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When is Spring Coming in your Place? - Part 2 - Gardening and Hobby 24

Saturday, April 16, 2022

You may read previous posting (Part 1):

- When is Spring Coming in your Place? - Part 1 - Gardening and Hobby 24 | Tanza Erlambang Update 



Fig 01- Yellow Canna at a corner


Season of Spring in the American northern states is happening about from March to the end of May.


Quite late compared to Southern states


I myself feel spring when temperature reaches above F 55 degree or above C 13 degree.


Off course, other people have their own convenient to call as spring temperature or spring weather condition.



Fig 02- Dogwood flowers



Fig 03- A small tree of magnolia



Fig 04- White dogwood flowers at parking lot.


In our area, especially in our neighborhood, the sign of spring relate to flowers blooming, two of them are:

- magnolia with scientific name, Magnolia grandiflora.

- dogwood flowers, Cornus florida.


When both Magnolia and Dogwood flowers are blooming mean spring is coming.


It is around early or middle of February every year. Strangely, flowers are blooming almost on March.


What is a sign of spring in your country or state?


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When is Spring Coming in your Place? - Part 1 - Gardening and Hobby 24

Monday, April 4, 2022

In northern hemisphere, the starting of spring is based on astronomical calendar at the third week of March.


How about in Southern hemisphere?



Fig 01- Magnolia blossom in the park


While in Southern hemisphere, starting of spring depended on meteorological time, it is happened around September.


The countries in the Southern hemisphere include such as:

- Australia

- New Zealand

- and Argentine


In the USA very much varies among states; called as northern Vs southern states.



Fig 02- Beautiful spring at yard


Alaska which closes to north pole is huge different with southern states, just for an example.


Spring in American southern usually as early February every year, but quite late for this year. I don’t know why.



Fig 03- Just for illustration, beautiful red in the spring


The American southern states are following:

- Florida

- Alabama

- Louisiana

- Mississippi

- Texas


Temperature during spring time usually around 50 degree F or 10 degree C in my area.


Quite convenient for me.


# To be continued to Part 2


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Bee Swarm Removing Cost – Part 2- Gardening and Hobby 23

Friday, January 7, 2022

 You may read previous posting (Part 1):

- Bee Swarm Removing Cost – Part 1 - Gardening and Hobby 23


Moreover, we need to remove the bee swarms to prevent further damages of our house.


Fig 01- Local honey’s bees


How much the cost to remove bee swarms from properties?


Depend very much on where the bees infested whether on:

- the trees

- outside houses.

- indoor

- hose walls or ceilings


The cost varies from US$ 45 to US$ 1,500. The different is quite extreme, but average is about US$ 175.


Fig 02- One of wild flowers which is favorite to bee


Yes, there are several organizations that could help to remove the bees, one of them is university agriculture center.


Unfortunately, the center has a lot of work in the moment, so it will take longer time to help us.


Fig 03- Flowers in the garden.


Just to let you know that there are 20,000 species of bees in the world. Some important species are:

- Apis andreniformis

- Apis cerana

- Apis dorsata

- Apis florea


Have you ever faced with swarm of bees?


Have bee swarms infested your properties?


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Bee Swarm Removing Cost – Part 1 - Gardening and Hobby 23

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

We start to see swarm of bees at our neighborhood around spring or March every year.


They may or may not enter our own yard.


Fig 01- The swarm of bee in the backyard of neighborhood


I believe and many people told me that bees have caused no damages to properties if they make nests on the nearby trees at backyards.


They may go away in days or months until summer is over.


Uniquely that the same bees usually not return to the same spots in the near coming years.


Bees will not attack us if we don’t provoke them. They sting us in case to defend themselves or their colony.


Fig 02- Flowers blooming


Fig 03- Magnolia flowers


If honeybees out of their hives, they will not attack anyone, it is because they are just flying to find foods (nectar or pollen).


The bees don’t want to have problems with people.


In case, and very rare that bees attach to house, then may lead to:

- making a hole in the Sheetrock

- annoying occupants

- leaking of honey through ceilings


# To be continued to Part 2


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Growing Some Sweet Fruits at Our Backyard – Part 2 - Gardening and Hobby 22

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Fig 01- Our backyard orange


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- Growing Some Sweet Fruits at Our Backyard – Part 1 - Gardening and Hobby 22


Satsuma size is not big enough, easy to hold two oranges by hand. The skin is oily and not thick, so easy to be peeled up.


I myself could consume up 10 oranges per-day.


Sure, we can find Satsuma or any kind of oranges in the market. Our favorite place is farmer market.


The oranges grow well in the southern parts (parishes) in our state, Louisiana.


Because of our state characterizes by hot temperature, it is might equal to orange origin.


The oranges are believed come from two countries:

- Japan

- China


Fig 02- Sign of farmer market


Some houses of our neighborhood have this kind of orange trees. It seems easy to maintain.


Fig 03- Oranges are sold in a Walmart grocery


Satsuma seasons in our areas from October to December every year. At this time, we can find oranges sold in the:

- farmer markets

- groceries

- supermarkets


Fig 04- Autumn at corner of nearby areas


In addition to fruit, we planted several types of trees:

- maple

- redbud tree

- oriental Magnolia

- Parsley Hawthorne

- arrowwood

- inkberry

- fetterbush

- mini palm tree


Trees made temperature cooling down during hot summer.


Fig 05- My backyard at midday.


Moreover, I am doing exercises and jogging at backyard every morning, except raining.


In hot summer, exercise little bit at dawn or late afternoon. Jogging in between of fresh air with fresh fruit at the garden.


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Growing Some Sweet Fruits at Our Backyard – Part 1 - Gardening and Hobby 22

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Fig 01- Orange at backyard


We have a quite comfortable backyard with around 30 x 25 square meter size.


Enjoyable to grow several kinds of fruit, they are:

- Satsuma "Mandarin" Orange

- lemon squash trees

- straw berry

- and black berry.


The sweetest fruit is Satsuma "Mandarin" Orange.


Since a Satsuma tree is self pollinating, so we can have one tree only to get harvesting.


The orange starts to ripe in the early fall season (around September) every year.


My single tree could produce hundred of Satsuma oranges per year during last 6 years.


Fig 02- The sweet oranges


Fig 03- Storage at backyard


We got free natural vitamin C during fall season until early winter.


So fresh.

Moreover, about our backyard, at a corner, there is a small house (function as a storage).


In front of it, a swing and small table for afternoon coffee or tea. A cup of coffee together with cake and Satsuma orange is afternoon menu until middle of autumn, where temperature is not cold yet.


# To be continued to Part 2


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