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Spring Brings "BB", Birds, & Blooms — 23 Comments

  1. So jealous! We still float back and forth from 40 to 70 degrees. Often in the same day. You know they always say if you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, stick around another 5 minutes, it will change. I am ready for Spring!

    • Same thing in La. about the the temps. BUT, ya gotta add rain to the “if you don’t like the weather…”

  2. I need a professional opinion from a pro. Weekend of 15th of April or 15th of May or both. Or sign up for laser surgery and forget the whole thing?

  3. That looks lovely! I have a young man coming Tuesday to help me clean out my biggest planting area (4 1/2′ x 70′) and to till it up. It really took a beating last year since I was unable to tend to it. Hubby and I got the other 5 around the house this past weekend.
    Can’t plant a thing though because they said we might have snow this weekend with wind chills in the 20s! Everything around here is blooming and budding out too. If it freezes, I can kiss all my plums goodbye for this year. The tree was a huge snowball of blooms earlier this week.

  4. Oh, so many wonderful things to look at!

    On the right, that’s a black-crowned night heron. Can’t quite tell if the other is also, but I’d suspect so.

    We’ve gone through the same spring-busting-out-all-over process in the past week. You could tell things were just waiting….waiting… The Indian Hawthorne’s getting ready to bloom, the pears are out, and the wildflowers are starting, too. Thank goodness!

    And at work today, the first fish of the season jumped out of the water right next to me. They’re getting active, too 😉

  5. You lucky woman! I’ve only seen an indigo bunting 4-5 timesThey always show up in late February, though, headed north – I’ll bet it’s a late migration because of the extra cold winter.

    Or maybe not. I never thought they were around here in the summer – just passed through like the robins. Anxious to learn more!

    • Oh no, he’s not late. We are in the Mississippi River Flyway, and every April, thousands of birders flock here to watch for the fallout (which is next month), and we see flocks of the Indigos. The rare one for me has been the Painted Bunting, which I’ve only seen four times–all before I had any kind of zoom lens, too. And yes, I agree, I am very, very lucky.

  6. I want to do a weekend! With ball schedules though I don’t think I’m free for another 12 years, lol. It’s 72 here today——it’s supposed to be 32 degrees and 6 inches of snow tomorrow. Can we start the bayou weekend now?

  7. My take on “Knockout” roses is that they knock out whatever tries to attack them – black spot, too hot weather, too cold weather, lack of fertilizer, lack of water, whatever – they always come up “smelling like roses”!!

  8. The colors on the Bunting are beautiful! Oh yeah, I didn’t notice any tomatoes in all those new plantings. I’m gonna get a tomatoe plant in your yard one day! LOL

    • For some reason, Steff, you’ve gotten the impression that I’m not a gardener. Have you forgotten why I asked about the trough gardens? I’ve had gardens in years past, WITH tomatoes, but the soil here needs lots of help, and then along comes the saltwater and makes it worse . . . . and just FYI, I planted TWO tomato plants in that side bed (again, even with additives, the soil was very poor. just ask BB) and they did not produce anything (lack of nutrients and bad light). And I love tomatoes right off the vine, so if you want to come stick one in the yard somewhere, you are more than welcome!! Just make sure you bring a tall pot, a stand, and soil along with it! Oh, and a step ladder so I can tend to it!

      • Hey, a 5 gal. bucket or “Topsy Turvy” would be perfect for you. The cattle troughs won’t cut it. Been there, done that. Too top heavy. A few years ago I made my own version of a Topsy out of a large plastic bucket. It did well. Hubby didn’t like it though…he kept hitting his head when he’d weed eat. You’ve got the perfect place for something like this… Elevated house, an eye bolt in your 2x, a bag of Garden soil, etc and… Voila… HOME GROWN RED (or yellow, orange, or green if you’re into Heirlooms) RIPE JUICY ‘MATORS in a few months. D@#&, my mouth is watering just thinking about a good Tomato sandwich!

      • You can get bales of hay(small bales), leave them intact, and cut into them toward each end making a + sign with a sharp and about 12″ long knife. Put a small amount of potting soil in the cuts and plant your tomatos in them. They are supposed to grow very well and use the rotting hay as fertilizer. Also, not supposed to need water as often. Each bale will plant 2 tomato plants. There is info on it at http://www.ehow.com/how_6059009_easiest-way-grow-herbs-vegetables.html

      • Last year the gardening crew on weather underground was all agog over “trashy tomatos” – planted in a 5 gallon bucket with about anything you can think of. It sounded to me like composting, but honest to goodness, they were pulling tomatoes off vines like crazy.

        I never kept the info because I don’t have enough sun but I’ll see if I can find the instructions from one of them who did it and email (or post here if short enough).

  9. I don’t do decorative too much, But its been way too wet for the garden until the last few days. Busting sod, pullin up rows, and re-opening drains, and sure enough its supposed to rain again tonight.

    Everything is starting to green, except the pecans. Louisiana pecans are like Texas mesquite, they know when winter is over. Old man ‘splained that to me long ago, and its never proved wrong that I remember.

    As to your tomatoes BW, best variety for here is “Celebrity”, They are not the best tomatoes, just the best for our area, they handle rain and heat very well. You can even plant them upside down in hanging pots if you want.

    When I had my apartment days, I did alot of grape and cherry tomatoes upside down.

    But for regular tomatoes here, try the celebrity, serious if anything grows through the season it will be them.

    BTW this is my planting bible:
    http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonlyres/46F14CF6-CA36-44E4-95B9-6856552C94EC/56100/Pub1980VegetablePlantingGuide2009HIGHRES.pdf

    Also a great guide, but ask down at your local feed and seed and they will help you also.
    http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonlyres/46F14CF6-CA36-44E4-95B9-6856552C94EC/56102/2009VarietyRecommendationsOnly2PagesHIGHRES.pdf

  10. I’d try Park’s Whopper tomatoes only kind I grow really.
    Hold up to everything here heat cold water or drought.
    Still green and growing till killing frost. Might take over your whole yard.

    I got chicken in the red pot cooked to fall apart stage. Wild rice to be added soon.

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