Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flowers everywhere.

Number one. Never meet mom at Lowes to shop. Bad, bad, bad!! I purchased salt at Lowes, but then the comment was "let's go to Home Depot". Oh, yay!!! Yes, LET'S!!!

So we lost ok for a range hood as planned then went out to the garden section when it was determined that prices in store are horrible.

Garden section is my downfall. I am my daddies daughter for sure!!! Plants!!! Yes, PLEASE!!! I ended up picking up snapdragons. I had tried to plant some from seed in my pots but the dang squirrels or something are digging in the pots. Grrrrr!! BUT Home Depot had small snap dragon plants of dubious color (bloomed and gone)... but I grabbed a healthy one. Walked along and "oooh, these are pretty and $1.98 for a six pack









Why no pictures of the snapdragons? Well they had BIGGER pots of them with known color, so I got that instead!!


So pretty!!!
The. I just happened on this one and was going to put it over by the iris but changed my mind and put it here:



Sooooo pretty!!!

So this afternoon. I came home unloaded the salt and plants then vacuumed the pool algae. The bottom was furry with algae. It was just d of groddy and kinda cool looking. :) yeah I have a lot to learn about how to vacuum algae. The pool is cloudy again and lots more yuck floating! Oh well. I'll vacuum it again tomorrow.

I also transplanted some lonely succulents that were struggling thanks to the birds stealing all of the coconut fibers from their planter boxes. Sigh. Need a new solution to that issue.



And while we are here, these are the iris I replanted last weekend from beside the back door.



The new sun plants are very happy in their new home.


The shade plants are very happy in the shade. There are 8 plants and the very top one (possibly two) was in the worst shape. It has green sprouts that you can't see from this angle. So they are coming back and are happy ;). Yay, I didn't kill them!!


Back to the backyard. By the fence the daisy looking plant is getting buds lots of buds!!!


The dark red iris have more buds than I have seen on them to date was well, may get these to spread out a bit this year?? There are two of these...


It's twin is in the other side... the sprouts are left over from daffodils ;)


Even my transplanted elephant ear is coming up in the corner. We shall see if he tries to take over. If so we will move the daisy and the other clump elsewhere.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today at lunch I went to a great presentation at the base museum to see George Rishfeld. He was a survivor of the holocaust. What really struck me was his age. He was born in 1939 and I kept thinking. He is YOUNGER than my parents. Dad was 8 years old when this man was born and 10 when he escaped the ghetto.

Had that been my father he would have been impossible to hide at 10. Most families trying to hide children were putting their own lives at risk.

All in all a very touching tale.










































Saturday, April 22, 2017

Angela's Senior Prom



















And so it begins. Josh and Angela going to her Senior Prom. Cute kids!

Rather than having them drive Steve the CRV, I loaned them my car for the night!












And they're off. They are eating at Zen's hibachi grill then off to the dance.

Elizabeth's Honors Symposium

For Lizs Honors program they are required to present their thesis to an audience. Butch and I went to support her.



We got to meet her professor who has been her mentor in the Physics department. Doctor Edwards. He couldn't be more proud of Liz and her accomplishments.

YouTube Video


She had one glitch with PowerPoint changing her formulas into a "hot mess" but she recovered nicely and pressed on! Way to go Liz!!

Yard revamp

After planting the ground cover I discovered it is NOT a full sun plant. Not sure which stick I looked at when I purchased these, but I have removed them this morning and will put them out front shortly.
They should still be within rescue limits.....



Then I planted THESE this morning. I had picked them up yesterday when I went to Lowes to get salt for the pool. I tucked them in a corner, watered them and left them for this morning when it's cool and shady.



It will be shady in the front layer in the afternoon :)

I may still get rid of that scraggly verbena if it doesn't perk up in a bit and grow more flowers.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yard work....




Lovely red amaryllis...


My pretty wisteria


Snapdragons from last year and new petunias from this year





Love my view!

Another day....


Mulching done....


The wall is done....


More wall.....


And more....


And more....I need something for that pot!


And the last little big of wall....all mulched. All looking pretty :)








My new ground cover that I just discovered is partial sun. Drag it, its on full sun. Crap! We will see how well it holds up... say prayers over these poor plants!