Monday, October 20, 2014

Alliums-y!

Went outside to dig in the dirt, and didn't injure myself.

Near the daffodils & grape hyacinths that give early color, I wanted something that blooms a bit later since that bed looks a bit bare after the irises have finished their show by June.  So, I ordered some alliums that bloom in July-August.  It's a work in progress to get 3 seasons of blooms in there.  The fall-blooming "Autumn Daffodils" aren't doing as well as hoped.

Planted 50 Nodding Onions


and 25 Drumstick

Friday, October 17, 2014

Last shipment

My shipment of allium bulbs from John Scheepers came in yesterday.  I'll have to fight the still-twinging-but-healing ankle, and a rather sore shoulder (I apparently slept with my arm up over my head overnight) to get these babies in this weekend, but it's something I've got to do!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The klutz strikes again

No, it was not a bid to get Broccoli Boy to help me out in the garden... but he had to because I sprained my ankle stepping off the curb after weeding about 20 thistles out of the curbside bed...

...but not before I planted bulbs I had ordered from Brecks in a moment of weakness this summer

10 Decoy daffodil



12 Hardy gladiolus mixture


and a bunch of red & white poppy anemone in complementing colors (sorry, I don't have a picture or link of what those are supposed to look like).  I couldn't tell which way was up, so I planted them sideways.

Hubby also helped me (pre-injury) to move one of my red Drift roses out from under purple beautyberry shrubs that have gotten much bigger in maturity than I expected.  I decided we can't do more than one in day, it was TOUGH to move that sucker.  Two more to go.  I pruned off quite a bit of dead wood and re-buried it in the new spot I made for it about 2 feet forward of where it had been.  Hubby watered it in since I couldn't post-injury.  We're supposed to have rain for a couple days, so I have high hopes that the rose will survive having been shaded most of the year.

The beautyberry shrubs are lush and loaded with purple berries.  We were both shaking little purple spheres out of our rose gauntlets afterwards.  He also found one in his ear.

My ankle better be feeling better soon, because there's tender calla lilies and gladiolus to dig up, leaves to rake, and thistles to pull up before they get away with murder.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Retirement

Not for me, but for my Eureka Tetragon 5 dome tent that had served me well for many, many seasons.  The nylon was sprouting holes in multiple places, the seam tape on the inside floor was threatening to trip me, and the poles had seen better days.  The nylon bags were blowing out at their seams.

I could have possibly squeezed another season or so out of it, but it's the right time of the year for sales and I'd been eyeballing a cabin tent for a while now.

Checking the sales, I went with a Coleman Signature Instant 6 over at Cabela's, with the current sale + $5 promo code shipping it was still nearly $18 less than Amazon Prime, and about $45 less than my favorite camping mecca Campmor.  I was thinking about getting another Eureka, but the one that was most similar to the Coleman was over $400.

Anyone need a 3 man dome tent?  I have a Kelty that I'd picked up years ago before I got the Eureka.  It's in much better condition than its successor, as I did not use it nearly as often.  It's in an old folding chair bag since I had lost the original nylon bag.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

If you plant it, they will come

Spotted a monarch butterfly on my milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) on Sunday.  Hubby said "you sure it's not one of those impersonators?"  Nope, not a viceroy, totally a monarch - and I planted those butterfly weeds just for them.  I'm hoping to spot some caterpillars and cocoons soon!!

The only bad thing is only 4 of the umpteen roots I put in last fall grew into anything this spring.  Horrible, horrible cold winter!!