Monday, May 30, 2011


Mammy always called these "flags". Maybe it was because they bloomed at Memorial Day. I never thought to ask.

Never forget those who gave their lives so that we can grow irises in freedom.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Primitive Plot Waterpark...

This has now gone bye-bye due to torrential rains...

These are turnip greens that overwintered and I left since there was nothing in bloom for the bees at that time. My mother, Emma, always cooked turnip greens in the spring from the plants that had been out all winter long.... and they were good. I guess I do this to remember her, and one of the things she did .

This is what PJ made this weekend...plant markers.

This is Joy helping her. She does not intend to be left out of any endeavor, vacuuming, grass mowing, planting, she is just a step behind her.

Some sewing, the candy cane Annie pattern by Olde Country Cupboard. She advises us to Love.

Everything is on hold in the gardening because of the rain. It was a lake out there this week. Many basements are flooded but thankfully not mine this time, due to some crafty plumbing job. Hooray! It was better to have the garden flooded than the basement.

Happy Friday everyone.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Pond at the Plot...

Pond and Fish by Jeff's Pond Designs...

A tree that refuses to leave.....

I love these colors, the green is like my winter coat which also refuses to leave my extensive (haha) wardrobe.

I think this is a May wonder tulip. Looks like a peony, Kynda picks these as a favorite.

I have been working on my garden, a little at a time in between rains. I hope your garden is beautiful too. Happy Saturday.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Mother's Day gift, you would have to know me to understand...or maybe not.

"When your mother asks if you want a piece of advice, it is a mere formality.
It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no, you're going to get it anyway."

Charlie's team lined up and no so happy with second place. I was happy with their good effort. Charlie is in the black pants!

I think I would be content if I had these guys' job. I wonder if they get to have lunch at the Mexican restaurants? A happy Detroit picture.

Monday's flower is Leopard's Bane, named because it was thought to be poisonous to all animals. Blooms early spring and then retires until the next spring, that's contentment.

Pastor Dave spoke this week about dissatisfaction ..way back with Eve. Sometimes we don't recognize perfect when we have it. Back in 2007 I wrote a corny poem about Eve and some day I will post it on a day I am feeling ridiculous.

He read 1 Timothy 6 and 7. "But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it."

I'm adding this one --Phillipians 4, 11 and 12. "....for I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Happy Monday, thanks for listening today.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

News Herald Plant Exchange....Southgate

Beautiful weather! Not like last year when we had sleet and snow. We were patient, waiting for the Krispy Kreme donuts to arrive. We were there really early--- to get a good parking spot. Everyone crowds around looking to trade for something different. Barb had lots of give-aways, Stella D'Oros and Irises. We brought home some new plants to try if we can find a vacant spot.

You meet lots of nice people who like to talk. Since I talk funny, everyone wants to know where I am from. The gentleman holding the USPS box has relatives in Paducah and loves Starnes Bar-be-que. That made us fast friends and he had an interesting story about an uncle (age 86) who now lives in Texas and orders Starnes Bar-be-que from Paducah to sell at his stand. Turns out, Texans love Starnes too.

And WHO HAS THE REAL HAIR????? We asked this gentleman for a photo with Barb...

And, Hats Off, Barb is the winner. It was nice of him to join in the fun. I have noticed that no one seems to be bashful at the plant exchange.

I hope your Saturday was as much fun. The next exchange will be in October.

Friday, May 6, 2011

May pairs.....

Creeping jenny and grape hyacinths are everywhere....

When a tulip bulb gets accidently dug up, it goes in the raspberry patch.....

Grape hyacinths and my little Big Lot dogwood....

I have really missed my little buddy this week while he was on vacation......
And Becca in her prom dress and a beautiful view of the country. She is not just beautiful, she is way beyond smart too. Her wrist corsage was made by Aunt Kynda and came all the way from Springfield via UPS.

The News Herald Plant Exchange is tomorrow, we froze last year in snow and sleet. We are hoping for at least no snow this year but probably rain. That's in Southgate if you live here. Open House at the Farm if you live in Springfield, don't miss it. Wish we could go.

Have a happy!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Never trust a pirate......

Do you have any pirates in your life?

Kynda says there are a lot of pirates out there. And I think she must be right, because I am always making and remaking this little pillow, called admonition.

If you think about it you will be able to call some of them up, not just the romantic and dashing Jack Sparrow in human form, but pirate-habits and pirate-ways-of-thinking, to name two. If it steals from ya, it is a pirate.

Arr me heartys and a yo ho ho from Michigan.