Rain clouds?

Rain clouds?
WELCOME TO MY BLOG! I am glad you found me because I hope I can be helpful or at least interesting for you to follow, be you a gardener yourself or just watching vicariously.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Diary 5/21/15

The greenhouse is slowly coming together. This is the one I am turning into more of a come and hang out and enjoy greenhouse rather than just for food. I have a table at one end with double shade cloth over it. I am working on a water feature at that end, also. I planted one rose bush and it is doing great, so I may add another. Meanwhile the more productive greenhouse is almost planted and 2/3s weeded. I hope everyone has a safe weekend and at some point in the few days thinks of those who gave their lives for virtues they believed in. I just wish we didn't have to have wars~

Diary 5/21/15

We actually received some real rain yesterday, but the morning was still dry. We have some worked up dirt by the chicken pen and they made themselves a wonderful dust bath area . As the rooster stood guard, the girls flung dirt all over themselves and between their feathers. They stand up, shake it all off, and go on with their day~

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Diary 5/19/15

We have zoomed past the middle of May. Memorial Day weekend is coming up, the official start of summer, and I am just getting the garden in. No one told me this is how it would be in older age. Time will speed up! I try to figure out if I am wasting time, or using my time less efficiently. Maybe the hour on the internet cuts in, but I don't watch much TV, so that swaps out in my mind. I get up early. Before I have coffee, I have fed the animals. 15 minutes later and most of a cup of coffee, I am doing any dishes from the night before, starting a load of laundry and maybe sweeping a floor. I make lists I can't possibly accomplish, and I see the edges closing in, needing attention. The yard is a wreck; the mower is broken. The garden is coming along, but I spend 2 to 3 hours a day just weeding to get 1 hour of planting and pruning in. I am sore all the time, and I am exhausted and thinking about bed at 8:30! I want to be a dog...
or maybe a cat...


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Diary 5/17/15

Everyday there has been big build-up on the news and in the sky about the thunderstorms or showers we are going to received. We have had nothing. The clouds come together, there is a good deal of wind, the air even
smells like rain, maybe there is verga, but not a drop from the sky. Right now there is a large steel blue mass headed our way. Will it deliver? I'm hoping?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Diary 5/11/15

My garden is full of irises, partially because I like them, but mostly because the deer do not. They are glorious for the next two weeks and then that is that. The sword-like leaves will remain until the winter freezes set in, standing like fences along the edge of other bloomers. So for this short time,
 they are the stars of the yard and a few get cut and brought inside although they do not last long as cut flowers go, there is something about just a few in a tall vase that makes me smile~

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Diary 5/9/15

Spoke with many nice people at the Wildflower Show today; everything from an old neighbor to another old friend's daughter to a reporter for the local  newspaper, and of course my friends and neighbors, and people I had never met before. The plants sold well in the morning and then sort of fizzled out in the afternoon. Hopefully some Moms or shoppers for Moms will help buy the rest tomorrow! An incredible display of flowers that all who were impressed by.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Diary 5/7/15

Had a great time gathering wildflowers today. There is such a selection that we have never had before because of the dry weather. I think we are going to have a wonderful show. The silent auction has some great prizes, and we received some pretty donations for the plant sale. Meanwhile on the farm, there are birds nesting everywhere, Each time I go to the garden, a female turkey is wandering across the top. I think she has eggs in the woods there. I saw a flicker come out of this cavity, so I am waiting until I can hear hungry babies complaining. Blue jays and tanagers
cavity nesting

jay collecting something in the plum tree.
have been getting moss, I think, from the oak trees. The morning and evenings are noisy with birds talking to each other across the garden and yard.