Monday, April 23, 2018

Earth Day ~ blooms from my gardens in April

Good afternoon Friends ~ This is a good day, being Earth Day, to write up a post. Have quite a few photos to share as I’ve not posted in awhile.

Thank you all for bday wishes, get well wishes and wishes for rain. We have gotten some much needed rain in the past week or so. Rains letting me know gutters have clogs that need attending too. The rain is so good for everything and saves me spending $ on my water bill to water gardens and potted plants. We had rain last night, this morning and it looks like we could get more. The sky is gray and there’s a stiff breeze from the west.

Right now I’m enjoying a cup of green tea and ginger tea combined, sweetened with honey. The scent of gardenias is right here in my little space and smells heavenly. That scent is one of my earliest memories from Florida. My grandmother had a big bush that would be filled with the blooms, it was intoxicating.






Pink hibiscus



Pink begonia


This begonia is scented and just wonderful.


Spiderworts, which some consider a weed, but not this gardener and it is one of my favorite flowers.




This beauty is tibouchina. First one a fresh bloom in the shade, second photo an older bloom in the sunlight.



This is a vanda orchid, ‘Miss Joacuim’. This grows like a weed, spreads nicely. I can break off bits with some roots hanging off and just plop them anywhere. Another favorite.




Blue Salvia with Tahitian Gardenia in the background


Salvia coccinea greggii spreads by self-seeding another favorite


This orchid bloom was a pleasant surprise the other morning. It is attached to the stem of the Tahitian Gardenia.



Tahitian Gardenia ~ These are absolutely wonderful!!! Huge scented blooms.



Bougainvillea from friends Nanci & John


This is Confederate Jasmine ~ blooms once a year. I have three of these vines and look forward to their scent filling the air every spring.


This is an orchid I bought at a yard sale soon after my dear husband went to be with his Creator. It is called Dancing Ladies or Butterfly orchids.


This lovely orchid was given to me by friends/customers from my time of working at an antique shop for 17 years.



An unknown ~ another surprise the other day. I forget about them when they aren’t in bloom.


These tiny orchids are ‘Reed Orchids’ another orchid that grows like a weed with little care from me.


I don’t know what the plant is in the next two photos, two different colors.



This is a ‘Tropical Hydrangea’.


‘Miss Atwood’


Something snacked on this while it was a bud. The holes are interesting.





A sweet little carpet rose.


‘International Herald Tribune’ rose a real sweetie.


‘Miss Ruth’s Wavy’ rose




Two views of the same shell.



1st year anniversary gift I created for young friends.

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That’s it for now.

Be well, count your blessings, love God and love others.



In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass,

the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind,

whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

And the earth brought forth grass,

and herb yielding seed after his kind,

and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind:

and God saw that it was good.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

An alien, a worm, a first day of spring bday, a cold

Good afternoon Folks ~ I hope you all had a lovely Easter and where there is spring I hope you are able to be out to enjoy it. Some of you are still having snowy weather, hang in there, it will pass and the sun will come out, flowers will bloom and birds will sing.

Down here in s.e. FL it is very dry, we need rain and it is predicted but time will tell whether we get it or not. I am able to use my sprinklers 3 days a week, twice a day, hand watering can be done any day, just not in the hot time of the day. I have to pay for water, so it is not an option to water grass in my book. Grass looks like straw, shrubs and vines are shriveling up, not good.

One day I went outside and found this creepy ‘alien’ growing in a pot of a tropical flowering plant. I’d never seen anything like it. Do any of you know what this might be?It’s gone now, only lasting a day or so.


The next creepy thing was a ‘worm’ of some type in my computer. My dear BIL told me what do do the first time via the phone, I was totally FREAKED. Led me to a day of depression, not good at all. (I had had enough. It came on top of being overloaded with thinking/worrying about the responsibility of caring for this place. I let the negatives get me down instead of focusing on the good things God has done and is doing in my life.) Then, just the other day as I was watching a movie on you tube, the same window/voice started coming up and I clicked out of all tabs and it stopped and didn’t load. I told BIL and he said it sounds like someone had hacked into my space and to change all of my passwords, so I did that, and hopefully that is the end of that. Sheesh! (I was sick so didn’t have the energy to freak out, and didn’t think it worth it anyway.)

Before that happened, a couple of weekends ago, he worked on my desk top for around 4 hours trying to find the problem in safe mode as to why it was running so dang slow. He said he’d never seen a computer run that slow. We thought I was going to have to bite the bullet and start from scratch, which I dreaded doing, but did have everything backed up onto an external harddrive. He did several things and we’re not sure as to what the catalyst was that set it working again but it is working just fine.  Thank you dear Todd.

My 69th bday was the first day of spring. Where has the time gone? My dear SIL Sue, Todd’s wife, and I spent the day together up at their place. She made me a decious chicken dish for lunch, and we had a lovely bday cake and time together. The pretty roses on top got smushed in transit and she was really bummed about that, but it was still a pretty cake and tasted wonderful.


They took me out to eat at The Outback Steakhouse that night. I had steak,  coconut shrimp, a baked sweet potato with butter and brown sugar, and mixed veggies. This was after we had shared a blooming onion and their delicious bread. I also had a margarita to celebrate.  Smile I took a box home and had two more meals, one shown below. Delicious!!!


Had a wonderful Easter weekend, starting with a great worship/communion service, Friday night, with 6 different churches being represented. Sunday a lovely Easter service then dinner afterwards with dear friends.

Monday night I started having a sore throat, which developed into a bad cold. I finally bought some Nyquil after having coughed one whole night and that did the trick. My stomach muscles are so sore from all of the coughing, but at least I didn’t crack ribs like I’ve done in the past. I sounded like a bullfrog for a couple of days. But after getting some much needed sleep and just sitting/laying around doing nothing, today I am feeling much better. I do feel dragged out though, and will take a nap after I finish this.

Work on the living room remodeling is coming along. Todd has been doing mudwork, still more of that to do, but it has to dry between coats and once that’s done, then comes the sanding, which is going to be a mess, but needs to be done. We both will be glad when this project is over. Then we’ll start on the bedroom. He is a dear helping me like this and I appreciate him more than words can express. My dear husband would be proud and thankful for the ways Todd is helping me.

Ok, here are a few blooms from Plum Cottage gardens.





Here is a critter who visited the other day.


There are a lot more photos but I don’t feel like going through and editing them right now. Maybe another time.

That’s it from PC.

Have a great weekend and remember that God loves you dearly. You are precious to Him.