Friday, January 30, 2009

Blogs Blogs and More Blogs

Today is a regular off day for me so I decided to head on over to Blotanical and see whats been going on. I have met so many kind gardeners there, and everyone has something to share, so many helpful ideas and tips to use in the garden. It seems every day several more new garden blogs appear, and this is a good thing. It means that people are searching for something more, that they feel a desire to get back to nature and all that this wonderful earth offers us. We get so caught up in the day to day grind that we have somehow forgotten along the way what it is to relax and do things that we enjoy. Gardening is such a rewarding form of relaxation. Now I didn't say that there is no labor involved, because I am here to tell you that you will get your workout, hauling dirt and rocks, compost and mulch. Not to mention all of those plants that you just bought, you will probably at the least make 3-4 trips around the garden trying to decide the perfect spot. Then you have to dig all of those holes, yes my friend for every plant that you just had to have it must have a hole to be planted in. Now that you have everything planted and mulched you can sit back with a tall glass of iced lemonade and marvel over all that you have just accomplished. then it hits you, suddenly you realize that the hydrangea you just spent so much time wandering around the garden with absolutely can not be planted there! so up you go, forget the lemonade it will be lemon water by the time you get back, that is if your flashlight has batteries.
Well, I kinda got off topic, what I wanted to say is that I have spent the majority of the day going back and forth between my blog and blotanical. I have a lot of gardening friends from blotanical that I have not added to my blog roll here. It can get kind of confusing because like I said there are so many and after awhile it can get a little confusing and I am a little confused. Can you tell?
This is something that I have intended on doing for some time now but have just procrastinated, now I know why. Anyway, I hope I have gotten everyone added now and maybe I wont let it get this far ahead of me again.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wanted







You may or may not have read one of my August post, in which I was having a huge problem with this weevil. It completely devoured my Black Eyed Susan's, not to mention several other plants. I have asked so many of my gardening friends about this insect, and no one has ever seen one or had a problem with them. I even bagged them up and took them to work to have a horticulturist look at them and he had no idea what it was. I have googled and looked at so many insects that looked similar but not found an exact match. I was obsessed with this last summer, and would like to get a head start on the nasty little devils this year. So please, if you have seen this bug and know its name. I would really appreciate any information. I have included a link back in the title post, this will take you to the original posting and show you a short film clip of it's devastating



damage.



































Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Garden Journal















I began keeping a garden journal several years ago, It was just a regular journal with blank pages. I kept a record of my purchases and receipts. I noted rain dates and frost dates. I refer back to it from time to time. I often forget about plants that have gone dormant, until in the spring when I get out digging around and my spade strikes a bulb. Then I remember. A journal helps me with that as well.
I found a wonderful journal from Lee Valley Tools, and my mother surprised me with it for my birthday! ( I just haven't had time to post about it. shhh) , Any howsey, it is a beautifully crafted 10 yr journal with 541 pages. It has no pre printed years, so you can begin it at any time. I was so thrilled with it, I just had to share.






























































































Saturday, January 03, 2009

Birding on a Cold Wet Day














I had planned to arrive at Lake Guntersville by at least 6:00, Eagle Awareness Weekends are all this month, however at 6:00 I was awakened by a big boom and the sound of rain, I rolled over thinking that since I didn't make it there by sunrise maybe I would make it before sunset,when the Eagles come in to roost. And so, we did. My family's not as into birdwatching as I, but they go along, humoring me.

We only saw three Eagles and this left me with the realization that I seriously need to upgrade my optics. I have four pairs of binoculars, I have 1-8x40, 1-10x42's with roof prisms and 1-10-30x50 zoom that was a gift from my mother -in -law, bless herheart. I also have an OLD pair of JC Penny 8x30's that I bought at a rummage sale years ago, and actually they are pretty good. Now I am ready for some more expensive better quality ones. I spent two days this holiday weekend searching, with no luck. Seems every pair I like are sold out except for the display and that comes with no warrenty, paperwork, case or lens covers! and no discount! Now I'm thinking maybe I just need to invest in a spotting scope for my eagle viewing.




























Fellow Eagle watchers





Small black dot is an Eagle. Ha Ha