Went in to give blood today. I was DEFERRED! I am NOT happy. I am just a teensy smidgen anemic. (.1! Come ON...) So, I was told eat some spinach or some such, get my iron up, and I can donate as soon as a couple days from now. But I am still irked. I was there, and couldn't do the drawing. I love to drink tea, and I am almost sure, with the warmer weather, the tea I have been drinking, by the quart, might have something to do with it... Getting some iron in the system, and will give you an update later.
Anyway, enough about that. I was at one of the local stores, looking at the plants, wishing I could get a few, even though some were looking pretty peaked. Then one of the clerks came out, and said, "get 'em while you can, they are free..." After my usual intelligent response, "huh?" I started grabbing plants. Didn't even know what a few of them were, but I really thought they were cool looking, so... Gone! I came home with the back of the pickup full, and Husband looking bemused.
This was a couple weeks ago, and Husband was cleaning out the shop, found a rotting wheelbarrow. (Let's just say, it has holes in the bottom I could nearly put a fist through...) He said I could have it, or he'd toss it. I took it, and with some compost, water, and a nice sunny spot, I present-
The Mobile Plant Unit!
It's hard to see in the photo, but there are 6 of the trees I had worked on getting up and going in spring from the Arbor Day society. The biggest one there, I had out in the yard... Until the deer ate all the new leaves. It's now a Rudee kennel decoration, until it gets big enough not to be stripped again. As are most of the other plants there. Rudee has a personal jungle. The blue thing is for the chicken (more below).
A rose bush we also moved because of the deer, as well as it being in a nasty place to try and mow around... It bloomed twice, I haven't a clue if it will do any more, but it does decorate Rudee's kennel nicely.
Sweet Williams. Just stuck 'em in a box, and let 'em rip...
The window boxes did pretty well, there was some pinky red upright flower, a coleus, alyssum, and black colored sweet potato vines. I did a lot of bug crushing for those vines, 9 spot beetles seem to adore them... Why can't deer eat 9 spot beetles? Or the reverse? Leave my plants alone!
This is a Dahlia and a little variety pot that I wanted on the porch. Husband made the little cross member for the pots to sit on. Oddly enough, it has stopped Buzz from running back and forth on there, so that, at least, is a plus. It's also nice to look at when I sit out on the front porch.
And this is Junior.
There were three chicks, and 2 were, well, stomped on, we think. Anyway, they didn't make it. This one did, and Momma Bird took good care of it until about a week ago, then just ran it off. As did the other birds. Then the other birds started attacking it, and wounded it rather badly. Husband and I made up the dog carrier as a MASH bird unit, and it is recovering pretty well. We tried re-introducing it, with no luck, so it is over by Rudee, and we have it so it has a little fenced area to wander around in. Hopefully, it will get big enough to defend itself, and we can finally put it back in with the others. That's the goal, at any rate... Oh, and why "Junior", after the naming contest and all?
Husband started calling it Junior.