Cave of the Winds is in the area and in my slim and trim days I took the back tour of the cave, off the beaten path.
Hawkeye, I love Catalpa trees too. They are so pretty in the spring and I don't really mind their mess. I'll just mow over it with all the cotton from the cottonwood trees! I'd forgotten about those trees but they are fast growing and I need some more shade around here.
My DH has been working on 3 more small coops for my birds but I told him it's just too hot to mess with right now. He looked the picture of misery but assured me he likes the heat and he wanted to finish them. Hope he doesn't get heat exhaustion, then I would feel guilty for life. I think I'm going to have to get ill humored and convince him it can wait. It's just too darn hot.
Wow, that cave sounds neat! I would love that! Yeah, I'd take Catalpa over cottonwood. BUT, at least you have shade! So, that's a good thing, even if you are battling cotton. And I don't think I'd mind the seed pods too much on the Catalpa, I mow over anything and it all gets mulched down. Hope you can convince your DH to take it easy in this heat!
I found a catalpa tree a couple miles from my place here. It is where an old homestead used to be. They put in a newer home a little ways from it. I've been thinking about going up to see if there are any seed pods or volunteer trees up there. Hawkeye do you know when the pods are fresh and ready to be planted. Do they require being chilled before they germinate?
Nice!! That is what I did! I found a Catalpa tree in the park in Wichita and then pulled down the seed pods! LOL If no one is mowing under that tree, I bet you can find volunteers easy! They just spring up everywhere. Take a bucket and a shovel with you. Now would be a good time to go collect them, there should be a bunch. The seeds already fell earlier this Spring. And it only takes 4 days to germinate the seeds, they are FAST! And then they sprout up! I do have the seeds I collected in the fridge. I'm thinking about taking them out today and soaking them. Any of them that swell up after they are soaked-- those are the ones that are good and stick those into a pot. I bought one of those 32 hole seed starter "pots"-- it's that paper fiber stuff. Anyway, when those get growing, just transfer them outside when the weather is a bit nicer. I've read you can germinate the seeds without being chilled, but I was just going to try to do it the right way. But this late-- I'd just give it a shot and if they don't swell up when soaked, then you could throw them in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
Hawkeye, I like Catalpa trees too, we don't have any here but I wish we did.
I went out at noon & watered everyone & went ahead & sprayed off the rabbits again, they were already super hot
My DH is out digging dirt out from under the new coop. He is trying to get enough out to put some blocks under there for support. Fortunately it is very shady where he's working & the heat doesn't bother him like it does me. I came in from being out there about 30 minutes & was nauseated from the heat. I just can't take it at all, I get really sick fast. You all be careful out there & don't overheat!
If you get volunteer oaks-- I wouldn't mind having a couple. :) I haven't been able to grow them here-- I tried Pin Oak. They died on me and then someone was saying that they need acidic soil, I think?? Or maybe it was the opposite. Your DH is crazy to be out in this heat! I'm reading 108 here in the shade. Ugh!! Hope your rabbits and birds do okay today.
Oh wow-- well sounds like Co is out, then. You could head over to Missouri and check out the Ozarks! I LOVE doing that! They have lots of caves, I love seeing caves. My favorite area is the Kimberling City/Branson area. There is a lot of things to do, plus you can rent a boat and hang out on Table Rock lake and rent a cabin on the lake. One of my favorite things to do is rent a pontoon boat, an innertube, and stay out on the lake all day. They have grills on the boats, so you can grill steak and chicken and hotdogs. They have a lot of cute cabins. And of course, there is Silver Dollar City if you want entertainment.
That is terrible about your daughters foot/leg. I'd be super worried if he's thinking staph, because that is pretty serious. If you need info on horse vets, I can help! I've been to several and love most of them, but stick to the ones that are close by. My favorite "quickie" for shots, etc-- is the Mulvane Animal Clinic. I can call and get all my shots and pick them up and give them to my horses at home. Then if you have a serious problem that might need surgery or more intervention, then I go to Equine Surgery Center-- with Dr Spears , Dr Riding, and I forget the other guy-- I like them all. I like the Dr who's name starts with a K the most. LOL Wish I could remember. There is another vet in Augusta I used for years and years. His name is Dr. Neilson, and he's pretty good too. I use a family clinic in Derby because it's close to me for our family Dr's. They are on Rock Rd-- Derby Family Medical Group. If you are interested, I can tell you who I think the best two Dr's are. ;) There is a group of them. There are a lot of great Dr's in Wichita, too. I just don't want to drive into Wichita. Anyway, yeah, I hope you can get back to "boring" too.