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Feb 19 2014

More bees

Published by under Current Events,Outdoors,Snippets

I saw this article today on the BBC. Even more reasons to plant for the bees – bumblebees never hurt nobody. Well, OK, bumblebees probably hurt somebody at some point, but they will mostly leave you alone unless you stomp on their nest or pick them up off their flower. Bumblebees are the furry, dumbass teddy bears of the bee world. Plant some wildflowers for them.

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May 15 2009


Published by under Outdoors,Photos

Around this time of year, our yard smells just beautiful, because our four, fat lilac bushes are in full bloom.

This monster, which is between the house and garage, was just a collection of stumps and a thick ring of suckers when we moved in.  I’ve been slowly working on it and shaping it over the past few years.  It bloomed, but this year – the first year I was able to get it into a shape somewhat resembling the vase shape lilacs are supposed to have – it rewarded me with a great big display.

I walk out there a few times a day just to bury my face in those blooms and inhale.  Mmmm.

Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers.  I’m sorry they last for such a short time, but I sure do enjoy them while they’re here.

Plus, that color.  Yikes.  It gets me every single year.

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May 28 2008

Memorial Weekend.

Published by under Holiday Magic,Outdoors

The Man and I had a rather busy holiday weekend, contrary to our normal holiday weekends, which consist of sitting around and not doing anything.  On Saturday, we headed out to J-bird’s for a full day of tree planting mayhem.  She and her husband had ordered a whole lot of rather large trees that had to be put into the ground. Luckily, they live on a farm and so have lots of heavy machinery on hand.  I didn’t get to use any of the machinery, which is probably best for everyone.  I had a hard enough time with my shovel.

We had to cut and run at around 7 PM, though, because we were supposed to be a D– and C–’s for a fire.  We were a little late, and a little dirty, but no one seemed to care.  C– let me ride her horse a bit, which I love to do.  We didn’t stay as late as we might have, since I was pretty bushed from the day of tree-haulin’ we had put in.  We got home around midnight or so.

Sunday we drove all over the town, looking for the one elusive garden center or greenhouse that sold blueberry bushes.  My standby greenhouse for trees and shrubs was closed for the holiday, so that meant a lot of searching.  We finally found them at the enormous greenhouse several miles away, and that place was PACKED.  They give you wagons to pull around and put your plants in, and people were not being careful or considerate with their wagons.  Lots of bumping into people and standing around in the middle of a row, daydreaming.  I wanted to ram them, so it’s a good thing The Man took our wagon away from me.

Monday we had to go BACK out to more garden centers, looking for dirt, peat moss, and a soil pH tester.  Then back home with our spoils to plant the blueberries, plant the annuals in the planter box, and hide the new soaker hose in the berm.  I think that soaker hose is going to be a good investment.  I really didn’t want to have to stand out there for hours watering that berm.  This I can just hook up, turn on, and let it go.

I’m really glad we got those bushes planted, though.  Fruit bushes/trees take so long to mature and give any significant amount of fruit, that the sooner you get them in, the better.  I eventually want a little fruit bush plantation over there.  The next thing to go in will be currant bushes.  If you have any to sell on the cheap, I’m buying.

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Apr 27 2008

Spring pictures.

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Two pictures from my spring yard.

Grape hyacinths, transplanted from J-bird’s yard, now thriving in my berm.

Branches from the ornamental pear tree, reaching for the sky.

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Apr 22 2008

B-day +1.

Whoops, I forgot to post on my birthday. Actually, I’ve been forgetting to post here for quite a few days now, and that’s no good. So, let’s see what I’ve got for you. . .

On Friday our large pile of dirt was delivered and dumped into our front lawn. I didn’t get pictures of that action because I was downstairs working out, but by the time I went outside The Man and Chris were already moving the dirt around with the Bobcat because the people had dumped it 6 feet south of where it needed to be. The three of us spent most of the day building the new berm. We had more than enough field stone for the walls, which was nice. All of us now have sunburns, which is not so nice. The plants on the berm consist of new and relocated plants – I finally moved the daffodils, lone tulip, and iris clump, and the stick-like holly bush. J-bird gave me clumps of grape hyacinth, and I planted two more holly bushes, gladiolas, two lilies, some phlox, and a columbine. It looks kind of severe right now, but I’m hoping that once everything starts to grow it will fill in nicely. (The gladiolas aren’t even poking up yet because I planted them as bulbs).

On Saturday we got up early because we were going to Mt. Pleasant to help Moll pack up some stuff from their house there. And also, to pick up a clock that Dr. Mom had given me (no picture of that, because it’s at the clock shop right now, getting cleaned). The packing went very quickly, and we were back home by 11 AM. Then we had errands to run, and I had a house to clean, because we were having a fire that night, and also Mr. Colorado was coming in to town to spend a few days. The fire went really well; it was the perfect night for it. J-bird and her husband showed up, and Lucky and Galleta stopped by to show off their new car. I drank too much, which I need to stop doing.

Sunday was a lazy, quiet day for me, although everyone else had places to go and things to do. The Man and Mr. Colorado left early to meet some of the other guys for golf. Chris took off to his brother’s house for a cookout, and I stayed home to do laundry, nap, and attempt to feel better. No really, I need to not drink so much at fires.

Yesterday was my birthday, and I mostly puttered around outdoors. I made a trip into town to drop off some packages and drop the clock off, but then I went home and planted grape hyacinth on the berm; fertilized our new trees (planted last year); raked out old mulch from one flowerbed, hoed it, and put down new mulch; and cooked dinner (turkey breast, mashed potatoes and apple crisp).

So, I guess now you’re up to speed.  I’m 30 years old this year, and it doesn’t feel any different to me.

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