Friday, July 7, 2017

This & that

Good morning Folks ~ From what I’ve seen and read on your blogs, you’re all off to a good start with summer. Fun, food, projects, travels.

Just had a tiny bit of rain earlier, need more. I went out yesterday morning to handwater plants in containers and had to stop because it was so miserable out. Very humid and heavy out, I was sweating buckets, so came back in and hibernated.

I’ve been dealing with a tad of depression, missing my dear husband and dealing with learning to live alone on a limited budget. I see ‘things’ I don’t have, and start ‘wanting’, instead of being ‘content’ with what I have. I certainly have much to be thankful for, and I don’t really ‘need’ the things I’d like to have. I can work with what I have, rearranging, (shopping in my own little cottage), and paint works wonders in giving a fresher, new look.

My dear BIL & SIL have moved into a new place and have blessed me with two matching bookcases, and a media/tv stand. This is causing me to purge books in my living rooom from two ‘curbside found’ units. Friends are buying me a flat screen tv, so I will be getting rid of the huge older/heavy tv that I have.  BIL will help me get it out of here, and set up new tv with my media system. I plan to paint the living room too. I look forward to the new and improved look.

Changes are hard, but purging the books feels great. I don’t need all of the art books, books on antiques (as they no longer apply to my life), and other books & magazines that have no further interest to me. In going to the flea market to sell for around 15 years, we bought ‘lots’ of things very cheap, and a lot of those things were books, books and more books. I will be getting rid of a lot of cookbooks also, but not right now. For now I’m just concentrating on the living room’s west wall of books. (Have more bookcases in the bedroom, kitchen, and other end of living room, not to mention in my creative space too. All in good time. Now that I’ve started, I ‘want’ it all done now. Patience, FlowerLady, Patience.)

Below is how the west wall looked before I started purging.


Below is old tv, and you can see why I made a faux mantle and hung a curtain. Smile I will be getting rid of the tv and piece it is sitting on, plus purge most of the stuff  that is in the unit.


Below is the new tv stand that I will be getting. There is a flat screen tv on wall above this piece. I will put my new tv on the stand I think. I’m thinking of having BIL make a mantle shelf over the flat screen, between and connected to the two bookcases. I’ll see what he thinks when the time comes. For now, I need to keep purging.


Forward progress.


Here are a few recent outside pictures.

Zebra longwing butterfly and tropical honeysuckle.


I was at the scullery sink the other day and spied a mourning dove sitting on the statue’s head. I hoped it would still be there when I came back with camera, it was.


Here’s an enlarged view.


That’s it from Plum Cottage. I’m heading outside to do more hand watering.

Enjoy your summer plans.

Love your family and friends.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Basye’s Purple rose first bloom and other flowers

Good afternoon Folks ~ I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have had rain and more rain. Everything is growing like weeds here.

I have been waiting for over a year to see this particular rose in bloom, today the first bud opened.  The rose is Basye’s Purple. First photo was taken yesterday, the others were taken this morning. When I saw it was open I could hardly get my camera fast enough. When I got over to the bloom and smelled it I wanted to cry. I thanked God for such a beautiful creation and wonderful scent. I bought this rose as a baby from Rose Petals Nursery.





Butterflies have been having a feast on my Byron Beauty passion flower vine. Below is a flower that has been pelted with some heavy rains and I see that the curly bits of the flower have straightened out.


Below are caterpillars enjoying themselves.



Here are two chrysallis.  I saw one of these as a caterpillar yesterday hanging upside down and then came out to it being in hibernation on it’s way to becoming a butterfly.



Well watered blooms.

Golden dew drop (purple blooms), red pentas, and hamelia patens.


I don’t know what the name of this hibiscus is. I got it as a cutting many, many years ago from my Mom.


This is sandpaper vine with it’s sandpaper feeling leaves and wonderful purple star flowers. I grew this from a cutting. These are the first blooms that it has had. Also called Queen’s Wreath. It is growing up over an arbor and I can hardly wait until the arbor is covered. There is also a blue pea vine and a garlic vine growing on this harbor so it will be quite the combination when all in bloom.


This is a wonderful alamanda, don’t know the name of it. Grew it from a cutting also.


Spicy Jatropha ~ this I grew from a cutting from my dear husband’s family home. I believe his younger sister had given a plant to their parents one year. I love this plant, and so do the butterflies.


This is Tahitian Gardenia. What a scent!!! Huge blooms.


This is my ‘secret garden jungle’ as seen through the window of my scullery, where I wash dishes. The scraggly tall limbs in the foreground are of a avacado tree container grown. I should prune it.


Well, that’s it from my well watered gardens here at Plum Cottage.

Remember to stop and really see all of the beauty that surrounds you and know that you are even more wonderful and beautiful and loved by Jesus who is God the Great Creator. We have so much to be thankful for.

Happy Summer ~ FlowerLady