Friday, April 27, 2012

Ivy Geraniums For My Porch Planters

Went shopping yesterday for supper. Came home with dog and cat food but no people food. On the way home I stopped at a local farm store and looked at the plants.

Last year, I could not get near their parking lot so I went early this year between rush hours. My budget is strained this year so I didn't spend the $13 per plant that I did last year for my porch planters and my hanging baskets.

This year I bought 6 plants again and I did the ivy geraniums but I bought the smaller 4" pots for a total expenditure of $21. 

I put a red and white plant in the two front porch planters and 1 white plant in each of the hanging baskets off my deck. I'm saving my biggest expenditure to buy a bougainvillea for the back yard with a trellis.

The biggest problem I had planting these was getting the roots from last year out of the planters.  Even though I pulled the biggest part of them out, I was having a difficult time turning the soil in the planters.  I lost a good part of my soil and I invested in good potting soil to start my plants.

For those in the area, Patty's Farm Store has a wonderful variety of flowers to choose from.  Just be aware as we get closer to Mother's Day you will have trouble finding a place to park if you want to browse.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mother Nature's Revenge

Once more Mother Nature is going to deal the Pittsburgh area along with other eastern states a hearty laugh as she sends snow into our valley after continued good weather and our preview of the beauty that God has in abundance.

I recently showed you pictures of the gorgeous dogwood trees and azaleas in our neighborhood in abundance.  I have a picture of the flowering lily of the valley that are all going to be under a layer of wet snow as early as tonight.  Actually, lily of the valley normally flower in early June so this was a real push on that growth.

The main concern I have is that this latest backlash from Mother Nature is not coming in from the Southwest and is heading into our area from South to North and Westerly.  This equates to Northeastern, which when this type storm is rain, it is a storm of some magnitude and one to be ready for rather than just let it happen.

In 1963, I experienced my first Northeastern when I was supposedly vacationing at Virginia Beach in September.  We were traveling South and enjoying the shops and sights at Williamsburg when the rains started.  By the time, we got back into our car we were wet through and traveled the last leg of our trip to Virginia Beach in teaming rain.  Dry once again, it only took getting out of the car and into the motel office to get drenched once more.  We arrived on Sunday and were planning to stay until Saturday, but there was not a break in the weather the whole first part of the week.  The rains just kept coming.  Needless to say, our vacation was ruined and we left for home days in advance.

If this is what we have to look forward to in relation to snow, I'm sure we are in for a rude awakening after such wonderfully warm temperatures.  The weather forecasters are warning of the wet snow pulling down power lines and tree limbs.  I did notice a chill yesterday while it was raining but it never occurred to me that we were in for another interruption and backlash in our wonderful Spring.

So!  Batten down the hatches and get those coats back out of storage because you are going to need them once more.