Archive for July, 2011



July 7, 2011

Meet Rascal, the beloved pet of a newly acquainted friend, Em, who lives up the road and around the bend. Rascal is a White Bellied Caique. Em says his color will change some when he matures and his head will lose the black spots and be very orange.

He’s already a beauty with a personality that will make your heart sing. One day, while I worked with Em at her computer, when we laughed Rascal laughed too. I got a kick out of watching him pitter-patter across the desk, tilting his head left and right trying to decode our conversations.

The next day, Em wrote in an email to me, “He is so funny, he got out of his cage through the open feed bin today, and I heard him saying, “where’s the baby“.  


In and Around my Garden

July 6, 2011

Because of all the late spring rains and last week’s summer downfall, my snapdragons developed milddew. I neglected to keep an eye out for early signs and I had to pull them out. But first, I salvaged the blooms by stripping the leaves before snipping the stems near the base. Then I placing them in a bucket of water sitting next to me. Cut flowers will last longer when put immediately into water. This boutique will give me about ten days of pleasure.


Three years after planting two dwarf bottlebrush plants, blooms have finally emerged.

Other flowering plants in and around my garden are lavender, society garlic, vinca, begonia, hydrangea,  Santa Barbara daisy, potato vine, butterfly bush, pomegranate, columbine, calendula, Victoria blue salvia, black-eyed Susan, and the one pictured below.  Can you guess what plant produces the flowers in the photo below?


The Gift of Freedom

July 4, 2011

A couple of days ago, I finally had time to spruce up the perennial garden which was in dire need of my attention. There are other outdoor projects still to tackle. But today, on our country’s Independence Day, I’m claiming liberty and staying indoors. Taking our nation’s celebration to heart, I plan to rest, chow down on chilled watermelon, strawberry shortcake, read and maybe do some writing.

Thanks to our soldiers and their families, past and present, I have the freedom to choose how I spend my day. Liberty is a wonderful gift.

Happy Independence Day everybody!


Soulful Plotting

July 1, 2011

Renewal Pruning:

Removing one- to two-year old growth to the ground to promote younger, vigorous growth. This is usually done on shrubs that bloom on present year’s growth.

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