From the Scraps

No…not scraps of fabric.  I haven’t made it that far yet.

I had set a Wandering Jew down by the back porch and all the pieces that broke off took root in the ground by the concrete slab.  I started pulling them up and almost headed for the trash can when I remembered how easy they root.

So, I found a hanging basket and filled it with potting soil.  I cut the pieces up and stuck them into the pot and this is what I got.

WanderingJew600x560And now it’s hanging on the double shepperd’s hook by the front patio.

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Old-Timey Beauties

I dearly love vintage things.  And I love the old plants that my Granny would have enjoyed.  I remember Four-O’Clocks growing on the side of her house.  And now, I have some of my own.  These are growing in a pot outside the studio door.  The blossoms look like little yellow trumpets.

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Four oClock600x450One thing about Four-O’Clock’s….they readily propagate themselves given a chance.  Here are some seeds from my plant.  And I’m sure there will be more coming up in the pot and ground where seeds fell.

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If you live in my area and want some Four-O’Clock tubers, I have some to give away that Tootie gave to me.  I can only plant so many………

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Outside My Back Door

I love our pond.  I even love the Cypress Trees that I’m so allergic to.  Don planted two not long after we moved into our home and they’ve slowly but surely circled the pond.  There’s hardly a space that doesn’t have a Cypress Tree in sight.

Isn't this pretty?

Isn’t this pretty?

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Elderberries ?????

Does anyone have experience with fresh Elderberries?  I’m sorting/cleaning some I picked and wonder if I can use my Vitamix to pulverize them.  Would I need to strain the pulp from the juice to make wine?

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More Kent House Pics

I promised a few more pics from our visit to Kent House Plantation in Alexandria, LA.  I don’t have a lot of good ones and unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of the outside of the house.

This bathtub even has a separate foot tub.

This bathtub even has a separate foot tub.

Open hearth and oven in the detached kitchen.

Open hearth and oven in the detached kitchen.

Combination fireplace/open hearth for cooking in servant's home.

Combination fireplace/open hearth for cooking in servant’s home.  The round, iron stand would have held a pot of food.  A fire would have been built underneath the pot.

Pie Safe for keeping baked goods safe from flying insects.

Pie Safe for keeping baked goods safe from flying insects.

This is a close-up of the design punched into the tin plates covering the openings of the pie safe.  Notice the intricacy of the design.

PieSafeCloseUp600xA different way of life for sure than what we live today.

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New to Me

A friend is moving and needed to clear out her gardening things and plants.  So, we went over to help.  She gave me a load of clay pots in all sorts of sizes.  I got several greenhouse growing tables that you support with cinder blocks.

These will be wonderful for the roses I propagate.

These will be wonderful for the roses and other plants that I propagate.  That lovely sedum in the hanging basket on my chicken coop porch came from her greenhouse.

She has the most incredible green thumb I have ever seen.  She can just stick a leaf in the ground and it will grow.  I came home with several nice plants.  This gorgeous Tree Fern has found a new home on my front patio.

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It seems to like it on the patio where it is in partial shade most of the day. There’s a Beefstake Begonia (I think) and Nepthytis growing in the pot also.Don says he’ll get a greenhouse built before cold weather so we can keep it nice and warm.

I’m so glad we could help with moving some things out of her way and I’m more than happy to give them a new home.

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Another Day Trip

to the beach.  Sister Vivian, her 2 daughters and all her grands are spending the week at the beach.  We haven’t seen the kids in a while and we’ve never seen the youngest one so we decided to do a day trip.

We left here about 6am and got to Gulf Shores around 10:30.  There’s a new Rouse’s grocery store there and we made a stop to get supplies for lunch.

We enjoyed visiting with the family and seeing all the young-uns…even the ones that screamed bloody murder non-stop for 2 hours.

This is as close as we got to the sand this time.

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A New Tomato Propagation Experiment

I saw this video on YouTube about a guy who propagated the suckers right on the plants.

Remember what I said a sucker looks like?  Here’s another picture.

Sucker in "Y" of tomato stalk

Sucker in “Y” of tomato stalk

Instead of putting the cap end of the bottle on the bottom of the sucker, we did it opposite. Don used a grinder to cut off the cap end of the bottle and slit it down the side and through the bottom.  I put it in place over the sucker right where it joins the parent plant and used duct tape to close the slit.  Faith filled the bottles with dirt and watered them.

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sucker1_400x600I used more duct tape to secure the bottles to the cage for support. Is it pretty?  No.   Will it work for me?  I’m betting it will and I’ll keep you posted.

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Tomato Propagation Experiment

Well…..it’s not going so great with part of the “suckers” propagation trial.  I had to throw out all of the ones that were in water.  I used filtered water and changed it every 2 days but they still got stinky and slimy.  Ick.

Most of the ones that I put in clear Solo cups filled with potting medium crashed and burned.

The larger ones that I put in bigger pots have a few that are taking root.  I think I have 6-7 that are going to make it.  That’s not enough for my summer planting which I need to get in the garden next week but it’s a start.  If even half of them made it I would have plenty.

Oh, well…it was an experiment and I do think I’m going to have a few free plants.

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Update on Chris

It’s been a very busy week for me.  I’ve been taking a pine needle basketry class at Adult Art Camp in Hammond.  I already knew the basics, but I actually finished a basket this time.  I’ll take some pics and post them later.

His supports coordinator called this week to introduce herself.  She was nice to talk to and was very supportive.  She says Chris will have full time supervision for the first year after leaving Pinecrest and that after the first year, if he still needs that level of care,it can be justified.  That makes us feel so much better.

The next step is for interviews to be set up for us to speak with prospective providers.  Chris’s team from Pinecrest will bring him here so he can take part in the interviews. I’ll be compiling a list of questions to ask each one.

Don and I met with someone at TARC in Hammond regarding supervised living for Chris.  We are going to use one provider for his vocational needs and a different provider for supervised living.  The meeting was productive and we’ll make sure TARC is on the list for an interview.

I don’t plan to visit with any other providers prior to the interview date.

Keep us in your prayers.

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