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How to transplant and prune roses (graphic heavy)

Category: Roses | Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:07 pm

Ive titled it that way because when you transplant your rose, youll have to prune it back like you would when youre getting your rose ready for its winter nap. The pruning is the same on both sides. So just look through and take what you need. Ask any questions you have and Ill be more than happy to help you.

Note Some of you might disagree to how I do mine. Let me say here, to save future nasty post, this is how I do did. Ive done it this way MANY times and I havent lost a rose this way. Ive lost them in other ways, but Ive never lost a rose due to a transplant. I am a lazy gardner and will find the easiest way to do something. So, if it works for me, it will work for you IF you follow the steps as they are.

~~editted~~ I know I said I would do a step by step of bushes, trees, shrubs and climbers but with the move this weekend and it wont stop raining, I just dont see how Ill be able to get the pics.

Below is for the bush. If you follow those step by step, but keep the prune back inches in mind for each, youll be able to prune and transplant any kind of rose! The only thing different is the amount you prune back. YOU CAN DO IT...I KNOW YOU CAN!

~~edit done~~


Im starting with the bush.


What you need to know BEFORE you get started
No matter what kind of rose you are moving, there are basics to follow regardless.


1.You cant not just dig up the whole bush and replant it without taking the steps to insure its survival.

2.The root mass MUST be larger than the stem mass. You want more at the bottom than the top. If you have more stem mass than root mass, the rose doesnt have the roots to insure that it gets enough food and water, in turn ,energy, to recover from the shock of a transplant. This is VERY important to remember.

3.Regardless if you are transplanting from the ground to a pot, from the ground to the ground OR transplanting from a pot to the ground, you should follow these steps to insure a healty happy rose. There is one rose I didnt prune back when I moved it from the store pot to the ground and that is my shrub. She dropped all her leaves and in the 2 months Ive had her, she has yet to recover BECAUSE I didnt take the time to prune her back. Concider it a lesson learned. ;)

4.Never never NEVER, leave your rose roots exposed to the elements!!! When you start a transplant, follow through! Dont stop in the middle of a transplant, leaving the roots exposed! Your rose is having enough stress being transplanted, dont add undue stress to it.

5.When pruning back your roses, trying to figure out how far to prune it back can be confusing. Heres a simple way to do it...
Intervals of 9
-For ALL rose bushes, prune it back to 9 inches of the crown (the knot where all the stems are coming from at the base of the rose bush).
-For a small climber(up to 5ft), 9 inches from crown
-Large climbers and ramblers (anything over 5 ft)18 inches from the crown.
- small shrub, 9 inches from crown
-large shrub, 18 inches from crown

so on and so forth...you get the idea.

Below you will find a easy to use guide on transplanting a rose bush. There are pics and detailed instuctions so you should have no problems transplanting. Now I am transplanting from the ground into pots because Im moving but like I said before, take what you need to do whatever kind of transplant you are doing. I have 13 roses in the ground to move and dont want to just leave them to the next person.


What you need for a transplant

Sharp pruners
gloves
shovel
root hormone
mulch
wood glue
gravel (if your potting)
pots (if your potting)
extra pots (for gravel, debris and soil)

Tip about pots
If you are making a move and you will be planting your roses into the ground or in my case, keeping them potted and you dont have alot of money to spend at the moment on good pots, dont fret! There is an answer to your problem!

Grab your phone book and write down the names and addresses of local nurseries. DONT CALL!
Drive to each of them and ask them if they have any disposible pots. These are the black plastic pots that thier plants are shipped to them in. For roses you will want up to a 5 gallon.

The price is right esp if you are moving and dont have the money to spend on the more expensive pots.
For a used disposible pot (5 gallon)ran me $.96 per pot.
For a new one, it ran me $1.19 per pot.
I even got a 50 gallon tub (too big to be called a pot! HAH!) used, for $5.50!

Now my roses will fine in these for a few months. This isnt a pot to keep them in forever. Because they are black you will need to water your roses once to twice a day depending on the heat in your area.

This is something to think about for other gardening projects.

I had to 4 different nurseries before I found someone who had them. Summer to late summer is the best times. Their plants have either grown out of those pots, died or been transplanted into a decortive pot.

example of the pots I bought


I am using my New Years as the transplant suject here. Let me note here that this is NOT the ideal time to transplant because it during the summer blooming cycle for roses. I have waited until the last min to do this so I can enjoy my roses just a little longer. The idea time to transplant and/or prune a rose would be after the summer blooming cycle is over. In my area is about Sept. Check your area zoning to find out when you should prune. That would be the ideal time to transplant too.

Now lets begin the transplant!!! And try not to cry when you see my beautiful rose blooms! I teared up!

OK My New Years as it looked before I started.

pretty, huh?

Step 1
Before you start cutting away, find the inches above that it should pruned back to. In my case, as its a bush, 9 inches. Now, when you go to prune, you want to ALWAYS do it right above a leaf. Heres why. If you look closely at where the leaf and the stem come together, youll most likely see a bud. This bud will leaf or branch out after you transplant. Cutting it back to there will insure that the energy is directed to those areas and grow.
See below pic
If you look were my finger is, youll see where you should cut.


When you cut, you want to do it an angle, not straight across.
This is the perfect angle.


Now dont worry if your cuts arent clean. You can go back after the transplant and clean up the cuts.

Step 1- pruning away the larger stems (dont worry about the smaller stems and branches just now.)


Be sure to have a pot or container handy to put your debris in.


After cutting the larger stems off, this is how it should look


Now we will cut the smaller branches off. When you cut these, do so as close to the main stem as possible. Note here... you dont want branches coming off the main stems after a completed pruning. It goes back to the energy needed to recover. And yes I have branches on this one but Ill clean it up once its potted.



Now time for the leaves to come off. You dont need your pruners for this.
Grip the leaf stem close to where it comes off the stem. (during this step, youll start seeing the buds I was talking about before)


Now very gently pulled the leaf stem down and it will start coming off at the "seams". Repeat until all the leaves are off. Take care not to just jerl the leaf branches off as you might rip the main stem.


and its off


Now if some of the leaf stem is left behind, no worries mate! It will die and fall of on its own.

Once all the pruning is done, this is how it should look. You want to prune any stems that cross over another or is rubbing against another. You want only straight ,thick stems left.


Now its time to dig! A rule of thumb when digging your rose up. Dig as far as the farthest stem sticks out. And dig that far all the way around.
I start with the stem sticking out the farthest and level the shovel there


And yes, I garden barefooted...another reason for ..


Now when you start digging, dont just shovel dirt out. Pull the blade of the shovel in the ground as far it will go and gently pull the handle down. Youll see the rose move...you are going to lever it out of the ground. The point is to NOT cut or break the roots.
Note the angle of the shovel where its in the ground. I placed it in the ground with the hadle straight up in the air. Once in the ground, gently angle it down until its almost even with the ground.


When you complete the circle around the rose,
You will find you have complete circle of loose soil.

Take your shovel and slid it under as far as it will go
And gently push the handle down.


Once you have it under, youll see the whole area you just cut into will lift up.

Now to get it out the ground.

Grabbing the rose UNDER the crown...my finger is on the crown


Grab it firmly (you dont want to drop it), and at the sametime pushing the handle of the shovel down, lifting the rose out of the ground


WAAA LAA! And I didnt cut or break a root!


Ok now to get the grass off the rose

The easiest way I have found is to grab a handful of grass and pull it straight to the left or right away from the crown. This will pull the shallow roots of grass away from the deeper roots of roses.


Now we must find the longest THICK root. That will determine the size pot or hole you will need. Try not to cut these larger roots. They dont bent will and will most likely break if you try.




Now its time to find the pot that fits!

This one is too small. You dont want to shove the roots into the pot..that means its too small. It needs room to grow.


Now this one is just right! Notice the space between the edge of the pot and the longest roots. They have room to move and grow.


Now set the rose to the side just for a min.

You can do the following BEFORE you start digging but I do this as I go along.
You want to put gravel into the bottom of the pot. If you put soil straight into the pot without gravel, you run a risk that the soil will clog up the holes and excess water cant run out, in turn rotting your roots.
Concider gravel in the bottom as preventive meatures.
You can buy bags of gravel at any home improvement store. Ive seen them at Lowes and Home Depot.
I have a ready source at hand!! The lane in front of my house!


Now you want enough gravel in the bottom to cover the holes..


Now once you have the gravel in place, you want to add soil over it. Fill it about 1/3 full. You want to able to set your rose at the right level in the pot. Depending on where you live (once again, look into your zoning), depends on where the crown of the rose goes. I live in a warm area so I leave my crowns above the ground about an inch. If it freezes in your area, you want to protect the crowns, so bury the crown no more than an inch underground. The stems grow out of the crown and if you bury it too deep, youll smother the stems.

Perfect height. Youll notice that the crown is almost even with the top of the pot.


Now its time to fill 'er up! I use another pot for this so as not to just dump soil onto the rose. You want about 2 inches of space between the soil and the top of the pot.


And this is how your bush should look once she is transplanted, either in the ground or pot.


Now if your crown is a little high, theres no reason to yank it out of the pot and start over. The next step, either potting or ground, is very important to the survival of your newly transplanted rose....... mulch! This will keep the moisture it needs in the soil and in turn the roots. I use dried grass clippings. Whenever I am potting a rose...or any plant for that matter, I will fill up the pot the rest of the way with mulch. Once its showing signs of recovering from the transplant, I will remove about an inch of the mulch.
When you mulch, you want to leave about a half inch to an inch space between the main stem of the rose (the one UNDER the crown) and the edge of the mulch. She needs room to breathe!



Now is the time to tidy up your transplanted rose.

Clean up your cuts.

Add wood glue to the tips of the cut stems to prevent borers.

Add a root hormone to help the roots recover from the shock of a transplant.
I use this on all my trasplanted plants and flowers.Use whatever brand you want.


Note about mulching your roses. If you are using organic mulch such as grass cutting, you need to change it out every so often. I change the grass out at the end of every season. And an extra thick layer for winter.
Ok thats it!!

easy, huh?!

If you have any questions, just ask. You wont know the answer unless you speak up!

Until next time!



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Transplanting roses blog to come

Category: Roses | Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:24 pm

For everyone out there that come to peek at my rose blog, I will be starting a How to transplant your roses blog. Its becuase, I am moving and have to transplant 13 roses.....you cant see it but whenever I say that, I roll my eyes. LOL Oh the work to come!

I will be including step by step pics and details so to make it easier for you to follow and transplant your roses with care.

Until then,

May your roses thrill you with every bloom!

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Update on rescued roses

Category: Rescued plants | Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:17 pm

I have leaves on all my rescued roses!


Sorry, I got excited!


Does the happy happy joy joy dance!

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Glendanns trade plants(graphic heavy)

Category: trade | Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 5:52 pm

I was trying to write on the pots but because its so wet out, the marker wouldnt write on the wet pots. So I was trying to figure out a way to label them and tell you about them so you would know how to care for them. The the idea hit me....my blog! Perfect! I took pics of each of them so you can come back to see them as a reference. Once you get to know your little guys, I can delete this blog! :D

With each pic of YOUR plant, I will either post the "Mother" plant of mine or link you up with a link to a pic of that mother plant here on Gardenstew. Under each pic, Ill tell you how I care for them. Cannas are a given so Ill post nothing there. If a plants has special needs, Ill let you know that too. K? Lots to cover so lets get started!

Ill start with the Cannas

I dont know the name if them but I do know they are Dwarfs.

This one has purple leaves and the flowers are light pink and while the plant is dwarf , the flowers are full size. The only problem Ive had this them, is the flowers dont want to open all the way sometimes and they are very fragile. If you touch them, the flower started to droop. That goes for both dwarfs.



And this one is the hot pink flowers..


These are mine. I have them in a pot. They are only about 2 foot to 3 foot tall and dont pup out as much as the full size cannas do. And they dont produce seeds...well mine havent. The whole stem dies when the flowers die off.


And of course the orange canna
I thought it was going to die on me after I transplanted it. Some of the leaves are browning but its blooming so just cut back the leaves. AND! It pupped out! If you look in the pot on the right, theres a pup. Mine are a little top heavy and the high winds have caused them to try and lay over. You might want to put them somewhere to protect them from high winds.


Banana Trees- all banana trees are greedy feeders. Lots of water! I have mine in full sun but I have to water deeply every morning or the leaves will fold up and droop. Part sun is most likely better for them.

I had a topic on them
http://www.gardenstew.com/about1644.html


The mini tree..yours has pupped out since being repotted

pup


My tree is about 4 1/2 ft tall now. Its not suppose t oget much taller than that. This one pups out alot but some of the pups dont live. They seem to rot at the stem. But the ones that live seem to be stronger for it.



Dwarf Cavendish Banana tree- not so dwarf! LOL Mine got up to 6-7 foot! If you look in the link above, the mother plant of these is the four pic down. All my cavendish pups ,pupped out twins this year. That means two trees per corm. So I cant divide them without risking one dying. So I was sending you a set of twins....well....when I dug them up and potted them, one of the twins tried to die on me. Well, I gave it some root hormone..and it did its job a little too well. Instead of two pups on one corm...now you have two sets of twins and a single off one corm!! LOL sorry!


all the pups...the set of orignal twins and thier pups..


the new set of twins.


This is the reg ol' banana tree. If you look in the link above, the first three are the pics of the "Mother" plant of these. Beautiful trees! Now these get really tall. We have them everywhere around here. Ive seen them as tall as about 20 ft. The flowers come after the 2nd year. And you cant eat the fruit until the 3rd year, from what Ive heard.

Now when I dug it up, it did die. But I gave the corm root hormones and within days, you have two pups on one corm. But they are just tiny things. To the left of the larger one, theres a tiny little leaf sticking out of the soil. Thats your second one. You cant tell, but the big one is only about an inch high.




Elephant ears

Ok now this might get a tad confusing! LOL Sorry in advance if it happens. I have so many!

Ill start with the Black magic. Theres no need to take a pic of the mother plant because...well it looks just like the mother plant. This isnt something you can confuse with another elephant ear.

Black magic- Lots and lots of water! If you put it in the shade the leaves are a darker purple, almost black but if you have yours in the sun, they are more of a dark plume purple. Still very pretty. And it will put out runners and alot of them as soon as its roots are in the ground or larger pot. It has VERY deep roots so if you pot it, make sure the pot is deep. Mine grew out the holes of a 5 gallon pot and into the ground within a week of being potted . Its now in a 10 gallon and running like crazy!



Illustris elephant ears

I gave you two. They dont seem to run alot. They seem to cluster together. Mine are fairly new so I dont know much about them except, They LOVE water and the leaves turn orange when they die.


My plant- they will get alot bigger than this but like I said, mine are fairly new so they are still growing. Mine are in full sun but when I dig them up, Ill be putting them in full shade. Theres some leaves that in the shade of the larger ones. They are very bright in color. The "black" on them are more intense while the ones in the sun look faded.


Now the purple stems...I thought I took a pic of your but I cant find it now. Its raining cats and dogs so I cant get a pic of it now. Youll know it because, theres a purple dot in the center of the leaf. Purple stems are called that becasue ..well they are purple stemed! LOL..heres a link to some closer pics of them...a very beautiful plant!
http://www.gardenstew.com/viewtopic.php?t=1365&highlight=

my "wall" of them! They dont seem to be getting very big but they are running like crazy! Im having babies pop up up to 30 ft away from these! So be careful!



the mini ears..thats what I call them but their name is Alocasia or Night Scented Lily. Mine have NEVER produced a flower of any kind and I have tons of these as does my mother. Now when you dig these up out of a pot or ground, theres a warning. Whenever they produce offspring, they do so by the roots creating something similar to a "water sac" you see in some plants. Where they have stored their water in the roots. I dont know what they are called. But these look like that while they are still attacted to the roots. They will actually complete divide off the root and leaving "large" seeds in the soil. If you dont check for these "seeds" youll have them springing up there. I always run my hands through the soil to check for the seeds.

yours


mine..I have mine mixed with caladiums and asparagus fern. They all do well together.



Esculentum or Ive heard them called Ruffles. I call them Ruffles because of the ruffled edges. These will get HUGE! Now, they do pup out but they seem to cluster together instead of running.

I havent dugs your yet. Im waiting until the last min because as soon as I cut the root, the whole thing will dye back. If I can cut one far enough away from the mother plant, then she wont die back, only the pup. It will grow back and fast so no worries there. This plant is very fragile but only with the roots. If you cut a root, the whole plant will go into shock and die back. Its happened to me hundreds of times. But it always comes back. So once its in the ground, let it be unless you want it to die back.


And the one I call arrowhead because thats what its shaped like. I dont know the name or where I even got it from. Its a very slow grower and will die back as soon as its too hot or too dry. Mine is in full sun but when I dig it up for the move, Ill keep it potted and in full shade. Now this one is so slow growing that it hasnt pupped out yet. As soon as it does, Ill send you one. So this one isnt in the box with the others but youll get the pup as soon as I do! HAH!


OK now to the other plants that fall into nothing.

The Purple fountain grass. Now loves full sun and will handle droughts with ease. I dont water mine anymore. The hotter and dryer it is, the better the thing does. Now if all my other plants were like this! Water until its roots are well in the ground. If its really dry out, water maybe everyother day to every three days. Now come winter, the whole thing will turn brown and will look like its dead. Its NOT! Its sleeping. Come spring, the dead leaves will come back to life so if you cut them, they wont come back.

Now each stem has its own roots so you can divide them up when you get them or leave as one plant. Theres three there, I think.


Aussie Plume Ginger. Im waiting until the last min with this one too. I dont know how it will react to being dug up and cut back. Im sending you several of these corms.
My plant...its not like this heat too much. It did much better in part shade and does like to stay moist. Doesnt do to well with dry soil.



Alligator plant (jubabe said she wanted one)


Unknown plant. This one was given to me. Its a very hardy compact plant. You can walk on it! I wouldnt recommend it as the broken leaves will sprout roots. The more water it gets, the thicker it grows. If its in full or part shade, it will stay green. If its in full sun, it will turn bright yellow. I LOVE this plant. I use it as filler.
yours


Mine..I have it at the top of my bird bath. Its filled in very nicely.



Purple waffle
This plant is very hardy too! If in the shade, will do well but can get a little leggy. In direct sun, will dry out fast and needs lots of water. I have mine on the bird bath..you can see it in the above pic. It can get big but if you want it to stay little, keep it in a little pot. It wont out grow its pot. I have mine outside because its a magnet for aphids. So in turn, I have ladybugs and thier babies all over it. ;)
You can grow these from cuttings. Very easy to do. I pulled a leaf off mine today and stuck it in the pot for you. It should have roots by tonight or tommorw. Its a wonderful plant! So pretty! You can grow it as a house plant too. Thats how they sell them in the stores.
yours


Mine


Ok..I think I covered everything! If I missed something, Ill go back and fix it!


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My climbing Golden Glow is in bloom!

Category: Roses | Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:13 pm

I decided to post them in my blog instead of in the board.

These blooms are so much prettier than the spring cycle blooms. I guess they needed that rest. But it was well worth the wait. These buds have an orange mixed in with the yellow that wasnt there last cycle. Very pretty.




Dont mind the bug munch marks! I forgot to spray again this Monday. And the little buggers did a number on the Bluegirl and Chrysler Imperial.I thought I had the worlds smallest Chrysler bloom until I saw the beetles.

My Perfume Delight is budding well so Ill have pics of it soon!





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Moving....again

Category: Pinkies LIfe | Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:41 am

Yes you heard me right! We are moving agian...on Aug 1st. But not too far...just 3 lots down! HAHAHA!

Its a bigger place...alot nicer. It has a huge deck and a small pond with a foutian...tho I think the landlord is filling it in. >sigh< I hate moving but we will be there for a lonnnnnnnnnnnnggggg time so its ok...this time.

My list of things to do...

Buy 35 10 gallon pots.
Dig up everything that in the ground and plant in the pots.
Fill in 35 holes

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Rescued plants

Category: Rescued plants | Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:54 pm

I went today and got them. But one had already died so I only have three.The one that died had been cut off at the crown. And two of the three are in really bad shape. I will be very lucky if they arent dead by my birthday.

Why spend the money on a plant only to mow them down, trying to kill them? I just dont get it!!!

Well, anyways, Im going to get a blog tracking my progress or lack there of with these three guys. Theres no tags, so I have no idea what they are or what colors except of the big guy...his mauve.

Heres pics of them...when I first got them home and after I took care of them.

This is the mauve one. I dont know why he didnt mow this one over. It was right next to the other three.




These two are the ones Im worried about the most. I have them sharing a pot for now. Ill transplant one of them later next week.




Now since I dont know what they are, I had to be able to id them later....meaning which is which. So I took an old scarf and cut it in strips and tied the strips around the stem. Each one has its own color. The color of the tag has nothing to do with the color of the flower.

I pruned back the larger one and its tagged white. I removed all the leaves and gave it some root hormones.


With the smaller two, all I could do was clean up the shreded cuts and tag them. The bottom one is green and the other is red. I fed both a root hormone, which I will feed them everyday for up to 2 weeks if needed, then start them on rose food.


And heres the Meyer Lemon tree. Pitful, I know. So, I bought some Miracle Gro spikes for Fruit and Citrus trees. I put one in the pot at its roots. I dont want to trasplant it right now because of the shape its in. I checked the roots and they have plenty of room for now.
(sorry about the pic, the lens fogged up.)



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Birthday jitters

Category: Pinkies LIfe | Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 3:48 pm

Yes.....Its that time of the year again. I have been thinking about it alot! I think all adults do after they have hit the 30 mark.

Yea I know Im still young to some of you BUT to me I will 32!!! Ive never been 32 before. Its just one step closer to 40!Not that thats a bad thing, mind you.

I found out last night that my little sister and sister in law are planning a surprise birthday party for me and Rob( my little sister let it slip). His was on the 2nd. And yes, he was out on the rig for it.

I was trying to think of what mile marks I have reached this year and you know, there just doesnt seem to be many. But I am ok with that.


But I look just as good now as I did on my 31 birthday so that counts for something! (if you over look the fact that my "heavy top" has gone down another two inches in the past year(it keeps this up, Ill have extra knees for my 35th birthday) and my butt seems have started track down.I have few more wrinkles around my eyes and the lines around me mouth are deeper. But I cherish every one of those! Ive worked hard for them. Same with the new silver (NOT GRAY! thank you very much!) hairs I found last night. My mom was completely "silver" by the time she was 40 and so was her mom. Im following in thier foot steps! How proud they must be! But hey! I see it like this! My hair is a beautiful red(yes begging rights here) and over the years (younger) I had tried dying it different colors but my hair wont take a bottled color for some reason. I dyed it black once and it come out a plume purple. I think Im the one who started the purple hair phase back in the 80s! I tried bleaching it blonde once and it came out a hot pink...there was no losing me in the night! So, when it is completely void of color, I will have a blank canvas to work with! Hmmmmmm the possiblies! :P

But for now, I just let ppl think the lights are shining on my head! Which thats what it looks like. You cant see any "silver" hairs unless the lights or sun is shining on my head and then, all youll think is that my hair is shiny! I wont stop them from thinking that!! >flips hair<

Heres a peice of advise to all the "young" viewers. When the older ppl say and weve all heard it..." After you hit 30 its all down hill from there" They are NOT talking about how fast life seems to fly by! They are talking about the tricks Mother Nature plays on your body! And oh what a funny little woman she is too!

My feet are a little wide cuz my butt and waist are a little thicker too. My knees hurt if I keep them bent too long in one postion. My hips pop when I crawl out of bed. I sometimes need help getting up from a kneeling postion. I can tell when its going to rain but the pain in my knees (old cross country running injuries- long story)and in my ring finger from an old break. I sometimes feel like the TinMan whose joints need a really good oiling from time to time.And my butt has taken to falling asleep if I sit too long....like being squished between my body and a hard chair isnt entertainting enough for it. Its very strange to get up from the computer and having that feeling that you have something attacted to you that you cant feel! But I should be happy that I dont get pins and needles in my butt cheeks!! Well.....I cant say that! I think I would rather have the feeling of fireworks in my butt cheeks than knowing its there but not feeling it!! Since its track south of the border, just knowing its where it should be is a relief. As I come in to my 32 year on this planet, I have learned something. I now understand why women in their 30s wear tight jeans. Its not to show off their girlish figures! Its to bring the butt back up where it belongs.....its like a bra for your butt cheeks.

My skin isnt as firm as it use to be and there is no "inner glow" of youth unless Im constipated. I thought my complexion was clear until my lovely hubby pointed out a spot on my head (in my hair thank god!). I couldnt see it so I went to the doc over in Jacksonville. It turns out I have my first "age" spot. Whatever that means. I think its just a freakle (yes I spelled it right...its my word for a freaked out freckle.)Im a red head....I have lots of freakles.

I think I will invent a new bra to sleep in so when I rollover onto my side, I dont have to pick up my boob and move it out of the way. Come to think of it, I think since Im in that phase now, Ill invent one to keep them in the front when I lay on my back.I would think "back boobs" would be uncomfy. I do beleive that is coming nextand a girl needs her beauty sleep! ;)

Im looking foward to seeing what my body will come up with next. I told hubby not long ago, that I needed to stay out of the hot sun more because my body is actting like playdough. Its melting in the heat! He then told me that it wasnt the suns fault. I am a rea head so its all my inner heat....I was damned before I was even born!HAHAH!

But all in all, Im not bad off. Im a year older come Thurs (AND NOT A DAY BEFORE!! Dont wish me Happy Birthday until the 13th or Ill stick my freakles and freaking wrinkles on you!);P and I think I will live another year!

Im a year older and Im doing fine!

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My 4th of July visit

Category: Pinkies LIfe | Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 3:32 pm

It didnt start off very well.



I left home about 2pm and had to drive to Baton Rogue to pick up my sister. Its about an 45 min drive. You have to drive over a basin bridge to get there...the bridge is about 40 miles long...I think. Its long. It goes over a swamp.

Well, traffic came to a stand still as soon as I hit the bridge. I just sat there with every person in La and Ms it seemed for a good hour and a half. We finally passed a firetruck and one car. The car had barely tapped the side of the bridge.....I was not speaking a pretty language, let me tell you! All of that for one little car with barely a scratch on it!!!! Stupid ppl!!

About a half mile down the bridge we passed another firetruck ,this time a finder bender nothing serious.

But about 5 miles later ,once again we came to a stand still. This time it didnt take so long to move throught. Only an hour. It was a semi truck verses a truck and car. The car was being towed but there were no EMTs so everyone was fine.

Finally I get to where Im going. I grab Dianne and off we go back the way I had just come! We finally find this little town called Krotz Springs. Population 1500, yes that small. Not even a red light or stop sign.

After gettting lost in the many MANY back roads of this place, I finally find the place we are suppose to be.

This house was my verse of paradise!!!! I love animals and have always wanted to live out in the country with lots of trees and critters running around.

They have about 200 Guinese chickens (SP?), about 200 reg chickens, hundreds of rabbits, lots of cats and kittens, two peacocks (yes thats right) and one cross eyed crazy dog that bite me in the face(read on for that little story)

We get there and meet Reeds brother and cousin. His dads in church. It was about 6pm when we finally pulled up. Neither Dianne or I had eatten all day so we were off to find food. We loaded up in my truck with Brian, Reeds brother and headed into town. Everything was shutting down so everyone could go watch the fireworks. But this nice lady made us some Butain balls (SP?)6 balls for three ppl. Not happening!!! So I started drinking some beer.

We get back to the house and meet the father. Very nice man. I couldnt tell you who was more nervious me or him! HAH! But i had been drinking so I was ok.

We are off to the fireworks show. We get there and it looks like the whole town is there ....all 1500, which isnt that many when you see them all together. As soon as Me, Dianne and Brian walked into the park, we were surround.Dianne and I just froze!!! Ppl were coming up to Brian wanting to be introduced to us.....man word spread fast!!!!!!!!!! I leaned over and whispered to Dianne, "When I say go, run like hell and dont stop til you hit the Lafayette line!" We didnt tho. We just held hands.....very tightly held hands until we could get through the crush. Out of 1500 ppl I would say I met about 1200 of them and remember only 5 names....Web, Budro, Jimmy,Crystal and Deun (sp?) and the only reason I remember them is because they were at the bar later! HA!

We get to our sits which were in the front row dead center. I was handed the worse and best hot dog of my life! It was nasty but boy was I hungery!

The fireworks were very nice but Dianne and I spent the whole time swatting away skeeters. One bite me right on my chin and I still have a bump the size of Mt Everest! As soon as the last firework went off, we were ready to go!

Everyone it seemed wanted to talk to us. But I was about 7 beers in and Dianne about a whole 12 pack so it wasnt so bad the second time around.

We finally made it out of there and off to the local bar we went. Pics, beer and shots all around! It was Reeds Dad, brother , me and Dianne and alot of the locals joined us throughout the rest of the night.

I dont remember much after the last shot I did. But its ok...we were all drunk!

I do remember going back to the house and for some reason was sitting on the steps of the porch. The crazy crossed dog came up wanting to be petted so I was petting her and out of the blue, she had my face in her mouth. Scared me to death! I was told she was playing.....ok......I remember getting up off the porch so they could stop the bleeding above my lip and under my chin. Thats the last thing I remember until I woke up in bed the next morning.

What fun. I was just glad to get home.





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Lesson learned

Category: Roses | Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:04 pm

Two weeks and one day ago, I sprayed my roses and cannas for the Leaf Beetle that was causing so much grief. I have the date circled and everything.

It rained yesterday so I couldnt spray and today is the 4th of July so last night I thought, ok Ill just spray on the 5th when I get home.They should be ok for a day.

WRONG!

I went out this morning and the beetles are back in force!!! One day after I was suppose to spray! They just dont play!

They ate all the blooms on my Don Juan, Chysler Imperial and Eurpenana. They really seem to like the red roses. They ate two off my Golden Masterpeice tree and one off my Hot Cocoa. Since my Knockout is covered in blooms, I didnt count the ones eatten but it was quite a few. If that wasnt enough! They had started munching on my orange and hot pink cannas!!

I sprayed today.

Golden MasterPiece


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