Wet, but no Regret

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Blog entry by stefang posted 05-16-2010 05:47 AM 994 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends,

We did a little finishing up around the garden yesterday in preparation for the Constitution day celebration on Monday. The lawn has been slowly growing in spite of the dry and cold weather. However, we had a forecast of rain for today, so I bravely fertilized the lawn yesterday in hope that for once the forecast would be correct. Well, I don’t want to brag about how good our meteorologists are, but as you can see it actually did rain. Of course normally, you could just forecast rain for every day of the year here, and you would be 70% correct, but lets not be small about it. Right is right. You can detect the wet by observing the shiny deck boards in the pic below. I also hope you notice that I cleaned up the rocks in front of our deck. Pathetic what some people will do just to get a little attention Huh?


Yesterday I took this shot at 10:15pm of the sky after the sun set. The daylight hours are continuing to lengthen until June 24th which I think is the longest day. I’ll take a new photo then to see how late the daylight lasts. There is an old mariners saying “Red sky tonight, sailors delight” implying that the following day will be fine weather. It’s raining today and the temp is 6C. So much for that saying! Myth busting is fun or maybe disappointing depending on your perspective.


And here is the bumble bee picture my wife liked best that I failed to post the other day.


The next shot is the Sketchup drawing of the garden bench I’m making for my wife. It will be placed at the farther end of the garden and it will be out of sight from the deck. The idea is that she will have a place to take a quick rest there during a work session without having to come all the way back to the deck to sit down. The 2nd photo shows the area where it will be placed.



I designed it to be simple and maintenance free. No paint or stain. After a while it should get a nice gray patina.
It is about 2/3 finished. I started it last spring but it was so wet last year I prioritized other projects. I should have it finished by end May. It is made from pressure treated pine 2X4 material. If you are interested in how I am building it you can check out my blog on it:

That’s it for today. Not a lot to talk about, but it’s nice to stay in touch. I hope to get some photos to post from the Constitution day celebration tomorrow. It’s little uncertain right now though, as my son, who has been nominated as my surrogate photographer is ill right now. If he is still ill tomorrow, I will be depending on my 16 year old granddaughter to take the pics. We are busy today getting ready for a family meal and visit later in the afternoon tomorrow. My wife and I wish you all A nice day.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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posted 05-16-2010 06:21 AM

looking wonderful. The bench is a great idea.

I was wondering what blogs we would be receiving now that all the main gardening was complete and you are “just the assistant” :)
Cleaning off the rocks is a great update!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-16-2010 06:38 AM

Hi Debbie. I have also given a little thought to how the projects and blogs can keep going all the time. Not quite as easy as in Lumberjocks. I guess we will have to be creative. I think members shouldn’t worry too much that their post will not be interesting. We just like to hear from them and see what they are up to today.

I think it helps to remember that in spite of this being a gardening site, that it is essentially a place to socialize too, but of course in the spirit of the gardening theme. My feeling is that anything to do with gardening, whether it be something new from the nursery, other folks gardens or about tools and techniques, it should all be fair game as subject matter for our blogs, and maybe other stuff too occasionally, like the Canada day blog posted by Iris which I found very enjoyable. What do you think?

I would also suggest that you try to recruit some more members with a little article in the LJ Emag. More folks equal more posts.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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posted 05-16-2010 11:22 AM

Everything looks wonderful. By the way I have heard the “red sky” saying all my life. True or not I used it many times to help line up a fishing trip. Keep us posted on the bench. I am already visualizing what it will look like in the garden spot you have chosen for it. As for the weather here hot and dry. Will reach 90F today.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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posted 05-16-2010 12:00 PM

Thanks Donnie. The red sky saying is probably more reliable closer to the equator than up north where I live. I learned it while in the U.S. Navy. The other half is “red sky this morning, sailor take warning” which you probably know, but I put it in for others who might not. Your weather sounds too warm for me. I get extra lazy at around 75F.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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posted 05-17-2010 01:16 AM

Looking good Mike. The red sky line must be a world wide saying I to have heard it all my life. Looking at you first photo I think everything looks great when its wet.

-- David, Adelaide South Australia. Every day I wake up breathing is a good day!

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posted 05-17-2010 10:48 AM

Stefang: Everything that you blog and discuss is relevant to this site. Keep on submitting your work. Your yards are looking nice. Do you have any time to photo some birds up close? You can stalk them with your camera! Your bee photos are nice. How is your wife doing?

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posted 05-17-2010 01:00 PM

Your garden bench is going to look very nice when it will be placed at the selected place.
Have a nice time on your independence day.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 05-17-2010 01:29 PM

Thanks all. My wife is doing ok Cynthia, and thanks for asking, but in spite of her determination she is having a rather slow recuperation. I will try to come up with more. I just need to think where it will come from.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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