Monday, July 14, 2008

Mystery plant

In the spring of 2007 I planted 3 hostas in the front of my house. No hostas came up, but instead, this did. Last year it was just the leaves and I figured it was some kind of lily, most likely a daylily.

Here it is from June 23rd. I no longer think daylily, but I have no idea what it could be.

This one was taken June 31st. The stem is rather thick. Thicker than any daylily I've ever seen before. I start researching it a bit online and decide it might be a clivia.

The following photos of if in flower are from this past weekend.

I've since changed my mind on it being a clivia. The flowers are all wrong. Also, like a daylily, the blooms are only open for one day. However, the stem is still very thick and not like other daylilies I've seen.

Now that I have some pictures of it in bloom I think I'll be taking them to local nurseries to see if anyone knows what it is.

Thanks to Rachel for the links to a place that has way more daylilies than I thought imaginable! Here are some options of what it might be. Let me know what you think:
None of them seem exactly right, but they're pretty close.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Derby #3- a look at all the cars

Here are photos of all of the cars at the start of their races. Hope you enjoy! Good thing I took pictures of the scoreboard or I probably wouldn't have remembered who had which cars. You can click on them to view them larger.

Our first cars to race were Pete in yellow against DJ's Batmobile. On the right are York's cannon (the first of his 3 cars) against Siggy's blue/green/yellow car.

On the left we have two very short cars racing against each other! York has the tortoise and Boy Chris has the Jeep. On the right we have Jeff with the black and white car against Rosaline.

Mom Tedford in yellow raced against Dad Tedford in red. On the right is York's hare (which is a puzzle and comes apart into 4 pieces) and Willy's car, which won for fastest.

On the left we have Caitlyn in red and Evan with yellow and red, while on the right is Jeremy's American Flag with too many stripes racing against Michael.

Davis had Lightening McQueen and Lydia had Speed Racer. On the right is Elizabeth's pink/green car and Rosita's flag. (Seemed to be a bit of a theme this year. Rather appropriate seeing how it was the day after the holiday.) Lightening McQueen did not live up to his Cars fame and was the slowest car at our Derby.

On the left is Andrew's legal car in red, and the black/purple one is Caitlin's. On the right is Kristin's covered wagon and Billy's blue car.

On the left we have my car (dark green) and Siggy's chameleon and on the right are Dekota (yellow)and Sharon (snowflakes)

Billy's ship racing my car. We had an odd number of car entries (29 legal cars) so this car got a by through the first two rounds.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

2nd Derby update...

I think these updates are going to have to come in pieces. With 210 photos from the 4th and 226 from the Derby, I'm a little overwhelmed with photos at the moment!

So here are the scoreboards:


(ignore the columns 2nd from left and 2nd from right. we didn't erase those names after we ran for fastest car)


and a perfectly attired race fan :)

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Derby results...

Fastest car- Willy, upstairs neighbor (almost 4 years old)
Slowest car- Davis- son of Boy Chris' co-worker (3 years old)
Best in Show- Andrew (click this link for construction photos)
Illegal- Boy Chris' Dad

The best thing about the fastest car... the dad came down around 10:30 this morning to buy a kit and in a few hours he made the winning car!

Caitlin was faster than Billy....

Um, that's all I remember off the top of my head. I'm exhausted and heading to bed. Pictures and details coming soon.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Now you see it, now you don't!

See this tree? This picture was taken in December. That's a pretty big tree in front of our place.

Got home from work today and at first I saw the power lines that were down next door. Then I saw what was missing from in front of our house.

Yup- tree's gone. This is all that's left.