Flowers, Weeding, BOB, and Sully Too

 

As the summer progresses more flowers have started to show their colorful faces. Although this year they are a bit on the short side. All the cool, cloudy, wet days have slowed their roll. The ones that do bloom are cute and pretty.

This was the first little petunia this year. It was hidden a bit by the weed grass.

 

This small white cosmos was in the same area.

 

This was an orange California poppy.

This small common poppy.

 

Several different colored cosmos.

 

The Bachelor Buttons will not be out done.

 

Two Pretty in Pink Poppies
It always seem that when the poppies bloom they look there best on a windy day.
I have to hold them but that still didn’t keep the petals from swaying in the wind.

 

The first golden tickseed.
It was already starting to fade from being wind blown.

 

The second little petunia after that bed was weeded.

 

This flower is one that was a late bloomer last year. Also it may have been late because when things were first sprouting I thought it was a weed. Once the weeds got taller I did not see it. So a lone field larkspur plant with purple flowers survived last year.

 

This year I again sprinkled this same wildflower mixture. I again was pulling this plant as a weed when things were first sprouting. Somehow this guy hid himself away amongst the taller weeds from my grabby little fingers this year.
I again have a lone forking, rocket, or field larkspur plant but this year the flowers are pink. I was also able to get better photos as he is right along the edge next to the railroad tie border.

 

My final flower is not an on purpose flower. It is actually that carrot I let go wild.

It has gotten quite tall and has several branches with many flower heads.
It has many insect visitors including this busy bumble bee.
I had a heck of a time just getting the three shots of her.

 

Now on to the weeding.
I weeded the west side of the deck bed. That is why I was able to find the second petunia a few days later.

 

I got the south bedroom window bed weeded too.

 

The can peppers and the south side of the shed were weed also.

 

 

 

 

David decided to take the water heater out of BOB. He said once he got to looking at it, that he thinks this was a replacement heater. He doesn’t think it was properly hooked back up as there were wires that were not even hooked in to the heater at all. (see photo below for wires)

The water heater removed and some of the copper tubing.

 

David eventually wants to put one of those electric tankless water heaters in BOB. We don’t really need hot water at this point. We don’t need it for showers since we took out the tub/shower and will be taking those at campsites and RV parks that provide showers. We can just boil water on the portable camp stove for doing dishes for now.
He also removed all the extra copper tubing (as you can see it is laying on the ground in the above photo of the water heater) for the propane that went to it ,the furnace and the refrigerator. Those have also been removed in previous remodels. After he got the tubing out he was able to find some end caps at ACE hardware to seal off the ends.
Now that all the extra propane lines were capped off, David wanted to make sure the propane tank worked properly and still provided gas to the stove and oven in BOB. The propane system is in proper working order. David was afraid that he may have to remove the tank and figure out a different propane system for the stove and oven.
Wooooo Hoooo! I don’t need to use the camp stove for boiling water or cooking. I also now have a working oven to cook in. Nick was glad that the oven works too. He wants me to be able to make my cheesy rice dish.

 

I was able to get BOB’s bedroom back in order.

 

I will finish off this post with Sully pouncing on one of the bijillion grasshoppers we have this year.

 

 

And Now back to Our Regular October Weather

 

The weather has decided it will be a bit more seasonable. I have been able to get a few things done in the yard and garden area.

I was able to roll up a couple of garden hoses.

 

The flowers are all done for now. I think they may have actually made it a bit longer if they had not been covered with that heavy wet snow earlier.

 

Even so a couple of petunias were still green and had a flower. They were still green as of yesterday(October 25). The alyssum was and is still green and flowering. It is a tough little plant. Its seed survived a whole year before sprouting late this year. Now it just wants to keep going.  😀

 

Even though the temperature got down to 16 degrees a couple of nights these hearty bugs came back in force when the temperature got back up to near 70’s. This is a typical October occurance, the swarming of the box elder bugs. This was a mild swarming this day. They can sometimes be in groups of 20 or more all over the outside walls.

They are everywhere and get in the house. It gives Little Kitty something to chase around the house. She will bap them around, pick them up in her mouth, discover they taste awful and spit them out. Then repeat the whole process when she forgets how awful they taste.

 

The other task I was able to complete was getting the gladiolus bulbs dug up and ready for winter storage.

 

You may have notice the leaves in the flower beds. I plan to leave them on the wild flowers and petunias until spring. I did it that way last year and all the petunias and cosmos that self seeded came up this spring. Nature’s free mulch.

I will clean out the marigolds though. They seem to do fine with out a mulching if they self seed. I know this because the little buggers pop up everywhere the next spring, even outside the beds in bare spots in the grass.  😀

The Petunias Have a Frequent Flyer Visitor

 

A humming bird moth has been coming in the mornings and early evenings for about the last week.

I did not even try to get a still photo of him this day(September 12, 2018). He was just too busy tasting every flower in site. So I got this just over a minute video. You see him best at the end when he is flittering around in the left corner of the frame.

 

 

A few days later I was able to get a still of him. I was a bit more patient and he was taking a little longer to taste each flower.

My Flower Photos for the Week Ending August 2nd

 

Another awesome pink gladiolus!

 

Cleo is a monsterous size now!

 

A nice dark purple petunia and a white petunia.

 

A couple of cosmos.

 

The marigolds are finally starting to take off.

 

Sunflower

 

Yellow daisy like flowers.

 

Bachelor Button Bush

 

Red, Pink, Purple, and a Yellow Gladiolus

 

A real poppy?

 

And finally a little Johnny jump-up that is growing outside the bed under the west bedroom window.

 

This Week’s Flower Photos

 

Here are the photos that were added to My Flowers page this week.

First up is the shot of the cosmos and petunias. They are going crazy. The one cosmos at the front had 4 blooms all on top so he couldn’t keep his head up. After this photo was taken we had some rain he is practically laying on the ground now.

 

I found a white impatien. The first pic ended up being a side view.

The second pic is a better front on view.

 

This is the third cane gladiolus to bloom. It was one of the cool pink trimmed, with a white center.

 

This is the first marigold to bloom. It is the volunteer plant in with the gladiolus’s corner.

 

Just another pretty pink petunia.

 

This pic shows how wonderfully Cleo is doing now. She has some very beautiful deep red leaves.

 

The evening after I took these photos we got a pretty good rain storm. I went out to check the flowers and found the first yellow cane of gladiolus were beaten down to the ground. It was ok just water-logged. So I cut it, the other yellow cane, and the pink cane. I put them in a vase with Miracle Grow water. Now I can enjoy them indoors while I am on the computer as they are on the table right in front of me. 😀