Macro Spring Pansy
Macro Spring Pansy
Garden Club Fundraising really is hard.
There are now four of us in the club and they work full time.
So I try to do too much. Then I get overwhelmed and it is no longer FUN.
See FUN and making a difference was all I was after.
Guess all the shoulder pain has been getting me down as well but saw the surgeon the other night he is letting me have 6 more weeks of home exercises to see if I can free up the left one. I may take another shot and get through a winter of nasty snow shoveling then let him go in and clean out the junk it is somewhat odd though as I am a righty!
So back to the club and all I have been able to do of late.
I wrote a few press releases for local publications one came off the press this past week the next hopefully will be in Thursday’s edition. I have an Ad running on our local cable channel I have satellite so I can not see how it looks. One of the woman who works in our town hall office made me up flyers and offered to add some to the desk where people who stopped in would see them and hopefully support our efforts.
You see we are taking orders for gorgeous Poinsettia. Three sizes. From ones that would be pretty decorating a staircase in your home for the holidays or huge beauties for atop a piano or in a foyer. Then a medium size as well for hostess gifts or does everyone just expect wine these days. I am not a drinker but pretty, live plants, now that is a different story! We are only offering traditional RED ones. They can go to Wal-Mart or a local garden shop for all the other varieties they will need to finish off their home or businesses. The plants will sell for $5.00, $10.00, 18.00. Under $20.00 for a gift of true beauty I thought would be easy to sell.
Maybe it is just not easy for one or four to get the word out. No matter how many times I post the photos and the prices the question is always HOW MUCH? Did I say I am so glad it is the season to REST! Well gardening outside will be placed on hold till spring in these parts.
We have a Facebook Page maybe you can LIKE it for me Epping Garden Club. I need feedback and you are all so terrific at that maybe I am doing it all wrong.
I have also been making items for the Holiday Fair I signed up to do. Funny I swore them off. Wish me LUCK!
So with selling photos, making things and finding home for stunning plants will be keeping me busy and freeing up the frozen shoulder to avoid surgery. After seeing the doctor I stopped into Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford New Hampshire to see how the plants were coming along. Here is the fun part sharing with you.
This last one I took is also being offered in all my stores as a Holiday Card, as it is very cheerful. Maybe I should go get my plants now and fill up the house with color as all I have now are those SPIDER PLANTS!
We have had a few beautiful days here in New England but changes are coming. So as I watched the Boston Red Sox play their way into another World’s Series I made lists of things that needed to be done around here. I worked at planting my two huge Mums from the garden club sale, they are the hardy type so with any luck they will rest in the winter and be in bloom for next fall. Lawn mower was placed in the barn and snow blower brought up to the shed. You know regular stuff all homeowner must do unless they have a handyman yes my man is handy but you know the kind I am taking about.
So as I checked off each item I had on my list, I came to my Monstrous Spider Plant. There was no way I could bring it in for another year like it was. It is in full bloom, mid October in New Hampshire, oh how she loves the outdoors. Well I am sure it will go into shock and I also hope they all make it. There is nothing like having a living plant in each and every room.
So JT and I headed over to our local Wal-Mart so I could by some potting soil. I picked up six bags, yes it would take at least that to begin the task at hand. We headed home and I played with her for 15 minutes and then I began.
I usually make up my own mix but this will have to do, with shoulder pain there will be no stirring dirt for me .
This is worse than I thought, as this is a huge flower-pot.
See what I mean.
I really do not know how it could be so gorgeous with so many flowers and babies, this is crazy look at those roots!
They must love being root bound like this.
Much different tools used in this mayhem.
OH yes it was bad.
Lots of the Mother plants babies came of the plant
and would need to go into water or straight into new soil.
So my yard and home plants have been cared for, tools put away that I use spring, summer and fall.
I said a little prayer for them to all make it through till spring, when they will be placed outside to soak in the sunshine and drink in the rains.
Let this be a reminder to knock your plants from their pots loosen up the old soil if you can get away with new soil added and you will not have Botany Mayhem occur at your place.
LOVE YOUR LIVING THINGS as much as you do your silly things.
Well some of you know I garden and others know I joined the local garden club and helped make a few corners pretty here is an update on that part of my life.
This past Sunday we held a Plant Sale to raise money and to get others to add pretty flowers to their landscapes. Let me show you what we had.
You can not be seen any better in out town on a Sunday morning unless you were signing in church.
We had Perennials and Mums that were not quite open yet just enough to show what color they were going to be.
See just beginning to show their beautiful blooms.
We planted 4 in two of our intersections and two at the town hall, three at the Safety Complex, and just three at the intersection close to my home since that one was so full of color already.
This is one of two planters that sit at the top of the stairs leading into our small towns Town Hall. Pretty work our member did. Remember there are just 5 of us and all part-time.
We are loving how they are filling in and are praying this winters snow plows do not destroy all of our hard work.
Hope you live in a town with a garden club who does things like this to make it special. We just have 3 corners done so far but that’s not bad for 1 year and all that digging and re-planting and part timers.
While reading your blogs I realized how much I missed mine. Each day I want to write and share but usually nothing comes. Since April it has been very hard. Seems before it was easy to express myself and now being cleared of all the CLUTTER within me leaves me wondering if I really have much to say.
I am so happy poor but very, very happy. I am at peace and seems I had posts so full of sadness and despair oh yes Joy as well if you looked deeper within it was there but really I was just not whole.
I still see things others will never get and it is OK maybe they are not meant to.
Ok on with today’s RARE BLOG really from me NOT A RE-BLOG he he READY?
So I have not seen much of my Mom since my return from retreat and she has not ben well so I made it a point when I got my check this month to take the $30 in gas right out and go spend sometime with her after I was done with Shoulder PT appointment. Ron and JT came with me as even she is feeling more like herself never will something from China be consumed in my home by ANY OF US!
So I get to Mom’s and she is doubled over unable to stand up straight I tell her to use the cane more to hold herself up though her hands are bad and I understand why she doesn’t. She has had RA for 40 years or better been crippled then better now her spine is worsening as she has lost so much of her height. She now has 2 cracked or broken vertebrae she will never tell me as too many years I was broken so she tries to toughen it out. She actually said she was ready to go. What the hell does that mean? Ready to go she is healthy as an ox except for the pain and she refuses anything but Tylenol and we all know the dangers of that drug.
So I had gone down with the full intent to scrub floors, clean refrigerator, scrub the stove things you ought to stand to do and need to do for more than a minute. I went around the property of this home I grew up in and admired all the flowers she grew. She had some beauties. I went out to the front yard and saw a section of the garden beds I had done so much work on my whole adult life now looking so pitiful. I asked what she wanted to do about it as she insists she loves her home and doesn’t want to sell and move in with one of us or her own apartment with little she would have to do but care for herself. She says “I can’t do it anymore”. I have known this for a long time hell I can not do what I used to and I am 20 years younger. So I get her garden cart, shovel, rake and a bucket with soil and proceed to dig every last Iris and Lily mixed in with weeds and grass out of the front bed. I took each one and trimmed back the green growth and cleaned the roots and set them aside. I worked for 2 hours on them alone I did that sitting on the same front stairs as I had when I was a little girl all the while watching Mom insisting on sitting outside with me and JT she sat in a plastic lawn chair. Same kind I did my retreat in not that comfortable.
After I had them done I moved on to trim a bush them I really trimmed it pretty much till it was just above the soil as there was so much dead branches soon she would lose them anyway. As I worked on my feet she tried to play a little with JT. It was warm so the dog did not mind resting a lot.
I got to this beautiful bush and knew if it was up to me to add a fresh coat of paint to the front of this house I could not have shrubbery against it so again I began a hard prune taking out many dead branches. Well This is usually covered in bees and yes it was a beauty but so out of control. I came across something that saddened me. Seems our world is so full of filth and debris and so many slobs our little birds have learned to cope the best they can. See?
So much plastic trash was a part of this poor Mother Bird’s nest
I swear it looked as if it were a home in the projects it made me very sad.
Now wait till you see what her front yard looks like now.
We had not seen that last window for years she will have to pull the blinds down now till she decides if she wants to let it grow back or if we can make this place pretty with something easy to care for. I am not getting any younger either and with injuries even worse. Ron is in no better health he has lost so much weight and muscle and he is diabetic to boot.
All was not worrisome at Mom’s some of the day was delightful which is how I will end this post UPBEAT! :)
Mom painted this rock years ago and we thought the bees thought her artwork was real but then a guy I went to school with thought maybe they were just wanting to grab hold so they could get a drink. I told her to place a shallow dish with rock in it so birds could have their baths again :)
Remember she loves flowers like me so here are a few I took after I did all the work so they are not that good but still pretty
Thanks for coming to Mom’s with me.
She would love all of you. Each one is so very special to me XO
This makes for lots of HAPPY BEES
I am hoping for some yummy goodness from this plant the flowers are Beautiful
Even these are so pretty if you can get in real close boy I wish I had not lost all my MACRO ability in my camera but hitting re-format :(
Safely behind the garden fence where hungry Turkey and Bear could easily get into but so far have not.
Finally something for all my effort.
Shortest Corn on Earth
Sad looking Sunflower too much rain and clearly not enough Sunshine.
Not only does the cat enjoy this beautiful plant but the Bumble Bees and these Hummingbird Moths seem to love it as well!
Can’t get a great Macro with Easy Share will have to see if I can get a local camera shop to fix what I have done to it.
You can get an idea about what is happening here in my yard just before Aug. We have frost that arrives in Sept. and Oct. so I hope this garden starts taking off SOON!
Have a wonderful day!
Yes this is now my yard remember my blogs from winter or from the floods?
We are truly jungle like these days. Warm and humid and tropical rains and now we are under the gun for some serious Flash Flooding! It is when the river will rise up and over their banks and can destroy roads and yards.
Can you see this Green Growth? Soon there will be blooms, dragonflies and butterflies all over this yard of ours.
I hope we still have bats in my bat box because this afternoon it was so hard to get these shots as I was constantly swatting mosquitoes!
I have grown Tiger Lilies along one section of this river that is the southern property line
I am trying to find out what kind of green weed is on the front right that is taking over our yard. Do you know what it is called?
These are growing so fast with easily 10+ inches of rain this spring plus the 100 inches or more of snow we had this winter plus the river as it comes us and goes back down.
Wildflower or Weed who knows, not me till it opens!
I have more that are open rain and all(sorry for all those who need the rains so bad parts of Canada and all of New England will truly give you some of ours)seems these things that call my yard home are LOVING IT!
Tiny Yellow flowers so you know how tiny thins little bee was! So tiny I never saw it till I went to share it with YOU I love nature in MACRO!
So many blossoms are gone before their time hope there will be plenty for our honey bees if and when the sun shines again.
Beach Roses before the buds open and in the background the Rose Hips wait to ripen.
Happy Hour! Free Drinks!
Pretty male Finch just before he was ambushed by a Baltimore Oriole bullies!
Baby Pears are covering the tree we pruned in early spring yes we lost some possible fruit but I could not pick it that HIGH! Rotten squished fruit attracts too many BEES and remember he is highly allergic.
Well gotta run my little girl wants me to play catch with her AGAIN!
My beautiful tree is loosing all her lovely blooms TOO MUCH RAIN!
Maybe I will sell MUSHROOMS!
I really thought when I joined just two years back this gardening thing around our little town would be so easy. You all see I know how to grow some real beauties so what’s the problem?
Well wanting something really badly, sadly will not make it happen. It takes members. Men woman and children if need be! You need a town who actually cares how they present themselves to the world. Sadly we were on a very slippery slope on that part. Four sickening murders in just the time I have been here, 27 years. All hitting the papers here and abroad.
This dream of mine to join was long overdue. I wanted our small little town to care for one another. Be a community. Like the one I grew up in. Sadly day in and day out I see the world around me not as it used to be. Have people changed that much? Do they no longer want what is best for their children. Are they so busy working to see there are more important things in life than 3 cars, a boat, 4 wheelers, motorcycles? Toys all toys with no substance. No family dinners as both parents work outside their home to pay for all the trips to the mall, no one sews clothes for their children anymore and if they do they are looked down upon and bullied.
So who was I to dream so big for my little town? Well Eunice of course and you know what a wise woman told me if I wanted to do something do it myself for I was the only one I could count on boy was she right in the beginning I placed my cell phone number up on a billboard in front of our town haul and waited for the phone to ring off the hook! I had the town place an Ad on TV(towns private station)looking for members again adding my private number. There were just three of us. President of club walked out in a huff her best friend stayed as did I and the treasurer. Now of us three I am the only one home and was nominated to be the secretary oh joy I wanted to get my hands dirty not make phone calls!
Another lady who works nights joined and made it a point to come to our once a month meetings on a Monday night the others came as well. We made plans for plant sales, yard sales too! You need money to make a town such as ours pretty and not ugly as was portrayed over and over in the news, in books and around the world in the papers.
Well We still have those who stayed in club from a year ago and just recently welcomed another woman. She is a stay at home Mom and we love that she is young, loves to garden and can do more than us older crippled members.
I ordered business cards and gave each of us 50 to start with. Pass them around to local businesses they do business with. I went knocking on doors as I am home all day. I had a few positive meetings for things we can do down the road.
I received a wonderful email from our AD on TV who asked if he could donate some plants for our upcoming plant sales. I told him we would love to accept his gracious gift and made plans for another member to help me. The first load Ron and JT came with me as this was a stranger and wanted to make sure everything was on the level him not me I am too trusting. We went and filled the whole bed of the pickup truck and there were many we could not get that trip. I had one of the full-time workers go with me and filled the truck again! Now we were a real garden club! At the next meeting we set a plan in motion. We would all meet on a Sunday morning at 8 AM and tear out a whole intersection with our hand tools what were we thinking!
We showed up with rakes, shovels trash bags and water. Plants too, a whole pickup truck load, poor Ron no one else has a truck and you know me I am on a mission!
We pulled out the plants we could save and then we tore out grass, and bagged it to compost. It was now noon and time to take a break three of us said we would meet back there at 6 PM to start placing the plants back into the rotten soil after we added some sphagnum to lighten it up with. A friend of mine from town stopped to ask when I had gotten such a green thumb he knew me as only a female who owned and drover her own rig. He had his own excavating company. He asked if I needed anything and I said “Are you sure?” yes he was sure so I asked for some nice rich organic soil. Dream big I say! He came back with his own dump truck and dropped us off a nice pile of loam. We wanted a raised bed to keep plants protected from drivers and plows wait you know about the snow we get.
So here is when I will share with you a project done by first 4 then three woman from 8 AM till 8 PM with a few hour break in between for a cold drink and something to eat.
Hope you can see how it evolved into what it is now.
We had moved the pretty Urn here but sadly it was doing nothing for this corner downtown. Before the grass came up it looked pretty for a few days.
When the two ladies met back at 6 PM they were happy to see Paul’s gift of rich soil.
We raked it down and shaped it. Two of them lifted this heavy Urn up into the middle of the planting then we laid fabric down to keep weds in check.
We unloaded the truck and placed plants in a design the best we could and set about knocking them from their pots and cutting holes in the fabric where they would go into the new soil. This is back-breaking work when you have a wrecked back to start with!
Two of us stayed till dark as you can see the lights across the way have come on.
We were tired both of us in our mid 50′s. She with a desk job me with no job.
I came by the next day to check on our work
We needed to mulch this area to complete the look, hold down the weeds and fabric as well. Thankfully as we wrapped up the night before the rains began to fall gently upon our new planting.
JT and I took 3 half pick up truck loads of mulch I had saved in my yard all winter and added it to this space. The parade would be days away and I wanted it to be complete for Memorial Day.
Now some of you have seen these photos before others have not
Now I will show you some shots of what we have been up to all this summer no wonder I hurt so bad!
I went to a business the next town over who makes bark mulch, I used to love hauling mulch with my rig to all the local garden centers I miss my truck. Well back to the story I asked if we could get the wholesale price as we were a tiny garden club next town over and really needed to find the best deal. She says to me IS FREE GOOD? You already know by this post Thank You! Only deal was they gave me a sign to promote their business well I was all alone to I said yes the deal was made and each and every corner will look the same and only cost Ron gas money to truck it back and forth!
One of the members bought two 40 in long cedar window boxes we filled and put on our granite bridge downtown so our color draws you through town.
Ok the last photo in my story is of a corner Lowe’s gifted us plants for last year but needed to fit in with the rest of what we had recently done so Ron dropped of 21 bags I think he said it was and I spread it to finish off the intersection closest to my home.
It really makes a difference
So yes a group of driven residents can make a difference little by little one corner at a time our little town is feeling more loved.
So what do you think is it worth our effort?
I hope with each planting we do there will be another member joining our team and another business climbing on board with us as you know I am not afraid to ask help from one out-of-town!
Thanks for reading this very long post had I known I would have done it in many segments
Peace and Love to ALL of YOU
You all know how much I adore nature and photography that seems to go hand in hand with it , when it comes to me.
I wanted to show you what I have been up to in my spare time.
Yes I am free everyday to do what I want but due to money like the rest of us I chose what I do accordingly.
I am a member of our local garden club I am sure I mentioned that a few times here. You knew we sell plants to put back into our community so here is the latest project 4 out of 5 woman in our group did. Not bad since most are 40-mid 50′s.
This is a shot of a downtown intersection I had moved the urn to in preparation for our Memorial Day parade.
When I placed it here after the winter plows were safely parked I had no idea how grown in and messy this spot had become.
At our monthly meeting on the 13th it was decided we would tackle it weather permitting that upcoming weekend.
We went with shovels and rakes and trash bags too.
One of the woman in the club had borrowed her son in laws pickup to bring supplies. We were all parked off the road in the dirt, and had been for hours when a renter in a home at this intersection gets in his truck and steps on the gas, punches it really and shoots across this busy intersection, with all of us woman working in, and proceeds to slam into the trucks drivers door WHAM! He jumps out of his truck and proceeds to photograph where we were all parked. I laughed at him and said “They talk about WOMAN DRIVERS!” he got so angry, I was hoping he was drunk actually but it seems he is just not all there but still allowed to drive. So I asked for the police to be called so we could continue to work safely. A woman had just walked by his truck with her dog and we were going back and for with weeds, thankfully it was a truck that got hit.
So two officers arrive and the man points to ME lol what he doesn’t know is who I am and how the police know me as a hero and a hard worker. His info was taken and he was sent on his way. The police put out cones for us and put police tape alongside all our cars and trucks. Then stood and talked, while we worked.
Now I have lived here since 1988 and know a few people who also call our town home. So as we are working like crazy woman, up against the weather forecast, a local man with his own excavating company stopped to say hello to me on the side of the road and wondered when I had developed such a Green Thumb!
I reminded him all he never knew me as was a hard-working trucker , then so hurt after the wreck with the bus in 2000 I never had time and then I couldn’t move.
He asked if there were anything he could help me with and I asked if we could get a scoop of nice soil to really turn this corner into a beautiful spot in time. As we worked and tore out all the grass and weeds and junk from the area all this on a quiet Sunday morning he went off to church and his trucks worked all day on another project he was getting paid to do as a prior business owner I know those come first. So as we completed the removal process and I loaded all the saved plant material we would place back into this area, the ladies loaded their tools into their cars and 3 of us made plans to come back at 6 PM. Just before I took off Paul showed back up with his tri axle dump truck with a wonderful amount of soil for us, he is good and good to me. All the ladies had left when he showed up so him and I moved the urn out of the way and I watched him as he backed up and dumped his load of soil making sure no wires were hit or any dummies driving in behind him.
Looks good doesn’t it.
So we go back at 6 PM before rains come and begin to shape this pile and lay down strips of fabric to keep the junk from growing back so we can keep it looking nice. We are too old to WEED!
The last of us here worked till dark laying the plants back in before they got to stressed. I had watered them well when we had taken a 4 hour break but I did not want to lose one plant.
Above is what the area looked like the next day as JT and I drove over some left over mulch the Garden Club had at my home.
I snapped this before I laid down pick up truck runs of the mulch. It had poured all night and it looked bad I was glad I did not wait till any others would be around to help.
This is heading down through our little town and finished intersection will be coming up on the left NEXT!
We will add a little punch of color for the summer but in the years to come these will fill in and the bulbs will add spring color too.
I sure hope the towns people appreciate these areas we work so hard on.
We do it all on plant sales and donations.
Thanks for checking out our town and how we plan on changing one corner at a time!
It rained and rained I mean it really rained. We went weeks without one drop of rain and in one week we more than made up for it. I had a river here, you all know the one I am talking about, it had maybe two to three feet in it, after the snow melt then no precipitation. I was not complaining but the fire marshals were. I have used that time wisely getting more of the home painted and yard ready to sit back and enjoy this summer.
Mowed for the 2nd time. It smells so heavenly here after it is mowed, not sure of all the different kinds of grasses that are in the lower yard. There are all kinds of Violets, white and purple, Buttercups(do not know the real names)clover lots of clover and grasses are all mixed in, down here along the river. There is always frogs and snakes Chilin here as well as snapping turtles and sun turtles. I heard our Raccoon chattering along the stream as well. I had not one but two Red Tailed Hawks here yesterday afternoon, which meant most of my backyard birds spent some time hiding. I wonder if they were in their flight drying their beautiful feathers and enjoying the gorgeous day as were the three of us. We did not do a BBQ’s and saw no one it was such a very nice day in the yard after all the rain. I did a weeks worth of Laundry and hung them all on the line to dry in the sun and breeze they were done in no time and folded and put away.
Looks different from all the snowy ones you have seen. Spring and fall are my favorite times to be here in New Hampshire.
Soon I will have roses in full bloom all over this yard, with smells that are just as pretty as the Lilacs, which have been gorgeous but are now fading.
It has been so nice to get back in touch with you and more and more will be added as I find you trust me I am looking !
Have a beautiful week in your yards.
On my head and everything else here in New England.
Not discouraging these Ants that are all about the sweetness within this Peony bud.
Tons of Lilacs this year but all this rain weighs them down and turns than brown.
Icelandic Poppy also covered in raindrops
We have a little water in the river lined by so much glorious GREEN it has been real low since they closed the dam to get the big lake ready for boating, camping and fishing.
Can you see her above?
This is the view out my Kitchen window. I want to put a huge umbrella up so she is not soaked all night poor creatures who have to deal with all that weather throws at them.
So let’s see I did a new thing with beads yesterday and was gone from home for almost 6 hours boy I have not done that since I went away. Felt great!
Wait till I show you what I did!
One of the woman in the Gardening Club with me was home and we were given over 40 potted perennials and she came with me this morning to lad them into the truck. Big help and they are gorgeous!
I will grab some photos to show you the beading and a few other things I love the new reader I use can you add RSS feed to your blogs as it is how I add each one I follow some already are using it.
Happy Memorial Day to all of you and ones who will be traveling, please do be very careful.
Well here in New Hampshire some at higher elevations got a few inches of snow we had temps. in the 20′s F.
I came home sick from the 10 days of meditation then got better and poked around the yard with JT. I sent him out detecting as he had her for 12 days. They went on walks and hikes which was so nice for them but he missed his treasure. So JT would grab a Frisbee or a stick depending upon her mood and me my camera, rake and shovel. It was spring and things had to be done before the Black Flies arrived. So I took a stool into the garden and set about digging out more rocks that had surfaced from the fall tilling he had done for me and threw something for the dog to chase. She will be seven on Mother’s Day do Border Collies ever slow down?
Now I took the larger stones out and the peas are in now to add some peat moss and compost and move that into the soil then I will lay a tarp over whole garden bed to kill all weed seeds but not the Peas!
I have some time to get crops in as we can have frost up until May 30. Yes a short season compared to the south. I decided I will grow tomatoes in Pots and 5 gal. buckets with the mix I whip up. I will grow peppers, herbs, lettuce the same way. In the garden I will grow sweet corn, squash, potatoes, garlic, onion, kale, spinach and lots of Zinnias, Sunflowers and Cosmos.
I have yet to dig up my Ruggosa Roses(Beach Plum) and move them I also have Forsythia just starting to bloom so when they are done I will move some to the berm area. I am trying to get my plants picked out for Cottage Garden area and today I went to a yard sale with boyfriend and JT and bought two trellises from a man who came down from Maine to Massachusetts and had almost sold out by the time I chose mine. They are made from cedar but I want to coat with sealer so they will give me many years of use.
I tried to pressure wash front of home but could not start my machine shoulder killing me from FRISBEE lol He will get her started so I can spray with bleach mixture and get the green to wash off the paint on east side of home under the pines. Must take one tree down but with willow having to come down I hate to lose another tree so I will hold off but not too long as a new roof I can not afford it is just 3 years old now. I have cedar shingles I need to replace so I watched a You Tube video on how it is done now to look for that tool they used.
I have ben pulling dirt away from exposed wood were it rots it away and will add plants far from foundation so it doesn’t happen again.
Well this week I will be busy getting plants ready for our Garden Club yard and plant sale first Sat. in May but it will be over by noon so I can run to local racetrack to get my pick for the Kentucky Derby in and get home for watching the Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports! We will offer lilies, annuals and perennials. Can’t wait to see how much we make as we already added some color to our town but want to have plants done by us in downtown along the bridge and at major intersection as you come through town. We only have 5 older woman in our group so we do the best we can.
Here are a few photos of what I have been up to lately. I will go through the reader and try to catch up with you all though most of you never seem to show up on it even though I am one of your followers.
Lilac(above in bud)
Ruggosa Rose Bushes (above in bud)
The grass is green
I went through over 400 pounds of bird seed this winter yes it was a bad winter.
Looking forward to getting all the yard and home done by Memorial Day so I can sit back and reap all I get back in return for the 6 months that will follow. I will make more jewelry and take different kinds of photos I will even use the tripod more.
So nice to sit and share life with you once again. Can’t wait to see what you all have been up too!
Here is one of the more recent birds to visit here in flocks along with the small cow birds or black with orange and yellow stripes on their wings. Boy they love the seed but they come and Cardinals leave and I miss them though they call to me each morning from where they have been busy building their nests.
Oh I placed my half full hummingbird feeders out last night just incase they arrive early and the Apple Tree has yet to open.
Can’t wait till they come back home.
Have a great week everyone!
A way to keep them beautiful!
JT grabbed her Frisbee and me the camera and we went to walk the property so I could pick up any branches that may have come down it the nasty winds. You will see there is no snow. Plenty chilly today. The cat for some reason was running like she was a kitten again she is 12 now. So I toss the disc over and over while making sure the cat did not leave and head out into the coyote filled woods, all the while capturing parts of our yard before it gets covered in snow, the 2 or 3 in. we had last week melted with warmer temps and torrential rains. The river is actually at flood stage or 2 in. below today. Time to share our stroll around the yard.
Makes me miss Summer
Pretty even after frost and snow
GROUND COVER IN GREEN Continue reading
Originally posted on 20 Lines A Day:
The male is above
and this is the female
I bought these two plants for my parents and placed them into the ground as tiny plants in 2000 twelve years later they are shoulder height on me and need to be pruned but every time I want to Mom says “Then I won’t have flowers or berries for the birds.” Gee even I Trim MINE
Holly is one of those plants that make you think of Christmas
Have a Very Merry Christmas
Peace and Love
The article below is not written by me but I wanted you all to read it and let it soak deep within you who are moved by our Sun and Moon and the Earth we share. With what I have been going through and what I am soon to take on as a challenge to myself in order to heal and be the best I can be I do feel hope. So many in pain now, so much loss around this world of ours we all need to live in Peace and Harmony we really do. We need to be good to our Earth for it is all we have. Some will think it is silly but really give it a chance read slowly take it in it can not hurt you.
Then go out and look to the sky and watch as this event happens feel the power and let it move you to be your best. You all know I love sunrises and sunsets for their beauty and the proof I made it another day as did you.
Enjoy the Moon in all her beauty my wish is for all of us to have a clear enough sky to watch the show
Love to all of you now here is what I copy and pasted down below:
The full moon with a lunar eclipse is Wednesday, November 28 at 7:46 AM MST (Mountain Standard Time). This is a very potent moon and the eclipse is a marker for deep change. Celebrate. Do something higher centered and involving art or music or nature or love. Engage in physical life fully and appreciate every moment. This is a good moon to pray for what you want. There is a window of manifesting something of the heart, something new you never thought you could have.
This moon launches the final stretch of preparation for a new cycle to begin. Between now and the winter solstice on December 21 is a crucial time of letting go, revisiting priorities, separating yourself from what is not in your best interest, and reaching for a higher vibration in all things. Think of this time as the final exams before graduating from whatever group of lessons we agreed to as represented in the current cycle.
The new cycle will be like starting a new school; a lot of unknowns and some degree of excitement, anxiety and uncertainty as well as a commitment to do your best. Meet it with enthusiasm and openness instead of fear. And be as prepared as possible.
Written by Patricia Liles
Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
Sun in Sagittarius ~ Moon in Gemini 6º
Wed. Nov 28 2012 7:46 AM MST (2:46 PM GMT)
We’re all being challenged. We’re all being supported. We’re all letting go of the old way. We’re all reaching toward the new. All systems reset during the weeks of eclipse energy between the New and the Full Moon alignments of the Sun, Moon, and Earth – our Creator, our Receiver, and our Home making us more malleable and open to the gifts made available to us now. How willing are you to relax your grip on the baggage you’re carrying and lift your open hands to the sky? Surrender and Receiving could be the big themes of duality-loving Gemini’s Full Moon energy. Gemini/Sagittarius carry strong mental focus. Gemini loves communicating, connecting, informing, and Sagittarius wants expansion of our horizons and beliefs through exposure to foreign influences, religious ideas, and seeking of wisdom. Teaching and learning are emphasized here. Mercury rules this Moon chart and has been retrograde for weeks drawing us inward and insisting we follow the mental roots deep into our core and draw up those experiences that expose the basis of the way we think. Mercury turning direct on Nov. 26 and moving forward will continue to facilitate those mental level transformations that support our global shift. Look down, is your ticket marked ‘deep intense personal transformation’? I thought so. Well, you’re in the right place at the right time.
Many of the planets are joining up into big patterns to strengthen their message and pressure for growth. Mars has met up with Pluto at 8º Capricorn; Mars says, ‘lets see what adding a little heat, anger, and action will add to moving this planet along into the next level of consciousness.’ Last week held some pretty spicy moments as Mars stripped the lids off more than one smoldering pot. Neptune is forming a T-Square with the Sun/Moon so it can be a little slippery which reality we want to be in. We can still operate like our ‘old’ selves, but there’s an ever stronger, powerful pull toward what we are becoming. The web of interconnected life is becoming ever more obvious and tangible.
Venus is briefly together with Saturn in Scorpio, so issues of relationship negotiation, finances, and ingrained self-esteem patterns are big areas for lessons to manifest. However, Saturn is involved with something bigger – a Thor’s Hammer configuration that I’m becoming more sensitive to because they are appearing more and more frequently in the recent Moon charts. Considered a stressful, dynamic formation, it wields a tremendous amount of power and clout. It can either throw you completely off-balance or put a powerful tool in your hands that you will have to direct with your Full attention. Pallas Athena, our creative intelligence and connection to our sense of social justice and energetic healing arts, is joining Vesta, our keeper of inner spiritual knowledge. The two of them are creating this ‘hammer’ with Saturn to focus and direct their sublimated sexual energies for transformation and rebirth.
Venus, at the same time, at 8º Scorpio, is forming a Finger of God involving the over-heated, Mars/Pluto combo and the eclipsing Full Moon. A Finger of God or Yod acts like a catalyst and with the Moon in Gemini as focal point we may feel emotionally inspired, quickened and connected or nervous and a little too jittery to enjoy the moment and all the trans-formative energy available here. But again, it will emphasize those Venusian areas of ‘relationship negotiation, finances, and ingrained self-esteem patterns’. And with a Finger of God, what comes up may or may not be your issue, but you can act as a vehicle for triggering others around you catching their anger ball.
In the background, we still have strong harmonious support from all the water signs joined in a Grand Trine providing us with the emotional receptivity and soothing support we desperately need in these highly transformative times.
When you see so many formations in a chart, with both stressful and supportive overtones, it conveys the feeling that something bigger than the personal is unfolding directed by the order of the universe.
As we rise up to meet this new level of consciousness and evolve our ancestral patterning, we are offered tremendous support for our courage to burst through the secure and familiar and step into the jelly-like energy where so much creativity exists. (Comfortable, no-exhilarating, yes!) With the simultaneous closing of so many megacycles and calendars – Hindu, Hopi, Mayan, etc., this magnificent energy comes through each of us personally while the larger, collective dynamic evolution unmistakably takes place.
Ceres, largest of the asteroids and recently promoted to a dwarf planet, embodies the energy of the Great Mother. Her nourishing, life and death cycle influence has an interesting role in this Full Moon chart as she is the missing link that creates both the Grand Trine of emotional support with the water signs and simultaneously forms a powerful on-going, T-Square (that we will see again in April) with the volatile Mars/Pluto and Uranus square. As these two heavies are the real sources of planetary evolution operating now, and Ceres is activating them in T-Square, let’s ask ourselves, ‘how would Mother Nature direct our planetary evolution?’
Here’s how the Dali Lama replied when asked in a public appearance why he didn’t fight back against the Chinese.
“Well, war is obsolete, you know.” Then he paused and said, “Of course the mind can rationalize fighting back… but the heart, the heart would never understand. Then you would be divided in yourself, the heart and the mind, and the war would be inside you.”
The penumbral eclipse of the Moon is visible in Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean and most of North America.
12/13 New Moon in Sagittarius 1:41 AM MST and big meteor shower, the Geminids
12/21 Winter Solstice, Sun enters Capricorn 4:11 AM MDT
12/28 Full Moon in Cancer 3:21 AM MST
Written by Patricia Liles. Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com
Last year the backyard was nice but just not PERFECT. This year
for me has been so much better from the start!
The Spider plant has more than tripled in size, to the point
she no longer can hang , well not unless I use a CHAIN. The lawn
with just enough rain is so green, and soft to walk on. I never water the
lawn or plants that are not in pots(those get watered each day or every other)
the perennials also do not get extra water. I grow plants raised here for the range of temps and
four different seasons. They for the most part are tough survivors, like us.
The storms have taken our pretty little spot for shade and
tore it apart not once but twice. My boyfriend was a welder for years and with
welding rods and some DUCK TAPE we have gotten another year
of it. Thankfully as this is where I doing beading outside as well as wire wrapping
all the while playing with JT and taking photos of back yard visitors who do not mind us
sitting out there.
Next year I have a lot plans for this place we call home.
There will be many plants grown from seed this winter, for plants to go into
a new English Garden as well as all plants that will feed us, throughout the year.
I was given glass from an old greenhouse a friend had no use for and boyfriend will build
me a greenhouse to move them out into even it there is snow still on the ground. The sun is
amazing on this piece of land from sunrise through sunset. We have a windmill and 1 solar panel
so far to help with filling the needs for electricity even if it is for a small FREE amount for now we
can build on it little by little.
I will try to leave enough room in the greenhouse to grow some pretty plants for the garden club
here in town I am secretary of. Hangers ready for Mother’s Day plant sale would be so nice to work towards.
I have to say this time last year I hurt so bad and emotionally hurt more, on most days but just a year later
so much has changed. All it took was me putting one foot in front of the other and doing just one day at a time.
This place is so pretty in the spring.
We are always seeing something new.
Buds appear to swell up just waiting for
that moment when it will be safe to open.
Mother Nature has played many bad tricks
in the past but this year I will enjoy her
First to Bloom is the
Why do I always feel the need to get the camera and take 50+ photos of them?
They bloom each year without fail. I guess it is because I really no longer enjoy
the cold nasty New England weather as I once did as a child.
I love springtime
I love the birds that grace our yard with their young.
I LOVE baby Hummingbirds
They remind me of all the trouble their parents go through to arrive here and set up a nest and call our yard their
What I really like is that I am not threatening to them
They know they are safe here.
Well as long as I keep my Cat
under control as she loves her home too!
I do have a bossy girl in our Border Collie JT though who will keep her in line
So with the yard full of life and camera battery charged
I am ready for the NEXT Visitor!
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