Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Journal Notes..UFOs, Rye Grass & Mexican Heather

Sorry for my delay..I have learned not to eat raw things in restaurants between November and February.  After eating out, I was sitting on my back porch...it was nighttime & dark...  I saw something come out of the sky and land in a 30 ft tree.  I rushed back in to get a flashlight.  My husband asked what was wrong..I said you wouldn't believe me if I told you.  
Well...I wasn't going crazy...there was something in the tree but I had to wait until the morning to see what it was.

I thought  it was a balloon but morning showe it to be a parachute.

I noticed a box hanging from the end of the cord.


It was from a weather balloon.  I guess when the balloon pops, a parachute is launched.  It was a sensor by NOAA. For more information, click HERE. It's called a radiosonde.

Once found they want you to mail it back...which I will, but I want to look at it a little more.

It's fuzzy but it says Harmless Weather Instrument.


Just happy I wasn't seeing things.

I was going to use Mexican Heather for my peacock tail this winter but I have come to my senses.  I do not want to dig it up now...why would I want to do it every year.
Will use lower maintenance stuff...my gardens are getting large & maintenance requirements will become more at a premium.


It is suppose to be an annual but people say it comes back so I guess I will leave the tops burned?
The grass is looking dead.  I underestimate the rye grass from last year...I thought it was still the regular grass that was showing but I am mistaken.  Last year I seeded in the middle of October.  This time in the earlier part of November & I see the difference.  Next year, I will plant it in October.

3 comments:

Jean Campbell said...

My experience with Mexican Heather was that it might or might not survive in a sheltered spot. Miss Billie had lots of volunteers, but Miss B had volunteers that nobody else has.

What will you plant for a peacock tail that will be reliably perennial? Have you looked at planted peacocks on Pinterest?

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Hi Jean...sorry for the delay & I had no idea or even thought about pinterest....thanks for the tip... I was thinking of a mix??? Picking some plants that have purplish foliage...like lorapetelum? As my gardens expand...I am having to think of more time efficient plants...

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Hi Jean...sorry for the delay & I had no idea or even thought about pinterest....thanks for the tip... I was thinking of a mix??? Picking some plants that have purplish foliage...like lorapetelum? As my gardens expand...I am having to think of more time efficient plants...