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ImageSharon
Jun 30, 2016 11:36 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Happy Summer! Surely that includes everybody now, though it's always going to be much too hot or much too cool, much to wet or much too dry for somebody. But most of us have learned to make do.

Thank you so much for being such good friends and for continuing to fill our Blue Gardens with the best and most interesting discussions, full of various topics and interests as well as some personal trials and triumphs. This must surely be the best thread on the net. Here are some happy pictures to start our brand new thread:

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And Larry's happy family!
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We came from here: http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/83792/
Image9kittymom
Jul 1, 2016 12:48 AM CST
Name: Susan Coker
Bartlesville, Oklahoma,zone 6a
Lovely flowers Sharon.

Here is my one post for July. LOL

Heart doctor added an ACE inhibitor today to my beta blocker, and calcium channel blocker. My blood sugar is acting up and I am still trying to recover from the cataract surgery. Had the YAG procedure and then there was retinal swelling and I am going to a retinal specialist in Tulsa. All seems to be getting better finally. It can't be too soon for me.

We got a nice rain this evening, I have been killing myself pulling hoses again and running sprinklers. I have so much stuff I can't keep up. I will have a one day break and then it will be back at it. 100's forecast for the end of next week and back to no rain.

I haven't posted in so long there is so much stuff I could tell you, but I am about to fall asleep at the keyboard.

If you want to see flowers and cats, come over and see me on facebook.

I read everyday so I try to keep up with you all.

Susan
=^..^=
Imagevic
Jul 1, 2016 2:25 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Thank you for the new thread Sharon - Glad Miss Sunshine and your beautiful blooms are starting it out for us.

Hey there Susan - pray you get all your medical issues resolved Group hug

Larry - LOVED your photo's.

Mary and Arlene - your suppers sounded yummy!
Imagebillyporter
Jul 1, 2016 4:48 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Beautiful pictures everyone and thanks for the new thread Sharon!

Haircut today so I'm rushing thru. Have a great day!
A small town has no secrets except itself
Imageirisarian
Jul 1, 2016 6:17 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Happy summer, everyone. Good to have a family gathering, Larry. So glad that Brique has settled into the family & is good with children.

Good to hear from Susan.
ImageMaryE
Jul 1, 2016 8:12 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Good morning. We have a nice, calm morning, 57 on the porch at daylight. I've been out watering, moved the empty gopher trap to a new place near where the critter got another tomato plant last night.

Sharon, thanks for the new thread. Larry sneaked in just under the wire with his picnic pictures. I'm glad you moved one of them to the new thread!

Great pictures, Larry. Lots of good, family fun and I see that Aunt Rose is still able to join the party! Brique sure enjoyed it, just like the kids. Your new dog is not sure.

Susan (9kitty) I'm glad to see you again, sorry that you still have so many health issues. I hear you on dragging the hoses because I do a lot of that and have a small fortune invested in hoses. Currently have 3 in the vegie garden and 2 in the yard, plus a few of those black weapy hoses and at least 10 sprinklers that make different patterns, plus a set of 3 inline hoses and with their sprinklers, and the greenhouse hose plus another to reach the fruit trees. And then there are some old hoses that developed leaks and instead of fixing them again, we drilled holes to convert them to leaky hoses for watering some bushes and grape vines. Lots of hoses! Some of them stay put, others I have to move. Part of the problem is that there is one outdoor faucet in the yard, one at the greenhouse and another at the garden, all far apart!

Today I have to teach a new co-op member how to do the repackaging of dry things that come in bulk and are broken down into customer sized bags. It puts a hole in the middle of the day, but at a time when I wouldn't be doing much outside because of the heat. Rick has banking and things to do and will probably hang out at the air conditioned library until I finish that and also have a little time with a lady who works on different days than I do now. I'm taking her a little jar of our homemade sauerkraut.

Gotta get moving again. I hope all of you have a great day!

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageMuddymitts
Jul 1, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Thanks for the new thread, Sharon!!

Susan -- what is an YAG procedure? I need to have cataract surgery on my right eye. The left one is clear as a bell. Go figure........

Larry -- loved the pictures. As I looked at them, I thought *nothing like kids and dogs to put a smile on the face*!! Big Grin
ImageMaryE
Jul 1, 2016 11:15 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
It's Superduck!Thumb of 2016-07-01/MaryE/42c0f3
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageSharon
Jul 1, 2016 12:03 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Flying through the air with the greatest of ease!!! What a great cloud! Thanks, Mary. You have more sky than I do!!

Can't wait to see your haircut, Sally! You gotta show us!

Susan, I feel so bad about your health issues, but you just keep right on going. I love your flowers and always try to catch all your photos as you post them on FB.

I was so glad to see Aunt Rose at the family picnic and doubly happy to see Rosemary there with her family. I worried so much about her last week.

Enjoy your busy day, Mary. Think I'll just sit here and finish the painting for Ash,
SunnyBorders
Jul 1, 2016 2:42 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Been pouring with rain today, so a bit of a respite.

Thank's, Sharon.
Tim's back at his home now; on recuperative time-off and feeling back to normal.
So glad you smartly avoided the pills with red dye.
Always hoping you're having a good day, Sharon.
Lovely, the daylilies: our's are still in bud.
Love the picture of Sunshine in the chair.

Such a sweet card, Nancy.
Interesting pictures.

Interested to see the kitchen pictures, Arlene.
Glad you're now back to a very nice working kitchen.
Remember from last year how disruptive the kitchen renovation was.

Happy you're back to having air conditioning, Vic.

Great garden pictures, Larry, Andi.
Excellent work.

Mary, your picture immediately above is quite spectacular.

Sorry about the accident, Mary.
Hope you're feeling much better.

Picture is June 27.
Time to deadhead the last peony blooms.
Everything is green (we watered during the dry spell).
Think we tend to get a largely flowerless green spell between the peonies of June and the July/August-blooming perennials.

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Imagevic
Jul 1, 2016 6:18 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Fantastic sky shot Mary Thumbs up

Charlie - Beautiful peonies Lovey dubby so thankful your son is doing well.
Imageirisarian
Jul 1, 2016 6:18 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I enjoyed 'super duck' photo, Mary.

My seedlings came back from the iris convention. I am surprised at the few rust colored Miniature tall seedling returns. It must have kept blooming & not yet putting out new fans (irises bloom off the increases). Anyway it is planted here & I hope ready to put out new fans.
ImageMaryE
Jul 1, 2016 10:29 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Lucy, thanks for that bit of information about irises blooming off the increases. There is always something to learn on this thread!

Nice picture, Charlie.

Thanks for the compliments about Superduck. He was just flying by (like Vic) as we were on our way home from Pendleton on Monday. We were coming down the east side of the pass, that is why there are trees in the picture! The wind tore the poor fellow apart just a few minutes later.

Today's packaging training went very well. It's so easy when I have a sharp student. This lady is a retired teacher, she taught first grade and now is helping with a summer reading program. My visit with a friend afterward was pleasant and we decided we need to do that again because we don't often see each other at the co-op, usually working on different days.

The wind is blowing again and this evening it is welcome because the house is cooling nicely. Good for sleeping which is what I will be doing in just a few more minutes. Sweet dreams.

Oh, forgot to add that I did find the perfect drapey plant with white blooms for my waterfalls.... I just don't know what it is! I'll get a picture and one of you can probably tell me.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
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ImageSharon
Jul 1, 2016 11:23 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I almost finished a mermaid tail today, almost. One more day and I'll have it all done. It's for a little girl with leukemia, I think I said that earlier.

Aside from that, I did not do much of anything, more painting on things for Ashley though. About finished with the gold Bs.

Sunshine is sleeping on her sofa so all's well in my world.

You all have a good night and a great Saturday!!
ImageLarryR
Jul 2, 2016 12:24 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Here is a photo of my next daylily intro:

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I'm going to call it 'Starship Enterprise' since it has a star-shaped gold throat. Could also be the flames from a starship leaving Earth or from firing one of its jets in space.

'Nite Sharon.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

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ImageSharon
Jul 2, 2016 12:38 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
So beautiful Larry!
Nite again.
Imagevic
Jul 2, 2016 4:12 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Beautiful daylily Larry and in my much younger days, I was a star trek fan so love the name Thumbs up

Can't wait to see your painting and your B's Sharon. How are you feeling?

Busy day....

Group hug Group hug
Imagebillyporter
Jul 2, 2016 5:20 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
Love Superduck!

Sharon,
it's not much of a cut and it's almost not short enough. It's pretty much my avatar picture. One thing those girls do not do is over cut. I should have told her I wanted it just under the top of my shoulders when it dries. Each time I get a different girl and they all cut differently.

Charlie,
Happy for Tim!
July and August are my months of not much blooming too. I usually deadhead peonies during July or August. I cut them all the way back in late August to give them time to feed the roots.

Lucy,
I hope you get increases from your Iris too. It's amazing how much growth mine have had since looking so sad this spring.

Mary,
It's nice to see things going smoothly for you at the Co-op and yes, getting together is a great idea!

Sharon,
She will just love your mermaid!

Larry,
I love the name! I watch old Star Trek shows with the boys when we can find them on.
The lily is so bright and beautiful!

The mosquitoes have just exploded here. One day none, and thankfully I pulled beets that day, washed them and cut the tops off outside. Now I can't step out without getting covered. My neighbor called last night to make sure they weren't the only ones who had them so bad. She lives across the road from the mayor so I'm sure he'll get the mosquito sprayers out pronto.

Rain is moving in. Slowly, but getting here.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMuddymitts
Jul 2, 2016 6:56 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Sally -- will you please explain your comment "I cut them (peonies) all the way back in August to give them time to feed the roots"....... I thought that foliage feeds the roots, just like Irises. I don't have lots of peonies, but I like to see the ones that I have be happy and healthy!! Smiling

While bush-hogging the farm road yesterday, I spotted hundreds and hundreds of baby bag-worms on the Leland Cypress trees. They're here -- and they're here in abundance. Angry I hate those things -- they can, and have, killed trees of ours before. So my big job today is to get out the sprayer and spray the line of thirty trees. Then I have to finish mowing the farm road, and mow both lawns (ours and my Mom's). And the barnyard. Gonna spend a lot of time riding equipment today! It's supposed to rain tomorrow and Monday, so I need to get it done ahead of that.

That's a beautiful Daylily, Larry -- I love the red ones!!!

Hope everyone has a great day and a wonderful holiday weekend!
Imageirisarian
Jul 2, 2016 8:06 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Our rain last night was just a spitsworth, no use at all.
The lights went out for a minute, then came back on, so no damage there.

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