Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I spent part of morning putting new stakes out for more fencing, the goats have done a great job clearing out their other areas. Now I will have three different pastures for them and three less places to mow, hooray. Using this wire is so easy, I love that I can do it myself, a little later I will go out and string the twine and tie it in to the existing fence. Neighbor is coming over later to help me with some hog panels that I want to use to block off their pen. Hog panels are large sections of welded wire and there is quite a bit of it around here so will put it to use. They are a little heavy and the people here previously put them up high to keep their pigs in.
Yesterday Jim helped me plant my butterfly garden, the plants were delivered last week and I needed to get them in the ground. While not large there were quite a few of them, so the extra pair of hands helped bunches. He also helped me plant a new rose, we had picked it up to replace one that did not make it through the winter. When Jim went to dig up the "dead" rose we found that it was trying to grow, so back in the ground it went and we found another home for new rose. If we won the lottery I know where a bunch of mine would go,lol, tons of plants ,my dream garden. I have thought what I would do if we were lucky enough to win one of those huge jackpots and trust me it would not all go for play. I am so glad my roses are blooming again, lots of buds. I want everything to grow now!! Not that I am impatient or anything. Need to get back to work on the goats new pasture. Wishing everyone a wonderful day, full of joy and laughter. We need to appreciate all the good things we have going for us, makes the bad seem a little better.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I am having fun with the flowers for the wedding cake. I am making another batch so will have plenty, much different from the ones I usually make. Once I got the hang of the calla lily it was a snap and the roses are really turning out pretty if I do say so myself. The bride is carrying a bouquet of old fashioned roses and they are variegated, so my challenge has been to try and match them or come close. She is a wonderful bride, not even close to a bridezilla thank goodness. She says what ever I come up with is fine with her. I think I could become addicted to these gum paste flowers, you can do so much with them. It is almost like using modeling clay. Will post pictures of the finished product.
Speaking of flowers, here are my clematis I want to add another color to the mix, maybe a pink or yellow. These guys just shoot up as soon as the weather is warm and I am always amazed at how many blooms they have. My neighbor in WI introduced me to them and now I am hooked. The peonies have also opened and are so beautiful. I could spend all day out there messing with my posies. The peonies have such a nice light fragrance, and are so awesome when they bloom the sheer size is amazing. I also have one the is from a plant that was 80 years old. A girl I worked with when we first moved to WI gave it to me, her Great Grandfather had planted the bush when he first built the house. I have carefully dug it up each time we moved, here seems to be where it likes it the best. Blooming really nicely this year.
Jim did not make it home this weekend, the guy who was supposed to work got "sick". Amazing how it just happens to be his birthday this weekend. Oh, well poo. So my plans for a nice father's day dinner for Jim are on hold. Add to that I kinda needed his muscle this weekend because a bunch of my plants were delivered and need homes. Wonder if he knew that?? hummm.
Well, back to flower making. Best to you all, stay safe and come back soon, Barbara
Thursday, June 12, 2008
She made up for it today, in 70's and pretty all day long. The peonies are blooming as well as the Clematis and so many more plants making appearances. I was able to mow a bit which was great, still not able catch up. My strategy with the goats seems to be working, I have cut way back on grain and hay in hopes they would eat more weeds. Today with the nice weather they were eating away, hooray!! I should be able to sleep well tonight and not worry I am going to blow away.
Best to you my friends,
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
While I was at the feed store on Wednesday I found out the name of the large plants I was talking about. They are a Bridal Wreath, well shoot I forget the rest of the name! You can see from the pictures how they like to bow over so being right up next the the house was stifling them. The ones Jim moved last year are blooming so by next spring all should be happy. Yesterday I moved this small bush and gave it a new home by some of the bridal wreath plants we moved. I am hoping that when all bloom next year the contrast will be pretty. The hummingbirds like the pink flowers. Once again this had been planted right next to the foundation, that is a big no no as it encourages water to stay next to house and does not allow the plant to stretch. I also found out the name of the plant for Renie it is a Spiarea and I believe her's is the Gold Mound.
The man in brown showed up yesterday with one of my plant orders, it's my butterfly collection. It consists of four butterfly bushes, four colors, fun!! I think I have figured out where to plant them, the labels say shade to partial sun so the side yard under the big maples should be perfect. Now I just need to dig up all the yarrow that is living where I want to put them. I do have a new home for the yarrow, along the drive on the slope that is so hard to mow. I have already moved a few bushes there and am going to also raid the rock pile and put them there also. I am hoping the it will be a welcoming sight as people come up the drive.
While wandering online I found the perfect site!!! It gave instruction for making sand cast birdbaths, with the large bird population I have been wanting to find an easy way to make my own. I look at the stores and the prices are so high and they all look the same, this way I can be creative, make them any size or shape I want and CHEAP. In the article they used several different types of paint, I just happen to have drawers of craft paint in all colors.... so I am good to go. I just need a bag of sand, a bag of concrete and some screening, I will post pictures of the results. Being me, I am already trying to figure out how to add fountains and tiers,lol. I am going to do some research and try to find solar pumps so they will be energy efficient. If they work I can sell them, and if they don't sell I am still ahead of the game. I can make them in my garden shed so will have space to work on them and for them to dry. Yippee. Where there is a will there is a way.
I will be glad when all the watches and warnings have passed, I hate being a baby about these storms. At least I have my little hidey hole, told my friend if anything happens to the house for them to look under the basement stairs. Yoo Hoo, here I am type of thing. I send my prayers and best to those who have been impacted by the storms, such a horrific thing.
Best to you and hurry back, Barbara