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Chilly nights and apples!

The nights have been very chilly! With temps in the upper 50s, Gus will often come upstairs and try to sleep in my bed. I don’t blame him. I have a heated mattress pad which makes my bed toasty and warm.

When he first gets in the bed he is wide awake !


Then his eyes become heavy as he tries to stay awake.


And, finally, he is out and down for the count!


He is an active dreamer, too. It is not uncommon for him to twitch and kick with an occasional growl or some sort of noise.

He had TPLO surgery on his left hind leg after he tore the ACL last Fall. This is where they cut the knee joint, reposition it, then bolt it with a clamp. It is suppose to prevent the joint from slipping again and tearing the ligament. I am not sure about that but I am sure it cleaned out my bank account!

The farmers markets are full of apples from the North Carolina mountains.


I will have to come up with a few recipes for these lovelies!

It also looks like the kids were competing for a pumpkin decorating contest.



Back to those apples. I am sure I can think of a few recipes to put them to a good use? We will see!


Filed under General Gardening

Inspiration from the clearance aisle!

Sometimes you find inspiration for a new garden bed on the clearance rack at your local nursery. I am such a bargain shopper! I love the challenge of bringing a plant back from near death and a few years down the road I brag that I only paid a few dollars for that now beautiful plant.

I found the below Blue Flag Water Irises on clearance and decided they would make an excellent border around my pond that is only half buried.


I am also not against taking plants others have thrown away for garbage. The below St Joseph’s lilies ((Hippeastrum x johnsonii) came from a pile someone had placed on the curb. There must have been thirty or forty? There were enough that now I have them down the drive and around the patio. This is historically considered the very first hybrid amaryllis and it multiples freely!


This iris came from a curbside garbage pile,too!


These Oakleaf Hydrangeas were from the clearance aisle of a nursery a few years ago. After a few seasons of care they are beautiful! Hard to believe I only paid a few dollars for them.


And, yes, even Gus was a discount dog. He came from the local dog shelter!

Pass-a-long plants are a wonderful way to grow your garden on the cheap! Keep an eye out as you are driving around as you may never know where your next idea for your garden may come!



Filed under Design, Plants

Random Spring garden pictures.

Spring has most certainly arrived!

1) Lilies have begun to grow. The voles must have not discovered this one because they have eaten all the other lilies I have tried to grow. Oh, tiger lilies how I miss you!

2) Kerria are covered in blooms. They are gangly plants with a fountain-like grown but the Spring show is wonderful.

3) Azaleas are doing their thing.

4) Soloman Seal are spiraling toward the sky.

5) Tulips make an appearance.

6) New leaves on the Basjoo Banana.

7) The Kwanzan Flowering Cherry is providing the bees with plenty of pollen.

8) Viburnum Mariesii is doing what is known for…

9) Chinese Redbud makes us all wonder: “Why are they called redbuds when they should be called Magenta Buds?” (Note to self: Put on glasses when focusing pictures!)”


I wish I could plant everything right along the street so everyone could see but there is always Gus…


I think he has found something in the Kerria?



Filed under Gus, Plants