Moonflowers

NIGHT BLOOMERS!

I bought these moonflower seeds on clearance last fall. I had never heard of them or never seen them to the best of my knowledge. The reason I bought them is while walking to the park several times last summer with Kay and Marty we would pass this one yard that had these huge flowers that looked a lot like morning glories. I mean the flowers were as big as my hand. I thought these moonflowers might be them. I read the package and discovered that they bloom at sunset, so they could not have been the flowers we passed in that yard. I got them anyway because they looked a lot like morning glories and they would vine to 12 to 15 feet tall and so the flowers would be big too.

I did a little research on them this morning, there is not much info about them. One thing I learned was that they are poisonous especially the seeds. If I remember correctly, so are morning glories. They are pretty drought resistant which will be good for my area. I am also planning to transplant them under the west and south bedroom windows which get quite hot because the sun reflecting off the aluminum siding.

They are supposed to be very fragrant too. I am thinking these will bring the humming-bird moths around. I have seen one on occasion since I have now started planting flowers. I bet the butterflies out and about in the early evenings may even enjoy them.

One other thing  I learned was that you should soak the seeds in warm water over night before planting. I did this as it was a tip on the back of the package. I started them off in these peat pots and some potting soil. So now we will wait and see if they will sprout.

So my fellow gardeners, have you any advice or experience with these giants of the flower garden?

Oh, here is another question for you, do you have another species of night bloomers in your flower garden?

 

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California Here I Come!

Well not me personally, but one of my crochet items sold today!

 

One of my long time online friends purchased it. I put a status on my personal Facebook that I had other things besides cold weather gear, like these little coin purse and other small bags and pouches. So she messaged me that she was interested in this one but she had to wait for her new debit card. Well it came today. So I packaged it up for her and David took it to town this afternoon to mail it.

Christmas Cowls for the Kitties

It is that time a year, I have to make the kitties look festive.

A Scarf for Martin

 

Marty really likes scarfs so I decided to make him one that matched a hat I already had made him.

I decide on this one.

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I have not tried to make a chevron stitch project yet. I thought this would be a good project to try stitch rather than a whole afghan. The beanie is actually v-stitches strategically placed to form a chevron pattern so it doesn’t really count as a chevron.

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Project Name: Martin’s Camouflage – Pumpkin(Orange) Set – Scarf
Pattern Used: Scarf (Zig-Zag or Chevron Scarf)
Kindle Ebook “Crochet Pattern Instructions for Beginners” Location 360 – 376
by: Janice Hayes Copyright 2014
Started on: 11/29/2016
Finished on: 12/08/2016
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25
Stitches Used: Double Crochet, Double Crochet V-stitch, and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4ply worsted weight in 0254 Pumpkin(Orange)
Jumbo in 0971 Camouflage
Measurements: 32 inches long x 6 1/2 inches wide

My Amethyst (Purple) Mulberry Mix Pouch

 

I liked the style of the Crochet Reindeer Pouch so I made one for myself. I thought it would make a great pouch for dollars, change, and my ancient cellphone. I did not add the eyes or antlers because I made it in purple.

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Project Name: Amethyst (Purple) Mulberry Mix Pouch
Pattern Used: Crochet Reindeer Pouch by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me
Started on: 10/04/2016
Finished on: 10/15/2016
Hook Used: H/8 – 5.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet, Single Crochet decrease, Treble Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0356 Amethyst (Purple)
Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 3972 Mulberry Mix
Other Materials: Large Purple Button, Blue and Purple Flower Fabric
Measurements: 6 inches by 3 1/2 inches

 

I also chose to add a lining. I used a small piece the blue and purple flower fabric I use as my photos backdrop. No worries there is plenty left for the backdrop.🙂

Pet Sitting the Furgrandson

Photo taken by Kay

Photo taken by Kay

My furgrandson, Buck is staying the weekend whilst his mommy Kay, daddy Justin, and baby brother Marty are down in Sidney, Oktoberfesting with Uncle Jay. He was barking at the wind alot. Dave was outside and said he would also bark at my bedroom window. So I played some ball with him and gave him one of those left over steaks. He enjoyed that. We went for a walk down the road at 3:30 pm. He did well and did not drag me. I took him down to the bridge where the creek runs under. He really wanted to go investigate that creek. On the way back to the house he kept coming up to me all happy and jumpy. When we got back to the yard he didn’t want to chain up by BOB . He wanted to come in. I think he was looking for mom and dad and wanted to see if they were inside. He looked around a bit then I put him in his kennel with some water. He lapped it right up. He laid in there for a while then about 6:30 he started to whine. I took him on his leash for a walk around the house. He found one of Dave’s squash holes that had a fresh gopher mound in it and tried to dig it out. lol I had to give him a good tug to get him to continue the walk around the yard. We made it round to the back yard and he wanted in the back door. I said we needed to continue around to the front door to go in. He stopped at the big tree there and did his number 2 business. We came to the front door and he did well coming in the house with me. He had to run around the living room for a few seconds and I had to tell him twice to get in the kennel but he went. He was fine for about an hour. He was getting bored but now it was dark so no going outside. So I just covered up the cat food and shut the bedroom doors and let him loose . He went around sniffing, checking things out, swept the kitchen floor of crumbs and is now laying quietly on the floor beside me as I type this up. I will put him back in the kennel for the night just before I go back to my room for bed.

First SWEET Pepper!

Yippee, the sweet peppers are starting to turn!

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David picked this one and two days later I picked one just like it.

There is another one starting to turn yellow it should be ready in another day or two.

I hope now they pick up the pace.

The weatherman is predicting our first freezing overnight low for October 4 th.

Garden Flowers In a Vase

 

It has started to get cooler at night here. We have had a few nights in a row with the temps around 35 to 40 degrees for the lows. I thought I would bring in some of the flowers in to enjoy them in the house. I cut the pink gladiolus  for the center piece. It is the sixth one to bloom. There are four more canes, one is another pink one , a yellow one, and the other two are still growing out from the leaves. I then cut and arranged marigolds and  helichrysums around it. I enjoyed them for a couple of days then I took them over to my daughter on Wednesday so she could enjoy my pretty flowers too. I took this photo before I took them to her. I am sorry for the poor quality it was taken with my ancient cell phone. 😀

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Plan B

 

We had been fishing for some time this day. We each had a couple of small bites, but no takers just a couple of quick tugs then nothing.

It was after dark, when David finally got a good bite on his Big Game pole baited with a small perch. I got up from my lawn chair to be ready with the net. David feels a good tug then pulls back and sets the hook. The fish makes a run for it, the line plays out with that wonderful zzt zzzt zzzzt sound. David pulls back and reels in the slack then everything comes to a halt. The fish has manage to snag himself in the weeds, tree limb, or other debris. He continues to pull but the fish is not budging. So he grabs the line its self and pulls on it… SNAP the line breaks. We are both bummed, but as I turn to return to my chair I see my pole tip is bent over and the butt is lifting off the ground. I grab it up and start reeling. There is a bit of a fight, but then it reels in easily. It seems pretty heavy, and not coming in at a proper angle. I finally get it up to the bank. The fish is wrapped up in my line and David’s busted line,weight and the hooks are in the fish’s lip and his front fin. We both look at each other and laugh. David hooked it but I reeled it in.

When the fish went on his run he went through my line. Usually when either of us hook a big one we will reel in the other poles. I was so excited about him finally hooking something I forgot this time. (Yep,fishing for the big fish has been slow this season.) We decided to call this new method of fishing Plan B. 🙂