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maryjane

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Posted - Jun 04 2021 :  01:23:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's nice to finally get some summer heat and longer days, but we could use some rain. If you have any, send it our way.

My greenhouse is getting a new shell today after 10 years, the old one just couldn't be mended any longer.


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maryjane

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Posted - Jun 04 2021 :  7:25:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love these two colors together.



Had some thunderstorms last night and this morning but no rain. I planted 24 thimbleberry plants in a troublesome wet spot I've struggled with--it has a layer of solid clay about 12 inches down that the entire ridge behind it drains into, then bubbles out the top--it kind of weeps water. So many plants don't like "wet feet" but I think thimbleberry might tolerate it okay. And I'm seeing some wet tolerant native grass clumps here and there I planted fall before last. Slow but sure I'm thinking.


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NellieBelle

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Posted - Jun 05 2021 :  04:58:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning! Just heading out the door to milk and do chores. New shell for the greenhouse! Wouldn't it be grand if a person only had to do a job once and it stayed good forever. It seems maintenance is constantly ongoing. It will be nice when done. Your flowers are lovely MaryJane. And thimbleberries! The birds and wildlife will love you. We are in desperate need of rain here also. I watered the garden for the first time last evening. Don't like to get that started but if i don't then the work I've done will be in vain. So watering it is. Fox got two of my roosters night before last. One he carried away and when he came after the one nearly dead I scared it away. He got another one last night. Well, best get out the door. Time's a flitting. Enjoy the weekend!

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NellieBelle

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Posted - Jun 06 2021 :  1:38:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello! Well it happened again! Yesterday and the day before in 90's and the bees were bearding outside the hives. This morning after milking one of my larger hives swarmed. It was a large swarm and I didn't want to lose them. I tried putting a ladder in back of Joe's pickup bed, and I could reach them but the pole saw was top heavy and I couldn't balance so Joe climbed into back of pickup and just cut the branch down for me. Have them hived and that makes 9 hives. More hive components needed but I can get by until they arrive. 83 this morning in bee suit. Didn't need the sauna. Hoping for rain. Really dry.

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maryjane

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Posted - Jun 07 2021 :  08:59:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's remarkable really. Quite the feat. And with nine hives you must be seeing your bees everything. What joy! Not to mention the pollination taking place. Congrats on an impossible job well done!

Last spring I planted a couple dozen Showy milkweed plants but they struggled during the summer even though I watered them and I feared I lost them all. Voila! At least a dozen of them came back and are doing well. Now all I need are some Monarch butterflies.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Jun 07 2021 :  09:52:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not only the honey bees but the little native bees and bumblebees are bountiful this year. I've not seen so many bumble bees as I have this year. Seems like they are everywhere. And the smaller bumble bees as well. The common milkweed is doing well, there are a couple in the forefront of this photo that I let stay in my cultivated garden by the house. My cream false indigo and blue False Indigo both in bloom in the prairie right now.

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NellieBelle

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Posted - Jun 10 2021 :  09:59:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nellie's cream being put to good use! Gordon Ramsay recipe for Raspberry Millefeuille. Still no rain. Watered again last evening until after dark, then I watered this morning before the sun came up. Humid and hot during the day. Amazed that flowers are doing as well as they are.

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