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  •  Good afternoon/evening. (9+ / 0-)

    Confusion reigns here as with so many others, but a teasing of rain also on this cold winter-like day in my northeastern section of the Southern Plains.  Trying to decide which is worse, the near-killing lows or the killer sinus headaches.

    Happy news in that my asparagus that I was afraid was lost finally popped its little spears, two months behind.  And it is delicious.

    Everything else is so mixed that it's hard to sort out, seriously.  That's an hyperbole-free comment.  Just incredible variables with some perennials being unusually profuse and others non-blooming or brief.  All of the cultivars of clematis, iris, peony, asian lilies, roses, are late but loaded with buds with the first few just opening.  Sage, oregano, and chives also.  Daylilies are WAY behind with no buds but look good.

    Finally, on Monday I'm planning to set out annual vegetables and flowers, though fewer than in past years.  The long term forecasts look better for the year, but I'm still leery about heat and drought.

    We also have a good hummingbird crop this year so even if the rooted ornamentals fail, with replenished nectar, it'll be fun to watch them play and proliferate.

    I'm going to start the embers for the steaks and pretend like it really is a balmy spring evening.

    "It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May! Those dreary vows that ev'ryone makes, Ev'ryone breaks. Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May!" - Lerner and Lowe

    by blueoasis on Sat May 04, 2013 at 03:40:40 PM PDT

    •  How was the steak? (6+ / 0-)

      No relief from the sinus woes? My heart goes out to you for having to endure sinus headaches.

      I spent the afternoon watering and planting "filler" stuff. I'm always adding little bits here and there to fill out the landscape. Today it was red purslane, dallas red, new gold, and Texas lantana, a blue daze, and mother-of-thyme. The orange calibrachoa I picked up this morning will be planted in with the existing blue daze tomorrow.

      And I even managed to pull weeds for about all of ten minutes too!

      Tomorrow I'm consulting with a friend's friend on what to do with her front yard. She likes what I've done and needs help selecting plants that will do well in her rugged environment just outside of town. Hopefully I'll be able to come up with some ideas to add a bit of water-wise texture and color to her landscape.


      Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

      by jayden on Sat May 04, 2013 at 11:27:25 PM PDT

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      •  They were great. Actually the evening turned (4+ / 0-)
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        into an impromptu mini-feast with friends.  Lots of stuff from hummus to cherry cheesecake.  I think that everyone felt the need to celebrate something and didn't have any other plans.

        I've slacked off with taking action about the sinus condition.  I know that I'll have to but it's twice as painful when low pressure systems move in and then more tolerable....so I rationalize.

        You're friend's friend is lucky.  I have limited knowledge which I've gradually acquired in working with my own difficult enivornment, but I know enough to know that you are an expert and will take into consideration her personality in your recommendations.

        I'm mostly focused on getting the vegetables in as soon as possible for the earliest production date.  I also want to plant the perennial candytuft seed in containers and pots for later transplanting.  I'll use a lot of reseeded heat tolerant annuals and maybe a few perennials, heirloom petunias, zinnas, calendulas, hardy hibiscus, vervain, native coreopsis, moss rose, vinca major, shasta daisies, blanket flower, cone flowers, husker red penstemon.  If the moss rose or vinca major don't reseed well, I'll likely purchase more, but I'm making myself avoid the garden centers as much as possible.

        Don't even mention weeds.  Or saplings, and most of this year's coming onslaught hasn't even been released yet.  If there were such a thing as weed expungers for hire, they'd damn sure have my business. :)

        "It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May! Those dreary vows that ev'ryone makes, Ev'ryone breaks. Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May!" - Lerner and Lowe

        by blueoasis on Sun May 05, 2013 at 12:27:03 PM PDT

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