Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Round-up

(Wild roses, Alberta's Provincial flower)

Well, here it is, Friday again! The Bag Lady has a little project on the go and had hoped to show it to you today,but it's not ready yet. She'll work on it this weekend, hopefully, and will post about it on Monday.

In the meantime, her question from yesterday was answered by an actual Aussie! Lesley assures us that she has never heard of the product in question, so it is indeed a marketing ploy! The Bag Lady is quite relieved that there are no kangaroos being sacrificed for the sake of her hairstyle!

In other news, the deer have discovered the Bag Lady's vegetable garden. They happily munched down half of her peas. She doesn't understand why they only ate half of them, but she's grateful they left the other half. Unless they have plans to come back another night and finish the job. She strung some chicken wire across the row so any peas that actually manage to survive will have something to climb. She also tied some dryer sheets to the chicken wire with the faint hope that the smell will deter the deer. Of course, a little bit of rain fell yesterday, so she may need to replace the dryer sheets. If anyone has any suggestions for keeping the deer out of her garden, she would be happy to hear them.

It's supposed to be quite a warm weekend here. They are forecasting 27C (80F) for tomorrow, and 28C for Sunday and Monday. Guess that means that summer really is here!

Here are some more photos from the Bag Lady's flowerbed. This is called Rock Soapwort. It is a lovely, low-growing plant that spreads out (and helps hide the freakin' weeds!).

Here is yet another photo of her black irises and dark pink peonies:

And, lastly, the first rose to bloom on her Hansa rose bush:

Have a good weekend!


Crabby McSlacker said...

Love your garden! Thanks for sharing all these pretty pictures.

And so the "aussie" thing is all a marketing ploy? I'm not surprised, but still somehow disappointed. What's the point of promoting it's origins specifically if they're a lie?

Leah J. Utas said...

Wonderful pics. I am especially glad to see the roses as the ones down here are being shy this year. Have hardly seen any.

Scrumpy said...

You have such beautiful flowers!

the Bag Lady said...

Crabby - I was a little disappointed, too, but perhaps they really are telling the truth when they say the product contains ingredients FROM Australia. *snort*

dfLeah: the wild roses around here are absolutely running rampant! Must be good conditions for them.

SB - thanks! That's what I love about summer around here.

Anonymous said...

Such a talent...sigh. :)

the Bag Lady said...

Mark - thanks! All I did was plant the things - they do the rest themselves.

Missicat said...

Pretty garden!
So an Aussie hasn't heard of the products? We were all lied to? *Gasp*

the Bag Lady said...

Missicat - it's a shocker, I know! Who'da thunk?

Unknown said...

Hope your peas stay safe! And I'm intrigued about this project you mentioned...

the Bag Lady said...

Sagan - the project is turning into something a little bigger than I had envisioned, but I'm having fun with it!
Hoping to have it finished and post about it soon.....

Anonymous said...



enjoy your weekend.


the Bag Lady said...

Mizfit - I spent all day yesterday working on it (whiny voice) - it's taking more work than anticipated. But it's coming along really well!!!! I'm excited! :)

Have a great weekend, too, you!

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

80 degrees is practically winter down here. LOL!

Reb said...

One of the plants I put in this year is supposed to discourage deer, once I'm mobile, I will go out and get the tag, let you know what it is.

Your garden is looking wonderful, I love the black Irises.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df BagLady,

Gorgeous flowers and I LOVED the ROO post!


the Bag Lady said...

BG - 80F is almost too hot for me! I'll probably have to spend a lot of time inside my nice cool house!

Reb - thanks - looking forward to hearing what it is.

dfTerrie - thanks! I had fun with the roo post - glad you enjoyed it!

Geosomin said... mum keeps getting all the pretty parts nibbled off her plants by deer. She finally gave in and ringed in the the whole little garden at the lake with a somewhat small fence and topped it with wire up to 6 feet...looks silly, but keeps them out, so far anyways.
Your flowers look beautiful!

Reb said...

Thymus x citriodorus (Golden Lemon Thyme) Height 8" spread 8" Well drained soil, full sun, Pink flowers in the summer cold hardy to zone 4. Suggested use - ornamental shrub. Deer proof, Gives strong lemon scent when brushed.

Hmmm, by the looks of mine, rabbits like it though. That or there is too much shade.

The web site on the tag is I don't know that it will help but it is very pretty. I'll send you a pic.

Hilary said...

Those flowers are lovely, Baggie. Since you're always suggesting I head out west, how about you fly east for a changes, and help me with my boring old garden?

the Bag Lady said...

Geosomin - I've thought about fencing my garden, but it makes it hard to get the tractor in there when I can convince hubby to till it for me!

Reb - thanks, I'll have a look.

Hilary - I'm sure your garden is not boring! And I invited you first.
I will make it back east someday - I have lots of relatives there.

Anonymous said...

Rhonda Massingham Hart, Deerproofing your yard and garden. Storey Pub.

The best book (or other information source) on deer deterrent I've ever found. Of course I haven't had a chance to USE any of it yet, because I haven't MOVED yet. (/whine) For some peculiar reason the deer at this place just walk through the back yard (within fifteen feet of the house) ignoring the garden completely. (When I have one. For two years now I haven't because I was expecting to move! Sorry. Stopping now.) At the new place (where my hunters shared ten pounds of deer meat with me last season) my neighbor has surrounded his garden with electric fence, and I'm guessing he just takes a piece of it down when he wants to use the tractor, although I haven't seen him at it. I'm planning to do the same since this would have the advantage of keeping out cows and horses as well as deer. People in that neighborhood seem to have some expert escapist stock.

I'm jealous of those black iris. Gorgeous! I have eight different colors of iris at this place, but I could always use more.

Mary Anne in Kentucky, who really doesn't need another totally addicting blog to comment on.

the Bag Lady said...

Hi, Mary Anne! Thanks for the info. I have been thinking about putting electric fence around the garden, but we loaned our solar fencer to a neighbour three or four years ago and haven't seen it since... Sigh.

If the little brats continue to be a problem, I just may have to go collect it!

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I know how to keep deers out of your garden but involves a rifle and some ammo.

We hot upper 90's last week in temps with 100 percent humidity to match. I think Axl Rose said it best when he sang "Welcome to the jungle baby, you gonna die"

Yes, you're gonna die of heat stroke!

the Bag Lady said...

EWBL - you're not far off!! There's a cow who has decided she's going to have a calf and she's wandering all over the ranch. Consequently, so am I, to try and keep an eye on her.
Came back to the house for a drink of water and the thermometer I left sitting in the sun was reading 120F!!!! Heat stroke, here I come!