Monday, May 16, 2016

Roger. Roger. Roger.

Dear dear Roger.

Now .. Roger was a gift to Honey from our friend Tamara.  Roger is a sweet wonderful cat that needed/wanted a lot of attention.  Tamara thought that Miss Eff's was the perfect place for Roger to get all that attention.  And she thought Honey needed a cat.

Honey would rather have had beer.  ;)

Roger has had his issues in the past.

He has been hit by a car ..... and purred the entire time through his convalescence.

We were certain Roger threw himself under the car so he could become a house cat instead of the working barn cat he is suppose to be.

It didn't work.

Yes ... Roger is suppose to be a barn cat.  Prowling the coops, the barn and the house foundation for those horrible gray mice that I hate so much.

He is not good at it, judging from the need for so many traps in my house!!!

But he does love the chickens and the ducks.

In the morning .... I go out to the coop and Roger climbs to fence to watch the hens scurry out of the coop.  He sleeps on the top of the coop ... just watching over the hens, ducks and roos.

And this .... is how he got himself into trouble.

You see .... on Friday morning .... I was in the garden, working.  Roger was no where to be found which was unusual because he is normally making a pest out of himself.

I asked Honey if he had seen Roger.  No, was the reply.

A little bit later, Roger was located.  Twenty feet in the air ...... in a tree..... above the duck run.




Stuck.

We called ..... we begged and Roger would try to come out to the edge of a branch and back up to safety of a crotch of the tree.

He will come down when he is hungry.

And throughout the day ...... we would walk over and talk to Roger about leaving his perch.

Honey got a ladder and tried to rescue him.  But ladders are not our favorite and Honey could only get about 16' up in the air safely.

And I wasn't going up that far!!!!

Honey could pet him but stubborn Roger would dig his claws into the branch when Honey tried to get him.

It rained and stormed on Friday night...... and Roger remained in the tree.




We tried on Saturday to coax him down again ..... but the same thing happened.  He would dig his claws into the bark of the tree ...... and refuse to let go so we could rescue him.

Saturday night ..... it was cold .............and Roger remained in the tree.

We could give him a bit a food ......but I was getting worried. Roger had spent three nights in the tree.  And even though, a wise friend noted that she had never seen cat skeletons in trees, I was still worried.

There was nothing else to do.  We would have to call a tree service to get him down.

But Sunday morning, Honey tried one last time.  Some how, Roger turned his back to Honey and Honey was able to grab him by the back of the neck and hold on to the ladder at the same time!!

Thinner ..... thirsty and very hungry, Roger was happy to see us!  And happy to be on solid ground.



So ..... at the age of one, Roger has seemed to have used up two of his nine lives.

But he still isn't going to be a house cat!!!!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Aches and pains and garden gains.....

Yikes!!!

Suddenly, I feel much older than my 61 years.

It is spring .... and that always brings so much work.  We do most of it by hand.  On my knees, planting one plant, plug or seed at a time.  Digging the weeds out.  Dividing the daylilies.  It is relatively easy work .... until I have to stand up.

Or bend over again.

In a few weeks, I will sprint from one area of the garden to another ..... quickly moving and lifting and pulling and bending.  But until then, it is lots of ibuprofen and hot showers to loosen up the muscles and relieve the stiff knees and shoulders.

I love spring on the farm.  From new kittens and baby chicks to blossoming trees, spring never ceases to make me smile.

We are currently edging gardens ..... one at a time.



Yea .... this was a Pinterest steal.  Well, when you are in business, we call it "research", don't we???

These are tumbled Belgium pavers .... one stands up and the other lies flat in front of it. 

We will be able to keep a nice edge with the gardens.  I loved my plate border edge .... but I would crush them at times. 

OK ... often. 

Really often.

So I would have broken plates every where.

Last year, I went to double loop wire garden fence in an 18" height.

It was messing ..... not tidy ..... and no one cut the flowers in the area.  :(

So hopefully, we can keep this looking nice .... and you will cut the flowers in the border.

One of the new roses went here ... along with lavender, delphiniums, daisies and bachelor buttons.  They are still so tiny ..... but it won't be long before they will fill this garden.




I have this little bed filled with baby's breath, roses, delphiniums along with some stock.  The bunny needs a clematis filling it as does the head board in front of the kitchen.  It too, could use some paint!

I love fresh paint in the spring!

The rusty look is charming ...... but after a while, too much rust makes everything look unkept.  So I am trying to brighten our world.


One can of paint at a time!!!

Well ...... until these beauties start to bloom!!!





Yea ..... I am super impatient this year!!!!!

I may go through a LOT of paint!!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Okay. Okay. Okay.

Yes ...... it is April 19.

And maybe you haven't heard from me for a while.

Will you accept the excuse that the dog ate my homework???

No????

Well .... I don't have anything new to show you about the kitchen.  It is spring and all thoughts go directly to the garden.

YEA!!!!!!!

I am now in my happy space.

And now that I have a head groundskeeper full time!!!  (Squeal with delight!!!!!!) Things are coming along nicely.

So it is time for some of the great unveiling ........ new flowers that are coming to a garden near me!!!   Just for your picking pleasure.

First of all ....... gypsophilia paniculata.
(Say whaaaatttt?????)


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Baby's breath.  (Yea ..... you know that one!)
I just finished planting 125 perennial plants of this beauty.  I love baby's breath but it has a few drawbacks.

It is a perennial with a fairly short bloom period.  It should bloom in late June for about 2 weeks.  About the same time period as the lilies.  And then it is done for the season.  Kaput! Finished! Asta la vista, baby!!

It has an extremely long tap root so let's hope I planted in a space that it will thrive because transplanting it is next to impossible once it is established.

I just happened to get two new lisianthus this year ..... Can you hear my heart sing????????????????





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This is a fringed apricot lisianthus.  It should be a beauty!!

And then ....... there is this one... Lisianthus Cherry Sorbet.



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Yea ..... I love lisianthus because it reminds me of roses.

Yea .... roses.

OK .... since we were so rudely attacked by Japanese Beetles, I have let any roses left in my garden die a merciful death.  Most were tea roses that I loved.  But the one remaining rose was a David Austin English rose.  I love the full, fluffy look of English roses.

We have resolved some of the Japanese Beetle issues .... basically, the hoards have moved further west in the state.  The last three years have been relatively pest free.

So I called David Austin and started replenishing my roses again.

Some will be shrub type roses like this one, Mayflower.



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All of my roses will be in mixed beds ...... but a few of these will be in my garden by the house.



David Austin photo



Charlotte is planted around the little gazebo ...... it is surrounded with phlox, lilies and delphiniums.




photo from Pinterest


This is Winchester Cathedral ...... it will be near my chicken coop.  I do hope the girls appreciate all I do for them.  (wink. wink.)

Now that I have a full time head groundskeeper!!!  (I still delight saying that!!) the arbor that blew down during a bad storm will be replaced at the entrance of the main cutting garden.  I bought this rose .... Teasing Georgia ..... to grow over the top of it.



David Austin photo



My grandmother, Georgia, loved her roses.  In the summer time, you could open her refrigerator and it would be filled with bottles and jars of roses cut from her garden.

So it only seems right that Teasing Georgia will be the rose that will be most prominent in the garden.

All of these roses are on their own root stock (except Teasing Georgia) and will handle a zone 4 winter ...... even if I am in zone 5.

That is what is new in the garden .... at least for today.  I always keep a few secrets.

Yea .... I do.  I really do keep a few secrets.

;)

(I'll spill more of the beans later!)