TGIF – for some people. Since I work in retail, eh, not so much.
Decisions are in progress, I guess. I believe that I will be continuing with my education and I will be going on to get a Masters Degree in Business with a concentration in Entrepreurship. Exciting and very scary but I’ve had some great support in making the decision to keep going and considering I may never have another opportunity like this I’m going for it.
Decision number two – for now, we are not moving anywhere. We are planning a trip to Arizona in the near future. Our family is in WI, the kids like it here and honestly… so do we. An idea we have is to possibly spend time there in the lovely winter months. That will be somewhere in the future though. For now, school, kids, work, building my business, life, love and all that good stuff.
Plant and seed catalogs have starting arriving and I have been dreaming and drooling over all the pretties. I may do a bit of winter sowing to start with but I also have about 3 other projects around the house to finish. A woman’s work is never done. 🙂
For now… a look back at previous gardens to give us something to look forward to.
Today I started collecting seeds from my gardens. There’s not a lot ready yet but the Spring blooming flowers are going dormant so it’s time for me to get busy. This year (due to a couple of questions I got on Facebook) I’m going to try and photograph and record the look of the dried seed pods and the seeds themselves as I collect them. I’ll also include a photo of the plant’s flower in full bloom for reference. So far I’ve collected 4 different types of seeds. In general, try to wait to collect your own seeds until your flower / seed pod is almost completely brown. In most instances, the seeds will release quickly from the seed head at that time. There are a few stubborn exceptions to the rule of course. You can click on the pictures below to get a larger view.
Columbine “Bordeaux Barlow”. Blooms are about 1.5″ across and seed pods are about the same size in length. They have tiny, black seeds that are only about 1 or 2 mm long.
After many failed attempts – we have a success in the coop! Tonight as I was closing up the doors I noticed something small, dark and fluffy in one of my buff orpinton’s boxes. YES – a tiny, fuzzy chick!!! I don’t know if she has more or how many there might be… but I feel like I’m a grandma! I’m so proud of my little orp. 🙂 Here he/she is… a fuzzy picture but it was getting dark.
Lots of bloomies here! Here’s a few pics I wanted to share.
Last night I was did a little poking around in my potato patch and grabbed up some of my blue potatoes. BEAUTIFUL! Very tasty too. Fried some up with bacon for supper (along with 2 other varieties) and they’re a little softer in texture. A little creamier. I really like them!
Hope everyone has a fun and safe July 4th! Enjoy your weekend!
Finally decided to purchase a new camera. My old one is great – don’t get me wrong. I love it dearly but I was never able to zoom in on far away objects…. especially birds. Now, hubby and I have really gotten into bird watching around our house. We enjoy waking up every morning and seeing all the activity at the feeders and I love sneaking outside onto the porch steps and snapping photos of them all. Especially this year. We’ve had so many new birdie arrivals! I’ll contribute it to the fact that we’re now feeding strictly sunflower seeds except for the suet for the woodpeckers. Anyway…. I always took my photos with my trusty Fujifilm FinePixA500. Great little camera for point and shoot and for taking some interesting macro shots of the flowers in the garden. I was going to upgrade to a Fujifulm camera with stronger optical zoom but when I stopped at the store that was supposed to carry it… there were none. So, I settled on another camera with the same bells and whistles that I was looking for in the Fujifilm and I’m glad I did. Went with a Samsung WB1000 and I just love it! Although it’s not the best or most expensive camera out there, for my budget, it has exceeded all my expectations so far and I’m still trying to learn how to use it. I just discovered ‘super macro’ the other day and wow – you could have knocked me over with a feather.
Here are a couple of photos using the camera. Keep in mind, I’m still learning. But, from this amateur photographer’s point of view… these are perty good. The ‘super macro’ shots make me feel like I’m Tom Thumb wandering through the garden! And the optical zoom … well, I feel like I could almost reach out and touch the birds. 😉
Other than the photography, I’m so thankful to be back out in the garden. I has been an extremely long and strange winter here. Never thought the snow would leave my little neck of the woods but it finally did. And now the temps have me wondering what’s going on again… up into the 80’s today. But, it is Wisconsin. Wait 5 minutes and the weather will change.
Yesterday my FIL (father in law) gave me this awesome, antique cook stove. He was going to haul it in for scrap but decided to give it to me instead. WOOHOO!
It is missing the cook-top so I was going to fill it full of dirt and plant flowers in it. Maybe open up the doors and plant some in all the crevices and openings. But…. hubby suggested that I use it for a potting table. (don’t tell his this, but the man is a GENIUS!) All we’d need to find is something to replace the missing cook-top area to use as the work station and it would be perfect! Loads of spaces to store garden tools and still some room for me to put some potted annuals on the shelves for color.
I am working on doing a little research on it also. Where it was made, age, etc.
In any case… it’s the coolest find of the Spring so far!! I’ll share pics of how it looks when it’s in place (that will be an adventure in itself cuz it’s HEAVY) and all set up with my goodies and some flowers. 🙂
***Just a reminder, read my previous post on my garden seed give-away!***
I have a “thing” about gardening zones and pushing the limits of what you can and cannot grow. According to Garden Web and other reliable online sources, I am in USDA zone 4b. Close to zone 5 but not close enough to slip under the radar. The “thing” that bothers me the most is retailers telling me that I am in zone 5 (used to be. moved. not there any more) I recently got a catalog from an online plant and seed retailer which lists me at zone 5. Now, I find this horribly deceiving becuase the beginning gardener who does not know what their zone is will end up purchasing a bunch of plants that might or might not survive the winter. Even local garden centers will set out perennials with zone 5 tags in a zone 4 location which leads consumers to believe that those plants will be just fine all through the winter. Sure…they might. But if you get a super cold season, chances are those 5’s are NOT going to make it in a 4.
There are ways to baby a plant through a colder zone but this requires research and a little extra work. Or, you might have a mild winter …. or there’s always prayer. 😉
I’ll admit. I have some seeds that I’m trying to winter sow that would be better suited to zone 5. I also have some plants that I brought with me that may not survive this colder zone. The difference is that I KNOW this and I’m not trying to fool anyone…. it’s my own decision and there’s no garden center or online plant supplier involved. Ah well…
Got 34 more containers of seeds finished yesterday for wintersowing. Again, some are “iffy” and might be better suited to a warmer zone but I’m giving it a try anyway.
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." — E.B. White (Letters of E. B. White)
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