The garden is pretty much finished here.

 I still have some flowers but they are looking tired and the hard frost that is expected tonight will most likely finish up my gardening season for this year.  The good news is that autumn does bring some color back into the garden at least for a little while.

 Even if I am seeing it between the snowflakes.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a  mosaic of them all.  ~Stanley Horowitz

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 is doing well. 

 We have had a lot of humidity and rain so the plants are happy.

  It was time to put up the tomato supports today since the tomatoes are beginning to grow.


 I noticed a couple of tiny cucumbers showed their pretty faces too.



 The giant pumpkins are growing nicely as are the zuchini and yellow squash.

 The best part today was when Ginger was able to pick some lettuce for lunch. 

There is nothing like picking veggies knowing you grew them, and enjoying their fresh, delicous flavor. 

 Double satisfaction!



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  The last couple of days have been so humid and hot. 

 We were at 96 degrees yesterday. I think it may have been that warm today as well. 

 Hard to believe we had a frost warning a week ago which was preceded by temps in the nineties a week before that.

My plants seem to be happy though, especially after the great thundershower this afternoon. 

I still have plants to put into my garden that I haven’t been able to find the time to plant.  I guess that’s what weekends are for.

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  My plants took a bit of a beating from hail last week but otherwise things are shaping up.

It seems like all my flowers have  bloomed at once.

 It’s such a welcome sight.  But….

they are saying frost warnings for tonight. 

Wow.  Isn’t it June? 

 Hard to believe it was in the nineties last week and now they say there  may be frost tonight. 

I am hoping they are wrong.  We will see what happens. 


 ~”Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”~Anthony J. D’AngeloCopy_of_001




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The Gearcor Company Garden is still in the planning stages since the weather will not cooperate at all.  We have gone from really cold weather to very warm with so much rain you couldn’t think of building raised beds out there just yet. But soon we will.

 So we continue to dream of the day when our seedlings will be able to be planted outdoors. In the meantime, we have transplanted some and they all continue to grow. 

And we wait…..

On a very positive note. 

our mystery seeds are germinating at last.


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It is coming along nicely. Our little seedlings are growing like weeds.  

I think the plastic that Pete put around them with a bit of heat blowing in has really made them grow well. 

Our very own Michael has taken it upon himself to see that they are watered and well taken care of. 








We have discovered a  gardener’s soul in Mike

 All this planting has inspired him to learn more about it and be sure these little guys flourish. 

 I love it when someone who is young gets the gardening bug. 


Between Mike and Pete the plants are well taken care of. 


Hopefully our weather will become more dependable soon so we can get these sprouts growing outside.

 All of us are impatiently waiting to get our hands dirty!

Check back to see our progress!



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What a difference a day makes in springtime. 

 We actually had a pleasant 50 degree day today with sunshine and everything. 

 There were so many of my old friends peeking their heads out to enjoy the lovely warmth. 

 Hopefully there will be even more soon.

 ~”Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”  ~W. Earl Hall

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 March finds me with very little to show in my garden, or so I thought.  March came in like a lion~we just had  20 inches of snow a  week ago and since then nothing but more snow and then rain which is causing high rivers and flooding.

  But today as I ventured out for a walk, I noticed these cute little snowdrops ready to bloom.  I was so surprised because I didn’t even know they were there.  A little farther into the yard and I found my pussy willows ready to bloom. 

There were buds on the lilac bushes as well as some irises greening up a bit.  A few random daffodils and hyacinths are poking through the dirt with their yellow leaves looking for some sunshine.  I have to say I was very surprised to find all these signs of spring when there has been such foul weather of late. 

I expected to show only dried sedum and my snowman this month, but I was pleasantly surprised today. 

The weather is supposed to be mild today so I will be out there looking for more delightful signs of spring springing. Hopefully March will follow the saying and go out like a lamb….

a girl can dream can’t she?  




~Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.  ~Chinese Proverb    


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Eventhough it was very cold out I went outside to see where we want to put our company garden in at Gearcor.  

The snow was deep but in my mind I could see flowers and vegetables growing , while butterflies and bees swoop in and out pollinating to their heart’s content.  

 You see it don’t you? 



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Nothing here to flaunt or fertilize yet for Fertilizer Friday, but I will keep you posted on our progress planning, planting and enjoying of a company garden here at Gearcor.  Stay tuned….

Another February day and unless you count snow, there isn’t a whole lot going on outside in my garden, but there are a few delights inside. 

 My plants indoors are enjoying the abundant sunshine the past couple of days. 

 Miraculously I have not killed my pointsettia yet and it’s almost Valentine’s Day. 

 I am usually lucky to make them last until Christmas, so this makes me very happy. I don’t think I have ever kept one alive through January.

  It’s these simple things that can make me happy! 

 Especially in February.