A Plant Inspection

Posted by Sharkey

After Hurricane Irene and all of the subsequent torrential rainfall, I thought it would be a good idea to inspect all of the tropical plants to see how they survived their quick move to the greenhouse.  I also wanted to see if they were put back where they belong outdoors.  Francesca is always up for a good task and she and I have been trying to encourage G.K. to take on more responsibility around the farm.

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Thank you so much for meeting me on the porch, Francesca and G.K.  We have some important business to take care of today.

1 Thank you so much for meeting me on the porch, Francesca and G.K. We have some important business to take care of today.

Things look as though they're returning to normal around the farm.  Now that it's finally stopped raining, we have a very important duty of performing an inspection!

2 Things look as though they're returning to normal around the farm. Now that it's finally stopped raining, we have a very important duty of performing an inspection!

We need to make certain that all of the plants are back where they belong after their emergency storage in the greenhouse when Hurricane Irene blew through!  We also need to see if all the rain has taken a toll!

3 We need to make certain that all of the plants are back where they belong after their emergency storage in the greenhouse when Hurricane Irene blew through! We also need to see if all the rain has taken a toll!

G.K., would you take a walk down to the headhouse and find Shaun?  Please get a full report of any plants that have not been returned to their rightful position.  We'll meet you down there in a few minutes.

4 G.K., would you take a walk down to the headhouse and find Shaun? Please get a full report of any plants that have not been returned to their rightful position. We'll meet you down there in a few minutes.

Franny and I will walk around the property and identify the plants.  It looks like all of the staghorn ferns have been returned to their positions on the porch, so we're off to a good start!

5 Franny and I will walk around the property and identify the plants. It looks like all of the staghorn ferns have been returned to their positions on the porch, so we're off to a good start!

Look Sharkey, this Spanish moss has been put back on the wall, as well.  Like the staghorn fern, it is an epiphyte, or an air plant, meaning it grows attached to other plants or objects.

6 Look Sharkey, this Spanish moss has been put back on the wall, as well. Like the staghorn fern, it is an epiphyte, or an air plant, meaning it grows attached to other plants or objects.

These large potted ferns are back on the tables where they were before.  I just love how the baby tears trail down the sides of the pots.  Don't you, Franny?

7 These large potted ferns are back on the tables where they were before. I just love how the baby tears trail down the sides of the pots. Don't you, Franny?

This large hairy rhipsalis, an epiphytic cacti, has also been returned to its place on the porch.  Franny, I think we can move on from this area!

8 This large hairy rhipsalis, an epiphytic cacti, has also been returned to its place on the porch. Franny, I think we can move on from this area!

Let's inspect the plants by the Summer House and then check on G.K. at the headhouse.

9 Let's inspect the plants by the Summer House and then check on G.K. at the headhouse.

This large potted Alocasia was too heavy to be moved, so Shaun tied up the leaves.  It sustained some damage but thankfully, is looking much better now.

10 This large potted Alocasia was too heavy to be moved, so Shaun tied up the leaves. It sustained some damage but thankfully, is looking much better now.

Phew, I'm so glad this fig tree made it.  Figs are packed full of calcium and fiber, as well as being delicious!

11 Phew, I'm so glad this fig tree made it. Figs are packed full of calcium and fiber, as well as being delicious!

Sharkey, I'm glad this pale gray Centaurea cineraria is in place.  Let's take a look at the potted tropicals under the shade pergola.

12 Sharkey, I'm glad this pale gray Centaurea cineraria is in place. Let's take a look at the potted tropicals under the shade pergola.

All of the potted tropical and citrus plants check out, Sharkey!  This Monterey cyprus tree looks like it's growing well.  Now where is G.K.?  We need his report.

13 All of the potted tropical and citrus plants check out, Sharkey! This Monterey cyprus tree looks like it's growing well. Now where is G.K.? We need his report.

Oh Franny, all this waiting is making me sleepy...where is that Chow?

14 Oh Franny, all this waiting is making me sleepy...where is that Chow?

Silly Frenchies...plant inspection ha-ha!  While Francesca and Sharkey are off doing all the work, I'm going to take a nap in Franny's bed!

15 Silly Frenchies...plant inspection ha-ha! While Francesca and Sharkey are off doing all the work, I'm going to take a nap in Franny's bed!

Comments (11)

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    You are not being a very good little brother G.K. I am disappointed in you being lazy and stealing one of the girl's beds. You look a little like when Goldilocks tries out the beds and one is too small. I am sure your fur keeps you from wanting to be out much in the heat, but come on it is getting cooler. You are getting older now and need to take on more responsibility and help your sisters. Anyway, the farm is looking quite remarkable since Irene's visit. Dad should be back today from his big fishing trip and then the countdown to retirement. I think it is something like 37 days. I hope everyone had a good weekend. We watched a lot of the memorials to 9/11. I was just a little guy then, but it was a terrible day. Take care all and have a great Monday.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • ..you frenchies and G.K. are just too cool!

  • Good Morning F & S

    Looks like GK pulled a fast one on the two of you and the nerve of him to take a nap in Franny's bed!!! His big butt just about fits and now you'll have long hair all over your bed - YUK. I think a few nips at the neck will set him straight ;)

    Did this weekend fly by or what? Seems like it was just Friday and now mom is getting ready for work. Yesterday was relaxing we all sat and watched the memorials for 9/11 all day, it is so sad to watch the families of those who lost loved ones. I was on mom's lap all day I was in heaven :)

    Raining here this morning, so sick of the rain I think I'll go back to bed.

    Zoe

  • Good morning Sharkey,
    I just don't know what to say about GK. He started off so well, taking care of all kinds of things on the farm and now he is turning into a slacker. Tell Martha to stop giving him treats. Let him see you girls getting them for doing such a good job and hopefully, that will work. I must say though, he did look funny sitting in that little bed. My mom couldn't stop laughing. Yeah, she is laughing and at the same time she is saying Bad Gk, Bad GK. But she is still laughing. Go figure.
    I am glad the plants were not too badly damaged. We had a real nice weekend for a change, no rain. Let's hope it stays that way for a while.
    Later everyone,
    Maddox, Father of the Slacker Chow

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Wow does time fly by. I missed Friday altogether. And no, I didn’t sleep through it. Was busy and didn’t stop to even check in on your activities. Come on GK, you’ll give us Chows a bad name by not doing your share of the work around the farm. All you had to do was inspect; what could be easier. I’m ready for a good week because it’s getting cooler now. Was down about 15 degrees from what it has been. I guess I will have to learn to like football; Daddy watches so many collage games now days. I feel a nap coming on.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hey G.K. pull your weight! Those helpful Silly Frenchies are always doing something nice...good for you girls!

  • Hey there G.K. and ladies.
    Wow big boy, do you look silly in that tiny bed. You sure pulled a good one on your sisters. Watch out when the girls get back! Zoe is right on, when they see traces of long fur in the bed they just might come a nippin'!
    Later,
    Rebel

  • The three of you are too cute for words! Thanks for all the great pictures - I love seeing your momma's beautiful landscape and you all look great sitting in chairs on the porch. I would love a porch like that!

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Wow Sharkey, you sure did have a great meeting with Franny and G.K. there on the front porch-loved hearing all of the info you gave them about checking out how the plants are doing after Irene came there! Your photos today are terrific and all of the plants looked beautiful! Was interesting that G.K. listened very well, but then decided to let the two of you do the work and he would take a nap! Being rather warm outside, I guess he thought that was OK, but you two were upset. Well, he is still fairly young and hopefully he will help out more as the weather gets cooler. We also laughed at seeing him in Franny's little bed!! Hope everyone has a delightful day today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+ PS Cora Bell, you are so nice to have found that ferel kitty and taken care of it!

  • "This large hairy rhipsalis", kind of reminds me of a guy I once dated! :)

    The farm looks good as new!

    G.K. sure pitched in this time, huh! :)

    gail

  • Nice job on the meeting Sharkey. Do you use Robert's Rules of Order to manage your meetings? Did Franny take minutes so that when GK tries to deny that he had a task to do, you can refer to them immediately?

    GK you are becoming the bad boy rebel of the family. That's kind of wild even though you don't look as tough sitting in Franny's little bed. :wink:

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