Sunday, September 12, 2010
Windows in suburban areas seem to be a hazard to many song birds. I don't know how to avoid this situation for the birds. So far, I have seen only one dead robin; the rest of them have flown away after a while. If anyone knows what I should do about this problem please let me know.
The regular size African violets are doing well, also. I have no orchids in bloom at the moment.
Monday, September 06, 2010
This morning I did a bit more work on the cement blocks that I have put around the water meter .. I dug out the plants that were growing up between the blocks and moved them to other areas around the garden. These plants are tough, and floppy. They have fuzzy grey green leaves and blue flowers. They look good when there is a big clump of them. I shall try to grow them with the montebresias that are a bright red. We are having a nice soft rain now, and the garden is looking better already for having received some moisture.
I noticed that I now have 3 lilies up in the little rockery in the front garden. They should be very nice next year. The path is quite clean and free of weeds. I would like to get that sicilian mint growing between the stones, now that they are free of clover and other weeds. The violets are still popping up everywhere and I shall have to keep after them to get rid of them. With the improvement of the clay soil the violets are much easier to pull out and get the whole root out now. The moss garden needs weeding. I managed to get a bit of weeding and deadheading done in the woodland garden and it looks not too bad. The irises will need more weeding and a mulch of compost added. Hopefully, they will bloom next year. When they bloom I should thin them out so I get bigger plants growing.
Last night I made up 3 kinds of soup - cabbage/ham cream soup, borscht and carrot/ginger. I have some of each for our lunches and one of each frozen for future lunches. We are no longer buying canned soup, as it is just too salty. Most of my soups are made with chicken stock. I made up some fish stock a few days ago and did up a big pot of seafood chowder with it. We have about 3 meals of that frozen. So, I now have a good supply of frozen soups and a few other things I can just take out of the freezer and heat for a good meal.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
A couple of days ago, when returning from my walk, I noticed a couple of people on bicycles with backpacks. They were not riding, but standing still when I came out of the trees along the trail. Next to them was a feral rabbit, the kind that are over-running the University grounds and are being 'taken to a good home on the farm' . There are protests, of all silly things, about the rabbit population being controlled. They are totally destroying the grounds at the University! Now, its seems these bunny huggers have dropped off a breeder in our area. We have the indigenous little brown bunnies. I do NOT want to see these feral rabbits take over the habitat of the brown bunnies. We also have Eagles in our park, so hopefully the feral rabbits will be controlled by the eagles. They should be easy pickin'.
Friday, September 03, 2010
These photos are from July. August has gone zipping past, with just the bare minimum of maintenance in the garden this year. We had a good half inch of rain a few days ago. The Autumn rains are starting, hopefully.
We had no yellow plums this year because the blooms froze. There does not seem to be any purple plums either. The apple tree, though, is loaded with apples. One of the branches is leaning way over and touching the ground. My vegetable garden was a bust, again.
On the other hand, our new photo upload /networking site is growing steadily. Our alexa ranking will be breaking the 100,000 mark soon. In this ranking system, the lower the number, the better the rank. I have added Google ads to my communities, on the site. I set up Adsense for google ads on my blog and can ad the ads to my communities on Megashot.net. This is my referral code. You can use it to see the site and register. You can see the ads and the communities I have built on the site: In the Garden, The Honest Fox, Whimsies, Flares and Echoes, Playtime, and Abstract Art. The ads are text ads and unobstrusive. I actually like their appearance. I set up my adsense account on August 10th. Since then I have actually earned $50.00. It was interesting learning how to do this, and actually user friendly and easy to do. I have trouble not clicking on my own ads, which is a definite no-no. Of course, the ads are gardening oriented and in my own area. I suppose I could take URLs on the ad and put them into my browser to look at the advertising sites. That would not be clicking on my own ads! I will need some chipped rock for my woodland path. The delivery charges for the bit of stuff I need are expensive. I don't have a truck to haul dirt or rocks. I would like to compare the delivery prices on some of the ads I see. Well, I guess I will need to use Google's search. It works very well too.