Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mid-September and neurotic weather!

Last week for 3 days, we had record high temperatures for September, you could cut the humidity with a knife.  It was horrible ... then it cooled off, and we've had days in the 60's and nights in the 40's.  Temps are supposed to get back up to the 70's this coming week, but I hope we've seen the end of the 90's for the year.

The cooler weather is great weather to work outside in, I got one of the seedling beds re-organized this weekend.  I had already dug out the unselected seedlings, then I was able to finish harvesting seed pods, and yesterday I dug the remaining seedlings and moved them so they all have space to flourish.  There are some promising seedlings in this bed.

My annual 5 cords of firewood arrived last weekend ... it's way too early and it's going to have to sit and wait until I finish what I need to do in the gardens.  The time left to work in the gardens is coming to an end soon ... so my other projects are stacking up!

Here's the firewood pile, waiting to be stacked (where are the firewood stacking gnomes when you need them?):


Today I tackled the fireplace; emptied the ashes from last year, shined the surround, cleaned the black gunk off the glass and wiped down the tile.


Looks pretty good if I say so! I was thinking I might need to use it one of these cooler nights since I don't want to turn on the heat yet.  So now it's all ready.


Another project that's waiting for me .... a new friend had these wonderful pieces on her fence in her garden.  I saw her garden during the Buffalo Garden Walk and commented on these pieces.  She told me she was moving into a loft apartment with no garden, and she'd save some of these for me.  So last weekend I went and picked them up.

They are pieces to farm tractor attachments ... aren't they wonderful?


Some of them need to be repainted, any that have the dark purple will really need to be repainted since I'll be hanging these on the side of my dark purple barn, and the purple parts will just disappear if I don't paint them another color ... or maybe lilac?







I just think they are so fun!  Thank you very much Laurie!!!

Here's the purple barn they will be going on, this is the end and they will be going on the side.

I took these pictures the other day, trying to capture the gorgeous color of the sky ....




And here are more pictures of the seed pods of the Castor Bean plants ... I find them fascinating!




The Fall blooming crocus (Colchicum) are putting on quite a show:



The cleome and phlox in the front gardens were pretty together:


I thought this was a piece of fuzz on the barn when I first looked at it, but then looked more closely and saw it was a really interesting moth.


On one of the Daylily Facebook pages, someone asked what daylilies people used in their hybridizing this year, which I thought it was an interesting question ... though then people went on to criticize other peoples responses ... it's amazing how so many people as such experts about everything!  LOL!

But here are the three that I used the most this year as the pollen parent ... I really like "patterns" and hope to create more ..

This first one is Barcode (Stamile is the hybridizer), it is a TET and has a really nice pattern.


This one is Dragonfly in Flight (Bob Faulkner is the hybridizer), it's a DIP and also has a nice pattern.


This third one I seem to use every year, I really like the "kids" I get from it.  It's Vertical Horizon, a Moldovan daylily.  It's a TET, and I have some really great seedlings from it already.

The day is wasting away ... next on my to do list for today is to make a apple caramel pie.  Something I've never done before ... I was inspired by a local cider mill that also sells pies ... but I was blown away by the $21.95 price tag on their pie.  That's not a price I would ever pay ... so I'll make one myself!  I'll let you know how it turns out.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day 2013

Today is Labor Day, September 2nd ... the newspapers and radio stations are lamenting the end of summer.  Sure doesn't feel like the end of summer, it's still in the 80's and horribly muggy!  The kind of weather that I hate.  We got 3/4's of an inch of much needed rain last night, so that made the front daylily field feel even hotter this morning.

I've been trying to dig out seedlings that I've decided not to keep, but can only do a couple of hours each morning because of the heat.  It's supposed to cool off this afternoon, a cold front is supposed to come through ... sure hasn't yet, I just stuck my head out the door and the heat and mugginess are still there.

We had lots of rain in June and July, and August was extremely dry ... some of my daylily seed pods have dried right up to nothing.  I do water, use the pond as my source, but there's nothing as good as a good soaking rain.

Here are some more garden pictures from recently ...

A large coleus and a Japanese Painted fern ....


Rudbeckia and Perilla ... makes a really nice contrast.  I have to pull most of the Perilla soon before it seeds all over the place.  I leave a few to re-seed, but not all of them.


 Tall yellow coneflower and anemone ........


The Castor Beans are finally getting tall!


The Obedient plant, that really isn't ...........


Another annual that I have to thin out the volunteers every year, Cleome.


I don't add many annuals to the gardens each year, but I found some ornamental Kale early in the year and they have turned out great.  The "fern-leaf" variety is really spectacular!



Here's a picture of the backyard I took early one morning this past week ... the sun was just coming up ... looks hot already!  LOL! 

I visited a friend who is also a daylily grower yesterday, Kris Weitz of Gladsome Gardens, she has many large gardens and lots of interesting plants:




I was so taken with the many different hibiscus she has ... I have one, a red one ... it got so big that I took it out of the garden and threw it in the compost pile, where it's been happily growing ever since!  (No pictures of it yet, it just started to bloom)  But here are some of Kris's:






Last picture for today .... my silly kids on the bed.  Rocky and Lily the dogs, and Figaro and Bailey the cats ... they really do all hang out together!


Let's hope the next time I post, that the weather has cooled!  I have a new project to start on that can't be done until the weather is more reasonable ... stacking 5 cords of firewood that was delivered yesterday!  I told Terry he was crazy dropping off firewood in this weather ... it's way too hot to think about tackling that project.  He just laughed ....