Succulent and Nesting Material

This cute, little succulent is called “Haworthia Attenuata”.  The common name is Zebra Plant.  I like it because it’s small, and for a succulent, it’s colourful.  When it flowers, it projects a long, thin stem, from which a few teeny flowers pop out, which are also stripped.

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My daughter, Erin, painted the small purple pot.  I only managed to get four separate plants from this group.

I had an idea to decorate the other box of nesting supplies, from the previous post, with melted marbles.  I located and sorted all the small ones that I have.  When I was deciding on which type of adhesive to use, the instructions suggested a bond onto a painted surface..so..

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..I painted the surface!

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It’s a color that I had custom made for a portion of a wall in our living room.  I hadn’t seen it out of the can yet.  Sometimes it looks blue, other times it looks like lavender, depending on the lighting.

Next stage is gluing on the marbles.  I’m thinking of hanging a sort of beaded earing off of the sides of the handle.

To be continued..

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Planting Cannas. Part 2 of 2. Winter Spring.

The native flowers came out this week. Up and down the freeway, you can see orange and yellow California Poppies.  This sight is only here for a few weeks.  It is my heart’s declaration of spring.

It rained yesterday. 1/10 of an inch.  That’s quite a lot for this drought driven period.  The birds are happy about it.  The squirrels announced it’s time to migrate closer to our house.

I checked out our plants that I planted in the last few days.  Most of the canna show promise. Those that have not popped up from the dirt yet, I’m keeping them where they are.

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For the ones that have shown the greatest promise, I have moved their pots to dwell in the iris bed.

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The canna rhizomes that I promised to plant elsewhere, have been planted. I had talked to my husband in deciding a suitable place that would be pleasant to the eye; when we walk out of the house. We decided that the ridge just beyond the firewood pile would be a suitable place.

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I found that I can nurture a plant to death.  Thus, I decided to just scratch out a little hole and throw the rhizomes in there. Covering it up with the dirt, stamping on it, and placing a marker.

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I moved on in my winter spring mood to clean out a couple of wooden pieces that I’m hoping the birds will use for nesting material.

One item is a hallowed log, with a hallowed knot on it’s side..I  a gift left from the property’s previous owner. What joy!

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The other item has been constructed out of wood.  I found it here on the property, as is.

I dusted them both off, and in doing so noticed at the bottom of the constructed item had come loose.

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I pulled out the old rusty nails and replace them with brand new shiny ones.

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I tacked down the ends and put a little finesse to the hanger.

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I placed “hallow” inside of a corner post.  Clever use of “negative space”.  Underneath it, you see the side of an old fuel pump, that hubby is going to restore.

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“Constructed” is ready for for decoration.  I have to decide how. I’m going to research nesting material on Pinterest. I’m leaning towards red glitter.

To be continued..

Planting Cannas. Part 1 of 2.

We did go out to eat at the Mexican restaurant close to our home last night.  Pricy, but it seems that you can’t get out of any restaurant for under $30 these days. The food was very good though. Plus atmosphere.

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I spent 1:35 minutes outside today. Damit got spooked by something, maybe a salamander..He insisted that something was “right there!”, but I overturned everything and didn’t find his spook.  That event exhausted him.  He’s in bed now.

I made my own potting mix.  I used 4 parts vermiculite, 8 parts cheap soil, 2 parts good soil, 4 parts mushroom mulch. The mix turned out good.  I keep it in a Rubbermaid® trash can.  It survives living outdoors.

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Planting the cannas was tricky.  I’m not good at centering plants during transplant.  I was able to get a bunch of “babies” off of the root stalks – I planted a bunch of those in a couple of pots.  It was overwhelming, so I’m soaking the rest in water, to plant directly into soil tomorrow. I’ll walk around tonight and see if I can find a suitable place.

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I’ll think about planting these tomorrow..The spiky succulent, the spiny succulent and popcorn tree seeds.

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As promised, I filled a rodent hole (at the “New Picnic Area” with dog poop and dog hair.

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To be continued..

Sorting

I love sorting.  As far as simple jobs go, give me a messy room and I’ll sort out everything and get it looking better.  It’s kind of like doing the dishes.  Something that needs to be done and are given solitude to do it.

I got the pots sorted out.  The clay and ceramic ones I put in the garden patio area. 

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The plastic ones are messy.  Haven’t decided quite where they belong yet.  I have to consider the rodents..Not to give them nesting area.

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The “give aways” are of inferior plastic.  Too good to send to recycling, but might be perfect for someone else.

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Where I had put the pots yesterday – I like the brick edgers, but there isn’t enough of any to put together in a conventional manner.  I priced them.  VERY expensive.  I’m not going to buy any to complete any circles.  I might find a way to make it work as is.

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Frank cleaned up all the leaves and trash for me.

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Plantings I get to do tomorrow:  succulents, popcorn tree seeds, calla lilies, and four o’clocks.

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Check this out.  Mom let me dig these up at her house.  I just bunched them together and stuck them in the middle of this beautiful pot (from her friend Donnie, who moved out of state).  It’s filling out and looking great!

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Feel good about how this day turned out.  Frankie and I are going to go to the local Mexican restaurant for dinner now.

To be continued..

Pots, pots, pots, and dirt.

I’ve begun a new habit of going outside for about 90 minutes a day.  I’m calling it migraine therapy, as the work is slow, quiet, and peaceful.

Today I cleared out all of the pots from the “New Picnic Area”.  I sorted out some that are broken (will recycle),

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and sort of sorted the others.  Pun not intended.

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There are mostly old glass bottles in the crates.  The previous owner used them to water a portion of the landscaping, while she was on short trips.  I’ve been thinking about a glass tree, but alas, of my dead tress, none are useable for this form of art.

I weeded out the grass.  Now I’m left with dirt, and some good squirrel holes. 

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I’ll use the dirt to fill some odd squirrel paths. 

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I’ll put pleasantly scented dog remains, mixed with Shadow’s German Shepherd dog hair, into the squirrel holes.  A proven “mighty powerful” squirrel relocation program technique.

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Music video: Hole, by Jasmine Cain.

To be continued..

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Pots and Water.

When we moved on to this property, it came with many things.  All the tools to take care of the property; shovels, rakes, drip irrigation supplies, pots (ceramic and plastic) for plants, et cetera.  It’s as if we were given a giant treasure chest.

We had some rain couple of weeks ago. I noticed the smell of stagnant water, so I decided to begin to clean up the area where the smell was coming from. The area where the pots are. Dogs are responsible for the parts being turned right side up. It’s a consequence of chasing mice.

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It occurred to me that as that area is already laid with concrete, I could use that area for a picnic table. A picnic table and two picnic benches came with the property. They need to be “sturdied up” a bit, and maybe a coat of paint or two.

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Naturally one of the dogs needed to roll himself in the stagnant water. Oh well, he got a bath.

I decided to separate the pots; the plastic from the clay. This is only a preliminary sorting at this time.

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Check out (next photo) what I found on Pinterest.  I’m thinking this would work well. I like how the pots are stored and the good use of space.

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The next photo is of the garden area, how it looks today.

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Sure is pretty with all that green! Too bad that green isn’t actually food. Not to worry, one step forward.

To be continued..

Winter Garden’s Work in Southern California

It is difficult to say that it is winter when the temperature is 80° and spring flowers are blooming.

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I ventured out into this winter day. Did a bit of trimming, a bit of rearranging, a bit of watering, and a bit of cleaning up.

I put hay into bird bath. It’s supposed to keep the water clear and make it a bit sweeter in taste.

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While I was working, a hummingbird notified me that they are back from winter break and ready to eat.  Wonderful!

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Total time spent: 1.5 hours.  Not bad for a winter’s garden work, at Rancho Romero, Southern California.

To be continued..