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Old 06-06-2019, 02:48 AM   #281 (permalink)
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Wow, your Vitex tree is huge.....

Mine would be the same but decided last
yr. to trim it down and keep the trunk clean
to where the all those fragrant purple spikes
are way above me. It takes work to train it
but better for the space I have it in.

I do see that they make a dwarf size in that
tree and may opt out to getting that one to
take it's place. In any case that one has been
the closest to Lilac as I can get down here.

I'm still wanting to try a true Lilac one day
because Ive been inspired by our northern
SR garden folks here who describe it and
how fragrant they are.

One day. Will see.

Cant pin point that pretty little white flower
Mark. It's pretty tho and kind of reminds me
of babies breath vines, so delicate, but their
flowers are little bitty ones.

You could cut a piece off and take it to
your nurseries and they can tell you what
it is. Maybe Lowes and Home Depot too.

And while you are at Lowes....run...dont
walk to the display of Bonnie Herbs set
out front and look at the curley parsley
to find caterpillars. Hopefully you can
find some and bring them home with you.

Lowes has their bonnie herbs on sale for
3 for 10 if the sale is still on in your area.
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We had rain rain rain this morning with flooding
in some areas. Our backyard has some low spots
that water did accumulate and our shed had some
water too. The pool filled quickly and had to be
drained several times due to the continuous rain.

When the rain finally ended we rode to Lowes
for garden soil that is on sale. Gotta take advantage
of the small bags while on sale because the small
bags are easier to handle.

We also stopped at our local La. Nursery
which looked like it was closed due to the
bad weather we had, but gladly it was open
and we were the only customers. Anyway,
I went to look at the herbs and ended up
where they had the sale rack and found one
little jewel I hadn't heard of before, so I snatched
it up.

Here it is.....and this Hummingbird Mint
smells lemony and comes in yellow or
ambrosia which is pink and purple I think.

Agastache ?Kudos Yellow? | TERRA NOVAģ Nurseries, Inc.

When I went to search it online, they say Walmart
has it too. Hmmmm, I must have missed this one
when shopping, but will look for it on our next
Walmart shop.
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Well I’ve never heard of hummingbird mint either. Always something to learn.

A fair bit of travel coming up so I’ve gotta work tomorrow. . Oh well, if I don’t work I can’t afford to play so I might as well work on my poor attitude!

One thing of cheer for me.....I was standing at my wild flower container pondering how I’d ever find seeds to purchase for the little plant I’ve enjoyed so much. Then I realized I was looking at them! I was pulling out some of the faded stems to tidy it a bit and realized that seed pods had formed. So I’m growing my own seeds. I opened a couple of the little pods that had dried and about 4-5 tiny tiny seeds fell out. Anyway, that was a fun epiphany for me.

I hope everyone has a pleasant weekend ahead.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:02 AM   #284 (permalink)
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There are many things we don't like to do
or don't want to do, but we still do them because
in our heart, mind and soul, we know we have
to do them to survive and be grateful for.

I too myself forget how grateful I am for
many of life's amazing blessing bestowed
upon me. However, in daily prayer I strengthen
my resolve and purpose in life and recovery,
that this is where I need to be today, doing
the footwork necessary to live this blessed
life I have today.


A Blessing Prayer.....

Something good is going to happen
to me/you today,
something good is going to happen
through me/you today.


Mercy

Father, I receive Your grace and
mercy daily and always remember
that I do many things right.


That is awesome about finding pods with
seeds to sow and plant to produce more
of those mystery flowers that have me wondering
what the heck it is and I want some too.


Someone somewhere's nearby to you
knows what it is. Like at your nursery
or maybe your mom? Ask and you shall
recieve your answer.


Stay calm and positive thru todays work
ahead of you and remember kindness goes
a long way. Do the best you can in all you
do today and yes you will be rewarded
with blessings from Above.
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Is this your mystery plant/flower Mark?

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Happy Saturday all.

The flowers are on long whispy stalks and bloom in clusters on the end. Iíve got a few leads on what they may be and will do a bit more research. ....and collect a few more seed.

Today I need to do a bit of weeding but mostly will just enjoy being outside. A high today of only 83 and with bluebird sky. What an unexpected treat this time of year.

Wishing everyone the best day.
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Hmmm. In my pre-coffee state of mind I mustíve checked the wrong forecast. Or maybe the meteorologist hadnít had coffee yet. Either way, there are bright gray skies with off and on showers. Nothing bluebird about the sky at all. But todayís garden treat comes compliments of some wildflower seed I put in the ground. Making its debut in my garden is whatís called (according to a google search) Dwarf Morning glory. I thought rather striking. The bloom itself I can put in the morning glory category, but the plant is not at all viney like the wild ones around here. Says native to the Mediterranean region. Poor thing, it probably wonders how it ended up in this steam bath location.

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Awwww......that cute little Morning Glory
has found "coolness" in Mark's Garden of
Paradise.

Today has been kinda warmish and have
stayed inside surfing the web looking for
herbs to grow in containers. Things that
the Hummingbirds and butterflies would
be drawn to.

I do have most everything planted and
growing in the ground, but am interested
in learning how to plant in pots too.

Anyway.....Bonnie is the company the
put their herbs out at Lowes, Home Depot
and Walmart. On their website they show
you how to make a butterfly garden or
butterfly garden.....or lots of other neat
ideas of for certain gardens. Tea, Salsa...
to name a few.

Didnt see and caterpillars today in the
yard or on the Parsley. So, im thinking
they have gone off to cacoon or cystalis
themselves to make a pretty butterfly.


Now i'm off to watch Battle Bots.
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A comfortable breezy morning. Gotta love that....and of course a steaming cuppa.

Sounds like youíve got a grand variety of things in your garden Sharon. The only herb I have is rosemary.

My son is in town for his first visit home in 15 months so lots of people in and out for visiting. No real garden work planned and just enjoying whatís here. Maybe a dip in the pool later.

Wishing everyone the best day.
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I'm gonna say that I'm done with outside
work for the day. However, anything can
happen and I'll be right back outside doing
something in the yard or taking a dip in the
pool too.

Sounds like a nice day for a family visit from
your son, Mark and just enjoying quality time
together.

Well.....

Over here in our little corner of the world,
we conquered some tree trimming this morning.
Our neighbor placed a call to my husband
a week ago leaving a message that she is
having the tree trimming guy coming to her
house to do some trimming and.....

One of our trees has grown over onto her
property and that in order for the man to
trim our tree on her property, he would need
a note and signature saying that it was okay
for him to trim our tree.

Of course, we are old school and never
thought we'd have to do that. But, we
understand because she explained that
the guy needs to protect his work.

Evidently folks are cutting trees or
limbs growing onto their property
with out consent from the tree owner
to cut into his tree.

For me....if the neighbors tree is growing
a little bit in our yard, just cut that part to
the property line without bothering anyone.

Anyway....I have been bothered by this situation
since the phone call and me wanting to take care
of it like yesterday, I prayed upon it and got up
the courage to take it upon myself to begin the
process of trimming on my own.

We have this electric tree trimmer we bought
yrs ago and have never used it before, so I was
kind of nervous touching it.

Here is one that looks similar to ours.....

https://www.lowes.com/pd/BLACK-DECKE...e-Saw/50430508

Anyway....I got the hand pruner or clippers,
climbed a steady ladder and got one huge limb
cut on my own. Then went to get my husband
to come spot me with the electric trimmer to
have him completely take over, trimming all
the limbs needed to clear the neighbors yard.

Yay...!!!!!!


Now, all we need to do is to cut the limbs
small enough to drag them to the curb for
pick up. Whew...!!!!


Other that that job lightening the huge load
off my mind, we are cool and chillin inside watching
Matt Kuchar and Rory Mcllroy battle it out in the RBC
Canadian Golf Championship this afternoon.
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Sounds like yíall conquered a monumental task with the tree trimming Sharon. Iím glad that worked out and isnít a worry.
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Hey Mark...…

How did your visit go with your Son?

Looks like many folks this time of the
year are getting their trees trimmed.
I suppose with all the rain we've been
having, everything has over grown and
needs major cutting back.

Anyway....


It all cost money when you hired someone
to come cut grass or trim trees and bushes
and i've noticed lots of folks around here
have done that. Hiring someone to do that
work for them.


I've always been the one to mow the lawn,
learned at a young age and brought it to both
my marriages, manicuring everything to look
nice and all.


Sure it is physical work, but I look at it
as exercise and why spend money at a
club that I could not commit to for even
a month when I can walk the mower and
edge, weedeat all for free.

Of course it doesn't come without its
aggravation tho. Esp. when you work
hard to make your front lawn look
immaculate until a neighbor or walker
with their dogs doing their business
and leaving a pile right there sitting
up high on our nicely cut lawn.

Anyway......that didnt seem to disturb my
husband as much as I, so I handed over the
mower reigns and now he's been cutting
it for the past few yrs. using his riding mower.


Anyway.....With trimming the tree, I prayered
for courage to take the electric trimmer out
and get started on this task instead of waiting
for the neighbor to call with the man next door
ready for a signature and trim.


The tree is in our yard and I had been aware
of the over grown limbs hanging over in her
yard and even mentioned to husband, but.....
like most things, it will get done in his time
and not mine.

Me, if something needs getting done, I either
do it myself or try to remain patient until he
does it. Sometimes, the wait is too long and
I have to bulk up and take responsibility for
it.

With him being 10 yrs older than I, I have
to be grateful that he is still able to get some
of these difficult projects done for us.


So, when he took over that heavy electric
trimmer and proceeded to cut the limbs ,
we both managed to get it done together
and no one got hurt. And the cost of the
electric trimmer payed itself off quickly.


Okay, im just rambling.....

Did you go out of town already Mark?


Yesterday, I watered before 5am and pulled
weeds taking a dip in the pool afterwards to
cool off before calling it a day. Today....well....
right now, im enjoy coffee and country music.

The day will come soon enough.
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What pleasant weather of late. I hope youíre enjoying a bit of the same Sharon. Itís interesting to think that for some of the northern gardeners the summer growing season is just now getting into full swing.

My son left today. He mentioned a return in the fall but you never can tell with him.

We leave Tuesday for our getaway and return the 28th. I hope to see some interesting flora and perhaps even fauna when we are in Scotlandís Highlands. I did when I was there in September so maybe some different things this time. Other than a few nights in the highlands this is more of an urban holiday and in London I plan to check out St James and Hyde parks and see what theyíve got blooming. In Edinburgh itíll be Princeís Street gardens and Iíve never been to Paris so I donít know what to expect there.

Ok, a few outside tasks to get done before twilight so better get to it.
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Should be a nice trip away for awhile
for you guys. Different scenery makes
a difference sometimes.

Check in when you get back and.....

Have loads of fun for sure.
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I hope to check in from there if something looks interesting and worth sharing.

A lovely morning and yet another predicted for tomorrow.....best news is no work tomorrow so today has that great Friday feel about it.

But for now, off to work.......
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Trimming hedges out in the front of
our house. Yuk....A job that needed to
be tackled and takes more out of me
get it started.


Was kinda under the weather late
yesterday afternoon. Maybe dehydrated.
Went to be early and feel a much better
today.

Got to drink more water. Something I
find difficult to do all day long. Never
seemed to be a problem when I was
in my alcohol addiction and drinking
my favorite poisonous substance.

It wasn't healthy for me either.

Thank God, I know better each
day I remain sober and following
a guideline of recovery on a continuous
bases.

Friday's is a good day to be off and
makes for a good long weekend. We
have rain starting Saturday and for
the next few days, so yard work will
be done by then. Yay....
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Iím glad youíre feeling better Sharon. And my goodness, hedge trimming can be quite the chore.

An outstandingly pleasant early evening here. Tomorrow is to be nice as well before the mugginess builds over the weekend. What a gift this has been! Someone said today that it was 1997 since we had such a reprieve from the typical June heat.

Wishing everyone the best weekend.
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Boy, the tempts. this morning was absolutely
wonderful and pleasant. Too bad we cant bottle
it and apply whenever we need it.

We finished trimming our holly bushes across
the front of our home close to noon and not before
we ran to Walmart and Lowes. Got a Dietes plant
on sale at wally world which was a complete surprise
upon checkout. Yay...!!!! Then found my Gaura whirling
butterfly plant at Lowes.


Pretty sad to see all their plants out front of the store
drying out due to the heat and sun. Probably low on workers
too who would water plants thru out the day.


Anyway.....we're inside watch golf and Pawn Star
reruns where it is nice and cool.

Enjoy you Father Days Weekend Mark as
you look forward to a nice trip to an amazing
place.


I usually bring my laptop with me where ever
we go out of town so that Im always connected.....

Anyway.....describe for us all that you see, hear,
and smell when you are out and about on your trip
please.
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I’ve never had any iris. Let us know how you get on with those. I do have wand flowers (gaura). They are much loved by bees and dance around with the slightest breeze.

Gypsophila elegans, that’s my mystery flower. A type of baby’s breath it says, but it’s a bit different from what I’ve always known as that. Anyway, we’ve discovered an app that identifies plants quite well and was quite useful. Hmmm, this technology explosion is fun but also a bit unnerving for some reason!

Well, time to get a little old fashioned vitamin D and water the plants. I’ll make a big ole cannonball in the pool when I get too hot. Ha, I can’t remember the last time I did that!
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Gypsophila paniculata "BristolFairy" is the type I picture when I hear the "Baby's Breath" name.
Glad you found an ID for it, Mark.
Happy landings, and safe and interesting travels to you
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