Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I Found a Nice Blog...And Some Garden Tid Bits.

Just a quick note.  I found a new blog to read.

It is called Re-Location: the Blog.... she moved from NY, to CA, to MA....

 Her name is Mindy, and she is a pastry chef, and has some interesting recipes, like these chocolate cupcakes with "Crispy Magic Icing"..Can't wait too try them...


Here is the cupcake recipe  cupcake birthday


 (I'd put the picture of the cupcake in a more appropriate spot near the blog title IF Blogger would LET me!)

I am still trying to figure out how to navigate this new Blogger, but it is my fault since I rarely have time to sit down and concentrate on it.

The garden is crazy this year.  Plants that did so well last year, had a hard time making it through the winter.  Too mild!!  They are straggly and some half dead.  I lost my Butterfly bush, and the hydrangea in the pot, completely died down.  I thought it was gone, but it did re-sprout but there no flowers for it this year..it too is acting like a new plant.

Yet others plants that did poorly last year, are thriving.

Last year the day lilies came out all at once, and this year, they have been spread out through the summer so far.  Which is great since I am getting very few other flowers!  The Phlox is straggly and thin, with only sporadic flowers, and there is some Echinacea blooming but only as if they were brand new plants, and putting out their first few flowers.   The red Geranium, on the patio, is bursting FULL of flowers, I have kept it going for about 6 or 7 years now.  When it gets leggy I break a limb off an stick it back in the pot..so there are quite a few "plants" in the same pot now.  (that Geranium came from a dear old friend's home after she died...) This is  picture from last year.

My green beans refuse to sprout and also the Swiss Chard..and there was NO sign of Rhubarb, so I will have to replant it next year.

The tomatoes and peppers and eggplant appear to be thriving, and e may yet have a bumper crop of something!
Oh!  I also have NO Marigolds, or zinnias!  This is a first for me since 1971!!  I tried direct seeding, and pot seeding, and transplanting and nothing is working and I can't figure it out...  So I have to be happy with the day lilies and finally, some nasturtiums came up...

The new chickens are thriving and I am seriously thinking of getting some more either in the end of the summer of next spring.   Simply because love watching them and I LOVE looking at multi colored eggs...this is the fewest chickens we have ever had..but..have to be realistic now....more will come I am sure...

I miss my Lass terribly....it has been a year to the day....but hay is just so expensive here I can't afford it right now.  (got a new roof so am paying that off, and I need a car.).  It's been one heck of a year, and looks like it is going to keep going....

That's about it...I am looking forward to getting "MY" camera back!!  (long story)   I have some garden pictures on it, that I'd like to get on my computer.....!  I'll be getting my summer pics on my header in time for winter...LOL!

See ya later,


  1. Ah hah... so you do visit nice blogs! Guess that leaves me out. LOL!

    1. LOL..Oh Ms A....you are so sarcastic! I DO visit your blog..(should get out of my funk and reply sometimes!)

  2. Nice to hear from you! The weather has been just so odd the flowers have no idea what to do. Our Mammoth Sunflowers got to about 2 ft and bloomed.... we were so sad. I think they are confused by the weather though..

  3. I think your are right Kristal.. The plants are confused. I find I am trying to grow more and more things in pots and planters...even if I put them IN the garden spaces where I would normally plant them..for some reason they do better. If I keep my basil in pots, instead of the ground, they grow better, even if I use the same dirt from the garden..strange indeed...maybe I will try marigolds in pots next year (this is the second year we couldn't grow them well, in the garden)

    The animals appear to be confused too..some of them shedding constantly instead of seasonally! strange!

  4. Hi Janie! Thanks for stopping by blog and subscribe. :) Your Geranium looks so beautiful!

    1. Thanks. It is getting old! I put it outside every spring and bring it in every fall. I break pieces off and stick them in the pot...so it just keeps going! I think it is almost 10 years old now!