Hello Friends ~ Boy oh boy, is this year ever zipping right along. I did have a ‘hint’ or two of fall coming since my last post, but that’s it, tiny hints. For the most part is has really been miserable out. I have worked outside 1-3 hours in the mornings, depending on how it is. Today we had a little rain, which was nice. I was doing some clean up of debris this morning when the sky darkened and the wind picked up. I put away my tools and headed inside and the rain started.
We’ve had so much rain down here the past couple of months that the place has become quite overgrown in some areas. I decided to tackle a couple of them this week.
At the end of the driveway, between the pine tree and the back fence is a pathway into my potting area. You can also see weeds in area from pine tree to my van. All of that needs some serious work.
Below is the pathway to my potting area, which I’ve not done anything in since my dear husband left this planet. I really want to work back there again and this is just a start. More work to be done in the cooler months to come. I’ve a wonderful stainless steel restaurant sink/counter to work at. We found it in an ally many, many years ago when a restaurant was renovating. The reddish/orange flowers are from the Ixora bush, covered in air potato vine. SIGH! What a pain in the rear they are!
I also started weeding the patio area between the caravan and clothesline.
This was after weeding but before raking the debris up. Still a work in progress
I mowed the other morning and trimmed trees and shrubs along the driveway. I’m standing at the driveway gate looking north.
This is looking south through the gate. 5 lane road out front, 45 mph speed limit, but people go faster to beat the light at the corner 3-4 blocks to the west. Across the street used to be cow pastures many years ago.
When I went out last evening to take pics, I saw this 4 o’clock in full bloom. I wish you could smell the sweet fragrance of these flowers.
Here are what I’ve always call ‘bleeding hearts’ Florida style. They are Clerodendrum splendens.
This is Lavendula pinnata, from my friends Nanci & John. This smells wonderful! It is not edible though.
Black Eastern swallowtail butterfly.
This is inside the ‘cat-rium’. The wall is the workshop’s east wall. Sunlight is shining through the stained glass window on the west wall of workshop. The iron pieces on either side of the window are old screen door inserts. Aren’t they cool? I need to repaint them. I did just see a can of exterior high gloss enamel so that is another project for the future. This area is still a work in progress.
The little round piece on the wall to the right is a pull-out clothesline. The reason I am showing this photo is because of the new addition, the little lion wall fountain.
DH and I were going to make a fountain using a cement lions head that has a hole in it’s mouth, but alas, that is one of the projects that we didn’t accomplish. I’ve been looking at small fountains online over the past few months, and just Sunday morning I was looking at an email I had sent myself about one seen in HD. I checked it out again, and couldn’t justify spending the money on one, so deleted the email.
I went to early church service with a widow friend of mine Sunday, and we were joined by her daughter. After the service they decided to go to Denny’s and asked did I want to go too. They told me that there’s been a run of inexpensive breakfasts $2, $4, & $6. So, I decided to be brave and do something out of my comfort zone, and said sure.
We all went for the $2 sausage covered biscuit with hash browns and I got a glass of o.j. too. It was good, and for the price and being with friends, worth it. While we were eating, my friend was telling her daughter about my little place, how peaceful it is, etc. and the daughter asked me if I’d like a small wall fountain. She no longer wanted it. I asked how much, and she said I could have it. I thanked her and said I’d love it. WOW! Can you believe that? Not a coincidence.
So, Monday I was at our widow’s group staff meeting at my friends house and her daughter brought the fountain. I could hardly wait to get home to try it out. It worked and is so soothing. I even had it plugged in yesterday morning while I was trimming in the ‘secret garden’, and it was great, then I went to hang up clothes and could still hear it there. I still can’t get over how it all worked out, but I do believe God was behind it all. A little gift from Him to me and I am thankful. He cares even for little inconsequential things in our lives. I know Mark would like this, and if he can see it, he’s happy for me too.
The two light green potted trees are there because I haven’t decided where to put them yet. They have huge thorns, get bright pink flowers, and grow to about 40’ tall. A customer from work grew these from seeds. They need to be repotted while I contemplate where on earth to put them.
I may paint the fountain, as it is cement covered fiberglass, no all that pretty. But I think she had it indoors, maybe it will get a nice patina on it if I just leave it alone. I do plug in into a GFCI outlet.
Let’s see, what’s next. Oh yea, my three ‘45th anniversary’ celebration roses came Tuesday. They were mailed on Monday. Of course, we’re in the same state, but I was still impressed. These are ‘babies’. I’ve moved them up front and placed them on the stand in front of my window, so that I can watch them grow. I also have ‘Rose de Rescht’ there too. It has a bud on it, yippee. It has a wonderful old rose scent. (That was given to me by Deb and her hubby Charles. Her blog is: ‘A Day In the Life’)
There is a saying about roses, "first year sleeping", “second year creeping", “third year leaping”. So, I’m looking forward to watching these babies grow.
Roses in bloom today.
The first two are ‘Mr. Lincoln’. A wonderful deep old rose scent.
These are the ‘Paul McCartney’ rose. This has a delicious rose scent too. Just wonderful.
I decided to pick a bouquet this morning before the rain came.
Well, that’s it. This has turned out quite long. That’s what happens when I don’t post for a week.
Don't go through life, grow through life.
Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady