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But it sure is effing things up for others, huh? Massive storm cell that ran from just north of Waco up past OKC almost to Kansas last night. In my area, DFW, there were EIGHT tornadoes. My friends in southwest Dallas had GRAPEFRUIT-SIZED HAIL. That is bigger than a softball, y'all. That'd brain you. My friends in Flower Mound, which is near my in laws, had baseball sized hail. My in laws locked themselves in their bathroom, texted me when it was over. A tornado touched down just north of them by a mile. And my neighborhood, well, the sirens went off, I had the laundry room ready, and we were in there for thirty minutes, waiting for all of them to pass. And they went right around us. I went on my walk this morning and five blocks north of me: a 60 foot high oak tree ripped out of the ground. No rotten limbs, trunk, or roots, just that powerful of a storm. Crazy.

Fun times in the "storm cellar" (aka the laundry room): cats are miserable being trapped in there with the four of us. Smudge decides to take a poop in his litter box (which is kept in the laundry room.) My son is feeding off the nervous energy and won't shut up. Emily is complaining about people "touching her" - child, this is a LAUNDRY ROOM, not a ballroom! Get over it! #2 curled into a ball in my lap, shaking. "Is it over? Is it over? What's that sound!@? Is it over?" Thank goodness my cell phone service was good, I could track the storm as it passed. Also helpful: twitter. Man, I love Twitter. @StoneyboBoney, if you wanna come over to the dark side.

This morning, however, was GLORIOUS. Not a cloud in the sky today. Nothing but sunshine. You can practically hearthe plants growing. I took pics with my phone, so they're not the best, but they're pretty decent.


This is a new-this-year-to-me lily. It doesn't capture the vivid orange, but get a box of crayons. Get "orange" - that's it. Stunning. And look at how many flowers on that ONE stem! I planted 12 of them, I may need to line the whole place with them, they're so pretty.






Another lily, bright and vivid like I like it.






Yet another lily, and this is in front of the yellow one, and there are bright blue Veronicas in front. Primary colors are one, two, three: red, yellow, and blue!






Over by the stone walkway, 1: gulf Muhly grasses, they put out pink puffs in fall, 2: ground artemesia, non-invasive. (A kitty laid in that one), 3: aliums, and these will be big pink balls in a few more days. I also need to move them, they're too tall to be up front.






Way around the side of the house, the gladiolas are starting to bloom. They're almost black until they open, then they are the brightest, deepest red. Sorry for the crappy shot.






Wee thatch of them (I planted 20 corms, I think they need to go deeper to keep them upright.)






Nothing yesterday, then today: Rain Lily! Guess what makes them show up? 1: creeping phlox, 2: rain lily, 3 bright citron sedum






At the end of the driveway the (1) French Hollyhocks (aka Zebra Mallow) is thuh-riving. 2: blue bearded iris, getting ready to put out round 2, 3: pink skull cap, 4: my 7 foot wide, 4 foot tall rosemary shrub. (I have 6 more. They're excellent evergreens in warm climates)






The shallots are bulbing (as are the onions and garlic) and will be ready to pull in about two weeks. I need it to get hot and dry. ...that's what she said?





Aaaaaaaand this is where I'm headed. Kindle + iced drink + lounge (or tanning ledge) = ME, SMILING.





I know it's only Wednesday, but I'm living like it's Friday!

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oatmellow
May. 25th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
green with envy, I am.
stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
If you were green, I would plant you. Then fertilize you. (I don't know how to do come ons anymore.)
oatmellow
May. 25th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
oh baby! talk dirty to me!

BTW: I watched Game of Thrones Episode 7 last night on HBOgo.com. WOW. That is all...
stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Waaah! I haven't seen it yet! I want to watch it ahead of time and write it up so I don't have to work on the 4 Day weekend. I SHALL GO DIGGING.
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stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
I loooooove lilies. Especially because they're so easy. Plant, and let grow. Every 5 years you dig them up, pull the babies off the mama bulb, and then you have MORE lilies. YAY.

Oooooh, I want to see that. So skeery, OKC and the Red River area seemed to get some of the worst of it.
stephanierb
May. 25th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)

That pool! And those lilies! So beautiful.

This weather has been insane. We're pretty lucky in the NE and I'm glad to hear that you and yours were spared. But so many others weren't. It's just awful.

Are you on twitter often? I'm on, but more to follow clever people. I'm not that clever myself.
stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, Mother Nature, you make pretty jewels for me to look at. :) Lilies might be my fave.

The weather is CRAZY. And it seems like NE has had non-stop rain, that would get exhausting after a while.

I'm on Twitter pretty regularly! And I don't cross post, or stuff like that, so you don't have to file me under redundancy department of redundancy. Heh.
stephanierb
May. 25th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)

I'm on Twitter pretty regularly!

Cool! Then I'll definitely follow. I'm stephrenb, just so you know, and don't feel obligated to return follow. I'm pretty boring.:-)
brunettepet
May. 25th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
With family in Missouri, this tornado season has me on edge already. We've only had a couple north of us in all the years I've lived in Austin. I don't know if we even have tornado sirens here.

Softball sized hail! That is some serious business.
stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Can you believe that?! They had a picture on FB (locked, so I didn't feel free to yoink it) with this gnarly looking ice block, all sharp and pointy, and it completely covered his wife's hand, you could barely see the tips of her fingers. Yeesh.

I think y'all are pretty safe down there, the hill country stops most of that from happening, I believe. Lucky! ;)
brunettepet
May. 25th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
OMG, your flowers! The pics didn't load the first time through. The lilies are gorgeous!
stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Oh, I was SOOOOO happy to find those lily bulbs. I want to line my entire property in them!
julia_here
May. 25th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
My yard is a disgrace, what with the lack of lawnmower operators (I'm getting a sheep next month to take care of that. No, I am not kidding. A Jacob wether from my friend-for-generations Penny, who is still better at everything than I am, and a Sarah Palin fan, and I don't care, because she and I have the same reason for loving quince trees), and the nasty nasty weather, and because I'm building chicken housing after buying the chickens. I've got narcissus in bloom that should have bloomed in early April, and the tree Peonies have lost most of their buds to sleet storms and are just now opening the ones that are left, a month late.

Lovely, lovely stuff; I love Asiatic Hybrid lilies and their supersaturated colors, but unfortunately so do the Narcissus Flies, so I have Orienpets and Trumpets instead, none of which bloom until late July.

I cannot express the level of envy just a glance at your pool gives me; on the other hand, I have a nice double-bench trellis thingy and have set on it maybe once, and that to tie my shoelace: if it's not raining, I'm too damned busy to sit down.

Julia, was reassured to know that this spring has had the fewest warm sunny days since 1950, which means I'm not projecting that it was the worst spring I could remember.
stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yay sheep! Goats were good for that back in Utah, IDK about where you are.

Narcissus Flies? I've never heard of them! We don't have many flies/biting bugs out here, which is one reason why I love it.
julia_here
May. 25th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Narcissus Bulb Fly is mostly a problem in areas with a historic Daffodil bulb crop; I use yellow sticky traps against them in years where my yard less resembles the romantic kelp forest of the deep. They chew the bulb scales down but don't destroy the bulb plates, and only attack blooming flowers, so I have erratic outbreaks of rebloom at 4-5 year intervals: this, combined with the diligence of the Eastern Grey Squirrel Landscape Design Company means that my landscape is erratic at worst and has a sort of cottagy insouciance at the kindest possible description: it would not fit any of the HOAs around here.

I've got a couple other resistant horticultural pests, the Strawberry Root Weevil and the prunus leafhopper, which I'm having trouble finding articles for (as in, have had problems since the early eighties, since almost all the research is bring done on grapes). Root weevils can be fought with stem traps of that gooey pitch stuff the name of which I'm forgetting, leafhoppers with yellow sticky traps and dormant oil sprays and soap and pyrethrum sprays, none of which are particularly effective in wet or cold weather. The leafhoppers are also prey to ladybugs and a little wasp but unfortunately most years they only get to the second generation. They've all been sprayed and sprayed on field crops for so long that they're resistant to most pesticides and the only solution is to try to choose (where choose= "get left with") plants that are relatively resistant to them.

Or lure small insectiverous birds to the yard, and free-range chickens, the latter of which I was intending to do until the coyote got my cousin's big mean rooster.

Julia, being surrounded by people with yard and tree services means every bug I get has passed the chemical cordon.
wickedsin
May. 25th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
the flowers are lovely

the pictures of your neighborhood though, make me homesick every time
stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
thank you! And Texas always welcomes back her own. ;)
wickedsin
May. 25th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
I want to move back SO badly, but since I work for the government in Indiana, I haven't been able to convince them to move to TX. (aka, I love my job too much to quit)
dovil
May. 25th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Kindle + iced drink + lounge (or tanning ledge) = ME, SMILING

If you added in sun umbrella and spf 85 sunblock, I'd be smiling too. OH, I want to be back there, drinking all your yummy wine while your husband runs about cooking meat and providing a warming fire to roast our marshmallows on. Sigh.

The garden looks amazing. You should really do a comparison photo shoot. My garden. My neighbours garden. My garden. My other neighbours garden. Psst, you will win this competition.

And ARRRGHHHH about the weather. It rained really heavily here, it was traumatic because my hair got damp and extra frizzy. (Though seriously, between you and Sue I've embraced Jesus again as my own personal saviour and will pray for your survival as his Father attempts to kill you all.)
stoney321
May. 25th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'm also going to take pictures of the backs of their thighs and then photoshop mine so I can win at that, too.

Ugh, I hate that you live in a stupid hemisphere that makes it hard for you to come drink and relax with me. BOO.

While sitting in the laundry room, #2 said, "I wonder what would happen if we prayed?" The Boy said, "Nothing, and if he did, I would be pissed because why was God trying to kill us in the first place?" LOL
dovil
May. 25th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
I hate it too. Wont scientists invent that teleporting machine already. Star Trek were doing it back in the 60's surely they could get their act together.

The Boy is awesome! :)
txvoodoo
May. 26th, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
Oh, I approve of The Boy!
stoney321
May. 26th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
My son is the physical embodiment of literal/cut out the metaphor speaking. Lol.
ladycyndra
May. 25th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Pretty flowers, Stoney! Also, I want to swim in your pool SO BAD! Wish we had a pool.

My brother and his family live in Lewisville and I haven't heard from my niece yet. Hope they are okay!
txvoodoo
May. 26th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Should be ok - I'm the town next to Lewisville!
elizardbits
May. 25th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I miss my giant rosemary hedges. In the winter we'd throw a bunch inside the top shelf of the wood stove and stink up the whole house with deliciousness. *weeps*
stoney321
May. 26th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I use them as skewers on the grill, cut loooooong branches to fill up a vase in my dining room, scent my epsom salts... I LOVE ROSEMARY. Om nom.
txvoodoo
May. 26th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Your "flares" are SO PRETTY. I've never put in any here because, well, rental. Except this is year #10! Never thought we'd be in this house so long.

You, me, twitter during tornados = sanity. We can keep asking each other if we're still there!
stoney321
May. 26th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Why, Thankee. ma'am! Time to put out some hanging baskets then? :)

Man, you and Pete Delkus on Twitter (and my radar feed from NOAA) were what kept the kids chill. I'd show them that see? THey're just x number of towns over, and they're fine! <3
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stoney321
May. 27th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
You didn't see that last big pic spam when we finished building it? And thank you, we think it's pretty lovely, too. :)

<3
scribll
May. 26th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm from the Pacific Northwest, but have lived in Houston for a long time. I love hollyhocks and have planted them for the last 4 years. Last year they got rust pretty bad, but this year rust hasn't been a problem because of the drought. They always get pretty tall, but this year they grew to a whopping 7-8 feet tall. I wish I had payed attention to the variety. I have planted the ones like yours before, but these are different; the blossoms are white with maroon centers. I usually take them out around mid-June, but I really can't find out much about growing them in my climate because as far as I can tell, I'm the only one that does. Will yours take the summer heat in Dallas?

You have a lovely garden. You didn't by any chance go on the Garden Conservancy garden tour in Dallas last week, did you? I wanted to go, but last weekend was all about PROM (my daughter's graduating this year.)
stoney321
May. 27th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Well, these hollyhocks are only about two feet tall, the blossoms are the size of a quarter. And mine thrive all summer long! Their common name is "zebra mallow" Calloways/Cornelius started carrying them this year, I've noticed.

Aww, no, I didn't get to go do that, we've had non-stop activities and guests all month.
chrryblssmninja
May. 28th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
so pretty!
stoney321
May. 28th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
kseenaa
May. 31st, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
I love looking at your garden pics, even if I hate gardening myself... :-P All them lilies... Lilies are some seriously gorgeous flowers!

Also, I want to steal your pool. But I don't think I am the only one wanting that. ;-)
withoutwords
May. 31st, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Completely unrelated to anything in this beautiful post (and OMG is it ever beautiful! Just look at those pretty flowers! *squee*)...

But I just had to show you this. A friend of mine watched it, and my first thought was "STONEY MUST SEE THIS!"
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