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Spring Weather Come ON

Posted by shades_of_idaho (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 11, 10 at 17:50

Ok I have to say I am starting to feel like I want spring to come in. The snow is going away on the east side of the house and the flower beds there are looking pretty sad. Too muddy to get out there and work on them yet.

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Still have a few foot of snow on the west side of the house so it will be awhile for that to start showing spring.

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Mario mounted the memorial I made for my Friend Charla on the front porch post for me.
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The kitchen is done except for one drawer front that needs to be finished. No biggie. He will get it to us next week.

Now all I need to do is put the rest of the kitchen away and gear up for working in the yard soon. Should be much easier for me this year as I have lost 15 pounds over the winter. Woo Hoo. Tooting my own horn!!

Loretta so enjoyed seeing your daffys. I have tulips poking through and some chives if you look very close and tiny bits of sedum showing bright red.

Any one else seeing signs of spring.

Chris


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Mud and squishy grass! Small leftover pile from plow, complete with dirt and road stuff. Otherwise, snow is gone - HOORAY!! But, realtor wants an open house this weekend, so if anyone shows up, they will see the yard at its absolute worst. I do have summer pics available. Also, we are due for a rainy 'noreaster this weekend. More mud and squish :-(


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Aw Gee wanttoretire. I know about the dirt in snow piles we have them too. We sold a house once with 4 FOOT of snow on the ground. They never saw the yard but in pictures until the day of closing. So your pictures will help. You can not control Mother Nature. They should understand. Woo Hoo for open house. Hope you and DH are feeling up to it. Go off and have yourself a great time on open house day.

I will hold good thoughts for your open house this will be the weekend it sells.

Chris


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Thanks so much Chris. It's been on the market since 3 days before the crash. I'm so weary of this drill. Last open house, no one showed. Damn depressing. Well, at least it's staying pretty clean and organized. Oddly, all folks who have been here for whatever reason in the last 6 years have exclaimed that the location is fabulous. Well, so much for that theory. It just ain't happening. Even planted St. Joseph and said the prayer for many days last fall. Must be a reason why nothing is happening that we can't see.

Surgeon has released DH and he is feeling pretty good these days. That's a blessing in itself.


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Homes aren't moving well in most parts of the country. You can sell your house here in FL only if you are willing to sell it below market value, what ever that is these days. We have so many short sales and foreclosures to compete with around here! I'm not sure when we will try to sell our home; we are currently saving every penny towards building a new home, and may end up using 401K money, depending upon what we get or don't get for our house when the time comes. If I were a younger man, I'd simply wait, but I'm running out of years to get our rural home done and enjoy it a little before true old age kicks in.

As for winter weather- we are nearly up to 'normal' weather around here! It has been below average since Thanksgiving, it seems, and no one ever remembers it being this cold all winter. We hadn't run our heat in years, and I have very few long clothes and sweats for chilly weather. I normally wear shorts and t-shirts year-round, but not this year!


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We are having 65 degrees this week. During the last week my grass is greening up. Haven't peeked too close to other plants. Although the lilacs are definitely putting out buds.

This is always a good/bad thing. Nice to see the green, but our snow is usually the worse during spring and then comes the heavy frosts. I just let my plants do their thing through all as nature cannot be changed. Last year was about the same and my lilacs did get hit when just starting to open up. Everything else made their way quite well.

Would love to go out and rake up the yard, clean out the beds. But they still need their blanket of leaves, grass, etc.

I noticed the garden stores are setting up and plants abounding. This always gets people in trouble, especially with the warm weather this week. It is hard to ignore and not want to buy/plant.

Want-to....I planted a St. Joseph too. My realtor was really into this. Sold the house a month later. It was on the market for 4 mos and this was during the good times. Since it was in the mountains, and for sale in the winter, I got a lot of people just looking while vacationing. My personal take is St. Joseph has his own plans and not what ours may be. House would probably have sold with or without him.

Right now I don't think it is as much someone wanting to buy as much as it is the financing. I know at this time if I wanted to buy a home that there is no way they would finance me. Of course this goes into politics and will let it slide as to my opinion on how the economy has affected all.

I do wish you the best and life will get you there. Waiting all out is always the hardest.


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Well I am feeling spring like.Only my back is feeling sprung. I painted my sewing room periwinkle. And moved a china cabinet for a book shelf from studio to sewing room and vice versa. I am no where near putting it all back. This has been a project on the brain for months and a huge undertaking. I am excited about it and hope to get pictures soon.

Also bought 16 pounds of grass seed for the lower yard yesterday. Hope it grows this year. I actually walked out there. Most of the snow is melted. Maybe tomorrow I can get it planted. Have to keep hubby busy mowing now don't I??

We had 70 degrees on the front porch today. Too bad I was stuck inside painting. But glad to get it done.

Hope you all are enjoying some sort of spring.

Chris


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Woohoo, here in Mobile it was cooler today than in MA. Go figure. But we will be in the high 60s for the rest of the week. I succumbed to temptation at THD and picked up a 6pack of SilverQueen CORN and 3 tomato plants already blooming, and some herbs for my kitchen window as well. I found some gray-leafed/pink-blossomed bromeliads for a great price, and got one to give to my dear friend who lost her husband a year ago this weekend. And I came home with various body-parts for building a wire closet in the back bedroom until we manage to get the contractor to enlarge the space for us. I'm also planning to get the canvas painter drop cloths from THD to hang floor/ceiling as clipon curtains to hide the closet--which will have various contents. I can not stand the plastic totes sitting everywhere! They HAVE to go.

My DH built the small arbor over the door to our barn-shaped 12x16' wooden shed, so my kiwis can climb. My mission at THD was to get the paint for the whole shed. I slapped samples all over the shed until he picked the one he liked--and it was ORANGE CONFECTION. It reads as white in bright sun, but in shade it does have a very faint orange glaze to it and not at all in the blue end of the spectrum, so it goes with the peanut butter shingles.

I'm also collecting other 8oz samples and slaping them on interior walls to see how the light changes them. I am a fan of Behr Paint, and now get the Premium Plus Ultra version of all colors both interior and exterior. Our climate is mostly humid and has a tendency to mildew and/or mold with the slightest provocation. So getting the deterrent built into the paint is a huge advantage.
Pretty soon we must pressure wash the white stucco exterior and then decide if it must be painted. I'm thinking maybe in the fall after the heat abates would be better than summer. We presently have too many other chores in the works to even think about doing such a big job before we go north in a couple of months.


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Yippieee ML So glad to hear you are making progress. I can not imagine having to work on two houses at the same time. You are very brave.

Link to what I did in the last four days. Paint and transformation of unused unloved room into my sewing room. So happy with how it is turning out and can not wait to get time to sew. That will not be until after I clean up the horrible mess I made in my studio.

Have to hurry getting inside projects done cause Spring is here. 63 degrees today .

Chris

There are three pictures the last three uploaded.

Here is a link that might be useful: New Sewing Room and NSR B and C


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Moccosain, you have so much going on! If you plant your veggies, what will happen to them while you are in Maine?
Orange Confection? Sounds yummy!

Chris, is that a sattelite dish? It is so cool! I love the color of your room. You have such a 'girly' house - I bet it makes you feel pretty just to live in it!


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Thanks Loretta. Has been quite a job and I am not even done yet. Yes that sunflower mosaic is on a satellite dish. A memorial for a friend of mine that passed away a year ago February. I miss her so much. She was my sunshine so made her a sunflower.

Back to work. Ugh.chris


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Shades AND Idie, talk about things going on, you all put me to shame. I am so impressed with your projects. After seeing the colors in your sewing room, Shades, I am now leaning toward the Behr color SMOKED OYSTER. I thought it was a really soft gray brown, but it is a sort of grayed lavender. It is one of the sample paints I slapped on the walls just about everywhere--except for the living room, the front bedroom, and the back porch. Those three rooms are SET.

But the sewing room concept is tickling my fancy here, and I hope it will give some functionality to my back bedroom. For the time being, we will not be able to turn it into our master bedroom, and I'm not willing to let it look awful with plastic totes everywhere. Picking a color for it was a dilemma. I like to coordinate color selections so they will lead you pleasingly through the house.

Today I taped off all the woodwork in the hallway...lots of doorways you know. Woodwork will be Behr ULTRAPURE WHITE (I love that color) in a semigloss enamel. And the walls? Get ready: CHOCOLATE SWIRL. It is the color of bitter dark chocolate, even darker than MELTED CHOCOLATE, which I used up north in the family room below the chair rails. This little hall is sort of my "rotunda" in the middle of the house, with one door on each wall, and the drop-down attic steps up above.

Making each color lead pleasingly room to room, I must now change the color of the dining room. I had it painted same as the living room, a deep WARM TERRA COTTA. But with plans to open up the back wall of the dining room instead of a simple doorway into the kitchen, it will have to be a more transitional color that coordinates with the soft yellow of the kitchen/back porch. So I'm about settled on something Behr calls RICH TAUPE. It isn't a pale taupe, but it is a brownish earthy color. It will have to look good as seen from the terra cotta living room, and juxtaposed against the Chocolate Swirl blackish brown of the hall, and the soft yellow light-filled kitchen/back porch.

Then that back bedroom, I did not want it to be just more of the same peachy tan warm colors, so I was wanting to go another direction but coordinate with the deep chocolate of the hall, and the soft tint which is called Lilting Laughter (doesn't tell you anything, does it, but it is a soft tint of peach)which will be in both bathrooms. It is a gorgeous color and it WORKS. So now after looking at Shades sewing room, I've decided: SMOKED OYSTER it is!!

I spent a lot of time buying parts for a temporary setup to cover one wall of the back bedroom with a metal-based closet. Floor to ceiling, wall to wall, 24" deep. One window in the middle for a short bench. Fabric like the canvas dropcloths hanging from curtain clip-on rings. Just cut to length and hem. Plus, if I feel like it, I can lay it out and PAINT PICTURES ON IT. I sure wish my granddaughter who will turn 6 next month was here to paint with me. :)

we have automatic deadlines for a lot of our work. The veggies will be harvested by our neighbor, who will also water my container plants. We have a gate in our back fence so we can visit easily. She is an adorable little widow lady. I am fortunate to have MOSTLY good neighbors.


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ML the paint color I used is Periwinkle in Wal-Marts brand Color palace. I had the color mixed half strength to keep it from being too intense. Something I learned a few years ago Works wonders in small rooms where walls reflecting off walls turns the colors too bright.

I do love this color and have it in my studio here and in two rooms in our last house. I was so going to go with the green and happened across that one picture of the last house and my cozy guest room and just wanted to re create it again. I was happy in that room. Even though it was a guest room I used it to visit on the phone with friends to go snuggle with a kitty and read my book away from TV hubby was watching.

Fleece on couch was for kitties.

Still trying to get things put away and the top edge of my kitchen back splash done so I can work on the canisters. Hehehehe More on that later.

chris

Here is a link that might be useful: Guest room in last house.


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shades I love your new sewing room! that is such a lovely space to work in.

autumn is here for us we had one heck of a thunderstorm this afternoon and it pelted down with golf balls sized hail stones. Im glad I was at home when this hit because the roads must have been a nightmare. we havent had a chance to look over the house properly but so far the laserlite roof on my shadehouse is torn to pieces and we had about 10 roof tiles broken plus the glass panels on our solar hot water system smashed and fell in. all of the gutters were overflowing because there was so much rain coming down and the mudroom/sunroom got flooded as well but that side always cops the brunt of any weather.

still, I cant complain because damn it was nice to see rain again after so long hehe


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Oh trancegenie, how awful! I have thought about putting in a solar water heater but the thought of hail smashing it to bits always stops me. Your poor tree! It is so sad to see a tree like that. I wish we could give you some of our rain, we have had too much already this year.


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Wow! Amazing. That must have been some storm. Looks like the blue SUV has a tree branch on it. Hope everything else came thru it undamaged.


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marti you can send any spare rain my way, just not all at once ok? hehe. Those pics were from our local news site because I didnt have the guts to go out in that storm and take pics. we might have another storm coming tonight but it might just pass to the north (not good for people to the north of us though.)

Loretta it was a more severe storm than we'd normally get. hopefully the house insurance will cover the damage, Ive been trying all day to ring them but I can't get through. This is very early weather for us because we often dont see rain or storms until late April or May and the hail isnt normally so brutal.

I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere is getting some nice spring weather and getting out into your yards again after your horrible winters


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Trance, I hope the second storm missed you. Those pics are pretty awful. We get some doozy hail here, but I think that yours takes the cake. What a shock after the intense heat you've had.
It's so interesting how you're going into fall, and we're all looking forward to spring flowers. :o)
Our spring has been unusually warm. Normally we still have snow on the ground this time of year. I still don't rule out more snow. The earliest they say it's 'safe' to plant is the end of May which seems like a long way off still.


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Oh Trance. So sorry this happened to you. WOW I would have been so scared. Nothing you can do while it is happening. So glad you did not get hurt. Hope you are getting sorted out.

One more little spring milestone for us. I was finally able to get laundry dried on the line today for the first time this year. Woo Hoo. The sheets and towels smell so fresh and nice. Soon I will be able to get out in the yard and start some work. I did get grass seed planted in the lower yard. Hoping I was not just throwing money to the wind.

Chris


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Trance,
You reminded me that hail storms will be on their way. I need to move some things in my garage and get the car back in there. One time I thought it was really silly of the next door neighbors running out and putting comfortors over their cars. I got that reasoning when two of my cars had major damage. Just won't leave the car out now.

Would love for it to really be spring here. Today is 70s, but in CO we could have a foot of snow the next day. Snow is fine actually, it is the rain/freeze and hail that can ruin fine plantings. Here our magic day is Mother's Day to plant anything. Hard to wait, spring fever is real.


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emagineer there are so many cars on the road here right now with hail dents all over them, it's incredible how much damage it did

I finished raking and sweeping up all the leaves and branches on the weekend from the storm and I might start moving some plants soon to better spots for next summer. my frangipanis look like someone tried to stick them in a shredder but they were going to start losing their leaves soon anyway so at least they finished flowering

prairie the second storm did miss us and luckily went to the north instead.

shades it was pretty scary, there was huge hail bouncing off the mudroom windows and I was sure they were going to smash. You get a really good view of storms from our mudroom but I wasnt even game to go in there so I was standing back in a doorway watching lol but Im just fascinated by lightning storms I cant take my eyes off the back windows when we get them.


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Trance, So glad it was not worse for you as far as damage. Once at our last house there was a wind storm and I stood in the kitchen in the corner holding the glass in the windows. I was afraid the wind was going to blow them out. I had the curtains closed. I think the winds were 85 MPH that night. So glad when it stopped.


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Well I have started in on the bathr00m window. I really would like as much light to come in as possible. Fitting these glass pieces as close as I can get as I do not want to grout this.

I have been working extra hours so this is slow going. Have the day off tomorrow and then Monday I work half a day or more and then council meeting that night. the good news is I worked 6 hours today at the office so I am almost ready for my meeting.

Chris

Here is a link that might be useful: Start of crazy window


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That is beautiful. I still don't understand how it sticks together :>?.


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Loretta the glass bits are glued to the window with silicone. In the first picture they are just placed on the sticky side of clear contact paper. Then I tape the front side well.Using wide sc0tch t@pe Then I cut this part loose from the other already completed section and took it into the bathroom. Set it on my work mat tape side down and pulled the contact paper away carefully. Then I used a knife and buttered this side of the glass with silicone like buttering toast. Then very carefully lifted it up to the glass and started pressing it smooth.

My heart was pounding stomach in my throat on this. The whole thing could have failed and then I would have a huge mess and lots of time wasted so it is all handled with kid gloves so to speak. I used lots of tape on the front side.

Then after the silicone set up I gently peeled off the tape.And this is how it is all stuck together.

Tomorrow I will be working at the office and meeting tomorrow night. And company arriving first ting in the morning for breakfast so I need to get myself to bed.

Catch you all when I can. Oh and I added a cute picture of our little Abby. She finally crashed. She has been so wound up since her surgery.

Chris

Here is a link that might be useful: Starting window install


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wow chris that looks so amazing and the finished result is definitely going to be worth all that effort. Im really surprised how good it looks from both sides, I thought the silicon would show on the back but it looks great front and back. just out of curiosity which side of the window did you put it on? was it on the inside or outside of the bathroom?


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It looks so good! I love the canisters too. You've got bling everywhere.


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Chris, your window is going to be gorgeous!! You are such a talented lady. What a great way to provide privacy.

Your poor wee kitty. It's hard when they are hurting, even when you know it's the right thing to do. There are some folks around here who give the feral dogs a birth control injection that's supposed to last for a couple of years. I wonder if they have anything like that for cats.

Spring still has not 'sprung' here ..... *sigh*
It snowed on the weekend. I feel badly complaining when I know we really need the moisture, but, but, but ... I'm ready for some green ....
I do have some hardy johnny-jump-ups blooming. :o) They are amazing in the ice/snow/drought/bizarre weather we get around here. My tulips are trying, but it'll be awhile before they bloom.
~Missy


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Thanks Trance, Loretta, Missy. The window is really fun to work on. I have not done more since this as I have been working. Hoping tomorrow I will get the day off while company and hubby go ride their snowmobiles. Looking forward to it.

Also tomorrow I hope to get some pictures of spring starting in our yard. The snow is all gone. Even the big time hail we had to day. WHEN I was walking h0me from work half way. So my long curls went straight. :^(((

Hope to make more progress tomorrow.

Chris


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Hi, Chris, thanks for the picture-posting info. I'm a gardener at heart, so the first pics that I uploaded are flowers. I'm seeing signs of spring all over my yard.

Here is a link that might be useful: spring flowers


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OH Pretty. I LOVE flowers. Will have to see about getting some pictures of the few we have so far. IF last nights storm did not destroy them. Was a hum dinger of a storm. Wild wet and crazy.

So glad you were able to get pictures up for us. We all love pictures.

Chris


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Thanks, Chris, I just posted pics of my yard on a new thread. Last year I posted pictures of some rooms and my front porch on 'Rate My Space'. Do you know if it would be OK to provide that link on this forum? I'm lazy and that would be easier than looking through old pictures. Thanks for all your help and info.

Here is a link that might be useful: New thread--yard pics


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I do not know if it is ok so try it and see what happens. Can not imagine why there would be a problem with it. Would love to see more. I am anxiously awaiting my shade cloth to start on the new porch curtains.

And since it is spring happenings. This is not totally house or yard related and should go in the other conversations side but I am too lazy to start another thread just for this. I have wonderful personal news. Yesterday morning the last of the tumor on my leg fell out. It is healed done deal. Finally after treating it for over 7 months. Thought it was done last time in March but a little came back. This time for sure it is gone. No doubt at all. Woo Hoo. Soon I will be zipping around with so much energy I will out run myself. Such a relief.

Chris

Here is a link that might be useful: Last years curtains.


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Chris, That's great news--I share your joy!! Wish I had one of those 'jumping up and down' emoticons. :) :) :) Lot's of smiles instead!!

Love the curtains! Don't they make a porch feel luxurious?


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Lovely flowers, mama_goose. Thanks for sharing them, as well as your 'rate me' page! You do have a lovely home and property! :o)

Chris (((((hugs)))))) That's fantastic news!! I am so happy for you. What a relief that must be - wow wow wow!!

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I thought I'd post a couple of pics of the view that I see when I drive out to a client's place a couple of times a week, as well as some shots of where we go walking on their property. I feel so blessed to be able to work in such an environment! Spring is coming ... buds on the trees, and wild flowers such as crocuses and some wee little yellow things (that I don't know the name of), as well as some johnny-jump-ups in my garden are blooming. :o)

Did I mention that I love my new job??? lol

~Missy

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Walking around at work ...

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Chris, that's wonderful news! So happy to hear everything is going well for you.

Missy, what kind of work do you do? That scenery is amazing. I'm so glad you enjoy your job. It makes all of the difference, doesn't it?

I'm going to Myrtle Beach tomorrow (Sunday) and I won't have internet access (too cheap to pay for it) until I return home next Friday. I Hope you all have a great week.
Loretta


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idie2live, have a great time!! Hope you have wonderful weather!

prairie-girl, thank you, that view is beautiful--what mountains are those? I used to have johnny-jump-ups, but they've disappeared! We have lots of violets blooming, and we have a robin nesting in our red crabapple tree--that's a sure sign of spring!


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Hi Loretta, I am a personal health care aide. :o) It's fabulous!
I hope you have a wonderful fantastic holiday - please soak up some ocean air/sun/sand/palm trees for me ok? It's snowing like crazy here today and some beach time sounds heavenly.....

mama_goose, the mountains are the Rockies. I live just West of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, (God's country ;oP ) in the foothills of the Rockies.
Shall I save some johnny-jump-up seeds for you? :o) You're right - robins *are* a sure sign of spring. I feel so sorry for them, here. They somehow survive with all our freak spring snowstorms but geesh - you'd think they would smarten up and wait till May to show up!
~Missy


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Thanks All for the well wishes I am pretty happy myself to be done with this.

Wow Missy Beautiful pictures. How nice to be able to go to a place like that for work.

Loretta you have a blast. We will be thinking about you sunning yourself on the beach. Too bad you can not just park outside a hot spot for internet access.

My DH 70 birthday today so really should be visiting with him and not on the computer. But he is watching boxing right now.

I walked around the yard for pictures and noting is even interesting yet. :^( Couple of tulips and one daffy. Few tiny violets. Pictures will have to wait.

Bought a rebound trampoline today for $20. Think I might go giggle for a little bit. Hehehehehe

Chris


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shades - that is such great news! what a blessing!


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The shade cloth arrived and I was able to get one pair sewn. Picture is only one half of one pair. Too tired tonight to do more. Now I have the design worked out it should go pretty fast. Making it work was the hard part and cutting the shade cloth. Hard to hold and cut. I have chairs and a table sitting on one end for my helper. Too bad Abby does not understand what I need. All she can do is watch.

The shade cloth is pretty thin. That is good as it is a longer curtain than I had and hoping when we put up the new rods it will not make them sag like the other curtains did. This is the look I was going for the first time around but just did not have the $$ or enough fabric to make it happen last year. So glad I am able to use the white curtains I had before with just a little alteration to them. Waste not want not.

Here is a link that might be useful: Last four pictures.


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Great job Chris! The porch will look fantastic when you are done. Looks like spring to me.


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wooohooo, good for you Chris, on the curtains. :o) Are you having fun on your rebounder?
Welcome home, Loretta! Hope you had a wonderful time!
Spring is still trying to arrive up here. We had a doozy of a storm last week - snow is still melting. We really needed the moisture, so I won't complain, and it's all melted in my yard, and my flowers are slowly coming out. I have been tempted by some pretty pansies at the grocery store, but I haven't the energy yet for planting anything new.
I have linked a picture that someone local took on the 29th. It's really amazing how fast our weather changes. There truly are flowers blooming in my yard lol.
~Missy

Here is a link that might be useful: local pic


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Thanks Loretta and Missy and Welcome back from me too Loretta. Missed you.Hope you had a great time.

I have a little more of the curtains started/ Now I know what I need to to it becomes more of an assembly line. Working on the white bottoms then more cutting of the shade cloth then putting it all together. Joe got three of the new rods up in place for me and they are much stronger than the other ones we were using. Good old conduit makes for fine rods. Somehow he has the ends figured out.

We are having company tomorrow so the rest of the sewing might go slow. I am enjoying the process and also working on my glass window. I am close to another section to install.

This next week is going to be a doozy at work. Hearing Friday and council meeting Monday. Lots to get done.

Chris


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......and now it's summer! After the coolest winter (and spring) on record, it suddenly turned hot and humid. We turned the A/C on yesterday, and so it shall remain until October.


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Not here Jay. We had freezing temps yesterday and only up to 42 degrees right now. No wind yet. Sure would be nice to get the temps and no wind to coordinate so I could spray on the weeds. Before or after company comes. Going to be hopping today. Time to get a move on.

Chris


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I've been using my a/c for several weeks now! It seemed like it went from below average temps in February to average temps over the span of a couple of weeks. I must admit I'm a 'warm weather gal'.
Missy, down here we are removing all of the Pansies (it's getting too hot for them).
I'll bet Trance is having great Fall weather!


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I forgot! I missed 'talking' to you guys too, but we had a great time at the beach. We have a timeshare (yeah, I know) and some points had to be used before they expired.
The weather was excellent and since kids are still in school, it was not crowded.


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Glad you had a good holiday, Loretta. :o)
Jay and Loretta - will you share your heat with us? It's still much too cold up here!


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We have been having terrible wind. I was going to go out for a walk after dinner and noticed there was NO WIND!! Woo Hoo I jumped on the four wheeler and started spraying the place. We have a pump sprayer on the back. I used up 20 gallons of mixed spray. Should have a good start on knocking down the weeds around here. This place was big time nasty weeds when we bought it and some of the good?? dirt we brought in was full of noxious weeds. Thistles white top morning glory the wild version. Tomorrow through Wednesday is supposed to be more wind so I totally lucked out.

I really hate to have to spray but my hands are too bad off to pull weeds now. Hopefully after this year we will not have to spray nearly as much.

Happy Spring. I am starting to get some flowers. Will try for pictures soon.

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Chris, Love the curtains--what a lot of work! I'd like to see a pick from the outside of the porch.

idie, Welcome back!

It's been interesting to read about the variety of weather conditions everyone has been experiencing. In the last week we've had near 80's, hard frosts, thunderstorms, and last night, a flash-flood. Woke up this morning to a shining clean world and a new leak in the laundry room. :(


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Oh, geez--I meant pic, picture, photograph!!


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*sigh - snowing here again this evening. *grumble grumble*


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"I'll bet Trance is having great Fall weather!"

you got that right Loretta, the A/C is *OFF* woohoo and we can finally open up the doors and windows and let some fresh air into the house. we have low 80s forecast all week :)


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We have had so much wind the last few days I have not been able to get a picture. 50 MPH yesterday/ EEEKKKKK If it slows down this evening. I will give it a try. WE had company again last night. I have 5 panels done so far. 7 more to go. With work not sure when I will get to it.


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Spring is finally happening here and all the perennials are up and filling out :-) Several open houses/showings later, STILL HAVEN'T sold the house, tho a couple of buyers are interested but have to sell first, waiting for another price drop, etc., pick your option!! We are going to make some minor repairs and improvements which probably should have been done long ago, but with DH health and surgical saga, it just wasn't an option.

Chris - did you ever get the last of the kitchen drawers back???


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The bullfrogs are singing (bellowing?)! Our hummingbird is back, and I saw barn swallows today. They follow me when I mow, and swoop after bugs that I disturb with the mower.

And I found this fellow:

Here is a link that might be useful: Busy Bee


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im really enjoying seeing everyone's spring pics.

It's been over 6 weeks since we had that hail storm and finally the insurance assessor came out to look at the damage. I wonder how long it will take for them to get a builder out to repair everything? :^/

The rangehood we installed 6 months ago has also broken down and the repairer is waiting on a new motor to "come from the east" *sigh*

I feel like it's one step forward, three steps back at them moment with this house. Maybe the house is trying to tell me it doesn't want to be fixed up and it likes being old and decrepid....


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Gads Mama_goose sorry about your leak. Bummer especially at this time of year with spring rains.

Missy we had snow hail and rain here yesterday and even a tiny bit of sun in the morning. No clue what will happen today. No matter I will be in the office most of the day.

Trance so glad the insurance company finally showed up. Hope they will take care of the damage properly with out harassing you too much.

Wanttoretire. NO drawer yet. He did not show up and this week I have been too busy to even try to deal with calling him. I am in and out of here like a fly. Next week I will try again. This is not really fair we held up our end of the deal. Sigh

Cute bee Mama_goose.

Added two more progress pictures. Glass on the window and the porch curtains from the outside. Excuse the ladder laying down. Was the morning after the winds.

OK I am gone.

Chris

Here is a link that might be useful: Glass on window progress


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shades, I sent you an email...
The window is looking great--and I noticed your unique satellite dish--perfect!

trancegemini, Take heart, maybe your house is like some crotchety old people, it wants the attention but wants to be talked into it. I'll probably be like that myself some day. :o


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Hiya,

Trance - here we often have to wait for things to be shipped 'from the east' too! It doesn't usually take that long though.

wantoretire, so sorry you are having trouble selling your house. It seems to be an epidemic right now.

Chris, we've had record-breaking winds here the last few days, too. It's been quite incredible. We've had SNOW too!! I am sooooooo ready for spring!!! Your window is coming along very nicely, and your curtains are so 'breezy' looking! Good job. :o)

Here are a couple of pics I took this morning. My poor flowers!!

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Sorry, I missed you mama_goose - your bee picture is great. :o) Your flowers look much happier than mine! lol


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Oh, prairie, those poor little poppies! I want to give them (((hugs)))! With the recent warm temps and torrential rains everything is going crazy around here. I've been pulling poison ivy seedlings from my mulch, courtesy of the birds. I'll send 'warm' thoughts your way.


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Yikes! Poison ivy seedlings? I am breaking out just reading about them growing anywhere.

DH asked if I've seen any poison ivy in our "back 40", the 25x100' strip of land we purchased from our back yard neighbor on next street over. So far, nothing. We really have no time to clear it of brush now, with all the house projects going on. It is already too hot to cover up totally as I would need to do for such a job. And I cannot find my friend who does the heavier yard jobs for us. Maybe he decided to go back to a real job after a year off?

I did some planting of roses last week, and did about half the weeding and mulching for the front yard. It is looking much better, with plants going crazy to catch up after a really hard winter.

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Star jasmine (called Confederate jasmine here) planted here 2 years ago on this fence, after we saw it used as a hedge to cover chainlink fences in Italy. It blooms in late April/May/June, stays green all year, solid plant from base to top, unlike the Carolina Jessamine, which creates a leafless bottom and a heavy high canopy.
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this plant is about 4 years old, see what I mean about staying solid?
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And here is DH with his Silver Queen corn taken last weekend. So much for the saying "knee high by 4th July."
He won't let me put flowers in his veggie patch. But he is becoming fond of herbs of late.
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wow shades, that window looks amazing! I love your shadecloth curtains too, they look great. you've been busy!

"maybe your house is like some crotchety old people, it wants the attention but wants to be talked into it."

that made me laugh mamagoose :) yes I think I have a crotchety old house! lol

"Trance - here we often have to wait for things to be shipped 'from the east' too! It doesn't usually take that long though. "

so far it's 3 weeks and counting, I want to use my rangehood dagnammit lol. your poor little flowers missy, do you usually get snow this time of year?

ML your garden is looking great. my star jasmine is a pathetic looking little thing that I imagined would look like yours when I planted it :) I need to water mine more I think and get it going. Love the pic of DH with his vegie patch. that's something I'd like to focus on when I have more time. I got as far as building the beds but there's not much growing going on lol


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'Yikes! Poison ivy seedlings? I am breaking out just reading about them growing anywhere.'

We live in an area where poison ivy will cover every fence-post and tree. Fortunately, I'm not too allergic. *Knocking wood*

ML, your roses are gorgeous, and even the word 'jasmine' evokes a sweet scent on a hot summer night...


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Mama-Googse got it and back at you.Thank you!!

OH Burrr Missy. We did have hail and some snow but it did not build up at all. Flowers look pretty in the snow.

ML you really have a nice yard too. I keep plugging away at this yard. Sigh Hope to get some pictures soon. The tulips are just about ready to open.

ML I am going to buy a package of corn seed and plant a few corn clumps in front of the porch just for fun.The soil is good there in that little flower bed. Going to move the old sinks somewhere else. I want to make a change. Need help to move them. Soon.

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OK I finally took some spring pictures. The flowers are just starting to come on. I need to get out and clean up the flower beds. Soon I keep telling myself. So here are pictures and I am off to sew.

Chris

Here is a link that might be useful: Spring Flowers


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After having the yard dug up when I had the driveway widened, it is still not where I want it to be. It is amazing how much effort it was to remove the dirt, roots and debris!
My dogs used to have the run of the side yard, so needless to say there is no grass in there. But I planted some grass a month ago. Hopefully it will fill in soon. I just lay down some topsoil and grass seed in the front, but I don't have high hopes for it. The Crepe Myrtle shades the front and the grass has gotten thinner and thinner each year.
I also had my son remove some shrubs so that I could plant an Alberta Spruce (yes, Chris, I decided to take a chance with it). I decided not to plant anything around it this year to give it the best chance of living. I'll lay down some straw later.

Here is my new "Christmas Tree".

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Chris, your spring flowers are beautiful, especially the daffs. We have such soggy clay soil that my tulips have all disappeared. I love the color of the Johnny-jump-ups.

idie, the dwarf Alberta spruce is my favorite shrub. Unless my computer is distorting the depth, you might want to consider moving it out a little. Since it's newly planted I'm sure it wouldn't cause damage.

I'm linking a pic of one in our yard--the maroon sphere is a bowling ball, for perspective on size. ML, you asked about the size at maturity, so this is for you, too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mature Dwarf Alberta Spruce


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oh wow idie, the front of your house has changed so much, I love what you've done with the new garden space. The new porch and steps has really made such a big change to the front of your house. I just love little corners like that because they create such interesting little garden spots. your xmas tree looks great in that area (I love it against the colour of the bricks)


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Mama, it is 3 feet from each side of the walls. Do you think I need to move it farther out? Your tree is a perfect picture of how I want mine to look.

Trance, when I look at the pics of these garden divas, it makes me wish I still had the desire to work the yard. They are beautiful to look at though!


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Oh, idie, it must have been just the picture that makes it look as if your shrub is about 18" from the wall. My largest and oldest is over 5' in diameter at the base, so three feet should be fine. The one in the link that I posted has had some die-back from thrips in the very top, but the shrubs usually recover quickly, and keep the cone shape.

LOL, did you mean the pics or the garden divas are beautiful to look at? :0)


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Oh Loretta your new porch and planting looks so nice. Do you find yourself leaving the door open to the living room now? I do not think I would ever shut . Love the little Alberta Spruce.


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Mama, I haven't seen all of the divas, but I'm sure you all are just as lovely as your gardens!


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Thank you, but right now my garden is rather care-worn and weedy, so in my case, you are absolutely correct! (That's why most of my spring flower pics are close-ups, BTW.) ;^)


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Finally getting to the close up hanger pictures for the porch shades. Hubby dreamed up this idea and they really work and dirt cheep.

Here is a link that might be useful: This picture and previous one.


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Well I finally finished sewing and hanging the porch curtains.

I tidied up the porch some. Now I need to sew cushions for the glider and the little bench that does not show and the chairs for the table. I priced them to buy and they were too expensive. I will buy cheep bed pillows for the stuffing and make my own cushions. In my sewing room. Hehehehe This is going to be fun as I have lots of fabric and can make a couple of sets.

I moved the stove to the other side of the porch and like it better. Maybe changing my mind on moving the large table out to the porch. There is no hurry to do this so will see how the porch works as it is.

Here is a link that might be useful: Porch Curtains


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Chris it's looking fantastic! A front porch is something that I've always thought looked so welcoming and 'homey'. They aren't very common up here. I guess our long winters don't encourage sitting on the porch visiting with the neighbors much.

Loretta, your place looks sooooo cute! When you see your tree, think of me. :o) It's kinda funny - I never knew there was a special spruce from the same place as me.

Trance, do you have trees there that change colour in the fall, or maybe you don't get frosts that cause that to happen?

So nice to see everyone's flowers etc. :o) Mine are much happier than the last time I posted. The beds are still in terrible shape as I've been so busy with the house. I love hardy flowers that thrive in spite of me!

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shades, Your porch looks amazing!!! Seeing it from the inside, with the curtains drawn, it looks so cool and inviting. Your hubby had a great idea for the brackets for the curtain rods.

And your picture is lovely. :oP


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Oh Missy they are so pretty. Loving the Johnny Jump Ups/ Violas. I hope to have them spread all over this place. Some think they are so invasive. Well they can invade me any time. Blooming from first spring until snow.

Still sitting out on the porch enjoying. IN THE DARK!!! I need to make a small lamp out here for the table. Too bright for the porch light. Do not want to deal with a candle but maybe I will.

Chris


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Thank you mama_goose. I need to get new picture with my hair cut off. Will do that soon.


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your flowers are looking so happy in the sunshine prairie, is all your snow gone? we dont get a fall where the leaves drop and it's not cold enough for the trees to change colour. There are a few places in oz that can grow them but they don't work here it's just too warm but I adore seeing trees like that in movies etc, what a gorgeous sight. Our autumn is just part summer and part spring in reverse


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Oops, prairie, I didn't refresh before posting that last comment. Your poppies sure look happier than in the first pic you posted. I love the combination of vibrant oranges and blues.


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Thanks mama_goose. :o) The poppies and violas just grow where they will. I regularly pull out poppies as I have another area just for them, but I can't bear to 'weed' out the violas.
Trance, our snow is long gone - we've had temps up to 28 C the last little while. We're on a down turn again though and they're saying it may snow this weekend. Snow this time of year is quite unusual for here, but not surprising. We're pretty close to the mtns and I've seen snow in every month. During the months of may - sept it doesn't usually stick to the ground and it certainly doesn't last long.
Chris, you might want to think about a kerosene lantern for outside. I always think it adds to the ambiance to have the kerosene smell and flicker of the flame. :)


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Hi, I haven't posted in a long time, but have been enjoying the photos and newsy updates. glad you all are doing so well. We have had a super hot spring here in Michigan, 80's and 90's off and on since March, so we have our gardens in early and a lot of trees and shrubs planted.

Chris, glad that your leg is finally doing better.


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ronbre, we've had lots of rain in So.OH, and our garden is has water standing in it. :( Oh, well, I usually plant pumpkins there, so I have a few weeks for it to dry out.

shades, I wish I could find a way for everyone to get a whiff of my 'sign of spring'. The Japanese honeysuckle is blooming and the air is SATURATED with the scent. Every time I step out the door I'm enveloped in that wonderful smell. Wasn't I recently whining that honeysuckle vines are invasive, and cover every fencepost? LOL, I take it back.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wish this was 'scratch n sniff'!


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Ahh, there you are Trance! Missed you.
You say, "your flowers are looking so happy in the sunshine prairie, is all your snow gone? we dont get a fall where the leaves drop and it's not cold enough for the trees to change colour. There are a few places in oz that can grow them but they don't work here it's just too warm but I adore seeing trees like that in movies etc, what a gorgeous sight. Our autumn is just part summer and part spring in reverse"

The way they describe our seasons in south Alabama is almost summer, summer, fall, then almost summer again.
Our leaves turn brown and drop, or else when it begins warming up, the big oaks put out catkins and the new leaves push the old ones off the trees. So we have lots of brown leaves and brown catkins to sweep up at the same time.
We do have some early blooming flowers, such as the azaleas, spirea/bridal wreath, dogwood, but tulips and daffodils require a cold spell and do not show like they do with a colder winter.

This year, it is sort of upside down weather when it is hotter in Massachusetts than it is in south Alabama. Our climate is similar to that of Orvieto, Italy, except we are not mountainous, and we are very high humidity. Only a few hostas can stand it here. That's why I enjoyed gardening up in Massachusetts.

Mama, soon I'll be driving up to Muscatine Iowa to deliver a parrot. That should not be too awfully far from where you live, but I won't at that time be going east to MA. Instead I'll just turn around and return to Alabama. It is only 900 something miles one way there. I enjoy driving long distances


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LOL, ML, according to google-maps it's 574 miles from my house to Muscatine, IA, only 9 hours and 44 minutes. But if you ever get closer to my neighborhood, come on over!

trancegemini, when we lived in Colorado, I really missed the wonderful fall displays we have in So.OH--sugar maples, sweet gums, sourwood, etc., in every shade of red, yellow, and orange. The aspen and cottonwoods out west just turned yellow.


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OH Mama_goose. I just bought a really nice honeysuckle to plant where I lost one in front of the porch. Did not want to loose the pattern of three so had to buy one. I have not put it in the ground yet. So much to do all at once. Yard house and work. I love the sweet smell of them. The other two are doing well.

LOL Just for fun I also planted corn and sun flowers across the front of the porch. Working on planting the garden but the tomatoes got frosted. Sigh.Glad I was slow to plant the squash and cukes. It is supposed to pour down rain tomorrow so I will work and hope Fri or Sat to plant the rest of the garden.

Making progress on this yard finally.We really are having odd weather. With cold and wet and wind. I really hope it does not suddenly turn scorching hot.

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this spring I dug quackgrass out of an old abandoned garden area that was 40 x 60 feet..I had started last year on reclaiming it for a food forest garden and got going gung ho on it with our hot early spring (until I hurt my back from too much throwing quackgrass sod with a pitchfork for 9 hours at a time for 4 weeks).

anyway, i had already had a start of 3 walnut, 4 wild plum, 6 hazelnut, 2 chestnut, one ornamental cherry, some asparagus, herbs,horseradish, rhubarb and other herbs, and a hedge of blueberry, raspberry and blackberry bushes..but the quackgrass was everywhere and had to be removed.

well now i have a lot of the quackgrass weeded out..have planted out about 60 seed packets of vegetables and herbs and a few flowers (i'll have morning glories this year shades of idaho, they are already up).

I also have put in this spring already 3 pears, 3 apples, 3 sour cherries, 5 grapes and 4 climbing roses (there are also 2 lilacs and some flowers from last year).

I have on order 3 mulberries that should arrive today, and 4 goumi, 2 service berry, 2 elderberry, a hawthorne, buffalo berry, and a few other shrubs, that will go in this food forest garden as well. Hopefully they'll come this week. In Michigan we have been in the 90's with very little rain, but we did get a light rain last night that helped some.


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Hi, shades, we've missed you, but I assumed it was business keeping you busy. We planted tomatoes last evening, and have a few peppers and marigolds to put out tomorrow--I forgot about them today.

ronbre, you are so much more ambitious than I. And, if your quackgrass is the same thing that we call quackgrass, good luck! Ours has knotty roots that can grow through other plants root systems, even piercing and growing right through daffodil bulbs. It's almost impossible to eradicate--every small piece of root can sprout again. Hate that stuff.


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Hi back again. We had to go to town today. Friendly neighbor suggested junipers for the back bank. She liked the Blue Rug Juniper and I do too but also found a Buffalo juniper and I ended up buying a dozen of them to plant. They get a little taller which will make it so I do not have to perfectly smooth out that bank that is 64 foot long and about 8 foot high and steep. I think I need to measure to be sure. For now the placement will be in triangles and lots of mulch between them. I can get all the free mulch I can haul from across the street.

So they are bought. My back got worked on this morning and it was strongly suggested, who listens, I even put the trip to town off and just lay a bed today. But tomorrow would be a worse day to travel . Joe drove and I did not do any lifting and sat squarely in my seat. Will go down to bed shortly. Just had to catch up on you all. I can get them planted in a few days and then start in on hauling the mulch.

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"The way they describe our seasons in south Alabama is almost summer, summer, fall, then almost summer again."

LOL ML, yep, the classic four seasons just dont fit in climates like ours do they. Here in the more tropical areas of oz they often just call it the dry season or the wet season since there arent really any seasons apart from being dry or rainy.

"trancegemini, when we lived in Colorado, I really missed the wonderful fall displays we have in So.OH--sugar maples, sweet gums, sourwood, etc., in every shade of red, yellow, and orange. The aspen and cottonwoods out west just turned yellow."

oh those are the sort of trees I would love to grow mamagoose with those amazing colour changes like fiery reds and yellows, so interesting to look at! and who would need autumn flowers? :)

shades I forgot to say how great your shadecloth curtains look! it looks more like an outdoor room than a porch now


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We usually have the four seasons here. This year we are having a VERY LONG spring. Gads. Tomatoes froze the other morning so will have to start over. The rest is still ok because it is safe up on the porch.

Thanks on the compliment Trance. We are enjoying the curtains. Kitties are too. They feel safe but still can see out. Still a bit cold to be out there but I am sure it will warm up soon.

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Well today was many different forms of spring. I would go out and plant between rain showers so that is a good thing. Easier on the little plants.

I planted the raspberries and forsythia and honeysuckle and rhubarb. The other day I planted a dozen Buffalo Junipers on the back bank.

I also hauled a couple loads of mulch. I am supposed to be careful of my back right now. Ya think three days was careful enough??

As I finished planting the berries it was just turning dark and starting to rain. All is good. Supposed to rain for the next three days. Hoping I can get out and get the last of the veggies planted some time between showers.

Sure is some strange weather this year.

Watching hoarders too. Makes me want to tear this house apart and toss everything. EEEEKKKKK SCREAM

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Hi, Chris, we had a mega-thunderstorm in the middle of the night (Monday 2:30AM). Luckily, I had just staked the hollyhocks, which are now blooming. The rain was so heavy it flattened a moonflower that was almost ready to bloom. I had cleaned and hosed down the porch on Sunday, but didn't get to the curtains. I'm glad now, since the rain was so heavy, they would have been drenched.

You've been busy--enjoy your rest while it rains.


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