Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bulbs and weed killers

I just bought 550 bulbs for one flower bed! I think if I do one bed/year I'll be done in about 5 years. 5 years. Dang! Am I too ambitious? I'm not even done. These are just the spring bulbs. I haven't even started on perennials and summer bulbs.

I can't wait to show pictures next spring! I ordered: alliums Image of Allium Roseum , crocus , windflower , anemones , lots of irisImage of Dwarf Rockgarden Iris , sky blue lilies , and grape hyacinth . I also have some iris plants here that I don't think have ever been divided so once I divide those I should have the entire bed filled. Yay!

I have pictures of my lawn before we started bring it back to life, but I haven't done any afters yet. I kinda want to wait until next spring after I over seed in a few weeks. Last week was weed killer week. A little early, yes, but I wanted to make sure I left enough time to seed next month. I have a morning glory/bindweed problem and had heard roundup was the only way to get rid of it. The round up didn't work! It didn't even kill the lawn I wanted gone. So I tried Weed Free Zone by fertilome (love their products!!) and the morning glory was dead the next day. Awesome, awesome stuff!!!!!!! And it doesn't kill grass. My basic philosophy is if you can buy it at HomeDepot, it probably doesn't work very well. Trust me, I used to work in their garden department. Go to a local nursery or IFA.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sometimes I feel like my brain is Jello

I finally hung up my college diploma. It got me thinking about all the time and money I invested in that little piece of paper that supposedly says, "I'm smart". I once I had a very extensive vocabulary. I used words like hegemonic and impetus with ease. I was up to date on my world leaders and aspiring world leaders. I found myself trying to converse current events the other day with an old friend and instead found myself cooing and gurgling to my baby because I couldn't follow along.  I noticed this happens to a lot of my "educated" SAHM friends.  Maybe taking a horticulture class will help, but I'm suspicious I'll be like this for the next 5-10 years....

Friday, August 15, 2008

Not the helium!!

Did you know there's apparently a helium shortage? There is. I was as shocked you. I hadn't noticed the price of party balloons has gone up significantly in the past 2 years. It has. But apparently, the 2nd most abundant element in the universe isn't very abundant on earth. Really? Yes, really. I never thought about how they got it in the tanks, I figured it was a simple process since there's so much helium. But I didn't exactly ace my way through chemistry either (B+). Isn't helium around us in the air with all the other gases? Sort of. It floats up through the sky and gets burned up. I suppose it makes sense when you watch balloons, but again, it's not something I'd ever thought much about. I suppose we should all spend more time thinking about the noble gases. So why the shortage? Low production. It has to be extracted from natural gas refining. The US had a strategic reserve of helium but they're getting rid of it. Strategic reserve? There's a lot of strategic things you can do with party balloons.... So when do we panic? 5 years ago. In the meantime, let's enjoy the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade a little more this year.