Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Morn

Not a very good job of hiding the eggs but then, some of us can't see the obvious so this may still be a challenge...
Maud's sister, Judi, is wearing her Easter bonnet. Good thing she has some sort of hat on because her hair is a total mess.
Kaffir lily in almost full glory.
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Friday, March 21, 2008


Before I forget, AGAIN, we saw a marvelous "tool" at the SF Flower & Garden Show and promised to blog about it. I noticed when I got home that we must have come across him after my camera was full because I don't have a photo. However, YOU can go to and see it for yourself. It really does make lifting heavy things a minimal challenge...'course, ya still need two people but still. Check it out. The folks who invented it are really, really nice too.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I've been tagged!

Ohforcryingoutloud! Lisa Lynch has tagged me. Angela (Garden Bliss) tagged me last year but I failed to play along. Her "tag" was to list 5 things I was thankful for and I just couldn't limit it to 5 so gave up. Sorry Ange! In my 40's my life script was being written by Mel Brooks. Now, 20 years later, he has set it aside and I'm just bumbling along on my own.

1. ok. So yes, I too am a native Californian. Born in Sacramento. Escaped to Oregon when I was 21. Came back down here 12 years ago but have been trying to get moved back up there for at least the past 5. Oregon feels like home to me. Besides, I have a son and daughter up there. Also 5 grand-bunnies and a grand-cat.

2. I once drew cartoons for "The National Woolgrower" magazine, had a (not very good) cartoon published in Baxter Black's book, "Coyote Cowboy Poetry",and had my own greeting card business for a couple of years. No, I don't doodle any more.

3. I've raised horses, sheep cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, goats, calves, kids (as in children), and many gardens.

4. I am VERY computer-challenged.

5. I have been blessed with great friends my whole life. They all have well developed funny bones, are all slightly crazy, and are all wonderful people. Who could ask for more?

Monday, March 17, 2008

more stuff n nonsense

This is the pale green orchid that I bought at the SF Garden Show. Its a mini Cymbidium.
And this would be one of the Indonesian "throws" I bought from Dave at Morningstone Statues. He had me laughing so much that I nearly lost control and bought everything he had in his booth. Seems to me this would look cool up on a wall........certainly it would look better somewhere besides on an old SW saddle blanket!
And thiswould be my new little Dendrobium kingianum, which I also bought at the SF Garden Show. They used flocks of these in the gardens and I hear that they grow very well outside in SF.

SF Garden Show

This will be in fits and starts. For one thing, a lot of my photos turned out sorta blurry. Not sure if that was the photographer, the bad lighting, or the camera but probably a combination of all three.
But I wanted to get something posted before April...


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Another Odd Pot

I'm thinking this must have been intended for a wastepaper basket for someone who didn't throw much away. Its about 18" tall and 5" in diameter. It ended up at the local Thrift Town and then in my hands. It was very inexpensive; $1.99.
A few holes were punched in the bottom for drainage and then...
it was planted. I'm thinking that instead of the big leafed Tradescantia, some Dichondra argentea "Silver Falls" would look better. There is a Huchera and some Chrondropetalum in there too.
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Sunday, March 02, 2008

This n that

This fabulous Cymbidium orchid is happily living in an overcrowded pot on the front porch of my friends, Karen & Brett. Now I'm gonna HAVE to have one of my own, dontcha know? I've had good luck with two of the three orchids in the house (a Phalaenopsis and a um, bigger one..."Dtps." and darned if I can remember what that stands for.)
Recently the little buck discovered the pile of cracked corn that was intended for the rooster. When he tired of the corn, he ate a few leaves and most of the berries off the near-by Nandina.
His mama had been busily deleafing the Texas privets, much to my delight. She then came closer to the house to see what
sort of potted things would make a good dessert and stomped a front foot at us (the dog and I) because we had the audacity to be on the other side of the window and taking pictures. I just hope they aren't leaving us any ticks...

The American and Lesser Goldfinch have been thick on the feeders the past several weeks. This is only one of their feeding stations. Foolish person that I am, there are a total of 9 Nyjer feeders scattered around the yard. Very good thing that I get a discount on my seed! (their seed)
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