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Escaped the freeze!!!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I just have to let everyone know that we escaped the freeze this morning and only have one more morning to go through but it is predicted to be much higher temps than this morning. I was praying and my prayers were answered. (Praise the Lord) and we narrowly missed the freeze. We wound up being the warm spot for our entire state!!.

Our iris are just beginning to bud. We have had one to open and it was small. So I'm posting a picture from last year of our bronze iris. I'm so looking forward to warming temps, planting the garden, planting flowers and the iris blooming. I'm so so thankful too for the Lord's provision and for my friends here.

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ANGORA4 4/8/2009 10:45PM

    What beautiful colors you have! We won't see iris for a long time yet, we've still got forsythia in bud!

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iris for bloom Tuesday

Monday, April 06, 2009

Well we are do a hard freeze tonight so thought I would put up my bloom today on my single iris that is blooming. There are several others that are in buds so don't imagine I will see them bloom after tonight. We did cover the ferns we planted and have a light on them tonight but there isn't much we can do about the fruit trees. So looks like another year without fruit. I'm still praying abou it. Last night it was predicted for morning temps on Tuesday to be 26F and this morning they said 28F. This afternoon the report said 29F. But looked again and it is back to 27F. I don't think they know what it is going to do. And God can work miracles and put us in a warm spot. At least that is what I'm praying. And if that isn't possible then at least pray it doesn't kill the trees like it did one year. At least we have enjoyed the blooms on the trees. I will report tomorrow what it did.


Faux Stain-glassed window

Sunday, April 05, 2009

(This is for Judy). I promised to show my faux stain-glassed window I made. It is using a recycled wooden window. It had the glass still intact. I got some stain glass and broke it and then used glass glue and glued in a mosaic pattern with a sun in the middle. I then used black grout and grouted around it. And it looks somewhat like stainglass. I need to to more ot these as they were such fun to make. I still have alot of glass and more old windows. I think using one for a table top would be nice. Maybe for a patio or front porch table.

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NARNIA9334 4/7/2009 6:03PM

    That is Awesome Barbara, nice work! emoticon

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    Absolutely stunning. What a terrific idea. You've started the creative wheels turning here. I wanted to take a class in stained glass. I like this.

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ANGORA4 4/5/2009 10:12PM

    Beautiful! I will have to give this a try. Mom did wonderful with the Tiffany method of stained glass, and made a wonderful table top of poppies to match the curtains, as well as the bathroom window in a celtic knot pattern. But it wasn't for me. This, however, I'd like, as I could move pieces around until I was happy with it, and then glue.

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Fern digging

Saturday, April 04, 2009

We have an old preformed gold fish pond next to the house in the shade. The 2nd year we used it as a goldfish pool, my husband accidentally broke a hole in the bottom trying to kill a snake. So since it wouldn't hold water and we didn't want a gaping hole beside our front porch, we decided to turn it into a garen instead. Since it is in constant shade we have had a hard time finding something that will grow there. But we decided to try the wild fern around that mostly grow in shady wet places and we planted a few last spring. They did so well that we filled in the entire area with dirt and went again this year and dug more fern.

Fern is any one of a group of about 20,000 species of plants classified in the phylum, so I have no idea what type these are. Ferns are "pteridophyte" which has traditionally been used to describe all seedless vascular plants. They differ from seed plants in their lack of flowers and seeds. They reproduce by spores. Fern species live in a wide variety of habitats, from remote mountain elevations, to dry desert rock faces, to bodies of water or in open fields. And in some places are considered terrible weeds. Ferns are considered to be a fossil plant and have been around since the beginning of time. Ferns have several uses. One is food, another as fertilizer in rice pattys, as landscape plants, in floral arrangements, They also have been known to remove heavy metals from soil, especially arsenic And our fossil fuel coal was formed mainly from ferns. Some ferns are poisonous and have been known to kill cattle. They can also be used to clean wounds and in some places are used as bandages. Also it is depicted in art as decorative element.

What can we learn from a fern....persistence!!! Look how long they have been living!


Brush busting

Friday, April 03, 2009

Our brush piles we made this winter are finally dry enough to burn down some. I'm so happy to see them gone. Now we can get the stumps cut low enough to be able to bush hog the entire hill. Once we got the fires started, it hasn't taken long to burn down. I was afraid they were going to be too wet after the downpours we have had. Got some extra exercise while doing this.

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LINDA25427 4/4/2009 6:31AM

    Hi Barb
Just stopped by to say hi .We have brush piles to burn but it is way to windy here for that now . Keep safe. Hope you have a great weekend .

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ANGORA4 4/4/2009 12:07AM

    After all the storms, that brush sure can count up! I know the brush pile just from the one big cherry that came down is about that size already, and we aren't done sawing logs out of it yet! Can't imagine how much they'll be once we start the huge old oak that came down at the barn. Not sure how many hundred years old it was, but I guess we'll know once it's cut!

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