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It has been way too long since I came to visit. The new layout had me confused but I'm getting used to it.
Not much in the realm of my flowers because of the draught. We kept them all alive but did not have the beautiful blooms all around like we usually do. My full size hybiscus nearly took over once the weather got better. I am having a great time with cutting the tops that have lots of buds. I put them in water in the house and I get at least one bloom a day.
I did manage to save two orchids. And one of them bloomed and has two new stalks coming out!
My two Christmas cactuses are full of buds.
Lowe's had Poinsettias on sale yesterday (Black Friday) for 99cents each. After two big fights with my husband, I finally got what I wanted. I now have 14 very healthy Poinsettias that I am going to work with in my decorating.
We still haven't got the green house and we're realizing we better get it soon.
I'm still here, just up and down with my health. I have now come down with a full blown case of shingles. All I can do is laugh, except laughing makes it hurt like the dickens!
My plants are just now having a happy look. I don't know if my white mum will put on their show for halloween like they usually do. The caladiums next to them spread before I realized it and stunted their growth. Dusty dug up a lot of bulbs with the leaves and replanted them. They actually lived!
I have had a beautiful show of butterflies. Well worth all those worms that fell from the front tree. When I do my pool exercises I always see at least three different colors. And the bumble bees are loving my basil plant as it flowers.
We didn't get many hummers. Well, I think they were around, but we moved the feeders to another tree hoping to spread them and they didn't come until we put the feeders back where we had them.
We are definitely getting a green house. A lot of the potted plants need dividing. Especially the hybiscus. And I have no more room in the sun room to bring the outside plants in!
Before this case of the shingles, I was doing very well. I had a great aqua exercise program going in the pool. Pretty soon I am going to have to do exercises in the house. I have to be careful. I don't know if I told ya'll, but I decided to try some knee lunges and fell right over!
Good luck on your gardens!
Last year I started two ivies hoping they would climb on this Orchid trellis.
It really took off.
's doing quite fine.
think one leaf may have been enough to root this one.
Ya'll have a good day!
It's been a while since I checked in. Things have been sort of crazy....and.......HOT.
Almost one year to the day of my surgery, my headaches started going away! After a month, I can really say that they have pretty much gone away. If I don't get a bright shot of sunlight, I've been head ache free. And I'm thinking, who wouldn't get a head ache from this heat and bright sun.
I still have much pain in my ear area, but I'm working with a great ENT on it. I can't believe I found a doctor in Lafayette that has a great bed side manner. She thinks it may be a completely different problem than what I had the surgery for.
I've been doing aquatic exercises to get back into shape. Funny thing, I have to go in the pool at high noon. The sun is not at a slant at that time of day. I love the water and its been great. I do a good 30 minutes worth of exercises. Being in the water, I don't feel it. But when I get out......woohoo, my legs are jelly.
Now on to the really important things. My plants are barely making it with this heat. I lost the eucalyptus that I bought last year. I missed it when I was watering. All the others are living, but you can tell they are not happy.
My house plant creations are really looking good. I will get pictures later, but I keep waiting to get them and that's one reason I haven't been posting. Silly.
A friend of mine that really, really does plants gave me two beautiful begonia and a plumera cutting. She's got beautiful plumera. She put a nice one in a 3ft diamater (huge) clay pot for an auction that's happening today for a baby that has a brain tumor. They are setting a minimum bid of $200.
Ya'll have a great gardening day!
For the first time in over ten years I have tomatoes from my very own garden. Ohhhh the taste. I've been eating tomato and cucumber salad like there's no tomorrow.
Well, yesterday evening I was beginning to believe that there was no tomorrow. I have never ever in my life had heartburn like I had. I ended up sending my husband to the drug store at 10:00 for some relief. I finally fell asleep after screaming and holding his hand for about an hour. Don't you know, some time during the night, it starts up again. My husband said he had it also during the night, but I think it was the tomatoes. I ate a bunch!
This is the entire garden. The tomatoes are now red. The cucumbers aren't doing so well and we don't know why. The cantelope is looking great. It's one of the plants I tried the winter sow thing on.
Ya'll have a great day and I'll be staying away from the tomatoes. Or maybe, if it was the cucumber, I could just eat the tomato. : )
Take a look at this beautiful flower. Bill sent me cuttings last year.
Our entire potato crop! Actually, I think we have two more coming from the, umm, like total of 4 plants we planted.
Hello my gardening friends. Its been a while. I've been battling with those head aches that have not gone away since the surgery last June. I'm going back May 5th to see what's going on.
My gardening has not been neglected, however. It's been very helpful.
I've actually got green tomatoes! We did the garden in a potting soil bag thing. We've got 5 plants with tons of blooms and 6 tomatoes.
We've got 4 cucumber plants with blooms all over, 4 cantelope plants blooming like crazy and some pepper plants.
None of my seedlings really made it except for the cantelope which I did the winter garden thing with. We had to buy all new plants for the others.
All the flowers are starting to fill in and bloom. The amarylis has come and gone. The hybiscas and cana are about to bloom and the caladiums are filling up the yard.
I rooted a lot of coleus plants and we've planted them back in the front and they're starting to fill out. I have some really nice pots with coleus that are ripe for the giving. A friends father passed away and I fixed up a really nice potted coleus and then realized I had no way to get it to them.
My Shasta Daisy seeds did not make it when I moved them out of the burpee plant starter thingy so Dusty went and bought about 10 big plants. (He had to buy something, it was killing him)
Enjoy your gardening folks and I'll try to catch up and get some pictures.
At home on the Bayou.
P.S. Has anybody seen any hummingbirds yet? I thought I saw two a few weeks ago, but none since. Keeping the feeders up though.
Things are coming up all over. This is Dusty's potato patch about two weeks ago. He is having so much fun with it. Now's he's making the mounds around them just like his Mom used to.
These are from the basil seeds that I saved from last years crop and tried the 'winter sow' thing. I still don't understand the concept, or if I did it right, but we've now planted two of these and they have big smiles on their faces.
There are others coming up and I've planted more of the seeds and they are coming up also!
Two other kinds of basil that I winter sowed. They are much bigger now and I need to plant them........somewhere.
Remember the plant that I have kept in pots for 20 yrs? It seeded!!
Dusty did his willy nilly thing, but this year used seeds and I've got annuals popping up all over. Those that I've planted inside are all sprouting.
I've got enough to fill up another blog.
Have a great weekend!
We got to work on the front beds last weekend. Dusty has been wanting to put the slate edge around that side bed. I had enough energy to make the 1 minute trip down the road to get the slate. He was really pleased with its outcome.
I not happy with the quality of these photos, but I'm learning the different settings on this camera.
ng up the left side. The verbena ( I think that is what you call it) looks the best that its ever looked.
We found 2 little solar lamp poles, a hummingbird and a butterfly that light up at night and constantly change colors. If they last, we may by more. It is really a nice look at night.
's long wanted Daffodils.
The violas look great right now. We'll only have them for a short time until that hot southern sun gets to them.
Have a great day!
The valentine shaped birthday cake for my husband. It's been a long time since I worked on a cake. Quite a bit rusty. The top layer is a small cake pan that belonged to my grandmother. The last time I used that was for my kid's first birthdays. Really really rusty on the outlining. I don't have the bags with tips, I have this old metal container with different tips that I've had and used quite often for bake sales in high school. I had quite a good time with this walk down memory lane.
> This is an experiment that I'm not sure whether it will work or not. I sent Dusty to Home Depot to look for an ivy climbing post and he couldn't find one so he bought an orchid stick. I'm hoping that if I anchor it well enough it may make a nice presentation.
I am wiped out, just about dead on my feet. It feels good. I think its o.k. because it the relaxing kind of tired.
Started a lot of seeds today. With Dusty's help. We prepared the big starter kit. We put Tomatoes, and three kinds of peppers. Bell pepper, and two different kinds of sweet peppers.
I did a milk jug and we planted cantelope.
The wintersow container I did the other day is completely full of sprouts.The weather is so crazy right now. The first one of basil just has a few. But I think that's what its supposed to do, huh?
The daffadills are starting to come up. About 3 inch stalks. I don't know how many blooms we'll get, we got them in the ground a bit late.
I made Dusty a valentine shaped cake for his birthday which is today. I'm cooking his favorite meal, spaghetti and meatballs. I gave out right after I got the meatballs made. He had to take over!
I bet that couch missed me.
Well, as busy as I'm allowed to be.
Our weather will be close to planting soon. My husband still has the garden bug. He has now made a garden in my little corner of the yard where I keep my little compost patch. He decided he wanted potaters. Back to his childhood when he used to pull them up with his Mom. We now have a patch 2x3 with three little rows of planted potatoes.
We decided to try the potting soil bag way of planting and he's got that set up to grow cucumbers and tomatoes. Oh my we've got to get that greenhouse. We're definately not saving any money because he keeps coming back from the store with more seeds. He bought one of those big ole Burpee seed starter deals.
I made another winter sow box and put it outside. It looks like its doing well. I'm going to do a milk jug with some tomatoe seeds.
I'm going to get some pictures when my balance is not too bad or when Dusty is home so he can help me.
I'm scared to say it because I might jinx it, but I've been feeling better. I've finally transferred most of my clients and just knowing that this is tax season and I'm not already working many hours is making a difference. The one thing is that my balance has gone way off for some reason.
Yesterday I met with the nurse at the new neurosurgeon that I found in town. It was such a joy to talk to someone that actually new stuff about my type of affliction. I kept trying to take all their unhealthy plants! She was working with plants was definately good for me.
I'll get those pics up soon!
but I never did find that little woodpecker up in the tree.
I made my daily exercise walk to the mailbox when I heard him. It's funny, I can look up and stay balanced, but I can't look down. I was thinking 'I never have my camera when I need it'. But I never did find that lil sucker.
I've got more plants and I'm potting more. Dusty brought home two more plants. It seems his boss has clued in to my plant hospital and is now sending me more. (He buys plants then throws them out when they stop blooming)
One is a very healthy looking orchid I can tell. The other looks like its an orchid, but its got tall thin leaves. I'll have to take some photos soon. They are both very healthy, just no blooms.
I've been busy potting more coleus cuttings to put out front in about a month.
So far, it seems like the pain is easing a bit. I get real tired which tells me that I am still weak from the surgery, which makes me hopeful that it really is a matter of time before it all heals.
I'm still in trouble for not getting that greenhouse but Dusty is really catching the bug. He brought two plants home from his office that they had used or received as Christmas presents. One is a beautiful Christmas cactus and the other is a rosemary shaped as a Christmas tree. So he planted the rosemary hoping to save it. Then I caught him throwing out the pot that it was in and a pot that we had a dead poinsettia in. I'm like, "I need those pots"!
My wintersown basil is still doing well. We've had a few low temp nights. Around 21 to 30 degrees. And the seeds are still sprouting! We usually start our planting in March or April because it warms up here. I can't wait to see what the basil does!
I'm still going to order the green house. Is there any use for it in the summer?
One more thing. I've clipped a large portion from that huge ivy I received as a gift. Is this a special kind? I'm hoping the leaves stay large.
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