Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Getting Back to Normal? Decidedly Not!

Back home and trying to get back on a schedule. Easier said than done! My trip was long with lots of driving, appointments to keep and a strange city where even having a map didn't seem to help much. The good news is I accomplished what I went to do and made it home safely late on Friday night.

This was our weekend with the granddaughters and that means 2 full days of family, food, and fun. With help from my daughter that went well, also. Monday, I took a few hours for mental health(catching up on gardening blogs!) before getting back to 'real life'... errands, laundry, house cleaning.

This morning, the roofing contractors came at 7:30. Who knew they would start that early?! What should have been a fairly routine job of taking the old roof off turned into "the sheeting is in pretty bad shape...we are going to have to replace it all." So there goes my garden budget! This is a job long over due and we knew we might run into some problems, but why does everything seem to be so complicated these days?! :)

Now, I understood there would be some mess involved with the new roof, but seeing shingles on my budding iris gave me the shivers. They do have tarps down and are trying to be neat, so hopefully little real damage will be done.

These next pictures show why it is good to have a big sister. She will pull a low hanging branch down for you.

Let you get a good hold on it.

Turn it loose slowly.

And up into the air you fly!

Since this is supposed to be a gardening blog, I thought I'd include at least one picture of it. I never knew the name of this plant but earlier someone told me they thought it was a fern-leaf tansy. I like the color and am hoping it will spread. I would like to have enough one day to divide it.

And finally, I wanted to show you what we grow here in the prairie land. Corn! Field after field of it is coming up. I always get a thrill out of seeing the straight rows of green coming up and enjoy watching week to week seeing how quickly it grows. I thought I would do a weekly picture so you could follow the growth also. The soybeans are yet to be planted and I will post pictures of them when they emerge and start growing.
It is good to be back! I am wanting to get busy in the gardens as soon as I can. Time spent puttering with plants can calm a weary soul. I wish you calm time.


Beth said...

welcome back, Beckie. I missed visiting with you. The weekly corn updates will be fun. We lived in Iowa for a few years and I was amazed at how fast the corn grew.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is good to hear that the farmers over by you are getting things planted. A lot of the fields around here are still empty. Maybe after this week of sun and warmer weather the fields will dry out and can be planted.

Good to see you are back home even if your roof has become a major overhaul. You will be happy to have a good solid roof when all is over and done.

I have never seen blooms like those pink ones on a tansy. Do those pink blooms belong to something else?

beckie said...

Beth, it's good to be back! I am so used to the corn around here, but thought maybe some would not know it very well. Like me when I go south and see cotton and cane growing..I find it so interesting.

Lisa, I know it is sooo wet there. Hopefully the farmers will get a chance soon. I am sure the roof will look good when it's done. It's just kind of 'everything at once'.

Those pink blooms are from the plant we though might be the tanzy so now, I'm not sure what it is. This is another of those DIPT plants!

Alyssa said...

Doesn't it seem that home improvement jobs always end up turning into a huge deal! At least you had your lovely grand daughters to keep your mind off of it. I can't wait for my poppies to open just like yours. They are great!

Jane Marie said...

I've had contractors destroy some of my plants also. It really hurts. I don't think they get it. Just have faith that even if it is damaged this year a little it will come back just fine next year.

Rose said...

Beckie, Glad you're back.
The pictures of the girls are so cute; I bet the little one had so much fun.
You'll be happy when your new roof is on, but I do hope they are careful around your plants. I lost a bunch of mums that way.

Cheryl said...

Hi Beckie Welcome back...missed you.
I understand how you feel about the roof....our needs redoing and we keep putting it off. Reading your comments about yours has made me feel putting it off is right.
I have never seen those pretty little Tansy's before, lovely.
I was thinking about you today, and remebering you told us about the corn growing near your village. I thought to myself that would be so interesting if Beckie shows us the process. This sort of thing really interests me, so thank you. Look forward to seeing more.

Amy said...

Welcome home! Ugh, getting the roof done is such a big, noisy job. I hope for your sake that it's done quickly and with minimum mess!

beckie said...

Alyssa, I have decided I am getting too old to deal with home repairs gracefully. And Yes, we had a great time with the girls!

Jane Marie, I know they have to do what ever it takes and so I am resigned to the mess and some plant mishaps. But you're right it does hurt to see them mistreated.

Rose, the girls spoil the little one and she does love it. The new roof will be great and we will finally be rid of the leak in the ceiling!

Cheryl, at least wait until most of the plants are done doing their thing before starting your roof. The tansy turns out to be a Tanacetum or painted daisy. I saw one today while plant shopping. I hoped someone would like to see corn grow. Around here it's like watching grass grow...so commonplace.

Amy, thanks. The roof should take a week to 10 days depending on the weather. Can't be too soon for me.

Wendy said...

Welcome back! I missed reading your posts. I know how awful it is to watch roofers throw shingles into your garden. I did the same last year. Waited to plant my annuals until they'd left.
And this year, the clean-up crew (for spring clean-up) stepped on my bleeding heart!! I was so disappointed, but - what can you do? They were only doing their job and didn't realize how damaging their big feet could be.
Well, happily the bleeding heart is slowly making a comeback.
Happy gardening.