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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its still cold but the snow is away now but I think my fig tree wont survive now, pity becasue it had fruit on it. I've brought it back inside again so I'll just need to wait and see if it comes back to life d'oh!
Hope you are all well and having good weather still
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that the cold messed up your early blooming fruit trees. Dave and I have been posting some recipes in the food area.

Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You wouldnt believe the weather here this week.
One moment the sun is shining and it looks good but when you go outside its still a bit cold. Still getting a frost in the mornings and 2 days ago It was as thought the end of the world had come d'oh! the thunder and lightning and hailstones was terrible. Gizzy, my dog, was terrified with the not only the noise of the thunder but also the noise from the hailstones. It was odd because it seemed to me at least- that the temperature had risen quite a bit during the thunder storm even althought there was hail.
This weather is so so changeable just dont tknow whether to dress for summer or winter Think Hope its a bit better over the ocean. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are getting warm weather real early, but hardly any rain at all. With the lack of rain the fields, woods and forests are so dry that they have a red alert out for the possibility of forest fires. Hopefully, we will get some of the rain that is flooding other parts of the US.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This weather is unbelievable. Its happening all over the world I cant ever remember reading about so many changes in climate in so many different countries. makes you wonder just why this is happening.
Hope you get some rain soon
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The temperatures here are finally up to the 70s - two Mondays ago we had about 4 inches of snow and the freezes overnight wilted many leaves and buds. The next day there was hail. Had to bring one of the shovels back up from the basement (leaking water due to the rain, so the Shop-Vac was in play) and get the brush from the trunk. On with the parka again.

None of our tulips' blossoms came up - just the leaves. Other flowers are out and the garlic is fine. I sent some to three cousins in NYC, Florida and Calif. They were pleased and surprised. All of them used the garlic before telling me they got it. All small but sweeter, Judi says. I meant for her to plant the ones that were sprouting, so she would have some of her own.

Finally mowed the lawn - with the snow and rain it had to be put off. Slug does not like that mower.

Not as many lilac blooms either, but this may be due to the fact that I did not clip off the old ones last year.

Oh well, lots to do around the yard - the garden has to be turned over and fertilized. Now I will dig up the Bishop's Weed that has taken over and put in more tulips etc. The Solomon's Seal is up and two of the peonies that Stan gave me have buds - a fitting tribute to him. I think I will put a little sign next to it with a dedication to him.

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Glad to ear that you have some warmer weather. We are getting much needed rain and it has been chilly out. In fact, I haven't been to any car races yet. I was thinking about going last night, but thought that it might get too cold and I didn't want to risk getting sick. We did have two warm weekends, but I was still doing some tax returns. The lawn needs mowing and all I hear from the guy that does it is that he is coming and it might be on the weekend. It was dry last weekend and he was a no show. Tonight it is raining again. I might have to have the local farmer come here with his heavy duty equipment! I think that my wife has lost a lot of her flowers due to the weird weather and the wild animals.

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rained here last night also but today was sunny and around 80 - why it is even 73 now - warmer than Fairfax or LA (60s).

Clipped more of the lilac bush - really needs trimming by a pro.

You seem much cooler than here, Gil. We are farther from the ocean though.

Time to repair and replace plants and flowers as you said.

I wish I could find a link to a drawing that was in the Syracuse New Times, showing a not happy man riding a snowblower through his lawn, grass blades sticking up through the snow, towing his lawnmower behind, doing the job he has put off. I sent a copy to my daughter.

Soon you will be at the races - that made me think of the Marx Brothers.

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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last week I planted three rhododendrons. Two are a brilliant red flowering type called war dance and the one is yellow called, Capistrano. I transplanted some wild ginger plants to line one side of the driveway where I have the rhodos planted.

This is the first year my flowering buckeye was able to bloom without the deer chewing it down. Mind you, I've had this small tree for about 7 or 8 years now!

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rosie -

Those sound like very nice plants - the colors and complexity of the flowers always made them favorites.

We had one by the side of the house but one winter was too much for it, even though covered. The Rhododendron Dell in Golden Gate Park comes to mind too - the weather there making them grow very large.

What kind of flowers do the wild ginger plants have?

Is your flowering buckeye too tall now for the deer? I'd like to see that in bloom.

I noticed one of the Four O'Clock plants coming up - usually they must be lifted for the winter but this one survived. Can't remember if I gave one to a friend or this is the one I intended for her.

Many more plants blooming but more work is needed to clean up those Bishop's Weed - and more bulbs to put in.

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Had meant to ask Rosie (or anyone) about two plants:
What is the best way to cut lilacs for the vase indoors...tried various methods, like searing the stem, but they usually fade soon.

The other plant's name...well I forgot and have to wait until I can remember what I was thinking.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got some manure for the garden - delayed due to the strange weather and too much going on (weddings, funerals).

Cleaned all around the outside fencing and turned over the earth, getting rid of weed. The parsley has taking over the area where the peppers usually are and have to be removed - they are bolting anyway.

There is a woodchuck eating all the tops of the parsley - must be desperate as he also ate the leaves off the Bishop's Weed I planted on the hill as well as the three milkweed plants in the garden (for monarch butterflies).

Have to catch this one - tried an idea from a neighbor: putting used cat litter in the burrow openings. This worked for two weeks and he was back digging. Another batch of litter courtesy of Slug and he hasn't been in there so far.
But he still goes on eating. Have to find his/her new outpost.

Cut many small trees and brush to have more sunlight for the garden. Some trees fell over onto the clothesline and I had to get them out. Faithfully dragged all to the front and found out that the pickup was only for the first week of May - next is in July so the pile stays there until then. Every day I drag more from the back - remnants of past storms.

If good weather continues, we might have a garden again.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got some plants for the garden - basically the same as last year and hope the weather is not goofy - though it is starting off that way: 90s the last three days, down to the 80s over the weekend, and then to the 70s even to the 60s...that's crazy. The plants won't like it.

So, Jet Star and Beefsteak for tomatoes - six of each and 6 CalWonder peppers - they didn't have any basil left for now.

Certainly can't plant with the woodchuck eating the milkweed even, but perhaps the manure and compost has deterred it so far.

Or the two little deer have been in there before. Our neighbor named them Jack and Jill but then noticed that they both have antlers growing, so a name change is possible.

Slug doesn't like this hot weather - lots of brushing and even putting water on the brush to help him. He won't stay in the basement but finds spots around the yard.

Ears still bad - got a lot out of the left one though - he was able to find a little mouse-like creature last night which I took away.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! You have really been working hard. I think that I trimmed a couple of branches and my wife planted some flowers. We have a few blueberry bushes that my wife can't decide where to plant. One good thing is that the guy that mows for me finally found time and mowed the lawn for only the second time this season. We have been having a lot of rain and he is way behind on jobs. Still not breathing well enough to go to car races.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm way behind with planting seeds and I missed the plant sale I go to every year held in our village where I can get a good variety of plants
My son has been working on the grass trying to get rid of the moss He scarrified it and also used this other machine that takes plugs of earth out to let the air into the ground and then these holes are meant to be filled with sand. Once a lot of the moss was removed we had a HUGE pile of it so its been put beneath the large fir tree hopefully it will decomose through time and meawhile hopefully it will keeps the weeds down.
The lawns have been treated with moss killer and fertilizer but I think there will be a good few patches which will need to be resown. The Quails dont help much either I have to keep moving their hut and run to give them fresh grass One of the next jobs will be the greenhouse and I'm thinking I'm just going to scatter a miixture of flower seeds in there and see what happens (not planting tomatoes this year.
There isnt one even one single plum on my plum trees this year sad about that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Emmy and Gil,

We don't have much of a problem with moss in the lawn; ours is a messy mix of all kinds of grass and weeds as well, from plantain to ground ivy and wild strawberries (I think: they are little red fruits but not much taste).

Our neighbors have a company spray their lawn every few weeks and theirs is nice and thick, with no weeds. Signs warn not to walk on it for 48 hours. Luckily Slug does not wander too much.

I did lift some garlic today, about 20 or so that were down - the main ones are not ready yet. Moved some oregano but the earth at the side of the hill is shallow and hard.

Mixed the compost and manure a bit but must move or dig up the parsley. Really not working as much as I should, Gil. Way behind. Get winded too but next month will enroll in Medicare. What is going on with you?

Saw an ad for Cala lilies and thought: wait a minute, where are my Calas from last year? Went down to the basement and there they were, coming up from a dry pot, no water at all during the winter. Good thing there was no pot placed on top - would have been bent leaves instead of nice straight ones.

Found where I put the single gladiolus I planted - so absent-minded lately.

Haven't seen our snake lately - hope he stays around to eat the bugs.

Put some long pieces of plastic around the base of the garden fence to keep the woodchuck from digging under. These are those corrugated sections a neighbor threw out.

The girls came around to check for mulberries but they aren't ready yet - those two always picked them when red and not ripe yet.

We bought a roll of wildflowers from Andrea one time (school sale) but not many came out. Also tried to throw seeds onto the area without much luck.

Should be interesting to see what happens this year. The ferns are taking over several parts of the lawn. Would like to plant lavender and many other colorful flowers but it was too hot Tues - Thurs ...now much better.

Good luck in all gardens.

Soon go downstairs to watch anime with Slug and read a bit. Still researching WWII service of relatives. My mother is reading Grapes of Wrath now.

Dave

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