Greetings and Holykisses,
I'm sorry I haven't blogged anything nor bloghopped hardly at all. I've been either workin at the shop, or outdoors gardening and cleaning up the yard for the past 3 days.
Yesterday, I'd went up to Mom's olde place and dug up most (not all) of the peonies. When I came back, I walked by the shed and saw this. I freaked out for a split second because at first glance, I thought it was a snake. My friend Becky, has already killed one at her house. But then I realized this was no snake. I grabbed my camera because I had to show you my visitor! You've met him already.... As I walked around this corner and got down on my hands and knees and peered beneath the shed.... LOOK who I found---
Thee armadillo. The very same one we video'd. He was just rootin around and doing what good little armadillos do. Usually he's out in the pasture, but it makes me happy that he was right under the potting shed. I'd love it if he made this his home.
I noticed after I put the pictures on my computer that the other side of his tail has been gnawed on. He's a hard life by the looks of him.
This is how I knew it was the same one. He has the same battle scar on his shoulder.
Anyhow, that's "him" ... the rock looking thing just to the right of the rock stepping stone that goes into the potting shed. He came out while I planted peonies and sunned himself for quite a while.
I've been thinking ... no; not thinking... wanting something- and looking at this picture, I'm wanting something all the more. I want a DOOR. Really bad! Every time I walk into the shed, I have to look for varmits. It's unsettling at best. lol If you've followed "the shed" you know that the wisteria has it's way in the doorway and when that happens I even have to worry about snakes as I enter under them into the doorway. It's time for a DOOR. So yall pray I find one. I don't want a new one... it has to be old and SHABBY right? We want painty, chippy, peely, rusty, crusty. Sooo tomorrow I'm gonna measure it and carry that with me in case I come across one out yard saling or something.
I pondered and read up on all the wisdom I could find about planting peonies at the wrong time of year. I'm pretty sure I did everything absolutely wrong! But they're in the ground... and now we wait n pray.
Mom's flowerbed was completely full of bermuda grass. When I'd hit one of these roots with the shovel, I nearly cried. But ... you do what you gotta do, and do it with all your might. So I dug.
Once at home, I dunked them all in bucket of water and tried to get every bit of grass out of them. It was a real chore.
For the most part they looked pretty good. I planted them with the tips just barely level with the soil. When the holes were dug, I put miracle grow in every hole and used it to cover them with. I still want to get some sawdust and use it for mulch. Oh I hope so badly they do well.
I have purchased peony roots in Spring before and planted them and they grew! So what's the difference? I have faith these plants will grow and thrive.
This was actually a picture as I was just getting started. I tell ya, it looks so different today. After the peonies were all transplanted; in went some strawberry plants as well. The rest of the day I pulled down all the old morning glorys and have a huge pile to burn. Then I tilled this whole spot you see out there and then two other spots as well.
The cattle panels are where I plant tomatoes and those were taken down and I tilled all of that really well. Two other areas were also tilled for zinnias and maybe peas. The area where the corn is going has to wait to be tilled because it's where the round bales of hay is stored. There's plenty of time for that.
The rest of the day I weeded flowerbeds and weed-eated. Haven't felt this tuckered out in a long time. This girl is out of shape and my hands?.. ...not pretty that's for sure. :( Ohwell.
The chickens are now incarcerated. If they were loose they'd be right in the peony bed scratching it all up. I nearly had a cow when I noticed my huge iron kettle. It's had hens and chicks in it for a long time... the plant kind! But... someone... got in it and scratched everything up and out! I've seen Henny Penny in my cannas and she's the likely one. So the chickens are all caught. Today I finally caught Percy the guinea and he too is penned up. At least until the garden's planted and growing and there are enough grasshoppers and bugs out to keep them busy- instead of intent on just messing everything up.
I about had a heart attack today when using my hand cultivator in my flowerbed; I hit a toad.
Ohmygosh... I LOVE toads. It was horrible. I'm still not over it ... I covered him back up... - didn't inspect him too much but I think it was his funeral. Diggin up toads is the worse part of spring planting. It's not time for them to be up yet... and unearthing them by tilling... not good.*
Anyways... I'm so happy to have gotten so much done. I can plant potatoes and onions now.
The rest will have to wait until around the 10th of April. ~Tomorrow if it's not raining, I'll tackle the potting shed. It gets so junked up through winter. Not having a door,... you can imagine. It sees a lot of visitors. Mice, a rat, lizards, snakes, and now even armadillos! I'll bring my camera tomorrow so you can see the changes.
Hope yall are enjoying some time in the sun as well!
Have a great weekend!