Friday, April 29, 2016

Cliff said......


 Here's a pretty bloom to start your weekend because Lord knows we need something lovely to meditate on, especially after yesterday's encounter.


Now if you know anything about me, then you know I am deathly afraid of snakes. Well, I had an encounter, yesterday.

Do you remember this picture? I was pulling up weeds and grass by hand, laying down newspaper and then topping it off with wood chips. I finished that stage of the garden project and now I'm putting down a flagstone path around the outside perimeter of the garden to make mowing around it easier. I'll show you that, when I'm finished.

Yesterday, I was pushing the newspaper back on the outside edge and....OMG! There lay a snake. I just about freaked out. My hand was close enough that I may have touched it. I have never been so close to a snake before, except the time I stepped on one, when I was a child. Which is probably the reason I'm so afraid of them. Anyway, I backed up so fast that I nearly stumbled. For a split second I thought about running in the house and staying there. But, I braved up, grabbed the shovel and chopped the mess out of him. First time ever! He was all of 8 inches long. Long enough, okay!

Later, I asked Cliff if he told his mama that I had killed a snake and Cliff said, "She couldn't believe it - she almost choked on a vanilla wafer, when I told her."

HaHa! She knows me well.

We won't talk about the King snake I saw in the flower bed by the back door, this evening.  Now that one sent me running and squealing back into the house.

Happy Weekend,
Laurie


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Weed Killer Update

The proof is in the pudding......

This Weed Killer works!

Environmentally Safe Weed Killer
1 gallon vinegar (I used white)
2 cups Epsom salts 
1/4 cup original blue Dawn dish detergent

Mix all ingredients in a garden sprayer. Spray the mixture on weeds in the morning, after the dew has dried, and in 3-4 days the weeds will be completely d.e.a.d. 

*Thank you Mama Pea for sharing your recipe with me.*

~** Laurie **~

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Keeps On Trying


 Mr. Daddy Bluebird just keeps on trying......
And, that's probably his poop on my mirror. Yuck!!

Laurie

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weeds or Wildflowers

Weeds or wildflowers....beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 Blooming China Berry Tree

Paperwhites bloomed in the flower garden this year. It's the first time I've seen them here at the lake. The Daylilies are starting to bloom and this Purple Verbena is one of my favorite go to summer flowers.

 This little plant came up in the flower garden for the first time, too. My neighbor thinks it might be a raspberry bush. I've decided to leave it be and watch it for a few weeks. If it is a raspberry bush, I'll keep it and if not, up it comes. 

These are definitely weeds coming up in the patio. I wanted to try a recipe for an environmentally safe weed killer that  Mama Pea of A Home Grown Journal gave me. She had not tried it, at the time, but heard good things about it. So, I made the recipe yesterday and experimented on these weeds. The first picture is a before shot, the top right photo is a few hours after I sprayed and the bottom right photo was from that evening. Obviously, these are not the same weeds, but I wanted to give a good representation of what they looked like. From the looks of the one from Saturday evening, I think the recipe works. I'll keep watching to see whether the weed killer just burned the foliage or if it really is killing the weeds. In the meantime, if you are interested, here is Mama Pea's recipe...... 

Environmentally Safe Weed Killer
1 gallon vinegar (I used white)
2 cups Epsom salts 
1/4 cup original blue Dawn dish detergent

Mix all ingredients in a garden sprayer. Spray the mixture on weeds in the morning, after the dew has dried and by the evening the weeds should be gone. 

**Update: I thought the weeds would have shriveled up, but that is not the case. However, from the looks of it, the weeds are dying. I'm not sure if this kills the roots, but I'll continue to experiment. I hope it works completely because I like the idea of using something safer for the environment than those harsh weed killers on the market, today. I'll let you know.

Have a happy day,

Laurie

P.S. Cliff took Lidia and Sawyer camping last night on Goat Island. I can't wait to hear the stories that come out of that.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Baby Sweetness


Are y'all ready for some baby sweetness? Well, It's that time of year......
 I saw mama and babies waddling around the beach, today.


 Following mama to the water.....


...to forage for dinner.


Baby Mallards....


Mama Mallard...

 
Just way.... 


...too much cuteness...


...and sweetness for words.

Happy Day,
Laurie

Monday, April 18, 2016

I Might Be Declaring War

Do you know Joey Feek? She was the singer that lost her battle with cancer last month. She loved to garden and would start seedlings in egg shells. This winter, while lying in her hospital bed in the her mother's home, she asked her family to save egg shells for her to plant seeds in. That's where I got the idea to try this experiment.



I collected egg shells for several days....washed them, poked a hole in the bottom for drainage, put the potting soil in and then planted sunflower, geranium and zinnia seeds inside. They came up and looked so healthy. I kept them under a lamp light, kept them moist....basically babied them until they were big enough to plant. I had enough to plant at the beach and the lake and the cool thing is that you just plant the whole thing, egg shell and all.

The results of the experiment.......

The Lake:
1) Lost one sunflower to the cold weather, two weekends ago. The other two look good.
2) Lost all the geraniums to the cold weather, two weekends ago.
3) Lost only 3 or 4 zinnias to the cold. The many others are still small, but looking good.

The Beach:
1) I only planted geraniums at the beach. They were on a covered porch and not bothered by cold weather.  They were looking so healthy and cute.


However, I came to the beach today to find that every ding dong geranium planted in the egg shells were dug up and strewn around on the porch. Dead....every last one of them. Egg shells and dirt and dead geraniums everywhere. What in the world?

SQUIRRELS!

They make me so mad......in more ways than one. I know some of you think they are cute. No! Don't be fooled! They are a pest, a nuisance and probably from the devil.  I might declare war on them.

I was so mad, that I didn't think to get a picture of the mess. I'm back to square one with the geraniums. And for sure, I won't be planting seeds in egg shells anymore.

Cooling off,
Laurie

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekend at the Lake

It was a beautiful, sunny, warm weekend at the lake. 

Lidia and Sawyer came over Saturday and spent the weekend with us. Let me break it down for you........

Fun and stuff:  


Lidia and Sawyer jumped on the Pogo Stick all weekend long. 

 Sawyer's concentration face. 

 Lidia's concentration face.

 It sounded like a slow motion jack hammer outside for two whole days. HaHa!

 I know one thing, they must have burned 365,987 calories this weekend. 

Blooms and stuff: 

 Viburnum, also known as Hobblebush.

 Thorn on the Callery pear tree.

 Baby peaches.....they look funny right now, but will fill out soon. The tree is loaded. 

 The Peony. I had been looking for it for awhile and was beginning to think the cold had killed it. I was thrilled when I spotted it today. I'll be watching and waiting for her to bloom.

Projects and stuff:

Cliff started building a grape arbor. He placed the posts in concrete this weekend. 
When he attaches wire to the top of the arbor, he'll have to train the grapevine to cover it. 

Hope you had a nice weekend,

Laurie