Just In Case…

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!  🙂

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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….)

Ready?

Here we Go!

Forecast:

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…

Here?

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?

Thus….

25 Buffalo Berry, 25 Wild Roses, 2 Bartlet Pears and 1 50% of Boxwood that looks fine (sing to the 12 Days of Christmas! It's Fun!)
25 Buffalo Berry, 25 Wild Roses, 2 Bartlet Pears and 1 clearance shelf Boxwood that looks fine (Sing to the 12 Days of Christmas! It’s Fun!)

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….

Transplanted 8 or 9, if memory serves - my garden journal from 2013 not easily accessible just yet....
Transplanted 8 or 9, if memory serves – my garden journal from 2013 not easily accessible just yet….my house stacks of moveable boxes/piles for rewiring project…

 

North east side got 2 plants and this fall, will have some siblings join 'em...
North east side got 2 plants and this fall, will have some siblings join ’em, from thinned western & southeastern areas. Yes, the fine grass at edge is what I planted – green further to the right of pic is weeds where I failed – 🙂
And a close up to see Purple and White Kissed By Rain -
A close up to see Purple and White Kissed By Rain –

Here’s the original iris bed, complete with transplanted (to get moved away from the Propane tank) growing rhubarb:

OldAndNew
Original saved/thinned Iris bed, with transplanted from 25 feet away, rhubarb plants…and tough prairie grass that defies all weeding/natural weed suppression strategies – just need to learn to live with it, plan with it me thinks..  🙂

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:

Rhubarb in fence/next to propane tank - Note to self: Move next Fall....
Rhubarb in fence/next to propane tank – Note to self: Move next Fall….

Let’s see, now what?

Oh yes…

The old, big lilac bush on the southeast corner survived 2 snow storms and is bravely carrying on…

I'm astonished to have any blossoms at all, but, keeping my fingers crossed for over night...
I’m astonished to have any blossoms at all, but, keeping my fingers crossed for over night…

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!!!

Um...yes, there's a story about the end caps - - :)
Um…yes, there’s a story about the end caps – – 🙂

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

Close-Up
Close-Up

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…

Go Forth and Prosper, Pretty Purple, Well-Mannered plant!
Go Forth and Prosper, Pretty Purple, Well-Mannered plant!

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! ):

Oops! Better Planning/Care, this year....
Oops! Better Planning/Care, this year….

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:

YES! Durnit!! There is stinkin' bindweed there....
YES! Durnit!! There is stinkin’ bindweed there….
Southwest corner - gets a breeze from Northwest winds - whether this accounts for smaller foliage or if the stinkin' weeds help more than I thought, I don't know....YET!
Southwest corner – gets a breeze from Northwest winds – whether this accounts for smaller foliage or if the stinkin’ weeds help more than I thought, I don’t know….YET!

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…. 🙂

It's True - You never get ALL of them harvested... Plant where you are okay with them prospering!!
It’s True – You never get ALL of them harvested… Plant where you are okay with them prospering!!

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:

From one to many - Yea!
From one to many – Yea!

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!

Thumper's Purple Blossoms he prefers over greens - that he didn't find this year...
Thumper’s Purple Blossoms he prefers over greens – that he didn’t find this year… They are now past their prime…Sorry – will try again, next spring, to get you a great picture!

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:

Look for the wider, lighter green leaves - and yes, I got blooms after the first year - AND...yes, I will re-think my life choices - - :)
Look for the wider, lighter green leaves – and yes, I got blooms after the first year – AND…yes, I will re-think my life choices regarding weeding/mulching- – 🙂

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….

Does just fine with me ignoring it - - Guess that should tell me something...
Does just fine with me ignoring it – – Guess that should tell me something…

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:

Southside - Ditch to be dug for blocks
Southside – Ditch to be dug for blocks

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 – 🙂

Patio stones, paving stones and multitude of various sized gravels for small areas/cedar trim for separating areas - YES!
Patio stones, paving stones and multitude of various sized gravels for small areas/cedar trim for separating areas – YES!
Various Cements (concientiously extra wrapped/sealed by delivery guy - cuz remodel meant no room to store inside - front walk, glow in the dark garden art and clean sand for various uses, Plus - all the cedar/pvc to make beds/hail protection + converting cold-frame/greenhouse/seed starting infrastructure for 4-season gardening - YES! I will post pics when this and the box full of elbows, tees, wire and removable plastic are put together - - :)
Various Cements (concientiously extra wrapped/sealed by delivery guy – cuz remodel meant no room to store inside – front walk, glow in the dark garden art/markers and clean sand for various uses, Plus – all the cedar/pvc to make beds/hail protection + converting cold-frame/greenhouse/seed starting infrastructure for 4-season gardening – YES! I will post pics when this and the box full of elbows, tees, wire and removable plastic are put together – – 🙂

The Ludicrous…

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)

My My - is that a malformed carrot on the left or a knee? A sick cantaloupe?
My My – is that a malformed carrot on the left or a knee? A sick cantaloupe?  I am clumsy – my legs, arms, hands and any other area visible usually has bruises, cuts, scrapes or swelling on them, year round – which is the only reason I am not a fashion model – – (Yeah…right….) 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 –

Seabiscuit wasn't suppose to be worth anything as a race horse, either... nor Secretariat, for that matter...
Seabiscuit wasn’t suppose to be worth anything as a race horse… nor Secretariat, for that matter…  – 🙂

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

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15 thoughts on “Just In Case…”

  1. holy cow! You have so much done and so much to show for it, it is amazing! Can’t wait to see these same shots when summer comes and things stop getting snowed on. Which I can relate to – luckily yesterday’s 7 inches fell a couple of hours to the north of us, and we just got cold rain. Whew! I really can’t wait for weather warm enough that I can plant something!

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    1. 🙂 thanks so much for the kind comment. I often waver between, “I have accomplished so much” and “I have so much left to do” it is easy to get discouraged, especially when weather/injuries necessitate further delays! Not sure if a good, noninvasive species for your area or not, but I have been mightily pleased with my $20 investment of Jerusalem Artichokes. And ince installed, provide greenery, blossom, shade and biomass, but with minimal care, poke their heads out in cool weather to provide the Hope of Spring! 🙂 hope you get some play in the dirt time soon! 🙂

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      1. I am planning on killing myself with yard work this weekend. I ASSUME it will be in dirt and not snow, I think we are finally past the point that…although frost is not out of the question for another month. 😦

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    1. Wow! Really surprised me to read your comment, given your locale. Each year has its’ challenges, eh? My brother likes to say, “Get over it, you’re a farmer”… LOL. But it is a challenge to keep up with Mother Nature’s changing moods, sometimes!

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  2. Glad to see you have been good, just busy. You know, I lived in Wyoming for winters and I feel our pain. While the rest of the nation is celebrating spring, those in the Mountain West are likely still waiting the last big snow! Don’t work to hard!

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    1. Hard to resist the pull of the glorious sunny warm days I might miss If I moved elsewhere, but fall/spring do have their challenges, thats for sure! What part of Wyoming did you live in?

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        1. 🙂 My bother moved to the Cheyenne area in 2007 and I have to say, it seems overall windier there than here in the Plains of Colorado.. 🙂 have iften done a loop from here up through Laramie over to Cheyenne and back home.. but havent been able to make it back to the northern sections of state in the last 30 years. Crossed Evanston of places to move too… Gunnison, Co. is beautiful too… but also cold! And Im not really cut out to be a snow bunny. Lol

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        2. Call me crazy (I am used to it! 🙂 ) but, even though I bite my nails each year, scramble or wait to meet the whims of Mother Nature, there is just such an awe-inspiring beauty, grace and strength in native setting here that gives me hope when I question, energy when I am tired…. and with 80 degree warmth one day and blizzard the next, just really drives home the resiliency of life. 🙂 I would miss that if things were the same through an entire season! 🙂

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