My Sunday Garden – Springtime March 2015

I have been off my blog for so long they have changed the formatting and now I need to figure out how to add the pictures because I know that is what you are here for, right? Spring is on it’s way here in North Florida for sure, but how about Georgia? Mr. Understanding and I took a quick trip up to North Georgia this past weekend to see my Pops and the lovely younger sister and her husband man.

I was hoping to see the daffodils blooming at the King homestead, but we had missed them. We did see plenty of other people’s blooms along the way. We got off the highway and took the back roads up through Warm Springs and Newnan. Very pretty. Mr. Understanding just wouldn’t go 20 miles an hour so I could take pictures, he said something about other people on the road wanting to go the speed limit or something. He is so understanding. He did stop for a couple of minutes in Warm Springs so I could snap a few pictures.

This is a big snowball bush just starting to bloom. I can only imagine what it must look like when all those lime green flowers burst into white. My kind of snow.

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Now the next few are not flowers exactly however they are beauties in their own right. Remember we are driving so I tried my best  to get pictures of these Southern Belles.

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I did see a sign on the one below that said something about being built in 1853. I really like the swans guarding the front porch. Ok, I am having trouble with this new format. Grrrr, I can’t stand it when something that was working changes

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Eleanor’s Alley is in Warm Springs. We did not get to Roosevelt’s Little White house on this trip. Maybe next time.
At this point I feel like I am working on a project with Mr. Understanding if you know what I mean and if you don’t well you are just plain lucky. You know he did stop in some little town because he needed to stretch his legs. Of course this town was rather non descript except for these cute little wildflowers. I have no idea what they are? Do you?

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I wasn’t going to show you these little wild violets yet, but this picture popped in when I put the other one on. What is going on here? I used to be really good at this. Like they say “use it or lose it” I don’t know who “they” are but in this case “they” seem to be correct. How about some of those daffodils I was talking about? The yellow one is from my Florida yard via the King homestead in Georgia and the white ones are at my mother’s home via the King homestead. You know we Southerners like to have living history through our gardens. I didn’t notice the drink cup in the background until just now courtesy of the young’un or Mr. Understanding.

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I did get a picture of the Forsythias blooming over at the King homestead. You know I can stand it when people cut their forsythias and azaleas into round balls. They look ugly, not natural, and most of the blooms are cut off. Why have them if you are going to force them into some weird shape, just saying.

Here are some in their natural state

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What else can I show you this Sunday. I could have taken a million pictures. I love this time of year. I know, I will show you our driveway with the blooming ornamental pear trees. We are back home. Have a great Sunday and I hope Spring is on it’s way to your home.

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Enjoy

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My Sunday Garden – Think Pink

I had a little surprise this past week when I pulled up behind Southern Crossing to drop off some goods for my booth. Now it is late October so what I saw was quite surprising.

pinkl Is this a beautiful hibiscus? I don’t know if this is a normal time of year for them to be blooming or not. I can’t resist a pink flower. Here is another shot

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Quite stunning if you ask me. Another little surprise this week is my African violet. I have had this plant for about 6 years. I planted it in this fishbowl when it was very little. I never guessed it would decide to grow right up and out of the bowl. I don’t know what to do about it now, so I am not going to do anything unless it starts to look like it is dying. This plant blooms all the time. I have it on a table that faces a north window. It gets bright indirect sunlight everyday. I only water it once every two weeks.

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That’s all I have for today. Enjoy

 

Halloween Jacks

Saturday morning and it is a glorious day. I have a little surprise for you today. With so little “art time” on my hands these days I have to carefully choose what I want to work on. For the last three years I have been transforming dollar store plastic pumpkins into unique one of a kind Halloween Art Jacks.

Yes, each one does require a lot of time, but boy are they great fun and the sky’s the limit. You know what I am talking about when I say dollar store pumpkin. They look like this:

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So, yes this is what I was talking about. The orange buckets that are everywhere this time of year. They are perfectly nice, but you know me I can’t leave well enough alone.

Without further ado let me show you the upgraded orange plastic pumpkin

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I love this face. I might translate this face to a snowman series.

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And yes, he has his trusty mousetrap. You know for those late night snacks.

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This one looks like a voodoo scary man. I got the sparkly top hat back at 4th of July. It had a plastic flag wraparound that was easily removed. Add the spider and voila, Halloween.

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See what I mean by voodoo. Looks like he might cast a spell on you!

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Ah yes, the would be Pumpkin King. He tries, but none of the other pumpkins really listen. Alright, so I have an imagination. Remember, this kind of art is for FUN.

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Looks like the “King” has his life history on his back

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I only have a picture of two from last year. I get in such a hurry, I forget to take pictures.

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This is one of last year’s little guys. So sweet.

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didn’t quite have a steady hand when I took this last year. I was probably in a big hurry, as usual.

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The above is a picture of my free library stacks I got back in April. As you can see it is now October and are they built in or painted white like I intended. No and no.

I can’t get Mr. Understanding interested in this project and I need his awesome skills to complete this project. What can I say, he is so understanding.

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Just imagine beautiful white shelves. They are coming.

Ok, next couple are pics are from when I was at Target the other day. I took these for inspiration only. Once I looked at the price I knew I would not be buying them, but (hehe) I might be knocking them off in some fashion or form.

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Here is a Witchy project I completed recently. I took a Halloween posters and amped it up a few notches. The back board is an old cabinet door I painted to look aged. I then added the poster and did a little more painting to blend it with the cabinet door. I love it. What do you think? I did another one with a different poster, but did I take a picture, no. Sorry

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Now for a few Family photos. Oh, so you thought maybe the one above was a family member? Very funny, just wait until you see the next ones.

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I have always been enthralled by this picture. This is my eldest sibling. This was taken during the time when you made your own costumes. I am sure someone made this outfit especially for her or who knows maybe it was a hand me down. I should find that out? I don’t know what she was supposed to be exactly, but it is classic as far as I am concerned

I will have to drag out some of our old costumes and show them to you. Well, yes I have saved so many of the old costumes,  doesn’t everyone?

Here is the young’un modelling a mask for me. I thought I might be able to use it on one of my Pumpkin Jacks, but I wanted to see how it look on a human head first. Interesting.

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I don’t know who this guy is below. I was just playing around with a picture I took at Southern Crossing. I did a little editing with picmonkey.com. If you haven’t ever used this photo editor, it is easy fun and free. Just thought I would tell you that. Right now they have some cool Halloween editing you can use on your photos. Just saying.

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Hope you enjoyed this little Halloween romp. Enjoy the day. I hear the birds singing outside so I am on my way out.

My Sunday Garden History and Statues

What a beautiful day we are having here in North Florida. The birds are whistling the sky is an incredible blue, there is a gentle cool breeze and we have the windows all open. Rare, I tell you. It is usually either to humid or way to hot for open windows.

I would take a walk about the yard to show you some of what’s blooming, but we have had an incredible amount of rain this past week (6 inches) and so the ground is pure mush. You may or may not know here in Florida when you dig down you hit water at about 3 feet so when we have a lot of rain there is not much place for the water to go.

I had a few minutes this past week to stop and take a couple of pictures (with my Samsung tablet) I have been carrying my camera around, but left it at home on the day I had time to take pictures.

The first couple are of San Marco Square. 1SanMarco This is a picture I got off of a Jacksonville Historical Website. See the fountain right there in the middle. This area was developed in 1925

 

Here is the fountain as it appears today. The Lions weren’t added until 1997. The original design for San Marco was after Venice’s Piazza San Marco. It is a lovely part of town full of trendy little shops and restaurants and lots of historical homes. twolions

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Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

I also, stopped by Memorial Park in Riverside. The next photos are of a bronze statue titled “Life” This park was completed in 1924 and was designed by the Olmsted Bros who also designed Central Park

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Just look at that beautiful Florida blue sky. There are Eagle statues flanking the main statue

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This is a great park right on the St. Johns River. A nice place for a picnic or to let the kids run around.

I just love these wonderful parks we have here in town, just don’t get enough time to enjoy them. Ok, now I want to show you a little more history. This is family history. I was up in Georgia this past week and had a chance to take some pictures of family.

The first one is a picture of my mother, her sisters, mother and my sister. I believe this is circa 1956, before I was born, at a time when my sister was an only child. What do you think? My sweet Aunt Roseanne is on the right of my sister.

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My mother is on the left of my sister ( the little cute one standing up). My Grandmother is in the back and on the far left is my lovely Aunt Marty. She is the one who painted the rocks I showed you here

Here is a picture of my Dad with one of his all time favorite cars, and my sister again before I was born.

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That’s enough of my sister. Just kidding. Ok, fast forward to say 1969 – Morrocco. Even though this is a picture of me, the story is about my sister. She got to take horse back riding lessons in the morrocan countryside from a lovely English lady while I got to ride the —-donkey. Who would not budge.  He acted like it was his first time every to nibble fresh Spring greens. What fashion style I had in those days. Not.

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When we first got to Morrocco we lived in a hotel for several months. Mary Poppins the movie had come out and I loved it. My Mother came up with the idea to recreate a scene from the movie. Me as Mary Poppins, my brother as the “Chimney Sweep” and my little sister well, as herself. We are standing on the roof top of the Mamora Hotel in Kenitra Morrocco. My Mother was always so creative
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Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your Sunday. Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the statues we have around town. Oh, the picture at the top of this post is my sister and “her gang.” My sister is towards the right, hands down and looking directly at the camera. Got to love these vintage family photos.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

My Sunday Garden – Counting Down the Last Days of Summer

Well, it is the beginning of August. My the Summer has flown by. I get wistful this time of year thinking of all the things I planned back in the Spring before the day time temperatures were 100 and the air was full of moisture so much that if you are outside for more than ten minutes you are soaked from the humidity.

No, the Summer is not gone completely, but school starts back in a couple of weeks for the youngster so if we are going to do anything else, we better do it fast.

The flower garden is going to the bugs, literally. The grasshoppers are taking over. The butterflies are hatching out and the heat and humidity is stressing the summer flowers.

Even so, the zinnias solider on and I have to say next to daisies I love these flowers (even with the insects)

Let’s take a look and see what you think, shall we?
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These are Georgia Thumpers or Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers. They can do a lot of damage. The youngster used to catch and dispose of them for me. Can’t hardly get him to come look at them now.

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This one is a little different but I think it is the same kind.

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Look at the bright green one down in the corner. How can I combat this kind of attack?

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orange on orange

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the chase

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beautiful

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again

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We had a quick visit from the Middles this weekend. We just don’t see enough of them. The little G-man is just a few days away from turning two. Here he is enjoying some ice cream – before dinner at the M Shack. Hey, it is Summer one should eat ice cream as much as possible.

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and here are the Middles, looking like their adorable selves.

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Hope your Sunday has been restful. Enjoy, go have some ice cream.

 

My Sunday Garden – In the WayBack

Sweet Sunday. Got up early to check out the back back yard this morning. No that is not a typo. The Three Painted Owls spread is 3.5 acres which I know to some is not much and to others it is to much, but for us it is just right.  In the Summer time it can get away from us if, we don’t keep at it every week.

So, we have a backyard proper and then we have the Way Back which for the most part we keep in a natural state. Yes, Mr. U does mow back there occasionally to keep the pine trees from springing up, but for the most part it is what it is.

We have wild bunnies in the Spring along with turkeys, raccoons, and if you recall we had a fox (you can see a picture here) in the early Summer. We used to have quite a few deer, but I think our neighbor has disturbed the brush in his yard to much lately. Hopefully, they will come back.

Speaking of that neighbor, he recently built a chicken coop in his way back, don’t know if he is aware of the fox?

Ok, talk, talk, talk. How about some pictures. Lots of ferns and moss back there

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more ferms

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I think the deer like to eat this stuff

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I know something likes our grapes. Remember how many green ones we had? Take a look in the archives, you will find them. Come back when you are done looking.

I did sample these, ok it was more than a sample. Yummy. Fresh off the vine, what could taste any better?

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OOps, almost stepped on this, ant condo? I thought they only had one hole? What is going on here? Ok, the next two pictures I have no idea what kind of plants they are, but I like the colors and shapes.

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Does the above picture remind anyone else of “Horton Hears a Who” or is just me?

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Just saying.  Ok, how about some palmettos

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The youngster used to play back here. This little rise was all dirt and he drove those trucks around hauling dirt up and down. Sigh… those were the good ol’ days. Now I have to seat in the passenger seat while he is driving us around in a real car. Talk about scary. Let’s get back to the garden shall we.

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tree stump

I know it just a tree stump, but the texture is awesome. I just love it.

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How about this little wild blue morning glory?

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Ok, these are not in the way back I was getting eaten alive by mosquitos so I am back out front in the side garden.

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Zinnias, who doesn’t love them? zinniii

I think that is all I have today. Going to pick up a church pew this afternoon, maybe I’ll have a chance to show it to you this week. Enjoy

 

 

My Sunday Garden – Fire in the Sky

You know I try to get out early to photograph my garden well, today is Father’s Day so the schedule got changed up a bit. Lucky I waited till the evening or I wouldn’t have these great shots to share with you.

First, I noticed the other day some black and yellow garden spiders had taken up residence on the gladiolus. That’s cool I thought and got my camera for a few shots.

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Pretty neat, huh? Anyway, I noticed three of them all kind of close together so I thought, they must all be from the same family. Maybe, that big yellow furry ball I showed you a few weeks ago was their egg? Is it called a spider egg? Well, this evening when I went out to get some garden pics I took a look to see if anything was new with the spiders and boy howdy.

Look at this.

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Somebody decided to get rid of his neighbor. Do you see the spider legs. This is very creepy to me. I almost wish they would all just leave. I thought they were friendly, but instead….. I don’t even want to talk about it anymore. Let’s think about……ponies for a few minutes.

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Ok, I feel better.

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I have a snapdragon blooming which is really odd since it is the middle of June, in Florida.

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My zinnias are a little slow this year. They are just starting to bloom and with all this rain the leaves are getting a little rusty.

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Daylilies are still looking awesome, see the raindrops? We have a big thunder storms every afternoon. Makes it very humid and wet.

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The crepe myrtles are starting to bloom. You will get sick of seeing my pics of them, I am sure.

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Did I mention, it just got done raining. I thought maybe we would have a rainbow since the sun was still out. No rainbow today, but just look at this sky.

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glorious

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Did I tell you, it has been raining every afternoon. Guess, that is why they say Florida is sub-tropical.

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Still have roses blooming, you are probably tired of seeing them.

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Hope you were able to spend a little time with your family today. Enjoy.

Mr. Understanding didn’t get to enjoy much of the weekend since he had to work for most of it. The youngster did get him a card and some cologne. Mr. U wanted to know if we thought it was his birthday. He is so silly sometimes, but very understanding.

 

My Sunday Garden – Lizards and More

Well we are back to hot and more hot. Yesterday, the youngster said the driveway was burning his feet and that was at 5:30 in the afternoon. Got out this morning and the sun was already cooking. The lizards were warming in the sun.

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Where is this, you ask. Well, Mr. U has started a metal recycle area in the way back. Thank goodness we can’t see it from the house. I guess the pipes were heating up and the lizards were enjoying the warmth. The blackberries are very abundant this year. All the rain has given us a bumper crop. They taste pretty good right off the bush.

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And in case you are wondering, I ate the ones in the pictures. I could pick them and make a cobbler, but I am finding them more enjoyable when they are warmed by the morning sun and popped right into the mouth.  The wild morning glory is not doing much this year. One little blue bloom this morning.

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There is an empty bird’s nest in one of the grape vines. This is a muscadine grape. If we don’t cut back this winter it will soon be wild.

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The dragonflies are everywhere. I don’t think these are the ones that eat mosquitos. the mosquito hawks are big and black and seem to fly in groups. I will have to try to get out at dusk and capture them on film. I don’t know what these other ones eat, but they like to hang out by the blackberries.

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Have a great day and get out and enjoy the weather. Oh, one more picture. Baby Beau wanted his picture taken. He is an American Bulldog and is an eighty pound baby.

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Enjoy

Oops. Just realized I didn’t even show you any flowers. I don’t know what these are they just come up every year. They spread like ground cover. I should show you a picture of all of them. Next time.

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I don’t know what these little white flowers are either. We have a lot of volunteers coming up this year. Do you see the those little black things on the leaf? Are those some kind of eggs. I magnified this picture about a zillion times if that gives you an idea how tiny those little eggs are.

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My Sunday Garden – Bugs and Blooms and a Fox

I was up and out this morning by 6:45 am. The sun is up early now and it gets me up. Holiday weekends have a different feel to them, don’t you think so? I could hear the cows across the way mooing for their breakfast, an owl hooting somewhere, and my neighbor’s little dog yapping to go out.

Then I heard an unusual whirring sound. What was making that noise? I listened harder. The birds were all singing and whistling their morning songs but, still I could hear a whirring mechanical sound.

For the moment I was just going to ignore the sound and check on my plants. It has been so hot the last couple of days so I know some of the plants are going to need some extra water.

I went around to the side yard first and look who’s back.

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Yep, summer is definitely on it’s way if these pesky grasshoppers are back. We used to have a little red eared slider turtle that loved to eat these things. A few years back we gifted him (Swimmy) to a friend who has two young sons. I think he is probably much happier.

The youngster had gotten him when he was the size of a quarter and loved him to pieces. He grew (the youngster and the turtle) until the days came when the youngster was no longer interested in the turtle. By that time the turtle was in a 30 gallon tank and the size of a dessert plate.

Probably got that big by eating the above pictured pest.

Anyway, I let this one live (the grasshopper) but, I will have to do some kind of control because these things will eat every leaf off a plant. Then I came across more trouble. What is this. I am going to have to encourage Mr. Understanding to take some action on all these trouble spots.

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That does not look like anything good to me. What do you think is in there?

Well, let’s look at something pretty and not think about it right now. I am still hearing that noise.

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Now isn’t this gladiola a much prettier sight than that ugly grasshopper? The Glads are starting to burst their blooms. I know a lot of folks are not fans of this flower but, I think they are interesting and they don’t require much of my energy. I am going to have to thin them out this year; I am just not sure what time of the year that should happen. Got any idea?

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Are you kidding me. I didn’t even see this thing until after I took the picture. What has it been eating to get that big!

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Ok, this one I like. No, I didn’t take this one in the early morning. It was yesterday during the hottest part of the day. I wonder where these guys hide away at night? They will be out in swarms in the heat of the day. I will try to find some batteries for my “real camera” so I can get some more shots of them. My pictures today were all taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Not bad as long as there is sufficient light.

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Alright, the noise is definitely louder down here on Hamster Hill. Yes, we have a hamster graveyard. We have had some elaborate funerals for these little guys. You know hamsters only live a few years. We have a metal hamster wheel buried somewhere around here. The daylilies seem to enjoy it.

What is that noise. Oh, now I see. The folks across the road have a giant 25 ft high blowup water slide in their backyard. I can just see the tip of it over their house. That is the generator making that sound. Guess, I didn’t hear it yesterday with all the garage sale stuff going on.

No, I am not going to show you a picture of the slide. Ok, if you insist. Hold on while I go out and get the picture.

Alright, here is the picture. No sound but, as you look at the picture make a whirring humming sound and you will get the “whole picture.”

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Hey, you wanted to see it remember? Good thing I went back to take this picture because I found another dragonfly pic that you might like. I like it.

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While I was down on Hamster Hill looking at the daylilies I came across another problem. Maybe, I should reconsider these Sunday morning strolls. I guess the mocking birds find this fence a lovely place to sit and do their business. We don’t have telephone lines so I guess this is the next best place for them.

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I don’t want this to be your last thought about my post today so let’s see what else I have

Golden lantana

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How about a cute chicken. Why did the chicken make me think of a fox? I know, Mr. U took a picture of fox that was in our way back yard yesterday. Let me go get that. Hold on. He took it with his cell.

The Fox den along with my little vintage fox

The Fox den along with my little vintage fox

No this is not the real fox it is one of my little vintage foxes. Hold on here is the real one:

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Pretty awesome. Wish I would have seen him. Wonder if he is checking out the chickens or the grapes?

Enjoy the day.

 

 

 

 

Something is Lurking in My Garden

Went out to check the gardens this morning. The day is beautiful sunny and bright but, the grass is very damp and I was bare footed.

Everything was looking lovely until I started noticing, something is lurking around the garden.

mocking bird nest

mocking bird nest

More about this nest in a moment. First, someone or something has been digging holes all over the place as evidenced by this big hole

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The girl washing her dog in one of the bird baths didn’t appear to be alarmed by the mysterious happenings going on in the garden. What can I say, she washes that dog a lot.

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What is this orb thing? Now, I am trying to decide if this is an egg for a bunch of horrible garden pests that are going to pop out and eat all my summer flowers, or is it a little sweet incubator for good bugs? The question is, do I do away with now or take my chances and let whatever hatch out?

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Well, I moved on to look at the lantana which is starting to send out some pretty blooms. This is a great summer bloomer and adds lots of color.

When I went to crop the picture what did I spot. Do you see him? I had my nose right down there taking the picture and didn’t even notice. You know this is Florida and as the summer progresses I will probably be showing you just as many bugs as I do flowers.

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How about the mint? This stuff grows like a weed but, I love it. I pinch it off and give it a little chew and it takes me back to when  I lived in Morrocco as a young girl. Here is mint tea check out this post, she is talking about Tunisia which is also in North Africa. Interesting read

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Well now, let’s get back to the lurker. Oh, let me show you my mint. I have it in a pot so it does not take over the garden

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yes, those are very raggedy marigolds in there with the mint. Trying to revive them. I left them in their little pots from the store and they almost withered away. Sorry, I have been busy with inside projects. We can discuss those later.

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Is this my lurker?

I don’t think so. He pretty much stays put right here

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Let’s stop looking for the lurker for a few moments  and enjoy some beauty. This ligustrum is so fragrant. I smell it and the wild honeysuckle all down our road. Wish I could bottle it up for winter. Yes, I could buy that scent but, we know it is not the same as the real thing.
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My Queen Elizabeth bloomed out last Sunday, right in time for Mother’s Day. Mr. U gave me this rose for Mother’s Day when the youngster was born and surprise, this Mother’s Day the youngster brought home a rose he picked out for me

St Patrick hybrid tea rose

St Patrick hybrid tea rose

I need to get this beauty into the ground.

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We have bird’s nests everywhere. This one is up in one of the East Palatka holly trees. These are ornamental holly trees that can be cut into topiaries. You see I stress the “can be cut” we just can’t keep up with that kind of maintenance so, the best we can do is a nice cone shape. We have 6 of these, and I like them because of the lovely red berries they get for the Fall and Winter months.

I have not discovered what is lurking around but, I did check out the mocking bird nest that I showed you at the beginning (it is in a Japanese plum tree) and the eggs are gone! Not, cracked like the birds hatched but, truly gone. The nest is empty. I took the picture with the eggs this past Monday and now no eggs, birds, just empty. Weird.

I will let you know if I figure out what’s out there.

Enjoy your day