Friday, March 30, 2012

BLACKBERRY PROPAGATION IN THE MORNING, RAIN IN THE EVENING

Is it Friday already ??  My time is flying by lately with all the business that the warm weather of spring brings.
Busy this morning after chores in my blackberry patch. To multiply my vines last fall I layed rocks on the ends of some of the vines touching the ground. Today I clipped the parent vines loose from the new plant starts and some of the ones that had naturally rooted in not so good places I potted to be set out later. I grow a blackberry variety called Heritage which is a large very sweet berry but the vines are expensive so each year I try to propagate my vines with this "tip layering method".
As I walked by one of the plum trees that was the first to bloom and I was afraid the fruits had gotten frozen, but the tree is absolutely loaded with plums.
Prayerfully these little guys will make it through the season and I'll be looking for plum recipes !! As I drove out the road I noticed I'm surely not the only one with that prayer as the apple orchards are almost in full bloom.
I picked up g-son from pre-school and stopped by the post office on the way home to mail bills for the week. With gas fast approaching $4.00 a gallon I am putting more thought into organizing my trips to town. Hubbie filled his truck up on Wednesday night while we were out and payed $3.85, I filled my van up the next day and payed $3.90, a nickle overnight price hike. Plus as gas goes up so does everything else.
After lunch while g-son went to work on his Lincoln Log construction projects I baked 3 blackberry wine and 2 pound cakes.
The morning's sunshine slowly disappeared behind the clouds as I watched out the kitchen window so I looked for inside things for g-son and I to do.
After watching him build a fire tower and bathroom that adjoined it he wanted to go downstairs to exercise on my gazzelle. So after  he did this we turned the TV on down there and he proceeded to build himself a fort to play in. I took advantage of his busy construction to do some constructing of my own.
I  eliminated the pile of cut-outs that I had from several weeks ago.
I had one more little girls jean apron to make.
I like the rhinestone butterflies on this one.
Also I made these 4 adult aprons using the eyelet lace I get at the Pickens flea market.  Another flea market trip is needed after today !!

I had also ran across a jean skirt that I turned into 2 aprons with the addition of lace on the sides.
I don't really like these and will probably end up putting lace on the bottoms also.

Hubbie came home just as the rain started this evening.  And #1 son came in from Asheville with the replacement door for his house that the robbers damaged. I know what he will be doing tomorrow !!
We did chores in a light rain this evening and the rain showers have been heavy on and off all evening.
We really need a good soaking rain and maybe this will stop all the fires for a while. Hubbie said I could thank him for this rain tonight because he had watered the new cabbage plants this evening.
The evening passes so quickly now that the time has changed, it seems as soon as darkness arrives it is time to get ready for bed.  I miss having some snuggling time with my 4-legged kids each night.
Thanking God tonight for all the blessings of today including the renewing rainfall tonight.
Good Night and God Bless.

15 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Marilyn, You are just so creative and talented... Cute items made from old jeans!!!!

We didn't get but a tiny bit of rain today... It went all around us.. But--it sprinkled all afternoon ---keeping us inside (when we wanted to be working in the yard)...

Can you believe that we have an IRIS blooming? And it's only March 30... Unbelievable.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

knancy said...

Plum tree blooms can rival cherry tree blooms any old day. My Dad had plum trees and it would look like snow flying when a good wind whipped up while they were in bloom. No need to go to D.C. if you have plum trees!

Tracy said...

Wow, you are industrious aren't you? I am so impressed...I use to love to sew but it got just as expensive as buying clothes so my machine has been sitting idle. I love your aprons though...how fun!
I saw you blog on 'At the Farm' and of course had to come visit since I am in NC as well...I love finding blog friends in my own backyard!

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