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Weekly Overview 03.12.18

Outside My Window…  the sun is shining, but it’s oh, so cold!  Wait!  That’s what I wrote on my last “weekly overview” post in early February!  Luckily, we have had warmer weather and spring is definitely in the air.  Our Bradford pear is in full bloom and looks gorgeous!

I am thinking…  about all the things I should be doing instead of a blog post.

I am thankful for… sunshine and spring and the Master Gardener program.  Even though I’ve likely bit off more than I can chew, I’m grateful for purpose and directions and activity all in an area that I love.  It’s a welcome change after the ennui I felt most of my years in Arizona.

I am hoping… to pick up some plants later in the week.  I need a Carolina jasmine plant to grow up over the lattice work that “hides” the compost bin corner.  Of course, I still need to build the small bed for that spot and also coat the lattice with linseed oil before I can plant.  Planting is the fun part – prep work is the time consuming part.

 I am reading…

  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future by Daniel H. Pink
  • Building The American Empire, Volume I: A Narrative History to 1877 by Harry L. Watson
  • Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny by Joe Garner
  • Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman

I am busy creating… an wedding gift afghan for a cousin.  I finally settled on a color combination I’m happy with, which took way longer than it should have.


I am hearing… the morning news show on the television.

Around the house…  I have new plant stands that I picked up at a neighbor’s yard sale Friday morning.  I’ve been looking for a way to maximize the space in my kitchen window and found the perfect wooden stand, in addition to a corner stand.  I’m very happy with the way it looks.

Around the garden…  I have daffodils beginning to bloom and other plants greening up.  I’ve moved several plants that had wintered over in plants into the new flower bed.  The plan is to empty all plastic pots and only have plants in the bigger ceramic planters that I acquired last year – they require a lot less water and attention than the plastic potted plants.

In other news…  Bill got our bicycles operational a couple of weekends ago and we’ve gone on a couple of rides.  We’ve decided we both want different seats and possibly handlebars that allow us to sit more upright.  But we’re both enjoying the riding and hope to get out more now that Daylight Savings Time is giving us more evening hours.

One of my favorite things…  morning smoothies with lots of veggies & fruit.

Our Weekly Overview… 

 Karen:  Monday chiropractor visit and a quick run to Aldi’s in the afternoon.  Wednesday morning I speak about the newsletter at the DCMGA monthly board meeting.  The rest of the week is devoted to Quicken and the newsletter (and maybe a run for plants in there somewhere).

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week.  He acquired some silk and glue and paint to repair his airplane, but hasn’t been motivated to work on it.  Maybe he’ll work on it this next weekend, unless he decides to finish the knock-down coat on the bonus room wall.

David:  College class homework has been keeping David occupied, along with continuing work on his game.

Here’s a (silly-looking) picture thought I am sharing …  

Thursday’s Treasure – From My Garden


I picked these flowers from my gardens Tuesday, before a spring storm barreled through the area.  The bouquet has yellow snapdragons, two varieties of dianthus, a geranium blossom and a painted daisy (I think!).

It’s this Thursday’s Treasure because little bouquets of garden flowers like this one remind me of my grandmother, Mabel Austin Gibson.  She always had little vases of seasonal flowers around her house.

Spring, Flowers, and Butterflies

It’s days like today that reminds me why I love living in the South.  While back home in NY they are having a (last?) blast of arctic cold and snow, we are enjoying low 80s and sunshine here in north Texas.  I spent most of yesterday morning mowing and weedeating the backyard.  I’m going to be planting tomatoes later this week, once I get some more container soil and the tomato plants.  But I already have several areas where things are growing!

I bought pansies, petunias, and snapdragons the beginning of February and they are looking lovely.

Please ignore the sticker on the container!

Please ignore the sticker on the container!


The dianthus I bought on discount last year has really taken off!


I dug this crepe myrtle out of the front flower bed last year, not knowing what it was.  Once I identified it, I stuck it in a container until I can figure out where I’d like to plant it.  It seems to be growing well.

crepe myrtle

The lilies I planted last spring are looking good.  I anticipate blooms in a few short weeks.  I bought 30 gladiolus bulbs today and I’m going to plant them in between these, so when the lilies fade, there will be glads to pick!

lily bed

Last year’s attempt at strawberries was a dismal failure, but the raised bed has made a great greens garden for the past few months.  Almost every morning I go out and pick some Swiss chard, or spinach, or lettuce leaves for lunch.  I’m hoping the bed gets enough shade that it will continue to produce even in the summer, but likely not.

raised bed of greens

Several of the other plants I bought last summer on discount have wintered well and now I have to create some flower beds for them.  I’ve got a lantana, which is going where the rose bush used to be in the front bed, a prairie mallow, a geranium, a salvia, a daylily, and four chrysanthemums.  Oh, and a duranta (?), which I looked up after I brought it home and discovered it is a bush, not a flowering plant.  It’s very small now, but it appears like it could grow rather large, so I have no clue what I’m going to do with it.

That’s the start of my gardens this year.  I have one front flower bed to amend/build up and one back fenceline flower bed to create!  Plus what I plan to put into containers – tomatoes, green beans, peppers, and a new type of squash I learned about last week tatume – and a trellis of morning glories, seeds I brought back from my mom’s plants last fall.  I think I will be busy.

P.S. Did you wonder where the butterflies are that were mentioned in the blog post title?  I decided to leave them for another day.  Keep watch!

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