Sunday, August 17, 2014

So little time ...

It's been quite a while since I last posted on my blog, and I'm very sorry.  I had told myself that I wouldn't be one of those people that start a blog and then don't keep up on it.

It's just been a very busy summer.  I had made the decision in the Spring that this would be the last year for my daylily nursery, and I worked hard all summer selling and donating daylilies.  I donated many clumps of older varieties of daylilies to some non-profit organizations for the Community Gardens in the city.

And I also spent time on my sister's and brother-in-laws boat.  It was really nice not to spend ALL my time int he gardens when I wasn't working my day job! 

My bother-in-law, Tim, builds docks and piers ... so is very familiar with the waterfront.  I joined them for the Buffalo Regatta, a competition for home-made water craft.  Tim & Sandy's boat was the "Judges" boat ... so we had the best view!


 This boat was fantastic ... and they paddled along effortlessly.



The guy in the cowboy hat is Rick Smith; he owns some of the old silo's and has been  instrumental in getting people involved with with the old parts of the waterfront.



We were taking bets on when this group would flip and end up in the water ... I don't know that they ever did flip ...


This "craft" was not seaworthy.  Every time he tried to get into the boat, it flipped.  He then tried to swim it down the river, but the water really wasn't warm ... he ended up beaching it and didn't finish the race.


Here's Tim ... captain extraordinaire ... LOL!


This canoe was amazing ... they appeared out of nowhere and paddled together like a well oiled machine!

This is the "craft" we ended up pulling to the finish line.  He was trying to pedal his way in, but that square front just got in the way.


Kids and their tent/fort? along the way ...



This complex is supposed to be developed into an entertainment area ... that will be interesting.


My sister Sandy had made reservations for us to take a ride on the Buffalo Fire Boat, the Cotter.


Here she is playing with a water cannon!


Tim said this "tall ship" didn't raise enough money last summer to pay to get back through the locks, so they had to spend the winter in Buffalo.


You can clearly see where the Buffalo River meets Lake Erie ... the silt in the water from all the rain turns the river brown.


The windmills on the old Bethlehem Steel site.


We were involved in a rescue on our way back in, one of the fireman on the Cotter saw the kid in the water trying to climb a ladder after his kayak had drifted off.  The Cotter called for help, Coast Guard, Other firemen and police arrived to help get the kid out of the water.


On another warmer weekend, we went out for a day in the sun and then to Canalside to listen to Susan Tedeschi and the Derek Trucks Band.  Sandy & Tim's dogs, Lola and Bruno, joined us.


It was a beautiful day and evening!



Unfortunately, my gardens often looked like the picture below this year.  I think they flooded at least 3 times.  As of July 31st, we had 14 inches of rain since June 1st.  8 of those inches were in July.  Then we had another 2 inches in first 2 days of August ... and very few dry days still.


I thought I'd end with some pictures of daylilies that bloomed this year ... this one is Chokecherry Mountain.

Heart Exhibit - one of my friend Linda Michaels daylilies.


High Water Mark


Jan's Twister - this was just the perfect bloom!


Moroccan Saphire


My own Mystic Avalon


And my Mystic Dragonsong.


Two different pictures of my Mystic Flare ...



This week we are digging the last of the daylilies out of the gardens that I don't plan on keeping, I'm donating these to my club's (BADS) sale next Saturday.  So if you are in the Buffalo area and are a gardener, be sure to stop at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens on Saturday the 23rd. The Buffalo Area Daylily Society, WNY Hosta Society and the Iris Society will have plants for sale to the public.

And I promise to post again soon ... I have more pictures to share of our wonderful waterfront!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Catch up time ...

It's been a while since my last post.  Lots has happened since then, and it's been a busy time.

I've made the decision to close my daylily nursery (Mystic Meadows Daylily Farm) after this season.  It was always a labor of love, but has turned into too much labor.  I work full time at a bank and then come home and work in the gardens Spring, Summer & Fall.  I've decided it's time to enjoy all the other things Buffalo has to offer and not spend all my time in the gardens.

I am already planning out my gardens that will be just for me, next summer!  I don't have the time to spend on my own gardens these days, too much time is spent on the Nursery.  I'll probably still do some hybridizing, on a very small scale ... but will probably take this year off since I still have tons of seedlings to evaluate this summer.

I also moved my bedroom from the second floor down to the first floor.  I stayed upstairs because that's the only place I could spend time with my cat Cassie that passed away in April. The rest of my house cats come downstairs ... so I moved down tot he bedroom on the first floor.  It's much cooler and much larger than upstairs.

So let's catch up with some photos ... I lost many large fish out of my pond when the ice cleared this Spring ... these are turkey buzzards waiting their turn to eat the fish I dumped in the back pasture.


This picture is trying to show the large troughs that some animal dug in the middle of the daylily beds to get at the lilium bulbs that were planted there.  I couldn't believe the damage, and they ate ALL of the bulbs in quite a few beds.


I lost a tree this Spring, we had a really windy day and when I got home I was happy to see that I hadn't lost any of the trees in the front/side of the house, where I normally lose trees.  So I was shocked when I looked out the back door and saw this pine tree laying in the pond.


From the other side of the pond:


Here's my "feral" cats eating side-by-side ... Seneca, the one in the front, isn't feral at all ... but he's definitely an outside cat.  My neighbor Sally calls him a murderer ... he's quite the hunter.


I called my tree guy, to get the tree out of the pond ... his solution was to drag it out back so I didn't have to pay him to chop it up.



That was a good idea until he kept getting stuck in the mud and making huge ruts.  He left the tree in the back pasture (at least it's no linger on the part we mow) and said he'd be back when it dried up.  He also mows the pastures so didn't want to have to deal with too many ruts when he mows them.


Some of the interesting daffodils that bloomed this Spring:



I love the "green" of Spring ... it's all so lush ...too bad it doesn't stay this gorgeous green for long.


Some more Spring blooms - old fashioned bleeding hearts:


Pansies:


A weeping crabapple:


Sambina's nose .....


Cosmo's behind ...


Merlin's nose ....


Seneca the not-feral cat is right at home .....


The Baltimore Orioles found the feeder within 10 minutes of me putting it out.


I need to figure out the name of this plant ... anyone know?


Some alliums ....


A misty morning ...


I love bridal wreath spirea, I have 2 of them.  This one I got from one of my younger sister's friends.  It was too big for their backyard, so they asked me if I wanted it ... just love it!


The clematis on the purple barn ...


I had to grab my camera and get this good shot of Rocky sitting with his paws crossed.  He does this all the time.


Iris blooming ....


Lily got her annual shave last weekend ... isn't she cute??


My friend Mary came out to help shave Lily, she took Lily for a walk and stopped to say hello to the donkeys.

Can you see the rain?  It was pouring when I took this picture even though the sun was shining too.

Solomon Seal ....

The Spring garden ....

More alliums ....


Japanese painted fern ... if I have that right.


Candelabra Primrose and hosta:


My variegated tulip tree:


Love the color and ruffles on this hosta:


My tree peony:

Lupines:

Another unknown ... I know this was a recommendation from Sally Cunningham at Lockwoods a couple of years ago:

The back garden this morning ... the iris in the pond are a great backdrop.


Another unknown, and I think another Sally recommendation.


There, now I've caught up!  If you are a local gardener (Buffalo, NY area), I have a list of daylilies that I am selling at very reasonable prices.  I'm selling half clumps and clumps ... so email me at pamhoff@roadrunner.com and I'll send you the list.

Now that it's stopped thundering, I'd better go clean the donkeys stalls before dinner.