Cynthia love your little froggie in the yellow mums. Your flowers are gorgeous.
I have a red one like yours, I can't get over how packed with blossoms they are. I suppose the nurseries force them to bud. I had one free giveaway plant that survived several bad winters. Then the mild winter killed it - . Bought 3 replacements two years ago, lost one during the winter.
,and a second one the next. Had the one survivor that croaked early this spring. Bought two more this year. One is booming like gangbusters, the other (yellow) was starting great, then bugs attacted it ( but, not the red one.) Yellow is 1/4 the size of the red. I've been nursing it along but, I'm sure it won't survive.
Just got two more and put them among hostas so maybe they will protect them from whatever has been killing them. They are supposed to be hardy. Oh well.......
I picked up 2 flats of eggs this morning that I left out in a chair overnight and there was a little green frog hanging out in one of the open cups.
I've had a lot of frogs and toads this year, thanks to the excess rain. Not as many lizards as normal but lots of snakes.
Flowers are dying here too... Trees that havent deep roots are tying. people dont realize when they stop watering lawns the trees die too.
Some lovely specimines are dead right here on this street.
San Diego is known for its Zoo... But what people dont know is San Diego county has the larges collection of endangered and even extinct botanicals... MORE than any of the animals in the zoo.
I just hope the botanical gardens both private and public are given dispensation for water usage.... sigh.
When I was a kid about a century ago, they said the 3 best zoos in the country were San Diego, St. Louis and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. I've been to the latter once. It is really worth the visit.
One of the nicest things about the St. Louis zoo, other than the great exhibits is that it always has been and always will be free to the public.
ron, believe it not, I only watered those flowers probably 6 times this yr.! Serious. It rained here and there, but I only got the water can out a few times for the flowers. I didn't even water the veggies that much this yr., and you should see all of the tomatoes we are just now getting. What? If you can see the lawn in the third photo, didn't water that much either. My DH and I just didn't feel right using that much water this yr. A lot of us here were not using much. My lawn is usually very green. Very. The flowers..? We face the North side is all that I can think of. So, if this is the trick, to not water so much to get them to bloom, that's great.
We had one of our wettest years. It has been dry for almost 3 weeks though and nothing in the forecast.
I have lived in California my whole life, so the concept of not watering in the summer if foreign. During the summer, we usually have a trace of rain.
Like Perchie(Deb) said, people are forgetting to water trees and bushes here. On the fourth of July, someone tossed a firework into a tree. The tree was so dry that it burst into flame and caught an apartment building on fire!
The trees need to be watered.
Climates across this great land are so different. It makes chicken keeping very different from place to place.
Does anyone do drip irrigation for their trees?
Sitting here supping my morning cuppa and trying to get caught up with y'all.
Deb, I understand totally. There is no expiration date on being a mom.
FINALLY! Got the last of my tomatoes processed last night. I now have 18 pints of chili starter cooked up and ready to go for winter. Just add meat (preferably venison) and beans and I have a warm homemade supper waiting when it's -30 w/o the windchill and my sweetie has been out digging a trail to the coop for me. Yum
Have a beautiful weekend everyone, I know we will. The geese are really on the move overhead and the fall colors are just becoming brilliant this year.
Lord, I truly love this time of year and really appreciate it so much today, last year at this time I was sitting in a wheelchair staring out the window by now.
Sorry but I have to say it,
I am just so BLESSED!
Mornin'. I just finished processing 2 roosters. One had a beautiful cape so I cut out the cape separatedly for fly tying.
I had 11 roosters/cockerels crowing yesterday and playing hell relentlessly raping the hens. I have another 10 or so that are getting ready to crow.
I think I'll put 3 or 4 in a bachelor pen to take the load off the hens. The girls are really stressed. The odd thing is they are only chasing and breeding the mature hens and not the pullets that are the same age as the cockerels. Must be that big floppy comb turning them on.
I may process another 3 or 4 in the next couple days because my birds are getting blood tested for NPIP on Tuesday. I'm going to try to get some cages made by then so I won't have such a hard time catching them. They have to blood test every bird on the property that is over 4 months of age.
My wife went with a friend to a Southern IL wine festival. She was telling me what I can cook for dinner. She does that every time she goes out of town. I have to remind her that I know how to feed myself and that I did all the cooking when we started dating.
Edited by ChickenCanoe - 9/26/15 at 7:58am