Viewing Cajun2's Garden Diary: Carole's Nest
i love my garden!! i'd not given it my all since i lived in Benbrook. proud of all the survivors i have now, but have lost so many plants over the years. i just saw my garden journal here has over 250 plants in it. only 126 are actually growing in my garden; the rest are seeds or wish list, etc. i love to try new plants, but also have my favorites (Salvia, Cassia, fragrant plants, anything purple!)... i swear i need to make a list every year of what i want, and limit myself! sheesh. so hard to do sometimes. i tend to "garden" from about Feb. thru May and then have to all but stop when it gets too hot out. what kills me is being limited in my watering. that's why i wanted to get a rain barrel. still may do.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Revelation /EpiphanyAfter coming home to a most wilted garden and brown lawn, it's becoming clear to me that I have to work with nature if i hope to have a successful garden.
yesterday while i was watering the rapidly browning grass, i briefly considered just having gravel brought in for the entire drive.. assuming all this God-given (this year) Bermuda grass does end up literally biting the dust.
i'm just kind of baffled. it's not any hotter really than it was in Ft. Worth, and these plants are supposed to be heat and drought tolerant. so what gives?
today, even before i got home, it hit me. FULL FREAKIN SUN!! they simply can't take it. sooooo.....
I've noticed how much shade we really DO have BEYOND where my garden is now. meaning... further away from my kitchen window where i can actually SEE it, and ENJOY it, and possibly a real stretch for the water hose, but....
i have THREE sprinklers out there from the septic system (filtered water); just need to learn how to adjust their spray. and will need to supplement it.
i took pictures at approximately 6pm today of various places in our yard/gardens. now i know where it's shadier, and hot blazing full sun. either this fall, or next spring... i gotta move EVERYTHING.
good news is: i have a buttload of seeds i want to start this fall. shouldn't be too hard to fill brand new beds will lots of new plants.
it will also mean designing and marking new beds, starting the process of preparing them (newspaper, manure, etc.), getting truck loads of manure, soil and mulch. i can do that.
a lot of the moving of any survivors can be done next spring.
sigh. but at least i have a prayer for 2014.
how sad it's taken so long to get here....
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Sunday's plans to fruitionI was able to get out early again like I did Saturday and got a lot done.
My plans included:
Finish weeding the oak tree bed - only 1/2 finished
planting the tomato plants - nope
finish planting the liriope - YES!
decide where to plant the 4 o'clocks & get them in the ground - put them in the iris bed
spread lava rock - yep!
spread white marble - yep!
spread gravel & rinse - no
when dry, spray with gravel glue - getting rinsed by the soaking rain. will have to apply glue maybe one day this week
go around behind dog yard & gathering limbs - maybe next weekend
use loppers to cut brush - ditto
ask Buster about maybe burning brush back there
and if not, haul around to burn pile & get it started
get plant trade(s) ready to ship (Beautyberry starts & sweet gum starts / balls) to TexasPuddyPrint
can't do now b/c of the rain. will have to maybe collect some and put them some place to dry
get seed trades ready to ship (red salvia to Carole) - can do
if time permits, mow dog yard - Buster mowed
wash bed linens - day isn't over yet.
----------------------------- or as I wrote to my decluttering group ------------------------
I got up & out early & got started. got the rest of the liriope planted (the soil was already mixed up and tilled with the garden claw. the plants were already in place, ready to drop in with a spade. I didn't get that one bed weeded like i'd hoped, but .. eh. should have started working cleaning up around the compost bin and bird feeder earlier than I did, but once the sun came up over it was HOT doing that. I told him I wasn't going to be doing that in the heat of the day in full sun. DH did try to help by getting the weedeater out and running it around the area. I appreciated it, but he's not been feeling all that great (chest pains ;-( ) so I didn't want HIM working out in the full sun either.
he mowed the back yard and a lot of the front before it rained. he'd replaced the alternator in his big truck, and the shocks in his pickup today, thankfully before the sun got too high in the sky.
I planted about 6 or 8 4 o'clocks (took like 5 minutes). went ahead and spread the 5 bags of lava rock & just one of the white marble in the oil derrick bed while he worked on his truck. I put my big soap aloe in the diagonal bed (it was in a pot without drainage--duh! and wasn't doing so hot). had to dig up and move an elephant ear that a clever squirrel had relocated under the edge of my big blue agave!
dug up my firespike and put it in the pot the soap aloe was in, and move it into "the nursery" (full shade bed in the middle of my garden). I had planned to put my four tomato plants into the ground in the big oak bed, but ran out of time (and out of gas).
can't remember anything else I did; actually think that was it. and i'm really happy with what I got accomplished.
I got the squirrel feeder hung and the faux cob (made with all kinds of goodies they like to eat, including corn) which will be far more durable than regular corn cobs. also trimmed up a couple of VERY low oak branches to allow view of it, and cut down 1/2 dozen sweet gum trees that were growing up where they didn't belong.
wish today was Saturday instead of Sunday. oh well. i'm happy.
Hubby is going to work on our gate tomorrow, and i'm going to schedule him for a stress test and a follow up visit with his doctor.
he also said he will finish the mowing, and maybe work on the bird feeder clutter.
I am seriously considering digging up the asparagus fern and ginger growing there and moving them to another location.
think i'm going to lay down weed barrier fabric, then cover it with either rock or those big red concrete squares... not sure yet.
but FYI Rosie, the pot we got is a plastic (faux terra cotta) - VERY light. DH helped me drill a big hole in the bottom of it for drainage.
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
just another weekend of chores(WHY am I so obsessed with work, tasks, to do lists, getting stuff done... ??)
a girl at work gave me about 100+ liriope i need to get planted today (plus about a dozen 4 o'clocks).
i got out around 6:30 and have been hoeing around one big bed where i want to plant it.
i bought some good (think it's Miracle Gro) moisture control soil and i'm planning to work it into the SAND around these beds before i plant it.
had to come in for a bite to eat before i can do any more. it's so pleasant out there right now, but it IS humid.
he is going to work on his big truck first (replacing an alternator), and then he needs to get the power steering replaced in his pickup
while he does that, i hope to get this liriope planted, then we're going on a mission to clean up behind the back yard where the woods are encroaching on the fences. there are also a BUNCH of limbs on the ground, so we need to haul it all around to the big burn pile.
not sure if he's going to get the chainsaw out this weekend or now, but we found a number of trees that are dead or dying and we may lose if we get near hurricane winds any time soon.
anyway... i'm off to try to get my stuff done. i also have a couple of plants i never planted but are doing just find in their pots; probably should go ahead and then them in the ground. ooh. did i mention WEEDS?! crap! actually as much as i talk about trying to get grass growing, it finds no problem growing in my FLOWER BEDS! lol i started getting some of it out, but i'm not too worried really. it's low growing and looks green when i look out there hahaha
well, I was just about to start planting the liriope when he says 'you about ready to go?' I say what?! 'go where?!' yep, he's ready to go run errands. I sigh, shake my head, then say 'yeah, I guess so, but I gotta at least get the first part of these in the ground before the full sun is on this part of the yard.'
Showered, fixed my hair for the first time since my new cut/color. Am tickled how well it came out.
1st stop: O'Reilly for p.s. fluid; I stayed in the car
2nd stop: dropping off the donations to empty out the back end of the car
3rd stop: Game Stop (games for Buster =)
4th stop: Lowe's (some tools for Buster, 3 bags of Colorado river rock, 5 bags of lava rock, 2 bags of white marble, a bag of lawn fertilizer, a plastic pot to put under the bird feeder, and a smallish folding trellis). Buster wasn't feeling well on the way to do our errands, and then I didn't feel good while we were at Lowe's. both of us think maybe we drank our Monster too fast and/or we were tired and hungry.
Last stop: Los Cucos.
Had envisioned coming home and. when the sun went over the house, maybe get back to work. But now that I've showered, eaten, changed into my lounge pants, I don't know. i'm not feelin it LOL
Maybe tomorrow morning I will feel like planting the rest of the liriope, spread the gravel and lava rocks. And maybe get on the project of cleaning up behind the dog yard.
Why am I so tired???
I mean, I feel zapped!!!
7:00 Buster got dressed & went out to get his Crestor to take (I was supposed to remind him when we got back but forgot). he went ahead & started his pickup, saying something he needed to check needed to be done with a warm engine. meanwhile, he unloaded the car of all the gravel, etc. I drove the Cub Cadet and he unloaded the wagon. I still had my jammies on. trying to decide if I should go get dressed, at this late hour, and get some more work done. just honestly didn't feel like getting sweaty & dirty and needing another shower. I did use the trailer to move the tomato plants over to the oak tree bed. I will plant them in the morning, after I finish getting all the grass out of that bed. I watered, and got sweaty, but not enough to need a shower. he has taken his truck for test drive, and took the gas can to fill it.
ok I will definitely get more done tomorrow. I hope I can figure out what made me so droopy today. I felt like I was doing good until I had to stop. I told him that tomorrow, once I get my momentum going, I can't stop.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Memorial DayNormally celebrated with backyard barbecues and get togethers.
but... with Buster on the road, kids too busy to come around.
just me and the dogs here... got a roasted chicken, marked down in the Kroger deli yesterday.
dogs had special food this morning.
that's about all of that ;-
I miss family get togethers.
I took one look at the kitchen this morning, after my trips to half the stores in Conroe yesterday.
UGH!! I can't handle seeing the island, heck every surface in the kitchen COVERED with crap.
actually, surprisingly only took about 1/2 hour to get the island cleaned off! wow!! kitchen counters clear. need to figure out how/where to store the leftover pieces of trim for the car. oh yeah, wait. Buster suggested maybe taking it to Gullo for them to use on a used car on their lot. but in reality, there are only about 4 pieces we're not going to use. so maybe too little for them to use.
I figured out the best way to put the hole in the piece over the accent lights (for the blue light to show thru)--a hole punch from my scrapbooking kit! voile! worked great and I put that last piece on and sent a few pics to Buster. made me feel good he said "great job, honey!" yea!! =)
should have gotten out earlier today when it was so nice here (only 72, low humidity). but no. talked to hubby until around 9:30 and went out to start the septic tank project. hoeing and raking is hard work!! and three bags were barely enough to circle three lids. we have six, and then the electronics, which still needs to be free of weeds. i think it will look as good as i'd expected (how cool can a septic system look really?). i'm thinking that the space between the storage shed and the gravel is hard enough to mow now, so i want to run two landscape timbers along the length, over weed barrier, and put down mulch for a path.
needless to say, I was DRENCHED by the time I got done all I can do on that project. showed Buster, and he said it was good idea. just need another five or six bags of river rock to finish. going to see if I can rob a couple of landscape timbers from somewhere so I don't have to buy them. laying out the weed barrier will be no problem. but first I want to start on the oil derrick bed and see how much of it I need there before I put down the new walk.
well, it's 90 out there now, 36% humidty. the forecasted high is 90. not getting any cooler out there, so I may as well get out there. lotta daylight left before i'll want to come in and shower.
can get the plants in the ground I need to before I put down one of the bags of mulch. i'd like to finish mowing, but need to wait until that part of the yard is in the shade... don't want to cut it with full sun on it.
rethinking putting the tomato plants in the ground. they need more room to grow, I think. not blooming. no blooms, no tomatoes ;-
aaaaaaaaaaand, I need to finally get that window box planted. the moss rose will be happy to have a home.
oh yeah, only one last thing.... use the hose end sprayer to hit the bag worms on the unidentified tree with the huge leaves. I hope the hose will reach.
Monday, May 27, 2013
OMG i think i'm deadunreal what all I got done today.
cleaned the kitchen, cleaned off the island.
brushed Jake (not much to brush b/c the Shed-X is working)
finished putting the trim on my car. oh my, it really looks nice!! i was able to peel up and move the left side of the dash piece over, and it eliminated the problem i was having. punched a hole in the overhead piece for the blue light we both like ;-)
oh shoot! i forgot i was going to trim that one piece that goes about the open storage on the center console. i actually think it's the piece that's already IN that needs to be trimmed tho.... hmmmm
just wanted to say i've done a TON of gardening today, finished my mowing, putting the trim on my car, and spread out 3 bags of river rock, 2 bags of black mulch, 3 bags of white marble, and 3 bags of lava rock. i put 4 or 5 plants in the ground. one in a pot, and redid my windowbox planter. oh yeah, and put soil in 3 of the old solar lights, and planted moss rose in them =)
did what i could do on the septic system bed; really want to build a walk along side it on the left. mostly b/c it's a bitch to mow. i think running two landscape timbers, over a length of weed barrier (where did i leave that today? i don't think i returned it to the shed. oh yeah... on one of the septic tank lids... with my blue scissors ;-( crap!)
anyway, i'll get some less expensive mulch to go down for a walk. two bags. and will want to mow first, maybe spray with weed killer.
need about 6 more bags of river rock to finish the job.
i love the diagonal bed now!! i put white marble around the blue agave in a circle. i love how it looks against the black mulch. took out a TON of weeds. put 16 landscape bricks around the end of the bed, mostly to protect the coral vine, but also to give it a more finished look. not crazy now about the tomato cage for a trellis. better get a trellis tomorrow if i'm going to do it, because it's already started climbing the tomato cage.
while i'm at Lowe's, i need to see if they still have the 3 broken bags of egg rock i bought yesterday. it didn't make it home b/c it was on another flatbed cart. we just forgot it. and for a steal! $2.50!!!
i planted the zebra grass and pink fountain grass i ordered w/Kathy Lynch from Michigan Bulb, along with the Immortality Herb. they've seen the last of my money. thieves. i doubt very seriously what i got will make it. the squirrels (assuming) already dug up my two fern leaf bleeding heart!! i don't know the fate yet of the toad lilies. sad. very sad.
also planted the air potato i had rooting in the kitchen window. it's getting ready to take off.... need to figure out what i want it to climb on, assuming it doesn't just shoot up the tree (pray it does).
separate post about the oil derrick windmill bed. need to get maybe two bags of lava rock, and about 1/2 dozen small garden stones like those to finish it.
watered the garden, and a small patch of grass, came in & got my shower, ate a bite, did a load of laundry, and took my night meds.
I. AM. EXHAUSTED!!! O M G!!
lights out in 8 minutes. tomorrow's going to be a long day at work (day after a holiday sucks). i need my rest.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Oil Derrick Windmill bedjust need to get maybe 4 to 6 bricks, and maybe two bags of lava rock to finish it.
need to lay down weed barrier first.
i think it came out pretty good. may want to enlarge it... not sure yet. would mean more bricks needed.
Buster mentioned something about making it at least two rows of bricks. we'll see how he likes it first.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Sunday's fun.... what a day!!it had rained a little last night, so while thankful, didn't feel like trapsing around in the wet yard playing in the dirt. it wasn't forecasted for today (yesterday, but we didn't get any), but sure enough I heard drops falling while I fixed my breakfast.
didn't get going good until around 10:00 when Buster was about 70 miles from where he was delivering. I put 2 or 3 more pieces of trim on the car, and we agreed to remove 3 or 4 that seemed overkill.
Bed Bath & Beyond: returned the unused mattress pad ($40)
Academy: picked up two boxes of .410 shells (they were out of .45 Colts)
Petco: Shed-X for Jake
car wash: finally found one down 105 past Stoecker. washed my car; vacuumed out the back
Lowe's: stuff to make the garden art; Black Mulch-2; Colorado river rock-3; White Marble-2 (bought a broken bag or 3 of larger river rock, but it didn't make it home ;-(
Sam's: 2 cases of Monsters; 2 Margaritaville tshirts; Special K;
Tractor Supply: sunflower seeds (for birds); squirrel feeder/food; watering can; hose holder
Kroger: various. roasted chicken, 2 liter bottle (to make a wasp trap later); some fruit, veggies
came home, changed clothes & talked to Buster until I caught my breath. I left around 10:15, and didn't get home until about 5:45. holy crap on a cracker!!
went out when Buster stopped for the day, I went out and put 2 or 3 more pieces of trim on the car. I still need to put a hole in the piece for the overhead lights (for the little blue light), and I want to take the blow dryer out there to see if I can heat the dash piece and smooth it out. those two pieces will be the last I do.
went to get the mower out to pull the trailer around to unload the stuff our of my car so I could move it so it wouldn't get crazy dusty when I mowed.
had to spray two nests of yellow jackets before I could get the mower out. had to air up the tires on both the trailer and the mower.
took the mulch around to the shade bed, the white marble near the oil derrick, the 2nd bag of mulch to the diagonal bed, took the river rock to the septic tanks, took the lava rock back over to the oil derrick, then dropped the trailer off by the table.
mowed until I ran out of gas over by the Lowe's shed. I got a lot done, but will have to finish tomorrow. it was late anyway (I think around 9:00), so I came in and showered.
did I mention i'm exhausted??
watched an episode of NCIS and did this (two entries into my blog, answered an email, and posted some pics on the May Blooms thread on Texas Gardening). i'm going to bed now.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Sunday.... maybe Part I?(to Karen):
i plan to get out this morning and just do a few little things before it gets insanely hot again. i need to deadhead my roses, feed them, put some egg shells around them; tend to my tomatoes (remembered yesterday that i forgot all about snipping out the suckers to make them bush and bloom, etc. also need to put the cages on them. may also move them to a sunnier location.
don't know if i told you that i planted FOUR eggplants lol FOUR, you ask? i know... but i remember seeing them in my aunt's garden in Shreveport (man, did she ever have a green thumb!). she always mixed her veggies in with her flowers, commenting that she loved the PURPLE blooms of the eggplant, and the hibiscus type blooms on the okra (they ARE related). all of mine have blooms on them and the plants and blooms really ARE pretty!
i have 8 pepper plants. only gotten one jalapeno so far ;-( one plant was dug up, presumably by a squirrel and has never recovered. the others are kind of struggling in the sun and heat. i thought they were supposed to do best IN the sun & heat. wonder what's wrong?
have you ever tried "Has to Grow"? a lady at work told me about it. said she uses it on everything. it needs to be diluted, so it will last me a long time. i got a gallon of it at Lowe's, marked down to $17.23
i put Osmocote in the ground before i transplant something, and then water it with the H2G once it's in. and then continue until it's established. I've got some plants soaking in it right now that i need to get in the ground.
I've rambled enough, and it's 7:04 so i need to get 'my diggin duds' on and get outside. I've also GOT to get my hanging baskets done. i just saw so much that i'd needed to do yesterday that i didn't get around to them.
oh crap! i also need to spread the last of the black mulch. i'm thinking i'll put it in the diagonal bed. it needs it.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Sunday am work MOSTLY accomplishedi'm so tired i'm shaking... my head is drenched, my clothes are soaking wet.
i swear, i was out there 5 minutes and sweat was coming out of every pore.
that's when i decided "screw this 'i think i will only do a little so i don't get sweaty' crap. i got WORK to do!"
spread the black mulch out. threw the bag in the trash.
weeded more in the diagonal bed, the front left bed, the oak bed, the three tree ring bed... raked.
went to go hook up the trailer to the mower and got slightly sidetracked, mowing as much as i could around the septic tank, then around the sheds, and the tree and... uh oh. got a little crazy and almost got stuck at the edge of the bushes nearest the creek. WHEW! was able to get myself unstuck. i'll be DAMNED if i didn't turn right around, and get this... thinking i was smart enough to STOP at the edge of the woods before i got myself into trouble... noooooo, i felt the front wheels go down, panicked, and instead of hitting the BRAKE, i hit the GAS!! O M G! are you KIDDING ME, Carole?! Seriously?!! i always wondered how anyone could do that. guess now i know. Called Judy; Troy just left and won't be back until 1 or 2. She called Raymond, and he came over with his 4-wheeler and wench and pulled me out. Good Lord. I was so embarrassed. Not only the way i looked (i had to apologize immediately), but for having him have to help me pull my mower back off the hill toward the creek. I asked if he wanted beer or cookies in repayment, but he said no to both. I may have to roast them a chicken. Not sure if he doesn't drink, is diabetic, or just a damn good neighbor. i laughed and said 'i don't have anything much i can do for anyone, but i can cook and i can pull weeds!'
mowed here and there, places i'd missed yesterday.
picked up the plywood in front of the big shed. that's been bugging me forever. damn, i forgot to take it to the burn pile!
picked up 6-8 piles of leaves/limbs/sweet gum balls, and took them over to the burn pile.
dug up pokeweed by the burn pile. there were two now, and they'd gotten crazy big!
started hanging baskets
i took the plants out to the table that i want to put in them. now it shouldn't take too long. i may hang them on the shed just to see how they will look, but i don't think i should leave them there or they will cook in full sun this next week.
wish we'd get some rain. we really need it.
but all in all, i'm really happy with the way our yard looks now. looks like somebody gives a damn!
may take pics later, but for now i'm recovering.
took a nap around 2pm... really needed it. gotta say i slept good last night.
5:15 to 8:15 went out and started first on the hanging baskets. after I got them all done, I took them over to the rose bed and realized i'd forgotten to incorporate the sweet potato vine, the trailing lantana into them--doh! oh well, put the lantana in another basket without hooks. and put them potato vine in a pot. jeez. i still need to put the window box planter together. i will put the bright pink moss rose in it, and add some variegated airplane, along with the lime green potato vine.
put the dogwood i got in the mail yesterday in Has to Grow to soak. Also put the Sweet Autumn Clematis in it until i can get it planted. i still have some good soil left. gotta decide where i want them all to go.
also put the toad lilies and bleeding heart in the shade bed after they'd soaked almost all week in H2G. while i was digging around, i accidentally dug up one of the bulbs i had planted before (from the box i got at Sam's). i think it's the Liatris. because the fern is in a basket, and 2 of the 3 pineapple flowers have come up & are growing nicely. i'm 99% a squirrel dug up the 3rd bulb.
i put a lot of stuff up, but still need to finish up all i'm doing out there and put it all back in the plant shed. maybe while i'm in there, i'll go thru & straighten up some more. granted, i think the BEST way would be to take everything out and put it all back again.
i can't remember now if there was anything else i did, but surely i didn't spend 2 hours doing nothing lol anyway, watered everything and came in to shower.
maybe get some spagham moss or Spanish moss for tops of pots & baskets to help hold in water
stakes for soap aloe blooms & glads
dig Kathy's green airplane
get plants ready to send for trade
load car with donations
bring water in
need more mulch for diagonal bed, front left bed, oak bed, maybe north bed & three tree bed. check shade bed.
need to fix up window box (maybe jew w/ moss rose)
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Gotta love weekends! (this is Saturday)(written to Karen & Cookie)
hey girls... just resting from the short time i worked outside this morning. holy mackerel, it's hot as blue blazes out there!! i wear a cool tie around my neck, and one around my forehead (to keep the sweat from getting into my eyes). i was still drenched when i came in at noon. (yes, that was almost four hours ago, but i'm still drained.) i really do want to at least mow the back yard this evening (it's either that or tomorrow evening and i just don't want to end my weekend doing it) before i shower. i'm going to get out early in the morning and finish up what i didn't do this morning. i MAY see how it is in a couple of hours, and may at least put the soil in my hanging baskets. i so want to see them finished this weekend. until they get better established, i think i'm going to hang them in the shade of the trees before i subject them to the full sun of the porch.
to me: seems like I did a LOT, but now on Sunday morning, I can't recall all that I did yesterday morning. hmmmm I did move a daylily from one end of the tree bed to the other, moved a nice 4 o'clock tuber I found growing in our original veggie garden to the tree bed. I started on both the cactus bed and the "house front left" bed, but it was in full sun and I was dying! I shoveled up all the compost that was on the ground on the edge of the oak bed and took the cart over to that bed.
I did a LOT of weeding, some raking. I wish i'd found the energy to rake everything up and burn. maybe Sunday. everything IS looking so much better.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Satuday evening... or Round twoi went outside around 5:15 to do what i could before coming in for my shower. oh Lordy... i'm sooooo beat. i finally got all the compost spread in my funky bed in front of the house on the south side. i had to weed it first. then i cleaned up the cactus bed, then cleaned out the middle tree bed by the old fire pit, then i rearranged some in the main bed where my pergola is, after i weeded it, and around it. i mowed the backyard, the area where we plan to put our pond, behind the boats, and around where our poorly citrus trees are. i came in and showered, ate some Oikos pineapple yogurt. it was good. wasn't too hungry, but had to take my pills. i've sat here until i'm about to pass out.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
my trip to Sam's after work.... to pick up Rx and a few other things...
a) went to WNB across from the h.s. to activate my new debit card; they couldn't do it so sugg I go to the WNB in the Walmart.
b) since it's next door to the Sam's, why not?
c) walking into the south entrance, I notice the herbs on a rack outside the north entrance.
d) when I get done at the bank, I walked down to check them out. YES! picked up 2 Thai Basil!
e) went to check out and saw a lady with two hanging basket liners--crap! I need those too!
f) on my way out to the garden center, I picked up a new birdfeeder (actually ON the list), two more cool cracked glass solar garden lights (also on my list), and 4 solar garden lights for Karen
8) making my way thru the inside garden center, I picked up seeds for white daisies (hoping to get a start; I remember how Susie would sprinkle the dead heads in her garden to get more plants); some purple zinnias (stunning!); moss rose for the windowbox planter (I need to get that done this weekend), and finally a pack of mixed four o'clock seeds (hoping for yellow)
9) kept wandering and found myself among the pretty greenies... passed on Coral Bells (only had 4 kinds of purple, no green). picked up a very pretty bright pink verbena for a hanging basket--hoping it's trailing for sure. picked up a Mother of Thousands (which I may later regret LOL), and a start of a string of bananas, and a start of Crocodile plant hitched a ride home. and then I got two nice Ajuga that i'd been wanting (burgundy glow, i'm pretty sure)
when I finally made it to Sam's, I picked up the mulch & gravel glue ($36!), 3 bags of jerky (for my new diet), frozen Greek yogurt, Monsters, and a pair of Margaritaville flip flops (lol) but no Rx. will have to go back Friday (they were out).
Monday, April 29, 2013
Round Up a bust (for me), but still moving forwardHubby came home, so change of plans.
Looking at the pics from the RU, he would have enjoyed himself (all kinds of animals).
oh well, maybe some other time.
instead, I stayed home and worked in the yard. I potted up my aloe. omg! what a mess it was. apparently it had gotten some sort of fungus. I found some solution in the plant shed for disease and fungus, etc. I took ALL the soil out of that pot, washed the roots off the salvageable plant with the solution (diluted), potted up two or three large plants in a new pot with new soil, even cactus soil, with Osmocote, and then watered it first with more of the fungus treatment solution, then again with a fish emulsion solution. I used the remainder of the fungus solution on the soil I removed, and on the ground where I was working (can't be too careful).
after waiting several years to open it, I found that the bag of composted manure had mold on it inside. I will have to mix up more solution to 'wash' it with before I use much of it.
I got help from Buster to get the big blue agave out of it's pot and into a nice hole in the diagonal bed (sprinkled with Osmocote, of course). I took at least 1/2 dozen babies off it. I haven't planted them yet, and need to get them in a solution of some sort (or at least in a temporary pot w/good cactus mix until I can get them in the ground).
I got the plants* I received from MaryAnn Smith in the ground (in exchange for my Live Oak seedlings I traded her). * Turks Cap Malva, Blue & Red Porterweed, and Ajuga.
I finished getting all the red mulch down* making a bed again where the rose bush is (where we used to park the bikes). I cleaned out the loose dried leaves and crap from the top of the pot of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, and watered good with Fish Emulsion solution. I put that pot and the matching pot with Purple Oxalis in the "bed" with the rose.
I put the rest of the red mulch at the end of the shade bed b/c i'd started "edging" it with the last bit of the previous bag of red mulch I had. it looks nice. I was careful not to get it too close to the Turk's Cap & Porterweed I put in that bed.
*MaryAnn suggested I be careful with the red mulch as the dye in it is not the best for my plants ;-(
finally got the Cayenne pepper plants in the North Large Bed.
and I put the sprouted moonflower seeds in the pots on either side of the pergola.
I've given up on all the plants Robbie sent me. I have no Ruellia, no Umbrella plant, and no blue salvia. sigh. oh well. i'm not going to cry about it. nor am I going to whine to him, and maybe make him feel bad.
i'm seeing seedlings come up where I sowed my Nigella seeds. I sure hope that's what those are.
i'm going to give up on my Hyssop in the North bed, and i'm pretty sure my Cassia alata seeds aren't going to come up. Nor are the Coral Vine. dang.
the moonflower is doing well planted in situ where the passion vine was in the North bed. funny how it seems the passion vine is making a comeback now that the moonflower is making an entrance. jealous?? green with envy? buahahahaha!!
I took Bonnie the Lantana i'd potted up for the swap. I hope she can enjoy some blooms for butterflies this year.
I hope the greenies I see in the shade bed are indeed my fuzzy foxgloves. time will tell. sure are slow!!
still no sign of the white sunflowers at the end of the shade bed. fiddle.
and still nothing from the potato vine Kathy gave me. dud spuds?? fart.
I did see a 4 o'clock coming up under the mailbox. I really want that. could be the last one I have. I can't remember if i'd saved seeds from it or not.
I threw a few of the Hyacinth bean duds into the pots by the pergola in hopes i'll see something of them. and I had THREE (count them) yellow MG seeds I threw into the pot on the right. i'm so in hopes those will sprout for me. I saw a seedling this evening while I was watering. thought it might have been another cardinal climber. either way, I DO wish they'd all hurry. it's getting late in the season to be making a run up the trellis.
stopped on the way home from work today and took Mrs. Leo all the plastic pots and trays i'd collected (still have more). she gave me a bucket full of cuttings off the ground of her purple/green wandering jew (I asked for THREE starts!!!), and she gave me at handful of purple basil rooted starts. I put them in the pot with the Cape Honeysuckle, which is doing better now in it's new home. I potted it up with fresh Miracle Grow soil, some Osmocote, and watered with Fish Emulsion. also moved it to the sunny side of the North bed. it's already got new growth on it!!
Mrs. Leo didn't want to charge me anything because of the pots, but I made her take $10 for the YUMMY mint I got today, a BIG blackie sweet potato vine, and a purple/green Swedish Ivy. when I got home to put them in baskets, I learned I am OUT of hanging baskets. she had a bunch there, so I will buy 3 from her. I have a nice basket (that sits on a patio) that I need a liner for. I think I need to see if they make a TALLER liner than the ones I bought. about 3" of the open basket is exposed with the ones I bought. fiddle.
I started going thru the HUGE number of cuttings I got today. I started about 40 to root in water in two glasses on the kitchen windowsill. I gathered up about 20 small, 20 medium, and 20 "sticks" WITH roots and wrapped them in damp paper towels, and then in saran wrap to hold them until I can get them planted. I want at least one nice hanging basket, and I think i'll plant some in both the large iris bed, and some in the bed with the dwarf pomegranate. that'd be nice to take over. I need to build up some soil In the pomegranate bed.
(I know, a lot here, but I have a lot to add*) I added to three of the hanging baskets I had started. one had an oyster plant, one had 3 ferns I got from a box at Sam's, and one had the purple waffle plant. I added the var. jew, and some Wedelia to at least two of them. the one with the purple waffle, I only added Wedelia for contrast.
*i'm working my ass off now b/c it won't be long at ALL now until i'm unable to spend any time at all outside for anything other than watering.
hehehe one last thought: Kathy was telling me about something she buys from Wanda's mom at Henderson Feed called "Has to Grow." She swears by It. She soaks stuff in it while it's waiting to be planted and the stuff grows like crazy.
I thought to myself, if I came up with a product like that, i'd have to name it "Grow, Dammit!" hahahahahaha!!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Getting ready for a RU ~ i hope!yesterday, I pulled out at least 1/2 dozen small six
packs, 4 (I think) four packs, and several small round
and square pots that will fit in the trays I also
had/have. I think I have at least one or two more trays.
depending on what all I can take, I may end up getting
more pots out of them in the back of my car (put them in
there to take to Mrs. Leo).
here's what I did: I put one or two of these in the
little sections of the six-packs: white yarrow, Oxalis
(pink wood sorrel), wood violets, rootbeer plant (Piper
auritum), Wedelia paludosa, a couple of small Lantanas
('Confetti'), hummingbird sage, and a few small
sunflowers. (are you all ok with this? I don't know what
possessed me to do a sort of 'grab bag' approach on these
today, I potted up at least four Lantanas, 3 Salvia
lyrata, 3 purple heart (Tradescantia), a couple of
Beautyberries, and at least eight Begonia starts a
coworker gave me today.
of the following, I have plenty, but would like to know
if they're wanted before I dig them up or pot them to
perennial sunflowers (Helianthus maximilianii)
cannas (unknown, but I am posting a picture)
ghost plant ~ [[email protected]]
Live Oak seedlings (at least a dozen available, about 6 to 8" tall)
pine seedlings (have seen quite a few 8 to 10" tall)
hummingbird sage (can dig more)
i also have a bag of opened Orchid Mix to trade. i don't
grow them; my MIL did.
what do you all think?
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wishing I'd mastered this long agoOh well... I've nittered on and on to others who were far less interested in what I do daily to my drab little garden.
At least if I'd blogged all that here, for my own entertainment, I would have it all in one place.
Friends get too busy with daily life. I get too busy with daily life. I do love gardening. At least until it gets hotter than blue blazes here. Why don't I believe it was this hot & dry in Ft. Worth and Benbrook? I truly don't believe it was. At least there, I had far more shade.
This week I purchased a whopping 10 pieces of sod (though I can't say what size--I didn't ask, and I haven't measured) from Home Depot. Normally I shop exclusively at Lowe's, but when I called them, they said their sod was 5 days old and they wanted $2 each. Home Depot's appeared fresher, and they wanted $1.69 ~ hard to think about when what made me consider sod was the Houston Garden Center ad for $0.88 for 16"x24" piece. Sigh. Oh well, for only 10 pieces, it's not going to break me.
I've tried time and time again, for years upon years now to get GRASS growing here. Oh, how I long for St. Augustine under my feet again. When Buster was home last weekend, we went to Lowe's and he bought me a big bag of grass seed. (Note to self: you need to spread the "starter" /fertilizer 2 weeks from day before yesterday, or Tues. 4/23--though I guess it'd be ok to do it that Sat. after.)
When I was bemoaning the money and time wasted on trying to get grass going here to MaryAnn here at DG, she said they have worked hard to convert their yard to anything BUT grass for so long, that they are actually ready to sell their mower this fall! What?!! That got me to thinking....
paths... moss... mulch... ground cover... i might be able to do this!! so i've been collecting images and ideas in Pinterest. One thing I'd like to do for starters is to start building a path using the faux stone walkway builder kit we bought at Lowe's long before Mavis' stroke. It's cheap to do too! just will take some time, some planning, and voile!
just need to decide on a path. here's a pic i took this evening so i can maybe plan something:
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wish I'd found this a LOT soonerI have so many things I wish I'd kept track of, like when I planted what; when & where I got different plants, esp. when they're from someone special. My memory is so short any more that I can forget the name of a plant before I can get it into the ground ;-( Forget looking it up when it's droopy to find out what's going on with it! And no way to get an ID on a half-dead plant!
Anyway... .going forward, let's see what we can do here with a blog. Oddly enough, I DO keep my "Journal" (hmmmm isn't that what this is? oh well.)
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Tired of this drought!!Let's see... checking JustWeather.com (aka Click2Weather.com), the historical rainfall for 77328 is: 0.35" for the past 30 days. I tried to do historical data but having problems. I know we had ONE DAY about a week or two ago when it rained a LITTLE... ok it was a slow, steady rain off and on all day, but I wasn't home, so I don't know WHAT it actually did at our house. I just know that when I scratched the soil near a plant, it was still dry underneath. There were dimples in the sand which evidenced rainfall, but... couldn't tell it by me.
I'd checked historical data before that rain and found the last time it'd rained at 77328 was March 30th. We got 0.12" of rainfall. Nice.
However, when I spoke to a really nice Amish man in Illinois a few days ago, he said it's been sooooo wet and muddy they can't plant their fields. If they can't plant them soon, they may not have enough time to mature so they will have ANY crops.
I'm thankful for water hoses and Artesian wells.