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Cinco de Mayo
Posted on May 5, 2021 10:56 AM

Have a nice, frosty, delicious Margarita for me.

Well it's hotter than a pepper sprout here and then some! I don't remember it being this hot and dry the first of May, but I guess my memory is not that good. We have not had rain for 2 wks and that makes a huge difference if you have garden plants.

I may lose some of my plants, but it's a chance you have to take when you live in Florida. My first flower of those 4 seed packets bloomed today, white Baby's Breath. I have a bunch of different flowers and I'm really looking forward to see them bloom.

I am staying indoors and staying cool because it is so hot when the sun comes up that I find myself getting heat exhaustion quite fast. I'm helping my neighbor with her garden and she bought strawberry plants that will be coming soon. Today the pepper and tomatoes looked so droopy and I had to go and water them. I'm praying for rain. It's my mantra!

It's time for cool salads, fruit smoothies, and all things cool or cold to eat and drink. Stay hydrated my friends. Garden with pleasure!

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Sword Ferns
Posted on Apr 29, 2021 10:36 AM

It was time once again to clean out the trough at the back of the house along our patio. The sword ferns had taken over. They were cut down completely in February to remove the frost damage, but that is how fast they grow back. I cut them down last year too. They were just a thick mat all across that trough and I had a heck of a time getting them out. I know I didn't get all of the roots out and when they start growing back I'll keep pulling them out. I pulled out enough to plant some in the front yard around the big Palm, and at the top of the bank, and I still threw a whole bushel away on the bank. I had already given some to a neighbor and there is no way I had room to plant all of those. Anyway, I have them in several places in the yard and I also have a large container full.

I have many Morning Glories that are up in that trough and I put a cage for them to climb on. The thing that's funny is that there has not been a ray of sunshine on that trough area since last summer or early fall. They still grow and so does the Ivy, Cast Iron plant, and the Cordylines. I also have two big Rosemary bushes that I started from little cuttings and while they don't look so healthy right now I will bring them back. I think the ferns were so thick that they were taking all the nutrition from them.

Yesterday I was delighted to find 2 Nigella damascene plants in bloom. They are a heavenly blue and I have lot's of them this year.

My Cleome plants are popping up all over the garden. I think it will be another explosion of pink when they bloom!

It's terribly dry here and that doggone wind just keeps on blowing.

Peace & Plenty.

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Baskets
Posted on Apr 28, 2021 4:43 AM

I have been fascinated with baskets for many years. I have made one basket in my lifetime and it took me four hours to complete. My instructor wanted me to keep on going, but arthritis is not my friend and I said "I don't think I could do this for a living."

At one time I owned 121 baskets. All kinds, all sizes, all shapes. I finally had to get rid of them because we moved too many times. You have to downsize at a certain point in your life. I owned other collections that I let go as well.

Baskets are wonderful to me. They can hold many things. I currently use them to decorate one wall in our Family Room and I put all our fruit and veg in them and have them on a 5 tier utility shelf in our kitchen. Most produce does not necessarily need to go in the fridge and it makes a pleasing display, and besides our fridge is small.

The history of basket makers and basket weavers has been carbon dated back to 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Only one whole basket has been found in the Middle East, carbon-dated 10,500 years. Some pottery shards have been found with the imprint of basket weaving on it where the basket was covered with clay, then kiln fired. Since baskets are made from perishable materials they do not survive well.

Baskets were made by many tribes and used to transport their food and belongings. The hunter-gatherers would not have been able to tote around heavy clay pottery, so it's a pretty good guess that they wove baskets of some type.

The story of Moses tells us of a mother's love for her child so great that she took an ark made from bulrushes and daubed it with slime and pitch and put the child therein and set him among the flags by the river's brink. The Native Americans made waterproof baskets from pine needles, from the Long-leaf Pines. They also made shoes or sandals from woven grasses and although these were not waterproof they were probably used before any moccasin footwear was fashioned.

Wicker furniture became famous by the Victorian society. I love it and I have quite a few pieces.

Did you know that thousands of baskets were used during the World Wars? They were used to transport messenger Pigeons, and used to drop ammunition and food to the troops.

Info for this blog post was taken from Wikipedia.org.

Peace & Plenty.

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Giving
Posted on Apr 27, 2021 10:40 AM

This morning I was busy as a bee. I had my walk and then I went straight to the garden and started digging up plants to give to one of our neighbors. He said he wanted plants, so he got some Tradescantia, Ferns, a large Rosemary that I started 2 years ago from a 6 inch cutting, and a bunch of Pink Baby's Breath that had not bloomed. The PBB was what started the conversation. He noticed all the plants swaying in the breeze yesterday and said they were pretty and I have so many plants that I was anxious to give some away to clear my walkway through the garden.

I will be giving him seed for Nigella damascene and Cleome when they are ready.

I love to share plants for people to enjoy in their gardens.

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If You Are Growing Zucchini
Posted on Apr 26, 2021 7:02 AM

I cooked up some zucchini this morning and wanted to do something a little different and this is what I came up with. It is so good.

3 medium zucchini
2 Tbsp olive oil
vinegar from sweet banana pepper rings, 1/2 Cup
10 inch skillet
Dash of powdered Garlic or fresh garlic cloves crushed and a dash of black pepper

Slice your zucchini 1/4 or 1/8 inch thickness. Heat oil, add zucchini and the seasonings and cook and stir until it's starting to brown and get translucent. Add that vinegar and stir some more. The finished product has a pickle taste, so if you like pickles and zucchini you're in for a treat. Add butter and some Parmesan for a real treat!

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