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Another Taste of Spring

A photo of Nebraska DaveAnother taste of Spring. The temperature was up in the 60s.  The snow from Monday is all but gone.  It was so great to be outside in only a short sleeve shirt.  However, the threat of more snow in a couple days certainly will put a damper on any garden plans if indeed it does snow.  This year is so much more like what Nebraska weather is supposed to be.  Many were spoiled with the weather last year and were hopeful that it would continue to be warm and nice.  It isn't supposed to be warm and nice during the winter and transition months.

Temperture good for painting  

Yea, temperature is above 50 so let the painting begin.  It's really a nice day with little wind to cause any issues.  So a double coat of primer on the back of the panel and after a couple hours of drying, a flip over for the final coat of green paint on the front side of the panel.

Green panel and graffiti being painted  

As I've stated in previous posts my artistic talents are zip, nada, nil, zero.  So I'm bravely going where I've never been before.  With a clean slate before me, the graffiti painting begins.  The first up to be painted is the black stems for the flowers along the bottom of the panel.

Making a flower  

Ok, well lets back up a step.  Before the stem is painted the actual flower was drawn.  With the center point located for the flower and using one cut out petal, a marker was used to mark each petal around the center point.  Four such flowers will be across the bottom of the panel.

Flowers on the panel  

Here's what it looks like after one day of painting. The black outlines around the petals and the black center will be painted after the yellow flowers dry.  A lighter color of green will be used for grass across the bottom with longer blades of green plant material growing up from the grass.  Above the flowers part of the name, which is Terra, will be written on this panel.  This will be the most difficult of the graphics for me to do.  I don't just want block letters but a font called AR DECODE.  It's a fancy type of script lettering.
Cabbage Broccoli and tulips 

The cabbage and broccoli seedlings had another outing for about fours hours today.  I may have set them back a little.  I turned on the fan to stimulate strength in the stems.  Then the flu invaded my body and I was down for a day.  With the fan on and a neglected day of watering the soil dried out pretty dry.  After misting and bottom watering two quarts of water three hours apart, the soil pots were rehydrated.  It's hard to believe that only three days ago the tulips were buried under about 18 inched of snow.  They were buried that deep because the snow from the poor man's patio was piled there from the snow blower.  They don't seem much worse for wear.  

So that's it for this week.  Have a great week of gardening and being outside.  Yeah, I just love Spring, don't you?  

mary carton
4/12/2013 1:09:25 AM

Dave love the fence panels. The dogwoods and redbuds are starting to bloom here. Was in the 80's yesterday and we had some storms to come through today. Had 1.77 inches of rain and more on the way. I got my garden plowed and a row of corn planted just before it rained. Now I wonder if the seeds are drowning.

nebraska dave
4/1/2013 2:55:11 AM

Joan, Spring weather finally broke long enough for me to get one panel finished. Then it's back to cold weather with rain and wind. I sure hope we get more of the warmer days this week. It's time to start the warm weather plants. I begged a couple more grow lights to add to the seed starting station so maybe tomorrow I'll get the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants started on the heat mat. Have a great time working in the garden.

joan pritchard
3/26/2013 2:14:48 AM

Sounds like good lazy waitin for spring projects. Love the flowers. After a few days of this, don't it feel just a little bit like country.

nebraska dave
3/23/2013 12:06:35 AM

Keith, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's always great to hear from gardeners in other parts of the country. Wow, you are way far ahead of Nebraksa. We are still waiting for the temperatures to warm up. I did successfully transplant some of my broccoli and cabbage plants to separate fiber pots yesterday. I was really amazed at the root system produced after just three weeks since planting. It's been a great experience so far this year to start plants from seeds. Have a great Arizona day in the garden.

keith jones
3/22/2013 7:53:01 PM

Looks great! Things are a bit different here in AZ. I just ate the last (and only) cabbage with our St. Patty's day dinner. I pulled up the last of the broc about a month ago because all of the heads had been harvested and I needed to put down manure for the summer corn. I've got my cukes, green beans, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, artichokes, and watermelons planted. I need to get the last of the romaine, lettuce, and spinach cleared out so that I can turn the last part of the garden over and get the green peppers and tomatillos planted. I really wanted to get some sweet potatoes going, but haven't gotten them to start yet (grrr...). Anyway, thanks for posting, always good to read your blog!

nebraska dave
3/20/2013 12:22:44 AM

Cheryl, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's always good to get comments from fellow bloggers. Ninety degrees, oh, my. The way this weather is acting, we won't be getting 90 degree weather for at least another two maybe three months. Oh, my, goodness. You have just really complicated things now when you are trying to comprehend what's in some one else's mind. My dearly departed wife could not visualize any thing in her mind including how furniture would look in a room. Every so often we would spend a day just moving furniture around in a room of the house so she could see what it looked like with certain arrangements. When the day was over, the furniture was almost the same as when we started. The up side was that a through cleaning was accomplished in the process. :0) May all your projects turn out just as they were visualized in your mind.

cheryl aker
3/19/2013 3:59:51 PM

Well your project is coming along nicely! Hard to imagine reports of snow elsewhere in the country when we hit 90 here yesterday. Thankfully, the temp is toning down again for the rest of the week and weekend - I just can't get nearly as much done in temps like that! And I totally know what you mean about visualizing something in your mind, but struggling to make the real thing come out the same! :) Lately, I've been struggling with visualizing ideas my hubby is conjuring brain just isn't seeing the same thing his brain is seeing, so we have to kind of make little models or mock-ups so I can understand how something complicated is going to work. But it (usually) does. Hope you have some warmer days coming your way! Cheryl in Texas (A Wanna Be Pioneer)

nebraska dave
3/18/2013 4:05:31 PM

The weather report says highs in the 30s all week so no painting will be accomplished this week. Time marchs on toward planting time which will greatly curtail time for fence panel painting. I'm really anxious to get one panel done to see just how it will look. I know what it looks like in my mind but some times it just doesn't quite look the same when it comes out into reality. Anyone else have that trouble? Have a great day in what ever you do today.