Sunday, October 14, 2018

Planting Perennials

Picture from the Breck's website.
Today, I planted Astrantia in two holes in the primary stump garden (two plants in a hole on the south side and two plants in a hole on the east facing side.) I also planted two plants in a hole on the south facing side of the secondary stump garden.
Picture from Breck's website.
I planted Blue Angel Hosta in front of the bird feeder tree where there is fairly deep shade, so we'll see how it does. I may have to amend the soil more than I did as it does like a rich humus soil.
Picture from the Breck's website.
Lastly, I planted Bowl of Beauty Peony next to the third stump garden, on the north side of the stump. I hope it gets enough light there. If not, I can always transplant it somewhere else. I also need to add an inch of soil to cover it up. The package directions said to plant it level with the ground, not under, while the website says to cover the root with 1" of soil. And, the soil might not be rich enough either. Aughhh...

First Freeze of Autumn

Oh boy...I decided not to pick lettuce last night because the outdoor temp. was only supposed to get down to 34F. We usually miss the first frosts and freezes being next to the pond. But, when I looked out the window this morning, I saw frozen white water droplets on the porch table cover. Then, when I stepped outside, I went sliding on the deck! Lettuce is frozen, tomatoes (lots of them) are frozen, tiny zucchini is frozen... Moral of the story: If you think there is a chance of frost, cover your plants and pick your lettuce!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Little Red's afternoon meal

We do love Little Red and are provided with chuckles on a daily basis.
Little Red has so many seed choices on the stump that decision making can be a challenge!
Yummmy...Sunflower seeds are the best!

Last day to pick apples!

This photo is of Amelia Apple Tree before we began to pick her last apples. She is now apple free!
The threat of frost is in the air. We travelled to Hazel Hill Orchard to finish picking apples from Amelia Apple Tree. She yielded 94.57 pounds of Cortland apples this year. Now, to bake apple pie bread, make sweet applesauce, and eat crunchy, sweet and juicy apples;-)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Photographing the Sun

Without much zoom the sun seems rather diffuse through the filter.
We just purchased a black polymer solar filter for our cameras as I have been wanting one for awhile. When we had a telescope years ago, we took some nice photos of sunspots (back in 2002.) But, the telescope was gifted to our nephew when he was a teenager.
Just a wee bit of zoom
Now, with more advanced digital cameras, we can more effectively use the solar filter. Our filter is very inexpensive. The hydrogen-alpha model of filter, that would allow us to see the swirling magnetic fields and gas loops, is mega bucks, so we'll be satisfied with this one.
The filter gives the sun an orange glow. Never, never, never photograph the sun without a filter.
Drew zoomed in a bit more. I think it is so fascinating that we can photograph something that is 93,000,000 miles away! Did you know that you could fit 1 million Earths inside the volume of the sun?
Click on the photo to see that the surface is not as smooth as you would think.
Remember that the sun's surface consists of plasma at super high temperatures with lots of magnetic fields.
Finally, he achieved maximum zoom to see the surface of the sun. As the sun is in Solar minimum, there are no sunspots. The next sunspot cycle will stretch from 2019-2030.

Click here to read an interesting article from the Huffington Post on the next sunspot cycle and solar maximum.
Photo through our telescope back in 2002.
And here is a sunspot photo we took through the telescope in 2002. We will be able to achieve that level of detail with our camera equipment, sans telescope, when the sunspots appear! Patience, grasshopper...patience...

But, Drew just told me that Mercury will transit the Sun on Nov. 11, 2019, so we are hoping for a sunshiny day in a little over a year for that event! Lots to look forward to! Check out the Time and website for more detailed information.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Drew and "Little Red"

Little Red waits as Drew cleans the bird bath.
Drew has a relationship with somebody other than me, and I'm okay with it!
Little Red patiently waits while the bird bath is filled.
This relationship started in springtime when Little Red started visiting the bird seed stump as a young pup.
Little Red says, "Good Morning, Good Buddy!"
He has continued to visit many times, daily, and seems most comfortable when Drew is nearby.
We are hoping that "Little Red" continues to visit all year long and that he remains comfortable with Drew into next year as well.