Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Another perspective on "upkeep" is what keeps the tulips standing up when they are past their prime?
Here is a pairing - first blossom and on it's last legs. Both are pink tulip. Perhaps even the same one.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I turn the pile every 10-14 days. I lift up and off the black plastic barrel, move it over and then pitchfork the pile back in. The top has holes in it to let the rain in, to keep the pile moist. There is a bit of science that goes into compost piles.
Beginnings .... Here are the plants I bought yesterday at the sale. We will come back to these pots in a month or so to see how they have progressed.
And here is the sentinel, keeping watch over the patch of grass seed I planted today. The pile of walnuts and leaves from the tree in the tulip patch had been here over winter. I have been putting a sack a week into the garbage (can't put these into the compost). Finally finished that off today. Spread some seed, and dusted over with a mix of potting soil and peat. I hope it works!
Weather: cloudy most of day and in the 50s until about 4pm. Sun came out and got up to low 60s. No rain or sprinkles today.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Weather: cool. Mid-50s. Mostly cloudy today. Breezy. Sprinkled some. Yesterday they said 20% chance of rain today, and made it sound like it was going to be warm and sunnier. Not.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I get what the birds leave for me. The best place for the bird feeders is in this tree, so whaddya gonna do? I think will be July before the birds and I see the cherries, though.
History of the Lambert Cherry: A third black cherry important to the Salem region was developed after the Lewelling orchards were sold to Joseph Hamilton Lambert in 1857. Mr. Lambert developed the "Lambert" which he introduced in 1870. Royal Annes, Bings, Lamberts, and Black Republicans were the most important varieties in the early Oregon orchards. Due to a lack of fruit canneries in Oregon, cherries from these early orchards were marketed fresh. Ok, so my Lambert Cherry was planted (in 1979) in my yard of home that was built in 1878, just 8 years after the introduction of the first Lambert Cherry.
During this week, the weather has gotten up to 80 F and was just like a summer day! But, now it is 52 F. Had several downpours on the way home from work. This morning there was frost on the windshield. I brought the sunflower seedlings inside for the day (there are 5 of them peeking thru now).
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
As long as we are looking at the front yard, I am beginning to toy with the idea of planting a low hedge along the sidewalk that goes from front porch along the foundation area to the Spirea on the right. Hedge would not be against the house; it would be planted in the are that is on the lawnside of the walk. Low, meaning about 12-16 inches, 24 inches tall at the most.
Perhaps a english boxwood or winter gem boxwood?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Finally, I am hopeful that my attempt to 'root' some Daphne will take hold (no pun intended). The instructions out of the Western Garden Book, said to clip some small branches, dip in root hormone and place in a growing medium of mostly sand, keep moist. This is another new thing for me to try. The root hormone is a white powder, comes in a small plastic bottle. The pot contains about 40% soil/peat/chips and 60% sand. You poke holes in the medium with pencil such that after dipping branch in r.hormone, insert into the hole in the medium, so that none of the powder will come off. Tamp the medium around the hole. Water. I have about 6 starts (or attempts) in this pot. I haven't found out what to do to find out if roots are really growing.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I planted my free Sunflower Lemon Queen seeds this week. First time I have ever grown them, let alone from seed. Already, one is actually beginning to sprout! Got the Bi-Mart pots on sale. My plan is to put the sunflowers 2-3 to a pot and place them in the sunshine, outside my kitchen window. It gets all of the afternoon sun.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Discovered Egans Garden Center today - what a spread! I might have over done my purchase ... but the sun was so inspiring. Me and about 50 other people out there!! Things I bought that I haven't had before: a geranium (moonlight red), blue lithodora, laguna blue lobelia, rasberry blast supertunia, nemesia serengeti yellow, and 2 Earliglow strawberries to supplement my RiteAid berries. I bought a bunch of other plants, too, came home and potted up several containers. I also am trying out 2 small baskets with cocomat liners - haven't done this before.
Here is the set up. I get out the wheelbarrow, and ‘measure’ with a big pot equal parts potting soil, peat moss and small bark chips. Put a few Soil Crystals in for moisture retention. Mix it up. Put some in a pot. But leave enough room for the plant to go in, and room to lay some bark chips on top to mulch the pot. This is a new for me – haven’t done either of these things before – measuring, mixing in peat moss and chips, and mulching the top. So far the plants like it, and when watering, I don’t loose soil off the top.
March 7, 2009 .... I planted the two blueberry plants I got at the Yard, Patio and Garden Show in March. One is a Brigitta Blueberry and the other one is a Sunshine Blue Blueberry.
First looked up containers for blueberries on internet – I wanted to put them in square wooden 16x16 containers, but ended up with 18x18 plastic ones; green. Watched a YouTube on how to plant them in containers – so I then bought peat moss, potting soil and small barkdust chips and used 1/3 each. What I didn’t find at the store was the cottonseed meal, feather meal and some other fertilizer type stuff. Oh well, will see how they do. Drilled holes in the bottom of the containers first, and I put in some of the extra red rock gravel that I have around here.
I also spread the Scott’s Turf Builder with Moss control (front yard) and Moss Out for Lawns (backyard). Both have quite a bit of moss growing in them. My spreader is cheesy and stops spreading half-way thru so I did the rest by hand. I am letting Mother Nature water it in.
Weather: cold, windy. In the low 40s and the wind chill was significant. Cloudy. Rained a bit around 4pm, but not much. They say it will snow tomorrow.