Sunday, August 18, 2019

Late August Bloom Day

I was busy with the shed and missed Bloom Day. I almost posted last night, but ran out of steam. I had a list other chores to attend to today. One more to go. Other than the last two pieces of roof line trim that got attached today, I kind of needed a shed break anyway. I need to be fresh to build the door. It is a very critical component that absolutely must open right and not be annoying.

When it comes to flowers, Bloom Day Headquarters isn't likely to be too stringent about exact timing. A few days late won't matter. I got plenty flowers to show.

I'm still kind of low on energy though. There was a nice long nap this afternoon. So click on a picture for the slide show. The beautiful wildness of high summer has begun. And I have one more chore to do.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Roof Moved

The shed roof came off yesterday afternoon.

It was expanded and the panels were reattached. Mo betta.

Except now there was a wee bit too much overhang in the back, the reason for the original full seam overlap.

Today that got a little trim

And the ridge cap was reattached. The roof is done. Let me just say you are likely to get better results doing it right the first time. Never the less, the shed remains solid.

The thing is, I am a fine gardener. I might even get to a Bloom Day post this weekend.

A fine carpenter, not so much

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Outer Shell

Hale Mini's outer shell is nearly complete. The roofline trim boards need to go on the back. Then I will go around the whole thing with some silicone caulk. Water penetration is the enemy of a good long life.

The front roof line came up just a bit short after the siding and trim was added. I'm going to take the whole thing off, remove the full seam of overlap in the panels and expand the roof width to get some proper over hang front and back. Good thing I saved the extra ridge cap.

After that comes the door. Processes and more processes. This project is going to continue for a while.

I keep finding springs in the deep recesses while gardening. It must be a sign. The question is of what?

Bulbarella got dahlias for graduating from the walker. The PT came today and told her to keep using it for a bit longer. No matter. She is doing great and moving right along. One knee done. One to go.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fine Produce

Green dominates the Great Lawn and surrounds, but there is a lot of color to be found in the Tall Flower Meadow and it is increasing by the day.

The Boneset has started to bloom.

The Downy Skullcap is quite showy. I sure hope it likes it here and multiplies. Last year I gathered the seeds and tossed them hither and yon. That will be repeated.

The flowers look like tadpoles to me.

The ground wasp digger found another one right by the entry to the roadside vegetable garden.

Yes, there is fine produce.

Okra has started to form in this past week of hot and dry. I see a small side dish ahead. And what is that I see? Two evenings in a row hopping among the fine produce. Damn Bunny!

This year's bumper crop is going to be Spaghetti Squash. Every year, minus the feral year, something goes bumper crop. I of course have no idea why this occurs. It just happens.

Strange things continue to come up in the roadside vegetable garden. The seed bank in my soil is chock full of past production.

Even my tidy vegetable gardening is a little on the wild side.

The trim work began on Hale Mini this afternoon.

It's not easy to hide bad framing, but it will be better with trim. Eventually I will forget about the flaws. Makes me appreciate the building contractor for Hale Mana all the more. He measured and measured some more and the level was placed up against every single important board. My house is rock solid.

Hale Mini is too. It just has some undulations.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Back Side

The shed siding is complete. I opted to spend the twenty bucks for another full sheet and minimize the scraps. It might be the back side, but that amount of scrap would bug me every time I took somebody behind the shed well into the future.

It is a mighty fine shed built to last. Next up is the corner trim. That will help hide the not so square walls a bit more I hope.

An Aralia relative lives in the woods below.

Out in the sunshine the Tall Flower Meadow has started to show.

Clematis stans self sows.

The week has been hot and sunny with little rain.

The okra has begun to stir.

The katydids are at full volume in the dark of the night.

The roadside hibiscus blooms.

Helianthus and ironweed.

Echinops bannaticus

Ironweed that is ten feet tall.