Monday, May 29, 2006
There is an old saying

"Never put off tomorrow what you can do today." This really holds true for me. Yesterday I debated about cutting the grass but decided it would run me short of time before I had to go to work, so I left it to do today. Yes you are all right we have rain coming down once again so this chore is on hold once again. Any bets on the grass reaching 6" before I can get out there? LOL
Here is a shot of my grass and this is not even the tallest, but I refuse to wander outside in my PJ's in the rain in case the neighbors call the authorities to have me locked up. I can hear them now "There is that crazy garden lady again with her camera. This time she is in her PJ's at 8am and out in the rain taking pictures of her grass. Quick before she escapes call someone to come and get the poor crazy thing she needs help."

I have mentioned previously that I have a big store of seeds that I need to get planted and I am sure that you all must be wondering just how many seeds can a person actually have unplanted. Well here are some pictures to show you just what I do have and why I am determined not to go shopping for plants this year.

A basket full of seeds

Packets of store bought seeds

Containers and envelopes of harvested seeds

These contain seeds for such things as Hollyhocks, Malva, Poppies, Marigolds, coneflower, etc. Enough to do the whole side garden plus set up gardens for someone else. Then of course there are the store bought ones as well. Yes I am really a Gardenfreak.

Notice the sign at the beginning and the end of my blog? This was made by my friend Marlene for my birthday in February and came with a hooks and a chain to hang in my garden.

"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 8:02 AM 5 comments
Sunday, May 28, 2006
My Garden Exploded
It has rained for four days and my garden exploded into a profusion of colors. I have not even been out planting anything new these are all just my good old come back every year plants.

Here is the Wiegela just bursting with blooms

Also on the big bloom explosion are my iris and rose bushes

It is amazing how a good rain will bring out the blooms and of course the grass is now about 4" high so I will try to tackle it tomorrow, there was just no time for it today after I did laundry and made bread. Also I have to be to work in an hour. Sigh! I do get three days off at the end of the week but with a price, I have to work six straight days, but I figure it will be worth it. The plans are to do any grocery shopping I need to do on Thursday and housework through the week, that way I can have all of Friday and Saturday and even Sunday if I can still move to play outside. Look out gardens and in particular side garden you are all getting a big cleanup and lots of fresh mulch.

Here is a picture of my first lily of the season,

And the highly prized Apricots

"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 12:59 PM 5 comments
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Computers & Flowers
Yahoo I finally have my own computer back up and running again after having it shut down for a good month or so. We were going to buy a replacement last week through the local college however in order to do so the orderform had to be faxed with the credit card number on it. Now there is no way I was about to send a credit card number on a fax, after all who know where it might end up, and now that I am working at American Express and see some of the troubles people have with fraud I am even more leery. Anyways on Friday we decided to take it into a repair place so they could have a look at it before deciding whether or not to buy a new one. I am sure glad we did because it was just the power supply and the bill came to $150.00 which is a lot cheaper than buying a new one. I was so excited to finally have it fixed that I hooked it up right away and was all set to blog only to discover I needed a new mouse as well. Sigh.

Everything is up and running now and the pictures of my garden are going into a folder that I can easily locate, so I went out early last night to take a few of my iris.

I did nothing yesterday as I was sick with a flu bug and it was raining, finally. I hurried inside and cleared the pictures from my camera deciding that I would go back out and take a few more because I wanted to show off the Apricots on my tree. Guess this is the weekend to have things replaced. As I carefully lined up a beautiful shot of the tree bearing all of it's wonderful fruit the camera beeped and flashed a "Replace Batteries" message. Well still feeling not quite up to par the batteries were put on hold.

The rain was great for the yard and the sunshine which followed in the evening did wonders to get things blooming.

These I can see from my kitchen window as I am slaving away doing dishes. And notice the lily coming back up to the left of the Iris

In the back yard.

Along the back fence.

The Johnny jump-ups have filled in an area in a part of one of the back gardens as well along with the black-eye Susans,pansies and numerous other flowers. One of the rose bushes has buds on it as well. It is very nice to see things coming back to life.

I finally went to Walmart on Thursday and purchased an edger to help with the work in the side garden which I am very happy to announce is really finally starting to take shape. If I had not been sick yesterday I would of went out last night and worked out there while the ground was soft and the air was fresh and cool. Also while it was pouring rain yesterday I was wishing I had gone outside on Friday and planted seeds.

Missing in action this year is my bleeding heart, it took me a few days to figure out what was wrong in the area I have planted around the lilac bush then I realized that the bleeding heart which normally blooms at the same time did not come back this year.

Still on the MUST do list is get the arches back up for the climbing roses,get the border done along the side garden, make some wooden benches,hopefully sand and re-stain my wooden chairs and a bench. I am also thinking of re-defining some of the borders in the back gardens since I am finding the shape of some of them makes it difficult for mowing the grass.

Here is a picture of a purse my daughter bought for me on Friday, it is kind of funky and will also hold my lunch for work. A late mother's day gift.

"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 6:42 AM 4 comments
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Lost Pictures
Arghh I am so frustrated, I took some wonderful pictures of my Lilac bush the other day and they have gone missing in action on the computer.

I will go out and take more of the blooms and hopefully they will end up in a folder where they can be located easily.

Yesterday I went out and purchased some plants to put into the side garden (my on going project) mostly I got snapdragons. This little splurge was to help me get the borders of the side-garden defined. Now that I have those in place I will be outside most of Thursday to weed and put in some of the trillion of seeds I have. I did spend six solid hours out in that area last Thursday at the expense of the other gardens and did a major cleanup. The area is starting to fill in and this year I am determined to get it all planted and blooming. The one garden tool that I have discovered I really must have is an edger, and this will be purchased on Thursday. I am hoping to cut an edge in the front of both borders running along the side of the house so that I can plant an alyssum border on both sides. The side that runs along the house I am going to put seeds in for some Malva since it comes back so easily and re-seeds nicely. The lilies that where planted last year in that area are coming back strong with lots of new shoots, even the one I thought died. Can the new shoots be dug up and transplanted? Also on the list of things to do in this area is dig up some of the pansies that have multiplied in the back gardens and transplant them. I may even thin out the black-eyed susans and put a few in against the wall.

As for the other garden areas they are all coming back to life, but I still need to clean up the weeds.

And oh happy days when I went into the backyard yesterday to put on the sprinklers I happened to look at my Apricot tree and I will have Apricots this year. I can hardly wait, this is the first year it has given me fruit! She jumps for joy and smiles broadly.

"May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers"
Planted by crazygramma at 8:51 AM 2 comments
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