Friday, April 29, 2005
Day Off
I have the day off Yipee! This means that once I do my early morning Dr. Appointment I can play in the yard all day. I hope to get things tidied up some more and start planting some of the gazillion seeds I have.

I have so many Marigold seeds that anything left over is going to be dumped at the side of the shed and over the fence. If they grow there great if not oh well. The other side of the fence is just a field with nothing growing, so if they take root then everyone else in the 'hood can enjoy them when they are in their backyards.

I also have a mixture of seeds I bought called the Bridal Mixture that promises a nice combination of pink, white and pale mauve flowers that I hope to plant in the bed I am working on around the seating area. I am thinking I might plant the Canterbury Bells there too. But we'll see. I always change my mind on these things, but who cares it is my garden.

Here is a picture of my mystery plant.........


Mystery Plant

Maybe once it blooms I will figure out what it is.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Blooms By George
Yahoo my Lilac bush is in bloom and while I was looking at that I spotted blooms on my white bleeding heart.

I am so happy I love the spring.

Happy happy day, flowers are on the way
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 9:00 PM 3 comments
 
New Roses
Here are pictures of the roses or at least the tags with a description of the three I just purchased and planted. I hope they look as good or better than their tags suggest.

The Morden Sunrise Rose


The creamyorange buds open to strongly fragrant dark orange blooms that later mature into creamy yellow. Flowers from June to mid September.

Lambert Closse


Hardy Explorer rose, the vigorous, disease resistant shrub produces an abundance of tea-like pink blooms. Grows 3-4' with 20-25 petals per bloom.


Wiinipeg Parks


A hardy, everblooming shrub rose with bright cherry-red 2-3' double flowers produced in small clusters on a low growing plant. The dark foliage has excellent disease resistance. Red hips in the fall are an added bonus.

I can hardly wait for these to blooms.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:37 AM 2 comments
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Gardening by Thought
Thought I might use the weed & feed on the grass first thing this morning before I went to work. Did not happen.

Thought I might use the weed & feed on the grass tonight after I watered it. Did not happen.

Thought I might run the weedeater along the side edges to tidy them up. Did not happen.

Thought I might plant the Moonflower seeds. That did happen.

Thought does not do a lot of physical labor however it does give a sore and tired body a break.

I don't mind the muscles telling me I have worked hard, but I do mind the neighbor's two doors down who partied on their deck until 3am. Ugh don't they know most real people work.

Oh well I did notice the Lilac bush opening it's blooms and some other unknown flowering plant a friend dug up from her yard last summer because she thought it was dead. I can never give up hope on a plant so I stuck it in the dirt and now it has blossoms. Just never know what you will find in my yard, a lot of the plants are orphans that I take in. Hmmmmmmmmm maybe I should call my garden "The Orphan Plant Garden"

I became the proud owner of two rose bushes last summer in a much similar way ( I know Oldroses they are addicting) when I went to visit a friend. There on her deck were two rose bushes sitting roots bare to the blistering sun. "What are you doing with those I asked?" "Oh I am getting rid of them she informs me". Well being the beggar and the no plant toss away person that I am I was told to go ahead and take them.

Now if you are not aware of the climate here in Kamloops, British Columbia let me tell you this is Canada's wanna be desert region and we do get some extreme heat. OK now that the weather station commercial is done on with the story.

So these poor little bushes had been sitting with no water for a couple of days before I take them home, the weather being as hot as it was did nothing to encourage me to plant them ASAP so I filled the bucket they were in with water and there they sat for about 4 more days. When I finally got them planted they were pretty sorry looking, however a week later one started showing life and a month later buds were forming. What of the other poor orphaned bush you ask? Well a month to a month and half later it was showing about as much life as Mars or me the next day after a good party, and I was debating about pulling it out but thought, Oh well what harm will it do to leave it there until the spring just in case. Well I am glad I did because 2 weeks later there were leaves and then buds which developed into gorgeous roses. Photos of these bushes will follow when they bloom.

All I am saying is give plants a chance. (OK I know cheesy)

Footnote: I learned this spring roses like to be soaked good before being planted. LOL and I thought I had been cruel to them.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 8:25 PM 4 comments
 
Monday, April 25, 2005
More Roses & Numb Muscles
Whew it just about finished me off however I did plant the last two rose bushes tonight. I even remembered to put in some bone meal with these two. The poor baby I planted last night was somewhat neglected. I guess I will see just how hardy the rose bush really is.

Did not plant anything else tonight I cut the grass which is infested with the ever loving dandelions and then decided I better use some weed & feed before the neighbor's get a lynch mob together.

All that completed I cracked open an ice cold beer and sat on my deck with my dog Lucy and enjoyed the sun preparing to go down in a big ball of red. Gorgeous night.

Just a final note the roses I planted are Lambert Closse a pale pink, Winnipeg Parks Rose which is deep red, and finally the Morden Sunrise Rose which is yellow. This I think will be my favorite I have a passion for yellow roses. All of these I was promised by the kind lady at the nursery yesterday are very fragrant.

I'll keep you posted on the roses.........now I am going to soak the seeds for my moonflowers so I can plant them tommorrow.

Happy gardening everyone.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 8:28 PM 2 comments
 
More Screaming Muscles
Yahoo I got the arch put together finally and what a joke. I was just about finished with this only to realize that I was missing a couple of screws.........seriously. So into my car for a quick drive to Michaels where I had bought this, I explained my dilema and the girl at the cash register said "You will have to bring it back and we will give you a new one." I then told her it is all assembled except for these two screws and that I really don't want to go home and take it apart and come back. What is the difference if you take a couple of screws out of one you have here or if I bring mine back, you are still going to have an arch which is missing a couple of screws. She gave me a somewhat nasty look and called someone from customer service, who just walked over to the display and gave me two screws. Yikes that took about three minutes to satisfy a customer. Lesson learned "Always go to Customer Service first".

Anyways I then decided to stop at the nursery in that area to grab some lavender plants to place in front of the arch and the roses. Big mistake I ended up with 3 more rose bushes and killed what was remaning on my gift certificate given to me at Christmas. Oh well I have so many things on the go and plans for my yard this year that I really don't need to buy anymore flowers. I have more than enough packets of seeds and seeds collected from flowers in the fall that I should be set. And I could probably start a garden for someone else as well.

I am a self confessed plant-a-holic
.

I am happy with what I accomplished this weekend, the arch is up the two rose bushes are planted on either side as well as the lavender and the wooly thyme. I also managed to weed all the flower beds in the back garden as well and finally I can plant seeds tonight. That is if I can still move.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:57 AM 0 comments
 
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Screaming Springtime Muscles
Here I am 7am on a Sunday morning trying to walk and move without causing any extra pain to my body. I went out to my yard yesterday around 8am to clear away the area where my friend was going to put up the trellis on my shed. This should of only been about a 5 to 10 minute little chore. However as every garden person knows this is usually impossible because there is always another quick chore we decide to do.

I looked at the my garden and once the overgrown weed laden garden was spotted I of course decided I had better do something about it. It took longer than I thought due to the fact that once you decide to do one small area there will be another one.

Pulling weeds and doing a general clean up kept me out there for about 3 hours, at which time I finally quit for a break. We get tumbleweed in this area and of course they do have pieces that break off and by this time I really had had enough off prickles in my fingers. Not to worry I was pretty much done.

My friends came over and put on the trellis up and we had a couple of beers chased with cold fruit soaked in Baja Rosa. Yummy.

Then a quick trip to the garden centre as my friends decided they needed another Lilic bush. Of course you can't visit a garden center without buying something. I came home with Wooly Thyme that is supposed to be hardy enough to take heavy traffic so I will plant this on the side garden as a path in the wildflower garden. Also purchased was a package of Moonflower seeds and Canterbury Bell seed, I know where I am planting the Moonflowers but the others hmmmmm may have to dig up another bit of yard.

While out there pulling weeds I decided I will create an area to place chairs and relax barefooted in the back garden, I will probably plant some more Wooly thyme there as well, since this wonderful little plant will also kill grass (less digging for me). I finally came into the house around 2:30 and showered up.

Well that's all for now I really must get the arch up and those two roses bushes into the ground.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 7:03 AM 2 comments
 
Friday, April 22, 2005
Garden Arch
Here is a picture of my garden arch which has clematis growing
on one side even though you can't see it in the picture. It was taken last spring prior to everything blooming, and as you can see I have lots of area to plant.

Picture 001

To the left of the Lilac bush I erected a second arch and planted a climbing rose bush. Photos of this will follow at a later date.

On the right where the garden shed is I had sweetpeas galore growing on netting, this year I am putting up trellis work so that sweetpeas which are making their way through the ground can scramble over it. Maybe I will put a moonflower vine there as well.

Moonflower
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:10 AM 2 comments
 
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Another fine day
Another promising warm spring day. Do I get to play in my yard?? No not unless I call in sick to work. Alas I will have to wait until this evening to play outside. Maybe I will pull some weeds from the back garden, or lay plastic to start killing the grass where my wildflower garden is going, or I may just put together my arch and plant the roses bushes I recently purchased. Maybe I will clear the garden area where my sweetpeas are coming up so we can put up the lattice for them

I have 8 hours of work to figure out what I am going to do. Such are the little dilemmas in life.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 7:02 AM 0 comments
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Who or What got washed
Here it was a wonderful sunny day and my little red 2 door coupe Saturn was covered in a very thick layer of dust. So much that I had a hard time backing up safely. Playing my music loud with the sunroof open just is not right when the dust is blowing in.

So I came home had a quick bite for supper and proceeded outside to wash my car. Needless to say before I could start that I had to venture into the over stuffed,disorganized shed (all the last minute stuff I jammed in at the end of last summer) to locate the hose,nozzle,bucket and wash mitt. I had to pull out the lawn mower to get at this. Wellllllll maybe I should at least cut the front yard before it gets all wet. Cranked that sucker up and managed to do two swipes before it sputtered and died from lack of gas, so up the side yard back to the shed I go to get gas and notice the Yucca plants I put in a few days ago sure could use a drink. Mental note made. Back with the gas, filled the mower and on the way back to put the gas can back I decide I should cut this area too before watering those poor plants.
Cut the front yard, the side yard where I plan on planting my wildflower garden and then did the other side of the yard because it to is visible to the public.

Ah now to wash the car, into the house I wander to add soap in the bucket when I spy the miniature rose bush I got for my birthday in February, well I might as well plant that tonight before the garden gets wet. That accomplished I proceed to wash my car and I am happy to say it is now nice and shiny red the way Saturn meant it to be. I too of course got wet feet but oh well. Now I need to water the rose bush and the Yucca plants. The Yuccas being the furthest away of course get the first watering.... Ha you would think so however the siding on the house is also covered in dust so reaching up as high I could with the hose proceeded to soak down the siding and you guessed it myself included as the ice cold water ran right back down my arm. Brrrrrrrr at least I did manage to get the plants watered after all that, and the back gardens too since I happened upon the sprinkler in the shed.

I just find it incredible how much work I discovered I need to do by just wanting to wash my damn car. Ah the joys of spring.

Now if you'll excuse me I am going to go and get a shower and something dry on.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 8:00 PM 1 comments
 
Monday, April 18, 2005
Here it comes the frenzied garden fever. It is official I have made my first purchase for the garden season. OK I know we are still getting some light frost through the nights, but hey I do live in B.C.

Lunch break today consisted of browsing through the garden section at Walmart where I came upon a deal to good to pass up. Climbing roses for $6.17?? must be a mistake in the pricing department. That in mind I picked out a red climbing rose called Climbing Dublin Bay which promises fragrant large double flowers measuring 4-5 inches wide, then my eye strayed to yet another rose called the Climbing White Dawn that also offers a fragrent, very large flower. Oh my there goes my lunch money (I can go without lunch I need to lose 20lbs anyways).

These of course are going to look wonderful on either side of the 3rd trellis I purchased last summer on sale. Until this year I had no idea what I was going to do with this 3rd one. Ha now I do.

If all goes well I will have this very beautiful trellis covered in the very large fragrant roses which will lead up the side of my home into a drought restistant wildflower garden. Pictures will be available once I can figure out how to post them lol. There will be of course the before and after shots so everyone can track the process, or at least the ones who care.

Climbimg Dublin Bay

Climbing White Dawn

DSC00138
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:51 PM 2 comments
 
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Barbie Doll
Soroity Slut
You're Sorority Slut Barbie! You're easy and you're
really cheesy! Have fun with the entire
football team.


If You Were A Barbie, Which Messed Up Version Would You Be?
brought to you by Quizilla
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:23 PM 0 comments
 
Saturday Night
Well here it is on a Saturday night and I am sitting around doing dip with no intentions of going anywhere. What has happened it seem just a few years age no one would of found me home on a Friday or Saturday night. Is it age?? or am I just to cheap to pay the bar tabs now. Hmmmmmmmm I think I'll opt for the cheapness
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 5:54 PM 2 comments
 
Friday, April 15, 2005
You are Betty Grable!
You're Betty Grable!
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 8:59 PM 0 comments
 
Thursday, April 14, 2005
my country



You're Poland!

People tend to think you're stupid and you were probably voted
Least Likely to Succeed by your high school class.  These people are mostly
stupid themselves, and are just judging their opinion of you on your ability
to defend yourself, which is admittedly pretty poor.  But there's lots
more to life than defending yourself from being picked on and pulled apart!
 There's labor unions to join and holiness to produce!  You'll survive
yet!

Take
the Country Quiz at the href="http://bluepyramid.org">Blue Pyramid

"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:16 AM 0 comments
 
Small Appliances
Well here it is at 4:30am this morning I got up and did the ritual coffee maker thing and got the machine brewing..........or so I thought. This being started I flicked on my computer on the way to the bathroom, when I started to hear a lot of strange sounds which I at first thought was the freezer part of my fridge, however it kept getting louder so I went back into the kitchen to investigate only to see my dog standing there and eyeballing the counter where on closer inspection I could see boiling water spewing everywhere. What a mess. I do believe I could of had a fire start if I hadn't caught it when I did.

This is the second time I have had a close call with a haunted small appliance, The last time it was my toaster that started smoldering.

I swear they get together when we are not at home or are asleep to plot their exits from the counter tops in the most dramatic way they can as well as in groups to cause us financial hardships.

Stayed tuned I am sure I will be writing about some major appliance soon. LOL
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 5:54 AM 2 comments
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
graffiti & such
So for the first time in my life I wished I had a can of spray paint in my purse, so that I could do some graffiti. While standing outside of my office today I notice a big sign on the bus shelter which read "Education should not cost this much" hmmmmmmmm I thought then my eyes strayed across the street to the gas station with the posted price/gouge of 99.9 per litre.

Honestly I have never ever considered doing any graffiti in my life prior to this, however a sudden and almost uncontrolable urge surged forth begging me to walk over to the bus shelter with a can of spray paint and add to the bottom of the big sign and paint "Niether should gas!!!"

However that was at the end of my day so I came home grabbed a bite to eat and headed out to my yard, where I planted 6 Yucca plants, pulled some weeds and generally forgot about the fact that when you are dealing with the public somedays they can be awfully rude.

My poor redneck guy will soon lose me on the weekends to the joys of the garden. Ahh I can't wait for the Lilac bush to bloom.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:36 AM 0 comments
 
Monday, April 11, 2005
nothing really
Well I managed to sprain my wrist on friday at work. This is a strange thing due to the fact that I work in an office. We were extremely crazy and in my rush to answer the phone I dropped it. Well of course the reflex is to try and catch it (which did not happen). What did happen is I managed to snap my wrist back and of course my slow typing skills are even slower now. LOL.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 7:10 PM 2 comments
 
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
support
Here I am again my youngest sister is helping my oldest sister get started on the blog. I just want to say Cudos to her and all computer smart people for helping us computer challenged folks.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 7:37 AM 2 comments
 
getting started
Well here I am at the urgings of my sister and daughter to start blogging. I have two grandaughters ( I got married young) and another granchild on the way, I love to garden and can't wait for the weather to warm up. My pet peeve are freinds and neighbours who can't understand my way of planting which is put the seeds in the ground without marking them and waiting to see what grows. I like the surprises I get because I always forget what has been planted. These are people who plant everything in rows and know exactly what is where.
"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:25 AM 0 comments
 
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