Larry.s Creative Zone

Larry.s Creative Zone

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sunday Afternoon.....

 I have never taken a photo where the craters are visible at the top of the moon. It is close to being a full moon so the light must be hitting it at a different angle for this phase. 

I wasn't going to go out and take a shot but I thought it was good that its position was perfect and there were no clouds.

The hardy geraniums are surviving the heat but they really could use some more watering. This was the best showing of the ones that I have. 

The former owners/gardeners have this planted all over the property.  I really don't know the name of it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

A Done Deal.......

 I have been busy with the work needed to sell a house. I could not bring any of the outside gardens and landscape up to a good level. I did get some stray trees trimmed back but there are a lot more to do. I may not get to that thought.

In three weeks the signing of papers will take place turning this over to some creative flippers. They have the history of gutting out the insides, creating new floor plans, and finishing things in modern style.  The precence of a 1916 styled house will be gone. I have owned it since 1976 and I am relived to be done with the sale. The process was not fun and I am just letting go of all the difficult problems. 

The derecho did damage to our roof earlier and a horrid hail storm put holes all over the three year old shingled roof.  The price of the new roof was deducted from the selling price and I get to just walk away from it. The whole town has been through a lot with the strong winds a year ago and now the recent hail storm.  Farmers have been hit again for the second season. 

I have a couple of more trips to the old place and then I am done with the property.  I will have to keep paying utilities and the lawn mowing person. Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Friday Finalities.....


 The harvest begins in an instant.  I had not been out to the patch for a few days. I was moving stray vines out of the way for the mower.  Tied them up and picked some tomatoes.   I can see others are changing color too. 

 The pink hardy geranium is finally blooming.  I wintered it over inside and tt took it a while to adjust being outside. The blooming should pick up now with the weather that we are having.


 This was moved from the old place with its history being from a plant sale at an arboretum. The one bloom in the background is a lighter colored version of it. 

The smaller yellow lily is still blooming. It is time to maybe move some things around, or at least to divide them and spread them out.

I am so glad that I bought some dahlias. I do have to dig them in the fall but they are worth it. The plant keeps getting taller and the blooms increase in size after the bloom opens.

I am headed to the eye clinic to get my eyes checked and to pick out new glasses. The diabetes has messed with my eyes and we will see what the can do for an already very nearsighted old guy. It has been too long for me to renew them and things seem to be quieting down so I can take the time to do it. Living in a big city means I only have to drive about three miles to get there. 

We are going to get hot again today. I should have watered things but didn't.  Maybe I can do it this evening.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Middle of the Week.....

 Growing morning glories in the tomato patch really does work well. They come up volunteer each spring and they don't hinder the growth of the tomatoes. 

The zinnia patch is maturing and a lot of the shorter plants are catching up in height. The glads on the left side of the photo are shooting up stems of buds

The dahlia plant puts out blooms that seem to get bigger than ever as they mature. I like the red color of this one and the height of them is going to be tall. 

When I was a kid on the farm my mom would plant them in the fence row next to the vegetable garden. I remember them being tall with lots of brown blooms. That memory is from sixty years ago on the farm in southern Iowa.

My camera would not pick up the reddish cast that the moon was displaying. It was fun to be out  in the late evening to take shots. Surprisingly people were out walking their dogs as the weather had cooled down.  It is always interesting the size of the dog and the size of the dog walker.  Big men sometimes are walking their little dog. 

These lilies are sure lasting a long time with their blooming period. I like that they last so long.  We are having a hotter day today and the whole week is suppose to get worse. I have a yard that needs to be mowed but he doesn't come until Friday.  I guess I should be glad that is green even though it is thin.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Tuesday's Things....Mostly Flowers.






 Don't forget to shut the gate. Don't shut it after the cows are already out. The derecho  tore up a lot of my fences on the property of the old place. I kept the gate and brought it to the new house. Maybe it will become a trellis for growing vines. Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Missed a Day.....Blogging.

 I took a trip outside and too many photos Saturday evening and I don't have the excuse of not having photos. I just didn't blog yesteerday.  It is funny that I did check everyone elses postings in the late late afternoon but I didn't notice that I had not posted.  I guess I took a day off by  accident. 


I bought two packs of seed of a different kind.  They are good but they aren't the bright and showy ones that I usually grow.  I did plant a few of last year's seed and they didn't do well in germination.  There are a couple of them that did sprout so I will have photos of those later on.


I bought some new seed with lots of goodies that are in it. The doves are really enjoying it and the sparrows are liking the spare few seeds of millet in it. 


The morning glories are doing well but they are not in sight when I photograph in the late afternoon. I do like the spiral  shapes of the buds befroe the open. It is a magical design that is displayed before it unfolds. 

I planted five dahlias this spring and the results are now being displayed. There are two other colors in the group that are different than the red. I will share them latter.

The flowers look like they are doing great but we are still in a drought.  It is said that we still are almost seven inches short of rainfall for the year.  My front garden shows that as the cone flowers and Susans look dried up. I have been too bush to water them.  

The old place is being shown by the realtor.  I am still removing the last of the things that I need to get out of the house.  On Saturday I did not have a lot of things left to bring home.  I did have a neighbor help me bring out of the basement a small dresser that was my wife's from her farm home.  I needed the help to get it up the basement stairs.  He took one of my window air conditioners  and his wife wanted some of my cement blocks that I had next to the basement door. There are two parts of an old one room school house desks in the basement that I guess I will gather.  I would like to give that away.  We had no bites on the house at this time as the vulture flippers are waiting for the price to drop. They seem to want it for free as I had a conversation with one of the interested buyers. 

Thanks for checking in today.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Saturday Morning.....


 The modern phlox is shorter than the old fashion variety. It is nice to have them growing next to each other. 

The newer variety is a two colored one. It has increased in size as a plant as the years go by.  It is very hardy.

I read in an article that people in Minnesota are dumping their goldfish into lakes.  They showed that they can grow up to four pounds in size. The way that they eat, by digging around in the bottom of a lake bed, disturbs the roots and growth of a lot of natural plants. I remember how years ago in Iowa that the naturalist suggested farmers to put koi into their ponds to eat up all of the moss.  Little did they know that they then had a new problem with huge fish taking over their ponds. All of the desirable fish were squeezed out of the ponds. 

My dahlias are starting to bloom. This one is opening in the crook of the plant making it a deformed bloom. The color of it is wonderful. 

I am still working up at the old place even though the place is being shown. I have one more load of step ladders and a few tools to bring home.  I also am trying to trim out volunteer trees in the past garden areas. I read a book once where a wonderful garden that was left unattended for years and it returned to a weedy mess.  My flower gardens have been unattended for a couple of years now and the best I can do is take out the big weeds and trees.  I have a planting of bee balm that has taken over a large portion of the yard in the back.  I hope soon someone will buy it and I can just walk away, never to return.   They will then cut it all down including the big trees leaving it all barren.

Thanks for stopping by today.