Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Luckily-nothing! So I have a nice layer of shredded filters, now to wet them down, too...
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Here are some fine examples of architecture in Wisconsin! I mean, you didn't think the only creative builder in this state was Frank Lloyd Wright, did you? If these structures don't duly impress you, then check Wikipedia for Mr Wright's work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright
Hmmm....I think this is why zoning laws were created!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
although this link sez' the price is $285.00, but I paid $259.00...whatever. I can't post pics just yet though, because my PC is a dinosaur with no room on the hard drive. But I'm trying to upload right from my camera to a photobucket acct. from a different location...we'll see how it goes! Hooray for technology!!!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Divine intervention...okay, I'm not really going to try religion as a topic, but I'm happy to say that something cool has affected my water garden plans! Before I could spend $20-$30 each for water lillies (not to mention marginals), along came a letter from the Menominee Michigan Conservation District
to advertise their "2007 Tree Sale". Guess what else they're selling? Water plants!! And for a lot less than the catalogs/websites I've visited! All plants pictured here are being offered...Duck Potato(Sagittara latifolia), Wild Calla(Calla palustris), White Water Lily(Nymphaea spp.), Red Cardinal Flower(Lobelia cardinalis), and Yellow Water Lily/Spatterdock(Nuphar advena). They also have Blue Water Iris(Iris versicolor) and American Lotus(Nelumbo lutea), but I already have the iris, and I'm told the lotus gets huge(not suited to tub culture). So if anyone else in the blogosphere wants to try some lower-priced water plants, check with your local Conservation District! I also got to thinking...what about trades or lower-cost stuff from other gardeners? The online forums have "plant swap" sections...I like the Garden Web http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/ But there are others, too. Hey, maybe we can all fulfill most of our "spring garden dreams" without "breaking the bank"!
Friday, February 09, 2007
My aforementioned lust has reared it's head again...this time with regard to water garden plants! I have an old wash tub that I tried to use as a water garden last year with so-so results, mostly because I started too late in the season and used puny Walmart plants. But this year, I'm going for the gusto...I mean, look at these beautiful lillies! Some even bloom at night...my spinx moths will love that! As I do some research on the net, here are some links I found with better prices...
I'll check out some local nurseries, too...plus I still have a couple puny plants from last year that I'm wintering over in the veggie crisper in my fridge. So hopefully, I'll end up with a bona-fide water garden, and not tubs of green, slimy goo!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
One upshot to our bitter cold temps-more mushrooms! My house got chilly which promted another flush of oyster beauties...yummy! This kit has fruited the most of any I tried in the past...maybe it's just that this variety matches my indoor "climate". Whatever the reason, hooray for fungus!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Here's a cool-down from my previous post! ;)
The mallard don't lie-that's almost
-10 degrees folks...not including the wind, which is gusting to at least 25 mph! Even the heater built into the birdbath can hardly keep up...and my own pipes were frozen this morning! I had to go outside, open the crawlspace door, and turn up the heater as high as it would go! The water was back on in a couple minutes, so I'm hopeful that the pipes weren't frozen solid and damaged. (I'd even left a trickle of water going all night-it's just that cold!) That's January for ya'...I wished for winter, and here it sure is! Glad my awesome Indianapolis Colts aren't playing the Superbowl up here! Well, it's time to make chili and watch the game...go Colts!!!
Saturday, February 03, 2007
"Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids, in fact it's cold as hell." Well so is Wisconsin this weekend! As you can see by the mallard, the temp is about zero...and the grasses aren't droopy-it's wicked windy! Not fit for man nor beast, but I'm a polite hostess, so I freshened the birdbath and filled all the feeders, plus seed on the ground for my birdy guests. My face is numb now...but the fresh air was actually nice. When it's this cold, you get numb so fast that it's not really cold anymore...like I could lie down and take a nice nap in the snow...um...maybe I need more coffee! :) Anyhow, it's time to "stoke the fire" (in my imaginary fireplace), and surf the net!