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Imageirisloverdee
Sep 22, 2012 12:19 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Well not in the garden today, been canning home made tomato soup and cleaning the house.

Maybe will be able to go out later and chart the replant

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

Imagevirginiarose
Sep 22, 2012 1:34 PM CST
Name: Susan
Southeastern, Va. zone 8a
HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE !
I am in the house also, I have company and I made a Banana Pudding. Sticking tongue out
Imageirisarian
Sep 22, 2012 2:01 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Pasture grass finally dried out so John could mow around the beds.
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 22, 2012 6:23 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I've also been a bit *domestic* this week -- I made a batch of pear butter from pears from our pear tree!! Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImagePollyK
Sep 22, 2012 6:31 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Mmmm, homemade tomato soup and toast with pear butter.

Rained her again all day.
Imageirisloverdee
Sep 22, 2012 8:47 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Tomorrow will be out making the stakes and charting if it does not rain like they say it will tonight

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

Imagege1836
Sep 23, 2012 3:07 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
I have plants coming and rain makes digging easier.I guess it doesnt need to rain for 3 days tho.
Imagetveguy
Sep 23, 2012 4:32 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Polly, I am doing instructional coaching in Math for a school district near by, working half time. I am a retired elementary school principal. Yes, look out, next year I still have half of my 64 foot iris bed to fill up, lol. This year I added 69 new varieties through trading and purchases.
Mary Ann, how did the pear butter turn out? I add a bit of ginger, along with the other spices when I make pear butter. Gives it a bit of zip. I haven't made it in years though, as I don't have a source of pears yet. Did you try the crock pot method?
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 23, 2012 6:55 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I did! It was an adventure fraught with peril, however. I thought I had the crock pot set on Lo -- it was set on Hi. So at one point when I checked on it to stir, etc., I found dried pears stuck to the side of the pot, and burned pears on the bottom. Thought I ruined it!! And turned it off in disgust. Next morning I removed the dried out pears, and cleaned out the burned pieces -- then added the sugar and flavorings and tried again. This recipe called for adding orange juice, grated orange rind and nutmeg. Later in the day when I checked on it, and it was hot again, all I could taste was terribly sweet, and very very orange -- and I had used half-quantities from what the recipe called for! So again -- I thought it was ruined. But I finished it out, packed it up in jars and put them in the fridge. I fully expected to be throwing them out the next day.

Magic occurred in the refrigerator that night! When I sampled the pear butter on Bay's English Muffins the next morning, it was............ good! The orange flavor had settled down into a subtle back-flavor, and the sugar had mellowed out into greatly to become just sweet enough. I'm not sure how that all happened -- lol -- but I was real happy about it!!

So that's my pear-butter saga! Hilarious!

How long have you been retired, Tom? Every once in awhile, I think about going back to work -- but I honestly don't know how I'd fit it into my days. I'm five years out from (early) retirement -- and every year it becomes less likely that I'll go back. Ya never know, though............ I give you credit for doing that.

Polly -- my avatar is a picture of me riding. I haven't been on a horse in three years or so -- not intentionally, sometimes life just intervenes. I hope to get back to it. Which is why I spend innumerable hours hand-weeding the riding ring, and weed-spraying the riding ring, and grooming the riding ring......etc., etc. I was looking at it the other day and speculating how many varieties of Iris I could fit in there.................. Rolling on the floor laughing
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageirisloverdee
Sep 23, 2012 8:48 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
The sun is shining and the outdoors is calling my name, so will take some pictures of the before and during and after today of the field, and do some charting, then will come up to the patio and make the iris stakes, ahh to be outside again.

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

Imagecrowrita1
Sep 23, 2012 9:04 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi,! Nice day, here ,also! Cool, heavy frost this A.M.,but supposed to hit 65. Pulled a few dead leaves from iris and daylilies, "toed -in" 2 walnut trees,and watered the new iris.Still waiting for some to arrive, hope I don't need a pickaxe to plant them!! Rita was bitten by a dog this A.M.,while on her walk Grumbling , so now we are waiting for the Sheriff's Deputy to come and make a report, check the dogs shots,etc.She's got 2 pretty bad punctures on the back of her leg(our son is an EMT,so he treated/bandaged it), but it really scared her Angry !This P.M.,I need to mow the quack grass!Camping Mon. afternoon till thursday morn.( I'll be close to where I used to work, as I have to go in on Tue., to give them a hand on something!)So not to much more"gardening" will be done, this week!...Arlyn
Imagetveguy
Sep 23, 2012 9:39 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
I retired in 03, took one year off for travel, then worked for the State Department of Public Instruction part time for several years as a consultant. I was funded through a federal grant, and last year that grant ended, so I spent the year off. It felt like my head was turning to mush, so when I had a chance at this job, and took it.
Imagege1836
Sep 23, 2012 11:14 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
Its beautiful early fall.Warm sun cold breeze and gusts.Fireplace makes smoke outdoors.I love it.
ImagePollyK
Sep 23, 2012 11:30 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I'm retired but I still work part time, too. Tom, we need all the good educators we can get, so keep at it.

I hope Rita doesn't become afraid of dogs after this, Arlyn.
Imagenaomimade
Sep 23, 2012 10:44 PM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
I spent this afternoon potting up the rest of my irises from the PNW sale.... still don't know where they will be planted, but I'm sure I'll find a spot for each of them somewhere. Thumbs up
ImagePollyK
Sep 24, 2012 8:37 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Have you had any progress on purchasing any land? You're going to be like Aux Iris, Michele, with her irises in another spot.
Imageirisloverdee
Sep 24, 2012 1:01 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Well just came in to eat lunch, have been trimming all the iris and watering my own gardens finally!

Did alot of baking this weekend and cleaning so it feels wonderful to be in the garden

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

ImagePaul2032
Sep 24, 2012 4:33 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
I watered all of the iris today....probably only a couple more times this year before fall/winter. I made some maps and lists and checked and rechecked. I took some pictures of some my roses to add to the rose data base on ATP. No iris bloom now Thumbs down I'm making some chicken noodle soup and rolls for supper.
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ImagePollyK
Sep 24, 2012 6:00 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Just beautiful, Paul.

I got together some plants to ship to friends, and planted some potted sibs. I got all Ensata's new ones. (Share next year Dee!)
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 24, 2012 6:19 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I finished clearing the second 16-foot section of fenceline bed, and raked it all off. It's ready for planting, and I hope to do that tomorrow.

Paul -- your Roses are as beautiful as your Irises! I especially loved Sheila's Perfume, which I haven't heard of before. Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.

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