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I'm sure, everyone has just been waiting and anticipating to hear the long awaited, exciting, minute by minute details of the bsmitch and mitzilou-2 encounter !
1. The Arrival----Sandy was first to say hello, and right away, I saw in her face a warm and kind person, then I meet Bill and he immediately gave my hand a little kiss ! No one but no one has ever greeted me like that. So, that told me that he had charming and enduring ways-----also, better keep an eye on him !
2. The Gift----How did Bill know that I love getting terra cotta pots ! So, to my complete surprise he handed me a terra cotta pot of Santa Claus with a huge bag behind him overflowing with beautiful hens and chicks ! I loved it ! I thought only Bill would bring Santa Claus along with him in June ! Poor Santa was sweating bullets ! Immediately, I got Santa into the house along with Bill and Sandy to get out of the heat !
3. The Boss----Well, let's just say that Bill isn't ! Sandy has to keep him in line----that's for sure !
4. The Meeting-----They met my son, Nathan, and thank God he was here because Bill had intentions to help me with downloading pictures !
5. The Garden----We finally preceded out the back door onto the deck where you can overlook my garden from this high outlook. Well, we looked at it ! It took all of less than a minute, I think, maybe a few seconds more or less------not sure. Maybe, a couple of flowers were bloomed out here and there. Anyway, my mulching job looked impressive, I think ! Conversation insued and I kept waiting for some profound gardening expertise to come spilling forth from the garden extradinaire of all of Garden Guides Kingdom------he either was just totally overwhelmed at the site of my magnifigant garden or plum fresh out of expertise advice because I got------absolutely none !
6. The Total Explanation of the Annihilation Process of an Alligator----I got the detailed, step by step, gruesome process on how to completely annihilate an alligator---while his wife, Sandy stood by his side never flinching as he went on and on about the demise of the poor alligator--------as I wondered how many times she has hear this story ( by the look on her face, more than once )----all I got to say about that is----if you're an alligator out there, look out for Bill----better run for the hills---- definitely !
7. The Computer----Bill also brought along to give me, a Transcend multi-card reader, and he sat at my totally ancient computer with myself and my son to begin the process of the explanation of transferring photos from the digital camera to the computer, then onto the sight. I listened intently, not really having a clue what was going on, as my son absorbed all the info like a sponge. Thank goodness my son has intelligence ! I secretly drifted over to sit a spell with Sandy and they never missed me !
8. The Dreaded Moment----( Bill attempting to explain anything on the computer to me )---Anyway, next, I was called to the computer. He showed me how to transfer photos from the files to the GG site. My son is a sponge, and I am a brick wall ! Well, each time we waited for the download of photos, Bill entertained me---- once with his tap dancing talent, ( who would have ever known )----man of many talents ! And, also, while downloading photos, we had some indepth discussions, like how many times reba has changed her GG name.
9. The Truth----Bill confided in me that he is known somewhat as a ladies' man, as he looked to see if Sandy was listening---she was not listening at all !----Sandy and my son had hit it off, and were talking up a storm ! I think it's the other way around----Sandy's quite a mans' lady !
10. The Time----They had to leave at 11 at the latest ! Bill suddenly became aware of time and called out to Sandy----what time is it---- almost 11?------ and she replied no, it's almost 11:30 !
11. The Parting-----We hugged each other, and wished we could visit longer.
12. The Departure----My son and I were waving good-bye----Sandy was in the car allready and Bill was still talking a mile a minute and even though they were running late, he had to demonstrate his famous cane balancing act, which was truly and totally an amazing sight to behold ! Wow, a man of so many talents and has a big heart and a lovely, sweet wife who somehow manages to keep- him- in- line---boy,
what a challenge !
As we past the fountain area, we approach the dry garden area which happens to be the largest of all the garden areas. There are numerous plants here and a lot are the more drought tolerant plants. The focal point in this area is the security light pole where I have suspended my bird feeder and hanging birdbath. My partner constructed with pieces of wood a sturdy set of arms that jut out on either side for hanging feeders, etc. I also, hang a goldfinch thistle bag and a woodpecker block in a cage here. We have numerous birds that visit the feeders and our yard. I will mention a few here: noisy bluejays, acrobatic nuthatches, sweet cardinals, friendly titmice, beautiful goldfinches, silly acting mourning doves, cute chickadees, dazzling indigo buntings, odd looking brown-headed cowbirds, inquisitive house wrens, raucous blackbirds, alert and on- the- go robins, timid sparrows, musical mockingbirds, busy bluebirds, and various amazing woodpeckers---downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers and the simply breathtaking red-headed woodpeckers ! I guess, I went a little off track from my main topic here, so back to the dry garden. There is a continuation of the winding, narrow, brick walkway in the front of the dry garden with marigolds planted in front. Surrounding the light pole, I have chamelion plant which is vary invasive to say the least ! The colors are beautiful on this plant ( red, yellow, and green ), and it's blooms are very small and delicate white flowers. On either side of the pole, I have yellow stella-de-oro and other daylillies mixed together of different colors. Behind the daylillies on either sides are two large areas of lambs-ears. And directly behind the lamb-ears are planted golden rod, russian sage, black-eyed susans, some purple coneflowers that are not infected with yellow aster disease, tansy, and maximillium perennial sunflowers. Then, behind this is my star of yelta morning glories that climb along the back fence. Also, some stray catnip is back there along the fence which I plan to dig out. The catnip tends to go crazy popping up anywhere and everywhere ! Also, some russian comfrey is back there mingling around and it is crowding out other plants, so it too will be removed. Now, we have the left and right side areas on either side of the light pole. I'll start on the left side where in the front part is purple sage, golden sage, and mondo grass. Directly behind there, is planted gayfeather, yellow and orange cosmos, yarrow, and a type of chyrsanthemum bush that blooms with white extremely sweet scented flowers in the fall. Last, but not least, are my sparkler cleomes in the back left hand corner ! There is also a pink pussy willow tree in the back left hand corner. Now, for the right side, where in the front part there is some pineapple mint, blue fescue, autumn joy sedum, along with my rhododendron. The middle right side has echinops ritro globe thistle, gray sage, and some stray volunteer zinnias. Back along the fence is more tansy, an american bittersweet vine, and an orange trumpet vine. That pretty much covers the dry garden area, and concludes my tour.
Have a good gardening day ! mitzi
I'm going to come back to describing my garden areas in my backyard corner garden. Allready, I talked about the shade garden area, and next to it, a sunny, part shady area where my basic cooking herbs are found. We next are in the fountain area. There is a front part and a back part to this area. In the front there is the main focal point, which is my old fountain base ( all that is left of it-----the other tiers crumbled away over time. I have moss roses that, I planted in the fountain base now. I have one pedestal left in the center of the base planter, and I have a grasshopper weather vane sitting on top. Surrounding the fountain in a circle are some hostas---ones that seem to tolerant the sun better. In the spring, I have daffodils surrounding the fountain base, and at one time I had tulips there, but Sid's relatives snacked on them ! I have a narrow brick pathway that winds around in front of the fountain with a frog sitting right in the middle of the path. and I have one lady's mantle plant that has really taken off this year. I want to establish a little row of my lady's mantle eventually. Right now, I have some volunteer marigolds that popped up in front of the fountain base. In the back of the fountain base, I have my new scatter garden area---I threw out seed of various wildflowers, cosmos, and zinnias here. Also, behind the scatter garden is a group of lamb's-ears. I have lots of zinnias coming up ! I have to have my zinnias every year----for sure ! I have some volunteer zinnias that have showed up also in different spots of the garden. Behind the scatter garden is a little winding path----it was graveled last year. I have russian comfrey planted back here, and along the back fence is a long row of New England asters. Also, some autumn joy sedum is back there planted around a hawaii tree of some kind that has beautiful blossoms in the springtime. Over the edge there when you walk past the tree is the bank of our creek and in the spring, I have iris blooming back there along the creek bank. I'm having trouble with poison ivy back in this area really bad this year, and actually I'm getting over an encounter with the ivy as we speak ! But when I get the poison ivy problem under control, I'd like to make a little secret hide away space in that cozy corner with two chairs and a table. Tomorrow, I'll discuss the next section which I call my dry garden area. Have a good gardening day---all GG members ! mitzi
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Well, I was out weeding and mulching some more. I have two visitors to my garden Wednesday morning, and I definitely don't want one of them to find any weeds---heaven forbid ! But, I'm warning you ahead of time they like to pop their little heads up at a moments notice. Well, I also, was deadheading some spent looking flowers. And, when, I was deadheading some of the spent spiderworts, I found one of my Johnny-Jumps-Ups ! I thought they would not even come back from last year---they wilted out pretty bad in the heat ! They are in my shade garden area. Then, earlier when I was weeding around in the shade bed, I noticed more marigold volunteers from last year had popped up, and one is showing a little speck of color. I forgot to mention in the spring that I purchased three plants from Frank Otto Nursery. I bought a gayfeather, spotted dead nettle, and an artemisia. The' Anne Greenaway ' dead nettle is looking good in front of my birdbath. And the ' Powis Castle' artemisia is looking good still off to the side in my shade garden. I was happy to see that my Japanese Painted Fern has grown some ! I had transplanted it to a new spot previously, and guess it likes it there ! I transplanted my two ' Melting Fire ' coral bells to new areas. I noticed one coral bell plant was thriving, and for some reason, the other looked puny. I had them right next to each other. Anyway, they look better closer up in the shade garden than way in the back where I had originally planted them. So, I'm liking the contrasting color arrangement in the shade bed. I have the yellowish tone of creeping jenny, purplish green of the bugleweed, the varigated dead nettle with yellow and green with a streak of white in a pretty little pattern, the coral bells with their firey marroon color, the silvery color of the artemisia, the japanese painted fern with burgendy stems and dusty green leaves, and towards the back my little striped emerald and gold mint which is green and yellow. And, I also, have one palace purple coral bell plant with green and marroon tones mixed together. Later, I'll talk about my other areas of my backyard corner garden. I almost forgot to mention the main centerpiece of the shade garden are my various hostas and with all these plants together it adds up to a nice arrangement.
Well, it's been raining here, but have a good gardening day out there if it isn't raining in your neck of the woods ! mitzi
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This is what I end up with------reba----after following the instructions.
I came across this article and thought I'd share it-------
My mother loved nature and there was no better gift for her than a living plant. I remember a yellow rose bush she planted at the corner of our home. She nurtured and fertilized it until it thrived. Much to my dismay, as I was coming out of our home one afternoon, I saw the boy next door disappear into his house with a handful of roses. I immediately ran into our house to tell my mother. She lovingly looked me in the eyes and said, "That's okay. If he wants something beautiful to give his mother, then let him have them." My anger immediately melted and it brought to mind her favorite words. "What is the loving thing to do?" I never said a word to the boy next door. Now, whenever I see a yellow rose, it gives me a reason for reflection.
Have a good gardening day ! mitzi
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