Monday, September 1, 2014

Yes, I Have the Biggest Sunflower in My Village

Not really sure why I have the biggest sunflower, but there you go.  It'll be like chopping down an oak tree next spring!  It's easily 12 feet tall.

Right now, the bees as HAP-PY!

Soon the birds will be, too.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rain Gauges

Lady's mantle, nature's rain gauge?

I can feel the season shift when the late summer rains begin.  Not just a dusting, or enough to settle the dust, but rain for hours, that even our sandy soils here in central Wisconsin cannot drain away.  Pools form in low spots around poorly graded garages, in the dips and the hollows.

My mother has a rain gauge, which she fairly regularly empties.  She tells me we had 3/4" of an inch a couple days ago, but she didn't empty it and then last night's rain brought it up to 2 1/2".  Why wouldn't she have emptied it when she checked it before?  Suffice to say we got some rain.

Luckily, given my electric plug-in lawn mower (which I really like, except for the cord!), I finished mowing the back lawn on Thursday.  It was a new personal best since my injury, just under an hour.  That is down from over an hour and a half.  I did mention I have a tiny amount of lawn out back? It is measurable progress; I'll take it!

My typical rain gauge is a pot, can, pail, etc. left outdoors.

You can get all cutesy...
(Photo: www.doorknockersandbells.com)

...or so high tech, your rain gauge looks like something NASA would use on Mars.

(Photo: www.hydrolynx.com)
But there are a lot of subtle ways to tell how much rain you received.  Those are the tools of the observant gardener, but don't give you any bragging rights.

So do you use a rain gauge?  Is it decorative, scientific, or does it simply get the job done?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Web Collaborative Flower Arrranging

Includes: turtlehead, coneflower, Pinky Winky hydrangea, Annabelle hydrangea, mountain mint, filipendula, beebalm, weigela, and sedum, and oh!  The rose is "Belinda's Dream'.

You cut buckets of flowers and send them off into the big wide world with Handsome Son and his girlfriend (to arrange for a party for her parents) and this is what you get...

...along with others.

Wait and see.

More pictures forthcoming, I'm sure.