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jhp
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 Posted May 20th, 2010 03:25 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
The late snow had it's way with the tulips & daffodils, but except for a little wind damage, the irises came through just fine. Pictured below are a few Arilbreds & 1 broken color iris.


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Holly McKeen
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 Posted May 20th, 2010 08:00 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I love Iris... Nice!
Here is one of my front yard... the planter box right in front of my Showroom door, complete with "garden art".



I get lots of comments on it, and I let the big spenders pick a piece for their gardens. (people LOVE free stuff) Seems there is a never ending supply of garden art from my crystal firings, but to be sure it ends up in the garden, I make sure I hammer the bottom, or a corner off - that will be hidden by dirt.... Won't be long before the pots are hidden by the flowers!
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Ferenc Halmos
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 Posted May 29th, 2010 01:14 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post


   
Holly McKeen
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 Posted May 30th, 2010 11:16 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hey Feri, I have the exact same pink peonies. And whatever is that first flower? It's great!
More for the Iris enthusiast:





And a few peonies - the rest are just starting.....



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Ferenc Halmos
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 Posted May 31st, 2010 03:37 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hi Holly,

The first one is a cactuslike flower.
We keep it on winters in the house because it would freeze outside. .
There is a 1 year old one.

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Our neighbour have a another one but with red coloured and smaller flower
The pink flower is a Peonia lactiflora.It has a wonderful fragrance. Your red is a Peonia officinalis . We have this too, but faded away already.

Feri
(Edited by Ferenc Halmos)
   
Graeme
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 Posted May 31st, 2010 04:38 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hi Ferenc and Holly.
That cactuslike flower is similar to the epiphyllum plant. It grows quite well here, generally growing up the trunk and branches of trees. With the right conditions, it produces the dragon fruit or pitaya. Mine has only produced small fruit once in 25+ years, when we had an unusually humid summer. It is grown commercially in far north Queensland and various Asian countries.
Cheers. Graeme.

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Lightning Ridge<br />
Australia
   
Ferenc Halmos
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 Posted May 31st, 2010 11:39 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hi Graeme,

Do You think about this fruit ?
   
DavidT
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 Posted May 31st, 2010 03:40 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Feri.......I can almost make out the photographer in the reflection on that dazzling copper luster....could you show it in a better shot?
David T.
   
Graeme
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 Posted June 1st, 2010 05:48 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hi Ferenc.
I have eaten the fruit. Mine were only 1/4 the size of the commercial fruit, which at the time were $4.98 each at our supermarket, but they tasted the same. Mine had a white flesh, with very tiny black seeds which are edible. A sweet but non-specific flavour, so they are good mixers. If I wanted try growing the fruit, I think I would need to build a hot house, as our climate here is generally very dry. I'll see if I can find some photos of mine while they are growing.
Cheers. Graeme.

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Ferenc Halmos
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 Posted June 1st, 2010 01:54 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
David,

This is a about 20-22 years old pot with glaze faults (one of my first lustre piece )


You can see much better glazed vases on my web site here

http://halmos.5mp.eu

http://halmos.5mp.eu/kepgaleria_nag...3v4W&kep=33.jpg

Holly,JHP,
Yours irises are beautyfull !

Graeme,

our epiphyllum feels best when we do not care with. Sometimes a little water and no freezing , that is all what it needs.

Feri

   
papa Koz
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 Posted June 3rd, 2010 04:07 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
This is my front/back/side yard...mama koz










   
Holly McKeen
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 Posted June 3rd, 2010 04:49 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
So what is it with us Potters and Iris?!
Just lovely Mama Koz!
We have many of the same varieties. Great minds
Don't you just love the pale pink ones -- so delicate they look like fine tissue to me. And those purple/black ones - gorgeous.
Thanks for posting!
Holly

ps -- nice in that vase! Sweet.

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Holly McKeen
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 Posted June 5th, 2010 11:19 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Down at the barn, we banded our new batch of three baby Barn Owls last night. Our friend has a license to band, and monitors our nesting box. They'll be ready for flight school in a week or two. There were eight of us up in the loft, all excited to see how many we had... neighbors, friends. Fun.


PS -- The parents don't mind you handling them to band. We put them right back in the box, and Mom comes back with more mice... they make a huge noise, though - screaming away at us.
(Edited by Holly McKeen)

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papa Koz
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 Posted June 14th, 2010 11:55 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
this is Jill's back yard a few days ago...
   
robert troost
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 Posted June 14th, 2010 07:44 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Papa Koz,I think that is the GrandWizard coming.
It,s all good.
   
Koz
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 Posted July 13th, 2010 04:09 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Good day all,

This here is my cousin Ned.

Ned lives in my basement all year.

Every year at 6 p.m. on the 4th of July, the BUSIEST boating traffic day of the year on Honeoye Lake, he INSISTS on busting out his old wooden combo skis, and making a complete ass of himself in front of the neighbors.

Every year he says he is going to get up on the first try, informing us all that he's been limbering up since noon.

Well it never happens. It's always a face plant right out the front door, then he blames his equipment, makes some adjustments, and gets up on the second try.

All of our neighbors eagerly anticipate Ned's emergence from the basement for his annual water skiing effort. They all appreciate Ned, understand that he lives in the basement all year and cheer him on from their docks.

Ned is very safety conscious, as you can see by his matching floatation ensemble and brain bucket.
It's a good thing, because he takes some pretty hard falls out there.
I think he does it on purpose because of all the cheers from the neighbors.

Yes, I have mentioned to him that he is welcome to borrow a pair of my board shorts, but he insists on the tighty whiteys.
I have at least convinced him to double up on them so he doesn't get arrested after they get wet.

So it goes every year.

He always falls the first try, always looses his goggles, always takes a few hard crashes, but ya gotta give it up for a guy that keeps on trying no matter what challenges he may face.

Now if I could only get him off his ass during the winter to keep the wood furnace burning.



That's my backyard, one day out of the year.

Koz

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Ferenc Halmos
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 Posted July 24th, 2010 04:10 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Our daughter, Judit beside a huge Verbascum speciosum.
   
Koz
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 Posted August 1st, 2010 11:46 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Good Day All,

O.K. I couldn't stand it anymore.

Not much action on the Forum lately, not that there's anything wrong with that, so here's a view from my deck...........at about 5 in the morning.

This is looking North East from the West side of Honeoye Lake, New York.

Click.



Back to bed.

This is a new view for me since I have rebuilt my house.

One morning last week I woke up to a sunrise like this, and said, out loud, "Wow."

A picture just can't do it justice.

I wish Ned could see this.

Koz

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Jeff Gieringer
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 Posted August 1st, 2010 06:00 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Gorgeous view to wake up to Koz.

Jeff

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Phil Hamling
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 Posted August 20th, 2010 08:03 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Holly,
It looks like I need to have a talk with Bella.
Phil

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Holly McKeen
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 Posted September 17th, 2010 03:20 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Looks like Bella is guarding those deer just fine! Noone will hurt them while she's on duty.

Here's my Jamie out back in the sunflowers:
Photobucket

and "That's not a sunflower... it's a tree!"
Photobucket

And the winner & still champion of the family sunflower competition once again... (it helps when you have a surplus of home-grown manures handy)

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Phil Hamling
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 Posted October 5th, 2010 06:57 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Holly,
We had two picture perfect days last weekend here in the Mid Hudson Valley.
I didn't have a lot of help on the lawn mower this weekend and put in about 12 hours on the machine (It offers a lot of time for thought.) My son and steady "Danny" were both away. And Hose A is great on a greens mower, Hose B hasn't quite gotten there yet.
I am kind of looking forward to the end of the yard work for the year so I can finally get to spend some time in the studio.
I thought things outside came out real nice and thought you'd like to take a peek.
Phil
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Holly McKeen
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 Posted October 6th, 2010 10:40 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
WOW. And I think we have a lot of work to keep this place up...
No comparison. I'm exhausted just looking at all this, Phil!
Well done, -- nice.

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Ginny Conrow
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 Posted October 7th, 2010 11:55 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
So here's an urban garden, built in the driveway between my Seattle studio and the restaurant next door...Ginny


   
Ginny Conrow
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 Posted October 7th, 2010 11:57 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Oops...missed/duplicated, haven't got this posting right yet...here's the detail of my garden...Ginny

   
Kat Morrell
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 Posted October 7th, 2010 07:57 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Ginny, It's so nice to see everything in full bloom. Urban gardens are the best. Bringing green to an unused space. Love your enchanted secret garden. I have you books to return. Will call you next week when you return from your birthday celebration.
I support the Northwest Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Check out their blog of with many photos and videos.

These chimps have been given a retirement home after years of service to humanity as medical research subjects.
http://www.chimpsanctuarynw.org/blog/
   
Koz
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 Posted October 20th, 2010 02:44 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Good day all,

Here's a look at what has been almost two years in the making after I rebuilt my house, starting in April of 2009.

I finally wrapped my mind around a design for the deck railing.
The day after I got my official certificate of occupation, I pushed down the old railing, then got to thinkin' of how to rebuild it, including a set of stairs.

Just a few more details need to be attended to, mostly just some work with a belt sander.

Not bad for a potter, eh?

The cantilevered deck on the second floor has 12 2x16 joists running ten feet into the frame of the floor.
I go out there in the morning, make sure the lake is still full of water, scratch, then say to myself, "I better get to work."

The floor of this deck was the only thing we actually saved from the old house, along with the original basement, the floor above it, and the south wall of the old house, which is to the left in this pic.





As far as things that grow around my house, I have successfully eliminated most of it.
I am however, pleased with the moss that is growing as natural grout between the paver stone I installed a couple of years ago.


And this is the saddest sight of the year on the lake.
The boat hoist down to the "whale bones" as we say.

Getting this thing out of the water is the one last chore before the door on summer officially closes.

If I left it in, the ice during the winter would crush it.
I've seen it happen to some folks' docks that just procrastinate a bit too long.



Good bye summer, thanks for stopping in.
I got a lot done outside this year.

Koz

P.S.
No whales were harmed during the construction of the house, during any recreational endeavors this past summer, or during the writing of this post.


(Edited by Koz)

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robert troost
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 Posted October 20th, 2010 09:29 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Koz,as I am now once again living in the land of eternal summers you are welcome to come visit if you want to have a summer day in winter.Bring your T-shirt.

[img]http://Photobucket[/img][img]http://Photobucket[/img]

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Avi Harriman
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 Posted October 21st, 2010 01:58 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
A few more pictures from when Phil and I visited Koz:

Here is the the aforementioned dock when it it was still in the water:



And the House:



The House from the water:



And the Happy Couple:



It was fun!!



Be well, do good work, and keep in touch
   
Koz
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 Posted October 21st, 2010 02:17 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Avi,

Hey man, thanks for posting those, and it was fun having you guys over.
It blows my mind how far the house has come.

I really need to dig up some photos of when it was all coming down, then going up twice as tall.

A before and after side by side comparison would be cool, I do have pictures I took from the water during construction.

Now all I have to do is hopefully, eventually, convince Jill to move in with me.

Koz


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