- JUST BLOOMED TODAY~READER'S SHARE
- TWEET TREATS
- DID YOU KNOW...?
- GARDEN UPDATE
- GARDEN READ~THE MAGIC OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHT PART THREE
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GOODIES~#RA06 RECYCLED ART FLOWER GALOSHES
- WHAT IN THE WORLD? OVER THE FENCE
Our reader's share comes from Virginia in Orange County, California, who shares the growth her baby banana plant has had in the past few months! Great job, Virginia!
|He was just a man trying to 'build a better circus peanut'- that is, until he, like so many others before him, conveniently 'disappeared'.|
DID YOU KNOW...?
That using Grenadine syrup when making your hummingbird nectar will drive your hummingbirds crazy with delight? (Thanks, Betty in Whittier for that gem!)
I heard on the news that the High Desert was supposed to have a red flag warning for high winds, but, p'shaw, not very big winds, just mild breezes. But hot, hot, and staying that way!
Went crazy at the 99cent only store and brought home a trunkload of flowers and herbs. I'll be planting them as soon as it cools off a bit.(Editor's Note: Don't miss the GARDEN GOODIES section below).
GARDEN READ~THE MIRACLE OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHT PART THREE
You can make other sounds at night to bring forth nocturnal dwellers. A long wavery whistle at the edge of a graveyard will almost invariably bring a male screech owl winging within several feet of you. The timid field mouse can be called from its burrow at the foot of grass clumps and rocks. Sit quietly for a few minutes then noisily kiss the back of your hand. Even the lowly mouse has a sense of pride in his property and this imitation of a mouse sound brings him wide-eyed into the night to challenge his foe.
Sometimes we set a kerosene lantern in the yard. To it come the mayflies, caddis flies, electric-light bugs and moths. Each summer our most exciting 'catch' is the big splashy female cecropia moth, largest of all U.S. silkworms. This amazing creature gives out a scent in the cool dampness of a summer night that the male cecropias detect and follow with the tips of their antennae, from the unbelievable distance of a mile or more.
Only last summer, we captured a female cecropia-her clay colored wings decorated with white and red eyespots- and put her in a box with a handkerchief over the top, secured with a rubber band. Then we blew out the light and waited, counting the meteors that shower down from the summer sky. An hour- and 63 falling stars- later we lighted the lantern and saw that the box and the bush were covered with almost two dozen of these beautiful creations.
Tune in tomorrow for more Garden Read!
- Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
- No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
- Women may not drive in a house coat.
- It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
- In Baldwin Park, Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
- In Blythe, You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
- In Chico, Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine.
- In L.A Toads may not be licked.
- In L.A. You may not hunt moths under a street light.
Of course, if you didn't already know, recycled art is near and dear to my heart. So today I did a project that is super easy and so pretty!
First step is to remove the inner waterproof lining. Just yank it right out.
Next drill two holes in the soles, making sure your drill will not slip and go through the side. Be careful as the drill bit has a tendency to slip and wobble so it is helpful to have someone who can hold the galoshes while you drill...watch out for fingers!
Then fill galoshes with dirt, all the way to the toe. Then back fill up to about 1 inch from the top.
WHAT IN THE WORLD? OVER THE GARDEN FENCE
On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about:
1782: Congress adopts the Great Seal of the Unites States
1837: England's Queen Victoria begins her 63 year reign, the longest in British history
1947: Bugsy Siegel, organized crime boss, is killed
1948: Ed Sullivan premieres his variety show on CBS
1975: The movie JAWS hits the theatres
2012: Microsoft introduces their new tablet, SURFACE