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Garden Pic Wednesday: Calendulas & Gerbers!

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  My physical therapy for my arm is going well. I started going back to my nearby gym again last Friday. I use the bike that works both arms and legs. It's good for my elbow.  For Thanksgiving, I've picked up a pre-cooked turkey & sides from my local grocery and will heat that up for 3 or 4 people from the Sunday bible study who are staying in town. Today's Gardens Pics: A clump of late season "Butterfly Garden" seed I planted back in August. It was the last portion of a box of seed from Dollar Tree. I hadn't gotten anything to come up in spring or summer---but, surprise, the fall planting took off like gangbusters! The yellow flowers are Calendula. To their left is a Forget-me-not. To the right is a clump of Bachelor Buttons (cornflower) and one Coreopsis. This nice shot captures of glow of late day sun! Next, my fall Gerbers: In the last picture you can see these are just above the Calendula clump. That pottery container is a cute thing my husband and I

Garden Pic Wednesday: Cardinal Basil

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Today I worked on harvesting a bunch of my Cardinal Basil's side-shoots for drying. A freeze is predicted for tomorrow night, so I wanted to get what I could.  Cardinal Basil gets it's name from the showy bloom. Unlike other Basil, that just bloom a flower stalk; Cardinal Basil's leaves around the blooms turn deep burgundy. These plants are volunteers from last year's Basil and I want these to go to seed, so I'll throw a towel over them. Sensitive things in my raised veggie garden will also be covered Nice shot of Cardinal Basil out front in the bed by the mailbox   And here's my harvest of Cardinal Basil ready to be rinsed, then cut up onto these drying trays: I keep the dryer out in the garage and do laundry on days I want to dry herbs, so it keeps me going in and out of the garage, so I don't forget about it.

Garden Pic Wednesday: Sidewalk Edging Change

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I've just started my 7th week of broken arm recovery and I don't have to wear a brace anymore, though sometimes, it's still helpful. I've been working on driving short distances locally and wearing that brace gives me extra support. I drive a six-speed and that gives my right arm a good bit of workout. I go to physical therapy twice weekly. This week I drove myself to my Wed PT appointment myself.  My friend Diana was driving me to every appointment and we'd have lunch after. I'll miss that. It was nice having regular company to have lunch out with. I have a couple Garden Pics this week: Edging Change: This black edging is a pound-able type that is a series of interlocking 6 inch segments.  Originally, it followed the 90 degree angle of the sidewalk that leads to my front door. They only interlock on the straight; in the corner their edges just met. My toe clipped that bit of corner edging and that's what tripped me into a fall. So, a week ago, I pulled up 4

Garden Pic Wednesday: Dwarf Marigolds

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 Today begins my 6th week since I broke my arm. I've been wearing a Velcro brace off and on during the day as needed and going to physical therapy twice a week. I haven't been driving (since I drive a stick), but should be able to start doing that again soon. In the meantime, friends drive me to my appointments. I've already had a harvest of purple beans so far. Today spent a little more time outside feeding garden and flowers & refilling bird feeder and suet cage. Good exercise for my arms. Today's Garden Pic: I've had a lovely show of Dwarf Marigolds this year. I planted them all over and now that's paying off. In Florida, this is their best time of year! Both adult and young bumble bee's love them. This shot captures an adult Brown Belted Bumble Bee visiting my Marigold patch out by the mailbox. (bumbles have fuzz from head to tail with mostly stripes of brown fuzz on tail.)  

Garden Pic Wednesday: Fall Blooms

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I haven't blogged for a few weeks because I tripped and fell on my front sideway and was injured and that kept me off the computer for a few weeks. Thankfully, I've had the members of the Sunday Bible study group to flock to my aide and be of great assistance for anything I needed done. Today's Garden Pics: This is a nice shot of my front bed that's in a spot of land between the mailbox and the gravel parking spot. A nice display of leafy green basil, orange marigolds, then pink Vinca & Lantana at the back. Morning Glory: I found this in my back flower bed this week; a random Morning Glory seed found it's way there and took root. I've seen them around the area, growing wild in the brush along the roadways from time to time. But you can tell that's what it is by the shape of the leaves and it's blue color.

Garden Pic Wednesday: Edging Project

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Welcome to another Garden Pic Wednesday! Today we look at this weeks project: edging the North bed that runs from the A/C unit to a corner bed just outside my back door & patio. Back in July, my neighbor on this side hired someone to remove the many pines in his back yard and that person sub-contracted a tree cutter, a tree cutter who was completely inept at tree cutting. That cutter dropped tree trunks on every fence encircling my neighbors yard, adjacent neighbors sheds and turned all the grass between our houses into dirt driving a small tractor back & forth. My neighbor kindly made sure he replaced all the grass between our houses. So in these first 2 photo you're seeing the new sod. This photo is after I spent 3 days completely weeding this bed I've added some top soil along the grass edge to raise the soil level next to the sod in preparation for the edging. The Ponytail Asparagus fern you see at the bottom is part of the corner bed in the second photo This is the

Garden Pic Wednesday: Golden Spider Lily!

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Today's featured Garden Pic is my Golden Spider Lily! Like the Orange, it's a Magic Lily with just a stem appearing in September. There are 2 stems, one from each bulb. (Apparently it was fruitful and multiplied.) I caught this pretty shot in late day yesterday, as the sun rays were sliding toward the West, highlighting this blossom!   I took this shot this morning: The second stem blossom opened & they look pretty entwined.