Gwen never heard of ducks eating slugs? But what do I know? Good luck on the test, what kind of questions do they ask? Drinking and arranging, is there any other way LOL! How do you think I have been so creative???
This weather is drat, calling for more and more rain here as well after a cold weekend even with sunshine and oh that dag gone wind!
Thanks for the new spring cleaned Flowerpot Cafe' Candee. It looks and smells great in here!
Ohh the parrots are so colourful, good idea to smarten them up, can't wait to see them back up on the fence.
Love the funky lilly Blossom, now thats got Rhythm!! Nice you are getting lots of Daffs at last, so pretty!
Hey y'all! Thought I'd pop in right quick, wayward daughter that I am. Where's that whip?
So much going on, one of my books got accepted for publication. hopefully in print before summer is out, another poem got accepted in a journal, and one more book will be out within a month. Whew!
Then, there is a big plant sale that I'll have a vendor's booth at in 2 wks.
One of the cats injured her leg, but is now healing wonderfully, thanks to acupuncture and suppliments.
Business has picked up, finally.
And, drumroll, for the first time, I'm entering an arraingement in the iris show while simultainiously co-chairing and clerking. I think I need a cuppa.
Hope all is well with everyone. Blossom, roast duck isn't too bad.
I'll wash the dishes next time, without Coldwater. He rolled around in something funky.
LOL! So, geek, ya say its like duck, squirrel and possum on the Brickyard 500. Yummy! Dont fergit the grits! Pass me yer toothpick when yer through thar Jethro, there was a hunk of glass stuck between my two teeth. And Maw while yer up thar on the roof, change the left rear front tar will ya hon!...Im laying on my back rightnow trying to take it easy. Maybeline, pass me ma jug will ya, its right next to the brown bottle laying yonder in that thar road ditch. Daaang what a mess you got there.
Poooooor COLDWATER! Did he cut a deal with the black and white puddy?
Play that funky music, play that funky music white girl! (is that the werds?) LOL! My lily needs some funky music!!
Luck to ya geeks too for the poetry and book! Hay geek, your from down yonder.. Sooo who wrote that tune.. the wreck on the highway? Was that the Nitty Gritty Dirt band or someone else?.. dang that blue grass is playing in my ears! Maybelle Parker and that era?.. hooohooo! The Devil went down to Georgia. Lets rock!
Oh yea and your days marked!! About 15 more days is the RUN FOR THE ROSES.. and their off! Dang save me a seat there will ya! Now terri, I am gonna need a fancy flowerfulled hat for that! I can see the geek pooring mint tulips! The Rythm is gonna git ya! Ya'll stand now whilst we sang Me ole Kentucky Home!
So whose line is it anyway!
Now COLDWATER, you know I am out of mater juice, SIT...AND DANG IT, stay away from that thar derned ccccat! LOL!
Ok Blossom, big, floppy and GAWDY it is! I have 2 weeks to make it, tee hee!!
Love the way you have mail boxes miles away from your house over there LoL! It looks so sweet.
We don't have mail boxes here, the postman puts the mail through the letterbox in the front door.
Nice to have the whole gang back at the new cafe!! What a busy, but happy time you have been having there, plantgeek.
Blossom - my yard is so small that I just go to the shed and get my stuff. Sometimes I wish I had land like you, but when I need to start weeding, I am glad for a small lot. LoL. I like your scalltered mailboxes...
Here is some white calla for the cafe. I never really noticed the smell out in the yard, but a bunch of calla does give out a nice subtle fragrance indoors.
Hi Blossom - I have planted some other different varieties of calla lilies in a pot when I can't decide where to put them, and sometimes that indecision lasts several years. So, they do fine, and will bloom. But these white ones are pretty big, so for me, they are definitely in the ground type of plant.
Ohhhh Fresh flowers today... Lovely Dianne! Are they Calla leaves? I'll give them a little wipe to shine them up a bit if you dont mind? They will match the nice shiny vase. LOL! nice shape with the arrangement. I'm having my coffee sitting here next to them, enjoying their suble fragrance!
It has been so wet and soggy in the garden these last couple of weeks. I haven't been able to get much done over the easter holidsays. It's just typical to have bad weather when you are off work LoL! The schools have been closed for 2 weeks, opening again on Monday. No doubt the sun will shine then!.
Has elle been in with the cakes yet? LoL!
Thanks for giving us a mailbox at the cafe' Blossom... yippy! we have a mailbox!!!!! wonder if there's anything in it for me today????
Terri - yes those are calla lilies. and by all means, spiff them up any way you like. Have you been out of town over the holidays? It has been fairly quiet here in the cafe. My daughter has gone off to a music festival for the weekend so I have the house to myself. Let me know when the cakes and goodies are ready in the cafe and I'll mosey on over to join y'all.
Or, I should just go out to the back and pick some lemons and make us something lemony.
Candee - has the wind stopped blowing for you yet so that you can get out???
Hi Dianne, Something lemony would be nice, please do!!
I didn't go out of town, just been busy spring cleaning and trying to clear my veggie plot in between the showers! Enjoy the house to yourself! Are we having a party at your house tonight? (while the kids are away) LOL!
Candee likes lemon meringue, do you know how to make it? Lol!
Well, I am back from a couple days hiatis here... got some loverly petunia baskets for the cafe porch! I broke down and stopped at the local store for these... got some snapdragons and a few tomatoes too.
Well, back to my GPS... I have a ton of work to do and its raining.
Thanks for the lemons!! You know what they say, when life gioves you lemons, make lemonade.. sla-lurp!!
Well congrats geek on all your successes, you are quite the busy bee. Nice to see everyone so upbeat and ready for the upcoming season. Thanks a bunch for the lemon pie and thanks to whomever saved me that last piece, how thoughtful you all are.
Back to the rain here again today, but will not complain as we were at the beach for the weekend and it was super hot and sunny there.
Very pretty callas very crisp white they are and now with those shiny leaves, well what a lovely addition to the cafe. I have heard they last a good while in arrangements? guess we shall see.
Thanks Terri for holding the pie for my return. Sorry you had to work on a sunny day, dreadful since none of us have had many of those. It is pouring here and is likely to continue for another day or 2.
We are headed to another beach this upcoming weekend, Atlantic City for 2 days of gaming and beachin - this was a trip I had booked back when Steve was working LOL, guess we shall spend more time on the beach than the casino.
Hi Candee, lucky you going back to the beach! That will get you through the working week with a nice trip planned for the weekend to look forward to.
Such is life!! sun rain snow whatever!!!!! nothing we can do about it LoL! Just hope your seedlings are protected, have you put stuff out yet?
Lovely hanging baskets we have in the porch, don't you think? this is the best lookin' cyber cafe' in the world!!
Blossom said 'toe tag', what does that mean?
toe tag is what they tag "bodies in the morgue" with - unless she was referring to something else.
Nothin out yet, been hardening off the onions, tomatoes and broccoli, but nothing out permanent yet. Cauliflower is peeking up but not yet covered. Will start moving stuff outside in a couple more weeks after the middle of May.
LOL... toe tags are what you get in the morgue... you know, after you pass on and died and gone to heaven...Just saying Pass me a toe tag, means I died and am in heaven! LOL! Especially after the lemons!
Well the sun did poke its onrey nose in my business today, but only for a wee second. Now we are back to normal, all cloudy and gloomy!! LOL! Its brisk and chilly.
More lemonade please!
I need to move up to the APRIL 2009 flowers so I will see ya there!
The dafs keep coming and I got a few different ones, then its off to the petunia patch to post my tunias there..
Now, now, Terri, got to have some patience there LoL. Fresh pitcher of lemonade coming right up. Enough for everyone to take a glass, sit out on the porch graced with Blossom's hanging baskets, while we all sit and admire Candee's freshly painted parrots.
We had a hot spell here - 60's on Thursday, 70's on Friday, 80's on Saturday, and 88 degrees on Sunday. It may have been over 90 today. We warped from winter to summer in a blink of an eye. Thank goodness for ice cold lemonade.
Cloudy. Isolated thunderstorms early in the evening. Scattered showers in the evening...Then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the late evening and early morning. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Lovely lilacs gwen! I cant wait for mine too! My double daffs are just now starting.. Looks like I will have quite a few, but usually about the time they bloom, for some reason we have a cold snap and I lose the blossoms.
Thanks for you compliments on the parrots, we have really enjoyed them over the years. Musta really given them a new look Terri as the birdcage has been there all the time!
Blossom we did that fence ourselves about 10 years ago, what a job that was.
Nice vase of daffs there, you really got them going strong.
Gwen, nice lilacs and bet you are looking forward to more this year! Me as well, but as usual will be a while yet!
Thanks for the lemonade Dianne, hope you don't mind but with all this rain and drearyness I just had to spike mine with some rum from the bar! Yahoooooo to that sip!
Delicious homemade lemonade Thank you Dianne, I put some in ice lolly moulds in the freezer, help yourself!
Hello daff nee tee hee! I mean Blossom!!! Cool container!
Hi Gwen, Thanks for the lilacs, they smell wonderful in the cafe'! Nice vase with the metal frame around it. Love the assortment of colours in a big bunch like that.
So glad you found our cafe, we really need a cook in here LOL! We are always running out of cakes and snacks!
Plantgeek, see you in the tv room laters for a big game. ok! Don't forget your scarf...!!
no Candee today? I wanted to ask her something... oh well laters !!
Anything for me in the mailbox?
The birdcage has been there all the time Candee, LOL! Sorry my memory is going!!! It looks great and I have another birdcage to add, soon. The patio area is starting to look inviting, so when it's raining at daff-nee's there's always the cafe' for her to hang out in! LoL!
Oh Hi Blossom, Thanks for the birds nest, it will be great to watch the goings on, from the window!!
nice to hear you 'singing in the rain ' LoL!
Lovely day here again, I went digging after work!! It's nice to have the evenings light, not getting dark until after 8pm ish, at the moment. I planted some cauliflowers and cabbages with my daughter's help, which was extra good!!
She loves cauliflower cheese!
Better get that robin in my cage so the cat don't get her blossom or perhaps the other way around!
Yes, where is our elle, not working too hard I hope.
Sorry bout the continual rains blossom and the icy patches, we have had nothing but rain all week but finally sunny today and then a gross change for the weekend as it is supposed to get to 88 degrees, one extreme to the other!
Here is a photo of how I remember the Atlantic City boardwalk as a kid when they still had the diving horse at the Steel Pier.
Candee - the first time I went to the Atlantic City boardwalk was in 1976 when my brother first moved to the east coast for work. The last time there was in 2007. And you are right, a huge difference in that time span. Terri - thanks for the photo of Blackpool beach. Looks like a really neat place to visit. Are the horses there for photo ops only, or do they really give kids rides up and down the beach?
Ice cream cones and the beach. A great combination.
Hi Dianne, not often we are here at the same time, what time is it where you are? It's 6.15pm here!
They have donkey rides on the beach and horse and cart rides along the promanade. Blackpool tower is a small copy of the Eiffel tower in France!
My desk is long overdue for a thorough cleaning, so I have been doing that for the last few days. Can only organize and file for so long, and then I need some distraction. What better way than to go to the cafe!!!
BTW, love your ice cream cone arrangement in that posh florist vase!
Oh my, Are they for me in the mailbox???? Yippy!!!! Thank you Blossom. I will look for a nice vase to have them in the cafe'.
I just remembered I bought 2 bunches of daffs yesterday!!!!! guess what? I forget about them and left them in my shed at the allotment! Will go and get them tomorrow, I'm forgetting everything these days!!
Thanks Dianne, did you take any flowers to work today?
hi terri - having my morning cup of coffee here while you are getting ready for dinner. How did the digging go? I will have to do some digging myself. Got about 20 tomato seedlings out in the backyard - I will plant maybe 8-10 of them, and give the rest away. I normally only plant about 4-5, but will aim to can some this year.
Blossom - I can't believe how early you start your day!! If you are two hours ahead of me, were you really awake and off and running after posting on the computer at 5:30 AM Friday???
Ah, shucks, blossom. Here, have a bowl of cherries. We had such a bumper crop on the Stella cherry tree last year that I froze a bunch. If you eat them just as they are thawing, but still slightly crunchy, it is still good. Careful with the pits though, they are not pitted. And madam woodsy would not appreciate any spitting of the pits on the floor LoL.
Terri - you got all your yard work done? I got 5 tomatoes into the ground, and my mom came over to help me cut the grass along the planters where the lawn mower doesn't reach. My mom has always had a vegetable patch, even when we lived in a place where there was only a 15 ft x 20 feet patch of soil.
Hope to see the rest of the gang in the cafe this week.
That ice cream is divine, tuttie frutie? Nice callas blossom sorry you are still mushy there. Dianne we put in 36 tomatoes just because I had started them and then after all the cold and rain it got up in the 90's this weekend while we were away and they all about burned up! Hope the couple I put in pots that I moved to shade make it? I tell you one extreme to the other it seems.
The first time I went to AC was about 1962 and the diving horse was performing then on the steel pier. Also went every summer almost after than and the most memorable was the performance by Dianna Ross and the Supremes on the pier! What a show.
Terri your beach is quite similar, guess they were all designed in a similar manner then.
Have a great day everyone, best get to work.
Well, checked the rain gauge and it said a hares claw over an inch from last night. Its chilly today and dreary. I spent part of the morning taking pics of things in the garden and now I have work in the office. I will post my pics later in April 2009.
Will try to cut some new blooms later for sticking it ina vase.
Yummy cherries... oops sorry about the pits madame woodsy. Dern space where my tooth is missing makes me drool! LOL! I will get it for you so you dont have to deal with it!
I haven't had an internet connection since last here! Some rogue TROJAN virus 69 of them infected my computer. SCARY!!
Fingers crossed it's all fixed now. missed you my friends!!
Nice BOW Blossom!!!!! is it a Bowmaker job? Thanks for the Calla, lovely colour.
OOOOOohhhhh those cherries look good Dianne, any left for me?
I was thinking you would be thinking I was stil digging, nearly got to Australia . LoL!
I got my potatoes and onions planted at the weekend. Cold rain so far this week. Lots more work still to do, but I'm getting there!
Hope you had a lovely time in Altantic City Candee?
I'm So jealous you saw Dianna Ross and the Supremes!!!!!
Going to get busy in the kitchen, back later to catch up with all the other threads... yippy!
I thought I'd better check in and let you all know I have not forgotten you. I have been down with a very nasty intestinal flu and a few other unpleasant pangs of life and not on line much as a result. But before I start whimpering and whining I just want to say hey! And let ya know I'll be back as things improve. In the meantime I see that those of you here and the one other thread I really follow are doing fine and that makes me feel good. I'm still a bit groggy from meds so I am going to just type this once and post it on both threads. Hope no one minds.
So sorry you are not feeling well Zany, I will keep you in my thoughts for a healthier week. Take your medicine and get better soon! Am sure that blossom's blossoms will lift your spirits and ailments.
Terri, nice to have you back, sorry your puter go the virus but better the puter than you especially hearing bout Zany.
Hi everyone! Zany Thanks for letting us know, sorry you are not well. Hope you are feeling much better soon and our well wishes have done you good! Madame Zanymuse I see in the near future you will be better. LoL!
Gorgeous flowers Blossom, that colour combo rocks!! I'm steaming the Asparagus and serving with butter for the early evening crowd to enjoy!!
Thanks Candee, I'm glad to be back!!
Great job on keeping our kitchen stocked blossom, can't wait for the chocolate covered strawberries - think Ms. Woodsy will eat them all or serve them up! More rain our way as well and shall continue for 2 weeks from the forecast, yuk!
Meantime, went out between sprinkles today and made a 4th. of July arrangement already for the cafe. Grape hyacinths and red and white azaleas.
Blossom - we have an asparagus festival here in the nearby town of Stockton, and they serve up tons of deep fried asparagus - they also have an eating contest of the same. For the life of me, I can't remember what the winning number was when I saw it two years ago - maybe 7 or 8 pounds?
What a nice couple they make. Did begin the May thread a tad early, but was quite sure that the above would still be in bloom tomorrow. Can't wait to see what all of us have coming next and hope my tree peonies get to bloom when it isn't raining, they dont last long to begin with and rain and wind really tear them up quick. So far so good, still buds.
I'm alive! LOL I never want to be that ill again. But it sure felt good to wake up this morning and realize I had slept through the night without incident. I opened my eyes and remember thinking I felt great! That lasted until I sat up and realized I was so weak I could hardly move. But a bowl of cream of wheat on a very empty stomach gave me a little boost and by dinner I was feeling almost normal again.
Poor Pyxle was so relieved to see me sitting up that she picked up all her toys and put them back in her basket. Apparently she had thought I needed them because she had put them all on the bed with me and growled at Bob when he had tried to put them away. She had even given me her favorite squeaky toy which she usually hides and won't let me touch. She didn't leave me out of her sight for a week so when I went out and sat on the porch this afternoon she was one happy pup. She loves to fetch her ball but wouldn't even let Bob remove it from my bed to play all week.
Well, I hate to go back to bed after being in it so much but suppose I should get some sleep and not push it this first day back among the living.
Zany I knew that blossoms remedies and our positive thinking would make you better and get you back on your feet. Here for you to keep and plant is the apple blossoms so that you may have an apple a day and keep the doctor away!
Hope you are gonna have good weather tomorrow Terri. It was nice Sat at the cabin but am told it was pouring here and is pouring today and calling for same all week again. My maters are drenched and half of them are dead already. No photos and no tree peonies as just too sopping out there and the tulips have croaked over. This weather is just the pits as I am off tomorrow as well having another arm surgery and was hoping to sit out in some sunshine when its finished, but not going to happen by the sounds of it.
Yep, it had to be the pretties here that did the trick because no medicine seemed to help!
It has been a very long and ardous year for us with lots of trauma and challanges physically, emotionally and financially. One thing at a time we keep managing to rise up and keep from drowning. I'm sure the stress contributed a great deal to weakening my system so the flu was able to wreak havoc with me. They say that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" so I should have super strength soon!
Now, I need to speak to Ms. Woodsy and see if she could manage to find me a nice lunch. Fresh crab salad would be really nice.
Well coming right up there my friend. Gorge yourself you deserve it. Now for those trauma and stress, don't let it worry you, everything happens for a reason and you are a happy camper and the woes and sorrows are just a test to your strength and you will always come out on top. I know cause I always do and have some trials here as well, so keep your chin up outta that salad in particular!
OoooOOH you better grab that dish before I do!! That looks yum! Hope there is more to go around for all!
Hey, did I miss something yesterday.. wasnt there a horse race or something supposed to be and I was suposed to don my gawdy large hat that terri was suposed to present me??? ...or am I on the wrong calender page???
I was soooo busy in the GPS yesterday I plumb forgot!
Good to hear you are feeling a bit better Zany. Hope you get stronger everyday! Enjoy you fresh crab salad beautifully presented by Candee. Hands off Blossom, it's Zany's crabsalad ok!!!
Blossom... Queen Elizabeth is not amused... LoL!
Oooopps! sorry I forgot to make your hat for Plantgeeks plant stall.
I wonder how that went ... Plantgeek, did you sell much?
Candee, I hope the surgery goes well tomorrow, good luck and be brave! We'll be thinking of you and hope you come to chillax at the cafe' afterwards. It's always sunny here!!
Sorry about your tomatoes, will you sow some more?
Am sure all will be fine, had 2 surgeries on that arm already and I am hard to keep down so will surely chillax with ya'll since it is gonna rain and I should not be doing nothin anyway !!! Don't worry bout me take care of urselves you are the ones feeling down!
Been busy trying to remember how to make a DVD LOL, been a long time but got a big TV and wanted to see my flowers in big screen TV and think I almost remember !
Hope you enjoyed the crab salad Zany and feel much better now!
You have the holiday tomorrow Terri, I am just off for the day!
Umm begging many thousands of pardons from the Queen Mum.. I just realized ya'll dont have prezidents!! You have become so pank blooded terri, you got me forgetting you was on the other side of the water!
LOL! SO Sorry! Its the redneck in me.. it escaped!...no offense pleez!
I still dont know if the Derby was yesterday or what! I have been definitely baking in the sun too long this wekend!
Terri will have to educate us er me in her holidays over yonder! You may have to smack me on the head with a ruler to do it! Be gentle though please.
I have prepared her Majesty s another bouquet...but it will not be ready until tomorrow.
LOL!!! Blossom, no offense taken.
I think it was the Derby yesterday. We didn't win LoL!
No smacking allowed in the cafe', I'll get you with the snowballs outside in winter!!
May Day bank holiday is the first Monday in May. In the olden days it was dance around the Maypoles but you don't see them much these days!! It's nice to have an extra day off work with a long weekend.
Hope you figure out the DVD thingy for your flower pictures Candee! They will look fabulous on the big t.v. screen.
We all feel low sometimes, but luckily have friendships here to cheer us up. Thank you!
You get a good night's sleep and don't go digging in the garden when you get home, like you did last time.!
Oh, I'm not down and out. I bounce back pretty well and usually don't even realize stress has me in it's grip until I get sick. The rest of the time I am too dense to realize I might be having a problem. Then by the time I realize the stress has built up I am already on the mend again and am rather surprised to realize I had been stressed to begin with.
I found a new (to me anyway) vice today at Costco. Dark Chocolate with dried pomegranate in the center...yummy goodness indeed!
I just got off the phone with my son. He is in quite a bit of pain but that is actually a good thing at this point because it indicates there is no permanent nerve damage and he was able to walk with a walker from his room to the nurses station on his own. It is a real relief to know he can walk! He's a strong young man and will push himself through the therapy rather than lay about feeling sorry for himself. I'm proud of him.
Our town is having a Spring cleanup this week and will haul away any old furniture or appliances, electronics etc. for free. I had an old TV and microwave to get rid of and hadn't made it to the refuse center yet so this will save me time and money too. They charge $25 dollars for any TV or monitor at the center. I noticed as we came home this afternoon that a lot of folks are taking advantage of the towns offer and there are huge stacks of stuff in the alleys. I had to put blinders on so I wouldn't go hunting for trash to treasure items...gotta fight that pack it home urge. We are trying to simplify and cut clutter and adding "treasure" now is not part of that process. But it was hard seeing wood tables, chairs and I don't know what else out there for the taking and not even stop to look. By morning I am sure that anything of use will have relocated to someone else's home. There are a great many people here that will make sure of that...but I am not going back out to be one of them... I'm not...I'm NOT! Now I am hoping it will start raining so I can stick to my decision...
Back home and droppin in the cafe to say howdy. Raining like crazy here and almost dark outside, very gloomy.
Hey Zany wish they would do those pick ups around here, but in the county we don't ever have that option. I know they do it in town on occasion and I always see some dandy stuff sittin out, but must refrain same as you as I have enough stuff just sitting round as it is. Glad to hear your son is improving. You certainly have a lot to be of grave concern, just take it a bit at a time and don't overwhelm yourself with stress.
So, anybody heard from elle? Hope she hasn't gotten sick taken care of those kids!
Sure is nice to have the cafe to drop by on such a miserable day. They are saying it may rain straight through this week as well.
Here is the apple tree in blossom at the cabin, was the only ray of sunshine we have seen for a while.
Raining out this morning. Not heavy but still wet and gray. I guess it is suppose to be this way most of the week here. I don't really mind it though. It keeps the forest green and the grass growing.
Candee, the apple tree is beautiful. I'll be looking forward to sone fresh apple pies here at the cafe come harvest time.
My brother is the one who moved to the Philippines. He loves it over there and has planned his retirement there for years. He keeps trying to convince Bob and I to join him when we retire but I can't handle the heat and it is too far from all the grandkids for me. Besides, why leave this beautiful area of redwoods and mountains when we love it here.
Glad you are home Candee. I've lit the Chimenea on the patio for you to keep warm while you rest today!
Lovely apple tree over yonder, good job we have such an excellent pastry chef here, Candee's apple pies are really somethin'.
I love the Chimeneas. I wanted to buy a huge one for the patio here but they wanted more than I could afford for it. One of these days we will have to make a trip south and maybe I can get one in Tijuana.
Well, I guess I should get into the shower and get ready for work. For some reason they won't pay me if I don't show up. Keep that fire burning and I'll come back to enjoy it tonight.
Zany - glad that you are well enough to be able to get to work.
Candee - glad to hear that your surgery went well and you are back at home, relaxing with Terri's cocktails (BTW - Terri - you can add some rum to mines too)
Both Candee and Terri said that they have never tried persimmons before - I brought some to the cafe last year, but they must have forgotten. Here it is on the menu again. These are the Fuyus - the hard kind that you can eat when they are crunchy. The coloring goes nicely with your Chimeanea, Terri.
We have twice a year miscellaneous pickups here - great way to get rid of stuff. I have to admit that I have picked up a few things, but I am definitely getting better at saying NOOOOO...to potential treasures.
We have been lucky this past month - a right mixture of sunshine and rain.
Great find blossom, bet you can paint something pretty on that fence. If I can anyone can. I'd be happy to come over and help, but not sure of which direction to head out in lOL!
Oh yes, I do recognize the persimmons, guess I was too bashful to try them last year or perhaps Sue ate them before I got to the cafe?
Arm is a bit sore so am gonna just rest it a while, see ya'll later. Have a great evening.
Ok, my pretty for the Queen! LOL! I found this lovely in the garden, I think it is one of a kind!
Oh yes terri, do come on over and bring paint! I would love those parrots! Those were stunning.. LOL! Well, I think i am just going to leave well enough alone for now. I need to catchup on some gardening!
See you guys tomorrow. I am bushed and need to hit the hay! I hammered on those slats on that fencing all day to get them in good repair and my swinging arm is pooped!
They look like delicate tissues blossom and so pretty nestled in with the white phlox. I am sure you will have that fence in order quite soon and then we shall discuss decorating it perhaps with a little birdhouse or ghourd house?
Back to work today and still in the rain zones, will this ever end?
Well, its a thought! I do have plenty of birdhouse gourds. I am just not a great painter unless its solid colors.
Well, today, the weather looks fabulous.. least as for now. Will have to check the forecast to see what lies ahead. Already been out in the GPS dividing dayliles up and moving stuff around. Guess I will finish my cuppa and get back to playing around.
Sounds like fun blossom, more rain here although just really gloomy at this exact moment, but more rain in the forecast as well. May not see sunshine for a few more days. Enjoy. I have 2 gourd houses at the cabin and the paint is really wearing off, but the birds still love them so will let them be.
Hope your sore arm heals quickly Candee. Soz about the rain your way!
I think you are right about the persimmons, Sue ate the lot... !
Thanks Dianne, I remember now, and I still haven't tried them...
Love the star pattern you exposed with the way they are cut.
It goes without saying, I already put the rum in your cocktail dear... LOL!
Hope the Chimenea was still going when you got back from work Zany? I got the little one for my little garden!! They had a bigger one, but it looked like it would need alot of wood or charcoal to keep it going.
Good to hear you are well enough to go back to work.
Blossom,The Queen is pleased with the pretty! It makes up for Michelle putting her arm around her Majesty... lol!
I wanna gourd house!!! I'd love to see some pictures of them.
This reminds me I need to search for my gourd seeds, I've got a race to the first gourd going on with Sue in Australia, c'mon how unfair is that?? LOL .
Will anyone be sowing sunflower seeds?
Have a relaxing evening all.
elle, where are you????? those kids must be wearing her out!
Hi Blossom, Oh I love seeing the mailbox!
Well, The Queen would be wearing gloves to shake your hand anyway! .
Would like to see your gourd collection one day! Have you made containers for flower arranging with any of them?
Glad you are growing sunflowers... bet yours will be taller ... lol!
Thanks for the rum Terri - needed it tonight to relax a little since I had a late night today with technical rehearsals. The dance studio has a May show, and I am repeating two of the dances that I did in December. It was too much to perform three pieces, so I decided to skip the West Coast Swing number. Keeping my fingers crossed that my knee will hold out until Sunday evening. Have 4 shows to do - one on Friday, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday. My arthritis is acting up and putting a crimp on everything.
I have some packages of sunflower seeds somewhere that I need to plant too.
Oh soils, you and I are in the same boat with old Arthur.. ugh. Well, perhaps your weather is changing. Looks like it is going to rain here again.. I neeed to get out in the yard and hit the hay! Grass was so long I got clippings everywhere. Need to go rake them up.
Looks like elle is still amongst the missing...them goats sure probably are keeping her hopping.
Poured all night, but just overcast right now. Steve said we lost 34 of our 36 tomato plants! And I babied them from seed, dang it. Not sure what will happen with all the zinnia seeds and others I sowed right before the drenching rains began 2 weeks ago. I am leaving work at 1 today and hope it is dry enough to go out and check when I get home.
PS I think I found elle, she has been swamped on the farm!
I have never grown a sunflower. I think I'll pick up some seed and put some in this year. That should be fun for me and the birds.
Soils, That dancing sounds fun. I always wanted to be a dancer. Unfortunately I have two left feet and am about as graceful and elegant as a drunken hippo wearing roller skates in a mud bog.
Blossom, the mailbox set against the flowers makes a pretty postcard type picture. It reminded me that we need to take a ride out through the countryside to enjoy the early spring wildflowers.
Candee, I am so sorry to hear about your tomatoes drowning. I hope the Zinnia seeds fair better. I took Pyxle out a few minutes ago and it was drizzling again but now the sun is streaming in the window so it looks like we are going to have one of those passing showers kind of days... enough sunshine to make you want to go outside and enough rain to keep it too wet to do anything.
I hope you meant Elle is swamped with work and new animals right now and not swamped in rain and muck.
Terri, keep the fire going in that Chimenea. I think I may be popping in and out between showers and a nice cup of Earl Grey tea by the fire would be delightful.
Dianne, I have every confidence that you knee will hold out, but don't go overboard now. 4 dances in one wknd is a lot so be kind to yourself between them and baby that knee when you can for the next set. You are the dancin Queen!
elle, you do have your hands full. I see you have a camper sleeper, hope you get to take it for a bit of holiday R&R when the farm slows down a bit, although with all those critters that could be a while I bet!
blossom, so glad to hear you got some sunshine, please send it our way. I just can't wait much longer to have the tree peonies bloom and the lilacs that I can tell, started to get buds and then just croaked. When I got home yesterday I had a few minutes to take a couple photos and then it just began pouring again and this morn it was as foggy as ever travelling over the mts. to work and now another day of gloom to look forward to YUK!
Great to hear from you elle!
Oh good sounds like we are going to have lots of sunflowers here.
Candee, I've ordered some sunshine for you it should be there around 2pm.. ok? LoL!
Good luck with your dance routines Dianne, go girl!!!
I've heard it's Mother's day in the USA tomorrow??
We had Mother's day in March lol!
Have a lovely weekend, hope your offsprings make a fuss and look after you all, you deserve it!!!
Hi Terri - Yes it is mother's day...and since I am writing this at 26 minutes past midnight, I guess it is today.
My kids came to see the show today - they picked the best day to come because I did the best in both of my routines this afternoon. Maybe it was the positive energy I got from them. Thanks for the good luck wishes, Terri. I'll post a pic or two in the next few days. One more show tomorrow, and that will be it.
Happy Mother's day to all you mothers and grandmothers out there.
It was Mother's Day here too...
it is odd that we have the same day as the US, normally NZ is the same as Britain for things.
We are still a Commonwealth nation after all.
I have to wait until Tuesday to see my Mum, talked for ages on the phone tonight though.
We share a love of gardening & swap plants a lot :)
Sounds like everyone had a marvelous Mom's day. Tasha and Abygail were here and talked to Tim on the phone, very nice weekend. Thanks for the sunshine Terri, it got here just in time.
Dianne Can't wait to see the pics, glad you children got to see your routines, must be so proud. When might I expect you on that dancin with the stars???
Welcome to the Flowerpot Cafe' dalfyre, nice to see you in here.
Hope you have a lovely visit with your Mum on Tuesday. My Mum is 250 miles away in Liverpool, so we have to make do with phone calls!
We aim to have fresh flowers for our cafe' tables everyday, now that our gardens have come back to life!
Dianne, Well done!!!! I knew you would pull it off and have a great dance. I can't wait to see the pics, you always look so glam in your pretty dresses.
Candee, Sounds like you had a nice Mother's day with the family!
Hope your arm is healing nicely? and not bothering you too much. Good to have you back, it felt like you were gone a long time.
I've got a stinking cold, so won't stay too long, don't want to sneeze on y'all LOL!
Stitches come out this Friday just before heading to the cabin, it is doing fine, thanks for askin. HAven't been around as we got 3 days of sunshine and I don't think we spent 2 minutes in the house. Have a little somethin for one of the tables when I get home today.
Sorry you have a cold too! I've been in bed for 2 days with it, I've got no energy at all. Annie had it first then Katie then Keith and I thought I was getting away with it... no such luck.
At least you got the mowing done while you had some decent weather. Hope you feel better soon.
Looking forward to what you will put on the table today Candee! See!! it worked, the sunshine I ordered for you lasted for 3 days LOL!
Sorry you are under the weather again Zany, we need to zap you some zip so you recoup and build up some resistance.
Thanks for the reminder Terri, got just the little thing for the table in the corner, now don't get excited it is just a little somethin! Still not able to put much together with the weather and plants flowering delayed.
Teri, how ya doing? I think I am getting better again. Less coughing and sneezing, fever gone and can breathe out of one nostril again. . . Breathing out of one side of the head makes me a bit more off balance then usual...
Candee, the flowers are lovely. I just adore the fringy tulips but I had to give up on them here. I was ruining too many pairs of scissors trying to get the fringe effect.
My Nyquil is kicking in and I am getting loopier and loopier so I'll say good night ladies.
Make it some double zapping on the zip, my zip got up and left and yesterday I think she got my cold. Dang and I just got over one. What a mess here so will yak later. If you dont hear from me in a few days send out the hounds!
Well you two better stop exchanging bugs in cyber space!!! Now both of you get some rest. I remember back when you were scissoring those tulips Zany! You were doing a fine job, what happened, did you just run out of pinking shears.
I am gonna wave a magic wand over head and zap the zip back into both of you!
Quoting:To obtain a blue hydrangea, aluminum must be present in the soil. To ensure that aluminum is present, aluminum sulfate may be added to the soil around the hydrangeas.
Authorities recommend that a solution of 1/2 oz (1 Tbsp) aluminum sulfate per gallon of water be applied to plants (which are at least 2-3 years old) throughout the growing season. Important: Water plants well in advance of application and put solution on cautiously, as too much can burn the roots.
To make the aluminum available to the plant, the pH of the soil should be low (5.2-5.5). Adding aluminum sulfate will tend to lower the pH of the soil. Another method for lowering the pH is to add organic matter to the soil such as coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels, grass clippings etc.
If the soil naturally contains aluminum and is acid (low pH) the color of the hydrangea will automatically tend toward shades of blue and/or purple.
The choice of fertilzer will also affect the color change. A fertilizer low in phosphorus and high in potassium is helpful in producing a good blue color(25/5/30 is good. Potassium is the last number). Superphosphates and bone meal should be avoided when trying to produce blue.
After stating this with much certainty, I hasten to add that it is virtually impossible to turn a hydrangea blue for any length of time if it is planted in soil with no aluminum and that is highly alkaline (chalky). One would have to be very diligent in keeping the soil properly conditioned as stated above.
Perhaps the best idea for growing blue hydrangeas in an area with alkaline soil would be to grow them in very large pots using lots of compost to bring the pH down. The above suggestions for bluing would also work for a potted plant. Reduce the strength of the Aluminum sulfate to 1/4 oz per gallon of water. In a pot, it will be much easier to control the requirements for bluing.
One last suggestions for those who are serious about this process. It is important to have your water tested so that it will not "contaminate" the soil that you have so rigorously balanced. The pH of the water should not be higher than 5.6.
Planting hydrangeas near a concrete foundation or sidewalk will often affect the color since the pH of the soil may be raised considerably by lime leaching out of these structures, making it difficult to obtain blue.
Oh boy, glad I made it in time for doughnuts I love them. Now there blossom, I think Zany is on to something, I have always heard that it is the soil that brings the different colors to them, not the variety., but it is in a blue pot!!!
Hi Dianne, so you could smell the doughnuts or is it donuts? nearly lunchtime for you then?, better not have too many!
I'm saving the rest for elle and Blossom, they work really hard on the farm.
Your sunny Chrysanths have certainly cheered me up, Thank you! I'll stick to coffee, seeing as I hate tea LoL!
The rasberry filled are a jelly and there are several other jelly filled a bit further down the counter to the right. Help yourself. The baker is a good friend of mine and he keeps his cases fresh by refilling them fresh every 2 hours. Anything older is donated to the local shelters at the end of each day. Needless to say, because they are always sold fresh he doesn't have a lot to give away.
No more fever
no more chills
no more sneezes
sharp and shrill
No more coughing
to rack my body
no more syrupy
Time to rise,
time to shine,
the sun is out
the day is mine!
Pyxle is jumping about and trying to herd me to the door in my night clothes so I guess I had better get into the shower and get moving so she can have a nice run at the park before I head off to work.
Hope the parrots kept you company this afternoon Terri. Zany, you do have a way with the words, glad you are feeling so chipper.
Nice day while at work today naturally but now calling for nasty storms and rain for the next few days again.
Thought about goin gto the cabin but not in the rain, just no point cause can't even cut the grass. Guess we shall decide on Friday after I get the stitches out. Sometimes, as you know, the weather is completely different over the mts.
Hiya Candee, well! the funny thing is, those parrots talked for hours and hours, I just couldn't get a word in.
Then one of them escaped and I had a heck of a job getting her back in. Phew... I'm Not doing that again...LoL!
Good the stitches are coming out tomorrow, hope it's all healed well.
If you don't get to the cabin this time, I'm sure there's plenty of jobs that need doing around here!..
Plantgeek has better fish to fry these days!!! getting books published and being a famous writer, our Plantgeek is Waaaaaaay to busy no doubt... Good Luck Plantgeek!!! but please remember your old friends once in a while LOL!!!
Well, goodness I missed a lot. Thank you for all that wonderful advise on my new blue hydrangea. It is still in the pot. Hope to take some cuttings to make more!
We have had a very long and bad week with the other half suffering an on the job injury and me having to literally go the extra miles... over 1000 of them just to pick him up from his job and get him home and go to the doctors to take care of him and then myself having worn myself plumb out. I did get over my cold, but then today had another dental appointment, so just call me a swollen faced chipmunk for now and that will tickle my old funny bones just dandy.
Dont look like much gardening to go on here for a bit. We also got 3 more inches of rain in the last 24 hours and it is still coming down.. so man the life boats, lets get our critters in line 2 by two and put the pots and containers on board! LOL
Glad all of us sickos are recovering and nice to see elle has returned!
So ok, are we moving to a new Cafe? I know there is bound to be a nice new one all spanky brite and clean just down the road so who is linking? Everyone, grab an ore and lets get rowing!
The heck with the dishes here too terri, COLD WATER will get them for sure! LOL Woof!
Its never the same on any given day. I just thank God this time he was IN the country!! Some days that job of his is a real pain in the elsewhere.
The things some of us got to do to make a living.. and yeah, in case your wondering.. its what we call customer service... international...and least now he no longer has to go to Canada. Whew! He has had a change in territory.
Ok, grabbing ores here, on the count of three! 1- 2 - 3 - boink!
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...The juice is on.
And your wayward bud is back. Sorry for the absence. Things have been too busy and Iv'e been whooped- one book released 2 wks ago, another on the way, spring, festivals to sell my plants and books, work, and to top it all off, menopause hit about 3 months ago. I'm finally getting better sleep with the help of a homeopathic remedy and herbs to cool the heat. Holy crap, when they said hot flash, they weren't kidding.
I haven't forgotten y'all. Where else on earth can I go to get such a lovely lumpy bra, or a parrot with attitude. Perhaps I should put the parrot in my bra.
I could never find better fish to fry than here.
Oh, plantgeek, he kinda had a twist and fall. Could not pilot his ship since he hit the poopdeck and I had to take him to the Pain clinic. He kinda garnered himself a royal pain in the sitter. He will be ok. Heard the doc stomped on his foot to transfer the pain!
Nice you could make it aboard. Looks like you got a fine fish there mate Lets get the outboard cranked up and catch up with terri!.
Hey terri, wait up, geek and I are getting dinner here and I am going to start a new thread for water features and plants.. look for this boat there and will catch you around the bend at the new cafe!
I cant wait to see all the dancing. So grab your fancy bras and parrots and lets zoom!
(I will edit back and link the water features as soon as I get it up and running here...)