Larry.s Creative Zone
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The glow after a very hot day on Tuesday was asking to be photographed. It really was the beginning of a stormy evening.
Iowa’s temperatures are really abnormal right now as well as other parts of the United States. We had a break from the heat Wednesday but today will be another hot one.
The flowers at the farm are blooming. I also have spirea bushes and a mock orange bush blooming. The smell of sweet flowers is in the air. I brought back some more hosta plants from the old yard along with one iris that I didn’t get moved.
The flower is beat up from the rain storm but the flowers on this iris looked great. I had not dug any part of it to bring to the new place and that has been corrected. It had big rhizomes and I was able to dig it out. I think I will plant it first in a flower pot and keep it alive in the shade of the deck. It is just too hot to try to put it out in the garden with hot sun.
I am home today doing lots of odd jobs in the morning. It will be its hottest this afternoon so I must get all things done this morning. I mowed at the farm yesterday and I could tell the heat was slowing down the growth of the grass. Our yards look like they are going from lush green to the hot summer look of late August. I am going to water flower gardens every day no matter what. Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
We had severe storms last night in the neighboring towns have trees being destroyed. It was a rough storm with strong winds. We did not get that but we were just at the edge of it and got rain. Our burning bush stands strong and looks good with it receiving rainwater. Our local tv stations were having a hard time keeping their stations on the air.
The front of the planter has petunias and they are holding their own with my extra watering. They are just now starting to bloom as their rooting systems are getting established. We bought some spikes this year just to add a little variety in the garden.
I am headed to the rural place to mow the yard. It will be cool this morning today and stay a lot less hot through the day. The last time I was up there it had turned 90 F. by ten in the morning. I shouldn’t have that problem today. With storms last night in that area, I will be picking up sticks again. It will be nice to have a day off from the heat. Thanks for stopping in today.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Yesterday, the heat created storm problems with all that heat having to mix it up and react. We didn’t get rain from it but people north of us got downpours and lots of hail. We were told that we haven’t had heat like this since the dust bowl era. I do hope it starts to turn around to be normal weather soon.
These clouds do not turn into tornados but they are the ones you see while tornadoes develop elsewhere. The day was so extremely hot that the tornadoes ended up being miniature ones not causing damage.
The former owner had peonies of three different colors and buttercups all planted together. I will water everything today because I didn’t last year and the flowers were ruined. I will be out working today early because it is to be 90 degrees by nine o’clock. That gives me a window of an hour and a half to get it all done.
Thanks for stopping in today.
Monday, May 28, 2018
It is too hot to go out and take photos. I watered flowers and tomatoes this morning. I mowed the front half of the yard and the heat finally got to me. I had to quit.
The heat effects the sensors of a digital camera giving me different colors that what is really there.
The people who wanted to enjoy this weekend of three days really didn’t get to do that. We broke heat records yesterday and will be doing so again today. We were close to 99 degrees F. yesterday and today we will be cooler by a couple of degrees. Some camp areas lost electricity as they were not able to handle the demand needed to run air in all the campers. A lot just went home a day or two early. I know for sure we have hit summer already and I do think it could cool down a bit. Thanks for stopping by today.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
My hosta plants are doing well. At least two out of three will be good sized. The one is trying to make some growth spurt but it seems to be struggling.
It is too hot to be outside today. We are suppose to get up to 99 degrees F. today. It will be nice to get back to normal temperatures but I am not sure when that will be.
Have a great rest of the day today and thanks for stopping by at my blog.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Friday nights storm were forming north of us. I am sure the old place got wind and rain. I know some had received large hail stones.
It is a very hot day today and I won’t be finishing off my mowing today. It maybe will be cooler on Monday. Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to enjoy some of the three day holiday.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Thursday evening with the big tree in the shot. It was a better sunset than this but a row of houses were blocking the complete view.
The morning brings me a sunrise that is in full view. It is going to be another hot day. For some reason I think those clouds were some that I have seen before with the day ended up being a scorcher. day,
We are having another hot day today. I am taking time to catch up on the last flower plantings. I have six marigolds to put somewhere and just bought too many of them.
I have not major plans for the weekend but will take it easy for three or four days in a row. I appreciate your stopping by today.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Yesterday I was able to get the marigolds in on the border of the raised bed. I am happy how it all turned out and will be glad to have the marigolds crowd into their row as they grow. I found a red-orange colored marigold to throw into the mix. It will give it a less regimented look. I had a few plants left over so they are placed elsewhere in the back yard flower beds.
We first saw these at a rest area in Colorado but never really planted any of them. I think they have different names but I am not certain of them.
The young iris bed looks like this right now. There are more buds to bloom and I will keep taking shots of the bed to show its progress. I mowed at the farm this morning, earlier than usual. It predicted that it would be 81 degrees by 9:00 this morning. Even though I was early I still had to work it that heat. It can really drag your energy level down fast. I had a neighbor lady come over for a 30 minute talk on the street so I did loose time getting the job down before it got too hot. I am soaking in air conditioning this afternoon to bring me back from that. It is really too hot to do anything outside this afternoon. I can force myself to grill a steak to go with my wife’s potato salad and the rest of that day and evening I will be inside.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
A hot and humid day is projected to hit our area. The clouds are not rain clouds even though it is raining in northern Iowa. The warm humid nights have begun also.
The columbine has more blooms now and some of the first ones are going into decline. It grows in a heavily mulched area and I was glad I recognized what it was when it came up. The over grown asparagus from last year must have kept me from seeing it in bloom.
I have lots of odd jobs to do today. I mowed yesterday afternoon when it was hot so I will get out early today to finish the job. We bought more flowers for the flower beds and some of them will go in today. I hope everyone is doing good today and thanks for stopping in at my spot.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The old fashion iris is blooming. I had collected it from my parents home in southern Iowa. It grew all along the edge of the garage growing well in high sunlight. It didn’t bloom so well where I had it planted but now in bright sun at the new place it bloomed quite readily. I have another new variety out this morning in bloom so photos will follow tomorrow.
We witnessed a few days ago a male was feeding seed into their hatchlings' beaks while the little ones were squawking sitting on the deck rail.
I have two yards of grass to mow. It is so lush and green from all our rains. Last week when I mowed, the grass grew up and was shaggy within three days. I will mow this morning at the farm once the fog lifts and then will return to maybe to do the front yard here this afternoon. It is going to be 81 degrees F. so it will be a challenge.
We bought more flowers last evening so those need to go into the ground through the next few days. Our front yard planter is the only one for two blocks on both sides of the street, so we do need to make it showy. We bought some perennials to help make that easier each year. More petunias were bought to plant into our long raised flower bed in the front of the house. It has all the spring things growing there and then there is nothing in there that will bloom for the rest of the summer. My knock out roses are returning after their freeze out from winter.
Our new home is a great place to view clouds. Not a good place to see sunsets. The sky view in the mornings and evenings are unlimited so I just keep taking more photos. It is Tuesday and I hope everyone has a great day. Thanks for stopping by today.