Saturday, August 30, 2008

Jack Plays In The Dirt

They are building a road behind our house and Jack loves to go on walks in the evening to check out the progress. He loves to roll,dig,and run as fast as he can through the hills of red dirt! I thought I would share his photo op for the weekend blog!!! Happy Labor Day to everyone!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Moth Vistor

This moth is very furry and has a pinkish stripe on his wings. When I got close he raised up on his tail end. Creepy!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Got Glass?

Someone on Garden Junk posted this picture and said this place is in Austin, Texas.
Maybe some of you locals have had the thrill of going there. Please post and let me know what it was like(-: I think the glass is so pretty.
I have one piece of glass that my daughter gave me that was at her apartment when she moved in. She didn't want it!!! I love it! It reminds me of Kryptonite.(-:
Pam from Digging Was kind enough to share this link with us. Living Desert Cactus Nursery
Thanks Pam!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pear Season 2008~Picking with Jack

My Pears are ready to pick. So I picked a bunch that I could reach this morning. The tree is loaded. These are all 100% organic. I will share them with my friends at work.(-:

Jack says...Mommmmmmmmmmm...I don't care if those pears are organic or not I am not eating those for breakfast...wheres the meat?

Pear Update:
The type of Pear is called a D'Anjou Pear. Heres some info about it from Wikipedia...
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Beurré d'Anjou, from The Pears of New York (1921) by Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick
A green D'Anjou pearThe D'Anjou pear, sometimes referred to as the Beurré d'Anjou or simply Anjou, is a short-necked cultivar of European Pear. It is thought to have originated in the early to mid-19th century, either in Belgium or in the vicinity of Angers in central France, previously called the Anjou province.[1] There are two main varieties of D'Anjou:

The Green Anjou has a pale green skin that doesn't change color as the pear ripens. Some other varieties of green pears turn yellow as they ripen.
The Red Anjou has a deep red skin that darkens as it ripens.
The d'Anjou is considered a medium to large pear, typically around 270–285 grams, 85 mm in height, and 80 mm in diameter. It has a wide, globular base, short stem, and thin skin with many notable lenticels, or pores, which allow the exchange of gases with the atmosphere. The flesh is described as "creamy white, aromatic, juicy, sweet, slightly acidic, with buttery and slightly gritty texture."[1]

D'Anjou pears are less expensive than other pear varieties, but are tart and have a lower sweetness level.[citation needed]

D'Anjou pears are often used in crafting various dishes. D'Anjou purée is used for Jelly Belly's Juicy Pear flavor of jelly bean.[2]

In the United States, the variety was recommended for general cultivation by the American Pomological Congress in 1852, and as of 2004 represented 34% of reported U.S. pear production.[3][4]

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sink Fountain

I finally got the pump for the sink fountain. I still am not sure if I like the lattice behind the sink or not. I used it to cover up the "plumbing" I thought it might also look better if I had a broken mirror mosaic hanging on the lattice too. Any suggestions? Lattice was recycled from an arbor that bit the dust. Pump was from Harbor Freight 25.00. Tubing for faucets/recycling water was from Home Depot. I used hose clamps to keep the tubing tight going into the faucets. The exit water tubing attached without any problem to the old pipe that was still on the sink.

I also rearranged the goldfish. Here is what they are doing now.

9-1-08 painted the lattice...added some ferns. I am having a hard time deciding if I like it black or The black makes it blend in and the white makes it stand out. I have ordered little 3 inch mirrors to glue to the back of the lattice in random places. I guess I will wait till I do that to decide if I like the black lattice or not. I will probably tape them up there to decide and if I like it better white I can easily remove them and repaint.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Moon and Stars Man

T.G.I.F. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
The first week of school has come to an end. I am so excited because I have a lot of work to do this weekend(-: Amazing how much I don't get done when I work...(-:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Chick and Cactus Blooming

I was looking through pictures and realized I forgot to share this one. So, its a little late, but, better late then never right? I got the Chick in June and set it on top of the blooming cactus to take its picture. It is a Christmas Cactus but it bloomed in June...(-: I wonder if it will bloom again at Christmas? Hmmm well according to this schedule (see below)I guess not. It is hot here and we won't have any low temps until November. That would not allow enough time for it to set buds. I guess I will have to buy a new one around Christmas time(-:

The schedule of the ideal life of a Christmas Cactus

January - Flowering.

February to March - Resting (55 degrees, infrequent watering).

April to May - Water thoroughly when potting mix begins to dry out.

June to August - Place outdoors in a shady spot.

September to October - Plant prepares to flower. Reduce length daylight hours. Keep on the dry side and cool (55 to 60 degrees F) until flower buds form. Then increase water and temperature.

November to December - Flowering. Water normally. Temperature no less than 55 degrees F.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Time To Reflect

My vacation is over and it's time to go back to work. The good part of that, is I will have more money to spend on garden junk and fall plants(-: This summer vacation went by way to fast because of the fires and smoke. I didn't feel like I got a lot done. But, after thinking it over, I guess I did accomplish a lot(-:
I hope everyone has time to reflect today(-:

Sunday, August 17, 2008


This is my first attempt at composting in a real compost maker. My brother gave this to me. Someone threw it away. So I decided to give it a try instead of just pouring all my compost stuff on the ground.(-: It is almost full of dirt/chicken manure/various other composting stuff. I spend 4 hours raking the entire chicken pen and cleaning out their house/nest etc on Thursday. So there will be a big supply of compost next spring from this job hopefully. Usually I pile the chicken stuff near the garden on the ground and by the next spring its ready to add to the garden. So we'll see how this goes.

Friday was another hot day. 113 degrees here. Some of my plants got burned but I think they will survive. Yesterday was 106 and today it should be about the same. I have a lot to get done before I start my work week.

Not much blooming today but here is a picture of the heirloom phlox (-:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mushrooms In The Garden

Not sure what kind of Mushrooms these are but I thought they were interesting. If you know be sure and feel free to leave a comment!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Proud Pops

The boys decided they wanted to have a photo op too since Mrs. Cranky Pants is getting all the attention lately! So here they are in all their glory!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Two More New Violets

Two more of the 13 different violet leaves I bought have grown new babies!!! Yay!!! I only have 5 more that have not grown new leaves. As I said before this is a very slow process. I will have to take a picture of the ones that produced new leaves first. They have really grown well. I am thinking they could flower before the end of the year(-:
I planted two leaves in each of the 13 pots. Some of those leaves did not make it. But, nontheless I should have at least 20 plants if they all root and grow. That means I will have violets to share(-: That is what the best part of the deal is. I really enjoy passing along plants. Stay Tuned for more updates on the Violet Saga...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mrs. Cranky Pants Is A Mother

I just checked on Mrs. Cranky Pants and the eggs. One egg has hatched. Isn't it a cute little thing? She still has four that have not hatched, hopefully they hatch soon so we can move her and the babies into the nursery(-:
A little history about Mrs. C.P.---
She insisted she was going to set on eggs,(not hers, but that is another story),so I had to collect her a few from the white leghorn hen. We have two white leghorn roosters as you may remember. They were dumped on the road and we rescued them. So I guess they are fathers now too.(-: So far mom and baby are doing well in the 106 degree heat this afternoon.(-: I was able to convince Mrs. Cranky Pants to let me take a picture of her and her little one. She was not happy, but she allowed one photo. I wonder if I can sell the picture to People Magazine?

Update as of 7:30pm PT. One more chick has hatched. There are still 3 left.

Update as of 8-14-08 The other three eggs did not hatch so I guess they were duds. So Mrs. Cranky Pants has just two little chicks to care for. She is very happy!

Monday, August 11, 2008

A School of Copper Toilet Float Fish

Yeah you read that right. What are they you ask? Well, a few years ago on my favorite forum Garden Junk, a wonderful lady named Pam had some of these amazing gold fish in her garden. I fell in love with them and wanted some for myself. It was not as easy as just going to a pet store to buy them. It was a matter of collecting copper sheets, copper toilet floats, copper tubing, copper pipe, old used washers, solder, four hands and a few hours of elbow grease. I only had a picture to go by to create these little charmers, and it was like building a puzzle. My DH drew out a pattern from the picture and I traced the pattern on pieces of copper sheets. I then cut them out with tin snips. Let me tell you, that is not an easy procedure. My hands hurt for two days afterwards. Next, we began the soldering process. It took a few hours to solder them together, and fasten them to the copper pipe in the garden. I glued their eyes on with GE Silicone glue due to the fact that it is a difficult task soldering all those pieces on, and by heating up the copper they will fall off, if you are not careful. So, instead of risking that, I decided it would be much easier to just glue the eyes on after we were all done. Piece of cake you say? Oh yeah...piece of cake...(-:
I know Pam would be pleased to know I finally got these finished. You see Pam passed away June 7, 2006 after a long illness. I miss her. She was a big inspiration to me. I hope she is looking down on my beautiful goldfish and smiling!!!!! Thank You Pam!!! Each time I see my beautiful gold fish I will think of you(-:

These are Pams' inspiration fish that I copied...

Friday, August 8, 2008

New Cactus

I bought these on eBay. For a buck, I got both of them, plus shipping of $7.38 (-: I have been looking for a baseball cactus (EUPHORBIA OBESA)for a while now, and I was pleased to find one so cheap on eBay(-: The spiral cactus(EUPHORBIA SPIRALIS) was a bonus(-:
Here are their pictures...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

There Is A Naked Lady In My Yard

That got your attention I bet. (-:
Well this is not that kind of nekkid lady! This is a bulb (Amaryllis belladonna) that only blooms in the late summer after a rush of green leaves in early spring! After spring the the leaves die down to the ground and in the late summer a stem emerges from the ground and produces a nice group of light pink blooms. It always signals the end of summer to me.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Star and Moon Ball

This is the closest thing to Annas' Beautiful ceramic star ball I could find. Its not even as pretty but it will have to do for now(-: I wonder if I could take this to a ceramic shop and have it glazed...(-:

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

This Mornings Visitors...Turkeys

I woke up to...2 Mother Hens and at least 6 young turkeys eating in my yard. I guess they heared there were free handouts here.

A Sunset With An Orb <---Shelly...Check it out...

There is still enough smoke in the air to make some really pretty sunsets. This one was particularly interesting.
I wonder if it is Glenda the good witch? My DH took this picture last night on our walk. I thought it was very cool so I had to share it with you(-:

Monday, August 4, 2008

Annihilation of the Yellowjackets

They met their demise last night at approximately 10pm.
Armed with a can of yellowjacket/wasp spray, duct tape, and a long straw, the mission began. First, I cut three strips of duct tape and overlapped them making a square shape. Then, I cut a slit in the middle where my husband placed a staw. Later the straw would be hooked up to the can of execution fluid. Creating a mini gas chamber so to speak. I got up on a ladder and quickly placed the tape across the hole of the yellowjackets entrance. I then removed the nest from the hook and we took it to a safe location to insert the straw and release the death liquid. We filled up the nest and left it to marinate over night. This is what it looked like this morning. Good bye pests...RIP...(-:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday Buzz

I got this birdbath yesterday at a clearance center for 9.99 for my DD(-: She will be pleased with it I'm sure. Its small but it is very cute and you can see it was originally 49.00. So I think I got a good deal(-:

Next is the problem I was telling about on another blog. It seems to be a growing problem. I am not going to touch this one. One year I was stung/bit whatever the yellow jackets do and I developed a terrible blood infection and nearly ended up hospitalized. Meat bees/yellow jackets eat a lot of undesirable things. Some probably poisonous. Dead rattlesnakes etc. You get the point... So beware of them and keep your distance.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Lord Baltimore

Isn't he a handsome guy?