You Know you are a gardener when…

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1.  You want to dead head other people’s flowers ~like at the Dr.’s office.

2. Your receive potatoes for your birthday~ and they are in a gift bag!

3. You need to work in your yard all day….and you are happy about it.

4. The  Gardening department is your first stop at the home improvement store. circle

5.  Mosquito netting over your hat sounds like a good idea to you~ Damn gnats!

6.  You don’t care how you look while wearing that mosquito netting over your head.

7.  In addition to the mosquito netting, acquiring gardening apparel of any kind feels like a wardrobe boost.

8.  When it hasn’t rained in a while,  and you finally get a good soaking rain ~ you imagine your plants just sighing with relief….. and you are so thankful for not having to water.

9.  Your teenagers and/or their friends actually notice your garden AND remark at how nice your yard looks. 

10.  Strangers stop to ask questions about your different plants ~ and you know the answers. 

11.  Your favorite shoes are waterproof.

12.  You are nodding your head because you can relate to most of these reasons… 

Have any others?  Let me know!bee on a zinia  I will be sending out a Waistie Garden Pouch from Garden Shoes Online to one of you who comments with a good one! I will have the staff at gardenshoesonline.com pick the winner from your comments.

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Weather means more when you have a garden.  There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.  ~Marcelene Cox

web-flowers-064 Now that the end of August is upon us, everything is about as good as it is going to get for another year.  

After looking over my photos I can see the vast difference from Spring until now. It is kind of like looking at pictures of your kids as babies and comparing them to now.  What a difference! It shows you just how fast time does fly. 

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  The good thing about blogging is that it is a journal of your garden. It makes it easy to see the changes that occur right in front of your nose every day, that you somehow don’t really notice until you look back. 

Like my side garden here in May and then in August.z

My front yard has huge pine trees  which make it difficult to grow anything. web-l-137

I put these impatients in on a whim-  just for color.  I didn’t expect much, and they were slow to start ,but they are finally looking good.web-t-1112

  

This section of my yard is one of the most colorful  and changing spots I have.   w-duskb

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1 This corner is of course where I put the stone patio.  The changes there are very obvious, and the flowers have filled in nicely.

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My fire pit area started out slim and now in August I have cut back all the dying daylilies and ferns so it is not nearly as full as it had been, but you can easily see the difference on that fence between spring and summer.web-j-2

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  My back fence has  been fun to watch.  I have hibiscus there that never fail to make me happy. wbackwz   

 

Watching everything change in the garden is what addicts us.web-aaa

We strain our muscles, endure bug bites, water, weed, sweat and swat but still we come back for more, day after day.wildflowers 

 Year after year we wait impatiently for spring to arrive so we can begin again. What are we gluttons for punishment? front

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If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.  ~Author Unknown

daisy1It is still friday, so I hope I am not to late to participate in the fun of Fertilizer Friday. (Thanks to Tootsie)  Today was very busy, I worked on my stone patio, before the rain, during the rain and after the rain.  If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.  Otherwise it will never be finished.  The flowers are all happy with treshe daily rain, although I am not.  The mushrooms are having a party under my black locust tree, but I took care of that today.  All in all things are filling in and looking good for the 4th of July.garden

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tiger-lillypink-lilliespincushionflowerorange-lilliespink-bushWeather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.  ~Pepper Giardino

Green Thumb Sunday is here!  Another chance to take pictures of my bloomers.  Did I say that?  Honestly no underwear will be photographedbutterfly-bush today.  Here are my flower bloommarigolds!

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Today is Friday and that makes it the day to take stock of what’s going on in our gardens, thanks to Tootsie and her Fertilizer Fridays. 

 

My garden is much the same with a few exceptions from last week.  The weather has improved so we can at least be out there to enjoy the show. 

veggie-garden Our vegetables are really coming along.  There are many blossoms on the tomatoes, squash and peppers as well as the cucumbers.   We have eaten some of the hot peppers, or should I say my husband has eaten some of them.  I am not big on hot food, but he makes up for me.  He loves the hot stuff.

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My front yard has been a bit slow but it is starting to burst.  As you can see, I like alot of colors and flowers all mixed up out there.ram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like vintage ceramic animals.  I especially love when I can find ones that are flower pots.swan

 

 

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 Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

climatis-at-dusksnapdragons~It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
 ~ Lewis Grizzard

wgloveI have been using Bionic Gardening Classic Gloves since the beginning of spring.  They are comfy and have sensitivity that rubber gloves just can’t give.  My fingers don’t feel clumsy when I wear them and I can pick up even tiny things easily.  Unlike other leather or cloth gloves, the seams have never caused blisters or even soreness.  I have to say I am impressed with their suppleness and recovery after getting muddy or wet. They are  a must have if your hands get tired and sore while gardening and there isn’t the sweating issue you get with many gardening gloves. The wrist closure supports your wrist and keeps the dirt out as well.   The thing that really surprised me is that they are washable.  I never would have thought that possible of leather gloves,wgloves but it’s true.  They came out of the washer looking a lot closer to new than when they went in, and they didn’t shrink.  After a few bends of the hand, they were comfy again without stiffness and they looked good. They feel more like golf or batting gloves instead of gardening gloves.  I  definitely recommend them to any of you who like to get your hands dirty~without getting your hands dirty.

   There are  different colors too, check them out along with other styles of Bionic Garden Gloves at gardenshoesonline.com or just click on one of the pictures. wwgw-colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made

by singing: — “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade. ~Rudyard Kipling

 

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Here are my Green Thumb Sunday Blooms~

 

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Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint,
 and the soil and sky as canvas ~ Elizabeth Murray

 

 

 

  

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This morning brought a break from the dreary days that rained on my very thankful plants.  My friend Linda and I woke early and followed the news of a great flower sale at our cooperative extension.  She picked me up promptly at 8:45 AM.  We anxiously approached to find a jammed parking lot and easily 100 or more waiting in line for the doors to open.  Of course we thought we were on to something.  What a surprise to find an auditorium filled with tons of perennials and plants that aren’t often found in local nurseries.  Very exciting until the crowds made it almost impossible to maneuver among the alphabetized tables full of perennials.  Luckily we are quick and made our way through with out fainting.  After finally getting outside to make our purchases, we happily loaded our prizes into the car and headed on down the road to a nice quiet flower market without any crowds.  Needless to say we once again loaded up the car with wonderful flowers.  We have decided that we aren’t allowed in another flower stand this year.  Both of us are creating new beds and were in need of many many plants.  We have them now.  (Remind me of that if I mention any more shopping for flowers.)

 The flower sale was great, unfortunately I mixed up all the little sticks that tell you what the plants were so I will have to wait until they bloom and figure that out.  Just a small detail I overlooked in my zealous efforts to plant them all.  Oh well, I like a mystery.

wveggies My vegetables seem to be growing nicely as well as most of my other plants.  My radishes are popping up and so are my pumpkin seeds that I planted.  I put in several black-eyed Susan vines, clematis and also morning glories.   The ones without the trellises are searching for something to crawl up.  Tomorrows plan is to make sure all the climbing vines I have planted will have something to climb on.  Overall I think I am off to a pretty good start.  Just watching the weather though, they are predicting cold temperatures tonight.  I am sure there won’t be frost here in the city.  At least I am praying there won’t be.  That would be bad.

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 Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller.

If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one. ~ Dave Barry

Here’s a look at what’s blooming in my May garden

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“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower”  ~ Anonymous

cobrahead I have a new favorite tool. I use it for just about every chore in the garden. It lifts weeds, digs holes, pulls out rocks, creates rows, edges, lifts, transplants, pulls up chunks of grass and on and on. The end is sharp on both sides so it slices roots as you dig. That also makes it great for both right and left handed gardeners. The blade is self sharpening so you don’t have to worry about it getting dull. I also like it in my rock garden hill. It can dig through the rough dirt with ease. I just love it. I used it to put in all of my plants this year. CobraHead has made life a whole lot easier. I don’t know how I gardened without it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up

until your back gets used to it. ~Author