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2011 Mommytography 365 Project Sunday Assignment

Three Sisters

I recently read a book titled The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown, and while this is NOT a review of that book, it might be a good title for the pictures I’m posting.  Both of these pictures were taken this month.  The first is a picture of my mom on the left and my Aunt Rene, Mom’s older sister on the right.  They look pretty good for mid-70s and early 80s, don’t they?



They are both still busy as ever, gardening, riding horses, enjoying life.

And then there’s this picture of my Aunt Violet, mom’s oldest sister, who just celebrated her eighty-something birthday.



Doesn’t she look wonderful?  She just recently downsized to a smaller house, less yard, but still enough bedrooms for family to come visit.

And yes, they are weird, in the most wonderful , Hayes-family way.

May Already?

Not only is it May already, but it’s a third through May.  Crazy!

I’ve been busy with Master Gardener Camp meetings and Spring Garden Tour work days, so busy that I’ve only worked in my gardens two afternoons.

Yesterday afternoon I picked up some new plants and some bags of composted cow manure – a mandevilla and a dipladenia, neither of which I’ve ever had, so this will be an adventure.   The ceramic planters were on sale, but sadly, the flowers were not.


When I got home, I went right to work laying down cardboard in the front flower bed, then emptying all of last year’s soil from Earthboxes and pots into that bed, along with the 6 bags (40 pounds each) of composted cow manure.  Underneath all that is last year’s leaves and underneath that is the soil from 2015 container gardening and more leaves.  Lasagna gardening and composting, all in one.


I plan to go back tomorrow and pick up more bags of the composted cow manure and hopefully some bags of top soil, along with some cardboard, if I can find some free – all for the other flowerbed in the front.  Well, some of the top soil will be for this bed also.  And then plants!  I have Sweet William started, but they are teeny tiny, nowhere near ready to transplant, so I’m not sure what I’ll do.  I can’t quite decide whether to do the Sweet William in the other bed, where the Texas Star hibiscus is, as I know that will self-seed and I won’t have to plant anything else there, of to put it in this bed in front of the holly bushes.  I also want to plant some Swiss chard in the front, and maybe some other greens too.  Decisions, decisions!

Another decision to make is whether to leave the two trees that we trimmed so drastically last year (or was it two years ago now?).  You can see one on the left side of the picture, the other is on the other side of the sidewalk.  The other tree has grown back more green along the whole trunk – it obviously gets more sunlight that this one showing here.  I hate them both and want them gone.  Bill still thinks they add something to the front.  One of these days he’s going to look out the window while he’s working in the office and see me attacking them!  They will be gone!

3 Quick Thoughts on Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • The Plant Sale was a success – the severe weather held off and even though it was hot and windy, there was a good crowd of buyers and very little left to sell by closing.  The Plant Sale was also great fun.  Who would think that much work would be fun?
  • I finally picked back up the afghan I was crocheting back in early March.  All that is left is weaving in the loose ends, which I have half done.  I will try to finish it up this week and get it in the mail to my niece.
  • Our new HVAC system is very nice.  We set up the wifi part of it today and loaded the app to our phones.  I can now adjust the temperatures from anywhere!  This system also switches automatically from heat to a/c as needed.  Very nice.