Gardening by the moon is an age old practice.  Since the moon controls ocean tides, it is believed that it influences the groundwater tables beneath our feet and the movement of fluids in plants.  This is why planting at a certain phase and harvesting at a certain phase is supposedly beneficial.  These photos I took of the moon by no means do it justice but they remind me just how amazing the moon is. web-moon-041

    The size of the moon when it first appears on the horizon is enormous. It appears like that because our brains perceive a low moon to be larger than one that’s high in the sky.  They actually have a name for this ~Moon Illusion. The moon also can appear warmer or reddish on the horizon.  This is caused by moonlight passing through a larger amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead, this scatters the bluish part of moonlight (which is really white light reflecting from the sun), but it lets in the red parts of the light which travel a straighter path to our eyes.web-mu

 The Harvest moon is actually the full moon closest to the fall equinox.  It usually occurs in late September or early October.  It was called that because it’s brightness made it possible for farmers to harvest after dark.

  After doing a little reading I found out the November full moon which is also referred to as the Beaver moon which lets you know it is time to set your beaver traps before the swamps freeze. This info ensures a supply of warm winter furs for a trapper. So if you are a trapper, get to work soon.  If you’re not you can do other things when the full moon is out like dance by the light of the moon, or howl at the moon, or turn into a werewolf…web-moon-058

It all sounds like lunacy to me. ;) 

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Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

web-tree-090I have very good news.  We now carry Felco Pruners for both right and left handed users as well as a smaller sized pair for those of you with smaller hands.  These pruners are awesome.  They are made to last a lifetime.  You can sharpen them or replace parts if need be. They fit your hand comfortably so you don’t tire while using them. They have ergonomic design and cushioning to protect your hands and a notch to cut wire. They also have a groove for sap if you are cutting sticky branches like your Christmas tree.  If you are tired of replacing your pruners season after season and of dull pruners that break, these are worth looking into.  Once you have a pair you will never settle for any other kind.  They make a great gift for any gardener or homeowner or for yourself. 

 Mouse over for type of pruner, then click  on the picture for the info and prices of each one from our online catalogue. 

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Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Since I have virtually nothing to show from my outdoor garden, it’s back to the indoor plants to see what’s shaking. I brought my mandevilla in from the cold and it is doing great!  In fact, these are all plants that I had outside for the summertime.web-houseplants-008

    This guy was in my son’s room, needless to say it went by the wayside, neglected and looking for love.  I took it outside in early August and cut off every brown tattered leaf on it.  It was pretty much a stub of a plant.  Within a few weeks it started all these beautiful shiny leaves and was thriving once again. web-houseplants-010

 This spider plant lived all summer out on my front porch, I took it in a few weeks ago and it seems much happier inside than it was outside.    web-web-houseplants-017

Last but not least is my hibiscus that made me so thrilled when it bloomed all summer long planted in my garden.  I put it in a pot, brought it inside when the weather got cold and it immediately turned brown and dropped every leaf.  I was sure it was doomed.  I cut off every branch and now it has sprouted all new leaves as you can see. web-houseplants-003

 So far so good with the plants I moved inside. web-ff-003

 

Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.  ~Linda Solegato

Visit Tootsie Time to see the other Fertilizer Friday posts. 

 

 

yellow potThis flower pot is one of my favorites!  I just love it.  My neighbor threw it away.  Yes, you heard me right.  She threw it away.  So I quickly ran across the street and scooped it up. web-u-014

 Her husband was into gardening.  He had a greenhouse and many plants.  After he died, she weeded through alot of his gardening things. web-u-016

Lucky for me, this was one of his flower pots she didn’t want.  I always enjoyed visiting him.  He was very proud of his plants~he would call me over to see a new blooming orchid or bulb that had emerged in his green house. I would usually end up going home with a cutting or plant that he wanted to share.  I miss him and his passion for gardening. He was a good man.

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This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.  ~Elmer Davis

 

Visit Coloradolady to see more vintage thingies.

 Ever heard of a Bird-scarer, a Moggy, a Bogeyman, a Shuft, maybe a Rook-scarer or a Kelson, Hodmedod or a Tattie bogle?  How about Priapus? web-o-025

 Let me enlighten you,  Priapus was the son of Aphrodite in Greek mythology. Priapus was a protector of gardens and orchards, and is typically portrayed as a hideous looking man.  Birds tended to avoid fields where Priapus resided, so Greek and then Roman farmers soon adopted the practice of carving wooden statues that resembled Priapus in thier gardens to keep crows from eating the corn.   web-o-026

In the Middle Ages children worked as crow-scarers.  They would run around in the fields, clapping blocks of wood together, to scare birds that might eat the grain.  Later as the plague claimed many lives, farmers found there were less children to shoo birds away so they stuffed old clothes with straw, put a gourd or turnip on as their head and mounted the figure in the fields.  These lifelike figures kept the crows at bay.  Also before the white man arrived, Native American men would sit on raised platforms and shout at birds or ground animals that came near the crops.  The use of scarecrows also came to North America with immigrants from Europe. German settlers in Pennsylvania called them bogeyman, which stood guard over the fields.

So now you know a quick history of where scarecrows came from.  We tend to only use them as decorations that represent fall harvests these days. Who amongst us doesn’t enjoy seeing a scarecrow overlooking a lush vegetable garden.    I know I do. web-o-039

~If I only had a brain! ~the scarecrow, Wizard of Oz

 

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Celebrating my 100th post on this Scenic Sunday!  Thanks to all of you that visit and to all of you that I visit and learn so much from.  Bloggers are one great group of folks that are always willing to share, teach, enjoy and get to know.  web-img022 

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  A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.  ~Donna Roberts

 

Scenic SundayVisit Scenic Sunday.  There are amazing sceneries to see!

 

My Vintage Thingie is something I bought at a flea market probably 20 years ago.  At the time, I fell in love with it because it was so unique and different from anything I had ever seen as far as pottery. web-g-003

 I paid somewhere around $25 dollars for it and that was a splurge for something so unusual and weird, but I had to have it.  Except for some chipping glaze, it was in great condition then but now it shows the ravages of time (or in other words  the ravages of hanging around me~ I dropped a ceramic snowman on it one Christmas time and cracked the base.)  I felt so bad.   It adds character or so I tell myself. web-g-004

 It stands about a foot tall and is about a foot wide.  The bird is some sort of water fowl.  One of my friends once told me what kind of bird it was but I can’t remember the name.  I can’t find anything like it in the bird field guides, so if anyone knows I would love the info. 

 This piece is signed, W. Sewell with the word Zena underneath the name.  There is a carving of a womans face and a glaze insignia of what looks like a tree on the bottom of it. I have no idea when it was made or where it was made.  I only know I think it is very cool! web-g-009

 So there is my Thingie for this Thursday.  Visit Colorado Lady to see other interesting Vintage Thingies. 

Have a great day! 

 

 

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A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions – so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.  ~Adabella Radici

Since it is dreary and gray outside today, I decided to look through my photos to see what I might have for Micro Monday.  Turns out I have plenty.  So I thought I would share a few of them which evoke memories of hot sunny cheerful days.  I already miss them and summer is so very far away. Autumn has it’s virtues of course but I will always choose warm weather over any other kind of weather there is. bee

beebeeHave a great Monday!Visit Lisa’s Chaos to see other Macro Monday Entries.

Happy Friday!  Since I have put my gardens to bed for winter, I haven’t much to flaunt  but I went out there anyway, hopeful, camera in hand.  To my surprise I actually found a couple of blooms in the garden.  Meager as they are, they are still flowers, so here they are.  All two of them.  This aster squeaked out a couple more flowers.  aster

I guess you can’t keep a good aster down. geranium

 And my front porch geraniums are still hanging in there.  chinese maple

  I also found my beautiful Japanese maple practically glowing in the front yard. ff-019

 This is the first day it’s color really jumped out at me.  holly

The holly caught my eye also with those pretty bright red berries.

Since that is hardly enough to talk about, I decided to check out the indoor plants and see if I had any excitement going on there. ff-002

My African violets had some pink flowers. Yay!christmas cactus

Alas, a bud on my Christmas Cactus.  That would make it a Halloween cactus, I guess, but I’m not fussy, I will take a flower blooming in any shape or form.  black cat

May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
~Irish Blessing

Thanks for visiting!  Stop over at Tootsie’s blog to see what other gardeners have growing. 

There is still a bit of growing going on here.  web-s-016

The rose bush surprised me with a couple of new buds, even though I thought I had seen the last flower last week.

The daisies are still making up for lost time, web-s-008

my hibiscus gave me one last bloom before I brought her insideweb-s-011  

and the little pink flowers must like the cool temperatures.web-s-0181 

My geraniums are still flowering as well.web-k-0311

  And the morning glories seem to go on endlessly in the cooler temperatures.web-k-0151

 

I am happy that the colder weather hasn’t taken them all away

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Yet!

  Visit tootsietime to see the flaunting of flowers in other gardens.

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Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  ~Anthony J. D’Angelo