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May 28, 2012

Feeling Accomplished and Tired!

Here we are at the end of a glorious 3-day weekend – (thank you service people who made it possible).  I made use of every moment and accomplished plenty in that time span.  Some of the accomplishments were enjoying time with friends and relaxing on my deck, but those are important too, right?

Memorial Day weekend is planting weekend for me.  It is always when I have the time to plant my veggie garden and generally have no more worry of a hard frost in this area.  Tomatoes, hot peppers, cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini make up this year’s patch.
That took most of my day yesterday, a sunny day with the temperature around 90 degrees. I continued today (after mowing the lawn this morning before it reached into the 90’s again this afternoon) with my traditional row of marigold “sentinels” at the edge of the garden.
You know, I was under the impression that the scent of marigolds was supposed to help repel critters who’d like to get their paws on what the garden has to give, but not two hours after I finished planting those marigolds did I find a chipmunk happily digging away and stuffing his cheeks right next to one of those marigolds! Curious, eh?

I also planted my herb bucket with basil and parsley after mercilessly hacking away about half of the chives that have a tendency to take over the whole bucket.

I started filling some of my containers with annual flowers as well, but those don’t look too impressive yet, so I’ll save those for another day.

Another color of peony opened this weekend too:

While in one of those quiet moments relaxing and appreciating on my deck, I caught sight of a bird I’ve been wanting to photograph for a while now:
This gentleman was fairly high up in my oak tree, so I wasn’t entirely sure at first that I was seeing a Baltimore oriole. But then he turned his backside toward me, and that made me sure I wasn’t just seeing a robin with a really dark head and a really bright chest!

And so, dear readers, I’m quite tired as I type this late Monday evening, but it is a good kind of tired.  Memorial Day weekend was all that I could have asked for and I truly appreciated it.  How was your weekend?


  1. Wow, you did get a lot accomplished! That pale pink peony is beautiful.
    We had a lazy couch buying week-end…although it wasn’t so lazy when we had to put it together, and my arms are still sore today LOL

    Comment by TheDailyClick — May 29, 2012 @ 5:59 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. Seems like you’ve got a lot of good stuff going on at your place! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — May 29, 2012 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  2. WOW! And I was feeling accomplished for getting 4 yards of mulch moved! Your garden looks great, and I’m so thrilled that you got the Oriole!!!!

    Comment by Dawn — May 29, 2012 @ 6:47 am | Reply

    • 4 yards of mulch is nothing to sneeze at – that is back-breaking work. Good for you!
      Thanks – I was pretty thrilled with the oriole too.

      Comment by Karma — May 29, 2012 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  3. Busy, busy girl! We were blessed with a GORGEOUS weekend! Three days of sunshine (when the weather-folks predicted we’d get chilly temps and rain Sun/Mon…thank goodness that didn’t happen!) Unlike you, we were quite lazy this weekend, relaxing poolside with friends and soaking all the sunshine.

    I think the new marigold hybrids aren’t as repellent as the marigolds of our youth. While shopping last Friday at a nursery, I spoke with a woman who worked there who turned me onto a natural granular fertilizer called Milorganite,which has also been proven to be a natural deterrent to deer. She told me that she has used it for years and years to prevent plants from being chewed on by the critters (squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, etc.). I bought a bag ($12.97 for 36 lbs) and sprinkled it around my hostas, coneflowers and shasta daisies (all favorite plants for the rabbits to nibble on) and I must say, the rabbits have steered CLEAR of these plants all weekend.

    Our veggie garden has been in since April 22nd (and yes, we did have to cover the plants when we had that cold spell where temps dipped below freezing). I discovered a GREAT organic fertilizer this spring by Jobe’s (Jobe’s Organics Tomato and Veggie granular). Our tomato plants are already over 2 feet tall, putting out flowers and some, even fruit! The other plants are doing well, too (snow peas, zucchini, cukes….and pole beans, the most recently planted). I think it is going to be a fantastic gardening season.

    Congrats on seeing the male oriole! Our little guy only shows himself when he knows I don’t have a camera. I saw him this morning chasing a male robin as well as getting some bugs in our veggie garden. I still hope to get a shot of him!

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 29, 2012 @ 11:35 am | Reply

    • Wow, Tracy, I think your comment is longer than my blog post, LOL! 😉
      I’d never have the where-with-all to be ready for the garden in April! All that covering and uncovering just wouldn’t work with the crazy school-year schedule around here. Sounds like you’ll have a great garden this year. Any idea whether the Milorganite would be safe to use around dogs?
      I feel rather lucky to have spotted the oriole – I saw him swoop up into the oak tree and luckily he hung around long enough for one of my daughters to pass my camera outside to me so that I didn’t have to take my eyes off of him.

      Comment by Karma — May 29, 2012 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

      • Ha! You could be right! 🙂

        I do tend to “jump the season” and most years, never have to do anything. This was the very first year where we had a three-day frost threat. I simply used large plastic containers covered with cut sheets of thick, black trash bags (rubber band to secure) over each of the tomato plants and terra cotta pots covered with plasic over the cukes. We’d cover them at night and uncover early morning. I could see where a busy schedule could make that process challenging!

        Yes, Milorganite is safe and non-toxic to children and dogs. You can read about it here: http://milorganite.com/en/Lawn-Care/Using-Milorganite-on-Lawns/Children-and-Pets.aspx

        I am pleased to report that the critters STILL have not touched the areas/plants where I’ve put the milorganite! This makes me so very, very happy! We are expecting some sever T-storms tonight which is a good test since the woman at the nursery said she didn’t have to reapply the milorganite after rain, which is what I would have expected. I’ve had other deterrents work (dried blood, for example, as well as “Repels All”) but have always had to make sure to reapply after rain. If the milorganite works still without reapplying then I am completely SOLD! 🙂

        Comment by milkayphoto — May 29, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  4. Isn’t that the most wonderful “tired” feeling after a long day in the garden ? Being retired, I feel like that a lot as I garden on most days that end in “y” ! lol

    What a treat to see that Oriole.

    I’m glad we have cooler weather here in Nova Scotia. 90 degrees F is just too much for me.

    Great garden btw.

    Comment by sybil — May 30, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Reply

    • Thanks so much Sybil. I tend to putter in the garden quite a bit myself, especially once school is out for summer! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — June 3, 2012 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  5. You and Tracy and your Orioles! I got to find out where they hang out over here in New York.

    You got a lot of work done…congrats! I was being a bum at some crazy themepark last weekend. I will be paying for that this weekend as I catch up on the yard work.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — June 1, 2012 @ 8:41 am | Reply

    • Thanks Scott. I’m sure you will have lots of fun photos to share over the coming days. I only catch fleeting glimpses of the orioles around here, so I feel lucky to have gotten the shots that I did.

      Comment by Karma — June 3, 2012 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  6. Good job, Ms. Karma! Gosh, it can be the most exhausting time of year–trying to accomplish all of this planting. Understanding that tired feelings, but oh so envious of your Baltimore Oriole photo. Lucky you! I would love to see one up close. Hey, when are you out of school for the summer? Our school ended Thursday, but I have to work bits & bobs all summer.

    Comment by Kathy — June 2, 2012 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy. That oriole wasn’t too close – he was up at the top of my oak tree, so that’s a bit of a crop job you are seeing there.
      My last day of school is June 14th – counting down the days!

      Comment by Karma — June 3, 2012 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

  7. Looks as though you will have a wonderful garden this year. The oriole probably came around to give his blessing on the venture. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — June 16, 2012 @ 6:46 am | Reply

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