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Happy Friday! Laundry is started, so back to normal. Babe is coming over later after laundry is done.
I will have to stop at Walmart to get a few items once I decide what to have for dinner. I leave for Florida a week from Tuesday and it seems like all I am doing lately is traveling. I will be glad when all the trips are done and can stay home although I promised my son in Ohio I would visit him this summer. It is still up in the air if I will be needed to go back to Florida to help Lisa drive home from visiting her parents.
She is not sure if Robby will have summer school which would change all plans. She has a meeting on the 6th so we will know then. I am sure Babe will be upset if he is left alone but I did warn him I would not change my life and/or plans if he moved in with me. One Day at a Time.
Jackie, Chrissie's resting place sounds beautiful!!! A perfect spot for someone who loved the planet, may she rest in peace. Everyone is gardening but me, a little hard to do with no land. What a beautiful picture of your clothes line, all kidding aside, beautiful flowers.
Anne, my blood pressure goes higher at the doctor's office so I ask them to take it in both arms. I also agree that if you are walking to the doctor's office your blood pressure could go up. I think you are smart to lower your blood pressure with diet and kuddos to your doctor for understanding your needs.
Barbie, happy gardening. Sorry your friend was exposed to Covid, you made the right decision in not teaching dance classes for now.
Lin, I am glad you got to go the gardening center and feel like you were in Paradise. That picture of the beach is just beautiful. I finally got rest last night and feel good today. I agree with Jackie that Aladdin should jump out of that beautiful teapot.
Patsy, I too, am glad John has agreed to a little help. We all feel like we can do it all but our bodies tell us different. I have noticed I am not as strong as I used to be especially my hand strength. I feel the same about coming home with money, just like a winner.
Have a good day.
One Day at a Time
It is laundry day for me as well. It is overcast, windy and colder today. We have had rain with more on the way and severe weather in the forecast. Looks like mostly wet weather and cooler temps for the foreseeable future.
Sandy, other than the foundation planting and cleaning up after my constantly shedding tree, all my gardening is on my deck. Maybe a hanging flower basket or tiny tomato plant? But you aren’t home to water containers every day. Maybe not a good plan. I didn’t realize you were off on another trip so soon! Wow! I hope your time with Babe is enjoyable and that you have found something yummy for dinner.
Jackie, oh, bluebells, what a wonderful setting that must be. I have seen some bluebell woods in the Max videos. They are magnificent plants. We had little patches of bluebells in the woods in this state but usually not loads of them. Probably a good decision to avoid the gathering after the service since you weren’t looking to socialize with specific people. Happy rhubarb planting. And thanks for the photo. Always lovely around your house.
Anne, a refrigerator full of greens. I am smiling. Your son would definitely want to pass on that. Glad he is helping to keep you safe. Excellent!
Barbie, wow 3 yards of mulch to spread. Your yard will be even more lovely and the mulch sounds wonderful.
Patsy, do you have John’s cataract surgery scheduled? I hope it goes well. And Damon returning soon. A happy event.
Hello Diane, Joy, and Connie. I trust everyone is safe.
If I ever repeat a teapot, sorry. 😄0
Good afternoon dearest sneakers. It is a cold misty afternoon. And as you might guess, I am yearning for Mr. Sol to show his face. Not yet, sweetheart! Soon I will be complaining about the relentless sun and heat. I have a very narrow comfort zone. I want near perfect, just like In Camelot.
First let me say I am somewhat dismayed that our Dr. Fauci has declared the pandemic over. Really? Here in Oregon our Covid cases have risen 50% for three weeks in a row. This is serious. There are times when I feel like John and I are the only ones still wearing masks and I see people scurrying around as usual as before. What gives here? Shouldn’t we be continuing caution until the new more active vaccines are available? Oh well, just me climbing back on my soapbox again!
John’s original eye doc has moved so we must make an appointment with the replacement doc and make a schedule. It is okay with John. He was only marginally happy with the first doc. John hates even the thought of this procedure but he will be fine. He will certainly enjoy better eyesight.
Lin, Jackie, Barbie and Anne you are quite a team of gardeners. If you all lived near each other, I know you could grow enough veggies to feed us all. I don’t think nature cooperates here on the north coast. We do have an amazing crop of vicious blackberries. And once picked, if you can get them before the deer, they really are delicious.
Getting sweet Katie another doggie bed. One of her’s is shabby and no longer very fluffy.
Love and hugs,
I've just come inside after FINALLY digging up the last of the day lilies. I now have a reasonable plot of earth and the soil was quite warm in the sun. Next job will be digging over again and raking. Then just a bit of fertilizer although I have very good rich soil which usually grows anything. The "kids" are quite concerned about this flurry of activity on ancient mothers part. I'm being inundated with texts of "don't overdo it". [Bah, humbug!]
Mike came, sporting a big black mask, took the Bean for a 25 minute walk and Mike left. Leaving behind the Beans treats. He says if he's sure he's in the clear on Sunday he'll be back for cabbage rolls.
We are all very Corvid cautious here PATSY, but seeing Dr Fauci is only over the border I guess it won't make much difference if everybody in the USA is throwing caution [and their masks] to the wind what with flights and trucks and people crossing over. Please keep on protecting you and John.
Well, cup of tea time and then to take a BP reading. Way down this morning according to OUR machine but I bet its up now.
Time has a way of getting past me and before you know it I have lots to read. Back to that point again.
Back to another beautiful spring day. We are anticipating 80 today, but I don't think we will make it. Scattered clouds tend to cool things off a bit, but possible 90s next week. Not ready for that.
With the HVAC installed and the refrigerator fixed we hopefully will go a while with things being ok here. This refrigerator has had more problems and it is only 5 yrs old. Thinking about renewing our service contact because of our past experiences with the refrigerator. Enough is enough....
We have new neighbors next door. Delightful to hear that they moved from where I grew up, so we have a lot in common. Though they came from NY they moved to my home city 20 yrs ago. I left there in 1970. Hopefully they will be here for a while as they are our age. Our immediate neighbors are gradually passing on or down to one person in the household now. Miss them....
Along with new neighbors comes the getting to know them. They love a variety of music too, BUT we live in small homes with small yards and houses close by that butt up to us. It didn't take long for them to put outside speakers in their backyard. He is in the backyard relaxing a lot of the day with his music on loud. Never good to have too much of a good/bad thing. I tried to relax out there the other day, but had to put in my earbuds so I could listen to what I enjoy. Even then at times his music creeped in. Two days inside for us because we can't hardly tolerate it anymore. Plus he has commercials !! We have spoken to him about it, but ..... We had a delightful conversation last Sat in their backyard then the next am we got a phone call. They both tested positive with Covid she worse than him. So we are in the wait and see stage, but thankfully we were outside when there. So far so good so we are saving out tests for now. We both are pretty healthy.
Enjoyed an evening watching our 12 yr old granddaughter in her school play performing 101 Dalmations. It was very well done. She played a boy, so dressed in lads clothes. As they have done before they used her to do a solo part and she did so well. She is very used to performing in front of people between gymnastics, cheer and softball pitcher. She is just a natural and grandma (me) was pleased. She and I had fun when she was 3 singing together on her kareoke machine. I could tell then she had this potential voice. It has never been encouraged by her parents, so I love it when I see this part of her. Me....I was in church choirs and school choirs from 2nd to 10th grades. Definitely one of my loves.
Sadly watching our son and family pack up their house to move to Tennessee. I think we have one more get together before they go. Times are a changing. We noticed the other day our busy streets are no longer busy at 5 pm and stores like Joannes and Hobby Lobby had very few people in them. The restaurants/fast food aren't doing well either. It is so costly to live here anyway and with our inflation now and gas prices people are leaving the state. Can't help but wonder what is next. Places that go up for sale in our senior community go fast. A lot of the people from the Bay Area and SF are moving away from there in our direction. Nice that our community is still in demand, but feel so sorry for so many people in this state that are being forced to move.
Thinking of all of you and take care,
You’re never too wordy Diane… love your posts! ❤️
Cool this morning with high, hazy cloud. Off for a moors walk with George and Betty then we’ll stop off at friends Christine and Richard for some bags of rotted manure and a cup of coffee! I’ve told Richard not to do any digging or lifting until I get there because he’s still struggling from his five bar gate attack.
Happy, safe Saturday.
I'm told the day lilies that I wrote about yesterday and finally managed to dig up last evening, [but probably not completely because of their long root system], where originally imported from Asia to stop erosion around mine shafts. You live and learn so NOT native to Canada. They are very good at their job apparently! NO KIDDING.
Happy Saturday! Rainy and then storms later. No movie night today as Lisa told me her friend's daughter is being baptized today and she was asked to be the godmother. Then Babe called and said that there is a house inspection from the buyers today from 1-5 so he is coming here. Then last night Lisa said she was wrong and baptism is Sunday so movie night was back on. Unfortunately Babe won't go because of his dizziness so we are canceling this week. I told Lisa I wouldn't be there Tuesday because of dinner plans but would be there Wednesday. She said I no longer have to sit on Wednesday since Robby is done with Religious Ed. So I will either wait to next Saturday for Robby's Communion or visit on Wednesday. Got all that??? lol
We have our family zoom call at 2;00 and have to figure out what to have for dinner again. Yesterday was Italian sausage, today maybe steak which I better defrost.
Good to hear from you Diane, never too wordy.
Have a good day and stay dry and safe.
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You lost me Sandy, but that’s not difficult! Are you coming or going or is Babe? 🤔
I enjoyed a relaxing hour stroll with George and Betty on the moors and managed to manoeuvre our way around a herd of ponies with their very young foals. We can’t seem to shake off the cold wind as we head into May which is unusual but I know a sheltered route so the walk was enjoyable. A visit to friends Richard and Christine was fun as their crazy Labrador puppy climbed all over me. She continues to grow but isn’t interested in that word training! Richard had ignored my request to wait for me and bagged the manure so it’s now back home ready to be spread across the new veggie gardens, Carrot seeds have been scattered in a container and everything else in the greenhouse looks healthy so fingers crossed! The hens are happy too because finally I got round to cleaning out their house!
Faced with cooking a meal this evening I told myself off for not wanting to bother too much how I cooked a cod loin. It took no time to pop a couple of slices of bread in my processor with chives, thyme and mint from my garden then dip the fish in one of Storms little eggs and roll in the breadcrumbs. With electricity prices soaring it made sense to cook on the gas hob rather than turn the electric oven on so I ended up with a simple but delicious meal.
That’s my day so I’ll now put my feet up, perhaps find a Netflix movie worth watching.
Nothing planned tomorrow but we will possibly have some rain so it could be a day spent mostly indoors.
I have always loved our orange ‘ditch’ lilies. I wished they spread faster and more aggressively than the weeds.
I found a little article on them. I am sorry they were so invasive for you Anne.
Plant of the Week
Latin: Hemerocallis fulva
BURST OF ORANGE -- The commonly seen and often maligned ditch lily was one of the plants that helped unlock the success of modern daylily breeding.
Daylilies are common fare in gardens with modern kinds displaying an array of pastel shades in bi- and tri-color combinations, wavy margins and about every other imaginable variation. The modern daylily is an engineered plant and very different than the dozen or so species from which modern cultivars were produced. One of the parents of the modern daylily, Hemerocallis fulva, gets little respect and goes by such derogatory names as ditch lily, outhouse lily or officially, the tawny daylily.
The ditch lily is the vigorous orange-flowered deciduous daylily with typical inch-wide linear leaves that arise from a central clump and reach about 2 feet long. The flowers appear on a 3- to 4-foot tall scape held well above the foliage in June and July. Flowers are 5 inches across and orange with a yellow throat. Blooms open mid-morning and wither by the end of the day.
Daylilies were known to the early Roman, Greek, and Egyptian doctors from plants brought from China over the Silk Road about 2,000 years ago. Northern Europe only learned of them in the 16th century with Hemerocallis fulva introduced directly from China in 1576. It quickly gained favor in gardens and became widely planted.
The first recorded planting of the tawny daylily in the United States was in 1793. It became the ultimate pass-along plant and by the early 20th century was so commonly found in wild places it was often assumed to be native. Surprisingly the plant is sterile and almost never sets seed pods so its widespread distribution is the handiwork of gardeners.
In the 1930’s Dr. A. B. Stout began studying daylilies and unlocking the secrets of their reproduction. One of Stout’s most important discoveries was to explain that the common and vigorous ditch lily was a natural triploid with three sets of chromosomes. He gave it the cultivar name ‘Europa’ but in the Flora of China it is called H. fulva var. fulva. Because it is seedless, all of the millions of plants scattered around the world are clones.
Adding an extra set of chromosomes normally increases vigor. The mule, a cross between a horse and a donkey, is a common example. In the daylily world, breeders today work with “dips” (normal plants with 2 sets of chromosomes) or “tets” (plants with 4 sets of chromosomes). Crossing dips with tets can be done to produce a triploid but is difficult and is usually not desirable because it produces sterile progeny and is an abrupt end to a breeding line. Ditch lily apparently arose spontaneously and was propagated by some keen-eyed Chinese gardener.
There is another secret to the widespread success of this sterile plant. Most daylilies grow in well-defined clumps but H. fulva produces a foot long stolon (a modified stem) so plants scamper about the garden as they seek new places to run. Thus ditch lily is an aggressive competitor in the border where it is likely to crowd out more timid plants. But in waste places afflicted by inner-city blight this aggressiveness makes it desirable where it can even outwit weeds.
Few daylily specialists consider the lowly ditch lily a worthy addition to their collection but it may have a place as a groundcover plant in difficult locations where plants must fend for themselves. And for gardeners interested in growing heirloom plants it is a natural because it hasn’t changed in the past 400 years.
By: Gerald Klingaman, retired
Extension Horticulturist - Ornamentals0
Diane, there is not such a thing as too wordy with us. Please write whatever you wish to! I am sorry that you have noisy neighbors. Quite an insufferable situation. Things are changing aren’t they. Sometimes it seems nothing changes and our routines are endless days and weeks and months while other times everything is in a continuous whirl.
I have been working on finishing a few cards to send next Monday. One is for a lady who is recuperating from surgery and isn’t able to stay at home yet. The others are for people I send cards to on a fairly regular interval.
Sandy, I am not going to try to keep up with your schedule! I will read your updates for schedule changes. 😁
Patsy, best wishes on hunting for a new dog bed for dear Katie. You take such good care of her.
Jackie, it is cold and misty here today. Apparently we may have storms later this afternoon/evening. We did have rain overnight and the temperature has been dropping all day. I hope you had a good walk today. And that you have the compost you stopped for today.
Anne, if I was your neighbor, I would snitch some of the day lilies you dug out. I wouldn’t mind having them naturalize in my yard. I remember an abandoned farmstead where the day lilies had gone wild. They were outgrowing the unmowed grass and oh my, what a burst of color.
Jackie, look at this cute hen house.
I hope everyone is safe and healthy.
LIN, my neighbour is probably already seeing my day lilies on his side because they also grow down the side of my house inside the fence, but a fence won't stop a day lily! Meanwhile I've now got an empty bed waiting for the veggie seeds next week.
Anne, I think that would be okay with me unless I was trying to grow veggies right there! 😄
Where is Welburn? This was posted with York photos.
Babe came today and probably tomorrow. Monday I might have dinner with Joe at his place. Tuesday dinner with friends. Wednesday maybe visit the kids. Thursday meeting. Friday, not sure yet. Saturday Robby's Communion. Sunday Mother's Day. And there you have it but expect changes. lol lol0
Welburn village LIN? North Yorkshire and close to Castle Howard.
Morning all, just having my porridge and a banana.
Gentle rain, just what the garden needs! We’ve walked and seen only a few sheep and lambs and a farmer and his wife in their Landrover, apparently following up a report of a dead sheep!
George and Betty have been towelled off and over coffee I’m now considering housework, starting upstairs and working down.
An exciting day ahead!
Happy Sunday and Happy May Day! I have finished watching mass and just finished my long grocery list for my daughter who asked me to send her what I eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also made a grocery order for pickup later today for myself. I am going to dollar tree for some cards and wrapping paper for a gift for my friend's husband who will be 90 on the 22nd. I come back on the 21st but need to have the gift ready for the 22nd. I was going to do these errands tomorrow but decided today was better so I can chill tomorrow. Trying to get a hold of Joe to see if he wants me to come for dinner tomorrow but he is not in his room. Always something going on in my life but maybe that is a good thing to keeping healthy.
Nothing else exciting going on so have a good day and keep staying safe. I had to run into Walmart yesterday and very few people with masks but I had mine on even with two boosters.
One Day at a Time
A full rain day but that didn't stop Mike from showing up and Jilly getting two very wet walks and a towel down dry. You will never guess what they saw on their walk. A wild turkey! We do live near the ravine but that's a first. No wonder the foxes and coyotes have moved in. We had cabbage/meat/rice rolls for lunch with a homemade English scone to finish off.
I’m watching the Antiques Road Show from Ulster where a lady sat in the grounds of a museum on a garden bench in front of a mass of orange Day lilies. My admiration of Anne’s hard work digging hers out has increased ten fold! The lady had a collection of ugly 1970’s dolls from America whose eyes changed colour to bright orange when a string was pulled… worth a small fortune today!
It didn’t stop raining but vacuuming completed top to bottom and now a log fire is burning so all is cosy. George has spent most of the day being unsociable, snoozing in the spare room but as ever, Betty is close by. Brady is out patrolling!