Posts

Garden Pic Wednesday: Cleaning Up Blackberry Canes

Image
Today's photos & garden task was tying up the Blackberries. I have 2 rows of thornless blackberry plants, which have more or less an "upright habit," though by sheer weight they tend to flop over and get in the way of mowing. So, I tie them up with torn strips of old sheet to keep them generally upright and out of the way. Tying them also helps protect them from being broken by wind or by me bumping into them. They reproduce by root, popping up new shoots out to one side or another, generally more or less in line with the parent plants. Here's a "Before" Shot of Some Blackberry Canes Near the Rain Garden: It is actually 2 plants.  This is the "After" Shot of That Same Pair of Blackberries Now Tied Up There are actually two tall metal pole-stakes in amongst all that tall greenery.  The canes on the ground sprouted lots of new upright growth, which appears now to be sticking out every which way since I tied up the central canes, but, trust me, on

Garden Pic Wednesday: Leveling the Emitter Pipe

Image
Well, even after replacing the Lawn Emitter Tops with a flap release, this one, was still not doing the job right. A daytime thunder shower let me see the gutter down piping was still backing up out of it's seams rather then flowing out and I decided the hole pipe leading to the emitter must not be right.  Later that day, I pulled the Emitter cap off to see standing water.  It's not supposed to have standing water. The other emitter line doesn't. (Not anymore since I adjusted it a couple weeks ago.) Not only did it have standing water---it had lots mosquito nymphs in that water.  I decided the whole pipe had to be redone to get rid of the standing water, because clearly the standing water meant it was not functioning correctly. So, the next day, I removed the grass and dirt covering it just to the white edging you see in the background of the photo. Originally, the gutter guys who installed it simply dug a ditch and threw the pipe in without using a level to check the flow

Garden Pic Wednesday: Plumbago & Raspberry Hydrangea

Image
When the bad tree-cutter cut down pine trees and let them fall on every adjacent fence, many branches on my Maple tree were torn down as well---but the upside is that loss of those branches on that side is allowing so much more sunlight in! Plus the neighbors pines are all gone, which makes things less shady and more light as well! My Plumbago shrub, which is planted in the vicinity of that Maple, is blooming more now then it ever has--because it is getting more sun! Plumbago flowers are naturally baby blue in color. It's a popular landscape shrub here in Florida. I got this one from a favorite local nursery that is now out of business, so I'm fond of it for that reason. Between the Plumbago and the Maple tree is this Raspberry colored Hydrangea.   It's been there for years, but this year it is blooming a bit more then it has up to now, because it is enjoying more light! This area is a few feet in front of the Maple, still fairly shady, but I view it from m y sliding glass

Garden Pic Wednesday: Lawn Emitters for Rainwater

Image
First photo today is one of my lawn emitters.  I have 2 in the backyard and rain water runs off the roof, down the gutters and out to these emitters, which open enough to let watch trickle out into grass. This version, with the pea gravel, is my improved version. The gutter guys really didn't put the two in very carefully. They just dug a trench, laid them in and, I guess, hoped they were right.  They didn't use a level to make sure they were angled properly and the emitters were both below grass level, so the water couldn't escape effectively. And t hey did NOT use any gravel as a You Tube video on installing these emitter kits I watched demonstrated, as tube below the emitter has a drainage hole for excess water left behind. Besides that emitter center only pops up 1/2 inch---not enough to let out water fast enough in a sudden, hard down-pour causing the water to back up, resulting in gutter down pipe seams squirting water and other blocked flow problems. So my project th

Garden Pic Wednesday: Final Touch Daylily!

Image
Garden project this week was re-adjusting the pavers edging my Hosta bed on the north side of the garage. They were in a bit of a mess. Just one Garden Pic today: a nice shot of my Final Touch Daylily blooming amongst white Vinca's:  

Garden Pic Wednesday: The Evening Show!

Image
I've been getting ready for my sister, Patty's visit. I'll pick her up Sunday morning from the airport! Also I realized by two gutters at the back of the house, the ones that run into pop-up lawn emitters, weren't "popping up." In fact, those gutters were full of water. I didn't realize the lawn emitters just snap on and off. And I didn't realize they could clog. I have screens over the gutters that are supposed to keep tree junk out of them. So I watched some You Tube videos on them and came to understand that the emitters might have a clog and the gutters certainly must. So I'm proud to say I got out the 12 foot aluminum ladder (surprisingly light to carry), got up there and found both down-pipe holes were clogged; one by a chunk of screen left behind by the gutter guys that got covered with small debris that gets through the screen. The other gutter had a significantly thick layer of fairly old pine needles; so old they were black, blocking the

Garden Pic Wednesday: Growing Potatoes In A Bag

Image
Garden Pics for Today: Growing Potatoes in a Bag: Apparently you can grow potatoes in a variety of different things. This is a "potato bag" I purchased for this purpose, though I've read one can use a cardboard box. I sprouted two store potatoes: one Red and one Idado, then planted them in this bag. As the greenery grows, I add purchased garden soil alternated with layers of grass cuttings. It's something new I've never tried before. So I'm interested in seeing what I get out of it.     Also hung a new birdhouse this week: This one is for Wrens or Chickadees. It has a door I can open to clean it out, which is something I particularly look for in bird houses. Only a few birds here where I live enjoy nesting boxes: Bluebirds, Tufted Titmouse's, Chickadees & Wrens.  I have a Cardinal shaped resin birdhouse that had a plastic plug on the bottom I could remove in order to clean it out, but it's years old and that plastic plug is no good any more. I thou