"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Monday, July 25, 2016

An archway made of bent metal rods and wire

sits in the middle of our circle driveway.........constructed and placed there by my husband
when we first moved out to our country home. Cactus and wild grass has grown under it and all around it...........although one year I tried to raise grapes to grow up the arbor......
but something ate them down. 

For years it has just stayed wild and un manicured until recently.......I have begun to clear the cactus and grass 

and I have been making cement path stones 

and decorating them with the natural elements

that is available all around me. 

Slowly.......very slowly.............cement work is very time consuming ..........I am making a good size 
path/floor for the floor under the archway.

I am also making cement pumpkins.........because I love pumpkins.....

and their cement leaves


and I have placed a row of them along one side of the archway.

Slowly, day by day, week by week......the ground floor is filling in

I gather colorful rocks to place between the cement  stones

and I am filling in the side places with the smooth egg shaped stones

and Homer is trying to fill a space.......

The plastic sheeting along the sides look terrible I know, but it is protecting the plants I have planted in long wood boxes from the harsh wind and heat that blows strong in this area

I wanted a plant that would climb and make shade for the archway ......
so I planted Loofah sponge plant.

It has leaves much like a grape or pumpkin and grows the long thick loofah sponge that one can find in beauty baskets.  
I also have a trumpet vine..........it got chewed down by a varmint........
however, I kept watering it and surrounded it with chicken wire and now it is growing back.  

I also have a cactus garden  on the pathway up to the archway
I find these lovely round cactus( Copiapoa echinoides) growing all over the wooded grounds and I  dig up a few to place in the garden or in pots like this large beauty. 



I am also making cement quail.........I hope to have a long string of them going throughout the garden

With the exception of the plastic sheeting........the archway is beginning to look
pretty.....or at least that is what I am hoping for. 
After the harsh summer days have died down, I can remove the plastic and hopefully the vines will be filled out and over the archway.
I think however, if the trumpet vine recovers completely that next year 
it will be cascading over the archway with no loofah sponge. 
So tell me.........do you have an area in your garden or grounds that you are working on ?
What kind of plants do you like best for climbing?
I would love to hear



Saturday, July 16, 2016

This is the time of year when one can walk through a field of corn..........

and never be seen again.........
it is so tall and so thick....
and so wonderful to eat........
but you wont find corn growing in my gardens.........I have to purchase it from stores or farmer's markets........
from those who somehow.........can grow corn

I have tried.......every year.........to grow corn. It sprouts.......it grows tall.......
it starts to get big ears of corn on the stalks........... I get excited...........
and then.....moths lay eggs in the ears and the larvae eat the corn.......
what ever is left........birds.......by the dozens.....
camp out around the garden ......
and peck away every kernel......
I have tried scarecrows......wrapping foil around the stalk...(advice from a farmer)
but nothing works.......
so now.........I purchase......enviously and enjoy.
I can grow flowers.....and pumpkins......but never corn......
any advice??


Speaking of pumpkins.......this year I have fairy tale pumpkins on the vine


and weird gourds with warts

and large yellow gourds.....with more fairy tale pumpkins.

and I have the usual long and large pumpkins


I started growing pumpkins years ago......for one reason. I wanted dozens of pumpkins to decorate the porches and tables with.......
dozens of pumpkins and ornamental gourds.......
cost dozens of dollars......which I did not have.
The first year that I planted and raised pumpkins,  I had so many pumpkins that I ran out of places to decorate.........
which I loved. 
I still grow pumpkins for decorating.......and I love fresh pumpkin for pumpkin pie......
but the main reason I grow them now.......
I love the large leaves and the large space that the vines and orange globes take over. 
I look out of my window........or walk up the path
and my heart is happy to see 
their large leaves blown by the breeze ......as if they are waving.......
saying ......."welcome home!"
How about you?
Do you grow vegetables well?.........including corn??
Do you grow decorative plants such as flowers and pumpkins?
I would love to hear!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sophie is

a hot dog

a chilly dog

a corn dog

a sweet dog

the best dog..........
ever

Thursday, July 7, 2016

B hopeful, B happy, B cheerful, B kind,



B busy of body, B modest of mind,
B earnest, B truthful, B firm and B fair...
B watchful, B ready, B open, B frank,
B manly to all men, whatever B their rank;
B just and B generous, B honest, B wise...
B temperate, B steadfast, to anger B slow.
B thoughtful, B thankful, whate'er may B tide...
B pleasant, B patient, B fervent to all,
B best if you can, but B humble withal.
B prompt and B dutiful, still B polite;
B reverent, B quiet, and B sure and B right...
B grateful, B cautious of those who B tray.
B tender, B loving, B good and B nign,
B loved thou shalt B, and all else B thine.
"A Swarm of Bees," 
The British Bee Journal, and Bee Keeper's Adviser, 1882 February 1st

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sunflowers as big as my vintage dinner plates

are now growing on the grounds...........

they are such a delight to see each day out in my garden. 


The pomegranate tree has got quite a few fruit on it's limbs


and the ornamental gourds and pumpkins are starting to fill out their beds with their vines and large leaves

with an assortment of different 


and colorful gourds


and my favorite........pumpkins

the Lantana bushes are all in full bloom

and I have planted zinnia in containers........
and in one very large garden space.......
that I hope ,soon, will bloom and I can show you. 


The prairie is still full of colorful wildflowers.

The Mexican Hat Coneflowers have caught my eye

and my imagination...........so I captured them in my embroidery.
It has been extremely hot ........sometimes, humid.......
yet we have gotten wonderful rain.
So tell me..........what is growing in your gardens?
How is the weather treating you?




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Taboo's mouth and whiskers quiver,

and his tail thumps...........in his deep sleep. He is having the wildest dream.......
and I know what about...........
He had a most interesting and exhausting day.......
for a cat ........on his first day out

Taboo has been sitting by the window......most of his first year of life here, 
watching us outside.....and wanting to be with us.
It is extremely dangerous.......I do not want to lose him,
so I have been placing him in a harness and he has had little 
visits in the backyard........with Homer

he watches Sophie catch her Frisbee

and he acts puffy and silly when Sophie approaches.
Now he has been walking the grounds with Sophie and I.......
today was an adventure for him, 


he got to visit the chickens in the chicken yard, as I placed a few eggs into my pocket, 


he was drawn to the buzzing of busy bees as they were trying to 
make a home into a hole on the outside of the house

just as we made it into the front .......a very hot and thirsty raccoon came to make his daily visit

The coon now knows me well and does not mind if I sit to talk to it for a few moments....
Taboo........is safely tucked away behind me...........
terrified of what he thinks is a strange new cat.
I will not allow Taboo close to any wild animal........another good reason
to have him on a harness
He sniffs out a new scent at the base of an old mesquite tree


and discovers a nest.......with 

5 warm and snugly baby bunnies in it.
I pull Taboo away before he gets to introduce himself.........

then.......he gets into a crouching mode.....you can see his interest all over his face.........
but no way....Taboo


this hornet is almost 2 inches long and can deliver a very painful sting


Just as the day is growing tired.........and starts to push us home for the afternoon.....
A bobcat comes out of the brush behind the chicken yard......


and 3 lively and bouncy bobcat kits come out with  her. 
They jump and roll just like domestic kittens do......
and I lingered to watch them play

a little too long perhaps..............
soon the mother bobcat noticed me..........time for Taboo, Sophie and I to head home


So here lies.........a very tired cat.......
dreaming about his adventures of the day.