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Old 05-29-2010, 12:29 AM   #1186
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How about moving it outside and use a fresh supply of water and let it overflow on the ground? A "Total Loss" system. Internal combustion engines used to be that way. Just an idea. dorf dude...
It is already outside Shu. The place would be a swimming pool if I used it inside!

And unfortunately - even though we are having a ton of rain right now, I couldn't afford to have that much water go to waste. Don't forget that we aren't hooked up to any municipal supply. Ours comes from the sky and every drop has to be saved.

We are supposed to be getting a drier than normal summer which doesn't bode well for the garden at all. 6,000 gallons disappears in a hurry.

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Old 05-29-2010, 12:32 AM   #1187
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I've been playing with the design of the shower floor for the past hour or so.

The first idea is here, still lots of cutting to do. I would do it tonight if the neighbour didn't come in, but he comes to relax, not listen to a grinding tile saw.
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These are for Barb and Tracy.

I went into the garden early this morning and took these. It has been raining lightly all night, which doesn't help the roses at all.

The clematis bloomed this year for the first time...and my wife planted it about 7 or 8 years ago. She forgot to prune it last year, so she has now found out that this one blooms on two year old wood! Boy, was she mad!

Usually, she's a whiz with the clematis.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:14 AM   #1189
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Sorry about the pics being dark. It is still 100% overcast and raining here.

Here is the white rose, not at its' best. Red rose bud and the first hollyhock of the year.
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I'm hoping someone can tell me what the flower is with the little bells. It is a single stem about 2 feet tall, much like a globe onion. But with these lovely little bells.

The light pink rhodo has been out for awhile and is getting to be maybe 8 to 10 years old now.

The dark pink rhodo is still in a pot from two years ago and is under the trees at the bottom of the garden. No doubt that's why it is later blooming.

The small white and red azaleas are in my Japanese garden. They are less than 2 years old.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:21 AM   #1191
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These guys didn't attach for some reason. Sorry about that....enjoy!
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The flowers are beautiful! That's funny about the Clematis. Over the past 25 years, I've never been able to get one to grow. Last year a friend gave me 2 of her Clematis plants out of her yard. Now one of them is blooming beautifully here.

I bought a Peony in Holland in 1995. Every year it comes up, but it only gets about a foot tall and never flowers or grows new stems.

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Hi Barb:

It seems the trick with clematis is to know just what type you have. Some bloom on new wood, some on old, and they bloom at different times.

When you get a plant from the nursery, the tag will usually let you know which it is. It is usually the pruning which determines success or failure, just ask my wife about the white one!

Peonies are a special breed. It seems to me they are very fussy. If they aren't in just the right spot, they just sulk. We have a couple here and sometimes they bloom and sometimes not. I see there is one bud right now. It has been sitting doing nothing for the past two weeks. Might be the weather.
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OK, so the row of accent tiles around the outside need a small angle taken off one side. Otherwise they "grow" too much going along the floor. Plus the inside edges almost touch, which doesn't look good.

I cut a thin piece of yellow cedar with a 2 angle on one end and a 3 angle on the other. The 2 was about right.
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Here's a few to see how they go. OK, I think.
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Thank you so much for posting the flowers Coco! I've spent sometime trying to find the beautiful purple/lavendar bush I saw earlier in this thread but I can't seem to find it now, I should have marked the post. I was wondering what kind of bush/flower it was---it was near a deck. There are so many plants that grow north and can't grow here---to humid and hot, I suppose.

All that you have done to your home is a piece of art Coco. You and your wife have done a superb job on it. If I had to chose one thing I love above all, it would be very hard. But, for some reason......I just love the slate(wasn't it from India?) where the woodstove is. Is it as beautiful as the picture portrays? Or even more vibrant than that?

Other than the wonderful wood, for some reason that one section just stays in my mind....even after 70 plus pages! :D
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I think we have two different batches of slate. I believe the first batch may have come from India and the second batch from China, but you better not quote me on that.

We didn't realize that we were going to need as much, other wise we would have got all the same batch in the first place.

And yes, it looks the same in person as it does in the pic.

I am going to add some more slate in front of the wood stove in the living room. The breakfast nook is getting terra cotta on the floor.
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"I believe the first batch may have come from India and the second batch from China, but you better not quote me on that."
(Sorry, couldn't resist quoting you on that...)
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OK, now that was funny!
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In consultation with "she who must be obeyed", I have been advised that we shall require some sort of seat in the shower. In all honesty she did mention this previously, but that was as far as it got.

This will need to be a masonry seat, which I shall have to construct from bricks and mortar, and then tile.

This now means that I will have to pick a spot for this magnificent throne, and scrap a whole bunch of my lovingly - and very laboriously - cut tile.

This is the way I was going to lay the floor.
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