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ImageMaryE
Jul 16, 2010 8:23 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Good morning.

Another hot day coming, followed by a whole string of others just like it. Perfect weather for all the farmers making hay. Yesterday we picked up 6 heaping pickup loads of broken bales from the neighbor's fields. His baler is old, needs constant attention to keep things working right, so he gets an occasional bale that doesn't get tied. They each have 2 wires, and if only one is tied, the bale falls apart when it hits the ground. It's time consuming to pick them up, time is something the neighbor finds in short supply, so he gives them to us.

I have roses, lilies, daylilies, and several other things in bloom, as well as the yellow and white honeysuckle on the back gate arbor. We use the back entrance 99% of the time, so it's a good place for a sweet smelling plant.

Time to move the sprinklers, water the vegie garden, shower and get myself to the co-op for a few hours. Later I plan to have either a scone or strawberry shortcake at our Miner's Jubilee at the city park.

Maria, I have never seen yellow and white petunias! Yours are very healthy. something is eating the leaves on my zinneas, leaving a lacy skeleton. Possibly it is small grasshoppers, they have hatched and I see teeny tiny ones and up to 1/2 inch long hopping everywhere. County insect patrol has already identified hot spots to spray and try to control them. After last year's infestation, we will probably have a lot again this year. It goes in cycles, from bad to worse. Sigh.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaria
Jul 16, 2010 8:36 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Haying is a lot of work, I remember my grandfather doing it without bailing just lifting it with a pitchfork into the wagon that was pulled by oxen.

This is actually the picture I meant to post, Petunias look droopy here it had just rained very hard when taken. I have lots of bugs this year too

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Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
Imagecececoogan
Jul 16, 2010 8:48 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Droopy from the rain, oh well, they are still very lovely. Are those supertunias? or wave petunias?

I just got home from Steins Garden center, There was a 5.00 coupon for the Dappled Willow regular price 14,99 and I got 2. I had a 5.00 bonus card with the 5.00 off eacj plant I got 2 for the price of one so I am a happy camper. Now to just figure out where I want to put them. They really are very pretty. At the DG Roundup in June Pat had two and they were beautiful. green white and pinkish leaves with red stems.

Any way I have two to plant before I pick up Ed at work..

Hope all has a wonderful day...........
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Sashagirl
Jul 16, 2010 9:18 AM CST
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Mary,
If the leaves look lacy and skeletonized, then I suspect Japaneese Beetles. Zinnias are one of their absolute favorites! The JB's have been slowly moving from the East to the West coast for the last 15-20 years.
Maybe they're just arriving in your area?

What a great "haul" (pun intended heehee) on the hay. Yorr horses will love that, this winter! Are you doing any riding this year, even just casually? I don't know about anyone else, but I'd love to see a pic of your horses again. It's been a long time since you posted one!

Cece,
Those willows sound cool! Are they dwarfs?

Maria,
Beautiful pots of petunias. I know some folks snub the petunia as being "too common", but what other flower gives you so much bang for your buck? I love, love them either by themselves or in mixed plantings.

Sheri,
I 'm pretty sure your tomatoes will do just fine, as long as the main stem isn't broken!

Anna,
I don't think there are many places on earth hotter than a barn at milking time. The place is already hotter than Hades, then add in several tons of hot steamy cows and......don't even want to think of how hot it gets, or how it feels to have a wet poopy tail slap you upside the head.
Some memories stay with me forever. Ha!
ImageJaeRae
Jul 16, 2010 9:19 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Did you move Ed's tent yet Cece?....might be a spot under there. Hilarious!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
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Imagecececoogan
Jul 16, 2010 9:40 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Oh he took that down Tuesday........he's such a brat. I don't know I don't think it would get enough sun but maybe. I'll have to set one in a spot somewhere and let it sit while I look at it. I found a spot in front for one and possibly both but I think I may go place one of them over there now just to see. Thanks Jamie for the suggestion.
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageMaria
Jul 16, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Sheri, I never have a problem with JB on the zinnia, but they do raise havoc with the roses
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageJaeRae
Jul 16, 2010 9:45 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Maria, Ernie's asking for you on the Yarden thread...he misses YOU now!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Imagesjweld
Jul 16, 2010 12:20 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

I had my zinnias "skeletonized" as described above, suspect JB's but normally when I have them, I can go outside at any given time and find a dozen or more on the plants. I never saw even one of them this year. Oh well, whatever it was seems to have passed and those that were not eaten to their death, are reviving.

I love petunias in pots. Love the way they drape over the edges. Your's look very beautiful Maria, I'm not sure I have seen that color either.

I took the kids outside this morning. First we walked down to see what animals were out. We saw the Lama and several oh darn, no clue how to spell it! What we saw several of you would pronounce Ray-a. Rhea? That is what my spell checker is coming up with. Anyway they are sort of ostrich looking.

When we came back up to the play yard it was so hot out, I brought up the hose for a misting. Well, one mist lead to another and before you know it every kids was soaked to the bone. Most have extra clothes here. Braedyn didn't but his mom isn't working today (she is getting married tomorrow and doing last minute errands) I sent her a text and asked if she could drop off clean undies. LOL She did Thumbs up

Hi Deanna, Mary, Maria, Cherie, Jamie and anyone I may have missed! Jeannie, where are you? I know you are here reading. Well, probably not now since it's Friday and you get to go home at noon!! LUCKY Hilarious!

Sheri
Imagecececoogan
Jul 16, 2010 12:35 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Well bought and planted 2 Dappled Willows. I'm such a sucker............One is planted at the corner of the new shed and one I planted in the oval bed out front.

They are small, no where near as big as Pats were, Sheri do you remember from the round up? I can control their size by cutting them back every spring. The tag says they get their best coloring and variegation if drastically pruned in early spring. One more thing for me to forget next spring. Hilarious!

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the faster I go, the behinder I get
Imagecececoogan
Jul 16, 2010 12:36 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
The one planted out front........

Thumbnail by cececoogan

the faster I go, the behinder I get
Imagesjweld
Jul 16, 2010 12:46 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

I do remember Cherie! (will miracles never cease?) (Start a thread for yourself Cherie--tittle it, Cherie's notes for 2011)
Imagesjweld
Jul 16, 2010 12:54 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

From today:

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ImageJaeRae
Jul 16, 2010 3:19 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Awww...those kids are so sweet.

Cece...I put all pruning dates right on my (handwritten) calendar. Even though there are better technologies, after years of taking care of mom (at various facilities and docs, etc.) I am in the habit of getting one small enough to slip into my purse that has the biggest possible squares for writing. I also started to mix in notes on what blooms when (and where). Otherwise I just might not remember to prune the grapes in February. Hilarious!

Wondered why we hadn't heard from Jeannie this week either SJ...thought you must have worn her out on the weekend!

How big will those dappled willows get?...are they more of a bush than a tree?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageDorothy
Jul 16, 2010 5:48 PM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
Love those dappled willows!!

Hi Sheri and Jamie and all...
ImageAnnaZ
Jul 16, 2010 8:49 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Deanna, any beasts with the really vicious tails get them lopped off. Others that aren't as nasty get them tied up at milking. So, the odds of a crap tail getting me aren't all that great. I have said that there are 3 degrees of tail switching in my barn......number 1 is mildly annoying. That I can live with. Number 2 is PITA..........that i also deal with. Number 3 is downright vicious and when they hit that one, the tail goes. I have the vet do it, he does an anesthetic/nerve block deal, cuts it off, and cauterizes it so it doesn't bleed. I would NOT attempt something like that myself. Lidocaine makes it humane.

Off to eat the remains of my earlier sammie I didn't have room for when I bought it at the fair we went to today. Spent 3 hours at a tractor pull. I think tractor pulls are pretty much a midwest thing.
ImageMaryE
Jul 16, 2010 9:14 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Tractor pull, yes, I went to one. Never again! I was expecting farm tractors, instead it was souped up trucks, and so loud my ears hurt even with my fingers in my ears or hands over them. We were in a covered grandstand, one with the back inclosed, so the sound bounced off it and came back at us. And in a row below us was a young mother with a baby, doing nothing to help that poor child's ears. Talk about child abuse!

I worked about 4 hours at the co-op today, packaging snacks, fruit, and some locally grown snow peas. It was hard not to sample the peas!

Gotta go see a picture of the JBs.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageJaeRae
Jul 16, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
So Mary...does that mean you did NOT sample the peas?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageMaryE
Jul 16, 2010 9:41 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yes, that's exactly what it means! I packed those peas as quickly as possible, and didn't taste them. It wasn't easy. One of the other tempting things was a trail mix with cashews, sf seeds, pumpkin seeds, and several kinds of dried fruit. I don't know how that one tastes either.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageJaeRae
Jul 16, 2010 10:09 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
HA!...you just discussed my primary diet (add some bulgar, lentals, chick peas, fish or shellfish on occasion, any kind of fresh fruit, market veggies in season, yogurt, feta, olives, pita, I'm happy....OH, lemon poppyseed cake (goes in the oven whenever I roast meat for my dawg) and dark chocolate). BTW....I can NOT make it through the produce section without a peapod. I know....I'm bad. You have my respect for no slips on the goodies! Hilarious!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)

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