Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Read the fine print - it says to spray all of the can into the hole. Hmmm. You'd have to be right on top of the hole to make that happen.
This morning by the light of the full moon, I got closer, and sprayed more into the hole, but still piled up like whipped cream. Left it.
Came home from work, and so far ... no bees!
Monday, August 23, 2010
I planted a yellow jacket trap nearby. It's definitely in use, now.
I tried watering the hole for 20 minutes last night, and again this morning before it was light. Didn't do a thing to deter them.
Tonight I am getting out the poinsonous spray.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Left side, a maroon ice geranium, bee balm, a blue flower and red flower - names escape me. Right side, double flower geranium, a maple flower plant, and allysum to fill out the pots.
The weather has finally perked up some - today was 70s, sunny mostly.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Weather was mid-70s, sunny - perfect! Next day it rained.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Something new about the flower, I found: The ‘columbine’ holds yet another significance- in pantomime, a ‘columbine’ refers to the sweetheart of Harlequin. The flower was once called "lion's herb", because it was believed those great felines ate it. As a consequence, people believed that by merely rubbing their hands with it, they became more courageous and daring.
Weather today is mid-60s, sunny. Calm.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Another daffodil experiment are these 2 containers that I planted on New Years Day 2010.
The blooming of these bulbs started about 5 days ago. They are making quite a show. Now I will leave them in the container til next year and see what happens. I might plant something on top, so the container stays in use during the year.
Weather today - light mist am, but this afternoon, sunny and mid 60s. Beautiful!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I would come home and find, not the lid, but the plastic window on the front lifted up, peanuts raided. I wasn't sure if the birds were the culprits or the squirrels.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole,
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.
13th century Persian Poet
The Grape Hyacinth flower (Muscari) is part of the Liliaceae (Lily Family); it is native to Greece and the Middle East and can be found around the Mediterranean Sea from Spain all the way round to Morocco.
Weather sunny, mid-60s.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
"THE CITY OF TULIPS" a Istanbul Travel Page by nicolaitan
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is
sometimes as great as a month.
Henry Van Dyke (1852–1933)
Monday, March 15, 2010
According to Chinese legend, the daffodil is a symbol of good fortune. The daffodil is used as a symbol of the Chinese New Year and if a daffodil blooms in your garden on Chinese New Year’s Day, your house will have good fortune for the entire year.
Daffodil's are the floral symbol from the Cancer Society, standing for love, hope through the joy of sunshine.
For an online analysis of the poem, click here.
For example, it says: The theme of the poem 'Daffodils' is a collection of human emotions inspired by nature that we may have neglected due to our busy lives. The daffodils imply rebirth, a new beginning for human beings, blessed with the grace of nature. The arrival of daffodils in the month of March is welcome and an enjoyable time to appreciate them!
Weather today - sunny, upper 50s.
Monday, March 1, 2010
From another website - Myths About Ladybugs In Culture
Forget about the stork! In Switzerland, children are sometimes told that they are brought to their parents by a ladybug. Good luck.
In Britain, farmers expect bountiful crops when many ladybugs are sighted in spring. In many cultures, the ladybug is seen as a symbol of good luck. Some even say that if you hold a ladybug in your hand and make a wish, the direction that the ladybug flies off to is the direction where your good fortune will come from.
In Belgium, it is believed that if a ladybug lands on a young woman’s hand, she’ll be married in a year. In Norway, there is a myth that if a man and a woman see a ladybug at the same time, they’ll fall in love.
A gift from the Gods. In Norse legend, the ladybug came to earth riding a lightning bolt. And in some Asian cultures, it is believed that the ladybug is blessed by God and understands human language.
Weather - this winter has been very mild - El Nino. In the 50s. Last 2 days beautiful, like spring, dry.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Origin of the Latin Name for Hens and Chicks:
The word for the genus, Sempervivum, is Latin for "always live," i.e., evergreen. So far, so good. But when you discover that the word for the species, tectorum, means "on roofs" in Latin, you may start scratching your head. What does this evergreen perennial have to do with roofs?
Well, it turns out that hens and chicks, which are indigenous to Europe, were traditionally planted in thatched roofs. European folklore held that they were supposed to provide protection against lightning-induced fires, due to the plants' association with two gods of lightning: Thor and Zeus (Jupiter). In this case, folklore is justified, in the sense that succulents such as hens and chicks are fire-resistant and would perhaps slow down the spread of fire through thatch.
Weather is beautiful for February, still winter, 60 F. and sunny today. El Nino.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Turning the compost, I saw worms - big'ns and little wrigglers. This is good!! Last year I had to buy some live fishing bait and dump it in there. This year they showed up on their own.
My 'bamboo' is showing pink tips at ground level. By April, it will be 4 ft tall or more.
The naturalized daffodils that have been around for decades are about ready to pop.
The flowering quince is the first to bloom.