we've had several gray, misty, torrential raining, and foggy days for a while now. but this afternoon some of the clouds lifted and the sun came out for a bit. but with all of that mist and rain - everything is turning green and Strachan's Brook is filling up.
(note the table in the middle of the pic. more on that later!)
i love the colourful flowers amongst the green.
check out this prett y purple tulip and purple and white one.
more red tulips and more canada150 tulips.
i can't wait to mark and propogate them for next year so that i can plant them according to colour and have colour bursts all over the yard. the tulips i got were a mixed bag and half were daffodils. oh well - they were cheap!
i really love this purple one! for some reason it reminds me of jambaloney's mom
a tiny bit of bad news - our truck, a 2006 ford f150/8ft box that we bought the first week we moved here (2010) is sadly on it's last legs. the steering wheel was slightly off due to the the left front wheel bearing needing replacement. jam dropped it off at our excellent dealership and they called him back in an hour and a half and gave him a rental vehicle because according to the mechanic, the truck was undriveable and our warranty covers us for a rental until our truck gets fixed. they also told him that the truck would not pass inspection next february, so we are on the lookout for either a new truck or a used truck from our dealership who did not lead us astray ever when we purchased truckdura. we are looking at getting a new/used vehicle before december. i have to say tho - it's hard to look at the driveway and see a white 4-door sedan of which kind we have no idea and don't care to go and look atbut it's a good car and our dealership and mechanic will not let us drive truckdura until it's tickedy-boo.
the strawberry hugelkulture is already producing blossoms! oh fresh strawberries here we come!
the dill is looking great!
here's half of the tomatoe plants getting ready to be moved outside.
amaranth is taking off!
my water lotus experiment paid off and i will scarify the rest of my seeds and plant them in our pond. woohoo for the frogs!
radishes are already coming up and we will thin them and use their little leaves as microgreens.
the kale has already gone to flower and will be saved for seed.
pay no attention to the weeds in this bed. this bed is where i planted our own, shrunken 2 yr old carrots which have come back with a vengeance and they are saving seed as well.
the daikon radishes are sprouting, soon to be thinned....there are 6 overwintered broccoli on the right and 6 transplanted cabbages to the left.
teehee. a potatoe sprout. i loooove potatoes!
this sad looking little bed is a bunch of chamomile plants that jambaloney transplanted. they are already going to flower.
they will soon look as pretty as this bed.
here is a big group of winter cress that jambaloney weedwhacks around because tons of little solitary bees, hummingbirds, little ants and other flying bugs love these flowers!
the ornamental apple trees are sending out new branches galore and have shoots on the older branches. we're praying the purple finches won't decimate the new growth like they have done for the past several years!
here's a tiny ornamental rose bush covered in new growth.
and our later blooming white daffodil-thingies are just making heads.
there's a ton of salad out in the yard, peas are coming up and i have planted 2 of 3 different kinds of cucumbers, 2 of 3 different zuccs, and 4 different melons in the greenhouse that's in the house. those will be moved out to the greenhouse in another week and a bit and transplanted into the ground.
oh...and remember the table i mentioned in the first pic above? it's for my friend Ed from Riverbend Journal. He makes some of the most beautiful home-constructed furniture that you can see here. he's extremely skilled at precision wood-working and finishing. really go check that post and then scroll through some of his older posts and see some of the beautiful work he has done.
as some of you may have noticed, over the years we normally have a rickety old coffee table in our front yard to feed the birds from (as well as our bird feeders). well due to the rainy wet weather and tons of snow, we go through about one coffee table a year. no worries - jambaloney always finds something appropriate in someone else's garbage. this year he found the bottom of a little table in someone's garbage...and a piece of crappy plywood in someone else's garbage. brought the garbage home and in just under 10 minutes cut down the plywood, stuck it on the table, 4 screws later and the birds are happy.
he has dedicated this table to Ed!
Sorry to hear about your truck. For country folks, trucks are like dogs, just another member of the family.ReplyDelete
Gorges - that's exactly it! truckdura feels like a member of the family. xoxDelete
I hope my 2006 Van last awhile. It has my lift in it for my mobility scooter. I have placed a Canadian Flag along with several others on my blog to honor our friendship! Your yard looks great. It hit 105 here today so I have down shifted into summer gear! my best to Jamb.....ReplyDelete
Rat - i hope your van lasts too what with being fitted for your scooter and all. thanks for adding friendly flags of others...it's nice to have readers from all over the world! i think i would die in 105 heat...keep hydrated and shifting down to summer gear sounds like a good plan! xoxDelete
We are having cloudy, muggy days with showers. Running the ac 24 hours a day in all the buildings to keep the humidity out.ReplyDelete
My old 1988 Ford F250 is giving me trouble too. This time it is a worn out component of the shifting system, not the transmission but the brackets and rods that hold the shifting mechanism in alignment. Sigh, more money to be spent on repairs!
I hope those flies are not being so aggressive up there now.
Harry - we have been having the same but we don't have a/c...we also don't have the same level of humidity and mugginess as you guys have all the time during summer months.Delete
trucks eh? ya can't live with 'em, ya can't live without 'em!
these flies get more aggressive every day as they reproduce like bunnies and we have them until the middle of august - it's awful!!!! xoxoxo
Sigh. We had to get a pair of new tires and new brakes are in the works for our van. As my very wise father once said, cars are useful but a money pit. One way or the other, they will get you.ReplyDelete
TB - just like i said to Harry above - vehicles - you can't live with 'em and you can't live without 'em. they are money pits!!! xoxoxDelete
In our state, for good or bad, there are no inspections on vehicles so you can literally drive vehicles until they fall apart on the road.ReplyDelete
Love the table! I knew Jam was a master woodworker! Anymore, I use a lot of veneer plywood for stuff. Much faster and more stable to work with.
oh Ed - to live in such a place where you don't need vehicle inspections??? are you making this up??? and jam thanks you but we all know you are the woodworker extraordinnaire!!! xoxoxDelete
The first car I ever considered my own, given to me by my parents, actually had the rear axle separate from the car while starting from a stop sign on the way home from college. All that was holding it on was the driveshaft. That is as close as I have come to driving a car until it literally fell apart!Delete
Sorry to hear about the truck. Our Ford Excursion diesel is coming up on 200,000 miles and we hope to keep it running to 300. Your garden looks good and lets just call that table "interesting".ReplyDelete
Perry - here's hoping your ford diesel makes it to 300. and ya - the table is "interesting" but it's things like it that we use from other people's garbage until jam can make something better (if/when he ever has the time) or we can afford something long-lasting like iron or steel. until then - it's tables made from other people's garabage - bahahahahah!Delete
Your garden(s) look wonderful - must be all that misty weather. It's hard to part with a well-loved truck. I hope you find Truckdura Jr. soon.ReplyDelete
thanks so much Susan! and yes, we hope to find a good Truckdura Jr. soon. our old Truckdura has been very good to us. xoxoxDelete
Oh my. Perhaps I shouldn't tell you that we go to great lengths to get rid of the lilies and grass in our pond. (ducking my head)ReplyDelete
oh my. perhaps you shouldn't- bahahahah! but our pond is strictly for the peepers, toads, frogs and salamanders to come and lay their eggs. and our pond is tiny and silty. i want to add water locuses to give the frogs et al. a place to hang out. xoxoxDelete
love the bird table!ReplyDelete
My post is finally up!
Sol - the bird table is pretty awesome eh? would make a great re-sale fixture based on some of the advice that you have provided in your posts about selling your home - bahahahaa! oh i will run over in a bit and read your liebster post....can't wait to see your answers! xoxoxDelete
Save a truck ride a horse, bare back after all..ReplyDelete
Rob, buddy - where ya bin to ??? and just for your info - i grew up riding bareback...loved it. but we will still need a new truck before winter. sending love to you all and little Sammy! xoxoDelete