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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Instant Burning Bush and European Snowball Bed

..we found such an easy way to aid in the growth of a Japanese Maple..for $24 you can get a new one! A* and I were window shopping at the garden center and while looking at the Japanese Maples forsale we talked, ‘How long do you think it will be before our recovering Japansese Maple gets to be this size?’ A* asked while pointing at a (the one we bought) Japanese Maple. ‘Around 6 years’ I reply. ‘…BUT if you are willing to pay $4 a year we can buy this one’. So we opted for the $4 a year option..hopefully we can get 1 cent of enjoyment out of this tree to make it worth our while. I moved the old one to another location..hopefully it will make it but I am not going to fret about it too much.

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Our other planting event was the creation of another flow/bush/tree bed to house the replacement for the burning bush that we never replaced then we did replace with a burning bush…the bottom line is that we created another location to plant stuff.

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..and last years Flowering Pear save/addition is in bloom..can’t wait for it to get bigger..

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Between the 2 of these new trees (and last years Flowering Pear) things are looking MUCH more tree’y around here. The European Showball (viburnum) is not a real hardy tree so we will have to see if it makes it through the future..the first winter for both of these trees will be the hardest but once they make it through they will be that much more hardy. I see a burlap fall party in the future!

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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Construction, Gardening

 

2 Groups of 4 Forsythia

the case of the missing writeups continues..I KNOW I had a writeup for this…anyway.

Hummingbirds are back..so we used up some of the store bought hummingbird food we had gotten from a secret santa..nice to see them..although the number of hummingbirds in the pictures is 0.

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We put one batch of the forsythia in behind our main flowerbed and plan on turning it into a hedge of sorts…

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..and the other 4 will become privacy bushes so that the view of our place is limited (eventually) from the end of our driveway. The forsythia were fairly cheap so we thought we would take a chance on these (but not these ones) early yellow dashes of color.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Construction

 

New Yard Chores

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..in the past we did not have much of a ‘lawn’..the ‘yard’ was a hilly, rock strewn weedy disaster. Last summer we changed things up and added fill and grass seed..and all of sudden we get a new chore..weeding. Dandelions have not established themselves in the new areas..but anywhere there was grass (weeds) from last year it needed to be weeded..bad. So with our trusty dandelion puller ( which is older than I am) we got started…4 hours later we were mostly done..

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..there…all of the dandelions gone..for now. We did not do behind the house but I don’t think we have it in us today. If the dandelions come back they may be having an extended visit cause there is no way I am spending that much time on this task next year. After A* fell asleep later that night she woke up after an hour of sleep complaining of having nothing but nightmares with dandelions in them..

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Construction, Gardening

 

Japanese Maple Spark of Life

..well it seems like the Japanese Maple is trying to make a comeback..Loki chewed it off at the base over the winter but it is starting to sprout leaved and new branches..not sure if it will make it but it is worth the risk!

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..we noticed when we were about to dig it up and plant a new bush..so now we need a new home for the new bush. DRAMA! hehe

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Construction

 

Perennial Grasses

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..last years selections of perennial grasses was meager to say the least…I did find a couple last year but they were fullgrown and nearly $25 each..to steep. This year grasses seem to be getting back to normal. I know last year I lost a bunch of the grasses we had due to an early thaw followed by another month of winter cold and snow.

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..we went with 6 tall grasses ( pampas ( 10ft)) and a variety of smaller grasses to fill in some of the boxes we had and recently created. The tall grasses will add some privacy in areas too..and jazz things up. We also moved some of last years grasses which were in an area that was too sunny..so hopefully this year they thrive.

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…and now we play the waiting game! Although I can wait I can’t wait!

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Construction, Gardening

 

Flooring It!

..Oh, and in case you missed it…I added writeups to the last 2 posts which had no writeups..not having commentary for those 2 posts was my early Christmas present to you all. hehe..my bad.

Well the good news is that we did finish off what we should have finished off in the first place..the floor is all finished and ready for stain. We have some unfinished plank boards in the attic..but we had almost enough finished boards in the shed…we had to get a little creative with some pieces we had as old baseboard to fill some gaps but since the area is mostly going to be covered the rough spots will not show.

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..the the staining yourself into a corner competition begin!…there was room to get out but its hard to tell since the area is all stained with Golden Oak stain..most of it 2 years ago so it should be dry.

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..and the finished product..and A*’s cute bottom. It was the only finished shot I had but we did put 2 coats of poylurathane on it to toughen it up…the floor not A*’s bottom.

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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Construction, flooring

 

Just Quillin’

Loki happened upon a roving porcupine and got 5 quills in her face. We removed 4 with no major issues and thought we got them all ( we are getting a little familiar with quills and detecting them) Loki was a little swelled up and then a couple of days later I noticed a quill around 2 inches from the outside of her eye..it appeared to be moving back toward her ear but it was under the skin..A* was in bed so I left it for the night. The next day it had moved 2 inches and had somehow done a C movement and was now positioned a half inch above her eye and moving directly toward her eyeball under the skin. We got Loki into emergency and got the quill out before it took her eye. Scary. She is fine. Even having experienced quills before the amount of movement in the quill over such a short time was astonishing..and not in a normal line as I would have expected.

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Filled up our 30 outdoor pots in preparation of last frost…

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Loki was fairly sleepy on the first day back…but by day 2 she was back to normal with a new houseguest.

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Construction, dogs