Irrigation System finished #18

By: GardenGrrl , 10:07 AM GMT on March 24, 2013

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They'er Back. Saw my forst Black Chinned hummingbird of the season on the 21st. Since then the temps have dipped into the 40's so I imagine the little guy is doing his torpor thing somewhere.

Saw a video of a hummingbird in torpor. They just kind of shut down and go into a deep sleep. The one in the video went into torpor at a feeder. The wind blew and he slipped backwards feet still clinging to feeder but stayed attached upside down like a tiny bat. Was really funny.

So haven't finished the irrigation project. Went from the 70's to 40's and rainy this weekend. Hope for good weather this week so I can call that project done.

So in the meantime how about some plant talk and general bloggery. Here is a great link for plants that do well in the North Texas heat that Shore put in my last blog. I totally agree with it.

Great Texas Garden Plants

Shrub Rose Alert; Could something be better than the Knock Out shrub rose? Try one called "Belinda's Dream. Gorgeous and hardy.



Oh, this isn't my bush, pulled the picture off Google images. Link

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47. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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46. plapman
12:37 PM GMT on April 05, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
It's funny how water attracts kids like a magnet. They just have to see if it will reach the tops of their boots.
Have a good day.
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45. sandiquiz
7:35 AM GMT on April 05, 2013
Quoting Ylee:
I'm still holding out hope that somewhere near here someone is selling Cadbury Easter Eggs on clearance! : ')

They are! My supermarket has a whole shelf of them!
Do you want me to send you some!! lol
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44. Ylee
11:54 PM GMT on April 04, 2013
I'm still holding out hope that somewhere near here someone is selling Cadbury Easter Eggs on clearance! : ')
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43. sandiquiz
10:02 AM GMT on April 04, 2013
It is Thursday, so it should be your last day of your long week...I bet you are glad.
It's not very warm with you, but warmer than we are! I popped to the local bank to get some cash out of the hole in the wall and didn't put on a heavy coat! Foolish woman! The wind found all the gaps in my jerkin!

Going out in a few minutes to see the kittens... It is about a two hour journey, so we will have lunch out... but not down by the river, as the pub we have chosen brags about!

"Make the best of the British summertime by eating alfresco in our pretty beer garden, watching the swans drift by on the river"

More like watching the swans try to break the ice!! lol
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42. BriarCraft
8:43 PM GMT on April 03, 2013
I got a kick out of the Evil Cockatoo story in #17, though if I'd been on the receiving end of that strong, sharp beak, I wouldn't be nearly as amused. Sorry for snickering at your pain, but you did write about it in a humorous style.

Now that you've got the drip system in, you'll have to watch the drippy results and adjust the timer a bit for the different seasons. You might want to pick up a moisture meter -- just an inexpensive little probe -- because looks can be deceiving with drip-irrigated soil. What looks dry on top may be plenty moist 4 inches down. Happy gardening!
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41. BriarCraft
7:48 PM GMT on April 01, 2013
APRIL FOOLS
by
Gregory K.


Someone took my toothpaste tube and filled it up with jam.
Someone changed my sandwich into fluffernut-and-ham.
Someone laced my sneakers so they tie down by my toes.
Someone changed the vacuum so it doesn't suck, it blows.
Someone poured the sugar out and filled the bowl with salt.
Someone messed up all the clocks and made it seem my fault.
For me today, I have to say, it's nervousness that rules....
Since all that happened yesterday and now it's April Fools'!
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40. Proserpina
4:25 PM GMT on April 01, 2013
April greeting photo April053acopyaprilgreeting_zpsc0d3973a.jpg
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39. calpoppy
2:54 PM GMT on April 01, 2013
Hi GG! Must feel good to get that drip project finished! Watch that last emitter on your 200' line, if you have to many emitters on the line the last few will emit far less water then you would want. When we install drip systems we ideally don't put more than 20 on a line, though we have put as many as 26.

Right now 3 peafowl are displaying on my patio! They may not all be males as females will display also. They do a very funny shimmy dance!

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38. GardenGrrl
9:52 AM GMT on April 01, 2013
Happy April and White Rabbits x3

Hi Mass, thanks for the Easter greeting hope you find some beautiful grilling weather soon.

Hi Ylee, oh yes it's national 1/2 price chocolate bunny day.

Hi Tony, hope you and the grand kids had a fun Easter.

Hi Sandi, looks like you are ahead of the curve on chocolate bunnys. Am looking forward to your photography blog this month,
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37. sandiquiz
7:12 AM GMT on April 01, 2013
White Rabbits, Happy Month!

Wishing you a very Happy April the First!

Hope the long week flies past!
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36. Ylee
3:14 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
Don't forget the candy sales tomorrow, too! :' )
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35. plapman
12:37 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
Happy Easter GardenGrrl.
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34. Ylee
11:34 AM GMT on March 31, 2013
Happy Easter, GG!

Don't work too hard!
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33. masshysteria
5:45 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
Hi G/G!!!

Boy, wish we, in the Northeast, could feel the warmth of 70ish sunny weather right now! Must be wonderful! Nevertheless, we're happy that all traces of March's snowy mess have left our area, the sun's shining brightly and temps have risen to, at least, the low 50's. Well, it's a pleasant start and hope it'll continue getting better as we enter into April on Monday! Can't wait till it's warm enough to get out and use our gas grill again!

Hope you and yours are well and have a most wonderful Easter weekend and week ahead!


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32. GardenGrrl
4:04 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
HaPPy Easter Everyone!



Can I get a big Awwwwwww ;)

Okay off to this afternoons adventures, stopped by most of the blogs if you got missed it's just cause I'm out of time. Tomorrow starts the long work week.

Thanks to all who stopped by with Easter Wishes

((((((((((Hugs and Happy Easter))))))))))
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31. aquak9
3:59 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
thanks, GG. We do have a rain barrel, but I was curious about the drippy system. You will be so happy with the time you save, and being able to direct the water straight to the soil/roots, vs the plant and it's leaves.

Good to see others, trying to save water. Angela would be proud of us.
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30. GardenGrrl
3:42 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
Hi Aquak, no rain barrel due to no fence and lots of unsupervised kids running around. If you divert your roof gutters to a rain barrel you could probably use that for hand watering. Btw, find new industrial plastic drums. MUch cheaper than the ones labeled as "rain barrels" Put a bulk head fitting and valve on the bottem, good to go.

What would be best for veggie gardens is the 1/4 inch drip hose. emitters are spaced a foot apart. great for rows of veggies. Just need a timer, strainer, vacuum breaker and pressure reducer to 25psi. All found at the drip irrigation section of your big box hardware stores.
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29. aquak9
3:28 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
Two words about Syd: Slow. Cooker.

Happy to read about the irrigation project. I would like to know how the dripper system works. Do you have a rain barrel? Or would that be a waste of money/time?

Where did you purchase the drippy system from? I am sorry if you have already answered all of these questions.

-blessed be-
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28. GardenGrrl
3:17 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
Hey Shore, Happy Easter!

How 'bout a steam punk egg to go with the steam punk computer keyboard :)

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27. Ylee
2:49 AM GMT on March 30, 2013
I'll pass on Syd; he'd probably be tough and gamey, anyway.... :' )

Congratulations on the irrigation project! Here's hoping it will jinx you for a wet growing season!
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26. shoreacres
2:29 AM GMT on March 30, 2013
Oh me, oh my. I truly do sympathize with your cockatoo experience. I'm sitting here looking at the scar I still bear on the back of my hand from your bird's evil twin. It's been years since I got nailed - but I'll never forget it!

We actually had some rain tonight - enough to make a mess of a windshield, but that was it. Maybe Sunday. If my Easter basket was full of rain, I'd be perfectly happy with it. Congrats on getting the irrigation system done - I know it was quite a project, and from what it sounds like, it will do well for you this summer.

Have a wonderful weekend, and remember the promises of Easter!

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25. Proserpina
1:43 AM GMT on March 30, 2013
Painting by Maria photo PicMonkeyCollageEastercard_zps70232179.jpg


I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!

~Edna Dean Proctor, "Easter Bells"
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24. sp34n119w
9:43 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
No, I do not want an evil cockatoo. I felt I knew what was coming with your first line and had to read what happened through wincing eyes. Ouchies :( I hope the wounds get tended as needed and heal quickly!

I did bring a happy parrot story. A very ill bird was saved by knitting, lol

Glad you got the project done and can look forward to a great gardening summer this year :)
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23. sandiquiz
9:26 PM GMT on March 29, 2013


Here's hoping you get rain and sun for your Easter weekend... the best of both worlds!

I am still hoping for sunshine on Sunday!
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22. GardenGrrl
3:43 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
Good Morning, it's warmish, windy and overcast. They say there will be rain tomorrow which would be a great start to having the garden evenly watered and sthen supplemented by the new system.

Hi Skyepony, yep, this should be a great start on better gardening. Really hope this helps to save water.

Hi Sandi, do hope you get a bit of sunshine to recharge your solar cells. Pretty soon your kitten will be coming home and they are always a ray of happy light.

Hi Plapman, yeah some of those little dogs are really anti-social. Glad Abbey is so well behaved.
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21. plapman
12:52 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Yesterday Abbey got into an altercation with a Jack Russel Terrier. Abbey was loose helping me drain water from my driveway when a neighbor came past. I wasn't watching but when I heard the commotion I looked up and saw the problem and called Abbey back. abbey wants to be every dogs friend but those little terriers are nasty.
Enjoy the day.
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20. sandiquiz
9:07 AM GMT on March 29, 2013
I am so pleased the drip-feed irrigation is complete, that's another crossed off your "to do" list!

As to your "evil" cockatoo.... no, I don't want him, sorry, but perhaps you could find him a new home, with someone who has "thicker skin"!

The sun had almost gone in before I was ready to leave yesterday, and there is non on the cards for today, but Sunday may just give us a glimmer of light!
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19. Skyepony (Mod)
1:41 AM GMT on March 29, 2013
Bad cockatoo!

Looks like you are setting yourself up for some happy gardening:)
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18. GardenGrrl
1:16 AM GMT on March 29, 2013
It's Done :D The drip irrigation system is in and works great. It is a combination of two lines, two timers. One is a 50ft line with sprinkler drip heads going to container plants and a peach tree. The other has 200ft of drip tubing spiraled through the large garden. This should make summer gardening a lot easier. :-D

Hope it attracts rain ;)
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17. GardenGrrl
4:24 PM GMT on March 28, 2013
Good Morning All, only because I am a non-violent person is that evil bleeping cockatoo still alive.

He decided to escape through the small hatch that I take his food dish in and out of. Fine will use this opportunity to clean his cage as he played around the top outside of it. Stood up and he beak reached to my t-shirt for something to grip while he swung off the cage like a little pirate boarding a ship piercing a hole through both shirt and upper arm. This hurt.

He would not let go. Yummy shirt sleeve had a warm wet center. Mmmmm. Finally freed my arm only to have him bite my finger hard enough that I slung blood everywhere after I freed the double punctured digit to make a quick grab for his head feathers so he couldn't bite me again. The tail feathers were captured by the other hand so he couldn't cling to me with his feet and deposited the little creep into the cage slamming and bolting the door.

Does anyone want an evil cockatoo?

Hi Ylee, seems management everywhere is requiring their facility machanics to use the duct-tape approach to fixing things. Just remember to document all this for your home records in case you are injured. Check, double check and stay out of the way at start up is my motto.

Sandi, did you say sun? Get off the computer and get outside before it goes away. We'll wait the ten minutes ;)
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16. sandiquiz
9:03 AM GMT on March 28, 2013
Morning to you - did you get your project complete?

We have a little sun today... so I am going out with camera in tow, to drive through the deer park on my way to my friends house! Knowing my luck, the sun will have gone in before I am ready to leave in an hour or so!

Photo of kitties in my blog:)
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15. Ylee
10:29 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
Aaaaack! Help me! I'm surrounded by IDIOTS! It a wonder I don't get killed some days. Maintenance doesn't have the part necessary to fix a piece of equipment, they are told to patch it the best they can, then after they are done, they hand me the control box, and tell me to let them know if anything happens!

I thought about saying "here, stand under this 20K lb. ingot I'm pulling out, and see if it falls on you! How confident are you NOW?!?"

I didn't, but I thought of it, lol!

Hope you are having a productive day outside!
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14. GardenGrrl
4:17 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
Good Morning, time to catch up...and then maybe go nap.

Hi Prose, Happy Palm Sunday and soon a Blessed Good Friday. I love fuschia plants. they seem to burn up around here but I still buy one once in a while just because they are so pretty.

Hi Sandi, those are some gorgeous "rose-cicles". The bottom one looks very much like one we have called a "Fairy Rose". it's a small polyantha shrub.

Calpoppy, great sign and even better news. Glad your nursery is making a good start. I have found shrub roses directly in the ground here just need a spring haircut and neglect to do well. The container ones may do better with that recipe. Going to experiment.
As for your hummer pictures, they are awesome.

Shore, been following you around the blogs. Dang that's some week you have had. Yes, please keep an eye on your leg. Seeing as to how bad the food is where your buddy is at, you don't need to be a lodger there too. Have noticed on the radars that the rain has been skipping around the coast. Hope it changes (gently) as April gets here.

Hi Karen, I like your lawn chairs. Red is a great accent color in the yard (and kitchens). Used the ctl + trick you posted many moons ago to see the background. The lettuce looks great.

Hey Briar, you posted on my favorite number. I'm kind of a weenie doing slow activities when it's cold out. Digging the trench would be great at 40-50f. Working tiny bits of plastic and punching into tube..not so much. Unless something comes up, one more hour to garden time :D
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13. BriarCraft
8:50 PM GMT on March 26, 2013
The thing about gardening, or outdoor projects, or just enjoying being outside, is being adaptable. The good thing about cool weather is you can always put on more clothes. When it's hot, on the other hand, you can only take off just so much without risking arrest.

Another good thing about weather is there's almost always something to complain about. You'll think back fondly on these temps along about August.
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12. calpoppy
4:51 PM GMT on March 26, 2013
Hi GG! I thought I would work on hummer shots this year, maybe placing a flower in the feeder holes to get a more 'natural' shot. I am torn between getting an external flash so I can stop the wings or letting the pic look like it has motion. Here is the latest shot.

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11. sandiquiz
11:51 AM GMT on March 26, 2013
Thank you for the cart load of sunshine! I haven't unpacked it yet, I will need a "warmer" morning, or it will all disipate and be such a waste of time!! lol
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10. SBKaren
2:22 AM GMT on March 26, 2013
Here is a picture I took on Sunday. I wanted to capture our new chairs and all the greenery in the back. If you look closely enough you can see the bush lillies in bloom. They are way in the back corner. Hope you can se them!



You might be able to pick out the lettuce in the earth box and the tomato plant. It's already given us 3 small tomatoes with a few more green ones on it too. This particular tomato plant was a volunteer.....grew from a tomato left on the ground last season!
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9. GardenGrrl
10:22 AM GMT on March 25, 2013
Good Morning, quick fly by through my own blog. With the big temperature drop the humidity bottemed out too. Everything with fur, feathers or leaves in the house needs to be watered this morning.

So now it's off to work, Thanks all, for coming by. Will be back tomorrow for proper blog reply.
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8. sandiquiz
9:26 AM GMT on March 25, 2013
Monday morning, and the start of a new week for most.
Cold and dismal here, but on a brighter note...it has stopped snowing!

But on a not so brighter note - this cold weather is due to hang around for at least another week. A snowy Easter is forecast:(
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7. shoreacres
12:35 AM GMT on March 25, 2013
calpoppy - that's a funny sign!

Glad to hear the hummers have arrived, GG. I have a cardinal who's apparently moved into the neighborhood. I heard those first little songs, but it's been singing from the same tree for three days now. I don't hear anyone answering yet - he might do better on the other side of the block where it's brushier - but he seems happy enough. Maybe he just wants to sing.

Not a drop of rain here. None, nada, zip. It's getting really bad - cracks in the ground again and all that. Even when northern parts of Houston have gotten rain we've missed. I'm not sure we've gotten a quarter inch in March. I could go look, of course, but I'd rather mutter and gripe. ;)
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6. calpoppy
8:02 PM GMT on March 24, 2013
Hey I am trying to hog your blog! LOL!

Here is a sign that a friend sent me, and I immediately put it up in the nursery.

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5. calpoppy
6:17 PM GMT on March 24, 2013
Just to add, you need to continue this all season long!
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4. calpoppy
6:16 PM GMT on March 24, 2013
Hi GG! Rain is good but I hope you are able to get your drip system in soon!

Thought you might like a recipe for amazing roses that I have been giving my customers for years. Works on roses from hybrid teas to shrub roses!

Week 1- Using a 20-20-20 water soluble fertilizer, water each rose with 1/2 of the amount it says on the fertilizer package.

Week 2- 2 tablespoons of Ironite, scratched and watered in.

Week 3- 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salts mixed in 1 gallon of water. 1 gallon of mixture per rose bush.

Week 4- Rest and enjoy!

New location for nursery is a huge HIT! Yeaaaaa!
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3. Proserpina
12:12 PM GMT on March 24, 2013
Palme photo palms_zps9555642c.jpg

Wishing you a Blessed Palm Sunday.
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2. sandiquiz
12:06 PM GMT on March 24, 2013
First --- EDIT - not first, Pros beat me to it!! lol

Here's a plant or two for your blog:)

Frozen petals:)

Winter bokeh 2

I agree with you about shrub roses. I have one called Ballerina,
that scrambles over other plants in one of my flower beds.

Ballerina shrub rose.
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1. Proserpina
12:01 PM GMT on March 24, 2013
First in saying hello! I will be setting up the hummer feeders in April, followed by Fuschia plants as soon as it is warm enough for them to survive. I might tie some red ribbons around the feeders, as suggested in an article that I read.

I hope that you are well.
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