Friday, May 1, 2015

Killing time while it rains!



Here it is noon on the first day of May and what is it like here? Cold and rainy! We have 56 degrees and it has rained since we got out of bed this morning. It's quiet. Eli and Smokey are sound asleep on the front porch. Good sleeping weather. 

Poppy in his camo is sitting in front of the TV waiting for the rain to stop. He is off work this weekend off to turkey hunt again. Me, I'm waiting for the rain to stop so the turkey hunter can get out of the house for a while.



Guinea Winnie was scurrying up the path to tell Henny Penny that the sky was falling. The sky is not falling said Mr.Rooster. It's raining!



The Iris are opening. All the same color. Years ago I ordered Iris bulbs in mixed colors from a nursery catalog. That first year there were some unusual colors but now all the Iris look the same. Weird.



The teeny tiny garden is pathetic! It has simply been too cold for vegetables to grow. Even the squash and cucumbers seeds have not sprouted. The yard long beans are through the ground but then who ever heard of a bean not coming up. Next week should be just what the garden needs...sun and temperatures in the low 80's for the whole week! That should make a big difference.



Yesterday I raked a little shortcut path through the woods to the teeny tiny garden and greenhouse.

The rain has slacked off and Poppy has finally gone hunting. I had planned to vacuum, but hunting and searching through the cabinets for something to snack on sounds better. I'm on a roll, you know. This rainy day is about shot anyway! : )

Love,
Henny




25 comments:

  1. Sweet Eli and Smokey all cuddled up :)
    Send us some of your rain, we've sowed a hundred and fifty pound of grass seed, and need the rain.
    You always amaze me with the hard work you manage to tackle, raking, pruning, planting, tidying, polishing, cooking, cleaning, sewing, how do you fit it all in ?
    About your Iris, maybe this will help: If your iris are blooming a different color than originally purchased, it is because of letting your iris go to seed: the bloom stalk was not removed shortly after blooming. Bees do a wonderful job of pollinating different colors for the following year. The dominant color of iris is purple and will take over if the bloom stalk is not removed shortly after the bloom dries up. Chemical damage, overcrowding, and heat stress can be a factor in some color changes.
    Have a wonderful weekend Henny !
    ~Jo

    "If your iris are blooming a different color than originally purchased, it is because of letting your iris go to seed: the bloom stalk was not removed shortly after blooming. Bees do a wonderful job of pollinating different colors for the following year. The dominant color of iris is purple and will take over if the bloom stalk is not removed shortly after the bloom dries up. Chemical damage, overcrowding, and heat stress can be a factor in some color changes."

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    1. I did not know that. I've wondered if those stalks should be cut off. Thank you for telling me. Oh my, I feel like I get nothing done. Thank you Jo.

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  2. We're having a rainy, chilly day, too. I'm hoping it's making the asparagus and rhubarb grow. With 80s coming your way and things well-watered, your garden will be taking off next week for sure!

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    1. Hey Cynthia. I'm excited about a week of sunny and warmer days.

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  3. Chilly day here to. I don't know if I told you but the Farmer got a turkey last week. Tell Poppy wishing him luck!
    Love you!

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    1. I will tell Poppy. He is disgusted with turkey hunting. Love you too!

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  4. Well what good information on the Iris that a Brit in TN left! I didn't know that! I have had that happen too where my Iris I thought were not coming back the right color! Who knew....
    Your photos were lovely of your place!

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    1. I know. I'm glad to know that about Iris. Maybe I will order more colors and take better care of them.

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  5. Sometimes rainy days are frustrating.

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    1. They can be. Especially when you want to be outside. :)

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  6. Good luck with that turkey! Have a blessed weekend. ♥

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    1. Thank you, and you too. He could use a little good luck! :)

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  7. We are having a cool wet start to May, in February it was warm enough to walk about in a sweater, in April in a tee shirt. Yesterday I wore a coat and hat, I hope that the sun comes back soon. I could just step into your photo and snuggle down with Eli myself.

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    1. Isn't that something! We needed a coat and hat yesterday too! Eli is sweet to snuggle with.

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  8. Your place is looking lovely now it is greening up.
    Smokey looks like he is sleeping on a giant marshmallow !

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    1. Thank you Wean. He does feel like a giant marshmallow. :)

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  9. Iris revert back to their parent color usually purple and yellow or purple and white if they have gone to seed. Bummer. They are still pretty:)

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    1. I did not know about Iris. There is a solid white one blooming too. I may order more colors and take better care of them.

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    2. I did not know about Iris. There is a solid white one blooming too. I may order more colors and take better care of them.

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  10. Your place is beautiful! It looks a lot like mine with guineas, chickens, and a big white dog :) That first photo is precious. I love animals!

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    1. Thank you! Good to hear from you! I love the picture of you and the white chicken. I wish Poppy and I had started young like you and David. You two have started so many things to enjoy and appreciate in the years to come. I think about you when I am outside working.

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  11. Love your walkway- and I didn't know about the iris turning back to parent color- that is strange! I hope the sun is shining for you soon. My tomato plants are thriving in their pots- so far, so good.

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