Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August coming to an end

The weather here in Oregon has turned to the cool and damp side once again. We have just not had much of a summer this year. But this weather makes working in the gardens a bit more comfortable. Been working on the August to do list.

Did a second light pruning on the large Magnolia in the front drive

Edged the Cotoneaster ground cover that surrounds the front gardens.

Put the last bit of fertilizer on the rose garden and dead headed all my roses as well as the neighbors fifty roses.

Picked the last of the Gravensein apples and tidied the rest of the Espaliered fruit trees.

Cut out all old canes in the Raspberries.

Tidied up in the greenhouse and sprayed for spider mite control.

Took cuttings of pink Camellia (original plant on property) for fall plant trade.

Divided and cut back Bearded Iris (next month do the same with Siberian and Japanese Iris).

Here are some of the roses in bloom
'Queen of Sweden"
"Home Run"

"Betty Boop"


Friday, August 27, 2010

Third Annual Corgi Walk

Doc, Mema and Her Majesty Miss Betty

Sorry I have not posted this before but it took me a while to retrieve the pictures from Memas camera, I much prefer my ancient one over her new fancy one. Anyway, last Saturday was the third Annual Corgi Walk which is a fund raiser for both Corgi Rescue and Dove Lewis Veterinary Hospital which is our Local Emergency Animal Hospital open all hours and staffed by the most wonderful group of veterinarians.

There were Corgi's and their humans of every sort ......    

Miss Betty shows us how she deals with this unruly lot

Couple of pups   

Brindle Cardigan Corgi   

Cardigan Fluffy
Always one trouble maker in every crowd

The Pembroke crowd were pretty well behaved
Let the walk begin!!

"Outside Facilities" were provided
Excitement built as the end was in sight

The route was quite simple but the Fluffy crowd managed some confusion
The end of the walk was very refreshing

Who says Corgis aren't water dogs
After a good splash the tired little Corgis head home

Some rode in style
Some too tired to move

others chose to mingle a little longer

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Anemone in bloom signals first sign of fall

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima"

Back in the summer of 1973 we were in Clatskanie visiting my then future in-laws for the weekend. I dug up these two Anemone's from the neighbors garden. When they bloom it is always the first sign that summer is slowing down and fall is catching up. They are real troopers in the Manors gardens as they have been transplanted and abused more then any plant on the grounds. They make great picked flowers as well.
Anemone 'Honorine jobert'

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Good-bye Beaver Baseball

I didn't have my camera so the pictures were taken with my cellular phone. This will be the last season for the Portland Beavers Baseball Team. They have been sold and will leave our State to become someone else's favorite team. Portland is going with Soccer. So the stadium will be made into a soccer stadium and the interior has already been changed a bit as far as "Timber" Logos everywhere. It was a lovely night for a game unfortunately the Beavers lost by one point :o( Our seats were four rows back behind home plate.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I can and I did

You ever have a day when you get up fully intending to carry on with a normal day, coffee breakfast and off to the office. On our street there are three families that are on vacation and have asked that I water their yards while they are gone. They have normal sized lots and all are those boring, common type of yards that have mostly lawn with planting boarders of what ever was on sale at the local nursery......not an ounce of imagination or desire. Regardless I spend time to make sure everything gets watered on my watch, I would hate for something to shrivel and die in the much needed hot spell we have been having. So....my alarm went off at its normal 05:00 and I showered and put on my gardening clothes and headed up the street to the first yard, I was on my third yard when Mema came looking for me to say goodbye before heading off to work. She said "you look relaxed there farm boy, too bad you can't just stay home". I looked at her and replied, "I can", and I did. I am a list maker, and keep several lists. The first is a list for the week, all those little jobs I know I can get done through the work week. The second is a list of things that will involve time and trips to the hardware store and the like. And a third which takes precedence over my other lists and this is the one that has all the things that my lovely wife tells me she would like done. Watering done I looked over my lists and picked a few things from all three. I pulled out the row of Sweet Peas because they had all gone to seed and the few flowers left would not fill a vase(weekly list). Harvested my rows of Danvers Half Long Carrots and planted a single row for a fall crop(weekly list). Then it was off to the fuel company for two bags of sawdust for the chicken yard. I dug the yard and spread the sawdust to help combat the flies and dust(Memas list). Then a trip to the Miller for chicken feed and scratch (Memas list). Dead headed all fifty some roses (Memas list). Picked a basket of Gravenstein apples, I smell a pie in the works! That was on none of the list, but pie sounds good. Then off to the greenhouse to spray a preventative for spider mite(second list) and found this Phalaenopsis Orchid in bloom 'Rung Gung Ames'. A dainty little Orchid to surprise Mema.
While I ate some lunch my eldest son called and asked that I babysit "The Little Terrorist #2", so the rest of the day was spent reading Thomas The Train and making adventures. And all three lists were put on hold.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Time to clean and store the garlic

In my post from 7/20/10 titled "Garlic Crop for 2010" I mentioned that after hanging I test the bulbs for dryness every week. Well they were dry, so this Sunday in the blazing heat we are having finally I cleaned the garlic for storage.
Tools needed for the job. I use the screened bottomed nursery flats to store the cleaned bulbs.

The first bundle cut down from the drying rack

I cut a one inch stem just to check that all are dried and it makes for easier handling

I then use a box cutter to trim the roots off

I use rubber gardening gloves to clean the bulbs of dirt also removing the soiled first layer of skin

And after a trim and a rub you have the finished product ready for storage or gift basket.
This one is the Hood River variety called 'Purple Glazer', a hardneck variety.
Last year we had five trays crammed full, which proved to be far more then we could use.
So this year I cut the crop in half and this gave us these three trays. I have three variety of garlic. The Purple Glazer hardneck, originally from the Republic of Georgia, produces 9 to 12 cloves per bulb. Second we have 'Brown Tempest' also a hardneck and is a great roasting garlic with plump 5 to 9 cloves per bulb. And last we have 'Georgia Crystal' which is a porcelain variety great for salsa and pesto and is mild when eaten raw.

And patiently waiting in the wings is my golf partner, Grandson Brooklyn who thinks garlic is yucky!

Friday, August 13, 2010

What's In Bloom

Martha Washington, you can count on her bloom all summer long

Hibiscus Syriacus or Rose of Sharon
This prominent old plant is in the front garden.
I can't keep enough rooted cuttings in the greenhouse and have already given
away all of them for this year.

"Casa Blanca" Lilies are just starting to open

"Sarabande" an impressive tetraploid at over six feet
'Clerodendron trichotomum'   Harlequin Glorybower or as the "Little Terrorists" call it, the Peanut Butter Tree
The flowers have a very heady perfume but when a branch is cut or a leaf is crumpled it smells just like peanut butter.
Dahlia 'Color Spectacle'

All these Dahlias came from Swan Island Dahlia Farm. We had three times this amount last year but the winter was not in their favor and followed by an unusually cool wet spring and early summer, they didn't have a chance.

'Hugs 'N' Kisses


Thursday, August 12, 2010

August Garden Calendar

Bearded Iris : Divide and cut foliage into a fan shape

Fuchsias : Fertilise regularly with full strength fertiliser

Cane Berries : Remove canes that bore fruit this summer; Start training new canes

Harvest Herbs : Morning harvest after dew has dried, more flavor will be retained if picked in the A.M.

Propagate Shrubs : Take tip cuttings of Camellia, Daphne, Holly, Hydrangea, Magnolia, Nandina, Rhodie's and viburnum this month - dip cuttings in root hormone and plant in mix of equal parts peat and perlit or sand. Water soil well, give bottom heat if possible. Use cloche for best results to maintain humidity.

Roses : Last application of fertilizer ( 1/2 cup per rose). Continue to spray with "Serenade" for Black Spot.

Garlic : Cut the stalk one inch from bulb and gently squeeze the remaining one inch of stalk to see if there is any moisture. If it is dry then it is time to start cleaning the bulbs for storage.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Back at the office to rest

As I have posted in the passed we have been attempting to close my father-in-laws estate. During this whole process it has caused Mema and myself to take stock of all the possessions that we have accumulated over the years. Menagerie Manor started out as a large American Bungalow but has doubled its size with the extensive additions we have made over the years. All those rooms are full of "things", not really junk but many nice "things", many being heirlooms passed to Mema and myself from other family members. Our son's and their wives have little interest in "old things". This passed weekend was our immediate neighborhoods annual garage sale and in September the entire South Mt. Tabor Neighborhood will be having its annual with maps of participating homes and all. My youngest son made very professional signs for ours at his sign company, thank you Ian. This sale was mostly the remainder of household items from Memas family home, so the September sale will mostly be comprised of our "things". After the sale yesterday I filled my old Volvo full and made two trips to Goodwill. Next week another charity will come and pick up the bulk which is currently stored in one of the four bays of the garage. It will be soooo nice to have the garage back to just cars. It was an exhausting weekend with all the preparation but it was profitable as well and so nice to start getting rid of life's accumulation. I can still hear my daughter-in-law scolding "price it low and watch it go", as she ripped off a tag and put one of her own on.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A feel good purchase

I have been in a bit of a funk lately so decided I needed a treat. So I donned my straw hat and ambled down to the nursery were I spotted this beautiful water Lily "Texas Dawn". It looks peach in the photo when in reality it is a bright yellow. Only cost me $35.99 with my "Good Neighbor" discount.

I have to enclose the pot in screen because of the Koi, they will eat any plant and then pull all the soil out of the pot quick as a wink.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nothing to do, nothing to do........

I was just sitting here doing nothing when I should be working..........

So I started going through some emails and found all these cool photo's.......

Hope you are doing nothing so you can enjoy them.

The right tools for the right job!

Uninhibited affection

And we are lining up for what???

Sometimes you got to go with the moment

Just don't say anything!