"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, January 14, 2019

If I could have one wish granted.......

I would wish for a big machine with a shovel........or even just the use of one
If I had the use of one, my hands and ankles would not ache as much as they do
and I could get what I want done...........in a day.......instead of months.....or years.
However, since I do not have a "fairy Godmother" for wish granting.........
I continue my work..............slowly.
I have decided to focus much of my attention on this center
space between our drive.  This will be (I hope) my main dry garden for succulents and
certain cactus types.

I have already piddled out in this space, placing a decorative  cement paver floor and a bench
underneath the wire archway and I have planted a small garden
of "devil's claw cactus" or pincushion cactus. 
But there is much more to be done.  Large paddle cactus and sharp spike yucca is 
over- running the area and needs to be removed , along with 
weeds that need to be cleared.  Ground squirrels , who keep pushing up the earth is a troublesome problem.   It will look sparse this year, but
hopefully, if I keep working on it, it will be beautiful in 
a couple of years. 
Right now , everything looks so drab and dry.......doesn't it?

But just a few yards away............a lovely  yellow
is cheering up a space.  With  wild tousled branches that are covered in blossoms.
 The Italian Jasmine
is awake and blooming. 

How much I look forward to seeing this cheery plant in the cold days of January!

So tell me...........are you underneath a blanket of snow...........
or is something blooming in your back yard?
by the way..........do you have a big machine I can borrow??  or a fairy Godmother to grant wishes?? 
I would love to hear!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

No words...........

just a pretty photograph, a memory to share,
a moment to just slow down, to savour, to enjoy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


"January is the quietest month in the garden.  ...  But just because it looks quiet doesn't mean that nothing is happening.  The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants.  The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come."
Rosalie Muller Wright
How true Ms. Wright's words ring in the statement above.....
January is also the time for planning.....getting inspiration from seed catalogs that 
will soon come in and from garden books full of wonderful ideas.  
I have always loved miniature roses.........
Although nothing is blooming outside.........on my 
inside windowsill, this small pot of miniature roses
is still blooming and growing taller.

This was purchased in this whimsical container before Thanksgiving.
I am thrilled that it is doing so well. I need to transplant it to a larger 
container, but it seems to be happy at the moment.......so I will wait .
One of my "plans" is to somehow, create a miniature rose garden.
But where?..... is a the biggest question......as these little roses do not
seem to grow well when the Texas heat comes along. 
Any suggestions?  I will try anything that you tell me works! 

I was also able to find a few small colorful succulents for 
my garden collection.  I hope to keep these growing successfully......
and I hope, as they grow, that they keep their colorful appearance. 
I  am starting to plan more (dry climate)gardens with heat tolerating plants like cactus and succulents.
These plants seems to do well in the summer.........but seem to have 
difficulty in the winter.  Another thing to ponder.
January is also a great time to take inventory of your tools, fertilizers and 
other garden helps. 
Now is the time to till up your soil, (if not frozen) and to expose it to 
the helpful freezing to eliminate eggs of many insect pests.
I think this year I am not going to work on garden spaces for flowers,
instead I want to focus on the natural landscape plants that are growing here 
on the land.  I plan to make garden spaces and paths among them.
This will reduce the time of dragging a water hose everywhere, since the 
plants that are growing here naturally only rely on the rain that comes.
And it might reduce my frustration with pests like insects and rodents.......
since it seems, they only like to eat flowers and pumpkin plants and seem
to leave the natural plants alone.
Not sure if I can resist not planting pumpkin............this is yet to be seen.  
So tell me..........are you already pouring over garden and seed catalogs?
What do you hope to grow?  
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

No words.......................

just a pretty photograph......a memory to share....
a moment to just slow down, to savour, and enjoy!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Well.........instead of waiting until the new year to post , I still have some things to share

the last few days of this year........so I'm back. 
(our woods, a few frozen years ago)

This is the last day of fall........tomorrow, winter begins.
Although I am not looking forward to snow or extreme ice,
I still find beauty in the frozen woods 
and prairie.  
For those who love to work outside and in their gardens,
this time of year is usually a slow down time.
For me, it is the heavy work time;  it is the perfect time to "safely" work outside
and to clear garden spaces for the next growing season.
I can easily work in layered clothing and gloves 
easier in 30 degrees than to work in sweltering 107 degrees
in late spring and summer.
Also, the rattlesnakes will be very slow to strike in frigid temps, 
if I come upon one while clearing brush and cactus. 
This is also a time I love to look over garden books
and seed catalogs and dream about my future gardens 
that I would love to be able to build and grow.
So tell me......
do you do outside work when cold winter days come?,
or do you find yourself by a cozy fire and are perfectly content that way?
I would love to  hear!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Until I Return Next Year...................

Once again, my dear people,
      Merry Christmas is here,
      With holly and mistletoe
      And its good will and cheer!
With its joys and its heartaches,
      With its laughter and song,
      It comes as a reminder
      That time marches along.
Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "When Christmas Comes" (1940s)

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A light dusting of snow came

giving the twisted mesquite trees a powdered 

sugar icing.  By noon, it was all gone.

I decided to  dress my worn and weathered scarecrow,
Gertrude, for the holidays.

This season she is wearing a dark floral print dress
with an embellished red jacket

instead of a straw hat, I placed a woolen knit
hat on her head and then tied a pretty scarf 
around that.

a spray of holly and pine cones work as an accent

she is holding a decorative basket of pine cones

her metal cat Zoey has a festive ribbon with a bell

and this year, a chicken has joined the group.
my little banty hens, along with my lone Ameraucana hen
are giving me a good supply of eggs, much needed for the upcoming 
holiday baking. 

If an egg is broken from an outside force, 
life ends.
If an egg is broken from an inside force,
then life begins.
Great things happen from the inside!

Here's wishing you the best 
inside and out!