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Sunday, July 30, 2017
I planted the garden a month late so my first pick of tomatoes was yesterday, with this one yellow tomato. It is small but had the real taste of a real tomato.
I thought I had lost this plant during our one heat wave. The whole plant shut down but lots of nurturing has brought it back. It has started blooming all at once the past few days.
We have been having a lot of puffy clouds the past few days. A panoramic camera would be great to have at the time. I had a panoramic, inexpensive camera years ago, back when they still developed film. It took great photos but it was for only a short period of time as film technology changed. I will someday pull those old shots out and share some of them.
I took a lot of shots of the swallowtail recently but it has not been back. I try to be careful with the bug spray, using it only on the leaves. The beetles only land and eat the leaves. They stay off the flowers. That still might keep them away. If I were not spraying, there would not be many leaves left.
It is a sunny day today with cooler temperatures. We will take as many good days as we can have. Thank you for stopping by today.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
One swallowtail was enjoying all of the blooms in the zinnia patch. I took a lot of photos of the butterfly. I have seen a monarch at the front garden but I didn't have a camera with me at the time. I am wondering what other kinds I will get on the three rows of blooms.
It was a bright sunny day that helped to get good shots of the flowers and butterfly. It was warm out there but not extremely hot like we had the past week.
I do think I will water the flowers again this morning as a safety measure. I lost a row of petunias during the hot spell even with regular watering. I have one tomato that is starting to turn red so I don't want to have them go bad on us.
It is Saturday and we are heading for the bookstore. I have lots of chores to get done before we go but it will be nice to get a break. I did work at the house yesterday, clearing more things out of the garden shed. I was throwing things away that I had from my dad's garage. My late brother's things also hit the dust bin too. I have horse shoes that are rusted beyond recognition that I think will go away. I don't think they are salvageable unless someone can tell me how to clean them. I hope to drink coffee and have a scone today while being lazy. Thank you for stopping in today.
Friday, July 28, 2017
The small rabbit doesn't seem to be afraid of me while I was out spraying bugs. He seems to be only eating grass which grows along the garden because it gets watered next to the zinnias. I have not seen the larger mother rabbit for a long time. I did get to watch a kestrel eat a small bird out on the neighbors fence this morning. I know the kestrel only eats small birds and rodents but I really don't want to watch it happening.
I shared this on my photo a day a few days ago. The tiger lily that I kept saying was not living anymore in my backyard, put out blooms this summer. I have dug it and brought it to the new garden. It didn't seem to bother it to move it as it is blooming more with its steel post support.
It is Friday and the weekend is almost here. I wish everyone to have a good day and thanks for stopping by today.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
I was out and about spraying those continually pesky Japanese beetles and looked down as I checked my volunteer vines for bugs. To my surprise I saw a melon laying there on the edge of the grass. The former owner dumped things on the garden in the fall and then would till the various material into the soil. I had volunteer vines and I just let them go. I have iris starts in the area and the vines will not bother them. I waited to tell my wife until later the next day when I showed her a photo of it
This one makes four that I have found. It seems to be smoother and I will just have to wait to see how they develop to determine what they really are. Among all those vines I really am seeing one that reminds me of a watermelon vine. That may just be wishful thinking. So far, I see no cucumbers and that is fine by me.
I spent a lot of time watering the zinnias and sunflowers as that was what I had planted and I wanted them to survive our long heat spell in the past. I did spray the vines with some water just because, which they really did respond to it. I assume this is a yellow squash. There is only one of them but maybe all those other blooms will give me squash too.
I had to spray for Japanese beetles for the third time now. They seem to fly in and eat during the hotter time of the day. I was disgusted that they came back the second time but I am assuming our light rain washed away the insecticide. I will go out again this morning and check on the zinnias as it seems to be their favorite foliage.
I am sort of resting again today. The dumpster at the house was taken away for the last time so that shows how far I have come with the old house project. The rest will be cleaning and painting and changing the pumping under the kitchen sink.
We had a half inch of rain last evening and it was so needed. I will spot mow the yard today where it is longer than necessary. Thanks for checking in on me today. I hope the weather is being better for all of you in your different areas of the country.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The rain is coming today. It actually is not coming from the southeastern direction. It is entering the state from Nebraska, west of us and will be here by 10:00.
I was watching the "America Pickers" a couple of days ago and I am amazed at how much people can collect. I laughed about myself as I brought this box to the house a few days ago. I gave it a bath and it is cleaner than it has never been before since I acquired it. I have a series of shots of this and lots of words to say about this box but I will spare everyone today. It is an egg crate. The eggs were stacked in layers with cardboard like spacers. I could see there being 6 layers of eggs packed in there. The part of history that I like about it is the marks of the farmers who used this. There are patches over holes. There are pieces of lathe nailed to reinforce it from falling apart. I also have a family name written with a crayon on the box. Enough for now of sharing my box.
I trimmed back all of the roses in the front of the house and they have been getting some extra water once in a while. They are now blooming again. I took this photo from a distance as I didn't have shores on to get close. The camera said it was going to focus on the new bud and as you can see it did its job.
It did not cool down much last night but 76 F. is better than nothing for our weather right now. It still is promised that we will be 88 F. by the end of the day, after the rains. Thank you for stopping by today.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Another project for me to do in the future. My grandmother Brooks' walnut dining room table is moved and ready to be refinished. I received the table as a teenager from my grandmother as a gift for all the things that I did for her. I painted her house and some rooms inside of her house. I really never thought of it until later that she wanted me to have it for payment for the deeds. My brother was moving to California and gave her a chrome kitchen set with chairs and she was so happy with that. The table was disassemble and hidden in an upstairs closet until I was ready to take it. My grandmother had a brother that liked to beg her old stuff from her and she said I was to get it out of the house as soon as I could.
If you have ever grown the larger sunflowers you remember how fast they develop. I think there are 7 or 8 of them growing in a row.
I still have a three things to get planted but my emphasis this week is to be at the old house. As long they seem to be surviving in their pots I won't worry about them.
The dumpster that I am using at the old place is leaving the property tomorrow. I won't tell you how many of them that I have had but I have reached a point that Wednesday will be its removal date. Today I will do the last minute panic things that I can get into it before it leaves. I still have my wonderful white truck that I can fill up and take things to the landfill, but I really won't need to do that for a while. It is suppose to get very hot today so I will leave early this morning and come home early. I watered the flowers last night because of the forecast today. I lost a row of petunias next to the house as no watering kept them alive during such high temps last week. I might replace them if there are still petunias out there anywhere to buy.
Thank you for stopping by today. Stay safe and cool please.
Monday, July 24, 2017
I am headed to the old place this morning. I had to stay away for a while to heal up my aches and pains. It is cool this morning so I will go early and do those things that still need to be done outside.
I hope that everyone is cooling down today also. Thank your for stopping by today.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
I am awaiting to see the bloom on this large hosta. I moved this to the new garden and it did't lose a leaf. The Des Moines Botanical Center employees are on flower watch of a plant called "corpse plant. It blooms every five to seven years and this plant has never bloomed. The plant is suppose to bloom durning night time so they are on watch by camera too. The public has also gone crazy over the coming event. I will be anxious to see the result of rotting human flesh fumes being spread throughout the dome. If it opens up for only a short time, then they won't have to shut the place down.
When it was moved to the house in Woodward I took it apart, using the base in the dining room and just hanging the mirror on the wall above it. The bracket stayed in the basement for all this time.
My wife's friend at first wanted this for her tv stand and then decided she didn't want it. I brought it to the new place to give to her and then there is sat in the garage. It now has been recommissioned and placed in our spare downstairs bedroom. We were just going to give it away a few months ago.
These are Big Boy tomatoes. I don't have a clue as to know when to expect them to be ripe. When they do, I will be glad to eat them. Usually I have never kept track of the maturing of these things as I would just plant them and wait for red colors to come. These were planted late so it may be a few more weeks before the turn color.
It is Sunday and we are cooler today. I wish everyone to have a good restful day. Thanks for stopping by today.