Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sharing Some Pics

Inez's New Do! Kudos to Stacy Gleason at Creative Styles. Nice job.



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March Madness

March Madness was full swing around these parts with VCU once again in it for a short while. 

Speaking of madness, we had a freeze warning last night and had to cart all the containers into the garage. Especially those 2 hanging baskets I picked up the other day. After a string of 80 degree days, it may have reached 30 last night.

The pollen is thick in the air, I saw a swallowtail butterfly 2 days ago, a blue tailed lizard skink, and a few caterpillars.  The bluebirds have been busy building nests, picking at the coco liner of my deck baskets that haven't been filled for the season yet.

The weeds have taken over the pool gardens. While the daffodils are peeking through the mess, and the Iris are getting ready to shine in a few weeks, I wonder how I will manage that chaos. It is sad.  I did dig up some huge yucca from the front garden beds, divided them somewhat and laid them outside the pool fence. Not sure if they'll make it back into the ground or if they're just waiting to be thrown in the woods. They are insane. From the one 4" pot we brought down from Monmouth Junction, that had been a piece of the plants transplanted from Edison, I could plant one in every house in our development right now. It'd be okay if they didn't expand exponentially within a year or two and need digging up again.

My son was sad last week when all of the front yard daffodils faded. That hot sun took the life out of them. I have some annuals ready for the tufa pots and deck baskets around back. Looking forward to adding some color.  Sweet potato varieties, geranium and verbena. Start their trailing in the full hot sun now and they'll be spectacular by the time we are outside to enjoy them. Need to get the red outside to welcome the hummingbirds back. They should be arriving very soon. 

Remind me... I need to post some pictures for my last few posts!        

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saint Patrick's Day

This past week has had record highs, close to 90. This brings an end to the bright yellow daffodils, they are fading fast. The plum, willow, pear and star magnolia trees peaked this week and are now coming into their leaves. The quince is spectacular, for the first time that I can remember. It must know that I  intend to prune it back to a stump this year after blooming. It is such a nasty eyesore 50 weeks / year.  It is reminding me now why I planted it.

I wanted to buy 2-3 hanging baskets this week but deferred to prudent spending with my daughter's birthday bash this weekend, Elton John and Madonna concert ticket purchases and an expensive vacation coming up soon.  Not to mention some expensive car service bills now and coming up. Actually, I just ran out of time while in town. But they just seem incredibly pricy. I will get calibrachoa, million bells and training verbena. They thrive in the hot sun of my front porch and the hummingbirds love them.  The hummingbirds should be here in a few weeks, always by April 15.   I'm happy to buy small plants, plant up my coconut lined baskets and wait for them to fill out to save money and allow me to create my own designs. However, it is sometimes more difficult to even find smaller plants these days at the nurseries. I'll have my own greenhouse someday right?  

I did move most all of my large containers outside.  I think they should be able to stay there now until October. I must make time this year to transplant most of them. They are all busting out of their pots.  One bird of paradise bloom is almost spent and 2 more are ready to open. I realized that not only is this the first time it bloomed since we brought in back from Hawaii almost 11 years ago, but I had forgotten what the plant was for many years and was waiting for a bloom to find out!   

The hint blush of the wild redbuds greeted us this week along the roadways too. I haven't seen our planted redbud start yet but it is typically late. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy the last few days of Winter! I hear spring is coming Tuesday even though it's already been summer weather here.