Showing posts with label garden clean-up. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden clean-up. Show all posts

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Heat Wave Is On It's Way And A Garden Visitor

The next few days are reported to be the hottest this year. By hot, I mean over 100 degrees. Everything in the garden continues to grow nicely. It is taking some additional watering but that is OK. I have been doing some nasty dirty yard work and filling lots of yard waste barrels. My property is bordered on the outside of my fence with Red Oleander Shrubs that are blooming and growing vigorously. I planted the Oleander shortly after I moved here 20 plus years ago and they have needed some cleaning up at their base. You know, weeds and a some trimming. This photo was taken by Google Mapping a few years ago. The Oleander has given nice privacy and a deer deterrent.
The Hydrangea plant is starting to bloom.
They are nestled in front of the Star Jasmine that covers the fence. On the left the Gladiolas are getting ready to bloom. And, some Rosemary herbs are nearby.

That little Hydrangea Plant has come a long way since last year.
So seldom do I mention anything about Mother Nature's "Bambi", THE DEER coming into my garden looking for their dinner plate.

Well, I just noticed that I referenced deer deterrent in my first paragraph of this post that I started yesterday.   How funny is that?  Because, last evening I walked outside to be surprised by a fellow who looked similar to the next photo having dinner at the flower bed (buffet table) outside my living room window. I was so surprised and wondered how he got in. Then I remembered that the wire fence opening down by the seasonal creek was still open after the heavy rains. Sure enough, that is where he went to exit my garden by bending down to get through the opening.  And, then he had the nerve to stand on the other side and stare at me while I talked to him.  I guess my garden was just too much to resist!
Recently, I had noticed what I thought I was seeing in my garden as tell-tale signs of deer nibbling on many of my plants, especially the roses, along the one side of my garden. Sooooooooooo! Now I know why ! ! !

There really are a lot of deer that wander around my neighborhood every day, especially in the early evening. And, I still tend to get a little excited when I see them. I think they are so beautiful with their graceful gliding movements and their curiosity.

The Oleander are in full force!
And, the Pink Alstroemeria are starting to bloom. They are so delicate and the markings are exquisite.

That's all for today. Have a Good Weekend.

Mary

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Still Playing In The Garden

Let me rephrase that.   I'm working as hard as my body will physically allow me to !  And, thankfully, it really is starting to show. The weeds have been what seems endless this year with all the rain this past winter. And, they keep growing. Some of them are three feet tall and still growing. The weather has been lovely for working outdoors. As usual, there always is a certain amount of outdoor maintenance around the house that needs attention. There are a few things that I can no longer do. And, that is quite frustrating for me.

This section of my garden has filled in nicely. And, I love it. The fig tree is starting to leaf out.
I have herbs planted throughout the garden and the Sage is blooming with a nice purple flowers.
Wow ! The roses are putting forth a wonderful showing for the first bloom. However, the aphids and black spot are presenting a challenge more so this year than in the past.

This beauty is Oklahoma Hybrid Tea Rose and the blossoms are huge this year.

Oh, a favorite of mine is the next rose because it is always healthy and it is a beautiful continuous bloomer. It is called Popcorn Drift Rose. It provides a nice backdrop for my Angel in the White Garden.
This is Elle, another delightful hybrid with a gentle soothing color of soft pink.
Old roses are such a favorite. This rose was in the garden when I moved here 23 years ago. It is rather surprising to me since there was very little planted here. It faithfully produces huge apricot colored flowers. I do not have any idea what the name is. But, that is fine with me. We don't need to know a name to admire beauty.
Everything is coming along nicely. However, my ground cover which I started years ago with a few seeds has suffered with the continuous drought that we had for years. Because of my back injury and disability I knew I would not be able to push a lawn mower, so I decided on a ground cover.
It is called Prunella Vulgaris and is a vigorous self seeder. Some people call it a weed !! I am sure you know the definition of "a weed" !
I have big plans to recreate the ground cover with adding some top soil and broadcasting seed that I was able to order online.
This photo will give you an idea of how the ground cover looked a few years ago.
Look - how vigorous it can grow !  Even through the chair seat ! Now, that looks healthy. Don't ya think?
Let me leave you with a fun photo from google images. Oh, how I miss my furbaby, Lily. There is such a big hole in my heart!
Wishing All of You a Wonderful Weekend and a Happy Mother's Day if that is part of your life. Not all of us are the Cleaver's, the archetypal suburban parents of the baby bloomer 1950's. Sometimes life feels like a "big trade off". But, most of us have many things to be very thankful for. It just may be different than "your neighbors". Perhaps, it is a good day to do something special for someone who is a little short on feeling special. I would call that a win - win.

Mary

Saturday, April 29, 2017

I Have Squatters

And, lots of them. In lots of places. No, they don't pay rent but they are very quiet! And, that is nice.

It's been going on for a few months now. They come in through the smallest crevices. And, many times they are just wondering around with nothing in particular that they are drawn to. Even with a SPOTLESS kitchen (which does not happen very often) they seem to like to come and visit. The ant control substance that I use has always been effective in the past. It is rather amusing to watch đź‘€ them gather around forming a complete circle and then come morning time they will all be gone. Only to have sent their buddies to return for more visits. 
I am quite certain that the abundance of rain that we have had throughout the winter plays a big part of this ant situation. 

Outdoors in the garden is another challenge with all the ants that seem to be under every leaf . They are very busy doing their work. But, they can be very annoying when they start crawling all over me. The little ones are just annoying but the larger ones that bite are a different story. It didn't take me very long to learn to work cautiously to insure that they aren't working where I want to work.

Those "little black things" are scampering everywhere. 

 I usually just move on to a different area and let them continue doing THEIR WORK, which is important. 
     The Peonies are filled with some worker ants. 
Some of my herbs (Chives, Oregano and Thyme) are doing very well. I have some Sage, Marjoram and Rosemary scattered about in other areas of the garden and all of them look good. I want to plant
some Basil and Parsley soon. I like to make Basil Pesto and freeze some for throughout the year.
The chive plant is getting bigger every year.

I have been able to get a lot accomplished in the garden this week. As you know, it is a never-ending activity when you have a garden. The sunshine has been so very good for me. And, I thoroughly enjoy the growth of such beautiful growing plants and flowers. 

I hope all of you have a Wonderful Week.

Mary

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It Was A Very Good Week

We had more Sunshine days than Rain days. And, I was able to enjoy working in the garden. Lots of weeding and raking. While I was outdoors I was noticing how many lovely flowers were in bloom. So, I started clipping a flower here and another one from over there, before I knew it I had a bouquet. Outside I found a metal pitcher in the garden and I just put the cuttings into it and Ta-Da! What a nice sight it is on the patio table.



Some Lady Banks climbing roses, Spiraea, Camellias and Lilacs. It is the first time the lilac bush has had any blooms, not many but some. And,  I am loving it. 
And, this very pretty Azalea has bloomed in the past but never this full.
And, you know me and my Iris ! ! ! This is a well established group and look at all those tall stalks just getting ready to burst open in my White Garden.

The refurbished Multicolored Iris Bed is looking terrific. In fact just before coming in the house this afternoon I noticed that two of the plants, each have a bloom getting ready to open. It was a big surprise! I think I mentioned recently that they may not bloom this year. Last fall when I was redoing the iris bed I had a lot of little iris 'odds and ends' that I just tossed on the yard waste pile and another bare spot in the raised bed that hasn't been planted yet.

Look at them now.  And, this is only some of them! I am hoping that I can give them away to someone who would like some iris.


 And, I will end with these vigorously growing Dusty Miller plants. I really like the contrast with the green foliage of the White Garden plants.

I hope all of you have a Great Week.

Mary 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Is It Ever Going To Stop

I am beginning to think not! Every other day or there abouts this is the view of outside from my window. This particular day also brought lots of thunder and lightning. And, some of the heaviest rain fall I have ever heard or seen.


Just look at the water coming off the roof even though the gutters and downspouts are functioning as they should. And, then the Hail came down. The rushing  water is very visible by the gate and other areas.

It's a little difficult to get much done in the garden with this unpredictable weather.  Joyfully, I noticed that my recently (last fall) replanted Iris Bed is doing very well.  As a result of that activity, I have lots of iris plants popping up where ever I dumped  my buckets of garden debris, mostly in my yard waste dump area behind the garden shed.  Hopefully, I can share some of the new iris plants with others that may be interested. I think that is called "pass along plants". And, I like that!

It will be fun to see how many of the iris will match up with some of the iris that bloomed and I photographed a few years ago.


I hope I am not boring you with my Iris Flower Bed project. I am hoping to show you some results from all my hard work. Not surprising, Iris are one of my favorite flowers. They are right up there with Roses !

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend.

Mary

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Today Is The Big Delivery

Yes, my new laptop and printer are expected to arrive today in the afternoon and I really am excited. I think it is my Christmas present to ME. Pretty nice one at that. However, I am not very excited about the whole set-up thing. It would be nice to have someone around to help or answer the many questions that I know I will have. In my limited contacts with people I must find someone who knows more than I do about computers.


It is chilly outdoors and I have to go out and clean up a lot more leaves. On Friday, my neighbor blew all the many many leaves off my roof for which I am very grateful. I told him I would clean up all the leaves and mess. I wasn't able to get it all finished so out I go to finish the job. I filled 5, yes, 5 more large trash barrels with leaves and pine needles.


I also was able to clean the leaf covered new Iris Garden Bed. Iris are subject to fungus, so I thought perhaps good drainage along with good air circulation may help to avoid unwanted conditions.


It looks light everyone of the newly planted are doing well. Weeds are starting to come up. If it isn't one thing it's another. One thing about the drought was that the weeds weren't much of an issue. With the rains, which are very good, means more weeds.

AFTERNOON UPDATE - - - The computer and printer arrived. I know what I will be doing tonight.

Hope your week is starting off nicely.

Mary

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Just A Little Fall Decor

I miss doing seasonal decorating so I thought I would do just a little. The reason that I have not done any decorating is because I have been spending my time taking care of the outdoors and doing other activities that have to be taken care. It is not that I don't have enough hours in the day but that I don't have enough energy and too much back pain.

Most of my activities today have been outside working in cleanup and planting a few  more plants in the flower bed in the front with the Gorphrena - Fireworks perennials.

(google photo)
I mentioned before that I had (a lot) of Hemercollis - Stella D'oro daylilies. They tend to be a little shorter than most daylilies.
(google photo)
So I planted a row of them along the front of the Gorphrena

And then, since I had a bucket of Amaryllis belladonna - Naked Lady bulbs from the "old iris bed" I found a spot to plant them.
(google photo)
They are quite interesting because the leaves grow about August and then they die down and about two months latter the flowers bloom. They are like "ladies without dresses".

This afternoon I prepared some Hawaiian Pork Chops with rice for dinner. I haven't been cooking very much lately. It tasted very good.

Hope your week is going well. Blessings.

Mary

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wind And Rain

Rain was predicted for late day yesterday and again for today. So, yesterday morning I spent hours cleaning up outside in preparation for our first real rain  of the season. Many barrels of leaves and pines needles as well as acorns. And, of course there was all the different items that needed to be put away and protected from the rain. 


Yes indeed, we have had some good rain. I like rain but the darker days are not conducive to a high level of energy for me and my optimism.

However, when I think of our neighbors in the Pacific Northwest and the disasters from their weather conditions I have precious little to complain about. And, also all of the other communities with challenging weather conditions throughout the States need prayers for safety.

It is time to lie down some more and take care of my back and all the many aches and pains.

Take care of yourself and others.

Mary

Thursday, September 29, 2016

It Won't Be Long And This Project Can Be "Put To Bed"

My hard work in the garden is beginning to show some nice results.

From this - - -

The weeds were spilling over the rock wall and across the path and into the iris bed. In the upper left corner you can see some of the iris. This was in the spring and the weeds quickly turned to dry and brown.


The weeds were dug up and I covered the rocky ground with a lot of garden soil that I had delivered. After that I planted the Gomphrena (Fireworks) that I had transplanted into those green pots until I had the flower bed ready for planting.




Gomphrena (Fireworks)

The Fireworks plants are planted in the nice garden soil and I am hopeful that they will flourish and produce a riot of color next year. I have a lot of small Stella D'oro Daylilies that I may plant along the rock border. Can you see all those fall leaves that have started to fall?


And now the other side of the path - - -

In this photo you can see the neglected iris garden that has not bloomed in several years. It is hard to flourish when your roots are sitting on rock! When keeping the weeds controlled most of the planting mix that I used when planting the iris has disappeared.

Oh, and how do you like the huge rock boulders that surround my gardens. I think they are magnificent.


This photo shows when I was almost finished removing all of the iris with their old long dry rhizomes.


Here is the large pile of cleaned and trimmed iris rhizomes ready for replanting in the new garden soil. There are at least 32 different iris species. It will be fun watching the different colors popping open next summer!


I have had a total of 3 cubic yards of fresh garden soil with mushroom compost delivered. The sun is shining on the pile making it look half the size of the actual pile. It's like "Black Gold".  And, I love it. I didn't know that I could get so excited "about dirt".



Since I have some scalloped cement borders that had been used for another purpose (in another life) I decided to use them along the edge of the pathway. And, since I saw these lovely Yellow Chrysanthemums for $2.48 each I decided to border the flower bed with them to give some nice fall color when the iris are past their blooming season. 

In addition, I have been able to rescue and divide some Purple Chrysanthemums that I had previously planted some years back. They are being planted at the top between the yellow mums. I hope they will thrive in the new soil.


Putting in the cement border has been very, very, very labor intensive and very hard work for me. This is how I have to approach it. Sitting on my little stool and digging in the ground with my hand tools that on occasion requires a "crow bar" to remove all sizes and shapes of rock.




I think it is coming along nicely. I have started to replant the iris. And, I have only one more cement border to put in place. Hooray!


 This is the one and only iris that bloomed this past year amongst the weeds. So sad!


And, this is what I am hoping for next year!


Are you having a good week? I hope so!

Blessings.

Mary

I Think I Got Bumped To The Bottom

I Think I Got Bumped To The Bottom
Did I do Something Wrong?