Sunday, May 19, 2013

San Diego Geranium Society Plant Sale



                                                                 I love a Plant sale!



Wow, I woke up bright and early on Saturday and thought I am going to check my tires and take a trip to Balboa Park for the San Diego Geranium Society Plant sale. The plant sale was supposed to start at ten but there were already people buying plants so I rushed over and started looking at the table of geraniums. Years ago I had a planter full of orange geraniums in my front yard.  I hated them and ripped them out.Well I guess my taste has changed with water prices and I love geraniums. There are so many varieties.and they're easy to grow. Since I  have made my chicken coop into a potting seed starting shed I want to propagate some geranium cutting.
I always need to add flowers to my garden so I decided to join the San Diego Geranium Society that meets once a month in Balboa Park. It is the largest independent geranium club in the nation.It should be fun and you get a plant at every meeting!Wow you can't beat that.In no time I will have lots of varieties in my garden plus learn something new. I think geraniums are such sweet plants and they are pretty hardy flowers so maybe I will have some luck with them.Remember how they made fun of Prince Charles for talking to plants.  Well I think I am one step from joining that club.
When I signed up the woman that was signing up new members commented  that my name sounded familiar. Well she remembered me we use to garden together at the Whaley House in Old Town in the 70's. Betty Newton a popular garden teacher had  a string of us students that would volunteer with her in tending the Rose and herb garden. It was so much fun talking to the visitors and tending to the Whaley garden back then.

                                                       Museum of Natural History on the left



I remember climbing on the base of that tree as a kid.


                                                                      Some examples of Geraniums


                                                                   Geraniums ahead



                                                                         What I bought




                                                                     Geranium lovers


                              











 I am waiting in line to pay for my plants








                                                                 Inside the Geranium show





                                                     These are going in my garden railroad

                                                                      Happy Gardening!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hobo quilt class and gardening

What can I say I have been on hiatus from blogging.I guess I forgot to tell anybody.
 
                                                 Our teacher Donna's Hobo quilt
Life has been a busy plain ordinary routine of gardening, knitting, and gardening I once again tried seed starting and I had great success with sunflowers! I am using my chicken coop as a potting shed and it’s a wonderful place for plants to have a start without getting eaten by squirrels and gophers.



This is a really good seed starter

 It has been so hot in the hundreds last week which is scary.I feel were going to have a bad fire season this summer and fall in southern California.There were some big fires last week in L.A.
San Diego county gets little rain during the summer and we have been in a drought for a while so it's going to be a really long hot summer.





                                              Thank you Sunrise Power link grant.My tree's being cut down
                                              I sure hope Crest gets selected again next year.





The tree hackers came and chopped down two huge Eucalyptus trees and topped another. Tomorrow the Sunrise power link inspector is coming over to inspect what we did with our fire grant .I have made a little nature path and have been making a little garden that has mostly geraniums. I had bought a chicken water jug which I am using for wildlife.
                                                                      Lavatera

I went to Cedros garden with Linda last week and bought a Cherokee Rose which is very pretty! If your ever in Solana Beach that is the cutest small nursery. I found out there is a geranium show and sale at Balboa Park so I am heading there this weekend.
I have a couple more classes left of my knit class and so this year I will have made two pairs of socks and in the middle of the third pair.
 
I had little Jack spend the night the first time at my home. He is not two yet but he woke up with such a excited smile and said Nana! My heart just melted.

I visited my daughters family for a couple days to help out and it was hard to leave that little guy and my daughter. So as you can see I have been busy but nothing exciting to write about. I did have a wonderful Mothers Day at the Zoo and was lucky they were having a garden festival. I just wish I had taken my camera. The Zoo was giving out free milkweed plant seeds for Monarch butterflies.

Well yesterday was Hobo quilt class and I felt like I was back in the saddle again. Rug Hooking is next week and that will be my inspiration to get something done.


Boy I had forgotten how much fun going to the Country Loft. As I was leaving I saw Cheri Payne . I hadn’t seen her in a while she looked happy. I think Cheri Payne patterns could be easily used for primitive rug hooking so I bought some linen for hooking and a new Cheri pattern.
I heard in Hobo quilt group that  Cheri Payne is teaching two classes at the San Diego Quilt show this year. Check out the San Diego quilt show web site. Pam one of the ladies in our rug hooking group is President. I know she will do a fine job.Hobo Quilt group was so much fun last night. I am being different as usual not following the pattern. I am putting a border around each block. So no trips to wonderful places no summer adventures yet.
But just like they say in a book the magic of ordinary days.


  

My Path



I pulled out more then 20 wheelbarrows full of ice plant






Hobo quilt of Donna's