My Sunday Garden – It’s Looking Seedy Around Here

Mid October and the summer garden is just about gone to seed. I walked around in the way back this afternoon and captured a few wild flowers.

What I want to show you about today’s garden is how editing the photos certain ways can really change the perspective.

Now I am no photographer and I don’t even have a camera that will capture images that clearly, but I love to play around with the pictures I take.

Here is the same picture cropped and edited several different ways.

First the original

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now the edits

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I took all of these pictures with my Samsung tablet.

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Last of the zinnias

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I am working on some Christmas projects for Southern Crossing hope to show some to you later this week.

 

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My (Neighbor’s) Sunday Garden

Here it is Sunday evening. I waited for the early evening to go out and get some pictures of my neighbor’s front garden. She is an avid gardener.

Well, she wasn’t home. Just the cat and her dogs, which were barking up a storm when I went over there. Since she wasn’t home, I am going to tell you right now – I don’t know the names of some of these plants.

Since I waited until dusk, the mosquitos were out in force.

Ok, here we go. This is a Rose of Sharon. I used to have some of these, but they got to much water one summer and they were gone. See my fence? I really am just next door.

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We always had this flower when I was a child. I used to make dolls out of them. See the big buds? I used them for the doll head and the flower was the dress, tie it together with some dandelion and clover stems – use your imagination.

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She has a couple of fountain/sculptures in her garden.

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Her garden is like mine, very hodge podge. She actually spends a lot of time to give it the casual look.

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Her little cat surprised me or I surprised him. I had to coax him back to get the picture. Cute

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The smell of these four o’clock flowers is incredible. Very sweet smelling

She has peppers and tomatoes in pots on the front patio.

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Ok, here is one of those plants I don’t know the name of. It is a pretty mean looking plant, just saying. To me it looks related to a holly?

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Her Caladiums are growing in the pots they came in. Pretty cool looking succulent.

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This two tone Vinca is pretty. I was looking it up and found out it is poisonous and I think the Caladiums are too.

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The Vinca grows like a weed and enjoys the hot dry weather.

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I have no clue what these yellow flowers are, but they are pretty awesome.

The neighbor has this great little pond with a cool poured concrete leaf fountain, but the mosquitos will eat you up over here. She has a couple of Koi in the pond. Sorry not pictures.

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What about these sweet little “lemon slice” petunias. I remember when she got these she said they will come back next year. Looks like she needs to do a little weeding. Just saying. Ok, I take that back after all she is nice enough to let me photograph her garden, weeds and all. Oops, there I go again. Thanks neighbor your garden is awesome.

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Ok, back in my yard, no she did not kick me out. Remember, she is not home. Anyway, back in my yard the crepe myrtles are in full bloom. Yes, the neighbor has some beautiful crepe myrtles, but the mosquitos were really getting me.

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Here is a picture of my Palatka holly. I wonder what took a bite out of the leaf. I hope you enjoyed visiting my neighbor’s garden. I will have to sneak back over there in a few months. Did I say sneak, I did not sneak over there I am sure all the other neighbors saw me over there and were wondering what I was up to. Trust me she will know I was there.

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Have a great Sunday. Enjoy the day. Oh, and what do you think about the dragonfly sitting on the top of her well?
 

 

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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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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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 – Blackberries and Dragons

I almost can’t stand to go outside. The yellow flies are horrific. If you don’t know about these terrible insects, you are lucky. They bite something awful and the bite swells up and itches like crazy.

I did go out to get these awesome garden pictures and yes I get bit at least 4 times. OUch.  I don’t have many flowers blooming at the moment except for the knockout roses.

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These little green spiders just love knock-out roses.

Yes, as you can see it is raining again. Our yard is starting to look like a jungle. I would rather have that than a drought. So, I will stop complaining.

The wild blackberries are turning. This is where I get bit several times by those horrible yellow flies.

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These are growing in a log pile. Mr. U was back there with me and kept reminding me, “watch out for snakes” thanks Mr. U

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I tried a few while I was back there. Yummy

Remember the first time I showed you the grapes? Mid April they looked like this

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Well, look at them now.

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These are purple grapes. I know that fox (I showed you last Sunday) is checking them out and look what else I found up around the grapes and the blackberries.

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Do you know what that is? Deer poop. Looks like at least one has been up eating blackberries. I don’t know if they like grapes? I hope not.

I am getting bit like crazy, so I am scurrying around to take a few more shots. Here is a neon blue dragonfly

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You know if I would get some batteries for my real camera, I could get some better shots for me and you. Maybe, I will get to that this week.

Did I mention Mr. Understanding was out back with me. He had a present for me. Look how awesome

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It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Aren’t those the best flag holders you have ever seen. I know they are just iron pipes, but the color and the rust. I love it. Wouldn’t a little plant look cute in one of them? You might see these again. Just saying. Mr. U said he didn’t realize he had brought me a gift. I think he was going to drop these in his recycling pile. I am going to think he brought them home special for me. He is just shaking his head. He is so understanding.

Here are a couple more pics from today’s walk through the garden

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Ok, I gotta go scratch my yellow fly bites. Enjoy the day.

 

 

 

Sunday Garden – Pulaski Nursery

Well the weather is beautiful today. The rain is gone but, the yard is still soggy. Mr. Understanding is looking for a green grape to add to his vineyard so after breakfast with some of the family, we took a little drive over to a local nursery.

Enjoyed a nice breakfast with the Middles and the youngster. Do you see Mr. U in the window taking the picture?

Enjoyed a nice breakfast with the Middles and the youngster. Do you see Mr. U in the window taking the picture?

Me and the grand

Me and the grand

Breakfast with the family was fun. However the nursery we went to did not have the type of grape Mr. U is looking for but, I took pictures of some of their flowering plants.

Peace Rose

Peace Rose

 

an old fashioned favorite bleeding heart

an old fashioned favorite bleeding heart

 

fiery hibiscus

fiery hibiscus

bottle Brush shrub great for those wet areas of your yard

bottle Brush shrub great for those wet areas of your yard

Awesome smelling gardenias Always reminds of me of bubble gum

Awesome smelling gardenias Always reminds of me of bubble gum

Mardi Gras rose

Mardi Gras rose

Oleander these are evergreen and leaves are poisonous, sharp and pointy

Oleander these are evergreen and leaves are poisonous, sharp and pointy

Nice bromeliad

Nice bromeliad

ornamental sweet potato vines a great ground cover

ornamental sweet potato vines a great ground cover

Enjoy your Sunday