A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That….

First off ~ this is for Blazedanielle! I’m still not sure about your clematis, but I thumbed through that Terrific Garden Tonic book and found these tidbits that may help. I also noticed that some late blooming clematis are supposed to be trimmed back to 8″…but I’m not sure about your dry roots. Hopefully these two tonics may help.

Clematis Chow

Grandma Putt grew truly magnificent clematis, thanks to the Clematis Chow she developed especially for it. This mixture helps keep clematis roots MOIST, well-fed, and luxuriating in soil that always has a near-neutral pH.

Mix these ingredients in a wheelbarrow:

5 gal. of well-cured horse or cow manure
1/2 cup lime (leave out if your soil is already on the alkaline side)
1/2 cup bone meal

Spread the mixture over the root zone of your clematis first thing in the spring. Then add a rich mulch of half-rotted compost to make sure the soil stays cool and moist. Follow up with my Royal Clematis Cocktail for a real boost to your blooming beauties.

Royal Clematis Cocktail

1 can of beer (ugh…this one always kills me. I have to run to the store for bud or coors as my plants are NOT getting my Sierra Nevada or Guinness!)
4 TBSP of ammonia
2 TBSP of fish emulsion
2 TBSP of baby shampoo
Warm Water

Mix the beer, ammonia, fish emulsion, and shampoo in a 2-gallon watering can, filling the balance of the can with warm water. Pour the solution around the roots of your clematis every tree weeks throughout the growing season.

Next…iTunes Radio! OMGosh! My sister called me to ask if I had iTunes on my computer here at work…sure! “Go to iTunes Radio and click on Atlantic Sound Factory…he’s going to be playing the new Coldplay cd you want to buy!” Atlantic Sound Factory ~ 40 Years of Great Music from the USA & UK.

The Atlantic Sound Factory internet radio station is licensed by LoudCity and is not for-profit. This station is 100% listener supported.

Playing carefully selected tracks by UK and US artists from the 1970s to today, ASF Radio provides both broadband and dialup audio, and is currently available on iTunes, Windows Media Player and Winamp radio station listings under Classic Rock.

Thanks to all the supporters who make it possible for ASF Radio to stay on the air.

I’ve listened to INXS, Scorpions, Laura Branigan (Gloria HAHAHAHAHA), Talk Talk, Crystal Gayle, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Gordon Lightfoot, Sara Melson…no Coldplay yet. 🙂 Great station…am singing lots this morning. May have to make the $10 donation to keep him going. His weekly SCHEDULE ~

YEAH!!! Coldplay just came on….am going to go buy the new cd at lunch today. My favorite of their albums is A Rush of Blood to the Head.

I read in the Reno Gazette-Journal that there is a Reno Photo Club…I did not know that. LOL! I should grab my sister one of those meeting nights and go.

The Reno Photo Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
and last Friday of each month, January thru June, and September thru November
from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

The meeting place is the Classic Residence
3201 Plumas Street in Reno, Nevada.

Guests are always welcome!

I love to read and when out at yard sales I’m ALWAYS buying up books…much to my husband’s dismay. (He’s had to move way too many of my books and rocks during our many moves…mumbling under his breath why can’t I collect something light weight?!)

Anyhoo…the next book on the pile to read was Janette Oke’s A Bride for Donnigan. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it’s actually quite good. Was crying last night…good grief. It’s a quick read, three nights max…before you go to sleep.

Baby Robins, Cairns, Gardens and Whatnots

My sister and BIL also work here at the university…and yesterday my BIL called my sister to tell her to come down with her camera to see the baby robins at the AG College. So at lunch we went down (I always have my camera on me) and it didn’t take us long to find them. The nest is perched right above one of the doors in the breezeway…and how the heck that nest can still hold those four fat babies I will never know! Every time someone opened the door…their little beaks opened and were screaming for food. They’re so fat and cute. I have a feeling one or all will be pushed out pretty soon.

There is a gardener that took over the Medical School area and since he started, rock cairns have been popping up all over. Very cool. There are many times that a few of us would rather be out working with him than inside where we’re at. I’m very glad he’s up here…makes me smile whenever I see his handy work.

This was taken early this morning around 5:45 am…so the lighting isn’t the best.

Everyone is still growing in my backyard garden ~ I’m especially happy that the sugar peas are growing in the decomposed granite ~ I had run out of the double mix soil at the time of planting so I took a chance and planted the seeds anyhoo. I had my doubts…but they are thriving pretty dang well. When I was watering last night I started laughing to myself about the large raised bed…everything is in nice, neat, orderly rows. SO UNLIKE ME! Then I glanced over at the smaller bed and was somewhat relieved…beans, squash, romaine, spinach and peppers sorta all jumbled together. I guess as long as they are happily growing I shouldn’t mind if they like standing at attention all in a row. 🙂

The stick in the smaller bed is the walking stick I made at my niece’s birthday party out at Davis Creek Park.

Last weekend I made up Jerry Baker’s Veggie Vitalizer Tonic with beer, pepper/onion/mint juice, fish emulsion and dishwashing liquid. The pepper/onion/mint sure smelled good in the house, even my husband came sniffing in the kitchen asking what I was making. Not sure if “really out-of-the-ordinary tonic that packs a double punch: It’ll get your plants up and growin’ to new heights AND help repel nasty pests, too!’ is working or not as of yet. And I’m not sure what nasty pests it’s repelling, but I will tell you what it’s NOT Repelling…flies. Oh my! That stinky fish emulsion definitely brought out the flies. I’ll be trying the All-Season Clean-Up Tonic and the All-Season Green-Up Tonic next. And the Aphid Tonic on the plants out front.

Been flipping through the Bobby Flay Cooks Americancookbook that I picked up at a yard sale...another oh my! Great looking recipes. Wild Rice Tamales with Sage Butter, Tacos of BBQ Pork Loin with Roasted Red Potatoes and Tomatillo-Red Pepper Relish, Green Chile Bisque wi Toasted Corn Relish, Crunchy Three-Cabbage Slaw, Pumpkin Bread Budding with Molasses Whipped Cream...yum.

Here is a list of what is going on at the Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno for the month of June.

Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, June 7, 8am – Noon
Native and ornamental plant sale. Come early to have the best choice. Learn from botanical society members about the plants for the area. They sell tried and true plants and are priced right! This fundraiser is sponsored by the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society to benefit the May Arboretum. Organic brewed coffee will be for sale for you early birds!
May Arboretum Nursery & Burke Garden, RSR Park

Designing Butterfly Gardens
Wednesday, June 11, 6pm – 7pm & Saturday June 14, 9am – 10 am
Join Lainie Vreeland local garden expert, in a slide presentation and lecture to learn how to create and attract butterflies in your garden using perennials and annuals. Lainie will also discuss basic design principles and techniques used to attract these beauties of nature. On Saturday only, and after the presentation, Lainie will take you on a brief tour of the gardens.
Ranch House, RSR Park

Native Plant Identification
Wednesday, June 18th, 6pm – 7pm
Join Lynda Nelson, WashoeCounty Park Planner Project Coordinator, formerly the horticulturist for the May Arboretum in an hour long educational plant identification tour. With30 years of native plant experience, Lynda will show you native plants that survive in our area and ones that are used frequently with great success in landscapes. Don’t miss this summer evening of learning. Bring a camera, pad of paper and pencil for note taking.
May Arboretum Office RSR Park