Saturday, November 19, 2016

RE ~ again and again



Refueling....
 

RE WORD ORIGIN:  a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion:  regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert.

Monday, November 14, 2016

M s for Monday's Blessing

Phone rang.... It was my California brother.....  great chat.... before I hung up I said........ I love you - James!

Thursday, October 20, 2016



Psalm 5:3  
“In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation”

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Interconnected Threads of Life

Yes.... like a avenue or road to travel.... the threads of life are a travel line

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dhalia..... Hopefully cut flower arrangements!

Dahlia 'Unwin Mix' Half-hardy Tuber
Ideal For: cut flower garden, exotic garden, patio
Flowering Period: July, August, September, October
Position: full sun
Hardiness: Half-hardy
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This neat compact mix requires no staking - perfect for the middle of borders where accessibility is limited. Dahlia ‘Unwin Mixed’ brings together a vibrant range of colours, from reds and pinks to orange and yellow for an explosion of long lasting colour. Enjoy their vibrant display from midsummer right through to autumn. These lovely semi dwarf dahlias make fabulous cut flowers too. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 45cm (18").

Dahlia (Dahlia Variabilis Unwin Bedding Mix) - This Unwin Bedding mix, easily establishes from Dahlia flower seeds and produces gorgeous shades of bronze, salmon, apricot, orange, scarlet, crimson, yellow and lavender. The flowers add a lovely spot of color in the summer garden. They are very heat resistant and are excellent for bedding plants and make lovely, long lasting cut flowers. The Unwin variety produces a compact, smaller plant and require no staking. Petals surround a small golden yellow center disc. They typically grow only 24 inches tall.

Well-draining, rich and fertile soil that is slightly acidic is a must for growing Dahlias. Sow the flower seeds indoors 4 - 6 weeks before the last frost. Lightly cover the seed with soil or peat moss only the thickness of the seed itself. Transplant seedlings outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Dahlia care includes deadheading spent blooms to ensure a continuous supply of fresh flowers.


About Fancy Leaf Caladiums

The scientific name for the fancy leaved caladium is Caladium x hortulanum. It is a member of the Araceae (Arum) family of plants and is native to South America.
Fancy leaved caladiums are treasured for their beautiful heart-shaped leaves. Their flowers are hardly even noticeable when in bloom. Caladium leaves vary in color and come in mixed shades of white, green and red, with most leaves displaying all three of these colors. If your caladium plant gets too much shade, the green color will be most dominant.
Certain varieties change color as the plants mature and some fertilizers, such as Miracle-Gro, will affect the colors of your caladium leaves. The acidity of your soil will also help to determine the color of your caladium leaves. A high acid level will cause the darker colors to be most dominant.

How to Grow a Fancy Leaf Caladium Plant

Growing fancy leaf caladium bulbs is not difficult. Fancy leaved caladiums thrive in a tropical setting and are only considered hardy in zones 9 and 10 but can be planted in other regions with a bit of extra care.
Fancy leaved caladium plants grow to be about twelve inches tall and should be planted approximately 4 to 6 inches apart, depending on the variety you’ve chosen. Larger bulbs will produce more foliage than smaller bulbs. You can make up for this by planting smaller bulbs closer together.
Plant caladium bulbs when the weather is very warm in the spring and only after all danger of frost has passed. They do best in a partially shaded area in well- draining soil.
Caladium bulbs should be planted with only two inches of rich soil above their heads. There is no way to plant your caladium bulb the wrong way, as the plant will right itself while growing unless your caladium bulb is already growing a shoot. Plant all bulbs already growing in the direction of the shoot.

Care of Fancy Leaf Caladiums

Caladium bulbs need to be kept warm and moist in order for them to germinate and grow. Water them consistently but not to the point where they are left soggy. Feed them with a light fertilizer about every six weeks during the growing season.
When it comes to caladiums, the hotter the temperature, the better, and the faster they will grow. In cooler parts of the country, caladium is treated as an annual plant, but by carefully digging up the bulbs before the first frost date in your area, you can store them and replant them the following spring when it starts to get hot again.
Make sure all the caladium foliage has died back naturally before removing your bulbs from the soil. If you cut the leaves off, be careful not to damage the bulb in any way. Keep your stored caladium bulbs over winter some place where there is good ventilation and the temperature doesn’t drop below 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C.).

Royalty in the Purple Heart Perennial plant

Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Hardiness: USDA Zones (7)8 to 11
The slender, folded leaves grow from upright to trailing, succulent stems in dense, spreading clumps to about 10 inches tall. Small, short-lived, pink blossoms occasionally appear at the stem tips, creating a perfect complement to the pinkish cast of the new shoots. Purple heart looks great year-round in mild climates. Elsewhere, frost will nip back the top growth, but the plants can resprout from the roots. Purple heart can survive the winter as far north as USDA Zone 6.
How to use it: Purple heart makes a can't-miss color accent in borders, planters and hanging baskets. Silver foliage and white or pink flowers are harmonious partners, while red, yellow and orange companions create a dazzling contrast. Purple heart is well suited for use as a groundcover. It can spread aggressively where it's hardy, so you may want to keep it in pots or in sites surrounded by paving. It also looks great as a houseplant.
Culture: A site with moist but well-drained soil and full sun is ideal, although purple heart also tolerates light shade. Pinch or snip off the shoot tips every few weeks to encourage branching. The pieces take root easily, so you can use the trimmed-off stem tips to start lots of new plants.
Special notes: For a plant that likes regular watering, purple heart is also drought-tolerant.

OK - Supertunia (My Queen).... 2016 Annual Beauty

Features

I'm FIT for a QUEEN.  My Violet Star Charm !!!
Supertunia petunias are vigorous with slightly mounded habits that function as both fillers and spillers in containers.  They are also excellent landscape plants, best suited to be placed near the front of beds.  They have medium to large sized flowers.
Best Seller   Award Winner
Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer   Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant   Deadheading Not Necessary   Drought Tolerant
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Characteristics

Duration: 
 Annual
Height Category: 
 Short
Garden Height: 
 6 - 12 Inches
Trails Up To: 
 30 Inches
Spacing: 
 12 - 18 Inches
Spread: 
 18 - 24 Inches
Flower Colors: 
 Purple
Flower Shade: 
 Purple
Foliage Colors: 
 Green
Foliage Shade: 
 Green
Habit: 
 Mounding Trailing
Container Role: 
 Spiller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
 Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
 Easy
Bloom Time: 
 Planting To Hard Frost
Hardiness Zones: 
 10a10b11a11b
Water Category: 
 Average
Uses: 
 Border Plant -  Container -  Landscape =  Mass Planting
Uses Notes: 
Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and combinations planters.
Maintenance Notes:  
Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary, this is not necessarily true of all Petunias.
Fertilize often for best summer performance.
Late July and August is when plants should be at their best, but there is only one problem: The plants have run out of energy and the gardeners realize it too late to help the plants recover. This is especially true in raised containers and hanging baskets. Here is the best way to keep your Petunias in the Super category.
1. When you buy them in the spring, buy a slow release fertilizer to top dress the basket or container. If you plant your own basket, incorporate some of the slow release fertilizer in the soil as you plant. Follow the package directions.
2. In May fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer once every two weeks. Mix up the fertilizer and water the plants just like you would if you were using clear water. It normally takes a good half of gallon of water to really water a 10" wide basket or raised container.
3. In June as the weather starts to get warm to hot, fertilize weekly, again with a good soaking. If the weather turns really hot as it sometimes does in Late June you may need to fertilize every third watering. By now the Supertunia is really growing and starting to tumble down from the basket or fill out across the flowerbed.
4. July is when the cutting back occurs. Around the 4th of July, (after your big party) get some of the slow release fertilizer that you bought in spring and re-apply across the top of the planter. At the same time, trim back some of the longer branches just enough to bring the plant back in line with the bottom of the pot or basket. Don't remove too much at the maximum cut back 20% of the branches or 1 in five shoots. You can also just give it a general light trim. Your plant will be out of flower for a few days, but will come back stronger than ever. By now with July's heat you should be watering at least every other day and begin to fertilize every other watering. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you want a plant to grow like an elephant and be the most it can be, you got to feed it like an elephant!
5. August is, hot, humid, & sometimes with monsoons. Keep up the water and fertilizing, and again, if the plant starts to look straggly remove a few more branches but never more than 20% or give it a general trim as before.
6. It is September and the plants should still look good, start to back off the watering and the feed, but shape the basket with the last pruning of the season.
I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it really is a labor of love. I fertilize my baskets and my garden every time I water, and I water daily from mid July through August. I recently invested in the WaterWise irrigation system and let me tell you it really works. You will find that your Supertunias, along with all the rest of your plants will keep looking fantastic through September and perhaps with the luck of a gardener and a late frost maybe even into October.
The Best Petunia. Period.Not to brag or anything, but purple has been the royal color since the Phoenicians. You know, back in the Jurassic Period. You wont find flowers anywhere that are a deeper, darker or more velvety purple-blue than mine. Since Im also a Supertunia (the Queen of Petunias) its a given that I bloom from spring until a hard frost.
Not to brag or anything, but purple has been the royal color since the Phoenicians. You know, back in the Jurassic Period. You won't find flowers anywhere that are a deeper, darker or more velvety purple-blue than mine. Since I'm also a Supertunia (the Queen of Petunias) it's a given that I bloom from spring until a hard frost. As in a gushing geyser of flowers. I also have a queenly scent that's especially noble in late afternoon and early evening. To show off my trailing habit use me in hanging baskets, containers or beds. As for colors, combine me with just about any--red, orange, white, pink, light blue, yellow, you name it.
Being a nonstop producer of large purple Petunias is labor-intensive (no pun intended) so please feed me once a week with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer. In return, I promise to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, shed old blooms so you don't have to deadhead, and tolerate dry conditions.
Supertunia® Royal Velvet Petunia hybrid 'Kakegawa

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Plant Know How for the Sun and Shade

OK.... it's about year 4-6 of semi-serious plant - planting according to the rules of Sun and shade around my house perimeter!

First photo is abt 8:30 am SUN on PATIO for two plants.


 The spindly airplane-like plant is from last year.... which sat successfully on back of patio during winter cold and snow!!  The other was planted on the front porch patio... uprooted to side of Shed-House in back yard last year.   It began pretty --- GEESH... its my treasured HYDRANGIAS (there were two of them up-planted here)   It began to bloom pretty in early March.... then a few days late the little lovely green sprouts were brown and wilted!   Cry - cry - cry!

So I moved it again to a pot on the patio to nurse in shade!!!  Hoping for its survival!

I'm keeping a watch today... so the morning sunshine@about 11:00 am is fully shaded on the patio.  I'll count the hours for the rest of today.... maybe 8-10 hours of shade......  I'm wondering how hot my patio might get over the summer.... breeze a blowing via the beautiful CHIMES a'singing!  I'm really praying Dear Lord for this Hydrangea to successfully root and maybe bloom this year or next (even in a pot)   I could then transplant to the best place in yard.  

BACK YARD PEONIES
I looked to the west side of back of my house....
the morning sun is full blast... Seems good for the rose bushes (two of them... one is new).

The age old Iris plants will bloom pretty purples.... and the transplanted Peony bush is growing grandly.....
I think I'll be able to pick these first.  
One other slim-look Peony (a transplant also from front yard)...
 is on east back (shaded) fence.

 FRONT PORCH PEONIES
There are two original peony plants (partly shaded - west side of front porch) growing well.  The started peeking their little red head... on 3-11-2016






Not tremendously well and bigger.... I'd say holding their own until I learn more to care for the PEONIES.... and the age-old ROSE BUSH in the front yard!


!!


Monday, March 7, 2016

A Jittery Feeling for Garage and Estate Sales

My first finds of the Spring 2016 are from The Pampered Chef..... I never went to a show nor learned anything about it.... I say a few recipes maybe!

But I turn everything over and read the back label....
A medium Bar Pan... abt 12" by 7 3/4 useful for cookies....great to roast vegetables, bake appetizers and cook frozen foods....regularly abt $27.00
Tadaaaa... my garage sale of $5.00

Baked Perfectly.....  
Next up was a $1.00 ---- Yep --- a 10" Pie Plate
What I learned... about stoneware?
It can be frozen, refrigerated, cooked in microwave and convection ovens, but SHOULD NOT be used under a BROILER or on the STOVE TOP

Also, Avoid extreme temperature changes... it will break/shatter!

How to Clean Stoneware....???
(1) Let it cool completely before I clean it.   
(2)  Don't use soap .... don't put in dishwasher
(3) Clean only with hot water and a scraper 
(4)  I can soak stoneware to remove hard baked-on food!

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Bottle Tree

A Quiet Afternoon ~ Blessed
I do count my blessing..... day to day!


I keep wanting to place one of these... A Bottle Tree... in my back yard...    It's a reminder of southern roots and the Ray Charles Movie.   I'll have to do a bit of research on the other meanings of a bottle tree.

Plus... A news-lady was also wearing this gorgeous blue.... underneath a classy orangish-red jacket.   WOW

While browsing.... "The Tea and Hat Lady" today, I came across a wonderful bio of a Jewish author names Dorothy Parker.  

Think I'll find time to read 'A FRIENDLY GAME OF MURDER"  Her first and second books were "Murder you Darlings... and You Might as well Die"...

Sounds a bit quaint... like the tv lady on MURDER SHE WROTE...  I've been reading most of John Grisham... so I hope to measures up to extreme tension and plot twists.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I Hold Fast to My Dreams!

For me,  January is always my month of reflection 
and a kickoff month of Newness!

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. 
Always remember, 
you have within you the strength, 
the patience and the passion to reach for the stars 
and change the world.”

A wonderful quote for none other than the ultimate Black woman warrior ~ Harriet Tubman



Kirk-Shabazz Family

My bestestsseh honeypie

My bestestsseh honeypie

King of Pop

Teaser- Trailer for Tiana Disney Princess

Guess who's growin up !

Guess who's growin up !
Anayah-marie 11 months old (Aug-09)