Sunday, December 30, 2007

Douglas and Holly are FREE

There was also a [Mini - Me] tee hee, Wee Holly my Sweetie got me, and she is as well planted. She now is beginning to root close to where I can see her progress. My Nook!
Traditionally we plant our rooted tree New Years Day. Sometimes the weather dictates change and we take advantage of that if at all possible. This year is an example of using forethought. Today’s High was 44, tomorrow to be 45, and Monday will be 49. Lookout for Tuesday January 1st. our, temperatures are to be 37 and Wednesday 25 with snow! Perfect transition time for Douglas to acclimate to the outside!!! While my Sweetie planted the trees, I located, or rather RELOCATED two volunteer Holly’s that I must Stake tomorrow and add Brightly colored ribbons so these two do not get Whacked down AGAIN! What joy it was to see that they came back. These two are close to where Douglas is planted, and twice the size of the wee holly. So now to read on how to prune these Holly’s so they become a tree instead of a bush!
A couple of days before Christmas when I was at the grocery I spied these absolutely scrumptiously colored tulips. Tomorrow, since the weather is conducive, I shall plant these under the Wee Holly.
My Sister-in-law gave us an Amaryllis and I got another variety for here at the house that I had never seen before. They are almost ready to flower. Amaryllis bulbs are prized for their willingness to produce large and colorful blooms indoors in the dead of winter. These large bulbs will grow happily and bloom abundantly in nothing more than stones and water. In Zones 9 and 10, they can also be planted outdoors in full sun and well-drained soil, with the shoulders of the bulbs 1 inch above the soil. Bulbs planted in the ground generally bloom in late spring or early summer.
After a fabulous breakfast, using my new Belgium Waffle Maker that my Sweetie got me, we can settle down and enjoy the day.
The one I got is though sold as cybister amaryllis, it is really more than a trade name; this group of plants is a separate species (Hippeastrum cybister), and like most of this group of tropical bulbs, it originates in South America. However, many of the early crosses were made by the late Fred Meyer, a San Diego, Calif., plant breeder
Amaryllis flowers History The name amaryllis flowers are based on the name of Greek Mythology- Amaryllis is the name of a Greek Shepherdess.
There is to be a New Years Comet… So exciting. Two nights before closest approach, on Dec. 30th and 31st, something extraordinary will happen:
^^^^^^^^^^^^ Comet 8P/Tuttle has a beautiful close encounter with spiral galaxy M33. The comet and the galaxy may even overlap! This is a can't-miss opportunity for astro-photographers around the world.


imac said...

Interesting post.

History of tree -and more- up now

Julie said...

Dee, you post the most amazing things! Thank you for posting about comet8p/Tuttle. My late husband (before imac) was an astronomer in his spare time and we often went out to watch the stars with his telescope. We even saw the northern lights one night-a very rare occurance so far south in the UK. I shall have a look out for this comet if the skies are clear.

Salty said...

Thanks for the goose recipe. I will take a pass for now and content myself with images. It does sound delicious though, maybe I will have to try a goose hunt sometime :)

I like the shot of the old Ford tractor; I do believe that every farm in America had one of these at one time or another. Happy new year and I do hope you get to enjoy your comet!

DeeMom said...

Thanks IMAC your tree is totally a save awesome, what a SAVE

Julie, thanks for the compliment, and Good viewing if the weather permits
Salty, I could never serve a goose that we raised let alone named…but the recipe is a winner

AS for the Ford 8 N. Click on the links at the bottom of the post, TRACTOR, you will see that although it is an Old one, it works and my Sweetie uses it and loves his Ford 8 and 9 N

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I can't wait to see pictures of your amaryllis in bloom. I have not gotten one this year :( or any paperwhites either :(. The moon was beautiful Christmas Eve, I am going to look for the comet, but it sounds as if it is going to be cloudy here tonight.