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These little white flowers are blooming all over the wildflower bed.
There are what I believe are bachelor buttons getting ready to bloom. I grew some bachelor buttons years ago. If I remember correctly, I am pretty sure this is what they looked like. They could also be carnations I grew those too. The two flowers look similar until they fully bloom.
David showed me that one of the gladiolus has a cane. I thought it was just a really tall leaf. 😀
I have 3 volunteer cosmos plants in the bed in front of the deck. This one has three buds getting ready to bloom. The front of the deck also has lots of volunteer petunias. I didn’t get a picture but some of them are starting to bud. So it won’t be long and they will be blooming too.
We have had a couple of days of good rain again followed by some warm days. So you can not even tell that I had weeded the junk pile flowerbed, cucumbers, yellow squash, or the peppers. It looked just like this again.
My plan for today was to water everything with some Miracle Grow but I had to do some weeding again just to find where the peppers were. I began in the junk pile marigold bed I wet it down with a bit of plain water. I don’t think I have mentioned before that of all the gladiolus bulbs I planted only the previous years came up. So out of over 100 bulbs only a little over 20 came up. I planted them, watered them, and then we had four days of rain. You are only supposed to water them when you first plant and not do it again until you see them break the soil. So the bulbs just got water-logged and rotted away. I also may have planted some of them too shallow so the rain washed the soil off the tops of them and then they got water-logged and rotted. I tried to blame the gophers at first but when none came up in any of the beds I changed my tune. Also I did find some squishy rotted bulbs when I was doing weeding. So that is why that is just the junk pile marigold bed. Oh, and the impatiens did not come up on the west end of the house either. I don’t know what their problem was. They are a shade liking flower and it is pretty shady there.
So anyway I watered the junk pile bed, weeded it and then watered it with coffee ground water. I have a bucket that I put the coffee grounds in, I rinsed it out and poured the water on the marigolds. I then weeded the cucumbers and the squash hills. I did the peppers next, you could hardly see my little guy in the corner, I planted him even though he didn’t have his 5 leaves yet. He is hanging in there though.
Now that everything was weeded. I got the rake and loosened up the soil around all the peppers so the Miracle Grow water would have a better chance of soaking down to the roots of the plants. I also loosened the soil on the hills. So with green watering can in hand everyone got a nice good drink.
June 21, 2018
After 4 days of rain or heavy misty fog, starting on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend , today was blue skied and sun filled. So I grabbed my garden jacket and put Sully’s harness on so we could go enjoy it while it lasted. He had been begging to go out for the last two days but I had to tell him that it was too wet and rainy. Poor guy would waddle off with a sad pouty face.
I hooked Sully to his spot by the deck so he could eat grass and enjoy the catnip. I grabbed a couple of 5 gallon buckets one to put weeds in the other to lean on to assist me getting back up from kneeling on the ground. I headed around to the east end of the house to begin weeding. The rain had really enabled lots of weed growth. You couldn’t tell that I actually had weeded around the squash hills and the peppers when I planted them on the 9th of this month.
I started in around the two largest peppers then got up and moved my bucket to weed around the junk pile flower bed. While I was up I checked on Sully to see how he was doing. He was happily munching his grass.
I weeded and weeded and weeded some more making my way back to the peppers again. I discovered that out of the 10 peppers I planted only 6 were still standing. The other 4 had been beaten into the ground and washed away. 😦 I now had a full bucket of weeds, time to dump them out.
The neighbors recently got two cute little pygmy goats. I decided to give them this bucket to munch on. I took it over to them. I dumped the bucket on the ground for them. I then scratched their little heads between their horns. They thanked me with their cute little goaty chatter as I walked away.
When I got back over to the deck Sully was heading up the stairs. He was done enjoying the outdoors. I let him in the house and removed his harness. As I departed I said to him, “Now you can go and barf somewhere.” He minds very well, as he had done just that when I came in for the day an hour and a half later. lol 😛
I continued along the pepper bed and beside it to make a path, to the corner where I weeded the gladiolus and the irises. There I found a nice sized volunteer marigold. The turnips and carrot patch was next but it was not too bad. This is where I ended my weeding road.
I had filled my bucket to about 3/4 ths. I just put this bucket on the pile along the south fence, because it was mostly small weeds and the goats would be munching the first bucket for most of the day.
While I was doing this I looked across Mann’s field to see this deer munching away.
I decided to leave the south side of the deck bed with all the wildflower for another day.
The front of the deck bed was weeded on Saturday before all the rain so it was fine.
I will leave you with this update photo of the mini roses.
As you know I got a bit side tracked in my plans yesterday. I was able to get those plans finished today.
I started the morning by planting gladiolus bulbs in the corner of the deck bed. The box of wildflower mix I sprinkled on the south side of the deck is doing well and sprouting like crazy. The moonflower behind Ricky Racoon is still alive. I did not plant anything on the west side of the deck as last year’s flowers self seeded and are starting to sprout. I cut Cleo back and she is doing well now too.
I then moved over to the south bed by the back steps. I planted a row of gladiolus behind the decorative stick between the two deer skulls. I had an assistant today. The neighbor’s little black kitty came to help or maybe she just wanted some petting. I was happy to oblige. I sprinkled a box of marigolds on top when the gladiolus were all planted.
With her assistance this bed was planted in no time at all.
I moved around the corner to the west end of the house bed. The kitty helped a wee bit with this bed then she ran off to do regular kitty stuff. I planted a row of gladiolus about four inches from the house the full length of the bed. I then sprinkled the top with the two boxes of impatiens. That completes the planting of the flowers. Now it is just wait and see what comes up.
I still have the pepper seedlings to transplant outside, but they need to get one or two more leaves before I do that.
The mini rose-bush is doing excellent, so much so that he had to be repotted into a bigger pot this morning. I also added a shish kabob stick to help hold up that big beautiful flower. He now has 3 more buds waiting to blossom.
My mini rose-bush continues to bloom and put on new buds. I counted two more yesterday(Sunday May 20th).
I was able to get out and do some transplanting of three plants. First one was the yellow squash plant. It is still doing well. It did loose the large leaf due to some windy days. After all these windy days it clouded up and rained for 3 days. I have not had to water again yet as the ground is still trying to dry out. That probably won’t take too much longer as the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s for the next week and a half. I was also able to get most of the front yard mowed before the rainstorms. I finished the last little bit late yesterday afternoon(May 20th).
I next transplanted the single moonflower seedling. It is still alive. I had troubles getting these to stay alive after I transplanted them last year. So I hope I have learned enough to keep this one going and get a bloom.
The other was Cleo. I brought this plant in last fall to be a house plant during the winter. I just loved the cool colored leaves and wanted to enjoy it longer. I am not sure it the whole thing is going to survive but the smaller parts seem to be doing ok for now. I can always go back out and trim off the dead branches. I took three pictures of the hole I dug, because of the shadows. I could not see which looked the best.
The turnips and carrots are coming up nicely. You can barely see the carrots in the left side of the picture below. The Sunflowers did not come up. The seeds were just too old, they were in a bowl from way back in 2007’s garden seeds.
And a Bit of Planting Too!
I was able to get out two days in a row this week.(May 4 and 5). So here are a couple of photo galleries of my work.
Oh, here are a few shots of my yardening get up too. 😀
This is actually an old one of my scrub jackets from when I worked at the nursing home. I kept this one because it has nice big pockets. Which are ideal for my gloves, visor, and camera or whatever I might want on hand for the yardening project of the day. I always tuck my pants into the boots, so I don’t get unwanted bugs or ticks crawling up my legs.
Update of indoor gardening.
Now lets move on outside.
I had to reposition the rocks under the drain I totally missed the first go. I had to dig up some of the gladioulus and replant them once the rocks were repositioned. I planted 42 new bulbs in this corner too. I also planted carrots and turnips by the shed steps. I also moved and raked out the area on the west side of the shed steps.
The rocks before repositioning.
I had just enough energy left to dig up the small area west of the BBQ.
I did a lot of digging and raking, but no planting.
The before pic of the beds around the deck.
That about does it for this week. Next yard day will be for mowing and more flower planting.
I was able to get outdoors a couple of times now to work on getting garden spots ready for planting. The first time I was able to get some squash hills built. They are east of the shed near the fence. I hope to plant yellow summer squash, acorn squash and cucumbers on them.
Yesterday(April 27) I was able to get out for the second time. I dug up the bed on the east side of the shed. This bed was made late last year by David and Nick, so it was not used. I turned the earth then raked it out some what level. I raked it toward the south end, I had extra soil so I went ahead and dug up the corner of the bed. I had to move the rocks that help disperse the rain from the gutter that comes of the shed roof. I raked out the soil and then replaced the rocks. It was a little low in the corner any way so that helped level it out too.
My plans for this bed are to plant giant sunflowers closest to the shed wall. I am going to plant the peppers in front of them. I think I will put some gladiolus in the corner to keep the irises company.
David bought a bunch of bulbs, twenty-seven bags with six bulbs each in four different mixtures, at Dollar General last fall at 90% off. He also got some boxed seeds, two boxes of impatiens, 2 boxes of marigolds, and a box of wildflower mix. I also saved last year’s bulbs with the help of my Garden Book.
2017 Gladiolus Bulbs
I am not going out today(April 28) as the wind is blowing straight at about 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. I don’t need a dirt shower. Maybe tomorrow I can start planting the sunflowers and some gladiolus around the irises. If I have enough energy I might even start digging and raking the beds around the shed, continuing on to the ones around the deck.
The indoor gardening is going slow. I tried starting some Big Bertha peppers from seeds of last years peppers. They did not sprout. I think I kept immature seeds. So last Saturday (April 21) I started some green bell pepper seeds and the squashes and cucumbers. No sprouting yet, but they all take 10 to 14 days to germinate. I hope they all sprout so that by mid to late May I can put them outside.
*Note: I am typing these up in word pad at home. I am not sure when I will next get access to internet to post them. I am putting some dates in parentheses to show what day I am actually talking about.
But Old Man Winter Just Keeps on Keeping on!
I have been wanting to get out and do some yardening, but mother nature is not being very cooperative this year. We have had several small spring snow storms and the temperatures have been up and down like a yo-yo. The snow is usually gone in a day. The temperatures go back up to the 50s or 60s in the day and the mid 20s to 30s at night. Then a couple of days later temps are down again and more snow. So needless to say I have not even been able to get my flower beds ready. I could try to do some digging on the nicer in between days but the ground is too wet from melting snow dripping. I need a good week of 60s during the day and maybe some low 40s for overnight temps maybe then the ground won’t be a soggy boggy mess.
Last year at this time.
David said he is not even going to try to garden this year. He doesn’t want to battle the gophers or the deer. The deer left the garden pretty much alone most years, but last year they came in and ate David’s tomatoes. He was really pissed about it too. He said the only type of yard work he will be doing is mowing.
When David told me that, I decided I would try to grow a few veggies as well as my flowers. I think I will plant the veggies in the beds around the shed and the space to the east of the shed where we had a few squash plants last year. I want it all to be in the front yard so it will be easier for me to take care of.
David also told me we will probably not do any fishing until about August. He is planning on spending most of the summer doing his gold refining. This was also another reason for not gardening but mostly I think it was the deer. 🙂
Today I was able to get out and do some digging. I started on the east side of the shed next to the fence. I first raked out the pine litter I had been dumping there all winter. I then dug the area up. I built up three nice hills, pushed a coffee can in the top of each one, and then raked the pine litter back around the bases of each hill. This took me an hour to do. I was a hurting unit by then. I decided that was enough for one day. I don’t want to over do it just work myself up to longer and longer periods of yardening.
I was glad I was able to get out and get that much done. It seems that I will not have another chance for a few days again. The weather men are saying that we are to expect another spring mini blizzard Friday and Saturday. Snow, yes snow totals could get as deep as 10 to 15 inches. The wind could gust 35 to 50 mph. The temps will dip into the lower 20s for lows and 30s for highs by Saturday. I guess I will have to spend one or both of those days starting more seeds inside. I guess I can hope that we have a long summer and a few Indian summers thrown in to get use into December. 😀
Saturday (04/22/2017) morning I was going to get on the computer to do a few things. When I got over to it there was a note on it saying that the anti- virus program needed to be downloaded. I knew it would be ending soon. I clicked on the program button in the tray. It said it needed reactivated. Now this is Nick’s ( my son) laptop. I knew he did not want to renew the paid subscription. So the reactive choice seemed ok to do. I thought this would just revert it back to the free subscription. I pushed the reactivate choice. It loaded and of course the program needed to do a restart. I let it do that knowing I would not be doing any computer stuff. Nick has his laptop set with a password. I was not going to wake him at 8 am on a Saturday on his day off. So I had to find other things to do until he got up.
When he did get up and he put in his password. I was concerned by reactivating it I may have actually bought the subscription again. When Nick checked the virus program it had just given a free 30 trial. So I was happy that I had not accidentally bought a subscription. 🙂 Whew!
Sully’s Saturday and a Photo Shoot
Well Sully had been begging at the door all morning. So one thing I could do was take him out for some outdoor time. I walked him around the house and then clipped him to the deck rail. He was able to eat his grass and sniff some catnip under the steps. While he was doing that I decided to take some snapshots of me modeling the new hat I finished crocheting the night before.
I did my modeling by the back of BOB. I took a few with my glasses on and some with my glasses off. The glasses off ones I am doing a whole lot of squinting. I was facing east. 🙂
After the photo shoot, I decided I would move some stuff out-of-the-way to get this flowerbed ready to dig.
When I took the picture I had already moved the window glass out of the bed. I then moved the lawnmower. Well after I did that I looked over at the deck. Sully was up on the deck scratching the rail support. Then he was at the door telling me that he was ready to go back in the house.
The Spring Cleaning of BOB’s Loft and Living / Dining Room
After I let Sully in I had lost my motivation to dig the flowerbed. The wind was a little chilly yet. I thought we were going to go fishing later in the afternoon. So I thought I would spend the morning cleaning up BOB. I started by taking down the curtains in the loft bed, the living/dining room and the storage area for fishing gear. I got the extension cord and the vacuum out. I vacuumed the loft bed. I put a queen sized fitted sheet over it. The curtains were now washed and dried so I began putting them back up. The loft ones are always fun. I tend to forget the low ceiling and bonk my head scooting around to each window. The front window in the loft is on two rods, one that goes through the top of the curtain and one that goes through the bottom. I got them onto the rods and was trying to clip them to the brackets they would not connect. I had put the top rod through the wrong pocket on the curtain. So I had to take them off and rethread them through the smaller top pocket.
I then put all the extra bedding up on the loft. I stowed some other extra bedding under one of the bench seats and some extra dish towels and dishcloth. I was then able to get the sheet and pillow cases off the couch and took them in to wash. While those were going I vacuumed the couch and bench seats.
Oh, by the way when David got up at 9:30 I realized that this job was not going to be done by the afternoon. It turns out that was ok, because David told me we were not going fishing until Sunday. I guess I picked the right day to Spring Clean BOB!
I had an old sheet of plexi- glass that I broke to fit over the flow through in the storage area. I cut the extra bin lid to fit in the bottom of the storage area. I now had a neat tidy place to store all the pole holders, fishing net, fish stringer, tackle boxes, branch cutter, 3 pound hammer, flashlights and umbrellas, and shovel. We use the branch cutter later in the season when our favorite spots start to get over grown. The hammer is for pounding the pole holders in the ground. We use the shovel to level out spots for our chairs or dig steps down the steep banks. I thought you might be wondering what we used those strange items for when we went fishing.
Now that all that was safely stored I went about putting the living/dining room curtains back up. My plan was to use some old plastic plumbing tube as curtain rods like I did for some of the other curtains. It was a fail as the windows were to long and the plumbing tube would sag down in the middle. 😦 So I had to put them up like I had them before with the rings placed over the end of the boards that use to hold the blinds.
I next vacuumed all of the carpet. I put the rug back down in front of the door and put the cooler back down on it in front of the storage area. Again, I did not get before photos as I had not planned to do this it was just a spur of the moment thing. I did get afters though.
Update on the Moonflowers
They are opening up their leaves.