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ImagePaul2032
Aug 30, 2012 12:07 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
I think it might be fun to have a thread that isn't about a specific Iris subject all though even with a subject we wander. This morning I weeded two beds of tiny weeds with my winged weeder and then got down on my bottom and hand weeded another area. I pulled some outer leaves off of mature clumps of iris that were loose and groomed the newly planted things. I'm happy to see lots of in crease coming. I got my leaf blower out and blew the dirt and twigs and acorns off of the driveway. I love my oak but in the fall it is a mess as it produces lots of acorns that take 6 weeks to fall and the leaves take for ever to drop. Often they are not all off before Christmas. My last job til the evening cool down is to spread some alfalfa pellets around some established clumps of iris that need a little push and then water it in with a little 1/2 dilute fertilizer called Expert Gardener that I found at Wal-Mart yesterday.....15-30-15 with trace elements. Like Miracle grow but just about half the price. Then a tomato sandwich and an ear of corn for lunch and then a nap. I've earned it after working all those years...............I love my garden.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imageavmoran
Aug 30, 2012 12:10 PM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
Still at wotk but have 12 more guest irises to plant along with 150 new aquisitions to plant in new beds so I am placing pots in order of planting before I actually plant.
ImagePaul2032
Aug 30, 2012 12:13 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
How long have they been in the pots?
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imagecrowrita1
Aug 30, 2012 12:39 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi, I helped the "Boss" weed her daylily bed on one side of the house, planted 2 new Historics (that dosen't sound right, does it?) that were a Gift from a fellow HIPS member,checked the garden for broccoli, peppers,& 'maters(yes,yes,&yes) watched the "boss"pull a few dead daylily leaves. That's my gardening for today! From 10:00 on, I'm working on the 5th wheel, shower at 5:00, out for supper at 6:00, probably in bed by 9:00. A boring life, but I love it!!
Imageavmoran
Aug 30, 2012 1:38 PM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
Some since last year the rest about 1-2 months
:)
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Imageirisarian
Aug 30, 2012 2:00 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
John is out weeding & this morning I worked on the international median round robin, copied some of the old letters & now ready to mail.

I am giving my shoulder a rest after weeding & planting 4 TB irises yesterday. I have 3 smalls ready to plant & then (probably tomorrow) have to move an orange BB seedling. It has no where to go.
Imageirisloverdee
Aug 30, 2012 6:25 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Well on Mon will line out the seedlings from o4 to 10 and finally plant 11 never been this late, but this year has been different in many ways.

These seedlings are ones I like but have not decided if will use for hybridizing or intro and then got to get the ones lined out that are the same and not mixed up.

Have several seedlings that are TB very ruffled, good background and want to get stock built up.

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImageMuddymitts
Aug 30, 2012 7:02 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Omigosh -- what a day to ask that question, Paul. As I mentioned on an ATP thread, I have ordered and received Irises that I have no place to plant. So I decided to resurrect an overgrown Iris/Peony/Daffodil bed alongside the riding arena -- a project that I had planned to do during the cooler, wetter-soil weather of Fall and Winter.

So today I finished weeding an 8-foot section of that bed, which is enough space for the Irises that I just received from Dee this week. Next, I have to clear another 8-foot section for the Irises that I just ordered from Aitken's. Clearing this space involves digging into very hard, dry dirt -- in order to find and remove the roots of very heavily embedded Bermuda grass. Anyone who is intimately acquainted with Bermuda grass understands. Anyone who is not intimately acquainted with Bermuda grass is very fortunate.

Anyway, last night I soaked down the area that I planned to work on today, which helped a lot -- making the digging much easier. If I had stopped when I finished the 8 foot section I planned on, I'd be in good shape tonight and very happy. However. I was distracted by the overhanging branches of a nearby River Birch tree -- and decided to trim those. Then I decided to prune the branches of the Golden Juniper that lives beneath the River Birch tree. Then -- of course -- I had to rake up all the debris that had accumulated under the Juniper. Then I had to clean up all the debris that I had created from the three projects and haul it to the burning pile. Then it was time to clean stalls, bring in and feed the horses and barn cats, then water all the plants in pots on the deck, on the front porch, and under the cherry trees. And fill the bird feeders.

Think I might have overdone it a bit? You'd be right. I can hardly lift my arms to type. So I'm gonna quit -- and read about what everyone else did today.
Hosenemesis
Aug 30, 2012 8:35 PM CST
Name: Renee Fraser
Southern California Sunset 19
Too hot today. Like the Boss, I pulled a few leaves off of daylilies. Maybe tomorrow will be better.
Renee
Imageirisarian
Aug 30, 2012 8:57 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
When you have animals which must eat & be cleaned after, it sort of distracts from the garden. Big Grin
Imagenaomimade
Aug 30, 2012 10:33 PM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
.... not much... Cleaned house all day!!!
I did water what I planted yesterday, and take note that I needed more Mushroom Compost and Top Soil, whick I picked up a few hours ago...
BUT, Yesterday, I potted up probably 20 or so rhizomes that I got from my sons house, and some left-overs ( throw-aways.. if there is such a thing.. ha ha!! )
and finished just in time to have Dee's irises arrive...

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... and then I expanded the 'iris corral' so that they would fit in there, since I really didn't want to build a whole new bed...

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... and... added some more noids to the Pity Plot...

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so... although I would have loved to play in the dirt again today, I had to clean house because we're taking a 4-day trip to Oregon for Labor Day. Gonna spend some time at the beach eating Crab Louie's, and Razor Clams.

Thumbs up

Dee, realistically, I don't think we're going to make it down there for even a quick visit... Sad

Dino's kids have decided (finally) that they're going to join us at the beach, so now we have a 'schedule' of sorts that we have to keep....I wanted to at least have time to drive by and grab a hug... Smiling
..but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.....
Sad
Imagege1836
Aug 31, 2012 3:03 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
I weeded and waited for my Mid America delivery.I love thacking numbers.UPS pulled up late afternoon just like it said.
I will plant today Aug.31
Used my computer to make plans for 2 bonuses they sent.
Imageirisarian
Aug 31, 2012 8:01 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I really need to move some plants around, but as it is going to the 90s today, I don't think it will happen now.
Imagetveguy
Aug 31, 2012 11:12 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Well, after feeding, cleaning, and fly sraying all of the horses, I watered the veggie garden, and the new irises. Then put the hose in the last water tank to fill for the horses. Came into the house while that was filling to take the dogs out, and when I turned the water on to wash my hands, there was no water. Ran out to see what was going on, and there was no water running. Looks like the water pump went out, now I'm waiting for the well guys to get here, and hoping is just the pump, and not a dry well. I was supposed to be at work at 1:00, not going to happen. Can't even take a shower. Ugh!
ImageMuddymitts
Aug 31, 2012 11:14 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Oh man -- sorry to hear that Tom. Running out of water when you have horses is a major disaster!!
Imagenaomimade
Aug 31, 2012 11:34 AM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
Great subject, Paul, thank you! I've just now had time to just sit and read while eating my lunch..Marie Calendars frozen Turkey Pot Pie.....it was handy and not much work.
I've enjoyed reading everone's events of the day. Thank you!
ImagePaul2032
Aug 31, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
I had a frozen turkey pot pie for supper last night and it wasn't bad. I'm watering hosta today, lawns tomorrow......I think it is fun to get to know each other a little better. Waiting for my daughter to call so we can go to lunch. Iris are looking good[.
Thumb of 2012-08-31/Paul2032/9a9e82 Established clumps need some grooming
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Thumb of 2012-08-31/Paul2032/510093 oops...that isn't an iris....Gemini...roses and hosta are my other passions
Thumb of 2012-08-31/Paul2032/7305a9 O.K. this area is to shady for iris.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imagetveguy
Aug 31, 2012 12:47 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Nice gardens Paul! Mary Ann, the well guy just left. They had replaced the water tank last year, and he said he's had to replace all of that style that he installed, so he put in a new one free, and I'm good to go! Hurray! How cool is that, I just saw the $$ signs rolling in my head, thinking a new well, or at least a new pump. I see Isaac went farther West, Missouri is getting a good rain, and looks like Iowa will too. Now I can go out and pick Tomatoes, I finally am getting a few. It's too hot here to do much other gardening.
irisawe
Aug 31, 2012 1:45 PM CST
Name: Katherine Howe
Raytown(Kansas City) MO
Not doing anything today but watching what is left of Isaac, bringing us much needed rain. I am just thanking God for the relief. Feels great. Love looking outside at it. Comforting stuff.

K
Katherine
ImageMuddymitts
Aug 31, 2012 3:03 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
The sun is shining here in dry-dry-dry (did I say dry?) western Kentucky. We may not get a drop of Isaac's rain. I cannot believe it.

Tom -- I'm SO happy to hear your *well news*. What a relief, eh? How many freebies do you get in life? Not many!! Hurray!

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