We’ve had a little cold snap here in Florida for the last couple of days and it zapped some of my basil and my broccoli. Maybe the broccoli will grow back but if it doesn’t that is all part of gardening. I’ll plant again in the spring.
This morning I gathered some collards and have them cooking so I can take them over to my son’s for dinner tonight. He loves collards. I also picked green beans for dinner because my eight year old grandson likes them. I try to go over at least once a week and have dinner with them. I love to cook since they are so busy working and what have you. I’ve been there and done that so I know what a hassle it can be. Tonight along with those green vegetables I am making mac and cheese and lemon-pepper chicken two more favorites of my grandson. He loves his vegetables and I am proud of that.
I still have a few flowers blooming in the yard and that makes me smile because my goal is to have flowers all year round. Granted my Mums might look a little ragtag but they are mine and I think they are pretty.
I love these dark red ones. Strange because I had forgotten I bought them. I usually look at the marked down flowers when I go to Lowes and find some pretty good bargains. I have to be careful because I am a plant collector. I will buy one and figure out where to put it once I get home and I take anything someone offers me whether it is seeds or plants. But like I said I have flowers blooming in my yard all year round. which is a blessing.
I am still working on the manuscript “Forethought” but will try to give you an excerpt in the next few days. Sometimes it is hard to write even though I love it because I am busy with the garden, my online classes and of course work at the hospital; all of which I find rewarding. Once I get out in that yard it is hard to get me back inside so my writing is usually regulated to working at night after I do my classes.
I just finished a great novel I have to tell you about in another post. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day.
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Morning Glories are temporary flowers but oh so pretty. They usually only last a day but I look forward to going out in the early morning and seeing them in bloom. It is a beautiful way to start the day. This year I planted several colors but all that grew seem to be the blue. Oh well, I’ll just be thankful for what I have.
My vegetables are doing well and I am so happy with them. We should have fresh mustard for dinner tomorrow. I wanted to have it tonight but I kept flagging around and I thought it was too late to gather some today. I like to gather my greens early in the morning.
The collards, onions, radishes, broccoli, cabbage all are growing nicely.
Last Friday we made cages for the tomatoes and we have several small tomatoes on the plants.
And I predict we will be able to have lettuce from our garden in a couple more weeks.
This is the first time I’ve tried to grow lettuce in containers. I researched it and they say it can be done so we shall see. All I can say is so good so far.
I also planted some red cabbage in containers last week; just to try, I never grew red cabbage before.
My hot peppers are doing great. We really don’t eat them so I will pickle them and find someone who likes spicey. They are pretty and fun to grow. The sweet peppers had a nice sized pepper but some varmint decided he needed it more than I do. I will put cayenne pepper on the plants and that should deter him. Those peppers are for my grandson so the varmint does not know who he is fooling with.
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This beauty is said to only bloom at midnight. A very dear friend of mine gave me a cutting of this plant and I as so thankful to her. She warned me that it only bloomed late
at night. So this year it is loaded with flowers and I just had to sneak out that at 4:30 this morning before I went for my morning walk and grab a peek. I was so excited when I saw this wonderful flower. Yes, of course I had to pick one of the blooms and take snapshots to share with y’all.
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I have so many butterflies in my yard this year it is amazing. Of course someof my flowers are paying the price but I’ve planted enough to share with them and still have plenty for myself. Some of the caterpillars love my Dutchman’s Pipe vine and I have to keep a sharp eye out so they don’t eat enough to kill it. And I do have Monarch but I haven’t been able to snap a photo of them yet but I will keep trying.
I love sitting at my dining table or out on my back porch with a nice cup of coffee early in the morning and watch them dance from one flower to the other. They even share with the humming birds.
I just had to share these pictures with y’all. I hope where ever you are that you are blessed with butterflies and birds. I court them as God’s beautiful blessings.
Thank you for stopping by until next time don’t just stop and smell the flowers also relax and watch the butterflies.
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Order in my yard; are you kidding? There is absolutely nothing that you might call order in my plants, trees and flowers. I’ve mentioned before that I am a plant collector so that makes my yard eclectic. If someone is trying to get rid of a plant I am the first to volunteer to take it. Plus I cringe if I must thin and discard any of my plants. But sadly that was the case yesterday. My husband and I worked out there for hours thinning and tossing. Now he can easily do away with any or all my plants. Every time I lug one home he says “Now where are you gonna put that.” I simply say “I’ll find a spot.” And I have to watch him like a hawk because he loves to clip; never mind if the season is right or not, he will be out there clipping away. Get this; he complains about my flowers but when we have guests he is the first to take them on a stroll of our yard and boast about the plants. You’d think he did all the work.
Okay…okay it is not pick on husbands week. I guess I’m crankie because my back muscles are sore this morning. I used some yesterday I must not be used to using. That bad husband will rub Biofreeze on it when he finishes eating his breakfast.
We both like to sit on our back porch in our glider and watch the birds and butterflies enjoy our flowers. I put a Shepard’s pole and hung suet within a few feet of the porch so we have a wonderful view. I’ve been able to snap photos of several species (is that what you call them?) of birds. The one I can’t seem to catch is the humming birds and we have several that come to visit. Oh well in due time.
I’ll be posting more of them in future posts I’m sure and especially the humming birds when I get them. I gotta run it is time for a back rub.
Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe and keep gardening, bird watching and enjoying life.
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This morning I was working out in my back yard. I suppose some would say garden because I do have flowers and plants out there. I’ll admit “I’m a plant collector.” When I see a plant I like I get it knowing I’ll find somewhere in my yard to put it. My poor husband just shakes his head when he sees me lugging home something new. Anyway, back to what I meant to tell you. I was working away transplanting some beautiful red, rose and white geraniums from the pint size pots they came in to bigger nice pots with plenty of room to grow. I think geraniums are so pretty and since these were marked down like 75% of course I had to buy them. I turned from my planting table and there was this beautiful white bird; some kind of crane, running its long beak down in the ground and coming up with earthworms; helping himself to my natural aerators.
I said “Welcome” and turned back to my work and my quiet visitor continued with his searching and eating. He was a polite fellow only getting what he could eat then he went on his merry way with a full tummy.
I decided to give you a quick glimse of another part of my yard….. a teaser for another post.
Until next time I’ll be busy tending to my plants and I hope you have something that you enjoy doing. Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon.
hundreds We went shopping Wednesday and had dinner out at my favorite Asian Restaurant. While we were out we were hit by a bad thunderstorm; lightning lite up the sky.
That is one thing I have never been able to catch with my camera (lightning) even though Tampa is the Lightning Capital of the World (so they say.) Anyway we had a wonderful afternoon of shopping and eating; two of my favorite things to do.
When we got home this is what we found in out backyard.
And from a different angle.
It sort of crushed our picnic table but not completely. Thank God my husband is a great carpenter and can absolutely make or repair anything made of wood. We were not so lucky with some of my flowers but thankfully they were mostly annuals. But what do they say about every cloud has a silver lining; and you should always look for the good in everything? Wellll… while the limb was dangling I found this. Yeah…yeah I know I should never have gotten that close.
Layers of honeycomb. Of course there was no honey because the bees left weeks ago. Thank God or there would have be hundreds swarming. But I was excited to see this.
My husband is working on clearing everything up today and he is trying to
save the part with the comb. I can’t wait to show it to my grandson.
But just in case it falls apart I was able to rescue these.
I had to have one for my sister-in-law because she loves nature as much as I do (or more.) I’m going to check at Lowe’s and see if I can find something to spray them with that will preserve them. Any ideas?
Thank you for stopping by, please come back soon. Have a blessed day and always look for God’s blessings they’re there if you only look. God bless.
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Rain Drops Cee’s challenge is photos with rain drops. To tell the truth I’m pretty tired tonight but I wanted to get these posted. I promise to write more later.
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Double Purple Angel Trumpet
A Double Purple Angel Trump.
This is my first post for this site so I hope I am doing it right. The word is “flower” so I will share these.Flower of the day
My ginger plant bloom.
Close-up of Dutchman’s Pipe