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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2017 at 2:33pm

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It surely felt good to be in the greenhouse again. The soil is still too cold to plant seeds, but I did clean up the beds and prepared for planting. The soil is nicely moist.

There is a problem of mold that I will tackle in the next day or two. We are having an icy-cold rain storm now that beats against the roof the house. I'm staying inside with Dominic. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2017 at 12:13pm

One Misty Moisty Morning  Lyrics

One misty moisty morning when cloudy was the weather
I met with an old man a-clothed all in leather
He was clothed all in leather with a cap beneath his chin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

This rustic was a thresher as on his way he hied
And with a leather bottle fast buckled by his side
He wore no shirt upon his back but wool unto his skin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I went a little further and there I met a maid
A-going a-milking, a-milking Sir she said
Then I began to compliment and she began to sing
Saying how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

This maid her name was Dolly clothed in a gown of grey
I being somewhat jolly persuaded her to stay
And straight I fell a-courting her in hopes her love to win
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I having time and leisure, I spent a vacant hour
A-telling of my treasure while sitting in the bower
With many kind embraces I stroke her double chin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I said that I would married be and she would be my bride
And long we should not tarry and twenty things beside
I'll plough and sow and reap and mow and you shall sit and spin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

Her parents then consented, all parties were agreed
Her portion thirty shillings, we married were with speed
Then Will the piper he did play whilst others dance and sing
Saying how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

Then lusty Ralph and Robin with many damsels gay
Did ride on Roan and Dobbin to celebrate the day
And when they met together their caps they off did fling
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do
And how do you do again

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2017 at 12:09pm

@Daniel, it has been four years since we had the awful diagnosis of cancer. We continue to go strong, if a little slower, and we enjoy life!

A Misty, Moisty Morning continues to be one of my favorite nursery rhymes, all these years later. 

Comment by Daniel W on March 18, 2017 at 9:55am

Joan, the birds will love your attention!  Here the hummingbirds are a frequent delight.  I have their feeder outside the kitchen window.  This time of year it's the Anna's hummingbird.  Later there should be some Rufous himmingbird.

Not April yet, but it's been nonstop rain.  The atmospheric river has been blessing us with water stolen from the tropics.  So a poem for April is appropriate for today as it rains again-

April Rain Song

by Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night—
And I love the rain.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2017 at 7:22pm

Cheerios are out of seeds for me too. It urns out seeds4free are marijuana seeds and I don't smoke. My daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters and their partners were smokers until Cary died. They have all successfully quit smoking. 

We had bitterly cold weather and winds, and then the big thaw came. Most of the snow is gone in the lawn areas. We still have piles from the plowing the family did during the big snowfalls. All that snow has turned to ice, so the thaw will have to take it out. My growing boxes came out from under their white snow blankets as did the drain field for the septic system. 

The great-grandkids have agreed to help me fill the bird feeders. I will put out a humming bird feeder when it gets a bit warmer. 

The greenhouse is very warm during the days, but the low temps at night still fall very close to the freezing temp. I have seeds started and have the laundry room full of seed starting trays.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 17, 2017 at 6:51pm

....since Cheerios are outta free seeds... I found the next best thing....

http://www.seeds4free.com/Default.aspx

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 17, 2017 at 6:46pm

.....all outta wildflowers seeds?......thats too bad...

Comment by Daniel W on March 17, 2017 at 6:08pm

Kathy, I bet it's native.  I think that's great!

I think, when I plant the other 2 grafted chestnut trees that I ordered, those will be the last major trees I plant.  I'm about all planted out for fruit trees, too.  Next phase is maintenance and continue training and puttering. On our 2 acres, in the past 5 years, I planted 4 European lindens, one American linden, 5 ginkgo that I grew from seeds, 4 maples - 2 were from volunteer seedlings, 1 dawn redwood, and 1, soon to be 3, chestnuts.  Also a row of about 20 fast growing hybrid cyprus trees, at northern edge of property.  Plus the fruit tree food forest.

The lindens and maples are starting to make a nice statement.  I did some minor pruning last week, to shape them better.  Two of the ginkgos are nice size too.  None if those need deer protection now.  Each large tree gets a solution consisting of 2 liters home brew nitrogen fertilizer, diluted to 2 gallons in watering can, and watered around the drip line, now and again after growth commenses.

Damn, I would have liked those wildflower seeds  :-)

Randy I hope you have seen the last of your frosts!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 17, 2017 at 7:53am

Just checked the cheerios website for free seeds, but they say they're all out. Thanks anyway, Tom.

I saw on the news how the southeastern states were hit hard with freezes after a mild Feb. caused fruits to blossom early. Here in Indiana, the only thing I lost (so far) is apricots. I'm sorta glad we've had a cool down recently to slow the blooming process. Hopefully my peaches, pears, and apples will make it through.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 16, 2017 at 12:27pm

Hi all!

Get your free wildflower seeds from Cheerios:

http://www.cheerios.com/en/BringBackTheBees.aspx

 

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