If the National Weather Service is right on target, I’d better share with you what’s been going on this spring, before it’s covered by a blanket of snow…
Also my way of letting you know, I’m still alive and haven’t killed my self yet, through clumsiness… 🙂
Ya know, I DID finally get my power tools AND the “replace-old-wiring in house project continues on….
Me + Power Tools + Electricity = Massive Danger for anyone in a 5 mile radius! 🙂
This isn’t really a photo montage – cuz, seriously, my photos don’t immediately share the ‘words’ I think ya ought to know – so, while I won’t ACTUALLY write 1,000 words per photo – each one has a story (and keep an eye out, cuz some of them even share with you some really cool WordPress Family Bloggers, you might just want to check out, if you like visiting here….)
Here we Go!
Tonight…Rainfall will become widespread on the Plains together with isolated thunderstorms, possibly lingering until midnight. Precipitation will start out as rain or a rain-snow mix during the evening in the foothills, then change over to a wet snow by midnight with several inches of wet snow possible by morning…
My body-pain-barometer (which kicks in when I can’t go regularly to acupuncture and actually fix stuff I messed up….) told me, (1) cold-rainy-drizzle storm system moved out around 2pm today…
(HEY! I feel better – lookee here! I can walk right…sorta…)
… and the next one arrived around 4:16pm
(oh, wait…maybe not quite yet….)
Yes! I own my own traveling barometer system that travels without need of special boxes or padding to protect hi-tech equipment! See? How useful being out of balance can be?
On Front porch, man-child moved the items ‘to be planted’, as soon as I can, that might not survive the drop in temp/storm front, even on the protected southern side, (the pears have survived 2 snow storms, right next to the warm stucco of home and radiating heat from tire fence, but – – just in case….)
Second Year Transplant Areas of Existing Plants
Next, we move on to the East side of the house, where 2 Autumns’ ago, I thinned the original Iris bed on the western side, and didn’t quite have enough to plant the full eastern area – fortunately, the southeast side has flourished, and should be able to thin and fill in the northeast side this coming fall….
Here’s the original iris bed, complete with transplanted (to get moved away from the Propane tank) growing rhubarb:
I have given rhubarb to 3 neighbors so far – saving some for Mom to make and gift rhubarb pies (she is hoping to find time to bake – she works at a K-12 school, ya know – busy, busy, just now…) and hoping I can harvest a few more before summer hits – WOW!
I thought I damaged the plants by being stingy last spring in harvesting and too busy last fall to call and remind folks to stop by and get some from fall crop – been wondering all winter how that was going to turn out….
Why, you ask, am I’m not preserving? Alas, I like Strawberry/Rhubarb Jam – and 3 years running, still don’t have a strawberry bed – BUT I have a NEW PLAN for this YEAR!! 🙂 Plus, cooking duties at lowest point possible with household in disarray – 🙂 “Sooo… what crockpot meal, broiler in toaster oven or cold cereal do you prefer?” is the refrain these past few weeks – as one room, by one room is wired to break out 3 breakers into 10 – 🙂
The good news is, I will soon have a plug-in for my hair-dryer (just the roots, ya know…) in the bathroom, instead of using a far end of the kitchen/laundry area for such activities – (right over the root cellar door that is sized the same as the cellar door Dorothy in Wizard of Oz tried to make it to at the beginning of the movie…. yes, I live in a 100+ year old home and it has been an expanding from 1 room to enclose nearby areas work in progress over the past century… 🙂
And, lest you think me bragging on saved, conserved, existing abundance, let me show you the picture of not yet trimmed native grass and how I still have failed to get ALL the rhubarb moved to it’s new plot:
Let’s see, now what?
The old, big lilac bush on the southeast corner survived 2 snow storms and is bravely carrying on…
The aforementioned Ye Olde Lilac bush supplied edge seedlings that were transplanted August of 2013, to form a barrier between high summer heat retreat for two-leggeds on the the north side of the house, and open Colorado sunny sky for further square-foot gardening beds –
Despite my neglect of weeding/irrigating activities, lilac seedlings are really filling in nicely from the single stalks transplanted…. 🙂 Thank You Patty!!!
At each end of transplanted lilacs, were the ‘houses’ built for two inherited cottonwood seedlings my friend gave me – they didn’t take off with my lazy permaculture ways, and so, they are being weeded free by stacked special planting mediums (Yes, I’ve blown through the 3 dumptrucks of garden dirt delivered – on F250 load more and I should be done with ‘top build’ stuff), and I will plant the aforementioned Bartlett Pears on each end, instead –
Let us hope I’m not making a mistake…. 🙂
Pretty Native Flourishing
This pretty, low-growing, plays nicely with other’s, ground cover, which shoots up lovely purple spikes each July/August, reminds me of Lupine. When I arrived here (2013), it was growing in a 2 sq foot area of the Northwest side of the house. Through thoughtful weeding and casual neglect, it has continued to spread and though last year’s roofing/stucco projects and this spring’s need for stable platform to stand on while switching out the electric meter/breaker box means it’s taken a hit in the lower section of picture, it has successfully spread down the entire north side, and even traveled west, and looks like it might just snuff out the last bit of bindweed that still lurks around the propane tank/fence – it has also traveled north to aclimate the tires I put in place that couldn’t save 2 years of growing Holly attempts – The Bishop’s and Vinca plants gifted 2 years ago by my friend Patty continue to spread on the northeast side and hold their own against spreading ground cover and native grasses…
Last Year’s Bare-root Seedling Projects (100 plants – periphery/boundaries)
Alas, for a myriad of human reasons, both my own and others’ actions, last summer got away from me – between lack of irrigation and then rains that really blessed weeds, I lost all my sand cherries – 8 of my 25 Golden Currants and all but 4 of my 25 chokecherries –
Not to worry – Got some Buffalo Berry and more Wild Roses to fill in – cuz, that’s what was available in stock through my local Conservation Center this year. (Psst…you can’t see in first picture, but they are nestled in behind the Bartlett Pears on front porch – I figured all the emigrants could keep each other company….)
Here’s the Western Line, with gaps between live chokecherry survivors, almost weeded to be ready to accept a low-growing, drought-resistant, nitrogen fixing, perennial ground cover on each side of the slope and stick more bare-root seedlings in, with 1 foot perimeter of weed barrier covered by pea gravel – (the newspaper/pea gravel stuff didn’t work that well – so try, try again! But seriously, would you guess there are tractor/bus tires under that mound? And yes, the moisture retention in middle is Great! Why do you think the weeds overcame my seedlings? Oh, yes, I mineralized the soil…too….Ooops! ):
And here’s some pics of the Wild Roses on South side to form back drop for garlic, welsh onions (perennials) with successional crops of annual flowers and different lettuce varieties – funny how the ones that got weeded/protected for moisture retention (the rubber mulch didn’t work that great) don’t look as good as the ones I need to re-weed – – sigh – – work in progress:
And The Perennial Jerusalem Artichokes Appeared, Finally!
Last fall, I thinned the Jerusalem Artichoke bed on the west side, after leaving it to it’s own devices for two years – been frantic, afraid I didn’t do it right – but apparently, did it better than I thought, cuz seriously, I only re-planted 12 bulbs – – LOL – either I lost track of time (likely) or it’s been an overall cooler spring…Alas, they have showed up in their own time – and made a note and will compare whenever I unearth my past year journals…. 🙂
Poppies have Prospered!
I have carefully protected an area between the irises/rhubarb and the gifted daylillies, (placed next to existing soapweed, currant suckers), to let the one wild poppy of the first year do it’s thing – with little interference other than weeding to give it a chance and no weed/grass barriers to protect seedlings.
This spring, I counted 36 of them – here’s what has happened since August 2013, from one wild poppy:
Native grass, ever hardy, has been cleared by helping hands, will be seeding this non-irrigated, hot area, with gold and burgundy amaranth, and leaving in clover and perhaps scattering some other perennials for pretty roadside picture all season – 🙂 Will keep you posted… 🙂 Maybe, one day, I can get that centerpiece from upcycled left-overs installed for eye-catching piece – for now, it waits by a back shed till I can get the growing things figured out….
The Tulip Bulbs in their second year, have survived Thumper the Rabbit and his pals this year – sorry I didn’t snap pics to capture the purple and white blooms (I did enjoy looking at them, even though I didn’t grab the camera – does that count for anything? And the one inherited yellow one that is just a rebel and does it’s own thing….Outside the rock border and in midst of high native grass – Ya gotta love it’s Spirit.
Granted, my elderly, master gardener neighbor, drily commented the tulips were saved because they were well camouflaged by the native grass I hadn’t trimmed/eradicated/etc. – – for me, who cares? They survived, this year!
Okay – first bloggy buddy share, though he will either cry OR shame me for the below pic (check out A Northeastern Ohio Garden to view how Daylilly growing should be done – – properly – – – ), but I confess – the daylillies seem to be thriving, even though my newspaper and mulch layers, which has been cleaned out twice, annually now, and clipped close to ground mid-season, ever since their transplant to my homestead, still have failed to stop tough prairie grass:
The inherited, growing on it’s own with no help from me, whatsoever, other than mowing/weed-whipping activities, Currant bush is already in flower – maybe I ought to just leave it alone – I probably better – else I’ll kill it with my helping hand….
Big Plans for Southside this Year
Remember when the southside of the house was graded to run water back towards the foundation and looked like this:
Well, raised beds in, southern rammed earth tire fence in, and ordered the infrastructure pieces (that I couldn’t up-cycle to do what I need), at spring sale, which was big enough savings to allow for delivery on pallets (more cost effective than multiple runs by me in my truck), and conveniently placed right near the work area – 🙂
I think I probably lost the 4 grape plants I ordered – southside placement, nestled in behind concrete blocks, still didn’t save them from surprise snow storm 2 – Will have to research and/or plant and wait to see whether they are totally dead or not –
After a productive week, I managed to over-do my left side leg muscles that support my knee working, so I’ve had to take it easy the past 2 days for it to heal – Funny how there was no immediate indication I had just really messed something up – fortunately – sharp pain during a step made me stop, get supporting aide while I hopped about 50 feet into house, removed clothing and said, “Hmmm…that’s puffing up pretty quickly, eh? GAWD NO! STOP! DON’T DIG YOUR FINGERS INTO TO CHECK THERE!!!”
(Did I mention that the Master Craftsmen helping me with electric project is my prior teacher – who has put butterflies over gashes, wrapped cracked ribs and overall, just shakes his head over my tendencies towards injuries?…Yup – he was on hand, and told me what day I’d better go have it looked at if it ain’t better….so I’m covered…)
Just for New Bloggy Cat – whose daughter INVENTED the Self-Feet shot – Here’s a Self-Knee shot – (yes, I hobbled out in my skort in near-snow forming weather to take all these pics….and YES! I have gotten some tan lines this spring – I just ain’t gonna blind you with my white feet (I CANNOT garden barefoot – don’t have all the goatshead/burr plants eradicated – JUST YET! 🙂 And yes, it looks awful, but I still can make it into my size 8 jeans (not the pretend size 8, the size 8’s I wore long ago before we started playing with sizes to make ourselves feel good…although, they are work jeans – they are so old, they are getting frayed here and there – – LOL)
You Don’t Throw a Life Away Just Cuz It’s Banged Up Some….
Last pic – of one that does it’s thing, comes up each spring, puts forth beautiful peach colored blossoms bees love each summer and never needs any mollycoddling from me, other than initial rescuing from the ‘clearance’ rack and not arguing with the cashier who didn’t charge me for it, (in her words…)
“I’m just giving you this – it probably won’t make it” – –
Here’s the “Not Gonna Make It Babby” from 2 summers ago –
So that’s what’s in the news, here. What’s up with you?
Oh…right…I best be heading over and catching up on the reader news….Just as soon as I do my heat lamp/essential oil rub/elevation/wrapping of my knee – it’s about that time!
Hope you survived Friday 13th and make it through the full moon okay – I look around my life, read stories and I think of you – and can’t wait to share….wait a minute….
Gasp! Full Moon this next weekend!!! – Now where are my long germination herb/flower seeds?!? I think they need to go in the ground next this week…. if it ain’t snowing…best get them out…ya never know…(hobble out to seed storage area…)
Bye! Thanks for posting & sharing, so I can catch up with you and your world catch-as-catch-can! LUB – Tamrah Jo