My vine geranium, Pink Tornado (I named it Nicole), is vining like crazy, but not a single bloom. It is a vining plant, so that is good, but it really should have pink flowers on it somewhere! Researching geraniums, I learned there is a lot about those plants! They originated from Africa and are (to me) one of the most cheerful flowering plants around. The outside ones never did make it out of the laundry room this year. First, it was too cold and then it got way too hot! (Although, now I know they are from Africa, they most likely would have survived the heat part of the season.) So, why isn’t Nicole blooming? It can’t be because she doesn’t have enough sunshine, since she is in the kitchen window and gets full sun til the orb moves around the house about 3 pm now. Then, Nicloe has a lot of light ti,l well, it gets dark!! The plant may be getting too much water. I don’t usually water things because most of the plants are too high for me. This one is within reach, but letting The Craftsman do it makes him happy. However, it could be the soil in the pot. One of the things the plant needs is ‘friable’ soil. Which I had to look up. It is not soil that you can cook with, it means it is soil that is crumbly and doesn’t clump when you squish it in your palm. (Unlike snow, which is best when it squishes into a ball with your hands, but I digress!) So, will need to see if that is the case..Bloom or not, Nicole does have an amazing length of vine!
Was outside on Saturday doing some trimming in the yard. The lilacs often have dead limbs that need removed. After the first year living on this property, lilac trimming has been something done with great caution. The first year, The Craftsman cut and trimmed and shaped and there were not very many blooms the next couple of springs. Turns out a lilac needs a third cut at a time, so the other two thirds keep blooming and your lilac hedge doesn’t end up looking dilapidated! This time The Craftsman was cutting back chokecherry (which appears to have choked out the spice bush that had been growing-super amazing flowers and the plant smells like cinnamon! This pics are from the yard so long ago) and a pine that sheds needles like some cats shed hair and created a huge pile of branches. So, while the guys went up to the Blue ‘Mountains’ (yes, in the middle of a project), I decided to use the heavy duty clippers myself. Lilac is super hard, so I needed all the help I could get! I was almost finished when the darn things slipped from where I’d decided to cut on a trunk a bit above my head and bonked me HARD on the side of my noggin. (It still hurts and today is Monday.) Decided about then, I was done. I also didn’t clean up my mess, but it was very sore!!! The hauling debris truck is here today (not to be confused with the huge trucks or the Ranger truck, it is the normal pickup truck because the old debris hauling truck is still full of debris..go figure!) and so I’ll help load up some branches in a bit.
Had to call The Craftsman down from his mom’s Sunday afternoon (where he got the debris truck) because I smelled a yucky smoke-like scent from the laundry room. Little Bear was doing laundry and had left (of course). I walked out to the laundry room and about gagged from the odor. It appears it needs a new belt. It is the oldest washer and has truly been the best one..in spite of the squeaking and what not. The newer one that died ages ago is wrapped outside (totally redneck, but it IS wrapped up in plastic and has been for more than a year) and he said he’d get around to fixing that soon.
Charlie, Alpha, and Pee Wee (in order of photos) are still eating away and growing fast. Little Bear said these were a lot more fun to watch than the Painted Lady cats I ordered. Probably because we are getting to watch them from egg onwards. Although, he did admit, they were a lot more work to feed and a lot more work to keep track of when they were smaller!!! It is a bit difficult to get photos, since they prefer to snack from underneath the leaves, but every so often I’m lucky. I was surprised at how hard it was to find them even when they are over an inch long, but they are mostly green and match the maple leaves. But, I managed and wow!!! A super fun part of the cycle of life. Especially as they are still alive!!!!