I need to vent a little steam right now, so just bear with me a little here. The manufacturing facility that I work out of has a very nice property which includes multiple acres of land, a pond, and an aging baseball diamond on it. With the economy picking up, or so I am told by the president we are now putting a fresh coat of paint on the building, fixing leaks in the roof, and looking at employee programs to improve our health and reduce medical costs. Sounds good, so let’s take a ...
I have been writing articles for the Examiner.com for some time now, just one or two every once and awhile. But I have started to write a series based on Permaculture from A to Z, trying to capture the individual bullet points and then expand on them to provide a concise article which could then be expanded into a suitable outline and course material. Due to the contractual agreements with the Examiner, I can post the articles also on my website but only link to then on sites such as Garden...
Our spring was hot, and things bloomed out faster than normal. Now we are back to more seasonal temps with lows in the mid to upper 30’s, but it’s too late for my blooms. My crabapple bloomed about two weeks earlier than normal. 85% of it is past bloom already – last year’s pics showing this amount of bloom with mid May dates on them – I hope next year we have a more normal winter and spring. These are close up’s of the tiny flowers on my older crabapple...
I need to get into the garden NOW! Too bad I’m not motivated to – lol! The grasses that grow untamed in the beds, and the weeds, and the debris I never cleaned up last year – it’s all smacking me in the face. It got warm here so soon, so fast, now I’m behind already. This is a new record for me! Anyhow, here are some spring bulbs, with many more to come in a day or two. These are a new-to-me grape hyacinth. I can’t remember it’s name but I can l...
Only a few today – the cool wet weather is slowing things up, and I don’t mind one bit. The bloom season seems to fly by me. I’ve started taking vacations in May so I can get the most enjoyment out of the iris, and also try to get the garden in shape for the summer. (Today I start a 10 day vacation – yea!) Weeds, weeds, weeds – my problem is I actually like weeds (they deserve to live, too!) and I hate to dig them up. The thistle are really taking over though. Th...
Well, only a few new ones today. We’ve had nothing but torrential rains/hail/you-name-it for several weeks, I think it’s getting to the point it’s inhibiting the plants. The ground stays mushy & soggy. One of the first years I lived here it was like this – local flooding by the riversides, etc. That’s why I built all raised beds to begin with – I’m so glad I did. I added another shot of Starship Enterprise just for Debbie – lol. Since you...
And you thought it was over for the day! LOL When the sun popped out, a few more opened. BTW, I have these loose, floppy petaled peonies that bloom far earlier than my others. If anyone here knows what they are called, I’d love to know. I love a cottage garden, and I much prefer these “floppy” peonies to what will bloom later… One of the iris that opened today is a type called a Space Ager. I’m very partial to the big, fuzzy caterpillar type beards....
I took these early, around 7:30 am. It looked like it was going to pour again, but now the sun is in again, out again. It will be extra stormy for at least 10 – 14 more days, according to the weatherman. I don’t mind because I’m safe, up high, and I love stormy weather. I feel for those with flooding though. Here in this area of Virginia you’re either up in a mountain or down in a “holler”. (I laugh every time my friend says that. She’s not kidding, e...
The sun was setting as I came home from HD, and I took a few cloud shots too. I’m a sucker for dramatic clouds!
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