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BLOG YOUR BLESSING 5-31-09

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I will comment on DH as my blessing this week.  It seems that he goes out of his way to please me.

2 purple verbena

2 purple verbena

1 pink and 2 raspberry colored verbena

1 pink and 2 raspberry colored verbena

On the 23rd of May he planted these with the purple, just as I asked. After seeing them around the purple for a week, I decided that I did not like them there and wanted them in pots for this summer.

I tell him Saturday I need to go to Wal-mart for flower pots and Miracle Gro.  Later in the day, away we go, stop for Bojangles on the way home and then he goes out and pots the verbena for me.

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The pink one is already spreading really well.

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Maybe the raspberry will soon catch up.

Oh yes!! he does spoil me.

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MY FIRST SQUASH

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

and other happenings.  Tonight I prepared the small squash that I picked yesterday and could not even eat all of them. DH does not like squash, he did taste them.

very small---laid them on a regular size napkin

very small—laid them on a regular size napkin

I also had one chicken breast coated with Lowery’s seasoned salt, more tumeric, ground cumin, and Cajun seasoning. My other side dishes were beets served right out of the can, no heating, no vinegar, just as they came, rice with juices from the baked chicken as gravy and maybe 20 pieces of string beans.

This was taken yesterday and is the first gladiola bloom of the season. More opened today.
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Does anyone know what is the name of this flower? Mother gave it to me years ago, now I want to know the name.dscf1792

Can you see the blueberries? Maybe I will get enough for a cobbler, only need 2 cups.
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Mama bluebird resting before she flies in her box.dscf1790

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We also have some tiny birds with a red head.  They are really small.  One day we saw female and male oriole in the bird bath.  Have seen Cardinals just a few times and Doves. Mocking birds and Blue Jays are in abundance.

Can you believe the size of the squash bushes.  The fence behind them is 4 feet high.
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I guess I have rambled enough in this post.

Rain Rain

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

I am so glad to see the rain.  The children have to stay inside but that is ok considering how much better the rain water is for our veggies and flowers than well water. This may mean squash real soon, sooner than I thought.

This rain is really good for the flowers I planted yesterday.

Monday we received 6 tenths and so far today 9 tenths.  The weather forecasts is ‘scattered thunderstorms’ for the next 10 days.

DH set 3 cuke plants in the rose bed Tuesday and at least 1 of them is looking much better.  Two on the backside of the yard look better, I think.  I really can’t tell for sure looking thru the window.

GOOD and BAD

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

I have been good and bad in about a 3 hour time frame.

Good—took my MIL out to one of favorite places for lunch, that would be the Golden Corral.  I had planned to take her to Lowes to get her some perennial purple verbena.  I forgot all about going to Lowes until we were almost to Wal-mart.  As good fortune would have it, we found the verbena at Wal-mart.  I got her 2 containers of verbena and some potting soil.  She said she did not need a pot.  MIL has very little yard space for flowers, so she just puts them in pots and they thrive very well.

While at Wal-mart, I also got a few groceries, including ice cream and smoked pork chops for her.  I will have several of the grandchildren this week-end (really not sure how many) so I got stew beef for one of our evening meals.  I think we will have chicken and noodles one night and maybe rice and tomatoes on Sunday night.  I also got the ingredients for monkey bread, some of it I already had on hand.  I think I will make it in a few minutes or later tonight after we finish our supper of spare ribs and rice with cabbage.

Bad—bought 6 flowers for my yard.  I have no idea where I am going to plant them DH will plant them for me.

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I really do not know what the ones in the back are, they bloom all summer. That is what I need, more that bloom in the summer. The two on the left are partial sun, the others are full sun.

I have partial sun areas in the front yard but very little in the back yard. I like for all the flowers to be in the back. I spend very little time in the front.

I really hope that I am not in too much trouble when DH sees the flowers. I won’t be, he will just say where are you going to put those???

FLOWERS and SQUASH

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Would you believe I have more pictures of my flowers to show you?  Well, I do and also pictures of how the squash have grown. One of the ‘sister’ friends gave me this rose as a memorial to my brother that died June 13, 1993. It rarely has more than one bloom at a time, but blooms all summer.

pink rose--a memorial

pink rose--a memorial

same rose as above

same rose as above

I did not realize the poor quality of this pic until I took one later that was not shaded.

squash as they looked 4-26-09

squash as they looked 4-26-09

Can you believe how they have grown?

squash as they looked 5-6-09

squash as they looked 5-6-09

squash as they looked 5-8-09

squash as they looked 5-8-09

squash and Bullett standing guard 5-8-09

squash and Bullett standing guard 5-8-09

a real squash-about an inch long

a real squash-about an inch long

We will be eating squash soon. We being those I share with because as of now, DH says he does not like them. Maybe I can prepare them in a way that will be appetizing to him. I measured one of leaves last Sunday (5-3) and it was 3 1/2 inches across. Today (5-9) the same leaf was 5 1/4 inches across.

MORE of the SAME

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

just a little different.

first Peony bloom of the season

first Peony bloom of the season

need to trim this Rose bush

need to trim this Rose bush

bloom from the bush that needs trimming

bloom from the bush that needs trimming

need to do more digging

need to do more digging

almost half finished

almost half finished

different view--slow but hopeful

different view--slow but hopeful

evidence of being in the dirt

evidence of being in the dirt

I hope that I am not boring you with my day by day commentary of my life in the yard. I am enjoying it and want to share my pleasure.

Right! Who enjoys digging up grass? Well that part, I am not fond of but when the flowers bloom next year, it will be well worth the sore muscles, aching joints and sunburn.

BABY GIRLS & MORE FLOWERS

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Granddaddy, can we ride, please?

baby girls 3 & 5

baby girls 3 & 5

Flowers in our yard.

plain petal iris

plain petal yellow iris

pale lavendar iris

pale lavender iris

ruffled petal iris

ruffled petal yellow iris

not flowers-food - 18 hills of squash

not flowers-food - 18 hills of squash

first rose of the season--after its glory

first rose of the season--after its glory

wine and pink iris

wine and pink iris

white iris with tiny purple stripes

white iris with tiny purple stripes

a better view of the yellow ruffled petal iris

a better view of the ruffled petal yellow iris

alphea tree, purple verbena, 3 tomato plants and alphea bush

Althea tree, purple verbena, 3 tomato plants and Althea bush

Ignore the briers and weeds you see, we’ll get to them one day.

As time goes on, we will probably dig up quite of bit of the area along the fence 4′ feet wide. This will allow more room for flowers and food.

I will post a pic of the blueberry bushes in a few days. They have lots of berries now but as they ripen the birds and grandchildren will probably get them before I do.

YARD FUN and YARD WORK

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Yesterday I had fun in the yard as I snapped this pictures.

Iris in one of the backyard corners

Many buds are still to open so I will enjoy this spot a couple more weeks.

Graybeard tree in backyard-smells good

Graybeard tree in backyard-smells good

After the beard falls off, this tree will have lots of pretty green leaves.

<b>red amaryllis</b>

red amaryllis

I want more of these but have no idea where I will put them.

<b>Nellie Stevens HollyTree</b>

Nellie Stevens Holly Tree

DH’s birthday is not until June, but he has wanted this holly tree for a couple of years. I finally found it locally rather than catalogue order, so he has an early birthday gift.

Today I worked!!

not much accomplished

not much accomplished

I worked digging up grass in this area probably 2 1/2 hours.  I only cleared a space about 2′ by 4′.  I only have to do 8 more feet in length, and continue with 4 feet across and this section will be done.  That section being from one fence post to the next.  I want to plant these flowers there.

purple verbena

purple verbena

Hopefully, I will get it finished and DH will plant the flowers before they die down for the winter.

The picture that I was to show after the one of the cleared space will be my SPS tomorrow.

Must be an age thing, the older I get, the more I enjoy the flowers.

FEWER FLOWERS

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

One of my adopted sisters came today to get some of my trash which was a treasure to her.  You know the saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.  I am glad that she wanted the items.  I was going to take them to good will, but rather that she have them.

Oh, this is suppose to be about flowers—so it is.  I gave her several tubers of the iris that I posted pics of taken by the shed.  She also got some day lilies, unknown varieties of daffodils, a few little bulbs that Mother called wood hyacinths, and a couple of the red and white stripped amaryllis.  I was stingy with those.  She said “well, you could not even share”.

STILL MORE

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

These are the same amaryllis that were in the last post.  These were taken about 8:10pm.
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I hope the ones on the other end of the deck will soon bloom. They have ruffled petals.

I do not need to tell you, I am not a photographer.