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So glad the weekend is almost here!

Well, we've officially spent the first week in our new place. We are much happier here, obviously and are so glad that the bulk of the moving process is behind us now. We've still got cleaning to do at the old place and we are trying to nail down a walk though appointment time with the slumloards but all in all the craziest part is over now. During the week N had a meeting with some higher ups about his future at the station. Remember how this job was supposed to be an anchoring/ reporting gig? Since moving here his anchor time has been minimal (it's happen once) so he was eager to hear what they had planned for him and his future. It looks like they are hoping to have him...

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The Mesker Zoo and cat poo…

There is cat poo behind the front door again, thanks a bunch Hailey! She has been pooing back there for a week, for nothing other than the enjoyment of pissing me off. Both the cat boxes are clean and I have been scrubbing the poo area to get the smell out like every day. I am thinking about just setting her free outside that way she can poo anywhere she wants. Anyone want a carpet pooing cat? Just kidding. Enough about the cat poo. We are supposed to get some rain tonight here in Evansville. For the last few weeks we have heard nothing but whining about how dry and hot the weather has been. Every night when I switch on the news to see N's report I hear about how hot...

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Don't hesitate to finger your flowers or shake them! Ha…

I know, strange headline huh? It's for real though, I have tomatoes growing inside my home. They are in a window box and are a result of some cuttings we took. The tomato plants began flowering and we would "finger the flowers" or gently shake them to pollinate them since bees and humming birds are not in my house feeding from the flowers as they normally would outdoors. Lots of plants require polination before they can set fruit, without pollination fruit will not set. One of every three bites you take comes from a plant pollinated by wild pollinators. Our tomatoes have been especially slow to set fruit this summer. Many are concerned about the dramatic decrease in the bee population because bees are our natural pollinators. Slow setting fruit has been linked...

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Birthday photos shared!

I promised to post some photos from my birthday and I try to live up to my promises! Since I got plants galore you will be subjected to a slew of bulb information and photos but don't run away yet! We also have some adorable baby photos and some yummy fondue photos to share. First, I compiled a list of the plants I got, plugged them in to my Dave's Garden Journal with photos so I could remember what got planted where in a few months. It's so easy to forget what you have and where you put it when you have a garden addiction like I do! Peruvian Daffodil (view my dave's garden journal entry by clicking here) - Is a uniquw white flower with wispy petals and a sweet scent....

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Woho… The crocus are in bloom!

That means gardening fun is about to begin for us! The crocus blooms are a beautiful yellow and are quite cheerful. They are kind of short, like they were planted too deep but it still so great to see them even if they are short. Do you have any early spring bulbs that are blooming yet? I hope so because I am dying for spring time! So, now that the ice is melting and the bulbs are blooming we are able to get into the large box of crap that was left behind by the people who lived here before us. Guess what we found? Personal documents and credit cards, can you believe that? Teeni was just talking about how we all need to take steps to protect our personal information and then...

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Growing Canna (red futurity)

We just bought several Canna 'Red Futurity' roots/rhizomes that we are planting in N's office. These are very tropical looking and require warmth so we figured they would be a perfect fit in that room. They came packaged with Caladium bulbs and a few elephant ear bulbs. We plan to plant our Cannas in a large pot that will remain indoors in that room, we may also plant a Caladium bulb with the Canna rhizomes or we may plant some cloeus with the Cannas. Cannas come in a variety of colors and sizes, some grow up to 7 feet tall. Their blooms and leaves are very tropical looking and they are absolutely beautiful. Specifically Canna 'Red Futurity' needs to be protected from frost. It can be grown grow outdoors in zones 8...

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Growing Calla Lilies

I just rescued some potted calla lilies from the grocery store. They were in the discount section where we often find perfectly good plants that just need the right care. These particular calla lilies were forced to bloom for valentines day, since their blooming period had passed they were being discarded. The great thing about bulbs, tubers and corms is that they usually will re-flower year after year when given the right growing conditions and care. Specifically calla lilies are grown from tubers and bloom in late spring and are considered "perennial bulbs" that will return year after year. They are hardy in zones 9 & 10 and can be left in the ground between blooming seasons, in all other zones they will need to be dug up, dried and stored...

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I can't wait for spring! Need to garden, bad!

About this time every year I am overcome by the urge to begin gardening again. Unfortunately I cannot because there is still snow on the ground and the soil is still hardened by the frost. Like many other gardeners I fill this time with plans for my garden, I start thinking about what I need to plant, what is still in the ground and what new stuff I will buy. I have been specifically told not to buy any plants or bulbs till after my birthday (which is march 20th), I think I'll be getting some gardening goodies! Anyway, I am taking an inventory of all I have going right now and I have been wanting to make up a handy cheat sheet for myself with my plants needs and care...

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Sparaxis (harlequin flowers)

Sparaxis is also know as the harlequin flower. It has a "sword shaped" leaf and very pretty mixed colored flowers. These are said to do poorly when exposed to temperatures below 28 degrees F and they do require mulch or some protective bedding where they are planted. Sparaxis should be kept relatively dry during it's dormant period, watering should increase once growth surfaces. This bulb flowers in mid to late spring and does best in full sun-partial shade. I also found out that these can be used for xeriscaping because they are really drought-tolerant (don't over water these). This plant will spread freely via the seedlings. This is also a good container plant and makes a very pretty cut flower. People have said that this plant grows fast and gets very tall....

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Our new home (a photo blog)

We moved into our new place just a little over a week ago and we are finally settling in! Our new place offers more privacy, flexibility and a section of dirt to plant in. We are enjoying our new place allot despite the annoying move. Awhile back I posted a blog about how pets seem to choose us rather than us choosing them. Well that theory is still proving true today!! Two days ago Nathan and I took a trip to the mailbox and on the way back waked by a cat that Nathan had seen in our back patio area this morning. He told me that he had thought one of our cats had gotten out since this cat looked almost identical to our cat. Anyway we discuss the...

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