"I'm not really a career person.I'm a gardener,basically.".....George Harrison

Monday, October 14, 2013

What is this…..?

It’s been at least a year since I have meandered thru the far back corner of the yard.All of the house construction has taken up my attention.

Today,I thought I should,at least,give it a glance.Even if just to see how bad it had gotten back there.

It was bad!

But I found this growing…..

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What is it?

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The leaves and the “flowers”….

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The branches and trunk are red…..

It is growing along the bank of the lake.The ground stays damp most of the time.

 

Any ideas as to what it is?

 

Should I let it grow?

 

Or should I rip it out?

 

Bueller?

 

Bueller?

 

Bueller?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Signs of Autumn………….

1). Football is back!

      The Bucs…..no comment….

      The USF Bulls finally won one….

      The Gators…..oh yeah!

                   Though I am a USF Bull,my money went to Gainesville,with Erich,the Younger

 

2). Every morning,I can feel the start of Autumn.

             It seems cooler.

                          ……Or else I’m living in a dream world…..and I’m pretty good at that…..

3). The veggie garden is in full Fall mode…..

 

The first Roma tomatoes……

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The Kale is growing…..

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4). Though I’m not much in to seasonal decorating

except for Christmas-

oh,Hell.Yes I’m into seasonal decorating

                  the front entryway has been decorated….

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When Autumn seems to be in the air,I do it.

Maybe because it reminds me of when I lived in New England.

….And I was always good at pretend….

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Photo bomb by the flamingo….

Crotons just scream Fall,don’t they?

 

5). An arrangement from the garden,with Fall blooms…..

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Pine Cone Ginger,Vitex,Plumbago,Hyssop,Sweet Almond in an antique blue Mason jar

 

6). The urge to make Butternut Squash Soup……

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 so easy to make,and so dee-lish!

7). The cats are loving the return to cooler weather…..

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……..Maybe,I spoke too soon……

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What are ya gonna do?

When Hillsborough County finally goes to these?

took ‘em long enough…..

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……and leaves ya with  3 of these?…..

Covered with paint,and held together with duct tape……

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yep,I use them for painting stuff on…..don’t judge…..

If you’re like me,you think,”those would make great gardening containers…”

Drill some holes in the bottom with a spade bit.

Line the bottom with weed blocker.

Fill ‘em up with good soil.

Pot ‘em up with broccolli starters,and some lettuce seeds.

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Recycle!

 

….yep,that’s how I roll…..

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bees!!!!

….on the Vitex…..                                                                                                                                     


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that I’m trying to train to grow into a tree….
…not feeling too successful at that,so I'll probably just let it grow as a large shrub…
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and a moth…ID?
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….on the Sweet Almond Bush….
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 ….also trying to train into a tree….
….doing much better as a tree…
potted on the left is native Wild Olive,Osmanthus americanus
on the right is an orange and white plumeria cutting

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…. photo bomb by a wasp….

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and just because…..
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:: peace ::

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where were you……

…..when the world stopped turning?

 

I will always remember where I was….

I remember what I was wearing.

Turquoise shirt with white crop pants.

 

I was still working in the surgery scheduling office at Tampa General Hospital.

 

Someone came into the office and said that a plane had crashed into a building in New York City.

 

…..Little did we know…..

 

…….and it was on the Today Show.

 

Little did we know…..

 

I had a question about a certain doctor’s surgery schedule,so I wandered into the doctor’s lounge to ask him about it.As we looked up at the giant flat screen TV,on the wall,the second plane hit the second Tower.

 

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We looked at each other and said,

”What the fuck was that?Did you see that?”

 

……Little did we know…….

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Interesting Website for birdwatchers……

I found this website,through The Back Ten Feet’s Facebook page…..

Interesting in that it has birds moving south,

already…..

Could it be an early,harsh winter for us Southern gardeners?

birds

Check it out……

 

What I have found interesting,

this summer,

is very few Caroline Wrens,

an incredible number of Cardinals and Blue Jays.

And the number of Pileated Woodpeckers has dropped off.

Though I have changed nothing in the birdfeeders.

After an absence of a few years,I have noticed more Swallow Tailed Kites this year.

And,though I hear the Red Shouldered Hawks,I haven’t had any land in the garden,as in previous years.Though I have had an abundance of aggressive squirrels.

The Marsh Rabbits have been in abundance.Actually,they seem to be quite unafraid of me.

 

You notice anything?

Is this a freak of nature?

A natural occurrence?

Global warming?

Thoughts…..?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Fall Vaggie Garden~~~~~~~~~~~~

I know,I know…

I really,really need to do something about this…..

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I can’t believe I let it get this bad…
 
…..but I had an interruption….
 
It was Me!!!!!!
 
Emma!!!!
 
I turned just turned
….. three!!!!!
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Can you believe it?
 
I used to look like this….
 
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but this is me now….
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I’m a big girl.
 
I go to school ….
 
….and everything…..
 
 
I got a swing set from my MeMe and Boppa
(They live in West Palm Beach,not at TheGreatWallofLutz)
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I love the slide!
 
and I got bubbles!!!
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and a cake!
with candles!!!
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It was the best birthday ever!
 
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Now,Gramma….
….you really need to think about that mess in your veggie garden…….
 
Just sayin’,Gramma…..
 
 
Edited to add: Gramma,it’s “BaBa” not Boppa….
                         Sorry,Emma……………..

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