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Being a scary monster for the Mum


I took my Mother the last three roses for this season. These roses came from a bush that was in her yard. I took one limb from the back of the bush and with root tone, made 4. One did not take. I gave my brother two, and I put this one in my yard. I took the branch because her bush was over producing and I had a theory it was over shooting because it was going to die and it did. The rose originally came from a cut rose that my Mother's grand daughter gave her for a special occasion and it rooted in the vase. Next spring, luck willing, I plan on taking a branch from mine, and doing the same thing. IF it works, I will give one to my friend Cindy and put Mom's back where it started from after I fix the soil up a bit. That way it will essentially be the same plant from the same rose. IT is long stem, insects dont' bother it (they would have gobbled up that knock out rose if I hadn't hunted them down every afternoon) and I almost never had to water it. I did feed it a banana peel once a month.

 
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GG said she worked hard for that original rose. She made a prom dress for her grand daughter and that was why Heather brought her the rose in a vase as a thank you. It lasted so long it developed roots so this is about 15 years later or more.
 

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My tomatoes in my pinch pot bowl



There was thick frost as close as two buildings up from mine, so we have a stay of execution for one more day.




I would bring these in but the Ressie cat would just take them out one by one and beat them to death on the kitchen floor.
 
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GOOD to the last drop







THis one says I'm Back better than ever. Frost won't bother it, snow won't bother it. It is poisonous so I want my family to know that if for any reason it leaves my garden. I carefully cut out the stalks with the bright red berries in the summer and carefully dispose of them.


so bloom no more....winter is so long, but I have several things I want to change, a few that need moved, and a Christmas seed wish list to think on.
 
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I thought it was over before, but I was wrong. Made it all the way to Nov 8th.
A beautiful sight for the first thing in the morning.


 

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and the rains came


Pepper thought it might give her camaflaug for those squirrels she wants so bad.

 

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5 rocks with holes hung by the door is suppose to bring good luck. I have a few more than 5.



I have a pair of winter wrens that have made my doorway their winter bed. Mostly they sleep in the planter with the torn matt. I put the house next to it,




 
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Two squirrels are not acting right at all. One jumped on a chair and bit the chair then the hose and bit the hose. THe other came up all the way to the driveway staggering, he is very sick and I wish someone would come. I called the wildlife vet but he was on lunch, and have a call into our animal control. I don't believe the injuries is what is making them act like this. I warned the closest neighbors with dogs to be careful and am being careful with mine that they under no circumstances go out without being secured on a leash. I don't know what it is but I would much rather err on the side of caution.
Hi Smkie. Long time no visit you here on Chaz. I pop in now and again and saw this thread. I have a lot of catching up to do and have been looking at your amazing pictures. I have lots more to view. They're just out of this world. You sure know how to appreciate and capture the good things.

What you're describing sounds very scary. It makes me think rabies possibly. But also...if you have bird seed for the birds, it can develop a kind of mold that is very toxic to animals who eat it. And squirrels get those seeds. The mold contains a neurotoxin so it can cause something like what you describe. I don't know if your seeds are oldish or damp but if they sit around too long, this can happen. I hope a wild life person can help you.

Good luck with this. And thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us. I'll be back for sure.
 

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It wasnt' the seed, i am super careful, and they go through it fast. It is kept in a tin inside, and i feed twice a day a couple cups at a time for the cardinals and my little birds.

Almost ready. I need dirt, i need wire, i need stuff i am not going to be able to get. I still need dirt, that is a given, but if all you have to work with is sticks, and this ball of twine i found for 89 cents at the weird goodwill by the pound store, then sticks it is. These will be my trellises.






still working on this one, for peas, and or some lemon cucumbers for Hyia and Baylee


Changed the walk way for Victor and so i can stop stepping in mud. Took the rocks from teh borders of the beds that i put down originally. Need more of those too. Which will probalby come one at a time from the river with Hyia.


I should be able to trellis two tomatoes right between the slats of my stick fence here. THe purple Cherokee did and excellent job of it there last year.

I have sent for some blue butterfly pea, and i have moon flowers started, as well as my morning glories. Going back to the flying saucer and blue ones i like best. I was not overly pleased with last years. THey were interesting, but small and the bloom season was short lived.



Strawberry patch looked better this year when i uncovered it. The year before i think i had my mulch too thick, and it matted down, this year i used less, and kept it fluffy. i have removed all dead debris and as much of the straw as i can. My skins are up and skittering around to my great happiness .One ran over Jory's hand, he is my grandson, 11 while he was watching for them. YOu can hear them rustle here and there.


IT doesn't hurt that the garden has had some waking up with bubbles and children laughter either. I think of it as the most important ingredient of all.



Little people are growing so fast, but they still like it here and say ?not long enough" when the parents come. They will be helping me find long straight or insteresting sticks by the river i am going to need help. We have a full spot in the community garden this year. And again, i need trellises, and such, so...... They have already done a dandy job of filling the little red wagon with compost and running it down to our plot. : ) The goal is to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and beets for pickles, and squash and okra this year. And of course, an abundance of lettuce for Baylee and Hyia. That i will will grow kind of everywhere. So thank you SKinks and soon to be toads i hope for your appetites..


a little music in my head to work by doesn't hurt either. THis is a good working song.
i love my piano. I love when the birds sing while i am playing too. It reminds me when i was small and my caged finches would give all they had while i practiced. I don't put birds in cages anymore. I do not judge others that do, it is just a personal choice after working in the pet trade and seeing what i saw. Now i just enjoy the ones outside, and am thrilled when they choose to join with me for a little fun.
 
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Oh March is the longest month of all. Beds are ready, seeds are germinating. I was trimming the deer and turned around to see a new neighbor watching me, he gave me the thumbs up. Ok. I am glad he thinks so.


Need an epic big ball of bailing twine. I ran out of my 89 cent giant ball found at the goodwill by the pound store. Wish i had twice as much.


Good news is the sweet William is very happy by the deer and coming up with gusto and my friend Cindy gave me a toad lily, some iris, and something i have always wanted, a Heliopolis (sp?). It never blinked being transplanted so hooray and welcome to the shady side. She said hers was 20 something years old. THe one she gave me is 4 or 5 years old. That tap root went down forever and i was afraid i had damaged it getting it up but it is just fine.



I had no idea that honeysuckle trimmed and formed so well and so fast. It is considered a huge nuisance here and bad for the birds. YOu can see it is prolific all the way through the woods.


first flower for my deer.


Seeds came from Bakers Creek. So i have sugar star phlox and cherry caramel phlox,giant asters, rat tail radish, and more veggies, but those are for the family, the flowers are for my soul. All planted and getting ready to go.
 
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Come rain or shine, or snow....Pepper at her post. Sighs. Not what she is suppose to be doing.


THe landlord had the lawn mowed yesterday. You have to love march, it's a good snow tho, and more than needed.
 
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Wow, snow! We seem to be in spring/summer mode down here in TN. Love all the pics.
 

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Hello. I was thirsty. Thank you. Why are you looking at me. Ok. I am not afraid if you do not move. So...I didn't. For a long time. <3

We took a few minutes to soak up some sun after a refreshing drink.


ohuh scared..i i am a stick.


See you later gator





My most welcome squatter. Please please stay for ever and ever.


We are off and running. Despite the dry. All i could do this spring was for the most part bump up the quality of my soil and move things around. I waited all winter for this. I am so pleased that the wild relocated ones all came back. I have also returned some that spread to other sections of the woods behind. FIngers crossed for one more spring.


These guys are so pretty but i cannot afford to feed them so they don't stick around long. My feeder is too small for them to be able to land on so their visit is brief. ... Still, they are something to see in the sunlight.
 

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If all you have are sticks to work with.....we will see how it works. I have my poor old grapefruit skeleton in there, but it is a majorly hard piece of wood so...will see.

Put in lettuce and peas today. The rest will be tomatoes, squash, these little melons, all needing a trellis.


It is so nice to put in a shovel and not hit tree roots.




My wild child. Funny flower.


On the home front i was trimming up the honeysuckle. I am working my way around the back when i saw this one and thought that looks like a chicken or it could grow a tail like a rooster. Will see.
 

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