My dad would watch the Little Rascals very closely as he lived in the area at one time. I thought he was a bit crazy, but now I find myself doing the same thing. We now have this little game we play when we are watching television or a movie; we get to shout out in a loud voice, "I was there!!!" when we see a location where we have lived or visited. Of course, my younger daughter wins all the time as she traveled to Europe and has been to some really cool locations.
Andi.... What a pretty area you are now in. Boy I would love to be able to take walks around a lake. It went to96 today and I'm still melting in this heat, heck you would find me swimming in that lake.
Your pot ghetto looks like a pristine garden compared to the mess I have here. The more pots I still dumping from winter the worse it looks.
Poison... How cute your new organic insect buddies are. Oh ya Phyliss Diller is an all time favorite. Her and Minnie Pearl both.
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The swimming lake opened today. The water must be really cold this year, but a few people were walking up the street with towels. Pop by anytime, Ella. My house is still a maze of boxes, but I always have plenty of coffee!
I complain about winter, but I handle the cold better than the heat. I can't imagine having August weather in May. How do you survive August?
No meteors, yet, but people are setting off fireworks. My other neighbors are having a bonfire. Between the commotion, the clouds and the trees it would be hard to see anything. I'll check again once things quiet down.
Winston the pug is exhausted from gardening. He missed his afternoon nap because he can't sleep while on garden guard duty. He is fine with the new place now that I have unpacked the kitchen gear and started cooking normal meals again. I cooked a batch of his special recipe stew. He was getting tired of his field rations - aka gluten free dog food. The latest bag is salmon and peas. Bella the cat prefers it to her cat food and she never touches the dog dry food.
I have the nicest neighbor. He was thinning out some plants around his flagpole and asked me if I wanted any. He warned me that they take over. As I mentioned, I have been looking for something to take over the strip of weeds and weed grass by the road. These plants are similar to my cranebill geranium but bigger and more prolific. Once they bloom, I should be able to guess what they are. The buds have a reddish pink tint, perhaps they may be pink. I got rid of two tote baskets of weed and weed grass clumps and spaced the plants apart along the front. I'll see how they do.
I also started laying out cardboard where the future stone walkways will be in the back yard. I am working with the existing terrain and the few existing plants. I found so many tree limbs under the leaves that I have the makings of a major bonfire.
Andi, I envy your fresh garden start. It sounds like lots of fun, and how nice to have a gardening neighbor!
The girls are part of my little flock but tend to segregate themselves and wander around with only each other when they are out. I don't let them roam unless I am close by as they are perfect hawk food. They lay very small eggs that delight children and are more fun than functional.
Andi I've read about your moving trials here over the years and you have been so upbeat, I shudder to think about moving from my gardens. You are a perfect example of one of my personal mottoes: "Bloom where you're planted."
Here is my pole bean setup. Have some piggy seeds in there. Trionfo violetta is an especially fast grower. First to germinate and is reaching up to sky past 6' tall support. Also Chinese yard long bean. Have Joseph's mixed pole and bush in there. I wouldn't have these unusual varieties without you folks. Plus a garden friend gave me some butter bean seeds that he's been growing for years. I noticed they were especially slow to germinate and they are poking along but very much alive. Love the variety of beans. And I live how it is helping the soil.
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Thank you, scbuttercup. Moving plants is a challenge, especially prickly roses. My friends don't understand "the gardening thing". I concentrated on plants that I couldn't start again from seed. Even so, it was a lot of pots, buckets, etc. I kept slips of each perennial and shared the rest with gardening friends.
I was upset this winter when I learned that I had to move. The sale of the property was on and off again several times. Their mortgage fell thru less than a week before closing. They got another mortgage somehow and wanted to move in as soon as the property closed. I was so fed up with the uncertainty that I couldn't wait to leave! Now I just have to get my security deposit back from the new owners. Argh.
It is for the best. I am in a nicer place with nicer neighbors and plenty of room to live and garden. Heading outside while the front bed is still shady. The new neighbors first impression of me is my behind sticking up in the air as I work on the front garden bed.
Winston the pug is sleeping in. It's a dog's life!
Thanks Chelle, for the flaked Ipomoea purpurea seeds, Carnevale De Venezia, in the piggy swap. I've had seeds from this mixture before that never contained anything but blue, but this one has a range of blues and pinks from just six seeds. Love 'em!
ok I have a decision to make here. I have always thought brussel sprouts and broccoli were spring and fall crops here. However neither has produced yet. I think I see some possible little nubs on the sprouts but its starting to heat up here. My Neil Sperrys Texas Garden book says its tough to get sprouts to produce in spring here. Should I pull them and make room for other things? or do you think they will produce this year? oh and they are pretty short still too.
Misti, i tried for the longest time to grow them as spring crops and it just never works. Also, BS are much better after a light frost so they are definitely a fall crop. I have some stuff I put in and it got set back from the late extreme cold and I am thinking I may as well pull them out too. Just too hot. They're not going to amount to anything.
Thank you Arlene, Just hate to pull green plants lol Guess I will clean them out of the garden this weekend then. Also have to figure out what to spray (natural) on my peas to get rid of the mildew they are covered in as well as the mites. I always end up with mites in my garden. I am thinking maybe Murphys oil soap, baking soda and Tea tree oil spray.
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