Tag: lilies

Weekly Overview May 15 2016

view from my window

Outside My Window… It’s a rainy morning, but I can see bright yellow flowers in my front flower bed, pink impatience in a container near the front door, and my Texas Star Hibiscus right out the window.  I can’t wait until it produces big red blooms!

I am thinking… About my mom, who lost her friend and companion of six years yesterday.  He was a lovely man and they had some very good times.  He will be missed.

I am thankful for… Rain!  I won’t have to water plants outside today.

From the kitchen… I heard David making espresso and microwaving breakfast.

I am wearing … A purple t-shirt (with a sparkly butterfly embroidered on it), blue jeans, turquoise Sketcher loafers, white socks (inside out).  No bling yet – soon, though, as I need to run to town for groceries this morning.

I am hoping… My Texas Star Hibiscus takes good root in the front flowerbed.  I added a good bit of compost, since the original soil there can only be very loosely called soil.

I am reading… I just finished The Kingmaker’s Daughter, by Philippa Gregory.  Also still reading The Rosetta Key, by William Dietrich and The End of Diabetes, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

I am busy creating… Still crocheting my afghan and creating outside gardens.

I am hearing… High Time by Kacey Musgraves on Spotify in my earbuds and a instructional video that Bill is watching at his computer next to me.
heating the pool
Around the house & garden…  We completed the “heat the pool relatively inexpensively” project this weekend.  Lots of black tubing running along the length of fence that gets the most sunshine, along with a circulating pump to move the pool water through the tubing.  Now we just need warm weather and sunshine, neither of which is in the forecast this week.

In other news… I crossed of several more things on the Gardening To Do List.  I’ll post an update later this week.

One of my favorite things… Lists.  I like making lists.  To Do Lists.  Books Read Lists.  Birthdates lists.  Names lists.  I’ll confess, I’m a list maker.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: This morning I’ll be making a grocery run.  Then this afternoon I need to spend some time cleaning up papers & receipts that are scattered all over my office table.  And make a phone call to an Alabama realtor.  Bill is working from home all week.  David works all week and will have the weekend off.  He gets every third weekend off.

Tuesday: I’ll be working on paying bills, since it’s a pay day, and also continuing the quest to keep Quicken up to date.  We’re supposed to have rain most of the week, so I doubt I will be getting much gardening done.

Wednesday: Probably more Quicken & office paper work and then, hopefully, some housecleaning.  It is desperately needed.

Thursday:  More housecleaning?

Friday: Homeschool chat and whatever is left to finish up before the weekend.

Saturday: & Sunday:  No plans, other than yard work, pool cleaning, depending upon the weather.  And also NASCAR watching.

Here is picture thought I am sharing ..

pink daylily

My lilies are blooming quite nicely.  Most of them so far are bright yellow, but this pink one is especially lovely.

Garden To Do List May 2016

I have so many garden ideas floating around in my head that I started a list last Friday.  I didn’t number it – thought that might be too depressing!  All the items crossed off are those that I accomplished over the weekend.  The bottom four items were added this morning.

  • put up brackets for hanging baskets
  • plant morning glory seeds in one hanging basket
  • fill second hanging baskets with plants
  • hang hanging baskets
  • repot gardenia
  • repot pink hibiscus
  • purchase Texas hibiscus
  • plant Texas hibiscus front flower bed
  • move tiered steps outside to southeast corner of back fence
  • remove compost from left bin
  • put trellis up on two tomato containers
  • purchase trellis for squash container
  • plant squash in container
  • find sweet mini pepper plants to buy
  • dig up & amend north side of back fence line
  • dig up and move daffodil bulbs
  • plan iris bed area
  • repot blueberry bushes
  • plant some zinnias and marigolds in containers
  • move or buy holly bush for front flowerbed
  • purchase more border bricks from Walmart
  • plant peppers in bags that blueberries are currently in
  • start miscellaneous flower seeds in small pots
  • apply linseed oil to the fence
  • plant more lettuce in the shade – will need container


decorative flower steps boxMy mom sent me money for my birthday and told me to buy a plant.  Well, I bought something to hold plants instead.


My original plan was to place it inside the house in the living area and set my African violets on it.  I thought it would be great for the plants, as they’d all get more access to the light coming in the east window.  And I was right.  But then I couldn’t see the blossoms on most of the plants, as they were facing the wrong way!  Bill laughed at me and wanted to know what I thought was going to happen.  It was just one of those things that I couldn’t envision but actually had to try it out.  As soon as I did, I saw the fatal flaw.  So, I moved it outside against the back fence and it is working wonderfully there.

flower steps


You can just see one of the hanging baskets that went up Saturday, another item bought with birthday money (thank you very much, Roberta Gibson).  Here’s a better picture:

hanging basket

yellow lily



The second hanging basket is in the middle of the fence and has morning glory seeds planted in it.  I hope they grow!  I harvested them from my mom’s morning glories last October – hers were a gorgeous variety that I had never seen before, a double morning glory.  I think they’ll look lovely cascading down out of the basket.


The lilies that I planted last year are just beginning to bloom.  My very first bloom appeared on Mother’s Day!  Very appropriate, as my mother’s favorite color is yellow.