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Looks like some of the vines are starting to dry up in the vegetable garden..getting less and less squash and cucumbers...tomatoes are still producing...picked a handful of okra today..and some green beans...the beans are in the pot cooking with bacon...adding potatoes later....making hamburgers with it....the weather has been getting cooler finally...so glad of that...but not glad about all the work...weeding I need to catch up on now...looking forward to seeing the fall flowers blooming and still waiting on my corn to get bigger...if it will ever ammount to anything...if not I do have some nice cornstalks for a fall display....still gotta transplant a few indoor plants that have grown out of their pots...with the wonderful rainwater...and outdoor sunshine...well talking about rainwater...gotta go water all my plants that are in the house today..and hanging some clothes on the line...on this beautiful day....
This is my new garden area..I just developed this last year..this year..it is almost over grown..with a tomatoe plant..cucumber on the vine on one fence area and guards and Zennias and Elephant ear.....enjoy fellow gardeners..hope it goes through if not view on my photos'
Zennia is a female given name: from a Greek word meaning "hospitality" ..there are 20 species...from minature to giant...they are draught tolerant...this I didn't know....some are bred to climb trellises....some types of butterflies are attracted to zennias....they originally grew as wild flowers native to S.W. United States, Mexico & Central America.....they should be trimmed when young stems are 6" tall......did not know this either.....by trimming back you can have Zennias that bloom through the entire season....also cut off spent flowers to promote reblooming....so I am trying to get some of my photos on here...this is a trial...so if you don't see any flowers ...it didn't work :) Also some of the photos are side ways...well...that's something I will work on also...sorry about that ...just turn your head sideways to see the picture correctly please ...just this one time...LOL...I have been doing okay..not in the flower garden much..still been too hot...just watering with my rain water...that has been getting filled just when I need it...my indoor plants are doing good too...hope you all enjoy the flowers ...remember this is a test...so you may have to go to my photo's and see these Zennias that I'm talking about...enjoy your gardens all...can't wait for the cooler weather to get back out in the yard...
HI fellow gardeners..finally made it back on here again..after sweating in the yard got some of my weed eating done arround the flower gardens..and put cabbage, tomatoes and squash in the freezer...been real busy...so hard to get the outside work done, with the heat..so can only do a little at a time with drinking alot of water and comming inside with the airconditioning to cool off ...but the yard is starting to look better..need help putting my pictures on a blog..but added a few new ones on my photos..if you would like to peek at them...had a late vegetable garden and flower garden this year...with all the rain and then the heat...been collecting rain water and my Zenias and Sunflowers are just begining to bloom...Baloon flowers bloomed this week also...went to my 40th High School Reunion this month..was so much fun! I would recommend anyone to go to their's if you have doubts of going..It was in Ohio by Lake Erie at a Yact club..reconized some people but most people had to look at their picture/name tag...of course some of us looked even better than we did in high school..LOL...Next week we are off to Louisville to my husbands Viet Nam Unit Reunion..just a short trip ..three hour drive...also traveled to Gatlinburg Tennessee to our family Reunion...had a cabin high in the mountains..which was very relaxing...ate too much and walked too much sightseeing and shopping...but was a blessing to be with my three brothers and sister and their families...well the temperature has dropped to 82 so going to brave the heat again and pull weeds from the vegetable garden....wish me luck..after a good rain we had yesterday...those weeds will almost jump out for me...if anyone gets the urge to work off some frustration...come on over...there's plenty for me to share with ya
Every year I transplant in the Spring. Transplanted the Knock out Rose Bush because it was in an area that didn't have room to grow. Transplanted a Lavender bush that was outgrowing its area. ( I am so proud of my Lavender bush, as I grew it from seed.) Also made a new bed of transplanted Irises, Tiger Lilys and Hollyhocks. ................Al
so transplanted three of my indoor plants that out grew their pots......... Our seedlings of Tomatoe , green pepper, and cabbage that we planted on Good Friday,in the house, are comming up, Yeah! Also got the three hoses connected for watering, spayed off the porch and the side walk , watered everything that I planted. Then of course it rained all the next day, which I was glad to see .....gave everything a good root start. ..... Also filled up the childs swimming pool for dogs. It may keep them from going in the pond, and getting all muddy, which they have done already this year, Uck! Also raked the leaves out of one of the Shade gardens, and watered it. Whew, got all that done before dark!
I wanted to share part of this article I read in this weeks issue of Army Times.
Gardening can be comforting--even therapeutic--for troops trying to shake the stresses of war. There's a long history of troops growing plants in the extreme conditions of a war zone.
Motivitations vary but fall into five categories, says Kenneth Helphand, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon, in his book, "Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime."
Hope: "Planting is an optimistic act," Helphand says. "You put a seed into the ground in anticipation it will grow. It takes time, attention and maintenance. There's a miraculous aspect. Hope is embodied in all that."
Life: "Gardens are alive. They provide a connection with nature and life's forces."
Home: "Gardens either are part of or an extension of home, or places where we've lived or would like to be."
Work: "It's something to do. The garden often is part of a person's identity and culture"
Beauty: "Gardens are beautiful, and in a time of crisis that beauty is accentuated," Helphand says. "They're often strikingly dramatic when done in devastated areas."
Yesterday as I was looking out the window at the clothes hanging on the line drying, you will never guess what I saw at the birdbath. Yes, there it was, two birds were bathing in the birdbath. I wish someone else was there to share it with. I knew if I got out the camera and went outside they would probably be gone by then. But it was such a beauiful sight to see them enjoying theirselves with the clothes in the background on the line, flapping in the breeze on the sunny day we had. It was awsome! And it caught me by surprise, because we have had only two or three days of 50 or 60 degree weather here in Kentucky so far.
I was expecting to see birds getting a much needed drink, since we don't have a water source near by.
Hi all fellow gardeners! It is a dreary day today and cold, in the 30's, here in Southern Kentucky. It snowed for a while, was beautiful comming down................no accumulation, thank goodness............and now the sun is shinning, yeah!!!!!! Resting up from a long trip...... Had a wonderful trip to visit our grandson in Clarksville, Tennessee. Our son met us there from Dallas, Tx. Sorry didn't see any more signs of Spring there either. It was also cold, but was sunny.............and no snow! I did see my first small flock of birds though. Don't know if they were flying North or South. They probably don't know which way to go with this crazy weather everyones been getting this year.
We enjoyed the trip anyway......had fun swimming in a heated pool, and chillin, taking turns watching T.V. (cought the last of UK game), and playing video games...............ate snacks that I brought, and Homemade Chicken and Dumplings! Mmmmmmm! Also made a trip to Ft. Campbell, shopping at PX, and didn't buy a thing. And did grocery shopping at the commisary. It was packed, so I got out as quick as I could and got stocked up. We ate at a new Korean Restaurant . The food was great! I ate too much and made myself sick. I am still getting over it. Ugh!!
Got up early and packed up, then went to church............... We got there early, and as we were waiting in the car for a while, I found out my grandson enjoyed the new section at church where you could go have a after Church snack. So of course, we paid a visit to the snack area :)
Then, after a quick lunch .............off to Toys-R-Us. We bought a travel Sorry game, and had a ball playing that simple game, then played I spy with my little eyes till we got bored, then played the, Add To A Line Story Game. Which I found out our nine year old grandson has a very good memory. He out did us all.
We also paid a visit to the Goodwill in Clarksville, Tennessee. If anyone is ever in that area, you can get anything on the first Saturday of the month half off. They have a huge Goodwill there, a friend of mine that lives there told me about it. But they did have a lot of clearance racks there, with half off too..... I found two perfectly good warm sweatshirts for half off.
A quick stop at Target, and then to eat dinner and we said our good-byes..............and drove the long, long............... four hour trip home. We listened to some old casette tapes all the way home, so the time went by fast....and took breaks to walk our dog, ( Boss) , the Pug. He is a good traveler!
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