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Early Morning Walk

One of my favorite things to do here is walk. There is an abundance of walking trails within my neighborhood and lots of “hiking” (mostly flat trails) in and around Austin. This morning my alarm went off at 6am. I had nothing pressing to do today, but I got up and groggily put my walking clothes on. I leashed the dog and off we went.

On a Walk

On a Walk

Byron did not stay on leash long, since there was no one else out and about this fine Saturday morning.

What are YOU looking at?

What are YOU looking at?

My usual early risers were out . . . these guys don’t even run from us. Like semi-domesticated deer, or something like that. I still keep my distance. πŸ™‚

Shadows

Shadows

The wildflowers are still blooming . . .

I think this is Bitterroot, Bitterweed . . . something that's bitter. :)

I think this is Bitterroot, Bitterweed . . . something that’s bitter. πŸ™‚

I went walking on Thursday with Grandma Lu, Aunt Marilyn and Evelyn . . . at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin.

Ticket window

Ticket window

Love it! Flowers on the roof!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Simply one of my favorite places now! Wildflowers . . . Central TX wildflowers . . . Can’t beat that!!

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It wasn’t nice and cool on Thursday like it was this morning. We strolled through the beautiful gardens in 97 degree temps. Not exactly comfortable. But so worth it! The one above is a Honeysuckle, the ones below are Purple Coneflower and the flower on a Mexican Olive tree.

 

 

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Patio Jungle

Pruning was the task today. I’ve got lots of overgrown stuff that isn’t really producing flowers or fruit at the moment . . . so out came the pruning sheers.

Hiding, quite successfully, in my potted Mum was this little guy . . .

What, I’m assuming, is a Tree Frog.

I jokingly called my patio chaos of plants and flowers, a jungle, but was thoroughly surprised at the sight of Mr. Frog here. I live on a relatively busy street, in an apartment, surrounded by other apartments.

He didn’t wait long to leave our temporary holding cell there . . . he’s now bringing his heart-rate down under the planted whiskey barrel. πŸ™‚ Think of the story he has to tell his friends. . . crazy humans . . . staring . . . like they’ve never seen a frog before.

Off he goes, into the wilds of the whiskey barrel and limbs of the giant vining tomato . . . wild.

Speaking of wild . . . check these Marigolds

No two blooms are alike. Man, I wish I would of written down the type of Marigold these are! I grew them from seed and they are nutty.

All twisted and kinda insane . . . then, from the same plant . . . you have;

Now, I believe this is the ideal . . . the way they are suppose to look. Neatly put together and pretty in pictures. Kind of like me . . . on my good days, my house is squeaky clean, my kids’ face are clean and all is in order; dinner on the table and wash folded and put away . . . BUT then there are those days, the laundry overflows from the dirty hamper, boys run rampant with their dirt and jelly stained faces, dinner? Crap, I’m out of everything! Twisted, a bit insane, but still beautiful . . . full of God’s love and goodness. It just might not be pretty in pictures.

Sorry little side thought there. πŸ™‚

That was our excitement this morning . . . guess I should make sure I have stuff to make for dinner.

Blessing on your weekend!

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Flowers, Patio Garden and Stuff


I’ve really enjoyed decking my apartment patio in flowers this year. Most everything, except the Petunias and Strawberry plants I started as seed. So it was fun to watch it grow and take over my patio space.

The Nasturtium being the most prolific thus far, though the vining Cherry Tomato plant I decided to go with is slowly catching up.

It has currently hit the patio roof and I’ve strung it so it now is growing up and out of the patio covering. It has green tomatoes all over it . . . but I’ve gotten a half dozen or so red ones so far. Slow going this year with such cool weather.

Those were three I picked yesterday . . . Justin promptly ate them whole . . . all three of them.

My favorite flower I’ve planted this year is the plain jane Marigold, with a little frilly kick . . .

Orange and yellow, they stand on 2-3 ft stems . . . very nice touch!

Of course the Nasturtium and Mums are at full force . . . actually the Nasturtium is slowing down a tad. I didnt mean for so much orange and yellow but that’s how it turned out this year . . . I’m already planning next year, granted we’re not in a house by then.

My Mums were the most surprising. This plant is over 3 years old and has never grown this big before, or bloomed like this before. But, I did something right and it took off and proceeded to eat the patio post in the process.

So prolific . . . I don’t whether to blame Miracle Grow fertilizer, sun or the new soil we bought this year, but something clicked. πŸ™‚ It makes me happy . . . like a piece of sunshine on my patio.

I just took a few photos yesterday. πŸ™‚

Nasturtium blooms are beautiful but not as photogenic Β . . .

My Mint and Sage are doing pretty good still, though the Mint has bloomed and seems to be dying back now.

I can’t wait to have a big ol’yard that I can litter with amazing flowers and plants and a gigantuan garden . . . but til then, I’ll make the best of the patio space I’m allowed. And grateful the office staff haven’t complained about my jungle hanging over the patio railing. πŸ™‚

 

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Garden Growing

I live in a 1100 sq ft apartment. My only outdoor space is my patio. I took full advantage of that tiny space this year.


I got my stuff; the soil, the seeds, the plants, and the fertilizer. Β I even got a watering can, just because I’ve always wanted one. Ends up, a watering can is very useful. I used two old whiskey barrels, two of the four I had used in my community garden spot a couple of years ago . . . and any old pot I could get my hands on. I’m not picky. πŸ™‚

My mint and my mums coming back to life. This was taken the first week of April. Oh, and my watering can. hehe . . . it’s purple.

My husband surprised me with 4 hanging basket flowers. Two Fuschias and two Lotuses

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My strawberries. Some seedlings coming up there . . . my goal, for it to be overflowing with green and flowering life . . . oh and many many strawberries.

Potatoes in the other . . . much seedlings making their way through the soil there too . . . and some tomato plants that I started indoors are going in there as well . . .

Ah, the little pleasures in life . . . I’ve got a bird feeder and my husband finds it odd how much I enjoy the little finch type birds that hang out continuously, as well as the visiting squirrels.

People, I really need a yard. Hopefully that will change this year!

But my tiny little, man-made, backyard is starting to flourish. Yay for good weather and fake fertilizers via Miracle Grow! πŸ™‚

Ronunculus. My favorite flower name of all time.

Strawberry blooms! I got white ones and pink ones . . .

Ah, so happy! I feel blessed everytime I’m playing the old biddy role . . . puttering around my patio, watering, fertilizing, and just plain watching the seedlings taking off. Β I’m sure I have more than one neighbor that worries for my sanity. But hey, its pretty to look at. πŸ™‚

My little tomato starts . . . they got transplanted today. And I’ve rearranged a few times . . . πŸ™‚

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Barrel Full of Fun

We had a warm week in April . . . the first or into the second week, I don’t recall fully. But it jump started me into thinking, and acting on, planting my flowers, herbs and veggies for this year.

We live in a 1200 square foot apartment with a patio. I have two whiskey barrels, some rustic planters I made from my recycled cedar planks, originally used for raised beds in a community garden last year, and some random pots.

I decided not to do the community garden this year, so I brought the whiskey barrels on the patio and configured planters with the cedar. I painted to cedar planters white to match the patio. I painted my patio in the process. πŸ™‚

I got all the dirt and seeds . . . love to plant from seed . . . and fertilizer and bare root plants I needed to get started.

Ok, I’ve got a giant mess in this photo. To your right is an old screen door. The major problem I ran into with whiskey barrels in the past was drainage. So I drilled holes the size of quarters, as many as I could fit and still have a stable bottom for soil, into the bottom of the barrels and planters.Β I used the screen and cut proper size squares (or circles, whatever) for the bottom of the whiskey barrels. I then put the screen in the bottom of the barrels to keep the soil from escaping.

I then filled the barrels with mostly garden soil mixed with steer manure. Mmm, good times. And then the planters with a mix of garden soil and potting soil. The reason behind the madness was that my plans for the barrels included veggies and fruits (and, of course, flowers) and the planters were going to be filled with just herbs and flowers.

In my pea brain I really tried to configure everything so all was right in my little gardening world.

I’m glad I have Justin to help me out. πŸ™‚

He proceeded to buy me little wheeled dolly thingies for underneath the barrels (mine are wooden, not metal, but I couldn’t find a photo) . . . so I now can roll them anywhere I need to. Before I couldn’t move them loaded with soil. And since they are on a patio, I need to move them periodically to get more sunshine and to just plain get them out of the way for other things.

He also bought me hanging baskets, flooded with my favorite flowers, as well as a few random plants I had been wanting . . . strawberries mainly, because my bareroot strawberries didn’t take and died. . . . this was just last week

And I’m getting around to why the death of the bareroot strawberry happened.

I read the Farmer’s Almanac, especially for planting dates and stuff . . . but I chose to ignore that altogether. And, since it was warm right then, I planted . . . I planted my seeds, my bareroot, everything that stated it could be sown after the last frost. This was around April 7th.

I was in a groove, a gardening groove and didn’t wanna wait, with my dozens of packets of seeds and packages of bareroots, for the weather to warm up.

But it did get cold again. Not freezing, but darn close . . . most definitely in the frost zone. My seeds did not come up. My strawberry plants died (bareroot). 3 weeks went by before I saw my seedlings starting to appear. My potatoes, on the other hand, loved it and took off.

So, my patio is starting to look put together . . . but it’s not quite there. I’ll update with photos as soon as I can. Since the weather really is warming up now and, most likely, will continue to do so, it shouldn’t be long before my patio is overgrowing with climbing Black Eyed Susan’s, sparkling with Jewel Mix Nasturtium, busting with Marigold color, enticing the sniffer with earthy herbs, and delighting the palette with sweet tomatoes and delicious strawberries. Not really sure how to explain potatoes. πŸ™‚

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Here’s to a great year of gardening and an abundance of flowers! . . . oh, and fruits and veggies of all kinds! πŸ™‚

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Feeling Spring

Oh my goodness. Experience a couple of days of spring-like weather and I’m ready to garden!! I brought up my rustic whiskey barrels and I’m building some flower boxes for my patio with my leftover raised bed wood . . . mostly just cedar planks and 4×4, short little posts. πŸ™‚

Last year I procrastinated until it was just to dang late. This year, that is not going to happen! I have a good idea of what I want to do. I love herbs and flowers and easy veggies/fruits, like cherry tomato, radishes, basil, Gerbara Daisies, mums, and some trailing Verbana and Zinnia. I’m excited!

Seeds this year. With a limited budget, I’m recycling gardening wood and barrels, and I’m using seeds. I’ll letcha know how that goes. haha. The one thing I will splurge on is good soil and good fertilizers, if needed. And, of course, good quality seeds.

My list for tomorrow:

*Wood screws for flower boxes

*Soil, preferably Miracle Grow for seeds

More seeds are needed . . . and some starts. Β We’ll see where we end up. An edible jungle would be nice. πŸ™‚

Bought some seeds today, including:

Radishes . . . Poppy (Iceland) . . . English Daisies . . . Dark Opal Purple Basil .. . Chamomile . . . Cilantro . . . Chives . . . Rosemary . . . Nasturtium Jewel colors . . . Salvia Blue Bedder . . . Marigold Crackerjack colors

I still want to get:

Two types of Cherry Tomato . . . Gazania Sunshine colors . . . Nasturtium Fragrant Giants . . . Petunia Tidal Wave Silver Hybrids . . . Sweet Alyssum Snow Crystals . . . Black-eyed Susan Vines . . . Dichondra Silver Falls . . . and I’m still seed shopping.

I’m ready . . . πŸ™‚ Well, almost.

The deal is . . . I sand, paint and prep the patio . . . THEN I get to buy mass amounts of seeds, soil and pots.

Bring it!

SPRING TIME!

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I *heart* Flowers

I love taking photos of flowers. Β Unfortunately I just have a Cannon point and shoot camera. Β But it will have to do until I am rich and famous.

 

So much fun to edit and play with . . .

 

 

Thats just a few . . . I’m sure I’ll bore you with more later.

πŸ™‚

ps, so HAPPY! to have my computer back!!!

pps, I need to go clean my house now. πŸ™‚

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Flowers From the Momma, For the Momma

My mom and dad went through our loverly town of Salem, Oregon last weekend. Β On their way they stopped by to bring the boys some Easter goodies and then they stopped by on their way back to their adobe in the Tri-Cities, WA.

She brought me flowers. Β Oh, loverly flowers . . .

They are now fully bloomed and heading out (i.e. dieing), but I grabbed photos of them today, so I could share them and print them and hang them around my house because . . . well, I’m a freak.

After a tad bit of editing, they will be wall-worthy . . . well, in my home anyway. πŸ™‚

Someday I will get a big fancy camera, that I’ll have not a clue how to use, and take better macro photos . . . these are from my little Canon point and shoot SD630.

Someday. πŸ™‚

Its about time for me to go get the boy from his bus stop, so I’ve gotta jet . . . just thought I’d share some springtime color and joy with ya.

Blessings on your day!

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Good Day . . .

. . . from Tuckerville.

Justin pulled shift yesterday and is still at school attending classes.Β  He is suppose to be home around 4-ish . . . but tired he is and I’m sure he’ll crash, hopefully reaching, either, the bed or the couch prior to passing out. πŸ™‚

Kiddos have a mild cold but I’m not complaining.Β  It seems its been a rough winter for folks with kids this year . . . all the illness and stuff.

I’m enjoying being able to leave my sliding glass door open for the fresh air to come in my house.Β  Thats one of the top reasons I dislike cold weather, it gets so stuffy with closed windows and heaters running.

My plants outside . . . the very few that I have . . . are blooming. πŸ™‚ I love spring! Hopefully I can get some seeds started here very very soon. I think some vines would be nice, considering they are residing on a lattice railing, it would look nice growing down perhaps. πŸ™‚ Any ideas of a good vine with pretty flowers . . . majority sun-worshiping . . . let me know!!

I have some good coffee in my possession at this moment . . . thanks to some dear friends of ours that know me a little too well. πŸ™‚ Mmm mmm, good stuff!! I think I’ve had like 6 cups today . . . hee hee. πŸ™‚

Well, here’s some pics cuz I’m outta words for now. I love flowers. If you ever think of me . . . get me flowers. πŸ™‚ haa haa.

Oh, so tiny white flowers.Β  Not so much in focus, but I don’t care . . . captures the subtle beauty just fine! πŸ™‚ And the sun! πŸ™‚

Played with the effects on this one quite a bit but its fun and bright. πŸ™‚

Nope, not an old country fence (you would see sky if that was the case) just my downstairs patio railing . . . note the ceiling above. πŸ™‚ But how quaint a flower! Love it! Good thing I love it . . . I might be the only one. πŸ™‚ hee hee

Light makes a photo . . . thats my personal, have no idea what I’m talking about, opinion . . . caught this one just right, in my naive opinion. πŸ™‚

Hey, just a slight celebration of spring in Tuckerville! I hope you all had a great weekend and your week has started off positively grand.

God Bless!!

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winter sucks

Me want spring!! The flowers! The sun! (ok, we got sun) The warmth that we all associate with the sun! The green on the trees! I’ve been seed shopping so I’m feeling the weight (or wait) of winter more so than normal. Yes, I plant my flowers from seed, doesn’t everyone?

I went walking at 3pm today, 3PM; there was still ice on the mud puddles. Ice. 😦 I have a feeling there will be a few more frost warnings before planting time. But in the meantime I found a cool site you can pick the seeds that go in your wildflower mix . . . yeah, I’m a sucker for the wildflowers!

below is the remnants of my wildflower bed last fall. I cried when we moved and I had to say goodbye to it . . . pathetic, I know . . . no reason for name-calling.Β  geez.

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