Monthly Archives: July 2014

Busy time of year

The past two weeks have been pretty busy around here.

Last Saturday, Scott, Dianne and I went to Leslie’s house with a truck load of flowers I had propagated, divided, or dug up on rescues.  We started with Scott cutting away a ton of small trees along the side of the driveway.  Don’t think the previous owner had taken care of this area of the yard for years.

After he got a number of trees cut, we hauled them to the wooded area to start a brush pile for animals to use.  We started planting, and I think we planted for about 4 hours.  We are doing drifts of shade loving plants, with hellebores, ferns, fly poison and hostas in a group.  We have native tiarellas cascading down the hill, meeting up with the hostas.  In another area, I put in some really nice native maidenhair fern that will dangle daintily over a large rock.  At the base of the rock I put in five small leaf hostas.  It should make a good showing next spring.  I put in two or three other groupings of hostas, and will go back and add additional hellebores and ferns along the hillside.  Leslie spent some time this week cutting back the overgrowth beyond what her daddy did on Saturday, so it will be ready for planting as soon as we can get back up there.

Here at home, we pressure washed the deck and are now putting a new coat of finish on it.  I’m not too crazy about it, but it will give good protection.  Maybe I’ll learn to love it!

I’m about to order outdoor fabric to make new covers for all the deck/patio furniture.  That should be ready to start within the next two weeks.

The vegetable garden is coming along, with mainly cucumbers so far.  I have my first batch of pickles in the jar.  I did dig up about 15 pounds of russet and Yukon Gold (my favorite) potatoes from the garden this weekend.  They are soooo good when they come straight out of the garden!

Last week we went to the peach farm in Musella, GA and got 16 boxes of peaches for us and family/friends.  We dried most of our peaches for fried pies, but also put some in the freezer.  I might get some more to make some jam, chutney and pepper relish.   Of course, I ate a ton of them as I peeled, and they were so juicy and sweet!  My mouth just waters thinking about them.

I put squash, zucchini, and okra in the freezer last week and hope to have some more of same in the upcoming week.  Don’t know why I put up so much squash, since Scott doesn’t touch it.  But I do love fried squash, squash pickles and squash casserole.  So I guess I’m spoiling myself!

Leslie and Bradley spent the day with us yesterday, helping set up our new computers.  We are totally clueless when it comes to technology stuff, and Bradley is like the King of Technological Stuff.  I told Leslie she can’t ever consider getting rid of Bradley, because her daddy and I would have too hard a time deciding which of them we should keep.  Bradley can actually log into our computers from his house and fix the stuff we mess up.  How cool is that?

i’ve started pulling plants out of one of the gardens, because it has just never been very pretty.  Mainly I’ve dug out some iris.  I plan to compost them, unless someone would like to have them.  I think they are the kind with the purple ‘falls’ and the golden brown upright centers, but I am not sure.  Let me know if you want some of these.

I have also got quite a bit of annual Silky Gold butterfly weed that I grew from seeds.  I have it in several places in the garden  and have already given away a number of them.  They need to be in the ground soon, so they can bloom and make seeds before frost.  They are great for attracting butterflies and other pollinators.  Free for the asking, just let me know.

This coming week I have a scouting trip planned to discover what new and exciting plants we can dig at one of our rescue sites.  Also have a trip to West Point planned to collect seeds for the beautiful native shoal lilies from Shoal Creek, thanks to a friend in the Georgia Botanical Society.

DSC_1767 May 24, 2014   West Point

Then I will help on Saturday with the Boy Scouts who are planting ferns in a large area along Buffalo Creek at the Buffalo Creek nature trail.  For once, we GNPS members will be telling others to dig instead of doing the digging!

If you haven’t walked the Buffalo Creek Trail at the Ag Center, you are missing one of the neatest walking trails in our area.  The West GA Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society has taken on this trail as our ongoing project.  We have spent the last few years cleaning a portion of the trial of its invasive honeysuckle, privet, poison ivy and planting rescued plants. We have just finished putting in some educational signs along the first portion of the trail.  We are working on a long range plan to revitalize the entire trail.  We are putting in a fern glen along the creek bank, and plan to add a number of native azaleas  along the trail.  This will be in addition to the Azalea Walk we have already been planting.  Our goal is t o have native azaleas blooming almost continuously from March/April until late fall.

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of West Georgia have had a landscape designer helping with the planning, and will have access to funds for purchasing many native trees, shrubs and flowers to enhance the trail.  It will eventually connect to the green belt that is currently being built around the city. I think the two together will be a great attraction for visitors as well as residents of Carroll County.

Now I’ve finished my commercial for the GNPS, so I guess I’ll give it a rest.

As you can see, I’m not letting any moss grow under my feet just because I’ve retired.  Life gets getter all the time, especially when you have two new knees!

So much to do, so little time

Lee Ann and her family came for their annual summer visit to the lake house.  The whole clan streamed in over the two weeks, and we stayed pretty busy.  The kids tubed, did some skiing (or spent some time trying to learn) swam, kayaked, took a lazy float down the Little Tallapoosa, had a campout, and learned to jump from a rope swing and we all did a lot of eating.  Jimmy, bless his heart, worked himself to death getting everything ready for the visit.  We had 10 to 15 people there most of the time, with some dropins throughout the weeks.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weeks.

On the water:

IMG_0275Lee Ann demonstrated her rope swinging skills for her girls.  But, the swing was too high for them.

So they chose to jump from the ‘cliffs’.


DSC_0047DSC_0036IMG_0369IMG_0368Georgia and Lexie try their skills with the kayaks.DSC_0525-001  DSC_0528  Ila gets advice from her mom, then gets up on the skis.

IDSC_0521Georgia has her first ski adventure. DSC_0496 Abigail comes up out of the water.

DSC_0492Lexie is a pro.

DSC_0537Lee Ann still has it!  Couldn’t let those young whippersnappers get too cocky!

That’s no ham-that’s just Ila being Ila.DSC_0472

DSC_0479IMG_0332Dianne and Sue both take their first wave runner rides.  I think we may have created two wave runner junkies!

IMG_0338DSC_0481 DSC_0445 IMG_0218IMG_0293                                                                                So Papa J decided to make the kids a shorter version of the rope swing.   IMG_0091 IMG_0069                                                                                                             But when you’re at the lake, there’s also that time to just relax and enjoy.






IMG_0223IMG_0123 IMG_0222IMG_0300                                                                                   Then there was the nature hike, the campout, the river float, and lots of good food and good times.




IMG_0344IMG_0327-002IMG_0342-002IMG_0214 IMG_0215 IMG_0217 IMG_0208-001 IMG_0335-002            Floating down the river.

IMG_0406Bert with his entourage.

IMG_0399IMG_0379IMG_0392IMG_0399IMG_0398And, yes, these two old ladies kept up with the others with their motors by paddling for four hours.

And probably my favorite, boat rides til sunset.