Monday, July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020 Who Was That Masked Man?

I was sitting in the dining room, looking out the window when a man strode into my backyard, as though he entertained a strong purpose.  I know he was a “good guy,” ‘cuz he wore a white hat atop his head, leading a white horse.  He reached into his saddlebag, pulled out something shiny.    Before you could say “Pinnochio,” he was kneeling in my small developing “prairie.”



I could only surmise he’d somehow taken a wrong turn, ending up here... but there he was, with a small trowel in hand.  I watched furtively, from behind my window.  He appeared to be digging a hole.

I scratched my head in wonder as I watched him work so diligently.  Perhaps he didn’t know beforehand, but S.E. Iowa has plenty of yellow clay soil, not deep under the surface.  His back was turned toward the house, so it was difficult to see his purpose. At the same time, I didn’t want him to know he was being watched.

It was then that another rider appeared beside him.  His manner of dress was completely different; hatless with long dark braids and wearing a leather shirt and pants.  He handed something indiscernibly small to the kneeling man.  The man took the item, moving his arms as though he were patting something on the ground.

Then he stood, looking down at the ground for a moment, and replaced his trowel in his saddle bag.
They communicated briefly, I could hear only the sound of their voices.  With a nod and wave toward my window, I heard, as plain as day, “Hi, Ho, Silver!”  And away they both galloped!

When I was sure they were gone, I quickly stepped outside to see what had been done.  “Well, I’ll be...” I muttered.  It was a small hybrid Monarda plant called “Balmy.”  How did THEY know it was exactly what I wanted?



An adventure of tremendous proportion!
Yours truly,
Shady Gardener

Friday, August 9, 2019

How Are We Nearing Mid-August, 2019?

I have taken many photos since the onset of Spring.  The ups- and downsides of the weather posed challenges.   The arrival of Spring weather brought lots of rain.  Days of it.  Not particularly stormy (although there were a few incidents), but plants responded beautifully!

Mid-June 2019




Mid-July 2019 

Mid-August 2019 


All things considered, since the onset of dry weather, the plants continue to look pretty healthy; especially in the shade.  Yes, it is now August.  I am happy that I have a couple of rain barrels of water as stand-by.  And yes, I have watered fairly deeply (most of the gardens) a couple of times.

I am so grateful for this peaceful, LOVELY gardening spot.  The sunniest part of our yard is the front yard.  The different flowering plants continue to change from one to the next and have been so bright and beautiful!  In a different way, the rest of the yard (mostly shady) has been beautiful with the softer, more subtle "greens" and blossoms as well.

I can only say this:

We Thank You, Lord!

We thank you for falling rains,
we thank you for the sunshine.
We thank you for constant change,
and for your Grace sublime.

We're thankful for the beauty through
the times we help you nurture.
We're grateful for the peace we find
that leads us towards the future.

It's gardening where we rest our souls
and seek your gentle guidance.
It's reflection towards your goodness
and where we find your sustenance.

May I never look askance
at times when you have guided.
And may I ever grateful be
for what you have provided.

Blessings to you and yours.
May we each be found helping someone in need.

Most Sincerely,
SG



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Winter Snow (and ice and rain and lightning and thunder)!

It is looking much more like Winter than it has in the past couple of years or so!  I like that!!  I especially enjoy seeing the SNOW piles.  It reminds me of growing up in extreme northern Iowa.

Front - driveway


Backyard trees

Winter weather?  Feed the birds!  They will come!
Tufted Titmouse

Blue Jay and Red Bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

These two photos show birds in my Dad's tree.  Finally getting big enough to support bigger birds!
Can you find 14 goldfinches, 2 blue jays and one house sparrow?

8 goldfinches

"Hey, You!" (Speaking to me? Maybe he doesn't want to be watched at the "waterhole!")


My sister Barb's tree.



Yes!  I am having fun!  (Don't like the ice, though!  It is full glare on our gravel roads!)  Be careful; be safe!

SG

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ABC Wednesday - S





S is for Snow.



We just received a couple of inches of it this morning.  It has been 32-33 degrees F all day.  I'm not ready for cold weather; nor am I ready for winter.  Bah. Humbug.  (That's all I'm going to say about that for the moment.)

https://youtu.be/Ec3L5KgAD_Q 

Enjoy!

SG


Sunday, February 4, 2018

ABC Wednesday - E

ABC-Wednesday 


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The letter for this current week is E!


One of my favorite "silly" poems is (my second grade students used to love it!)

Eletelephony

by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Once there was an Elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an Elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of Elephop and telephong!)
Because I am not so great at posting these days, please enjoy February, and may you find yourself the recipient of many Valentines and Valentine wishes!  
ShadyG

Thursday, August 24, 2017

ABC Wednesday - G!

Gee Whiz!

That's a saying my Dad frequently used.  I was happy to use it myself today!  Miriam Webster describes the saying as an interjection of surprise.

Well, Gee Whiz!  The weather this past early Spring was Great, to say the least.  Plenty of warm weather and rain resulted in Gardens that looked like this!

These photos were taken in mid-June.  These are backyard photos.
"Big Shed Bed"

"Center Pond Bed"

"The Way Back" I
"The Way Back" II
"The Way Back" III

And this is the Front Yard!



This is "The Sunny Corner Bed!"

 "Mattie" Phlox (Nickname, not hybrid variety)

 Gaillardia

Campanula - Bellflower

And I DO love daylilies!!


'Strawberry Candy'


'Startle'

'Mildred Mitchell'

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Happy "G" Week!
SG

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Another Wildflower Wednesday!!

Springtime is such a happy season!!  These are two Jacks-in-the-Pulpit that I began from seed about three years ago.  The plain green one is one from our "farm" from which I obtained seeds.  I was given the seeds for the striped one from ION Exchange in N.E. Iowa.  Both sets of seeds were scarified and stratified in my "Milkjug Greenhouses" over the winter.

Both plants are natives.  It seems most people "in the know" consider all variations to be the same plant.  I did learn that the male plant is usually larger.  The female is smaller in size. Here's an interesting fact:  Jacks-in-the-pulpit bloom in April or May with an unusual flowering structure that gives it its name. The visible parts of the flowering structure are the club-like spadix (“Jack”) that rises within and above the edge of a leaf-like spathe (“the pulpit”). The upper part of the spathe curves forward and downward, acting as an umbrella to prevent water from flooding the 30 to 60 tiny flowers that are hidden at the base of the spadix. Individual plants have either male or female flowers—botanists call this dioecy.

The Male plant has a hole in the base of the pulpit which allows insects to get out.  The female does not have this exit, which means that the insect is trapped and, hopefully, given the opportunity to do a better job of pollination.

Other interesting facts include that the plant lives about 20 years and can change sex from one year to another.  This depends upon the size of the corm and its stored resources.  If the plant has adequate resource for blooming and producing seeds, it will be female.  If it does not, it will be male.

Pretty Interesting, yes??
Happy Spring!!  SG