Surprise! Surprise ! Surprise!

I found  three Yardening on May 29, 2018.


My plans for the day were to transplant the cucumber seedling outside and plant more gladiolus bulbs. I got a bit side tracked in those plans, but not unhappy about it. I did get a lot done just not what was planned.
I checked on the yellow squash plant that was transplanted outside earlier in the month. It was doing well. I set the cucumber seedling beside its mound to await planting.

I then went around taking progress photos of the other flowers and plants. As you can see the turnips and carrots are doing quite well. The old gladiolus bulbs from last year are coming up, but the new ones from this year have not. I don’t know if any of you pay attention this well, but do you notice anything missing from the corner with the gladiolus? If not I will clue you in. There use to be 3 other clumps of irises there. That is the only one left at the small end of the row of rocks. One week they were there the next they were gone. We have a gopher problem here so I am guessing they raided my bed and stole the irises and some, if not all the new gladiolus bulbs I planted. The gladiolus package stated they were safe from being eaten by deer. Did not say anything about furry underground dwellers. Oh, well it is still early maybe some of them survived the raid.

Ok, now back to transplanting that cucumber. It was transplanted toot sweet. I then decided I would do some weeding around the mound I transplanted it into. Well I got to going and just kept on going. I went around the fence to get rid of the cheat grass there, lo and behold I came across this little fellow all by his lonesome.
It is an iris plant. He probably got tossed here years ago when we moved them from the front bed on the south side of the house. He then was covered by an old pallet with more stuff piled on it. Last year David cleared off the pallet because it was rotting and burned the rest. So this year the iris was able to get some sun and only had the cheat grass to compete with. Once I got all the cheat grass removed, I thought this would be a good spot to make a new flower bed.

While I was thinking of what to plant there and how to separate it off so it would not get mowed, I continued weeding toward the north. I pulled a nice clump of cheat grass and discovered these funguys. I have no idea what kind they are, so I had no intention of harvesting them to eat, but it was neat to find. This just goes to show you how wet and cool the last couple of weeks of May were. I got the grass cleared away from them and found another clump a bit to the east of the first clump.

Well that seemed a good place to stop weeding for the day. I still had that new flower bed to deal with. So I put the weeds into a five gallon bucket to carry them over to the weed /leaf pile along the south fence line along the horse pasture. I carried to heaping buckets over to it. We started this pile there to cover up the puncture/devil head weeds that grow there. Suffocate those buggers!!!

I decided I would plant the valentine and sky gladiolus bulbs topped with a box of marigolds in the new bed around the lonely iris.

I am calling it my Red Hat Society bed, I don’t belong to the society. I heard of it when I worked at the nursing home. Besides the red for their hats they also had purple. So that is what came to mind for this bed. I planted two rows west of the iris and two rows east of the iris with the valentine variety gladiolus. I planted two short rows to the south and north of the iris with the sky variety. There is still an old pallet to the west which has various junk piled on it. The rv awning tarp to the north which has old oil jugs , piles of cables, and metal scrap waiting to be disposed of properly. I found the old plastic grids and buried them to form a fence to the south and east. Gladiolus were planted just not were I was planning to at the start of the day it also was a nice way to spruce up the junk piles I guess. Well two out of the three surprises were good ones. I call that a good day of yardening.


So It Was 100 Degrees Yesterday

Only the low 80’s Today.

Yesterday was the hottest day so far in my neck of the woods. And no one was prepared or accustomed to this kind of heat yet. You know how I know? The power went out for an hour and a half at the peak hot part of the afternoon from just before 3 pm until 4:30 pm. WE WERE ALL DYING!   X_X

So needless to say I put off the weeding for one more day.

This morning it was a pleasant 69 degrees at 9:30 am. So instead of sitting at the computer playing Facebook games I got to doing that weeding. My pepper patch and the strawberries finally got their weeding. The little marigold seedlings got weeded also. They are doing well, still a bit stubby. After their weeding all plants were given a healthy drink of water.

The little Marigolds at the edge of the summer squash patch.

The little Marigolds at the edge of the summer squash patch.

You remember how Johnny Jump – Up went through an ordeal, he didn’t fully recover like I thought he would. No, no don’t be too sad, I found Junior this morning when I was wandering around getting things for weeding!

This just in… David was out looking at Junior and found 2 more baby Jump – ups possibly a third!


Johnny Jump - Up's son.

Johnny Jump – Up’s son.

I now have 9 gladiolus from my first planting and 6 from my second planting coming up . The radishes are just being skinny leafy things. I did pick a nice round red one. My son ate it.

I transplanted two nice marigolds from starter peat moss pod into these nice clay pots and they grew into these healthy plants.

They looked so cute I decided not to transplant them outside. They have now started flowering!

And last but not least, David did some more prep work on the new storm door for the front entrance. It was cool this evening before it got dark. He sanded down some of the frame-work to get it ready to paint. He then had to put wood filler in and around it. Whoever put in this door frame must have had a broken level. The thing is so catty wampy, that is the reason for the filler.

A Walk in Mono Chrome and Color

I set out on this walk with a few of these shots already in mind.

Some I just found along the way.