Friday, September 9, 2016

Flower Bouquet...






I picked some flowers from my garden today...

Yellows and greens...

Brown eyed Susans...

I added a few ferns...

And some Goldenrod...
The bees love this...

I love bringing them indoors to enjoy...

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Friday, August 26, 2016

Garden goodies...









My geraniums this summer...
I saved these from last year...

They are so pretty...

I added this lettuce to my planter to fill in the space
when the flowers were small...

Some of my tomatoes are finally ripening...
Lots more out there...
They are so delicious!

The weather is still very hot,  making it so hard to garden,  The next 5 days will be in the 90's here.

I've been staying inside a lot...
watching TV,  reading and cleaning.  Not very exciting,  for sure.  Can't wait for cooler weather to arrive!

I have been walking in the early morning for about an hour every day.  I enjoy that!  It's cool and relatively quiet.  I hook up my Ipod and off I go.  I have walked (a few weeks ago) 1,862 miles,  the length of Japan.  81,000 steps last week.  My goal is 10,000 steps a day.  I use the FitBit Flex to track my steps.  I really like it.  It's a good incentive to keep motivated and I highly recommend it.

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Summer drought...











This gardening season has been so hard!  
Record high heat and drought have really made 
gardening a challenge!

In spite of it all,  I did manage to grow some tomatoes.
They are green and will probably stay that way for a while.
You see, they don't ripen if temps are more than 90 degrees.
I am hoping that we get a break from the heat.
I am trying to be patient.

I have three tomato plants that I practically drowned--
I thought they were drooping because they needed water,
so I gave them lots.
The more I watered,  they droopier they got!
Then,  I realized that they were waterlogged!  
I stopped adding water and they have come back a little.
It remains to be seen if they will recover or not.

I have three plants in my backyard that are doing great.
So,  at least I have those!
We'll see!

Here are those plants...
Celebrity,  the best tomato that I have found!





I can't wait for the deliciousness!!!

'Til next time,  
Love ya,  Jean 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Painted Pots...







I painted this pot with chalkboard paint...
Then,  I used a chalk pen to draw the design.
I sealed it with spray sealer 
so that it would stay put!
I like it!




As you can see,  up close,  it is just a series of dots and squiggle lines.  It looks like a doily is draped over the side of the pot.  I will make more.  I really like how it came out.  I think I will use a darker grey or black next time.  

'Til next time,  
Love ya,  Jean

Monday, June 6, 2016

Just some flowers today...






Some flower pictures from my garden...















Of course,  they are much more spectacular now than when I took these pictures,  but I am too lazy to redo them.   haha  Must be my old age.

My indoor seed starting was so successful this year,  that I am still planting the stuff that I grew.  And that means getting the ground ready to put the plants in.  That is the most work!  I had to buy some compost this year as my compost that I make is not ready yet.  So,  that means hauling these heavy bags of stuff around and then having to incorporate the stuff into the existing soil.  A lot of work!  But I am driven to do this.  I don't know why,  I just have to do it!  I look at the flowers and the combinations and say to myself,  this is all worth it!   I love the flowers and I love the hard work that goes into it.  

It's supposed to be hot today,  85 degrees,  so I will start early today.  I still have some more plants to put in today.  Oh,  and I found 35 gladiolas bulbs that I bought in a weak moment a few months ago,  so now I have to figure out where to put the darn things!  Guess I better get started!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Friday, June 3, 2016

Gardening Gloves...








I'm ready for another week of gardening...

These are the gloves that I wear
when I do my gardening.
I like the green ones the best.
The blue ones are OK,  but a looser weave
so the dirt gets through and my hands get dirty.
The green ones are a tighter weave,
so not much gets through.
I sometimes have to get the blue ones,
if the hardware store where I buy them,
is out of the green ones.
They will usually order them for me,
but then I have to go back to pick them up.
So that means another trip to the store,
so instead I'll just buy the blue ones.
The gloves do wash up pretty good...
I prewash in the sink to get the worst of the dirt out
and then I put them through the washing machine
and this gets them nice and clean and fresh.
I do not put them in the dryer!
Air dry only!
So now I will go put my clean gloves to good use.


Do you wash your gardening gloves 
or just throw them away?

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A little visitor...









I had a little visitor to my garden yesterday morning...

Then later in the day,  I saw him again about 2 feet away from me...

He/She was not afraid of me at all.

Just a baby that got separated from his Mama,  I guess.

It was only about 6 inches long.

I put a small dish of water out for the baby,  just in case it was thirsty.

I understand that possums are great grub and worm eaters.

I need to do some research.

I am hoping that it's Mama finds it!

It sure was cute!

'Til next time,

Love ya,  Jean