February 23, 2018

Winter Surprise...Helebore

Today (February 19) is usually warm for Upper Middle Tennessee, so I decided to take a walk along the garden path. Actually, I was worried that my Hosta may not have survived the sub-zero temps we have had this winter. Hosta are OK, buds are visible, but it will be a while before I see any leaves.

The surprise was the buds on the Hellebore. I would have thought it would be several weeks before they broke dormancy. Look what I found. I should have flowers by next week. Yay! If you have Hellebore in your garden, it's time to check for buds. See my other posts about Hellebores here: February Plant of the Month,  Flowers Outside in Winter   I Skipped Church This Easter




February 16, 2018

I Just Thought All the Dog Hair Was a Problem

JoJo, our Lab mix dog, has become a house dog since his littermate, Annie, died. He refuses to go back into the heated dog house they shared for nine years. We have had some terribly cold weather this winter, so he has been indoors a lot. JoJo sheds constantly! I sweep up piles of dog hair every day. I'll be glad when spring comes for more than one reason.
There may be a redeeming quality to all this hair. I just read in one of my garden tip books that dog hair deters mice and other plant chewing critters in the garden, and it also adds nitrogen to the soil. Who knew?  I guess I'll be saving all that dog hair for the garden. Maybe I should offer it for sale this spring at Mimi's Greenhouse! 😉

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February 9, 2018

Look What the Hurricane Blew Into My Backyard

At first, I thought it was a Goldfinch that was getting it's summer plumage way too soon. After a closer look, I noticed the black pattern on its breast. Had to get my Birds of North America field guide to check this little birdie out. Turns out it is a Palm Warbler. This bird should not be here in winter. This species may breed here in summer but winters in the south.

My theory is the strong winds from all the southern hurricanes caused this one to flee north.

 I only have one bird in my yard but my mother saw a whole flock of warblers in her remote country yard. I've never seen them before eating from my feeders so I hope another one shows up or this little guy will not reproduce. It loves the mealworms and apple suet I put out for the Blue Birds.

February 2, 2018

A Touch of Spring for the Winter Doldrums

Tulips in my kitchen window

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of cold grey days! Today is sunny but too darn cold to go outside. A few days ago, I was sick of gloomy, gray, cold weather! I went to Walmart and bought flowers for myself and my mother. Mother is 92 years old and still lives in her own home but she doesn't get out much because of neuropathy. We both needed cheering up.

I'd like to say I could have picked the tulips from my yard but it is weeks away from that. On the bright side, weeks are better than months. 😄 Seriously, here in the mid-south, we will have Tulip blooms in about six weeks. I can't wait.... so I didn't!

Go out and buy yourself (or someone who needs a smile) a $5.00 bunch of tulips. The ones in the picture have been in the little vase for four days now. I have the other half of the bouquet on the kitchen table. Their sunny blooms will make you happy. BTW: the African Violets have been blooming for weeks. I try to keep a pot of them blooming all the time, especially in winter. 

January 19, 2018

Natural Help for Osteoarthritis

I don't know about you but the older I get the more my joints ache, especially my hands. I'm finding myself dropping things too. Stuff just falls out of my hands! I got the link below in my mailbox today. I'm going to try this. I have everything in it in my kitchen except the pumpkin seeds and I can grab them next time I'm at the grocery. Check it out here:

Ask A Prepper 

January 12, 2018

Herbal Tips I found Useful

OK. So I waste a bunch of time on the Internet but there is some useful stuff out there! Today I want to share a few helpful tips I've found. Most will be links, some Pinterest and other places. Enjoy!

Who doesn't love succulents? Here's a good post about growing them.

10 surprising ways to use common herbs. 

How to attract Toads to your garden and why you would want to.

Above is an A to Z guide to the medicinal herbs that relieve common ailments like indigestion, stress, anxiety, sunburn, headaches, coughs, colds, and more.