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Barb Bliss

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  1. On 10/25/2017 at 4:35 PM, Peter Pickle said:

    Beards are a natural form of protection, they filter out all of that poisonous saw dust in the air, and look stunning as a side perk. I've heard rumors that Lindsey has been trying to grow one just to fit in.

    She just has to wait 30 years and Odin will give her one.


  2. 4 hours ago, yatescory said:

    Of all of my collectors I am ordering, Chechen is the one I am most excited to see!  I even went with the XL because I am certain I am just going to love it.  Thank you for the write up!

    Chechen is my xl set too.


  3. 4 hours ago, Konas said:

    That is a gorgeous walkway! Beautiful.

    Every month it looks a little different.  It starts out with waist high tulips.  Apparently they are too tough for the bunnies, squirrels, or deer :-)  


  4. 29 minutes ago, Adam said:

    Yikes! Never want to hear stories about floating around in your front yard! I really like the look of the brick.

    She also told me about 2 house fires in my house!  So far, fingers crossed, 3 hasn't been the charm.


  5. Just now, Adam said:

    Yikes! Never want to hear stories about floating around in your front yard! I really like the look of the brick.

    Me too, but it's a soft brick.  Last year I had to have a mason come in and fix a few bricks around the window sills that took it on the chin from the freeze/thaw action from Minnesota winters.  He did a real nice job.  I still get a little musty smell in the summer from time to time (even with a dehumidifier running), but the $4000 worth of drain tile has kept the basement "dry".  If I had to do it over again, I would have put in an egress window or two in the basement before I started building up the gardens.  And I would have liked to have raised up the side bed a few feet so I could weed without getting on my knees.  But who has extra money rolling around in your pocket right after you move in and discover the furnace and AC are about to die.


  6. Just now, Adam said:

    @Barb Bliss Very nice. Is your house an old house, or does it just have that look? The brick looks like it's been there for a bit. My wife and I love old houses with character. Our house was built in 1928. 

    I'd have to look it up, but I think mine was built in 1940.  I know it was the 3rd house built on the block.  The youngest daughter of the cool old lady that lived next door when I moved in said she used to float around in a dingy in my yard when she was a little girl.  That explains the basement issues I discovered when I moved in.  Turns out my house was built on a spring creek.  :-|


  7. On 10/4/2017 at 8:55 AM, Barb Bliss said:

    Arrows and Lances are about the same plant, but lances is bigger.  Lance tip shaped leaves.

    Dealing with that many varieties presents challenges though.  You plant them and think you have it perfect, but then a year or two later I feel the need to move things around.  Growth rates are different.  Some areas of my yard get dappled sun; some are morning sun; some are late afternoon sun.  And the real kicker is the growth rate of the hostas that get cast off water from my rock bubblier.  For example, my blue angels are supposed to be smaller than the blue mammoths, but given the strategic sun pattern and the cast off water, they are actually bigger than the mammoths.  The leaf width is around 18"!  So I'm constantly moving hostas around and/or splitting them so I get the tallest in back and cascading forward to the minis in the front.  Though with God as my witness, those mammoths will never  get dug up again!  Last time I moved them, the roots were over 3.5' long (and that was a decade ago).

     

    On 10/4/2017 at 8:45 AM, Konas said:

    @Barb Bliss 90 Hostas! I had no idea there were that many available. Gotta get me some Spartan Lances!

     

    These aren't the greatest pics, but you get the idea.  One is the entrance to my backyard.  aka my secret garden.  One is the front yard yard.  aka Charleston courtyard.  Too bad the table blocks the garden bed behind it.  That's my dad's memorial garden bed with over 25 species of hostas in it.  The white shutters/trim was from my initial attempt of an English cottage garden.  I'm open for suggestions on a color that fits better with Charleston courtyard.  One is the rock fountain garden.  aka the angel garden.  Note: the rock is 4 feet tall, and the blue angels are the ones with the white blooms to the left of the rock.  The yard looked better before it got pelted by hail twice!  (note: the guy in the photos is my buddy John.  His wife is the photographer)

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    front_yard.jpg

    angel_garden.jpg


  8. Just now, Konas said:

    @Barb Bliss 90 Hostas! I had no idea there were that many available. Gotta get me some Spartan Lances!

     

    Arrows and Lances are about the same plant, but lances is bigger.  Lance tip shaped leaves.

    Dealing with that many varieties presents challenges though.  You plant them and think you have it perfect, but then a year or two later I feel the need to move things around.  Growth rates are different.  Some areas of my yard get dappled sun; some are morning sun; some are late afternoon sun.  And the real kicker is the growth rate of the hostas that get cast off water from my rock bubblier.  For example, my blue angels are supposed to be smaller than the blue mammoths, but given the strategic sun pattern and the cast off water, they are actually bigger than the mammoths.  The leaf width is around 18"!  So I'm constantly moving hostas around and/or splitting them so I get the tallest in back and cascading forward to the minis in the front.  Though with God as my witness, those mammoths will never  get dug up again!  Last time I moved them, the roots were over 3.5' long (and that was a decade ago).


  9. 23 hours ago, Adam said:

    Thanks @Barb Bliss. There's a fair amount of different types of Hosta on both sides. Straight back in this picture along the side of the house is pretty heavily Hosta concentrated.

    You are speaking my language.  I collect hostas, sedum, and coral bells for my "foliage gardens".  OCD personified.  If there is grass in my yard, it's a weed.  I lost count of how many kinds of hostas I have around the high 60s.  If I had to guess, I'd put it in the 90s.  I even have an "angel garden" (blue angel, guardian angel, morning angel, angel veil, earth angel, etc).  I create collages with all the colors and sizes.  I've had people stop their car, get out, take a picture, and leave.  That never sucks.  :-)  The newest hostas are Red Hot Flash, Spartan Lances and Spartan Arrows.


  10. 7 hours ago, Adam said:

    After reading this installment, I'm even more reassured in my Coco choice of Chechen, and cannot wait to see the finished product. The pictures of the Chechen timber look somewhat similar to the Yew tree I have in my front yard. The outer bark is a bit darker on the Yew, but the inner part of the wood also has that reddish hue. 

    Really enjoying these blogs. Also I feel as though I need to own this Wood Bible. I may have to do some looking on Amazon.

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    Nice yard!


  11. 36 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

    I posted this on the new game forum, but that's not had new viewers in a while.  I have at least 6 good games that I'd be willing to send to whoever is interested in them for just the price of postage.  My game rotation has a serious bloat issue, and it's only going to get worse.

    I'm not at the same location as my game rack, but what I recall is: Eclipse, Thurn and Taxis, Suburbia, Hell Rails, Race for the Galaxy, India Rails (dyslexic's nightmare), and Kill Dr. Lucky


  12. I posted this on the new game forum, but that's not had new viewers in a while.  I have at least 6 good games that I'd be willing to send to whoever is interested in them for just the price of postage.  My game rotation has a serious bloat issue, and it's only going to get worse.


  13. 1 hour ago, Lindsey said:

    Rules are meant to be broken! But seriously you're fine. We talk about wood here all day and all night. There's no way these forums are not going to be filled with face palm worthy jokes about our wood. Most likely from Barb. 

    Super awesome that you are digging the hobby! Any wood you'd like us to do next?

    Rosewood!


  14. Just now, Adam said:

    Are there rules here? I never read the terms and conditions.

    <snip>Me and the other owner are such fans of the wood that we used a live edge slab of feathered crotchwood (no jokes, please) to build our conference/ gaming table in our new Dog Might HQ.  :-)

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