Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
What through youth
gave love and roses,
Age still leaves us
friends and wine.
by Thomas Moore
You all know I like to meet fellow bloggers. Not just any fellow bloggers, but the ones I speak with regularly and have established a relationship with. Albeit a online relationship-shhh-don't tell hubby!
Frances may not be too far off when she says she can see me traveling the country meeting fellow bloggers. One such blogger I wished to meet quite a while ago is Walk2Write. I knew she lived in Florida, but was in Illinois due to her husband's dream job of searching for oil. I had NO idea she was so close until she did a post and mentioned Carbondale. A light bulb went off. I knew I had heard of Carbondale and thought it might be close. It was quite close. I then set out to get a hold of Walk2Write to approach her with a meeting. Always a bit of an awkward thing because truly you don't know how the other person will react. Many are so afraid of meeting others from the Internet. To my delight, Walk2Write was open to the idea. Plans were made, telephone numbers exchanged and anticipation set in.
I had never heard of New Harmony and wondered what its background was all about. It was clear walking through the beautiful town that this was a religious town. I had never heard of Harmonists or Harmony, so thought I'd do a little bit of research. The Harmonists sounded like a pretty good sect, ones who valued gardens, peace and love judging by the many religious buildings in town.
You can read Walk2Write's post on our meeting here. Do stop by and say hello to her!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
That option comes into play when frost is imminent, like this time of year. My solution is to store many of my houseplants (ferns, tropicals, geraniums, dahlia tubers, Angel Trumpets, caladiums, and aloe) under the house in my crawlspace. Crawlspace you say? How can that work? Not sure, but it does and has worked great for over five winters now. The crawlspace under my home stays above freezing (I haven't actually took the temperature though), is dry, ventilated and somewhat cozy for the plants. Especially the Boston Ferns.
A friend of mine from school is skeptical that this is a good way to winter over plants. His problem with it is that there is no light. The vents under my house to allow some light to come through, but truly in the wintertime I think the plants all go dormant and don't need any light.
If you have a usable crawlspace area and some ferns to store, you might try my method. I am NOT responsible for the plants dying though if it does not work out. I can only say it has worked for me for several years. Skeeter tried it last year and I am sorry to report she had no luck at her Georgia house. Still sorry Skeeter! So try it with a plant you generally replace each year anyhow. Good luck.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I have been feeling like I am under the sea when looking up at the beautiful fall colors of trees. The sun shines through kind of like it does through the water. You know there is a sparkle coming from somewhere. But you can't see it for the water magnifies the sun's rays and somehow distorts the rays. Still you look because you are mesmerized by the way the sun's rays play on the surface of the water as you seek the sun. The leaves do the same by spreading the suns rays around through the canopy of the tree. Let's go under the sea to view some magical colors and sun.I think this was a maple. I took it in sunny Massachusetts on my recent trip to Maine. It truly gave me the feeling I was under the sea.
A maple in Indiana. The colors were just glorious this past Sunday, the weather perfect for fall pictures....under the sea
Thanks for viewing my fall colors under the sea. For more fall colors do check out Dave at The Home Garden.
in the garden....
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here in my zone 8B or 9 garden, gardening is a bit different from what I am used to. Being from Tennessee I am used to a Zone 6 garden; where I probably could never grow pinecone ginger (Zingiber zerumbet) as pictured above. Although I've lived in different states, I didn't get "involved" with gardening until the last few years. More so as a hobby or something to do. I think I got the gardening bug from my mother.
Now that I have plenty of time on my hands and since I started reading Tina's blog, I have begun to pay more attention to the plants and what they do. I have learned a lot from Tina.
I plant veggies and flowers in pots, as it's easier to tend them. I do have some plants that just have to be in the ground. Most of them I planted before my accident. But now I've learned how to do more.
As for the rose arbor where the gourds are, the gourd vine attached itself to a rose cane and then it grew to the top like it is now. If you look close you can see it growing out of the black plastic tub. Imagine my surprise when I found the gourds growing as I thought the vines were dead. I found the gourds just before yanking the vines out. I'm glad now that I didn't.
To the right of the arbor is my new garden that I just started. I planted a Red Crepe Myrtle, and behind that a Flowering Almond dug up from a different part of the yard. I will add more as the myrtle grows. This new garden will take up the corner of the chain link fence. I hope it grows the way I have it pictured in my mind.I also have an asparagus garden that is to the left of the arbor if you are facing East. From these plants is where my volunteer asparagus is coming from. You know how seeds and birds go together.See the Pinecone Ginger below? It grows in the back of my house. Now for the story of my using the sticky liquid that is in the "flower". I broke off a couple blooms and put them in a glass of water. I put one in the shower so I could reach it. I first shampooed my hair then rinsed with the liquid (sticky) found in the bloom. The smell of ginger was so pleasant. I noticed that the tangles were easier to comb out afterward. When my hair was wet it was "squeaky" clean. Now that it has dried it feels so soft and there is a hint of ginger smell to my hair. I will use it again to rinse my hair. I wonder if I could freeze it for later use!!! Hmmmmm.
Those are NOT tomatoes pictured to the left of the pinecone ginger; they are persimmons. Do you notice how much my persimmons look like tomatoes? It is easy to confuse the two.
in the garden....
Thank you so much for sharing your gardens with us Lola and this lovely post today!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Since Halloween is creeping up on us, I thought I would spend today getting into the spirit of things.
The front porch is Halloween festive all ready for Trick Or Treaters to arrive. Too bad we live out in the country and don't have any one come to our door! This year we should have two little girls ring our door bell. They are the daughters to our new neighbor which happens to be a co-worker of the Saints and our friend. I am looking forward to their visit and already have them gift bags ready!
The porch is decorated with original items that I picked up while working in a Craft Store while in Germany. The military community is full of very talented people. We were fortunate to have an outlet for crafters to sell their wares to earn a little money and to keep them busy while the spouse was in the field.
Oh my, is that Blackbeard's ship along the coast of Jekyll Island looking for trouble?
Oh my! What is that big black thing on the top of a chimney? Is it one of those fake crow birds that people put out for Halloween to scare people? ha ha, look at the fake bird....
Ahhh, everyone is safe now as the Queen of Sheba and Monkey Girl Cheetah are on patrol....
Wow, such HALLOWEEN SIGHTS, to be seen In the Garden....
Everyone have a fun and safe Halloween!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Lets sit back and watch these little beauty's grow shall we....
The Above picture was snapped on June 4, 2008.
June 19, 2008 and starting to fill in a bit.
July 5, 2008 and now the self seeders are starting to bloom for us.
July 14, 2008 and really showing color with Susan in the background.
Aug. 7, 2008 and now starting to get tall beside St. Francis.
Aug. 27, 2008 and now making the planter sides disappear with hanging stems.
Sept. 8, 2008 and Susan is starting to fade but not the Periwinkle.October 14, 2008 and still blooming strong with color but about to take over St. Francis!
I hope you enjoyed watching my VINCA WITH TIME, In The Garden...