Larry.s Creative Zone
Monday, April 30, 2018
I have another set of tulips that will soon bloom. They are tulips with multiple petals that look like a peony. They are later to mature and I thought they hadn’t come up. Of course you will see photos of them.
I have to go to the old place this morning and make decisions about the first time to mow the yard up there. I bought a new bathroom sink base for one to the bathrooms that just has to be replaced before I put the house on the market. I will unload that today. Today will not be a work day but one of getting stuff organized. I have to start taking some of my tools up to the old place ready for me to grab when I start working. I am expecting that I will have to mow the front yard back home today. If the neighbor is mowing I will need to mow. We have a threat of rain on Tuesday but it won’t be until late day on Tuesday. When it starts to rain we are told that it will hang around for a few days. That will be good as we are dry.
Our flowering trees in the front yard are close to being in bloom. The leaves are coming too so it will be so great to see. The birds like to do their calls from these trees but no bird has nested in the tree. The old robin’s nest is still in the tree.
I wish everyone to have a great day today.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
The dove can be scared and leave very quickly but they do like to sit and appreciate their space. I never saw it take a drink but I am sure that a drink was needed. He stayed there for a long time waiting, watching and maybe resting.
My neighbor guy on the hill above me announced that he is mowing this week. That means I will be mowing too so we all match in yard grass heights. My front yard needs to be mowed but the back yard is spotty in height. We are suppose to get at least two days of rain this week which really will help green up things.
I did spend my young years in southern Iowa where everything is clay. My dad would go down by our creek and scoop up trailer loads of top soil along the side and would put it in an area for my mom to grow flowers. I will be glad to share the blooms from this lily in a few weeks.
These established peonies are looking good this year. I think we were in a drought last year and they didn’t do so well when we moved in to the place. I know I can water them if they look like they need it. The buttercups are looking hearty that are planted around them.
Tulips never last as long as I would like them to but I am so glad they are doing well. I have some old fashion tulips that are blooming later than these. The were planted by a previous owner and I don’t know where to expect them until they pop up and open up. You can see the mums coming up in the background. I did see I have a hosta coming up in that area and I sure don’t remember planting that.
I hope it stays a low key day today with the weather warming up by noon. We still have cool temperatures wth plenty of sunshine. I wish everyone to have a great day.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
A different form of daffodil that I planted last fall. I don’t know it it is a different variety or if it is just deformed because of the strange weather.
When digging down below this rock garden that was intended to keep all plant from growing, I did find clay-like dirt. I didn’t have high expectations for them to survive but I really did wants some hosts spotted in the design of that garden area of roses and evergreens. I have counted three of them that have rooted in and are growing.
I have lots of chores to do around the house today on Saturday. Our weather is going to be good but we are told that cooler weather is coming back. I have a stretcher frame to make for my wife’s friend so a hanging can be stretched on it. I am thinking that I need to get the tiller out and start working on the tomato garden area and the zinnia flower garden area. I amy just do only one of those things. Anyway, I wish everyone to have a good Saturday. Thanks for checking in today.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The daffodils from the old place do seem to like the new place. They bloomed immediately in their glass of water. I had to take them outside to get the light needed for the achieving of a focused shot.
I like the color of these tulips. They seem slow in blooming but that is ok as they aren’t blooming in snow. There is a mum that is growing in front of all of this and I will leave it one more year and see if I want to change it out for something better.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.