Larry.s Creative Zone

Larry.s Creative Zone

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tulip Time.......Next Door.


They are not my tulips but they are next door. Mine will be open in a few days.  Those two who live there have their roses all trimmed back already and have a vegetable garden started.

The neighbors have rows of radishes and lettuce planted now in their raised bed garden.  I bet onions will go in soon. They plant tomatoes and squash  in the other square.  I don’t plan to try to keep up with them but it is fun to see what they are doing. They grow their squash on poles to keep them from leaving the boxed soil space.
The rhubarb is up and going new.  I have earlier shots but I though leaves should be visible for a good shot.  I have this in two locations and in one other location I keep digging out the roots.  I shared the plant with two different people and I still can’t keep the plant from growing.  My daughter-in-law took some in November and it is sprouting up this spring in Chicago area.








Old age isn’t so great when the mind keeps being confused.  I whined yesterday about seeing the fern leaf peonies coming up in four places at the old place.  I even thought I might have forgotten to move some to the new place.  The old mind had steak for supper and I then remembered that I brought a whole bucket full of fern leafed peonies with me last spring.  I even let it grow in the bucket for half the summer.  I earlier shot a photo of these and called them peonies.  So they burst open yesterday and they are the fern leafs that I moved. It looks like I will have a mature full grown plant already this spring. Once planted they will always do well.

The hosta plant came up the last few days.  I wasn’t sure that it was going to survive. I had to plant it down below the level of rocks and they seem to not mind the rocky surface.  I have four or five of them planted in the area and will be glad to see them popping up soon. I have a privet planted near this growth and I don’t see any sign  of life in the shrub yet.

I didn’t have much blooming at the old place when I was up there yesterday.  Our spring is really three or more weeks behind.  I did swipe a few daffodils that were almost ready to open.  I have pictures but am not showing today of them being opened.

I have yard work to do this morning.   It is still cool our there but it isn’t hard to put on a coat and a stocking cap.  I have some grass areas that need to be repaired and can find sod in the backyard to use. I am glad the we are having a better kind of weather.  Thanks for stopping in today.   Later.........

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring Chores.....


The pussy willow took on a new look this morning as all of the pods started to open. I have never had one before and I sure didn’t expect this to happen. When I first saw it I thought was in flower bloom.

As I became closer to the tree this did look like it might be putting out leaves. I was wrong.















The little soft pods opened up just today. They are probably sending pollen out into the air rapidly.  I did see bugs flying all around as they seemed to like what was inside of them.













The branches that I have inside in a vase did skip this step.  If they had I would have put them out side on the deck.  They can’t be called a flower but they are a pretty explosion.

The small green ball of a plant is a new one for me. There are three of them planted in the front planter.  I guess I will have time to watch for blooms this year and can identify it. I was at the old place this morning and the fern leafed peony was coming up everywhere.  I sent some of it to my cousins in southern Iowa.  I gave it away to neighbors, but I can’t believe I didn’t move it to the new place.  I don’t see any of it coming up in my new flower spots.  I can dig some now if I don’t find it.  I guess I am losing my mind.

Anyway, I picked up a truck load of sticks off of the yard and took it to the city dump.  My truck bed is a full sized one so that was a lot of pieces of wood.  I didn’t get it done to perfection but I got the most of it.  I worked toward exhausting stage 2 and just quit.  I will probably have to start mowing up there next week. We had a horrible wind storm up there last week early and I had a section of my backyard fence laying on the ground. It would be easy to put back again but I did too much with the sticks to have energy to do that project.

Our neighbor to the northwest has his first part of a vegetable garden done.  They do the lettuce and radish thing and it was late for them to get it in. I definitely will stop feeding the big bird food to keep them from being in the area. I really only remember robins were hard on new sprouting plants but I‘ll just be safe by stopping the feeding.   I trimmed back an invading vine at the new place yesterday and the raking and picking up of branches so I should not be doing much walking around tomorrow or the rest of this day either.  I need to get back into shape physically for spring and it will take a while.  Well trudge on everyone and thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Start ....of a New Week.




Monday morning starts with a great set of clouds.  The sun really is being covered up by the dark cloud on the right side of this photo. The shine from behind the darkness lights up the pattern of clouds.


New England bluebells are coming alive.  I think a good rain would help them out or a bucked of water from me. I still have difficulty seeing this clay like soil having lived on a property with black soil all those years.
Early evening I could look straight up and see half of a moon.  It was sort of a surprise as I have been seen the present moon in late evening in the past week.

The manipulated cropped shot of the moon shows that it is exactly in half moon stage. I don’t know if that is a real name for the moon but I think it works.









The turtle is liking the weather and is hoping that I will move him to a better location.  I have a weedy mess there and need to clean things out.  It is the location of the morning glories so I do need to be careful.

It looks like a good day for us and I will try to use it wisely.  I find that it is tie to get moving now that the weather is not a major factor in outside work now.  I hope everyone is doing well out there and all of you have a great day.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Clouds, sky, and sunshine........






The moods created by the clouds do put out a feeling of undetermined weather.  The warming of the earth is taking place now in our area even though most things are really behind in their spring stages of development.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Stuff for the Day.....






I zoomed in on her this morning, thinking she was nesting.  She was not nesting.  She is eating something from the spruce.  It may be the ends of the pine branch.  Other birds are feeding on the tree too.  I had one view finder look at her smacking her beak as if she were eating peanut butter.  I am sure it is a dry material and she does prefer it to what I have in my feeders.



The mourning doves are spending time on the deck while we are eating breakfast.  I showed up with the camera and the one is immediately taking off from the scene. The male is larger than the female as we watched them sitting on our deck rail. There is a size difference.



I have not any patience to get a clear shot of the goldfish at this time.  I do want to show how clear and clean the water it.  I am also showing the one green spot that the algae eater has not cleaned.  He really has done a good job of make the majority surfaces clear of the green stuff.



I am back in fourth grade learning how to root things.  I think I did root a carrot head in water when I was in third grade. This was just a display of pussy willow branches among flowers but it became more. The branches appreciated having water to make them continue to grow.  Now that the flower bouquet is spent the branches still look good in the glass vase by themselves.


I have been anxious to see the actual tree outside to put out leaves but my inside sticks are doing it with ease. The short buds are cute but they are also a mess as the fall off the branches and land on the counter or floor.




I was thinking this morning after seeing this mess that I am about to shut down this feeding operation.  Once this batch is eaten, and they will clear it all away, I will stop it all.  I want the table back and maybe in a few weeks we can sit out on the deck. There is no snow to keep them from finding their own food.  It really will take them a week to clean up things but from experience I know ever piece of millet will be gone.  The sunflower seed hulls do also wash away or are blown away.





I will continue to feed the thistle seed all summer.  I like seeing the goldfinches hanging on the socks.  The house finches do eventually just leave the go about nesting apparently in timber areas around our development.

Our days are going to now be warmer.  Our normal temps are much warmer than what we are having but I do think the scales have been tipped toward the warmer temperatures. I wish everyone to have a good day today. Thanks for stopping by at my blog.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sunshine..........


The red twig dogwood is looking good but still now new leaves have shown up yet. The statue in the back sits in the sun waiting for warmer weather.

The pussy willow buds seem to be hanging on for a long time. I kept thinking leaves will start soon.  The birds like the tree but I don’t think there is anything there that they eat.
I counted the number of clumps of iris that I have moved and it is 22 clumps.  This is the fastest growing clump which means it might be the white iris.  It usually blooms first along with the cemetery iris. This plant shown does look like it will mature enough to put out some blooms.

The daylily that is up looks strong enough that it has always been there.  It will be fun to see what color it will be.  I didn’t move day lilies like I did with iris.  I have about four that I moved.  I guess it was not so urgent as I can pick up new day lilies at the different stores around here. The iris that I have collected in 40 years can’t really be bought out right at any nursery.

The last time I took the truck to the old place I had a warning light on this tire. That means I need to put in some air.  I didn’t have my gage to know how much I needed to  fill it.  I made the first stop and of course the country store gas store doesn’t have a gage on the air hose, so I just guessed.  Took off after filling it and the warning light is still on. I am not use to caring for truck tires so I stopped again at another station and added some more air.  I thought that the tire must have been really low.  Making it a short story out of this mistake, I kept filling, with no gage.  I went out after I went home and I had 50 pounds of pressure in it.  The light of warning must no like an over inflated tire so it tells me something is wrong. I now have a gage in the truck now.  Yes, I had to let out a lot of air.



The sun is going to shine all day today.  It will be nice to see things becoming greener.  We have flowering trees that should have been in bloom by now that might just start doing that.  I hope everyone with cold and snow is now feeling this southerly breeze that we are having.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday’s Things......


Mr. Cardinal is crushing down the larger sized millet. Some of the smaller birds don’t like that larger sized seed so they leave it around until I have to dump it.

The snow is gone now with a little bit of sleet in the roof valleys.  We are promised no more snow.

The pair of house finches often share the sock on opposite sides. The sometimes follow each other around it as they find better seeds in front of them.
I had to vacuum around this table with plants this morning.  I was thinking that I can’t wait to get these back outside again. The shot is taken from outside the door looking in showing that the window in the sliding glass door did a good job to  cause growth on the oxalis.  I have all my geraniums in buckets to take outside too.  I will have to decide if I am going to leave them in the buckets or put them into the ground.

I moved the skillet close to the house to keep the snow from filling it up and covering the seed. I see the birds really don’t  feel unsafe to come this close to the door.  I sometimes slide open the door a crack to let the kitchen floor cool off for Barney.  He likes his hardwood floors cold. Anyway, I pull the screen now as I don’t want a stray bird in the house or even a squirrel.

We sent off a birthday box for our youngest s2 year old grandson this morning. His parents really are going to have to do a garage sale to get rid of all of the toys they have.  We sent some fresh new ones today for our sweet littlest guy. Recently we received some shots of Teddy eating a fudge ice cream bar.  It was all over his person.  This morning we got a shot of him working with stamp pads at daycare.  Teddy had used his forehead and cheeks as places to  press the stamps.

We are off on an adventure this afternoon and won’t be gone for lone.  We are promised that spring will be here tomorrow and we will see no more snow ever this year. I bought some lawn treatment materials this morning while at the Ace hardware.  I had gone for a new light bulb for our range hood but I did buy my weed and feed stuff.  I wish everyone a good day today.  Thanks for stopping in today.