There was tall, tall grass.
It took 2 large men with commercial weed eaters to cut our jungle down. A regular lawn mower could not go very long without choking. I kinda liked the tall, wispy grasses with its beautiful wild flowers. It was so green and lush. Our neighbors have told us that our back yard was where all the deer gathered at night to sleep...now they sleep and poop, they poop a lot, in our front yard.
Friday, November 30, 2007
There was tall, tall grass.
Posted by Casa Martin at 4:38 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2007
We have begun to break ground and mark off the places we would like our gardens and flower beds to be. A trail, gazebo, playscape and herb, butterfly , veggie and flower picking gardens will be placed. It will take a while but through out the winter will be prepare the ground. In the spring we will install the playscape and bring in the plants. :-)
(Click on the slide show to see larger pictures and read the plans)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I was driving home from Waco and in a very sad mood (I had just dropped off my babies at Mom's - she just had to have them this week) and along the way I kept my eyes on the moon. It was so bright and it changed shape as the clouds rolled by it...so I took a picture of it the moment I walked in.
Posted by Casa Martin at 11:30 PM
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sean wants to plant some cacti in our yard. I think he got this idea after doing some research on xeriscaping for our new yard and while hanging out at the downtown Whole Foods Rooftop playscape that is surrounded by cacti and trees like ours। So, we took some fruit the last time we were there eating and playing and I cut it open to extract the seeds...lets see how this goes, shall we? lol!
As you know, we are newbie gardeners and as we stubble across, fall into or get hit in our sunblock coated faces with answers on how to care for our many plants, we will pass the info on। :-)
B. Rosie Lerner, Purdue Consumer Horticulture Specialist
While the poinsettia remains the most popular of the holiday plants, a healthy Christmas cactus in full bloom is a great gift idea for that special gardener. But along with that bounty of blooms, send these tips for keeping the plant looking its best.
Most blooming plants will keep their blossoms longer in cooler temperatures. Keep the plant in a well-lit location away from drafts from heat vents, fireplaces or other sources of hot air.
Watering seems to be the source of most problems with the Christmas cactus. The plant is a tropical type cactus and is not quite as drought tolerant as the name implies. However, it is a succulent plant and can store a reasonable quantity of water in the leaves. Water thoroughly when the top half of the soil in the pot feels dry to the touch. Discard the excess water, then do not water again until the top half becomes dry. The length of time between waterings will vary with the air temperature, amount of light, rate of growth and relative humidity.
After the blossoms fade, the plant isn't much to look at. But a little extra care will help bring it back to full bloom next year.
While the Christmas cactus can adapt to low light, more abundant blooms are produced on plants that have been exposed to high light intensity. Keep your plants in a sunny location indoors. Plants can be moved outdoors in summer, but keep them in a shady or semi-shady location. Too much direct sunlight can burn the leaves. When it's time to bring the plants back inside in the fall, slowly adjust the plants to life indoors by gradually increasing the number of hours they spend indoors each day.
Well-drained soil is a must for Christmas cactus. Use a commercially packaged potting mix for succulent plants or mix your own by combining two parts plain potting soil with one part clean sand or vermiculite.
Pruning your Christmas cactus after blooming will encourage the plant to branch out. Remove a few sections of each stem by pinching them off with your fingers or cutting with a sharp knife. These sections can be rooted in moist vermiculite to propagate new plants. Christmas cactus will bloom if given long uninterrupted dark periods. Begin the dark treatments in about mid-October to have plants in full bloom by the holidays. Christmas cactus will also bloom if they are subjected to cool temperatures of about 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Plants will be ready for the holidays if the cool treatments are started by early November.
It was actually cold last night. It is 8:19 AM and it's 38 degrees outside. The frost is sparkling across the lawns of our neighborhood. It's a good thing Pacey wasn't stubborn last night and actually came inside. I don't think he would have wanted to turn into a Kitty-cicle.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
No, I don't like snakes. I do appreciate their place in our world, food chain and environment but I am very afraid of them. For personal reasons, of course. It was a snake in a garden that began a series of events in my young life (I was 9) that ended with the death of a very special person in my life. My grandmother. She was clearing weeds from one of her flower beds and came across a huge, brown snake---it sat there staring at her, it didn't move but it's presence was more than enough. (we never knew what kind it was) Later that day, she had a heart attack and by the end of the week, she was gone. I was in the room when this happened.
So, needless to say, I hold this against all snakes.
Or so I thought I did.
Recently, I have run into our new pet, a snake, over and over again. He's small. A 'Checkered Garter Snake'. I even almost picked him up in pile of leaves while cleaning around one our trees. I have watched him slither around my courtyard, bask in the sun, wrap himself around the base of a bush and just this last week, watched him make a meal out of frog.
I want to be ok with him being around. He's cute and all but still a snake...a harmless snake, but a snake, nevertheless.
So, in effort to overcome my ill will towards these creatures, I have decided to let him live in our yard. Our original plan was to find him a new home (as in moving him into the wooded area around/away from the trails around our home) but I have since changed my mind and want him around, roaming around freely in our yard and gardens.
Posted by Casa Martin at 11:33 PM
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
(below is a slideshow of one of the many afternoons we spent pulling these things from the earth)