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Old 10-19-2019, 12:45 PM   #141 (permalink)
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Not much happening today would be a teeny tiny
fib. Leaves keep falling and they aint gonna pick
themselves up and land in a trash bag. Right?

Got behind my husband shed that the coons tried
to hibernate under and raked a pile of leaves. On
the other side of our tall white vinyl fence a neighbors
dog comes to visit when he hears someone moving
around.

Of course he come barking up a storm first thinking
im a stranger, then settles down as I talk softly to him
or her. "Hello friend, did you come by to see me?" " Well
hello there, how are you doing today?" Probably
wondering if there is a face behind that child like
voice....

Show your face lady.....lol

Found some potting soil on sale at Home Depot this
morning, a tall plant liner and 2 cinder blocks to add
to the others that im placing around the bottom of
the shed to keep critters out.

Now, im in ready to take a break and drink my juice.

Hope all are having a good day, nice weather and
getting your gardens Fall and Winter ready.

Me....I have sooooo much to do, but in no hurry
cause it isn't going anywhere. It will be there waiting
for me tomorrow. But..... a snap of a finger and all
is done with magic would be nice too.

Abra ca dabra...!!!!
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:19 PM   #142 (permalink)
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Hi garden gang.

I’m glad to see you’ve settled in quite well back home Sharon. Quite the industrious lady you are!

A cloudy morning had given way to a pleasantly sunny late afternoon. En route home from the gym I picked up a few cyclamen and some other cool weather annuals for an autumn look. We’ll have house guests next week and I want things to look appealing out back as we often enjoying entertaining alfresco when possible. And wow I’m hoping this sweet olive continues blooming because it smells sooooo nice around the garden.
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Ah......I'm always learning something new....

What does alfresco dining mean?

The phrase al fresco (ahl freh skoh) is Italian, and when
used in the U.S. relative to dining or restaurants it means
outside, or in the fresh air.

Now I know how you guys will be entertaining your
house guest next week especially with the sweet fragrant
Olive Trees blooming around you.

I have mine blooming out back too, but dont see many
blooms. They are probably on their way.

However, my big white fragrant Moon Flowers are in
full bloom and stunning looking. This is the time of the
yr they are pretty showy and breath taking to admire.

I'll have to check out those Cyclamen flowers you
speak about. I may have tried them before but they
didnt stay around. Dont they come in a pretty white
color and a bright pink?

Okay.....so I watch the CMT country music each
morning while sipping my CC coffee and sharing
on SR. This video is one of my favorites and makes
me think this couple is you and your wife.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7dJ...rt_radio=1&t=0
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Me here (as opposed to someone else)- my resurrected plants are breathing a new life of thriving, I think the virgin soil (about 150kg) I got from my relatives Adelaide hills property helped a lot.
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Hey Friend, Phoenix.....

When I see you Phoenix, I emmediately think
of Najee Richardson on American Ninja Warrior.

https://sasukepedia.fandom.com/wiki/Najee_Richardson

A high flying ninja flying thru the air. A warrior.

You are a Warrior..!!!!

I'm soooo happy to hear that your plants are thriving
with the love, care and attention you are providing for
them. I'm also glad you found some good soil and nutrients
for them to feed on. They need to be fed like us in order
to survive. Food, Air and Love.

My canna's are still growing, but have slowed down
some due to the season changing. Before I know it they
will become dormant till Spring.

How's your protection net over your Canna doing?
Have the birds found another place to land?
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Good morning folks, How I’m enjoying these cool mornings!

Good to see you PhoenixJ and wise you were to get the basics right first with good soil. I have a pretty bad habit of being anxious to get plants into the ground and not taking that little bit of extra time it’d take to prepare the ground properly. I don’t know if it’ll ever happen but a dream I have is to garden somewhere else for a few summers. I really enjoy seeing how plants are grouped differently, or not, and the sometimes surprising selections used in places far away from here. A mixture of familiar and foreign at times. A really fun experience about two years ago was my first (hopefully not last) visit to the Southern Hemisphere. Leaving home with all the bold colors of the autumn season and then stepping off the plane to the pastels and soft greens of spring, ha it was bewildering for a bit!

I listen to some country music Sharon, mostly older stuff. I hadn’t heard of the guy in that link but I enjoyed that song. I can’t sing at all I’m afraid!

Cyclamen are a favorite of mine this time of year. I use them mostly outdoors and have learned that they like it cool with bright indirect light. They’re not happy very long with the sun directly on them, so I use them on the covered patio and only bring them inside if it’s going to be below freezing. When it warms up they go right back out. My sister has good luck with them inside so I may try that too this year. When watering I do so from the edge of the container and not directly on the base of the plant. To keep the flowers coming I pinch off the spent blooms from way down at the base of the stalk. Anyway, there are several colors to choose from and they generally bloom well for several months. By the time April gets here they’re generally in decline and then can be composted like other annuals.

I saw a monarch butterfly yesterday feasting away on my milkweed so that was a treat. And lots of bluebirds seem to be passing through.....I enjoy they’re soft little whistle.

Wishing everyone the best day.
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Welp…...as a good friend often says.... We went
to Lowes this morning to walk about and get some
red Christmas bulbs that I use in all my lamps around
the home during the yr. Yep, these are not the leds.

They are like the small screw in bulbs that little night
lights use. They come in all colors and when Lowes begin
to put out the Christmas decorations each yr, I scoot over
there and grab some to last thru out the yr and longer.

I did find some leds in the small bulbs online and got
a few while, hopefully down the road the stores will
begin to carry them.

Along with my red bulbs, I picked up a small pack
of white snapdragons to add to my beds for Winter
color. I also grabbed a pack of snap dragon seeds
to plant and see if I have the magic touch to make
them grow.

Then we road to our local nursery and got a roll
of pine needle for about 13 bucks with a senior
citizens discount. They run about 14 something
for the roll and half that for a square bundle.

Never bought pine needles before, but since I
dont like mulch, im excited about the needles
protecting my investment in plants, flowers,
shrubs and trees. Yay..!!!!

Then I came home and brought all my bags of leaves
and clippings to the front for garbage pick up tomorrow
using the handy dandy wheel barrel for hauling.

Then, I spotted one of my lantern seeds I planted
earlier had grown tall in another pot of lilies, so I
plucked it out and put it in its own pot so that these
cute little lanterns can grow pretty.....they already
have some that have budded from the flower
and its sooo cool looking.

Just like those paper lanterns you may see in
the stores.

That's about all I got for ya from todays garden
news. Hoping you are all well and enjoying your
own gardens of paradise and the hard work you
put in it to achieve it.
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Well.....in todays gardening news.....Rain in the
area, so no gardening, but lots of good rain for
all my plants and gardens. Yay...!!!!

I was also able to wipe down the Colorado, Dallas,
and Oklahoma road grim which kinda saddens me
because now our trip is a memory. Good memory
to cherish forever, tho.

I found this video from the black bear break in
at the Estes Colorado Rocky Mt. Chocolate Factory
that happened back in 2012. The lady there told
us about it when we were checking out our goodies
and told her I was happy that she had a black bear
in her store for me to buy.

She then proceeded to tell us the story about the
bear break in which was cool but even better now
that Ive seen the video. Now you can enjoy it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3GiXckb9z0
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Oh I enjoyed that bear story Sharon. Ha that fella really loaded up on the treats and who could blame him?

Rain here too almost all day, but today was a work day so I couldn’t be out anyway.

Only a small bit of garden news from me. The white-throated sparrows have begun arriving back here for the winter. They gather to roost in a thicket behind my house. I really enjoy their little tune and look forward to their time here during my favorite months of October to April before they wisely head way up north for the summer.

I think tomorrow is to be a beautiful day and I hope to have a least a little outside time after work.

Wishing a good week for all.
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Hiya Sharon thanks for the invite.

I need a distraction at the moment. X

I will try to send a pic of my iceberg roses. My friend Mags has been trying to help me post pics but I'm a lost cause i think.

I see my buddy PJ here too , Hiya PJ xxx
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Awwwww.....sooooo pretty...!!!!

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...Sparrow/sounds


Just finished lunch and ready to venture outdoors
for some gardening. Late yesterday after the rain
passed, I went outside to check on things and spotted
my Green Tea Olive bushes had oodles of fresh fragrant
blooms on it. Seem like our much needed rain helped
them, revived them and now they are happy happy
happy. Me too...!!!!!!
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I have also just planted lots of pigs face. Bright purple succulent. Bold eyecatching almost psychedelic.

I am going out to buy some sunflower seeds tomorrow .. they are my favourite flower xx
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Welcome to our little garden party SnoozyÖ

I'll be looking forward to seeing your Iceberg Roses
and hopefully get one for my garden too. Went to
our local nursery and they said their Roses wont be
in until next Feb. I still have another nursery to
look at and have also seen one on Ebay too.

I'm thinking that once I take down my white
Moon flower vine this season, then adding a
pretty white fragrant Iceberg Rose vine plant
in its place that will be permanent and add
continuous color all yr round.

It's always exciting to have others join in and
share their own experiences in gardening with
everyone.

Sooooo, SnoozyÖ...find a comfy seat and share away
all the joys you have within your own gardens. Add
some birds and butterflies and other exciting critters
that also come to visit you too....
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Hi gang. A big olí welcome to Snoozy! Fun to get glimpses of what folks have going on in their gardens across the globe from here. And I got a chuckle out of pigs face....that is a new one for me! I recall seeing similar plants on the west coast but not around here. Ice plant is what it was called.....but I donít know why! Ha Iíll stick with pigface.

Not many more buds on my moonflower, but Iíve been collecting seeds for next season.

Iím glad you too enjoyed that little sparrowís simple tune Sharon. They sometimes sounds as if they get off key a bit and yet they just keep on singing. I like that about them because I canít sing at all! Anyway their return signals the favorite months of the year for me.

No yard work today, just sitting here on the patio enjoying a little post-workday tranquility.

Snoozy, someone on SR told me about a pic posting site that makes it really easy and if youíre ever interested Iíll pass it on.

Hope everyone is having a good week so far.
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Boy, I lay in bed at night with my mind going 90ty
to nothing thinking about "stuff" lol plants and flowers
in my gardens or new exciting plants I want to add
to it.

Sooooo, last night I was thinking about Roses. I have
always had thorny Roses bushes or climbers which can
and do tear my skin up. Those prickly little devils huh??? lol

This morning I had to research Roses without thorns
to see if they exist. Low and behold they do....!!!!! Where
are they???? I must of missed the class teaching about
different Roses because I actually didnt realize it or it
just didnt click, or I just didnt know.

Here is a list of some thornless Rose Bushes or climbers.

Now, I cant wait to find something in red, however,
the bright yellow would be eye catching and white...

Iceberg Rose????? Is this one thornless????


https://gardenandhappy.com/thornless-roses/
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Mark's post.....

"Snoozy, someone on SR told me about a pic posting site
that makes it really easy and if youíre ever interested Iíll
pass it on."

I'd like to know about this site too Mark if you
dont mind sharing with me too?

We took a couple pictures on our trip....just
a few. Not all that great, but have been trying
to at least post one if I could.....

I have no idea how to do most of the stuff folks
can do on computers. I'm lucky if I can turn this
piece of equipement on and off. lol
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Hello SR gardeners.....Hope everyone is well today.

Yes, it's that time of the yr to clean away the Summer
and make way for Winter. So, we have this Pomegranate
tree that has been producing fruit for quite a few yrs now.
Sad thing is, the fruit is always diseased and im ready
to get rid of it.

There is no real purpose for it except that it is tall
and is a great perch for birds. But then I have lots
of trees and bushes around that they always have
a high perch to land on.

This afternoon I have been using this long pole with
a string attached and hook that can reach high limbs
and you hook it on and pull the string and clip the limb.

Yay....success and it feels GOOD...!!!! lol Except for my
neck for looking up so much. lol

Tomorrow Charlie will use his electric saw and cut
the tree down so I can dig up the stump and be ready
to find something neat to put in it's place for my birdies.

Hubby got our grass mowed, edged and got rid of the
weeds, now hoping it will be the last mow of the season.

Other than that....im done for today after filling a
garbage bag with lots of limbs and clippings for my
soon to be chopped down pomegranate tree.
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Hi gang,

A quick check in from me today as itís been a long day and Iím headed for a shower and bed.

I tried a pomegranate tree years ago but it promptly died.

Sharon, Iíll be happy to share that pic posting site and exactly how I use it....likely this weekend once the work week wraps up. . I may send the information by private message since itíll be a little wordy. One possible catch is that I always use my iPad or iPhone for SR and I hope the posting method works with a regular computer too. If so itíll be really easy and Iíd enjoy seeing peeks of your garden or travels.

A beautiful autumn day it was, but time to turn in!
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Looks like and feels like rain in the air this
afternoon. I believe we are due for 100%
tonight and tomorrow. Which will a welcome
event for my Fall Flower beds.

Today we chopped down the pomegranate
tree and dug up as much of the roots as I could.
Had some much needed help on that task and
am thankful Mr. Charles, was able to help as
I worry about his back and doing too much to
aggravate it.

He says all is well, which is good news and with
tomorrows rain, gardening work will be on hold
and he can rest even more if needed.

With gardening, it's forever evolving, which I like,
because if I get tired of something or it doesn't work
well in my garden, then I can find something else to
take it's place.

I like the Camellias this time of the yr and will most
likely plant one in the new spot we just cleared. Something
in red or pure white. Or.....some kind of Christmas tree.

Gardening is our oyster. Does that make sense? lol
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