found these growing in a hay field this afternoon.


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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #6454394

Here's the "bear log"



early_bloomer

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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6454401

Fence rails ready to haul out of the woods.



early_bloomer

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6454402

Mostly sunny today and hot. Supposed to be in the 80s tomorrow so I will be sweating when outside.
Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2009
12:34 AM

Post #6454409

These daffodils are blooming in one of my gardens.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 24, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6454436

pepper, how come you are colder than us ?

Still 82 here & it's 7:30 PM!

Lots of corn being planted. Someone was planting soybeans today. Summer is here!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #6454456

LOL!! I don't know but I think it's funny!! But I'm only colder by a few degrees.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 24, 2009
12:44 AM

Post #6454477

Bernie - cooler here also and south of you also - Jet stream and altitude?
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 24, 2009
1:32 AM

Post #6454701

Gleilegt sumar! Rann
The website is fantastic!
Ric
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 24, 2009
3:24 AM

Post #6455207

Kiska, DH is impressed with your glassware and the cheese.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 24, 2009
10:00 AM

Post #6455757

Mau Maybe I need to post in the SE GA forum! They may be a better group LOL! Still nothing from the FL forum. Awwww look at Friday! Isnt it amazing how fast they grow?
Rann Nice to see you! Your site looks great! How are the girls doing? I hope and pray the election goes well for all Icelanders.
Kiska- The ash glass is great!
Dyson Have a great vacation!
Kelli Nice hiking pics! I have to say my fav is the bridge.
Kiska I love all food Italian! That looks delicious! How did you make the cheese? Is it less expensive to make than to buy?
Kelli I have loaded on youtube. It takes a while. Sometimes I stop and restart. Then it works.
E_B nice to hear from you too! The field of daffs is beautiful! I know youll be glad to have the fence rail project finished (at least for a while). It had to have been unnerving to know a bear had been close to your property.

64.0 F
Clear
Humidity: 66%
Dew Point: 52 F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.21 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles

Friday
Sunny. High 85. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Boo - stop sticking your tongue out at Peanut!

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

April 24, 2009
10:22 AM

Post #6455798

Hi, guys! I'm way behind, but I love all your pics! And I had so much fun trying to figure out Pea howling!LOL
I have a new article published today, if you want to read it , here's the link :

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2412/

I have 3 blooms on the sour cherry tree!

Hugs,
Adina

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2009
10:44 AM

Post #6455843

Good morning!

It's mostly cloudy this morning, but still fairly bright. It was quite blustery earlier, but seems a bit calmer now, still breezy though. 39F. (Not quite summer temps here yet ;-) lol)

Thanks for your comments Kiska, Celia, EB and Ric :-) I'm glad to "see" you all again! And the website is a work in progress, but I'm pretty happy with it :-)

EB - that field of daffs is fantastic! The cyclamineus types are just starting to bloom here now, the rest will follow in May.

Kelli - Wonderful hiking photos as always! Love the lupine, very pretty! So nice to see so much green in your area :-)

Kiska - I'm sooooo impressed with your cheese-making skills! And the glassware is wonderful!

Joey - I'm glad your test went well!

Bernie - your greenhouses are very impressive!

Sharon - I'm glad you're getting settled in your new house. Have fun with the garden. I did make a few attempts at gardening while we lived in Florida, but I couldn't deal with the bugs and the heat ... and the "soil" which seemed to be mostly sand seemed so weird to me! lol Sweet pea is so cute! The girls are doing well, although they're really sick of the depression/recession like everyone else here. Hildur Eva asked this morning "Mom will the depression be over when I'm grown up?" She wants to buy a horse when she gets big and was worried that she couldn't be able to afford it ... lol They haven't been affected by it much though, but it's constantly on the news. We have to think a bit more about what we buy but our lives haven't changed in a drastic way. The stores are full of stuff ... it's just horribly expensive. What used to cost $10 is $15 - 20 now, so it stings ... I won't be buying many roses this year :-(

Marsue - Friday is certainly growing fast! He's such a handsome fellow :-)

Adina - pretty cherry blossom!

And the cats are all cute as well!

Hope you guys have a great day!

Rann


Hildur Eva making bubbles yesterday

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2009
11:23 AM

Post #6455908

Good Morning! :D Well today is the day that Jack gets released! :D I'm so excited to see his reaction! & where he goes 1st! I'm prepared to go hiking for 'most' of the day! LOL! My 'little' test (timed to 45 minutes) is scheduled for tomorrow morning @ 8:00am so I'll leave a little time for studying. ;) It's 48 at the moment & gonna get into the 70's again today.

Rann! There you are! Yeah!!! Glad that you are OK. Your web site is really Neat! Let us know how the election turns out & try not to be such a stranger. ( I'm a good one to talk) Hildur Eva is just so pretty! & what Massive bubbles! JW likes for Us to make the bubbles (for now).
Sharon! LOL! Boo is Really sticking her tongue out to the camera! LOL!
Celia, I meant to tell you your Arbor looks Great!
Ric, Looks like we''ll be really Hot tomorrow!
Pepper, are you still feeling all right? Hope so!
Kiska! Cheese? Looks so Yummy! And your candle holder is Gorgeous! You really do some impressive work!
E_B, Gorgeous shots (as always). You have really been doing some strenuous work! Locust is the tuffest wood. Nothing like resharpening your chain all the time! I can't wait to see the pics of Casey! :D
Kelli! You've done it again! Love your shots! I like you bridge, too! It looks so peaceful. As you know...the Red Bud is native to here & it's in full bloom! I should gets some pics tomorrow of them...they line our highways & makes for a beautiful drive.
Mau, Glad that you had so much fun 'pigging out'! :D Your yard looks great! Buddy did a great job. His hard work really paid off & I know that he is watching it grow. ;)
Dyson! I'm so glad that you have gotten off of that crazy shift! Better sleep! And a 5 day 'week end'! :D Can't beat it! Enjoy!
Adina, I'm off to read you article!...

At Dublin...
Clear: 45F
Feels like: 45F
Barometer: 30.3 in
Dewpoint: 39
Humidity: 81%
Visibility: 10 miles
Precip in last hr: NA
Precip last 24 hrs: NA
Wind: 5 mph WNW
Sunrise: 6:36 AM
Sunset: 8:07 PM

Have a Wonderful Day!
Joey

(Baltic Ivy above the retaining wall)

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 24, 2009
12:27 PM

Post #6456078

Rann: I've been "touring" your website, too. the 'Summer Berries' are lovely! Indeed, there are so many plants on the site that it would be hard to mention all of them.
Sharon: Look! Rann has Ajuga on her web site!
Ric: our official high yesterday was 87! Today we are heading to 85. These temps are too warm for April.
Kiska: it seems that some people will sell (or buy) anything! Who wants ash from any volcano??!!

Today: Partly Cloudy
High 85F
Precip 10%
Wind: SSW 17 mph
Max. Humidity: 53%
UV Index: 8 Very High
Sunrise: 6:25 AM CT
Avg. High: 75F
Record High: 86F (2006)
Tonight: Mostly Cloudy
Overnight Low 64F
Precip 10%
Wind: S 11 mph
Max. Humidity: 66%
Sunset: 7:48 PM CT
Avg. Low: 50F
Record Low: 34F (1997)

I'm babysitting my one year old granddaughter today. I think I'm gettting too old for this! LOL I don't have near the energy I had several years ago but if I can still pull weeds, I suppose I can watch an energetic baby for an hour or so. She's not walking yet so I do have that in my favor! LOL

If she stays still long enough, I'll get a picture and post it for you later. Her name is Gracie. :o))


marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 24, 2009
12:37 PM

Post #6456123

I seem to have cross-posted with several of you! LOL
Kelli and EB: your photos are gorgeous, as usual for both of you! :o))
Rann: Huldur Eva is growing up so pretty and aren't bubbles fun!!
Kiska: The cheese and tomatoes look yummy and your glassware is lovely. I still want to order that clock from you but it will have to wait until I move--one less thing to pack!
Joey: good luck on the test tomorrow! Thanks for the compliment on the gardens. Buddy would be pleased, indeed!
Dyson: enjoy your 5 day "mini-vacation"--however you choose to spend it
Adina: I'm off to read your article, too. It will be good, I know.



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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 24, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #6456611

48.4 F with 64 as the high. Overcast and possible rain.
Overcast
Windchill: 45 F
Humidity: 72%
Dew Point: 40 F
Wind: 6.6 mph from the West
Wind Gust: 15.0 mph
Pressure: 29.83 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 7500 ft
Mostly Cloudy 11000 ft
Overcast 15000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2009
3:52 PM

Post #6457043

65F and sunny now. It was 45F and thunder storming a couple of hours ago.

Joey...Like I said earlier the kid is a hoot.

Here's his "normal" look...



early_bloomer

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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2009
3:52 PM

Post #6457048

And one taken just seconds later...


early_bloomer

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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6457070

And one more...




early_bloomer

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 24, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #6457145

Oh, E_B, what a little a cutie-pie! Just like a kewpie doll.

Here's a treat(???) for you all. It's a video I made yesterday. I had never done this before so it was a test to see how shaky it would look and how the sound would pick up, but it turned out good enough to release to the general public. This is Kanan Road in the Santa Monica Mountains. It's not particulary winding or anything, it's just the road we were on yesterday. It's 8 1/2 minutes long. Let me know if the link doesn't work. There is a short advertisment before my video starts.
http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/travel_and_culture/watch/v18302285GfbXq44z#
(I gave up on YouTube and found another site. This one told me when I started to load it that it would take over 5 hours to load, so I guess I just wasn't waiting long enough for YouTube. I let this load while I was sleeping.)

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 24, 2009
4:34 PM

Post #6457174

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