Previous 7

Jan. 1st, 2020

Good GP


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
You must request permission to use any of my works, writings, photos or anything else contained herein.
* * * * * * * * * * * * *

Dante's Spirit- Hand dyed silk scarves, Handcrafted beadwork, and more.. All Unique/OOAK.

Also available on Zibbet

Member of

Home of the Daring Bakers and the new Daring Cooks!

Dante's Spirit on Facebook

Jul. 21st, 2014

[Semi] Daily Photo

A wee, baby cantaloupe in the garden! The first we've spotted thus far!

vBulletin statistics

Jul. 18th, 2014

[Semi] Daily Photo

Daylily 'Black Prince'

Daylily 'Black Prince', July 2014

vBulletin statistics

Jul. 15th, 2014

State of the garden, July edition

Technically this covers the last week of June too, but who's counting...

Back in May, I bought a catnip plant. It was subsequently transplanted into a 10" pot and left alone for a few months. This was by the end of June, and after having multiple cuttings taken from it, as well as being rubbed against several times and munched on by Aries. It had quadrupled in size.

This is that same plant as of today. It is now in a 12" pot and it has doubled in size again. Yeah.

The driveway was regraded and recycled asphalt was put down. This necessitated repairs to the strawberry bed and the iris bed on the side, as those bricks are not mortared together (yet). The front bed along the front of the driveway also has several cracks were the small bulldozer hit it. *sigh* When I pull the irises from it, to replace the dirt, I'll have to see about potentially repairing it.

I had to thoroughly wet the driveway down while watering the front gardens before I could go smooth out the ridges and such left from the tires. Once it all compacts down, it'll be a lot smoother and weeds won't grow in it, so that's a bonus, I guess. Although, they did leave about a foot wide stretch along the strawberry bed that's bare gravel and dirt. Hrm.

More... )

Jul. 9th, 2014

Wordless Wednesday/[Semi] Daily Photo

The moment I realize that I am turning into my father in terms of using rocks in my gardens-

vBulletin statistics

Jul. 7th, 2014

Hmm, I think I got in a groove...

So today I took a break from weaving, sewing, beading, whathaveyou, and spent the day in the kitchen instead.

This weekend had been spent doing yard stuff, and a little more was done this morning, in the form of moving 2 dozen rocks from the back to the front and arranging them around the new bird bath. Then I watered. Then the humidity kicked in and I was done with the outside for awhile.

Instead I did dishes from yesterday, prepped the homegrown tomatoes from the garden and turned them into 6-8 cups of fresh, homemade pasta sauce. Then I made a blueberry crostata for Mark to take to work tomorrow. Next was turning leftover fried chicken into chicken salad for lunches. And finally I prepped the ground beef with seasonings for grilling out hamburgers for dinner.

I would have made a blueberry clafouti, but we have no unsalted butter.}:/ So that'll happen later this week. And I need to figure out how to make blueberry cinnamon rolls, maybe with a brown sugar blueberry filling and a lemon glaze... mmm, now I'm hungry.

vBulletin statistics

Jul. 3rd, 2014

The dangers of bird netting on the garden.

Had to rescue a Grey Catbird this afternoon.

I went outside to scatter peanuts for the chipmunks and squirrels in between lines of thunderstorms and noticed something off about the netting over the back half of the raised bed. We'd pulled it back and left it so the cantaloupe vines could climb it.

I went closer and found a Grey Catbird thoroughly tangled in it. The netting was tightly wound up to its beak and it was clinging with its feet as it tried to get away. If I hadn't;t gone outside at that moment and spotted it, I'm sure it would have killed itself trying to free its beak.

When I realized what it was, I spoke to it softly, telling it I was going to help it, that it'd be ok, and cupped its wings against its back as I examined how I was going to remove the netting. Realizing I needed scissors, I let it go and told it'd I'd be right back. It went back to clinging to the netting.

It's fun holding a wild bird, trying to very, very carefully snip thin strands of plastic netting and then it starts thundering directly overhead. Luckily, the Catbird laid quietly in my hand and allowed me to work. The poor thing had managed to really get itself stuck. How the netting had wound, it would never have been able to open its beak again without intervention.

Once I managed to remove the final strands, the bird flew out of my cupped hand and landed a few feet away. I watched it carefully to see if it'd be ok and it hopped through the fence and flew away.

The netting was immediately removed. The vines were hooked on the poles instead.

So. Lesson learned, when we use netting, it has to be snug, it cannot have any slack in it whatsoever, otherwise, next time the bird might not be so lucky.

And it's still thundering.

vBulletin statistics

Previous 7