By day,she feeds innocently on the lawn and the plum trees.
By night she sneaks into the garden and munches off the tops of my beautiful Casablanca lillies...all three of them... Sh*t, H*ll, Damn,Blankedy-Blank,P**P,Bu**ers, Rats and a lot of other words not fit to print. They all poured out of my mouth like verbal diarrhea and then some. They ate my top three ,plus about four other stargazers and orientals. Now I have what is left, covered with a net. I should never have removed the net to begin with. For some strange reason, I thought the deer only ate them when they were popping fresh out of the ground. That is when they devoured the last two. I hope my irises bloom to fill in the gaping holes!
The pic below here is the last half of Sunday's labour of love...basil, tomatoes, asters,lettuce and wax beans... At least a few things will have a head start. in fact, I am two weeks earlier than last year, so all of that is good. My lettuce is up, as are the radishes and the spinach...Now to protect it somehow so it doesn't get devoured like it did last year...
I hung up a piece of that red tomato plastic on the fence at the bottom to deter the critters until Emil returns and gets putting up my new fence.
You can see how high the water is already...and how Silk loved taking a dip. No shivers there, but dare I run the cold water in her bath and she shakes like a leaf! I had to bring her home and give her a bath...Now she needs a trim....Anyone need some dog wool?
I'll have to continue tomorrow night.I am yawning into oblivion.Silk and I had a nice walk to stretch our legs ,after gardening last night,and after the rain Stopped,and just as the sun was setting. I took some nice pics of the sun fading behind the mountaintops.I'll post those tomorrow,as well as some of Annette's and Emil's trip with our grandkids up to French beach...Now that looked WONDERFUL!
Cheerio...I hope everyone had such a prolific weekend!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
These are my pots that I planted...they look sparse, but will fill out incredibly. That was my problem inthe past...putting in way too many plants. I used to add pansies for the "instant flower" look, but hey overtook all my other plants, so I am more patient and jsut wait for everything to grow and bloom, now.
I saved the pansies for my little table baskets. They are easy to keep and look great for most of the summer.
Burning went on all day and night,across the lake ,high up on the mountain where much had been logged out last year, due to Mountain Pine beetle. They are trying to control the population. Much of the forests all around have already turned brown.
On our property we have mostly Spruce and last year we were once again hit hard with the Yellow headed Spruce Sawfly...a nasty worm that devours a tree in no time at all. We won't know if they will be reinfected until mid June when the worms rear up their ugly little heads!
Here is a shot at night. It looked intense, but was only burning on the ground at the base of the trees that were still standing. This morning with the rain, it appears pretty much dead.
I'll see if I can listen to CoffeeBreak Spanish and type at the same time. So far it is going slow. Looks like they buy ham by the slice in Spain, so you ask for how many slices of ham you would like .
That is finshed now...I can't listen and type at the same time.
So back to the week-end.. It has been productive so far...I worked on my ten large flower pots...first I emptied out all the old dirt into Emil's tractor cart, then I mixed in a bag or two of manure and a bunch of peat moss and stirred it all up and then refilled the pots. I recycle all of the previous years dirt as once you mix in more goodies, it seems to come out a pretty good blend. However, doing all that lifting of full pots and emptying takes its toll on my hands these days. They were achy before I even began the planting.
I put in beautiful Ivy geraniums in a dark red and lots of purple Regatta lobelia and white lobelia and one dracena in the middle. They still need a wave petunia in each pot. I am hoping to get those in Rock Creek on my way back from Sonia's house. The bicolor purple and whites that I bought there last year bloomed like crazy in a carpet of petunias that draped over the side of the pots and continued across the sidewalk. They were the real macoy!
I had plenty of geraniums,so I kept on filling 5 hanging baskets and then proceeded to the front yard where I struggled to find enough dirt to plant anything. A word to the wise...don't ever think that under a maple tree is a place for a flower garden. The roots come right to the surface and have found their way through the landscape fabric and into every possible nook and cranny.
The shrubs are doing great, and the daf bulbs are surviving, but anywhere else that there was dirt,it is now all gone to a mass of fine Maple tree roots. luckily I still had some leftover dirt in my cart to add. I managed to find a spot for all of the 20 or so ice pink petunias and more lobelia,and four geraniums. That is all good,as long as the deer don't pull them out like they did last year. reminds me that I ought to take a look out the window.
A fine rain is falling right now and it is overcast. Maybe we'll get some sun in the afternoon, when I can return to the "Garden of Weedin'" and plant the rest of my goodies. I planted up some pansies in baskets for my table tops,and I have a few of those left over, plus I have more lobelia and I still have some herbs to put in. Last the basil grew amazingly well, tucked in between the tomatoes. I'll try that again this year. The shade for the tomatoes is perfect for the basil. Like Italian parsely, basil doesn't seem to have the need for full sun.
In fact, I would like to get a bunch of my garden planted today,as I am planning a little trip down to see my sweethearts in Victoria on the May long week-end, thus the more I get done now, the better. The rest can be put in later. I am a full two weeks ahead of last year. My sweetpeas are already popping out of the ground!
Emil is in Victoria this weekend to se ehis buddy Noel and to visit with our kidlets. They were making a journey up to French beach for the day yesterday. It was gorgeous weather down there,yesterday,as it was here. I'll hear all about it today.
Time to have my mother's day breakfast! I'll load up a couple of pics.
Also a big thanks to all who joined Facebook. If you haven't done it, hop to it! It is a great way to catch up with everyone... I am amazed! You have to register first, then you can opt to be friends with people in various networks. It is kind of fun!
Have a happy Mother's day!