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GLOW…A SMILE

There really isn’t much about glow in this post unless you count the sun and smile on my face when I see my garden.  I’ll try to do better later in the week.

I promised to keep you posted on my fall garden so these photos are from the third week of it.

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On the scale of life I believe gardening is high on the list.  True it is hard work and sometimes in vain.  Sometimes I toil and my efforts just don’t pay off.  Today was a prefect example.  Over the summer I planted sweet potatoes, my first try at it.  This morning I dug the potatoes and found only a handful of small ones.  I guess I got over-anxious and pulled them up too soon.  But that’s okay because I needed the space they were taking up in my raised bed.  In their place I planted beets, radishes and carrots.  Now we have to see how they will grow.  I’ve never had much luck with beets.  I know for some places it is too late in the season to plant these vegetables but I don’t think so in Central Florida.  Our seasons are much different from most places.  And it was definitely too hot for them in the summer.  I just ask God to please bless them so I’ll have enough to share.

Collards,onions and banana peppers.

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Mustard, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and tomatoes.

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Yellow squash and garlic

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Maybe from these pictures you can tell how everything is growing.  Gardening is a slow process.  The peppers are also doing fine.  I was able to pick a few of the hot ones this morning and make pickled peppers. Now I’ll just have to find someone to eat them since I don’t like spicy food.  But I do like growing the peppers.

Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon.  We should have collards and mustard ready for Thanksgiving.  Ahhhh Thanksgiving in the south.  Y’all come, you hear.

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FALL JOY

first soil     The joy of getting my fall garden in the ground is something that only fellow gardeners will understand.  You start with a blank slate, so to speak, but you have a picture in your mind so you start adding plants.

At the first of this week my beds were not exactly bare.  Over the summer I had allowed them to rest and of course some weeds decided it was a great place to make a home.  There I was on Tuesday and Wednesday busy pulling out the unwelcome guest and filling a large trash can to be put out at the curb to be picked up by the county with other yard garbage.  I definitely didn’t want to add the weeds to my compost pile thus giving them a new chance to grow and multiply.  I already have some that I have no idea how they got started in my yard but here they are.  Probably with the help of the birds and/or squirrels I feed;  ungrateful loots.  Only kidding I love the birds and enjoy watching them.  Now the squirrels… well let’s just say I don’t welcome them as freely.  But to make a long story short (I know too late) I was busy preparing the beds for the fall vegetables which I finally were able to plant on Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.

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Now you know how I am and that I will pop a plant in any container that will hold it.  I had a couple of recycle bins from years ago, before the county furnished us with a large can, and I have been using them as  planters.  But when the storm Irma came through she decided they should help support part of a huge limb she flung to the ground; see the before and after below.

Before Irma.

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After but I still use them.

DSC_0899     You just can’t keep a good woman down.  And as long as it can hold potting soil it will serve my purpose.  They, along with an old laundry basket, are the new home for my grandson’s sweet peppers.

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And his old wading pool is keeping the yellow squash and garlic.

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Yes, Thursday I was definitely sore in places I haven’t been sore in a while but I am so happy I have my garden planted.  Now the joy of watching it grow and sharing what it produces will be worth the toil and soreness.  I will do my best to keep you updated with photos.

What does all this have to do with pedestrian?  Heck if I know but I did do a lot of walking while I was weeding and planting so I hope that counts so I’m not cheating.

Thank you for stopping by.  Now I think I’ll have a nice cold glass of iced tea and relax for a bit.

God bless.

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ELEMENT OF A MIDNIGHT BLOOMER

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

CSC_0724at 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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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a blessed day .

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BUTTERFLIES

 

I have so many butterflies in my yard this year it is amazing.  Of course someCSC_0701of 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.

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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.

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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.

God bless.

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COLLARDS

DSC_0076.JPG      I think collards are probably a green vegetable that is usually eaten in the south United States and even then some have never developed a taste for them.  If you’ve eaten kale, well that is a cousin to collards and has a similar taste. Yes it is a strong flavor and I suppose it gets some getting used to.  Frankly I love them and so does my oldest son.  The rest of my family will “kindly pass thank you very much.”  My seven-year old grandson surprises me how healthy he eats but he also does not like my collards.  Anyway, they are a must plant in my fall garden along with mustard greens.  Now my husband can absolutely eat a lot of mustard greens.

     I’m telling you all that to tell you this.  Last fall I planted collards as usual and we ate them at various times and gave some away to friends and neighbors throughout the fall and spring.  But what really surprises me is the fact that they are still growing strong.  Week before last I gave some away and put some in the freezer. This past week I was able to gather (that’s how you say harvesting greens.  You don’t harvest or pick “you gather in the south) another mess (also a southern word for enough vegetables for a meal.  Stick with me and you will learn Southern).  The mustard greens, tomatoes and other spring vegetables are all gone but these collards keep hanging on and producing.

     I planted sweet potatoes and since this is my first time for trying to grow them I’m excited to see how they do.  Trust me I will keep you posted.  The whole family loves sweet potatoes.

DSC_0464     As you know gardening is one of my many hobbies and I truly enjoy it.  It is a wonderful feeling to plant a seed or small plant then watch it grow and produce.  If you are stressed gardening will help you relax and forget all the problems.  Try it.

Thank you for stopping by.  Until then, keep praying, smiling and seeing “how does your garden grow.” (quote from Mary, Mary Quite Contrary a Mother Goose rhyme.)

God bless.

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FLOWERS, BIRDS AND 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.

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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.

God bless.

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QUIET VISITOR

     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.

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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.

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     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.

God Bless.

FOG

     Yesterday morning the fog was so thick in our area that you could almost slice it with a knife.  Okay… okay I’m exaggerating, maybe… a little, but the fog was thick.  It was pretty to me.  Of course I didn’t have to drive in it.  I like almost all kinds of weather except bad storms and there is even beauty in that.  God has a purpose and reason for everything and He controls the weather.  Like anything else in our lives we can look for the good or expect the evil; I prefer the good.  No I would not like fog every day nor would I want rain every day.  I’m just thankful that I don’t control it one way or another.

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  I’m trying to decide what I want to plant in my spring garden.  It isn’t an easy choice since I have limited space.  I just always pray that God supplies me with enough to share.  And He does.  I guess I’m greedy because I want to try everything.  Some of the things I plant make it and some don’t.  In my opinion that is just part of being a gardener or farmer; taking chances.  This past fall was the first time I tried to grow cauliflower and it is coming along fine.  I’m sort of proud of it but I believe I will have to wait until next fall to plant it again since we have some very hot summer days which start early in Florida.

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     Wouldn’t it be nice to have five or ten acres to grow whatever you wanted?  Ahhhh… but it is only a dream.  At my age I probably would not be able to keep up with that much land.  I will just be thankful for what I have and that I am able to work it.  We are sort of planning to add two more 8×4 foot raised beds which will double my space so that’s good.  I’m thinking maybe I’ll give okra a try.

     Thank you for stopping by and until next time I will be pouring over seed catalogs and dreaming of a bountiful harvest.  God bless.

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW

I’ve been so proud of my garden this fall.  Our collards, mustard, Brussel sprouts and broccoli are all doing or did fine. We got more tomatoes than usual; they’re small but delicious.  So I really shouldn’t complain but my eggplants are a different story.

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     The plants themselves look good and they bloom but absolutely no fruit!  I tried pollinating them with a q-tip and small brush but that didn’t do one ounce of good.  What could I be doing wrong?  My sister said maybe I had two male plants but what do I know.  How would one tell?

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     Anyway… I told them if they didn’t do something soon I am going to pull them up, feed them to the chickens and try again in the spring.

     I’m really looking forward to a spring garden and I’ve been busy trying to decide what to plant.  I know I need to rotate and not plant the same thing in the same place.  I love looking through the seed catalogs.  Billy made me two raised beds last spring and I think we will add a couple more this year.  I need to start getting them ready so I can plant in February.

     Thank you for stopping by and until next time “Happy Gardening.”  God bless.

TWO OF MY TREES

I love nature which means, of course, trees included.  Cee’s post wants us to share photos of trees so here are two of mine.

No I have no words of wit to add to this post.  I guess I’m still recovering from vacation.  Yes, we had a wonderful time and will be back in our regular routine soon.

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Banana

Papaya

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Have a blessed week and please come back soon.