Monday, May 31, 2010

And More Recently...

Hydrangea aborescens "Annabelle" and Hydrangea serrata "Miranda" - Aren't they purty?

The dark purple foliage of Sambucus nigra "Black Lace" mingles with Deutzia gracilis "Chardonnay Pearls" aka Duncan. Love that finely cut leaf-age on the Sambucus, too. Still no blooms from either Elderberry. Hopefully, I've moved them for the last time and will have blooms next year.

In Evan's Garden I have this new Malva sylvestris "Zebrina." Rose mallow "Zebra" has been flowering like crazy these last couple of weeks. A large limb fell recently and knocked it over a bit. I went over to remove the limb the next day, and was surprised that it was stuck down some 3-4 inches into the ground! That could have hurt someone had we been outside. yikes!

The little memorial marker I have in Evan's Garden. I have Forget-Me-Nots planted there, because I'll never forget my little boy.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

It's Birthday Time - Get on Your Party Dress!

Miranda got on her party dress for Big Brother's 4th Birthday Party! Yay! (She's actually mid Panda Rage here.)

We had the not-so-traditional Thai luncheon for, uh, lunch. Hopefully, it will become tradition, because it was really good! (What little boy doesn't want curry dishes, pad Thai, etc. at his party? Huh?)

And then came the gift opening. The scooter was a popular pressie. Duncan actually stopped long enough for me to take the photo.

Miranda "helps" Duncan with the presents.

Duncan wasn't very interested in his birthday cake. But there was one little person who couldn't wait.

She was really trying to be patient.

Ahhh, sweet victory!

Duncan rolled off into the sunset after watching Toy Story twice and Toy Story 2 once. And then this morning Duncan woke up and had a day-after-birthday-party barf. Hopefully that will not be traditional!

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho

We've begun work on getting the drains done in the backyard. We put down weed fabric, a thin layer of gravel, and then the pipe.

Here's a closeup.

And we got a good head start filling in the rest of the drain (over the pipe) on the back portion of the Back 40. It looks like we'll definitely need to get more #57 gravel! It's been hard, hot work now that we're getting to summertime. Hopefully, we can get it finished and see the benefits to the yard soon!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Couple of Weeks Ago...

I took some photos of what was in bloom. Then a couple of somebodies got sick (me included), and I haven't made the effort to get back on here to post them. so, here are some planties that bloomed in mid May.

Corydalis lutea and a purple leafed Heuchera in the Butterfly Garden. I love the lacy foliage of the Corydalis. And those happy little yellow flowers perk up a shadier part of the garden. (And it's still in bloom!)

Virginia Sweetspire Itea "Henry's Garnet" flank the sides of our flagstone patio. Tough native shrubs that don't mind getting their feet wet.

Blue is the New Pink

Hydrangea serrata "Miranda" My Miranda Hydrangeas have changed from pink to blue this year. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first, since these were plants I picked out because my daughter's name is Miranda. You know, pink for my little gal. But the blue is really lovely.

I believe this beauty is Clematis "Niobe." I have a small trellis in the center of a small bed on the side of the house. It's a hot, sunny spot, so I keep experimenting with what works there. Right now I have a couple of dwarf Yaupon hollies, some Angelonia, Million Bells, and Melampodium. Nice summer color for my hot spot.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Miss Pam's Wild Ride

Today I had the task of driving the kiddies back home from their Grandparents' house some 40 miles away. I don't particularly like to drive, so it's always a bit stressful for me. Lately the car has been a bit dodgy, so I also had that on my mind. And, poor little Miranda got stung by a wasp this morning (with the whole painful, swollen finger thing), so my mind was pretty full. Didn't really need anything else to push me over the edge.

So, I'm driving along. Miranda is already asleep. We've only been in the car for 10-15 minutes. I'm cruising (as much as the car will cruise) along at about 50+ miles per hour. The air conditioning is on in spite of the fact that it worsens the car's need to get down and funky. But it's in the upper 80's outside, and unlike dogs, I don't like to have the wind in my face. Then...I hear a buzz buzzz. There's something buzzing in the car! I glance around, because, ya know, I'm driving. Don't want to take the eyes off the road or anything. Holy crap! It's a wasp! Then the crazy woman took over. It was something like, "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Wah!! No no no! Oh God, No!" The wasp was doing its own wonky dance inches above my lap. Somehow with all the hand waving and yelling, I managed to open the window (oh yeah, and not crash!) and a miracle occured and the wasp flew out. I worried for a while that it had flown to the back and was concerned Miranda was going to get stung again. So, I left the window down, hair whipping around and slapping my face. But pretty soon the Southern Belle took over and needed her air conditioning again. I closed the window and let the car's Gigue in 12/8 time recommence.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I'm still here

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. With a month and a half of illness, my sister coming in town, school getting out, etc. I've been pretty busy. And too tired to get my butt over to the computer to do any posts. I'll try to get back in here soon.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Another Rock Star?

Miranda pretty much wants everything that's Duncan's. Sometimes she follows him around waiting for the right opportunity to make the grab. He's not usually so patient, and just takes things away from her, and says, "I'm sharing!" And then, of course, The Panda Rage ensues.

And even though Duncan hasn't played with a toy for months, if Miranda starts playing with it, he has to have it! So far, however, that doesn't seem to be the case with the "geetar." Duncan got it for Christmas, went all Jimi Hendrix on it, and then it wasn't fun anymore. Guitars, apparently, are more fun when they have strings and all the pieces are still attached. Who would have thought.

But Miranda is now showing some interest in becoming the resident rock star. The guitar still doesn't have strings, but Justin glued all the broken pieces back together. I can't see that she's going to be any gentler on it, as she already holds it in a threatening manner over her head.

We'll see how long it takes for Duncan to realize that she's got "his" toy! And then we'll be back to playing Snatchy McGrab instead of music!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Alligator Strikes Again

The kids and I had an outing at church today. Miranda and Duncan played, while I rehearsed with another flutist and the pianist. The kids explored Miss Joan's practice organ and keyboard, as well as the choir loft and drums (very cool!) I was pleased that when we left, the room resembled what it had looked like when we first arrived. What? My kids were good?! I was already saying something about "chocolate milk for everyone!", when Duncan spotted the elevator.

"I wanna ride the elevator. Pweeeeease!" Ok, I said.
He got in. I got in. Miranda didn't get in.

This is the same elevator that Evan called, "The Alligator." Evan escaped from me once and took a little ride down to the nursery floor. I was frantically searching for him everywhere, when he appears holding Miss Ann's hand (one of the kind ladies from the church.) Here I am, a complete basket case, while Evan is having a good ole time.

Well, today was a little different. Miranda doesn't like elevators. I'm not sure if it's the bouncy, jerky motion or the whole enclosed space thing. So, she wouldn't get on. I went back out to get her and the door closed behind me. With Duncan inside. Instead of the fun little ride that his big brother had, Duncan started screaming. He screamed down to the first floor and all the way back up. It seemed to take a long time for those doors to open. The whole time I'm yelling, "Just stay on the elevator and it will bring you back to Mommy!" When it rattled back up to the second floor, and the doors opened, Duncan came running out. His little face was red and tear stained. He ran into my arms and got his hugs. Then we went and got that chocolate milk.