Larry.s Creative Zone
Saturday, June 30, 2018
It was a hot Friday evening and the sky glowed. Our low in the night was 74 degrees F. which felt like 90 degrees F.
Barney finds it to be safe under the table and the floor is cooler there. His people keep him hydrated as often as possible.
Our neighbors had built this at least a year or more ago. It was in partial completion when we bought our house. Since then it did get shingles and some trim boards. The last summer the trip boards were finished and he is just now spraying it with primer paint. All winter the mess had not been cleaned up from his work. The mess included a large part of a piece of plastic that dangled out the one window. It blew back and forth all winter. Early spring the young girl wanted to get inside so things were straightened up a bit. While I was mowing this morning, the white primer was finished. It had been in a partially painted point for the last three weeks.
We were gone late morning and when were returned a dark gray was sprayed on the body of the building. It is looking really good. The young man and his wife have two girls and he does work a construction jobs. I am thinking that is why he is able to stay outside in the heat while painting on it. It will be interesting to see if he places real windows in the openings and how much more will be done. The frontside of the house has a porch with pergola on it.
I watered everything this morning. My wife and I joke as we have friends that say we should not water in the morning. I have actually heard it both ways that the watering should be done in the evening. I break the “rules” continually as I water when I have free time. My zinnias are alive and growing well because of my watering cycles.
My rose is a nice one but this is the last good one on the cluster. All the clusters on the rose are spent now and once this one is finished blooming they all get to be cut off.
We are 91 degrees F. at three in the afternoon and the thunderstorms are now coming our way. Rain would help green up my yard now that it has been mowed. Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, June 29, 2018
It isn’t so impressive but things are not blooming yet. It is like a war zone in these gardens as the rabbits were eating off the zinnias. The clay soil is sort of a challenge and the weather is erratic. I watered lightly with fertilizer yesterday morning then didn’t water last night. We are having a tropical season with all the humidity but I will water the whole area tonight. A very hot day has already started as we remained at 76 degrees F. all night. We will be at 99 degrees by noon today. For me, once it reach 85 degrees it is miserable so adding 15 more degrees to that doesn’t matter. The heat is awful but it really is all about the high humidity.
The blue spruce must be putting out new cones as these are now falling from the top of the tree. I was out looking for nest in the tree but I just can’t see any evidence of any. Someone on the net posted a shot of doves in a blue spruce at their next but I don’t see anything.
I am headed out to the old place to put out the garbage and do some minor jobs. I have dry wall scrap and trash to get off the property. I won’t stay long and will be glad to get back. We will be hunkered down today with the heat and just be glad we don’t have be in it. Thank you for checking in on the elderly here at this site.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
All year long the guy carries his bucket and keeps busy. The bucket is rusted through now and I should look for a new on for him. The day lily next to him is the one shown below.
This is our second summer now at the new place and the weather patterns are so different this year from last year. Last year we were moving into a drought at this time. This year the ground moisture is wonderful. I am still going to water plants this morning.
This sedum is trying to bloom I will wait and see if the red is a development of flowers or buds that will flower. I can see the grass likes to grow with it too. The automatic camera just can’t get all of the plant in focus
While mowing out there a few days ago I had barn swallows swirling around me. My friend said that they were not protecting their nest, that they were trying to catch the bugs. When I moved to the back yard later, the two barn swallows flew all over and towards me doing the same. Knowing that they were out there, it makes me wonder what buildings the swallows have their nest.
I have one white coneflower in the front flowerbed. I see that I caught an insect with his shot. I unfortunately found a Japanese beetle in my marigolds yesterday. I hope that they are few in number this year. I read in a garden magazine that I should just knock them off into a bucket of water. Perhaps the spray that I buy for them is mostly water and it drowns them when I use the spray.
I am home today doing my everyday chores. Our weather will be hot tomorrow reaching 99 degrees F. I could mow the back yard today. I have weeding to do as usual and I still have not dead headed my roses. It was so humid with heat yesterday and I am sure the humidity will stay for today. Thank you for stopping in on my post today.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A new bloom on my sort of red coneflower. Planted it last year and now the plant has many buds ready to bloom.
I am headed up to the old house again today. The further along I get with the work the closer I think I am getting done. Then yesterday I find myself moving backwards with me having to replace an area of drywall in the ceiling. I thought I was done with all of that and then something came up. All plumbing repairs are now done after my work yesterday. I had a kitchen sink drain that needed to be cleaned up. I also had a repair to the drain for the basement clothes washer to be reworked and ready for a new owner to be able to connect right away.
Petunia power seems to be going on strong. Thanks for checking in on my blog today. Hey, it is Wednesday.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Between the rhubarb and the red twig dogwood shrub the angel is going to be moved. The pedestal that the sculpture sits on is the column that held my blue gazing ball. I have not replaced it as I can not seem to find a real glass gazing ball. The plastic ones just aren’t the same as a glass one.
These peonies didn’t bloom this spring even though they had buds that seemed to just dry up. I planted one more in the row yesterday of an old fashion one from the farm.I put some token mulch around them so I wouldn’t have to trim out the grass. The spiked flowers behind them are almost ready to put out their blooms.
If you are having doubts as to what you see here, the sizes of the plants do all eventually become even. The cottage garden that sits to the right of these really is filling in now. I planted another peony in the cottage garden as it should be filled with lots of kinds of plants.
Somedays we need to just loosen up. I have a group of morning glories coming up in the area next to the pole. They are volunteer and the need to have something to climb. I call this trellis my Dr. Seuss trellis. Dr. Seuss had illustrations of everything being distorted. I had an old fan shaped trellis from the previous owners that had fallen apart. The parts form it were bowed and warped. I threw down three verticals and decide this thing was not going to be straight no matter how hard I tried. So I just turned it into funky art. When the vines of the dozen plants will totally cover it up anyway. In another year I can get some straight wood and make it right.
The time should come that something starts to turn to red. I put the steel posts in to help the cages and plants to stay vertical. The tomato plant usually sprawls out anyway but the support system slows that down and keep the tomatoes off the ground.
I am headed to the old house today. I will get to cross the bridge over Saylorville Lake to see how hight the water has risen. We keep getting rains and the lake is getting close to overflowing. The last time it overflowed over the emergency spillway was 1993 and the Des Moiner River flooded out the entire town of Valley Junction It is where the Beaver River and Des Moines River meet. It also shut down the water plant for the entire Des Moines area for 19 days. The water engineers are working overtime to see how to manage it all. We got rain last night and more is going to hit the state today. All of it comes south.
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Monday, June 25, 2018
Some of you may remember me posting shots of this building a year ago. It sits downtown Des Moines and I could see it while visiting the Arts Festival. This year it is still being constructed. The whole building is wonderful with all of its different balconies and the main roof.
In my opinion, it is a Frank Lloyed Wright inspiration with all the cantilevered balconies and roof.
One more shot of it shows the twisting of some o the two top roof parts and the rest having a lot of overhangs. It will be good to see if finished next year when I return to the festival.
I did get a lot of things done outside today and it was nice to have the good weather to work in for a change.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
The morning vies shows these clouds becoming a wall cloud. I heard thunder later on as it kept getting darker.
Early morning sun peaks between the layer of clouds. A lot of colors resulted from this location of the sun but I couldn’t get a shot taken.
Music is being performed on the big stage and the various eating trucks were scatter in long rows. The smell of Asian, Mexican, and Barbecue was everywhere.
It was a better show this year as they tried to bring in new artists from around the many states. There still were a few repeated participants but a lot were from new states. A few California artist were there. They, for some reason, do not chose Iowans for booths.
No one special was hired to do chalk art but this guy was busy making a big piece on the sidewalk. In the evening the whole area becomes a concert arena with lots of beer being sold.
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Saturday, June 23, 2018
Up at the old place the hosta is showing beautiful leaves. The shade and moisture is perfect for this kind of plant. I mowed the orchard yesterday pushing the mower over many wild violets. I need to return and trim out all of the volunteer trees. Maples and mulberry trees seem to come up everywhere.
A new temporary flower garden that I added yesterday is shown here. It was for necessity that I did this because the dog wet the area all winter causing dead grass this spring. I had tried to put sod in the spots from other parts of my yard and I couldn’t get it to grow. As I planted these I discovered another problem. The people who built the house and put in the sidewalk have layers of clay right here. Also parts of it is filled with river rocks that they were too lazy to remove after they put in the concrete. I could dig down three or four inches and get a bucket full of small rock. Clay does not absorb water as when it rains I can see the water standing on the flower gardens surface. As I nit pic away I want to buy a couple of more geraniums now that I see it does look good.
My thoughts are to stop the old dog from just wetting there. I also though that grass loves to grow into mulch so that I could get a yard back in there in another year. I did put about a bag of purchased topsoil around the growing area hoping the hardy geraniums will grow.
The petunias are liking our weather conditions and the rains have made them really grow. The colors seem to all work together for this area. We are headed downtown this morning to see the Arts Festival display. It is an outdoor show with tents spread all around a four block area. The drive is less than 8 miles now but the parking is such a difficult situation. We go early and find a ramp to park in that isn’t too far away. Tradition requires us to go to Spaghetti Works after seeing the show. Downtown driving won’t be great as the downtown Farmers Market goes on until noon down there. It will be a crowded place.
I will take photos for sure as their flowers will all be in bloom and the skyscrapers and office buildings are great to see. Thank your for checking out my blogspot today.
Friday, June 22, 2018
The front yard planter is filling in nicely with all of the different kinds of plants. The daily rains seem to keep it looking vibrant. The deep blue plant is like a sage plant in which the goldfinch seem to be getting seed from them.
So, here we are again today a view from today. I did take the fencing away as there are no critters that want into the patch. I moved some of the parts to surround the zinnia plants that the rabbit was eating.
I took a break from mowing yesterday and when I returned it was so lightly sprinkling. I just finished up in the sprinkle. If I had mowed the day before it would have been wet from sweat so I decided a light mist wasn’t so bad. By the time I was done the mower was starting to collect grass clippings. It was good to get it all done.