Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wet, Wet, and more Wet

Where was all this rain when we needed it during summer? It's been raining almost non-stop for days now. Everything is muddy right now. Even the greenhouse is full of water from the pooling water that backed up into it.

Normally, right about this time of the year, I get excited and can't wait to plant seeds but that just doesn't seem to be the case for me right now. Who knows, there's still time before spring before I can get excited. ;)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Garden Police

"Garden Police! Come out with your hands up!"

Man, I totally forgot about this show. I used to watch it over a year ago before I stopped due to reruns.

If you've never seen it before, the show is hosted by Shirley Bovshow & Michael Glassman. It's pretty neat how they act like police. They got the siren going, reviewing photos in their folder on their way to the perpetrator's home, then they slap up the police tape and drag the poor homeowners out.

A citation is quickly written up but it can be ripped up if the homeowners put in 'Sweat Equity' for two days to fix up the front yard. The Green Team is also brought in to assist the hosts and homeowners.

Another thing I like about the show is that they go to houses where the front yards are absolutely detestable. It's not like other shows where the yard or house already looks nice to begin with before they fancy-shmancy it up.

I wouldn't mind having an irrigation system installed in my front yard - but (un?)fortunately, the front yard isn't disgusting enough to catch their attention. ;)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Warm Temps persist...

There was a massive amount of rain that came through the area but what surprises me was that the temperature kept going up all night long. It stopped at 70 degrees. Man, it was humid out there but I can't deny that I loved watching the intense rain drown everything.

Come morning, I went to look around and to my surprise, I found out that a fire ant colony decided to seek a safe haven...

I have two pots of eastern prickly pear (the second in the upper right corner) and this pot is completely overwhelmed by the fire ants.

I can't believe that it is December. It's supposed to be winter with freezing cold temperatures. Who knows though... Starting tonight and tomorrow, it's supposed to plummet into the 30s before it warms up again.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thanksgiving Cactus

Thanksgiving Cactus

You know, as I stare at this, I can't tell if this is pink or red. I thought at first, it was pink but it may be red. I can't be sure until the other thanksgiving cactus blooms but it looks like it is still in the process of growing new segments instead of any blooms. I'll have to watch it for a bit...

And also, to my surprise, the poinsettia I got last year is budding this year.


Monday, December 3, 2007

Thanksgiving Cacti & Christmas Cactus

Wow. I been meaning to update my blog. I'd take some pictures but once I looked them over, I didn't think they were worthy of a post. I was nudged into posting something so I decided to update on my Thanksgiving Cacti and Christmas Cactus.

Pink Thanksgiving Cactus

Close-Up of Pink

Dark Marie Thanksgiving Cactus

Yellow Thanksgiving Cactus

Left: Salmon Thanksgiving Cactus
Right: White Thanksgiving Cactus

Not only that.. but I was extremely surprised to see that my Christmas Cactus has a bud. I didn't think it would bud this year as I got them as clippings at the beginning of the year...

Christmas Cactus