Tuesday, July 03, 2018

New Garden Beds

These 2018 garden beds are in the old pumpkin patch adjacent to the main garden. Later this year, we may add similar beds in the area that had been the main garden in the past. 

I am really liking having the defined edges and the ability to level the soil within the bed.  Lots and lots of rocks have come out of the four beds!  They are all planted now, except one corner which will get sunflower seeds planted soon.

2018 Vegetables & Friends List

Finally, a garden again and four new garden boxes for it.

Neighbors gifted these gourd and pumpkin seedlings which motivated me to grow again:
Pumpkin - Rouge Vif d'Etampes
Pumpkin - small decorative
Gourd 1 - yellow w/green & orange stripes
Gourd 2 - orange knobby
Gourd 3 - yellow with orange stripes, hooked neck
Gourd 5 - small orange round pumpkin

Other additions:
Butternut squash (82 days)
Swiss Chard - Bright Lights
Lettuce- Bibb Butterhead
Lettuce - Red Sails
Tomato - Cupid Grape   69-80 days
Radish -   (seeds)
Radish -   (seeds)

Marigold Durango Bolero
Salvia Strata blue
Salvia Lady in Red
Marigold seeds
Sunflower seeds
Cosmos seeds
Calendula seeds

Purpurescens Sage (prune to 6" in early spring) fragrant and cooking

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Blooms and Storms

Cherry trees, today, in between the crazy wind and rain:

Traveling Rhubarb

The rhubarb has moved from the garden to the hedgerow!  I cannot blame it, considering the state of the garden spot.   A little progress was made last weekend, between rains, so there is hope for garden re-invention.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Garden model

I found the model for my garden.  Mountains and all!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Baby Frog Season

The little frogs are climbing out of the water and enjoying the sun.  Others are still at the swimming stage.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kansas Capital Visit

We fit in a visit to the state capital building. My Mother wasn't sure she had been inside before.   

The dome...
The foundation and basement... 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wichita Art Museum - Prairielike

Along with the paintings and other art, this Prairie installation at the Wichita Art Museum was more of an audio experience.   It has speakers at the tops of those vertical wires.  They emit different clicks and sounds at different intervals.  The wires also move a little due to small motors at their base. 
Overall, it sounds like the insects, rain and grasses moving in the breeze on the prairie!

Liza Lou's Gather (one million).  Made with 9 million beads on 1 million wires, arranges in mini wheat shocks. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Coffee Choices in Har-Ber Village

In between rain showers, my mother, brother and I visited Har-Ber Village in Grove, OK. 
In the mid 1800 - early 1900, there were a lot of coffee choices!

It's a pretty spot on Grand Lake with lots to see and gardens to wander.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Side Trip to Arkansas

I took a break from my OK trip to have lunch with a friend in Bentonville, AR. Afterward, I stopped at the square and visited the Walmart Museum at the first Walton's.
Sam Walton's office...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Alternative Skies

The blue skies in NE Oklahoma are a treat but the clouds bring a nice alternative too 

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Fenceline Rose

It's time for the rose that grows along our fence line.   They are a lovely reminder of the sweet couple who lived in this area long before our house was here.  

Link to wider view from a prior year.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

One More Step...or Roll

Rocks have been one of our garden specialties.  We were ready to remove some again and our 1989 wheelbarrow was having issues.
A new wheel and we are ready to go.  Time to remove both the bed endcap stones and all the rocks that collect throughout the garden.   Gradually, that is.  Instead of weeding in the nice summer evenings, I'll be stone/rock hunting to prepare for a fresh tilling of the whole space.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Garden - It's a Start

DH tackled the overgrown garden area. 
See this link for monthly garden views from prior years.
It had all been tall grass.  Part way through with the weed-eater... 

Trimmed.  Now I will pick up the stones used at the end of each bed, and other large rocks, before we can start over.
Hmmm... from August 2008....

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I'm back!

Tomorrow, a garden post.
Today, hill side roses.
Links from prior years:  Year 'round rose and Winter version

Monday, September 01, 2014

It's a Start

DH weedeated the overgrown garden. 

We will remove the garden bed end stones and give it a fresh tilling.  Eventually.   Maybe after the tomatoes are ripe. 

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Tomatoes, About Time

Finally planted the tomatoes.   They were getting tall in the pots, but I planted them as deep as I could dig so they are really short now.
This year, they are in this former herb row.  This area has been covered with burlap bags since last fall.  The garter snakes had made themselves at home and two large snakes were surprised when I removed the covering today.   Later, a small snake was watching me from under the lemon balm.  I think they will adjust to living under the plants.

This is one of the first rows in the garden and has had herbs in in since the beginning.  See links here:
First year - part I
First year - part II
First year - part III

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Baseball with 4th Graders

Caught two games during my visit.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pensacola Dam Stop

Grand River Project 1940

Long, narrow road across the dam. Lots of water on one side and a long drop on the other.