Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall and Daylily Registrations

We have finally gotten our normal Fall rains ... though we've still had some really gorgeous days!  We have had temperatures above normal for quite a while now, but we're supposed to get cooler weather coming this week. 

I've been working on my Fall cleanup and taking care of a donkey with a foot abscess.  I've had my donkeys for 13+ years now, and luckily, have never had a real illness between them.  So I was horrified to see Cosmo limp into the barn a week ago Monday ... I had no idea what was wrong with him.  Thanks to my friend Shannon, she had her horses here many years ago, before I got the donkeys ... she came over and looked at it and told me how to treat him.  So I spent the last week plus, soaking his hoof in Epsom salt and water, and wrapping it with vet tape and duct tape to keep it dry.

He is such a good boy, he stood quietly most times when I needed to soak his hoof ... I think he liked all the special attention.  Tonight I took the duct tape boot off and will see how he does tomorrow ... I kept them in the barn this evening, since it's raining anyways ... so it has time to dry before he goes out in to the wet again.

The following pictures are from a church near where my office moved to, I've working in downtown Buffalo for the past 7+ years, and our office recently moved out to a suburb, on the edge of the Buffalo airport.  (Much better place & drive for me!!!)  I'd seen this place before, but had never stopped.  So one of these gorgeous Fall days, I decided to visit this at lunch and take some pictures.

This is the Sacred Heart Shrine, and was built in 1926 by the Pastor and the Congregation by hand.  Some really amazing stone work!




 
Last weekend I had to take a drive to pick up my sewing machine, and went by the Windmill Farm that is on the next hill over from my farm.  I think these are really cool ... and look at that gorgeous sky!
 


 
Here's a misty morning shot from last weekend ... love the steam coming up from the pond and the fog in the air burning off ....
 

And another picture of my silly feral barn cat snoozing in the sun on my deck!  She's not going to be able to do that any more, those chairs are going into storage tomorrow!

 
Some pictures from today .... I had to take a picture of the Solomon Seal, the colors are just stunning!

The ornamental grass by the street is also amazing at this time of year, it's too bad the seed heads come out so late ... they are really neat.



The weathermen were wrong again today ... guess that's no surprise.  It was supposed to be a horrible rainy day, with lots and lots of rain ... well, it just started raining at 5 pm, so it really wasn't a bad day at all.  I got out and did my annual daylily inventory this morning.  Because of the weather forecast, I hadn't planned on doing it today and wasn't sure when I could get it done ... but it was so nice this morning I figured I'd do as much as I could before the rains came ... and they never did, so my inventory is now done!  Whew ... that's a relief.

 
I registered 4 daylilies this year ... it's been a couple years since I have registered any, last year was so dry that I couldn't get any accurate statistics to be able to do the registrations.  But this year I could ... I've learned a lot of the past years growing and watching seedlings develop ... these are older seedlings that have pretty faces and will be good garden plants for gardeners.  These are not going to make a statement to the hard core daylily enthusiasts ... but that's OK.  I have a couple more selected from more recent seedlings that I am going to eventually name and register, that are just really good garden plants that my local buyers will love.
 
This first one is Mystic Enchantress ... I would love if it always looked like the second picture, but it doesn't.  But it has great color and a nice green throat, and will often look like the second picture.  This is a cross of Blue-eyed Curls x Raspberry Butterflies.
 

 
This one is Mystic Gryphon ... I really liked it because it blooms mid-late here.  It started blooming on July 27th this year ... and I think it might be a bud-builder, but I'm not really sure how to determine that.  I don't know the parentage of this one, it's one that I lost the tag when my gardens flooded many years ago.  It does have a green throat, but not as green as this first picture ... camera's often do weird things to colors.
 
 

This one is Mystic Seer ... I named and registered this one because it has such an interesting shape.  It's just so different!  And that's why I like it.  It's a cross of a Seedling x Wind Master.



And the last one for this year ... Mystic Sprite.  This has been a favorite of garden visitors since it first bloomed many years ago.  And it does often have the top "horn" as shown in the second picture.  It tends to lean when it's first planted, but straightens up as it gets established.  This is another cross of Blue-eyed Curls x Raspberry Butterflies.



As the daylily and gardening season winds down, I look forward to my winter hobbies ... I've already pulled out my jewelry supplies and plan on making some earrings tomorrow ... and now that I have my sewing machine back, I can make 2 table runners for the Christmas Holidays that I have some great material for! 

So many people I know complain about the gardening season ending ... I look forward to the end so I can work on other things I like to do.

Please post comments and let me know what you think of my new Daylilies!

 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Indian Summer

We had some cooler weather a few weeks ago and some light frosts.  But the weather has changed and we have been experiencing a true Indian Summer for the last two weeks.  The days are in the 60's or 70's and the nights in the 50's or 60's.  "Unseasonable warm" weather is what the weathermen say.

Thankfully, it started raining yesterday and is supposed to continue for a few more days .. I was getting concerned because it was SO dry.  The plants, trees and bushes need the Fall moisture to survive the winter.

Here's a typical morning shot ... I don't think the trees have the depth of color they have in other years, and I think that is directly related to the lack of rain.


And here's a sunset picture .....


I was looking at the trees that I have added to the farm, and walked to the front on my house to look at this .... I planted a 12 inch twig many years ago.  It was supposed to be a Black Walnut tree.  As it grew, we looked at it and decided it wasn't a walnut but more likely a sumac.  This is growing in the front of the house on the opposite side of the house than the driveway and gardens, so I really don't pay much attention to that side.  But something made me walk over there recently, and I see this very straight growing "sumac"?


And then I see these .... WALNUTS!!!!  So the little twig that I ignored for years, did grow up to be a walnut tree and not a sumac!  I told my Mom, since she had given me the twig from a plant exchange she had attended.  She said that she had seen it over the summer and thought I had done a great job pruning the sumac!  LOL!  We had a good laugh!


Maybe I should ignore young trees more often!

Last weekend I was in the house and the doorbell rang, and the dogs started barking ... I went to the door and there were 2 of the guys that I let hunt deer on my property.  They said they were going out to check their tree stands since hunting started soon, and saw that I hadn't finished stacking my wood so they would finish it for me if I told them how I wanted it.  Woo Hoo ... I had stacked a little over half of it; these 2 guys finished stacking the rest of it in less than 20 minutes ... that would have taken me days doing it a little bit at a time to save my back.  They even helped cover it up.  Really nice guys, three generations of guys in one family and occasionally the oldest, 4th generation will join them.


And the next day, it was just one of those weekends .... my neighbor came over with a skid steer he had borrowed and leveled an old manure/dirt pile I had in the front gardens.  It was really just a mess of weeds! 



While Bob was moving the dirt, I saw this guy trying to escape.  Bob stopped the skid steer and tried to move this frog, not a toad, out of the way.  We were amazed at the sounds this frog made!  He was pissed!  He hissed at Bob, as Bob tried to steer him to safety.  We laughed so hard.

 
And here is the finished result, looks great!  Today I stopped and picked up some grass seed and managed to get it spread before it rained again ... just as I was finishing, the rain started and then came down pretty hard, so it should all be watered in really well.
 

And yes, I keep showing pictures of my Castor Bean plants and their seed pods, I just think they are really cool!

Another shot of the barn and the fall blooming clematis.


The donkeys had to come see what I was doing when I was taking pictures ... so I had to take pictures of them too!  And I was looking through some of my animal records and couldn't believe these guys are as old as they really are ... time flies so fast! This is Cosmo, the first miniature donkey I got ... he's 13 years old!  Isn't he cute!!! 
 
This is Merlin, Cosmo and Sambina's (Sam) son ... I always call him the baby, but he's already 10 years old!  Where did all that time go?

 
And this is Sambina, affectionally called Sam ... she's the matriarch and keeps the 2 boys in line ... and no, she's not pregnant, she's just fat!  Sam is 18 years old!!! Wow ...

 
I love my donkeys, they are so cute and they just love people!  When the hosta folk are working in the hoop house, they are often supervised by 3 miniature donkeys watching their every move!

This is a hibiscus that I took out of my back garden, it just got too big!  And I "composted" it ... guess it really liked the compost pile, since it's gotten bigger every year in the compost pile.
 
 
Here's a shot of Rocky and some fall foliage ...


Lily and the barn cat ... the barn cat has decided she really wants to be friends with Lily & Rocky, and rubs up against Lily all the time ... she was so feral when she came here from a feral cat rescue 5 years ago that we'd hardly see her.  Now she sits outside the kitchen door waiting for us to come out and follows us tot he barn.


This Indian Summer weather is supposed to continue for at least another week .... so I will continue working on my outdoors projects before the weather forces me inside.