August 18, 2017

More about growing Vegetables in Containers veggies in containers

Veggies in Containers

Squash, Rosemary, Rudbeckia in one pot
above is my container garden this year (2017) for tips on how to do this yourself see the following posts:


August 11, 2017

It's Time to Think About Christmas Cactus Blooms...No Kidding

Really, if you want lots of blooms at Thanksgiving or Christmas, you need to start now. Follow the link below to the best information I've seen on how to care for and get the most blooms from your Christmas Cactus. 

Mine have all been outside since the first of May. If you haven't put yours outside or you don't know about that little trick read this post by blogger Kevin Espiritu Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) Care Guide

August 4, 2017

It's a little personal

This post is rather personal...something I rarely do online. As some of you already know, I've been working on a fiction book based on fact. I got the idea for that book years ago when I was writing daily devotions for a Christian Women's magazine. Since I was writing for hire, I could not own the copyrights to the work I did for that magazine. I kept that devo and thought I would use it to write a children's book. Later when I got around to working on that book, I realized it was much bigger than that. So began the book based on the relationship between Mary of Bethany, her brother Lazarus, sister Martha and their friend Jesus. To give you a hint it begins when Mary is 10 years old and she meets Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem and she was in some big trouble.

I allowed many things to take precedence over my book. This blog was one, my plant nursery was another and the two gardening books I already wrote took time too.

Well, this year I felt that still small voice (actually this time it wasn't very still or small) of the Lord saying, "Kathy, this is the year. If you don't finish my book, I'll give it to someone who will."

So, I'm treating this book like a job and I'm determined to finish it this year. With all that said, I will not have much time to blog but I know some great bloggers out there and I will link you to some good information. I'll also be reposting some of my older posts that I think you may not have seen from years ago.

When I get my book done, you will be among the first to know, Maybe I'll figure out a way to give a few copies away here. If you have any ideas about how I might do that, post a comment,

Next week I have a great post from a fellow blogger about caring for Christmas cactus now so you have flowers at Christmas....stay tuned! 

July 28, 2017

The summer of the Wren

Well, we had the saga of the baby Wren and the follow up of of that story and not long after that drama was done, along came two little Wrens busily dragging grass, moss and pretty much anything they could get into their beak up on our porch.

I had asked Bill a year or so ago to build little corner shelves under the eaves of our front porch. I knew several types of birds like to build on shelves near houses. No one had taken us up on the free real estate until now. We had so much fun watching these two  fly in and out with their treasures and one work so hard to arrange it just so. They worked for two days. It has been 4 days now and mama is setting on her eggs in the little tunnel she built.

I love the ingenious way Wrens construct their nests. They make a tunnel of soft grass and moss surrounded by the biggest mess you have ever seen of leaves and other stuff from the yard. Most enemies would never know that deep within that pile of trash is a clutch of eggs soon to be fuzzy babies. Let's hope these babies stay when they should till they can fly out on their own! I'll post later how many babies and if they survive the neighbor's cats.