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Gardening is my second love, after quiltmaking. The two are SO different! Gardening is lots of hard work; quiltmaking is pure pleasure. And I'm perfectly fine with taking six months off from the…Continue

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Comment by Beth A. North on October 18, 2013 at 12:05pm

I am praying the weather holds just a few more days.  So busy this weekend with quilt show and homecoming.  I will get the peat moss ready tonight so I just have to dig.  May get done Sunday morning before I have to leave for show.  I will be pretty anxious to see if I won anything.  Wanting one of those ribbons to put on the wall with my others. 

Would love some of those irises as well, but not sure where to put them.  I have lillies to plant and got some white and gold ones from a quilting friend.  Having to dig the holes myself may be more than I can handle. 

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on October 18, 2013 at 11:55am
i don't know why, but the birds have already stripped the seeds from the wild sunflowers i leave when weeding. usually they have a lot of seed heads to go into winter with. but they are stripping everything and the big feeder i got last summer - holds over a gallon of seed - is having to be re-filled every couple days. i wonder if my little feathered friends are saying the farmers almanac for the coming winters' harshness is right and the glib smirking weather prognosticaters on television are not as well informed as they think they are. whatever...i will be stocking up on wild bird seed every trip into town. i think it's going to be needed.

i also love and photograpgh, the dead flowers grasses and weeds as they are encased in hoarfrost and snow/ice. i am not a clear it all out and be ready to plant in spring. i am ..let it sit and be beautiful in winter as it was in summer. usually a short warm spell in spring when i plant then all new stuff freezes in late frost. so..

but then i am more than a little lazy too :)) but all the above does help mask it a bit. imho .. lollol!!
Comment by Vickie Smith on October 18, 2013 at 11:20am

Good morning Rogue...  I like to leave a lot of things on the plants through the winter for the birds.  Love watching them.  We had a deer in the front yard yesterday morning.   Not very common here in town.  But once in a while.  Funny thing was while he/she was standing in the neighbor's yard, right next to the deer was a cat sitting there like it was an everyday occurrence.  Deer didn't seem to care about the cat.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on October 17, 2013 at 11:40pm
vickie - that is too funny! helpful little guy! lol i use a permanent marker to write color on a leaf. lasts long time and doesn't seem to hurt the plant. amd i think potluck surprise will be just dandy! :))

i am a bit of a rogue gardener too. :)) i don't cut tops when done blooming, unless i have some extra time available. i dig and replant any time the mood hits me or the time allows. i have a low hillside that hubs is fascinated by and loves and never fails to comment on the bright happy colors every year! i had dug and seperated the iris. got tired, went back to finish and forgot how i had had them sorted. no labels :((. tossed the whole mess in a wheel barrow till i had time to take care of them. later. then few months later, still in wheel barrow, covered w leaves and grass cuttings, they kept getting too dry. add water. forget. finally added cover too to keep them a little moist. the smell one day forced the issue.


took the yucky wheel barrow load out to where i was leveling a bluff area and planting semidwarf fruit trees. dumped the mucky load and started stuffing the rhizomes into the side of the bluff and watered them in. no food, no special treatment. i do this a lot, if it lives - fabulous. if it doesn't - it had a decent burial. the following spring, and every spring since, that hillside has gotten prettier and prettier. and the smell is soooo nice! trees are getting big enough to give too much the wheel barrow saga may be repeated nxt year. or the year after. or... lol

riana - i am soooo looking forward to shutting down the great outdoors soon as i can. need to get guy out to do inspection of roof before too foggy icy windy. done mowing for year last week, and found a shingle (we have a shake roof) out in the grass from recent wind storm. happens a lot out here. the roofing company who maintains my roof for me - the dispatcher was telling me my house, my location, our winds etc had been thoroughly discussed by owners and crews. bottom line they could think of no type of roofing that would hold up any better to the extreme conditions out here. oh well...nice to know. i guess. monday i will schedule guy to come blow lines. then i will have my tractor back too, (goat heads in one tire -green slime to rescue!) & can start hauling all the scrap metal c*** out of basement that mddh told the repair guys to leave. he wanted the scrap metal for his ornamental blacksmithing. 8 months later & it's all still piled there. i need to wash walls and floor from window installations so i can put concrete sealer, and self levelor before i can start install of subfloor panels. then...

i think i will call it a night here. the more i think about all that needs doing...well :)) i may be in later seeing if there is anyone awake and wandering around in the insomnia group!! lollol
Comment by Vickie Smith on October 17, 2013 at 9:22pm

Riana, I still have a few things to do outside.  Hoping to get them this weekend.  We will see.  But mentally I am ready to put everything to bed.

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 17, 2013 at 9:16pm

Well, my gardening's done for the year...water's off & leaves in beds...goodnight gardens , see you in spring:)

Comment by Vickie Smith on October 17, 2013 at 3:41pm

Rogue... this might make you laugh.  When Alberta said she had irises for me, she asked what color I liked and she would mark them to divide in the fall.  She put flags with colors to remember.  One day while grandson was visiting he helped her out by picking up all the flags for her.  She told me I would still get irises, just wouldn't know what color they were going to be.

Comment by Vickie Smith on October 17, 2013 at 3:16pm

Rogue... done deal.. will ship some to you.  However, can't tell you what color they are as I have more than one kind.  It will be pot luck surprise.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on October 17, 2013 at 12:56pm
done deal...we both pay shipping if we trade my family heirlooms of sentiment and a couple of your sentimental old fashioned veared kind. especially w the quilty connection :))
Comment by Vickie Smith on October 17, 2013 at 11:16am

Rogue...  would love some of those irises.  Will gladly pay shipping.  The ones I am transplanting are from a friend from quilting group that gave them to me when we first moved here.  Sentimental value, love them, old fashioned bearded kind.


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