Tuesday Garden Party April 12, 2011

I feel a bit behind everyone.  However, we did get some repotting done over the weekend after DH got home from his business trip.  We also bought 2 more blueberry plants. 

This weekend DH is going to a San Jose Sharks game; will leave Saturday morning, meet our daughter somewhere (she drives from Reno) in the Bay Area and onto the game Saturday night.  I am considering going, staying in the hotel room and knitting, but then again, I have things to plant!  So I am torn.  I will decide after I see how the rest of my week goes.

I am finding when I have something planned, like today’s MRI of my neck, I have a hard time getting anything accomplished before appointments.  Tomorrow is my new pain group at 2:00, so theoretically I should get a lot done in the morning.  I got NOTHING done this morning. 

I put a roast and veges in the oven on 300 degrees, so I am going outside to get to work. 

Here are some highlights from yesterday:

The begonia is starting to grow.

The pink Columbine is repotted and looks good.

This is a plant from my elderly neighbor.  I am not sure what it is, but it is starting to bloom.

The geraniums will stay here until we rip up that area and put down new black stuff and cover with new chips.  Hoping to do that in the next few weeks.

I repotted my peony.  I wonder if it will actually bloom this year?  Thanks to Jamie at www.anoregoncottage.com  and the other participants, who keep me motivated!

Tuesday Garden Party-Happy Homecoming 4/5/2011

Today is a wonderful day!  My dear son-in-law is expected home tonight from Afghanistan.  I should have been in San Diego, but due to slides on both highways running out of Humboldt, I decided to put my daughter and granddaughter on a flight Sunday instead of taking a chance on highway conditions.  Woohoo just got the e-mail and auto phone call confirming his arrival tonight at Camp Pendleton.  He has no idea that he will be greeted by his own little mini-me:

Who looks more like this now:

Yesterday was a beautiful day after 10 days straight of rain and I took advantage of it.  I am still feeling really good after the prednisone taper and tried really hard not to overdo it.  Pacing is a mainstay in treatment of fibromyalgia, and I am still getting the hang of it.  I have always been a work hard until you are done type of person, but have had to change my ways….and it is really hard to do, let me tell you!

I finally managed to get my new geraniums planted and added soil to some pots, did a little cleanup and watered everything well (plants covered by overhang). 

With no appointments this week, since I was anticipating being in San Diego, I finally experienced a feeling of possibilities.  All the possibilities of being a stay-at-home wife .  In some ways I feel like I missed my true calling (damn women’s lib), but am going to treasure it now.  Too bad it took fibromyalgia and disability for me to figure it out.

Here are a few highlights.  This is my front door area.  I do a lot of planting for the front here.  I did hose it off after I was done yesterday. The blue pots are from Costco as are the white and red geraniums.

These are my hydrangeas, a white one and a pink one.  I need a blue one!

I had an extra white geranium that I planted along with an older red one that I tried trimming back, it was root bound in a hanging basket.

These are blue columbines that are really hardy:

I added soil to my small assorted colored calla lillies in the wine barrel:

Forget me nots are like weeds!

I hope to get my roses fed this week and some vegetables planted in my raised beds.  But it all depends on the weather….springtime on the North Coast……

Meanwhile I am hopping over to http://www.anoregoncottage.com/ to see what everyone else’s garden is doing.

Tuesday March 8th

I am behind, really behind.  However, 2 quilts down, 1 to go… well not quite…5 down, 6 to go, but I have all year to finish up the 6 since 11 in 2011 is my goal.

Onward to gardening!  Not sure how my year will go since I may be driving cross country with middle daughter in April and staying awhile since YD’s family also lives on the East Coast.

I can do a little inside gardening though:

Yes I regrow commercial green onions! 

Just stick the ends in some water and they grow.  This morning I took one and chopped it:

For the first time, I stuck it back in water.  I want to see if it will grow a second time, but I made this for breakfast:

DH called yesterday to whine about his restaurant lunch.  No, it didn’t take long for us to fall into traditional male/female roles after having “equal” household chores for most of our marriage. His was all the shopping and cooking for over 30 years!  So I am like a new cook and I am always kind of excited when something I make actually turns out, like this morning’s frittata. 

My favorites:  Batchelor buttons, Cosmos, dianthus, roses, hydrangeas and geraniums!  I am starting to like my calla lillies, now that I know how popular they are!

And Jamie, my roses have black spots too.  I hate them!

Now tonight, while watching TV with DH, I need to boot up the laptop and catch up with all the challenges I am following!

Tuesday March 1st Garden Party

The cold weather is gone, but the wind has arrived.  Sunday was a beautiful day and I weeded an area in my backyard that needed it bad, before all those little weeds went to seed and produced even more!  I should not have pushed myself quite as hard as I did, but I am recovering.

Last year my husband did not want me to buy any geraniums.  He says they smell.  Well they may, but nothing blooms longer or is easier to care for in my humble opnion.  So when I spotted these at Costco, I went and grabbed them while DH talked to one of the Costco employees (he is on a first name basis with practically every employee, even the demo people, or should I say especially the demo people!).    I am looking forward to planting in the nice deep blue pots we bought last spring at Costco, which held the red and white tulips that barely produced last year and did not produce at all this year!  That is why I am never buying bulbs at Costco again (this is not the first time the bulbs disappointed). 

However, these old daffodil bulbs, I cannot even guess how old they are started blooming yesterday:

Mom planted them a few years ago after dividing them up from her property (where she has lived for the last 25 years).  Here is my 81-year-old mother, me and my granddaughter at Halloween.  My mother spends as much time as she can in her yard and garden.  She puts me to shame!

My calla lillies make a lovely entryway  bouquet.  There is something about flowers on the entryway table that encourages me to get rid of the crap we usually pile there.

DH also aerated our lawn and our friends who live around the corner.  They were gone for the weekend and were happy when the came home to find their lawns aerated too.  It took DH 2 solid hours of work. 

Those are dirt plugs.  I carefully clean up after my little dog!

I need to start spending more time in the yard, but it has been hard to tear myelf away from sewing!

I finally told myself I must do house chores in the morning and can start sewing after lunch, otherwise I would sew all day!

Happy gardening….and any other creative activity you find yourself enjoying!

Tuesday Garden Party February 22, 2011

It has been a cold week here in Northern Coastal California.  I did not do anything outside at all except water once (it rained a bit too).  So I am induling in some looking back at last year’s front yard.    (and I finally found the plugs to download from my other camera so had a bunch of old pics to download)

Begonias!

Hydrangeas!

Geraniums!

Granddaughter Ally, me and grandog, Lola….oops how did that get in there?  Ah yes, gardening…. through the sliding glass door you can see our wine barrel where we grow herbs and the edges of my 40 year old Japanese Maple tree that is just starting to turn.  This picture must have been taken in about August.

Looking foward to spring!!

Tuesday Garden Party

Today’s topic of planning is timely.  I have not kept good track, but I remember last year cosmos, batchelor buttons and zinnias did not come up as volunteers like the year before.  So while at Rite-Aid getting some good buys including Hormel Chili 4/$5.00 with $4.00 back in Rite-Aid Rewards, I ran into their seed display at 40% off.  Our local Times-Standard last week had the usual garden column talking about how great Chinese greens grow here i Humbolt County.  I bought some of those too. 

What is that apple container from Costco doing there??  I am using it as a mini-greenhouse.  Hopefully next week I will have actually planted some flower seeds!

However, I have anoher project taking up my attention:

Moda Bliss Line by Bonnie and Camille…. a quilt for my little neighbor who will turn 2 on 2/14/11.  She is my granddaughter’s best friend who, between the two of them, gave me many happy memories these last several months. 

So lots to do, better get on it!

Tuesday Garden Party, January 18, 2011

Wow 2011, I found some nuts in my freezer that were dated 2001, I think I meant 2010!   We eat fresh veges all year around normally.  But with me not working, I am trying to buy some frozen or pay attention.  Actually if I just use it up and not throw any wilted sad veges out we are doing pretty well.  I just started Weight Watchers and DH shopped this week.  He bought all fresh.  My plan is to try to make soup with anything at the end of the week.  We’ll see……

The sky is just blue enough today to remind me of spring.  My yard is remembering too.  There was a time I hated Calla Lillies.  That is before my dear young neighbor moved in.  Amy always has something on her dining room table, usually found in her yard. 

I went in one day to find white Calla Lillies in a very large vase.  It was beautiful.  I told her I could not get rid of mine.  She said they were very popular wedding flowers now.  I am looking at them differently now and have a beautiful blue vase I am going to put some in later this week.  

I spent an afternoon a few years ago digging them out of the bed against the back of our house.  I figured I would put a few in pots.  Here are the calla lillies in my backyard today.

Darn Direct TV and their wires:

Darn bird doodie on the house:

Look at that darn volunteer onion in our yard waste pile.  I put some calla lillies in pots thinking it would contain them.  So far it has:

 

Notice the rose nicely pruned in the background:

These primroses were transplanted about 5 years ago from the neighbor behind me.  They desperately need to be weeded and divided again. 

I am not sure what this plant is called, but it is huge and I meant to get it out of that prime garden raised bed, but didn’t.  DH is fighting me on it because he really likes how big and showy it is…. I don’t!  I mean I do, it is just taking up valuable real estate!  It needs to be moved to that corner in the back of the picture.

Finally my Amaryllis is in all it’s showy glory right now, lovely.  The Amaryllis sitting there looking pathetic was beautiful for 2 years.  I did not know what I was supposed to do with it, but found something on the internet, actually I think through Garden Party, so I am going to try it again next year.

Also this Poinsetta is still putting off a pretty show:

I need to look up and see if it is worth trying to save for next year.  It would be kind of fun to try.

I feel like my life is getting on track with the kids gone.  I miss them, but know it is really time to get this house and yard in shape, and myself too!  I did both my core program AND walked on the treadmill this morning!  Happy week!

Garden Party January 11

Okay I am late again, but my YD and granddaughter left yesterday for San Francisco with my husband and are flying home to South Carolina today.

So my New Years Resolutions are starting today (or yesterday).  I am overwhelmed with all the things I need to think about and do.  One thing I am really looking forward to is my garden this year.  I should be able to spend lots of time in it, uninterrupted by “me help grandma”, which mostly meant watering everything way more than it needed to be watered.  I will miss seeing Ally’s happy little face every morning and hope the bond we made lasts for the rest of my life.

My Amaryllis is about to bloom. 

My Marguerite looks very sad.

My roses are pruned.

Geez those are hard to see with all the brown bedding stuff.

My potted hydrangeas are pruned:

 I had better move them because my tulips in pots are trying to come up:

and there are tulips in the ground under the hydrageas.  I meant to dig them out last year, but did not have time, probably because of all my help!

Hoping to get some seeds started this week!

Tuesday Garden Party, January 4, 2010

Sunday was a beautiful day here in Humboldt and when we arrived home from breakfast with our friends, I told DH I thought he should mow the lawn and prune the rosebushes.  He started to complain and as we turned the corner, our neighbor was out mowing his lawn.  We pulled in to our driveway, he but the motor and came over to talk to DH as I got my granddaughter out of the car and into the house.  A few minutes later he was getting the lawnmower out and proceeded to work all day in our yard.  Before he trimmed back all our plants, roses and flowers he did manage to cut a few. 

Here they are in my windowseal along with a few others:

The Kalanchoe and little mum are both from the same neighbors.  They are a young couple whose parents both live out of state.  We tend to “watch over them” and they are quite generous in their thanks.

This paperwhite is also from Amy next door, and I bought myself the Amarylis this year.  It is just about ready to bloom.

I have not ordered from seed catalogs as we have just started gardening again, now that the kids are grown and we are not traveling every weekend here or there, chasing around the sporting events that kept us busy for so many years.

I am looking at an Oregon Cottage (http://www.anoregoncottage.com/2011/01/tuesday-garden-party-favorite-garden.html) picks for seed catalogs and am thinking of calling and requesting a couple!

Pearl Harbor Day, Tuesday Garden Party, 12/7/10

I am on topic!  Here are my favorite tools:

This works great to loosen weeds.  I “borrowed” it from my 81-year-old mother, who appears to prefer bending from the waist and pulling…..she skips lunch too when out working in her garden!


This is a great hand tool for digging out dandelions…. which grow great around here! 

I think this tool will be very important to me with my new diagnosis of fibromyalgia.  I actually did not use it a lot this last summer, but I also did not feel like I do right now either!  I know I will have to pick and choose my projects next season.

This is a gift my neighbor brought me after we took care of their 2 dogs for 10 days.  She made the little owl at the bottom of the picture.  It is really cute.

Then a few days ago she brought over this paper white.  It is my first:

It is sitting in the windowsill above my sink along with the …oh crap what is that called?  Anyway neighbor gave it to me earlier in the year after watching their dogs.  She knows me well!

On the cooking front, I tried a new biscuit recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Buttermilk-Biscuits-I/Detail.aspx

They turned out great.  Just as I was getting ready to put them in the oven, friends called inviting us to breakfast.  They said they would pick us up in 30 minutes.  I baked them anyway and took them next door.   Later that day, neighbors farther down the street called and offered us some “extra” crab that they had.  DH made crab cakes!  I went ahead and had a biscuit before going out.  I could not stand it.  I had been waiting to try these, trying to recreate the biscuits I grew up on.  I followed a few of the tips from reviewers and they were delicious!  I think my problem has been putting too much flour on the cutting board and handling the dough too much.  This time my hands were very sticky with dough and I handled the dough as little as possible. 

Another great tip is to freeze the butter/shortening and grate into the flour mix.  It works great!

Finally my featured picture was taken today.  Yes we have a rose still blooming.  Through the low temps and wind and rain.  However, pruning time is fast approaching!