Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Doing a Rain Dance of Joy and Catching Up




 I am so excited we are finally getting rain . It started Sunday night and has slowly continued all day Monday through early this morning. 
We have had record breaking heat with over 6 weeks of no rain.
Catching Up... We have been very busy around here lately. 
 Thursday started out lots of Fun . I went to Pittsboro 
and helped Rebekah with the Kids Day at Chatham Marketplace . It was a blast .
We both were having so much fun neither of us remembered to take one picture?
 
Then that evening we found out  after 2 weeks of the run around that we can not get
an electric pole to my shed as we were told before ?This info cost $$ for nothing??
(screaming ) So now we have to rethink everything. 
 
  I started digging a hole Friday  
Digging Pictures, Images and Photos
 I was so mad  that morning so I went and dug a hole to use that energy. 
 Pretending I was digging it for the people who make Stupid laws. 
Not all laws are stupid but some are. 
It started out as a 3 foot hole and just grew. By Friday it was 5 x 10 and a foot deep. 
 
 On Sat , after fighting with this machine for hours off and on. 
computer Pictures, Images and Photos
I decided to go back to the hole. I dug it out a little more removing years of roots. 
digging Pictures, Images and Photos
 just joking this is not my hole !! 
I did not think to take a picture at the time ,lol.
before

                                                                 
Then we added a 28"x48"window to my shed back wall. This meant taking down half 
of the siding too. along with framing and all. Then we had to put it all back up again. 
 
Sunday morning waiting for the rain we are supposed to have after over a 5 or more weeks 
without  a drop ... I planted some pretty things . 
Now I add 20 gallons of good soil with it . Then some light purple bee balm plants
 started by seed heads in a pot of dirt. 
3 large Kale 1  white, 2 purple, 1 apricot Yarrow , 1 large peach sedum , 
3 silver miller plants . 
 I finished planting 1/2 before the internet guy came. Then went out to finish 
the planting . 
It was throwing a mist of rain at me as I was watering my finished project! Laaa 
finished

We ate lunch .Then hung insulation in half of the shed. Which my sweetheart had
wired the day before too. I'll have lots of plugs !! We were so sore from 
hanging the insulation up. Next is over head.
We took a break Monday to enjoy the rain and get rested for the next round. 
It is so good to see the earth refreshed with the rain the air is less dusty.
 Well today we almost finished the insulation , next we start throwing up walls.
I am so sore I can hardly move my arms to type . 
We are  getting in shape ,if it don't kill us first. 
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

going birdy today

woodpeeker

my friend the redtail hawk looking for anything moving under the shed


Starling . These birds come 100's at at time

the herring comes to visit the pond next door to our park area often.

purple finch

 Now that I got you thinking Birdy , here is some recipes to feed your visitors .

Bagel Bird Feeder

day-old bagel
Lard
Birdseed
Jute or string (for hanging

Spread entire bagel with lard. Place birdseed on a paper plate. Roll
the bagel in the birdseed. Tie jute or string through the hole of the
bagel to hang the bagel. The birds can eat the whole thing!

Suet Bird Cakes

1 pound lard
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup oats
1 cup wild bird seed mix
1 cup sunflower seeds

Melt the lard and peanut butter together; stir in the remaining
ingredients, and then let the mixture set overnight in the refrigerator.
Shape as desired.

Peace and Happy birding.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Growing iris pseudacorus by seed / Yellow Flag

yellow flag iris close up
We were fortunate to be given one plant .Now a year later , we have seeds too! Here is some great information . I found  at seedaholic , you can get seeds and more info there too.

yellow flag iris

Common Name Yellow Flag Iris, Jacobs Sword

Sowing: Sow from Autumn to Spring Please keep the seeds in the ziplock bag in a fridge until they are planted. Seeds need cold in order to be able to germinate. There are two methods that can be used to break the dormancy of the seeds.

One way is to “Winter Sow” the seeds. Sow seeds in peaty compost 1/8th inch deep, before winter, and place it in a sheltered part of the garden, exposed to the elements. The seed trays then have the benefits of the chill and thaw that it would naturally. Grit can be used to protect the seed and surface of the soil.

The alternative method is to subject them to a period of cold “stratification” for 2-3 months prior to planting. To do this, place the seeds either in a dampened piece of kitchen roll, in a small plastic bag or in a small container filled with slightly moist soil, moss or sand Place them in the fridge (not freezer) Check seeds periodically as germination may occur while in the fridge. Plant out any that may germinate.

Seeds may take from 30 to 180 days to germinate. They must be kept moist at all times: check them regularly and pot on once they are large enough to handle. Grow seedlings in a cool environment after germination

I think we will try both ways.
yellow flag iris

Cultivation: Plant outside after seedlings have been hardened off. Plants require two years before they will produce flowers but they are well worth the wait. Grow in full sun or partial shade and they like moist growing conditions.

Aftercare: Once established these are very hardy perennials and require little maintenance. Plants should be divided after every 2-3 years growth.

Plant Uses: Beds and Borders, Water Features, Ponds and Streams, Bog Gardens. (One of the easiest, and showiest, of native aquatics for the home gardener)

Other Uses: The roots of Iris are used to make natural dyes. When used with an alum mordant will give shades of dark bluish purple to black.


Hardiness: Hardy Perennials
Flowers Yellow in late spring to early summer.
Foliage Dark Green, sword shaped
Height 60-90cm (24-36in)
Spread 38-45cm (15-18in)
Position Full sun or partial shade
For more Irises we are growing visit
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tericakay/sets/

Thanks for stopping by and Please leave tips if you have grown this.