Saturday, March 29, 2014

It's mud season

Mud season means muddy paw prints .... and lots of paw cleaning!  The snow is slowly melting, we had some rain this past week which helped.  They are talking about more snow tonight, but the temps are supposed to improve next week so I'm optimistic that Spring is coming soon.

There was so much going on last weekend, so I have lots of pictures to show.  I took Friday as a vacation day from work, and my friend Judy and I went to Turnbull Nursery for their bare root tree sale.  We passed this funny vehicle on the way, I had Judy takes pictures of is as we passed it.

I had to google "Rana" to find out it's a pasta.


I've been going to Turnbull's every March for the past few years to purchase trees and bushes.  They sell them bare root so you don't have to deal with the heavy burlap root ball.  I've purchased 16 foot trees and was able to pick the tree up with one hand.  Makes it a lot easier to plant!  You go and select your trees in March, and they hold them in their cold storage until you go back and get them when the ground has unfrozen in April.  The sooner they get in the ground, the better.

They had a lot of really interesting trees this year, too bad I'm running out of places to put interesting ornamental trees!  But I bought this Purple Catalpa ...

And this Crimson Cloud Hawthorn, can't wait to see it bloom!

Here's Judy checking out some ornamental trees.

Then I bought 2 bushes, a Tamarisk.  Bob Faulkner, a daylily hybridizer, shows pictures of a mature tamarisk he has in Ohio, and it's a stunning bush.  I was very glad to see it said it was "Very Hardy"!

And I bought this Buttonbush since I have lots of wet areas around the pond.

Then on Saturday, I met my Mom and older sister Sandy at Plantasia.  I like going to Plantasia every March, I get to look at plants and see what they've forced to bloom, when I can't yet get into my gardens at home.

And the local nurseries put on quite a show.  This booth is Johnson's Nursery, they're outside East Aurora, I pass them every day going and coming home from work. 

The metal pieces were just amazing.

This was a really colorful display.

And then there is the sales and garden club area.

I took a couple pictures of these plant hangers because they were interesting and I could easily make some of these.

Really great water feature.

The middle of the front building had an area of these amazing arrangements.

Colorful forced hydrangeas.

And the only thing I bought was one of these plants.  It's a "Medinilla" from the Philippines.  It likes a cooler house in the winter, which is one of the reasons I thought I'd try it.  Most of the plants I want to try that are tropical, do not like my cooler house.  Of course, my cats have already tasted it's leaves .. I had asked if it was poisonous before I bought it.  So we'll see how it does.

Sunday was our Buffalo Area Daylily "Souper Bowl" meeting. 

Our speaker was Derek Nichols from Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo.  They help set up and supply materials for inner-city community gardens.  It was really interesting to learn about.

I have to share pictures of my silly pets!  Here's Rocky catching some rays ....

Figaro the cat, has decided he likes Rocky's food even if Rocky doesn't.  He puts his head right into the bowl even if Rocky's eating also. 

A few signs of spring ... I thought this was a winter aconite, but Judy said it wasn't ... anyone know what it is then?  (Ignore the large weed almost surrounding it!)

And the very first sign of spring, snowdrops!

Even Lily was enjoying the sun last weekend.  The barn cat was rubbing up against her chin, back and forth, back and forth ...

Hopefully on my next post, I'll be able to show sure signs of Spring!

Friday, March 21, 2014

First day of Spring ... brings snow

That's Buffalo for you ... March is a wacky month, every year.  It snows, it rains, it feels nice one day, brutally cold another .... though the sun actually feels warm when it's out.

Everything was starting to melt and we could actually see the ground in places.

And then the 2nd blizzard of the season hit ... the weathermen, who have been more right than wrong over this past winter, were warning that the commute to work on Wednesday was going to be OK, but the drive home was going to be a mess.  I told my boss and co-workers that I was going to work from home and stay out of the mess, everyone had to harass me about working from home.  So the morning started out OK ....

And then it got nasty.  They ended up sending everyone home from work at 11 am, so they could get home before it got really bad.

The Buffalo News ..............

And then the sun came out again and melted some of the snow ...

I don't usually have flowers in the house, especially since the cats try and eat whatever flowers I do get ... but I picked up a couple of the bouquets that were to support Hospice.  It's nice to see fresh flowers in March, and these are nice bouquets.

Last Saturday I had an energy audit done by WNY Home Performance Inc., out of Marilla. My heat bills have gotten really high, these year was really bad because propane has had delivery supply issues.  So I wanted to know where I was leaking air.  Justin set up this thing in the door to pull all the air out of the house, so we could then feel where the air was coming in.

Of course Rocky had to try and help!  I was happy to find out that I don't really have too many issues.  My fireplace is a problem, and I had already closed up part of it, next fall I will close it up more and not use it.  Which is actually a relief!  No more hauling wood, dirty ashes and having a really dry house!  There were a few other minor things I need to fix, but overall my house is really pretty tight!  Yeah!

Last Sunday I went to the Equifest at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.  It was supposed to be all things equine.  I have to say there was no donkeys represented anywhere, and there were no vendors selling halters that would fit a mini horse or donkey.  And actually I got a sarcastic response from some vendor when I asked about mini halters ... good thing I didn't tell him it was for a mini-donkey too!  Many "horse" people think donkeys are second class animals.  Too bad they don't really know how intelligent they are!  So I wasn't able to find any halters or a new ball for the donks to play with.

And there was even a mini horse or pony there!  But I ran in to quite a few people I know and had a good time.

On the way home, I took pictures of interesting things on my drive ... this is a hill I go up to get to my hill.

This very cool structure was built by hand, I watched the guy build some of it a few years ago.  The whole property is really amazing.

Horses out enjoying the sun.

There's a dairy farm that has a huge collection of exotic ducks, fowl, etc. 

Just around the corner, this guy carves things out of wood with his chainsaw.  He sells many of his items at the Made in America store in Elma.  Some day I'm going to have him do a small Santa for me, for my front porch.

And here's the farm from down the road.

With my silly donkeys out enjoying the sun too!


I've been working on my quilt and am loving the colors.  I decided just to use a white-on-white and a black with a small pattern fabric to separate the locks from the centerpiece.  Here's the first side I did:

Then I finished the right side:

And here I attached the bottom ... this weekend I plan on attaching the top and then working on the 4 corners.

I'll end this post with this piece I found in one of the horse magazines I picked up at Equifest.  I believe this pertains to any animal and not just a horse.

But it needs to be repeated and shared.  Too many people take on animals and then easily discard them.  Animals aren't temporary ... they are a responsibility not to be taken lightly.